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Top European Cities for a Summer Getaway

Top European Cities for a Summer Getaway

Do you feel due for a little “you time”? The answer is probably yes, and summer is the perfect time of year to experience many cities at their best. If you wish to take some self-care and travel off of your bucket list with one swoop, some of these European cities might be the ideal fit for your summer destination goals. Sit back, relax, and dream of all the memories that await.

1) Rotterdam, Netherlands

In the shadow of Amsterdam—Netherland’s largest tourist city—Rotterdam is new, hip, and unique. Due to reconstruction after WWII, Rotterdam is full of modern architectural masterpieces as a contrast to Amsterdam’s more historic feel.

2) Prague, Czech Republic

If you are a sucker for Gothic and Renaissance inspired architecture, Prague is your city. On top of that, Prague has some of the cheapest beer in Europe! A great place to start any European travel, this city has much to offer to any architecture or history buff.

3) Budapest, Hungary

Basilicas, palaces, and castles are plenty in this dazzling city. Budapest by day is not the only surprising part—the city has quite an active nightlife. With a rich heritage, fine dining around every corner, and some of the friendliest locals in Europe, Budapest makes for both an exciting and homey travel destination.

4) Reykjavik, Iceland

The land of fire and ice offers some of the most breathtaking scenery in all the world. Reykjavik, Iceland’s cultural hub and capital, is home to an emerging art and music scene and quirky buildings mere steps away from landscapes straight out of the sagas!

5) Kotor, Montenegro

Pricey European destinations make travel harder for most tourists, which is giving way to new, more affordable hotspots. Kotor, Montenegro is a Balkan coastal city with breathtaking views of nearby mountains. With reasonably priced food and drink and spectacular scenery, Kotor is the perfect summer getaway on a budget.

6) Lisbon, Portugal

With food that is out-of-this-world, unique neighborhoods, and a beautiful natural backdrop, Lisbon is quickly becoming a favorite European destination. Despite the large crowds, many suggest making stylish Lisbon a must for your travel itinerary.

7) Berlin, Germany

Berlin is a world of contrasts and extremes—gritty street life and a lush art scene, brilliant architecture and a notorious nightlife. There is something to be discovered by absolutely anyone who makes this impressive city their next vacation.

8) Malaga, Spain

With recent upgrades to their art districts, Malaga re-emerged as one of the most cosmopolitan of destinations. For the art-lover, Malaga offers a rich history and exclusive opportunities to see original Picasso paintings.

9) Athens, Greece

With over a millennia of history and new trendy bars and restaurants, Athens is quite a lovely contradiction. The infamous hot but dry weather makes it perfect for the beach bum and is a summer destination no-brainer.

10) Pafos, Cyprus

Pafos is one of the sunniest places in the world—with over 300 days of sunshine every year—and is also said to be the birthplace of Aphrodite. Get swept away by the goddess of love and make Pafos your next must-see European city.

With breathtaking natural scenery, vibrant nightlife, and countless activities, these European cities offer thrills and adventures for every type of traveler this summer season!

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