10 Best City Trips in Europe of 2023 10 Best City Trips in Europe of 2023

10 Best City Trips in Europe of 2023

Europe, the continent that holds the world’s most impressive architecture, mouth-watering cuisines, medieval castles, and white beaches, history, and culture, and every single country is very different. This diversity within relatively short distances is why city trips in Europe are so popular. Here is the 2021 list of Best City Trips in Europe.

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1. Budapest, Hungary

Creative, vibrant, and bursting with remarkable architecture, that’s Budapest! The capital of Hungary, with its famous thermal baths, is quickly transforming into one of the best places to visit in Europe. Split into the hilly ‘Buda’ and the flat ‘Pest’, the city is easily walkable and centered around the beautiful Danube River.

At first glance, Budapest is as traditional as you would expect. But underneath, you find an experimental edge to the city, revealed through multicolored street art, vintage shopping, and abandoned buildings transformed into fashionable dining spaces.

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An added bonus is that Budapest’s capital status isn’t reflected in the prices, so expect goods and services to be extremely affordable.

When to visit: March to May and September to November
Budget: 70 USD per day

2. Rotterdam, Netherlands

Rotterdam in the Netherlands is Amsterdam’s cooler and contemporary brother. The second biggest city in the Netherlands, is a metropolitan and multicultural hub, combining the old with new and daring architecture.

Think jaw-dropping geometric shapes, young and fresh eateries, and a skyline that could rival that of a far bigger city. Visit the art museums, a boat tour on the river or cycle around the city. After all, this is what the Netherlands is all about!?

One of the best places to visit in Europe

This forgotten treasure is becoming easier to visit within Europe due to new and improved travel links. Lonely Planet named it one of their 2016 places to visit in Europe.

When to visit: April to June and August to October
Budget: 150 USD per day

3. Valencia, Spain

Birthplace of Paella and home to one of the unique festivals in the world, Valencia has to be one of the best city trips in Europe. Best described as a city of contrasts, it perfectly blends the old and new and not only showcases architectural gems but beautiful green spaces and beaches too.

The contrast continues in March when normal slow-paced Spanish vibes are abandoned for the festivities of Las Fallas. Fireworks during the day, street parties and on the final night the burn of hundreds of sculptures. 

When to visit: March to May and October to December
Budget: 160 USD per day

4. Venice, Italy

Enchanting Venice, a city free of cars, where the mist runs off the water and boats run in a peaceful way. From the postman to the doctor, traveling by boat is at the heart of the nature of Venice.

Follow the twists and turns of the streets and canals passing the ancient buildings whilst eating a heavenly Italian gelato. This picture-perfect city is one of the greatest places to travel in Europe. Best to visit out of high season to experience authentic Italy a little better.

When to visit: March to May and October to December
Budget: 260 USD per day

5. Lisbon, Portugal

Charming hilly Lisbon with its panoramic city views all over the city and the mouth of the river Tagus. Lisbon is impossible to leave without wanting to come back, so it’s easy to see why Lisbon one of the best places to visit for a European city trip.

It manages to strike a balance between historical buildings and a trendy metropolitan vibe. Combine the melody of Fado (a music genre originating in Lisbon) with the Portuguese custard tart, and you’re onto a winner!

When to visit: March to May or September to November
Budget: 120 USD per day

6. Tbilisi, Georgia

A city of quirks and surprises, prepare to be blown away by the rustic charm of this transcontinental city. Everything about Tbilisi screams unique and different, making it one of the most underrated city trips in Europe.

The must-do city trip in Europe

It somehow pulls off being traditional yet futuristic. However, it manages to preserve its culture while also branching into the new and innovative.  See ancient creations rub against the more industrial, giving it a young, metropolitan vibe. A must-visit!

When to visit: April to June and September and October
Budget: 90 USD per day

7. Istanbul, Turkey

East meets West in the stimulating city of Istanbul! A city that bridges the gap between Europe and Asia physically and culturally. Let all your senses come alive as you wander the colorful streets and bazaars, making friends with the locals and haggling for a bargain. Take plenty of snack breaks to taste the mouth-watering food, bought from markets or eaten at cute cafes in the hipster area of Balat.

However, Istanbul isn’t only street art, spices and shopping – spend time discovering the religious buildings and history of this sacred city. Full of hidden gems, you can expect to find a new discovery around every corner making this city a must-do city trip in Europe.

When to visit: March to May or September to November
Budget: 90 USD per day

8. Rome, Italy

One of the most intoxicating cities in the world, Rome is alive with the laughing of locals, the blare of horns and the slurping of spaghetti. No amount of days will ever be enough to get your fill of the history, art, and culture of the city but be sure to step back in time by visiting the Colosseum (one of the seven wonders) and the smallest country in the world: the Vatican.

After you are stuffed full of history and pizza, find an oasis within the city by visiting the third largest park in Europe and reflect on which of the thousands of beautiful buildings in Rome is your favorite. Don’t forget to make a wish at the Trevi fountain and hope that the myth is true and you get to return to Rome- one of the most fantastic city trips in Europe!

When to visit: February to May and September to December
Budget: 190 USD per day

9. Krakow, Poland

Welcome to one of Europe’s best cities: Krakow! This young and vibrant city with charming cobbled streets is on its way to becoming one of Europe’s favorites.

The sightseeing, large urban green belt, high-quality restaurants, and accommodation make Krakow the complete package for a city trip. Additionally, visit the Auschwitz museum to understand the WWII history that had taken place.

10. Paris, France

The Eiffel Tower, French cuisine, Art Museum Louvre, and Montmartre. Paris is possibly the most popular city for a city trip to Europe and that’s for a good reason. 

09/12/2022 https://www.saltinourhair.com/europe/city-trips-europe/
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