At the end of the winter season and on the arrival of warmer days of spring throughout Europe, there is nothing more refreshing and relaxing than exploring its urban centers. There are plenty of cities with a long-standing tradition on mainland Europe! The article explores three of these wonderful cities that give the charm and glam to Europe. Bordeaux, Verona and Munich are the three cities of my choice, but that does not mean that there are not many more waiting to be discovered and explored!
Winter days are not long gone and spring is not here yet. However, holidays mood prevails no matter the season. While on the brink of a warmer season, there is nothing more refreshing and culturally challenging than exploring what Good Old Europe has to offer: some of its more refined and fascinating cities. You might have very well heard of Bordeaux, Verona and Munich – three of the oldest and most representative urban centers of Europe, to have stood the proof of time becoming landmarks for whomever wants to get a grasp of what Europe really is about. All of the three cities are important scientific, economic and, nevertheless, touristic centers.
The good news about visiting Bordeaux, Verona and Munich is that they are at everyone's reach. Any of the last minute flights from Monarch can take you there. And once you are there, you can start exploring. All of the three cities have a very strong European character, depictable at every step!
Bordeaux is one city in the southwest of France that you have surely heard of due to the internationally renowned wine. Bordeaux is, indeed, considered to be the capital of wine worldwide, as it hosts Vinexpo – the world's most important wine fair.
Bordeaux lays by the river Garonne, making for one of the most picturesque port-towns in France. The old town has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO due to it being representative for the 18th century European architecture. The city registers 362 historical monuments, coming second in France and being surpassed only by Paris.
There are various churches and cathedrals - such as Saint-Andre Cathedral, Eglise Saint-Croix or the gothic Basilica of San Michele and the list may continue – and there is also the longest pedestrian street in France to be found in Bordeaux: Rue Saint Catherine. If, along with Rue Saint Catherine, you also count the Pont-de-Pierre, then you have already set the itinerary for what it would be an unforgettable walk in Bordeaux!
Verona is the third largest city in the north-eastern part of Italy, also having been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO due to the remarkable and breathtaking architecture and urban structure. Among many remaining marks left by the Romans on the city of Verona – such as the Roman theater of Verona, Arco dei Gavi, Porta Borsari or Porta Leoni - Verona hosts the very well preserved Roman Arena, placed in Piazza Bra – the city's largest piazza.
Moreover, there are the Basilica of San Zeno Maggiore, one of the greatest Romanesque churches, dating back to 1125-1135, along with Basilica de San Lorenzo or the Santa Maria Antica (another of the representative churches for the Romanesque style), the Duomo or Sant'Anastasia church to catch your attention and give you a genuine glimpse of the Italian Renaissance and what it defined what we still call today the European style and tradition.
But Verona does not catch the attention of only the visitors of today. Verona appears to have also caught the interest of William Shakespear, for instance! Some of the most famous lovers of all times – Romeo and Juliet – originate in Verona. Juliet's Balcony is still there, as the shrine of all those incurable romantics!
Also knows as the capital of Bavaria, Munich tells a story of prosperity and progress. It is the third largest city in Germany and one of the highest ranking cities in the world when it comes to high high standards of living and quality of life. Judging from such remarkable performance, do not be surprised if Munich will fascinate you in an instant!
Munich has the potentiality of charming its visitors with its museums, marks of a long-standing tradition in scientific development and technology. There is the most recent BMW Museum, where you will get to understand about technological innovation and how it can bring about some of the best cars in the world, especially when combined with the most appealing design and aerodynamic smoothest shapes. Along with that, Munich is host to Deutsches Museum – or German Museum -, one of the largest and oldest science museums in the world.
Munich also has its old center, bearing the marks of a long-standing history trans-passing through the buildings and monuments, such as the Frauenkirche or Saint Lukas Protestant Church. Munich hosts the Maximilianeum, the palace that hosts the state parliament, Maximilianstrasse being one of the posh spots in Europe, as this is the street where you can find exquisite designer shops, luxury and opulence.
Last, but definitely not least, Munich is the host of Oktoberfest. Wonder why!? Because of that great beer that you will enjoy during one of those wild night out, as Munich is boiling with life and entertainment. You just have to find affordable flights to Munich and, once there, there will be over 6000 bars and pubs – all at the highest standards of fun – awaiting to entertain and please their guests. After all, the city's motto is 'Munich Likes You!', don't forget!
What one might have considered just another city scape at the end of winter, awaiting for the longed-for spring, could turn into your wildest holidays. The cities of Europe do not only have a long standing cultural tradition, but they are also famous for the friendly atmosphere and providing you with the perfect setting for having the fun of your life. Cheers!