Summer is one of the best times to travel to and explore European cities. The long daylight hours and sunny weather mean you can spend more time sightseeing, and in some cities you can actually find discounted accommodation.
Prague, Paris and Florence are three historic and fun cities that won’t disappoint if you’re looking for arts, culture and a unique European atmosphere.
1. Historic Prague
Prague is known as the “city of 100 spires” and it’s in the compact Old Town that you’ll find most of the historic sites including the iconic Charles Bridge, the Old Town Square and of course that crowd-pleasing astronomical clock.
The long summer months offer you plenty of daylight and sunshine to check out the city views from the Petrin Hill observation tower or explore the fascinating Jewish Quarter, some buildings in this area date back to the 13th century.
The nightlife is a mixture of authentic bars and cutting edge nightclubs, and your vacation funds will stretch a lot further as it’s one of the most inexpensive cities in Europe.
2. Bohemian Paris
Paris needs no introduction and attractions such as the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame, the Louvre and the Moulin Rouge are world-famous.
See the sights but make sure to soak up that Parisian atmosphere in local neighborhoods such as Oberkampf and Belleville, where you can mingle with the locals in the inexpensive bars and restaurants.
These historic areas both boast a more relaxed and bohemian atmosphere; Belleville was Edith Piaf’s stomping ground, while Oberkampf is home to legendary hangouts such as the original Café Charbon, which dates back to 1900.
Visit during the month of August when the Parisians take their vacation and you’ll find big discounts on your accommodation.
3. Florence’s Seductive Beauty
Is Florence one of the most beautiful and romantic cities in the world?
The Tuscan capital certainly always features in the top ten rankings in either category and with its terracotta rooftops, Renaissance architecture, and historic bridges spanning the River Arno; it’s a feast for the eyes.
The Duomo, which took six centuries to complete, is probably one of the city’s most famous attractions but the oldest bridge in the city, the Ponte Vecchio, which has been lined with shops since 1345, should be on your itinerary.
Florence trips during the summer will mean you can take in a few festivals including the Estate Fiesolana for jazz and classical music, throughout July and August.
If you’re looking to enjoy some artistic masterpieces then visit the Galleria degli Uffizi where you can view works by Botticelli, Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci.
City breaks to Florence, Paris or Prague make for a superb getaway at any time of the year, but there’s always something a little more relaxing about those summer months.
Visit all three, choose your favorite and then return as often as possible.
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Wednesday 20th of May 2015
I think half of the charm of Prague is the Vltava river.....in fact, thats true for any city on a river. London on Thames, Paris on Seine etc.