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February 28, 2017

The Brotique's Top 12 Sights in Europe

If you’ve only got a few days off work, are a bit strapped for cash or are unable to go further East or West, then definitely consider these top bucket list worthy sights! 

Avoiding being the typical tourist can be a challenge, sometimes you have to just give in to you're inner photo snapping, random queue joining self but there are some places to see that will have less of that action. Here's our list that mixes the less known places with a couple that you just have to see, even if you're amongst the swarm of tourists. So here they are, in no particular order... 

 

 12.  Abisko National Park, Abisko, Sweden

For those of you who don’t mind the cold and fancy an adventure, then this is the spot for you. If you head to this beautiful national park at the right time of year, then you’ll spot the Northern Lights!

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11. Volkspark Friedrichshain, Berlin, Germany

Berlin’s oldest park, frequented by locals and a handful of tourists. I’m fascinated by Urban parks, and this is one of my personal favourites closely second to Rome’s Park Aurelia. Also, don't forget your bike!

 

10.  Granada Alhambra, Granada, Spain

A fortress in Andalusia that is steeped in history, beginning with the Romans then re-stored to glory with amazing Islamic architecture married with later intervention of Christian buildings and gardens, this area itself is remarkably intriguing.

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9. The Wharfs, Trondheim, Norway

You can enter these from a few areas, but I would recommend from Kjøpmannsgata as this area is less residential, and is home to some lovely restaurants. You can kayak around the river Nidelven to see these structures from the water.

 

8. Plitvice Lakes, Plitvice National Park, Croatia

Again, for those of you up for an adventure, then this is a must. The scenery is stunning and even the drive to the National Park is scenic. Don’t worry about getting lost, the lakes are more popular (but not to popular) with tourists. If you want to stay in these closest city, I would go for Zagreb over Zadar, but either are great!

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7.  Fontainbleau, France

A little known place that sits 45 minutes outside Paris, and easily accessible by train. There is a Sunday market, some of the best traditional pâtisserie I’ve ever tasted, an equestrian stadium in a forest and, of course, the truly amazing Chateau and gardens. This most oppulent chateau was home to Marie Antoinette’s Turkish Boudoir and has the iconic surrounding gardens. This area is not yet frequented by tourists, so you should hire a bike in Paris to bring with you. 

 

6.  Fairy Ponds, Isle of Skye, Scotland

Scotland’s beauty is often underestimated, but the Isle of Skye looks like it is straight out of a fairytale. A lot of British people tend to go abroad to see the sights, but this area is just as worthy of any of these places. 

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5.  Rione Monte, Rome, Italy

A great area of Rome for anyone looking for some quiet after visiting the Colosseum, it’s right around the corner. The narrow street and ivy covered buildings, packed with small hole in the wall restaurants with al fresco seating, it gives a true idea of how Roman’s live. There is quite possibly the best ice cream store I’ve ever been too, and it was vegan!

 

4.  Camden Market, London

Everyone should see this market, it’s steeped in London’s amazing multi-cultural society, full of stalls and food from all over the world. Checking out the Mexican store is a must, and definitely get yourself some falafel!

 

3.  Cliffs of Moher, Liscannor, Republic of Ireland

A stunning vista, unique cliff formations and one of the many must sees in this region. If you want to stay in the nearest city, then opt for Limerick and hire yourself a car, it’s about an hour and a half drive.

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2.  Shoes on the Danube Bank, Budapest, Hungary

A heart-wrenching and beautiful memorial created by director Can Togay and sculptor Gyula Pauer to remember those who were killed, mainly Budapest Jews, by the Arrow Cross militiamen during World War two. The subtle and moving piece is formed of sixty pairs of shoes cast in bronze. I would recommend visiting this on the Danube’s East Bank, images just don't do it justice.

 

1.  Old Town, Locarno, Switzerland

An area to explore on foot with colourful buildings and narrow streets, it gives a true impression of the past culture. The old town itself is small and has a thriving tourist industry, so there are plenty of places to stop for a coffee and enjoy the view.

With all these amazing places to enjoy just a few hours away, why go further?

 

I’m a big fan of all things travel, so keep an eye out for some more blogs full of advice on how to spend your precious time off! Get in touch with us on social media with some of your top places to visit.

If you’re planning to remain in Edinburgh, then check out our blogs about our favourite city- Edinburgh Coffee Stops or Edinburgh's Best Bars. 


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