Europe is a big place, and its limitless possibilities can be somewhat dizzying if you’re planning a trip. Having some general things to look for can help focus your trip to the continent and give you a direction, though, which is why we wrote up this little guide.
From historic tours to nightlife ideas, these are some of the most entertaining things you can find to do in most major European cities.
Different vacations have different priorities.
If you’re in a European city, for instance, chances are you’re not just bumming on the beach (though there are some fantastic places to soak up the sun!). And while they may seem dull to some who prefer a faster pace, museums often end up being a priority.
The museums in major European cities are rather spectacular, and contain art and artifacts you won’t find anywhere else. Seeing them in person, if you have even the slightest appreciation for such things, takes your breath away.
The Mona Lisa at the Louvre, the Rosetta Stone at the British Museum in London, and Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel at Vatican City (which, one could argue, is one giant museum) are just some examples of the impressive relics from history that are entirely worth your time on a European vacation.
Make it a priority to set foot in these famous houses of history.
Touring Old Buildings
Some of the most ancient places in western history are still standing in Europe, and are absolute musts for people traveling and looking for things to do.
Connecting with some of the oldest and most spectacular places on the continent makes you feel a sense of awe that you can’t really get anywhere else (even in a great museum).
We might suggest a few highlights like Stonehenge in England (even if it’s not technically a building), the Colosseum in Rome, or the Parthenon in Greece. But the truth is that even beyond these remarkable monuments to the history of civilization, there are all sorts of wondrous historical sites littered around Europe.
Checking Out Live Casinos
Getting a sense of history and culture is a wonderful part of traveling to Europe, but you’ll want to seek out some fun too!
In this regard, it’s always good to find good nightlife, and in many European cities that include casinos. The UK and Ireland put out a lot of online casino games, to the point that digital slots and poker rooms comprise Europe’s main association with casino entertainment.
But many of the big cities – Dublin, London, Lisbon, and Monte-Carlo to name just a few – still have excellent casinos that make for terrific nights out. You can have fun with the games even if you don’t want to bet too much, and there are generally bars, gourmet dining options, and live entertainment as well. It’s hard to beat all of that in one place!
Enjoying Progressive Dinners
When you’re on vacation you have a limited number of meals to eat, so you’ll never be able to see all the award-winning restaurants or historic pubs in any given city. If you make an effort, though, you can see more than most people by eating progressive dinners.
Start your meal off with drinks at a pub you want to see; follow it with an entree at a noteworthy restaurant; and relax with coffee and dessert at a third location that captures your interest.
If you follow this method, you’ll be able to try out more fantastic eateries than if you only visit one at every meal. For example, if you’re in Prague, try drinks at the famous Hemingway Bar, before moving on to Spices for dinner and the Eska bakery for coffee and dessert. It might sound a little tedious, but it’s actually a ton of fun.
Any trip to a European city will end up being packed of your own favorite things to do. And to be sure, each city is different. Broadly speaking though, these tips should help ensure that you don’t miss out on some of the basic charms that make so many of these cities so special.