A Tale of 5 Cities: Rich in History, Young in Spirit

If you have already covered Europe's classical destinations - Paris, London, Rome - and have the local cultures down to a tee, then it's time to open a new chapter in your history and get to know these charming destinations across the continent.  

by Sarah Leonhardt 09 March 2017

Vienna, Austria

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The magnificent cathedrals and palaces of Vienna will never look so good as they do against a balmy blue sky. Some of this city’s biggest attractions are best seen by walking, and this spring is the perfect time to behold outdoor wonders like Stadtpark, complete with a lake, fountains, and a cafe for an afternoon coffee. Locals often lounge here on nice days, and you’ll be sure to catch some music in the park or some sales in the surrounding shops. Schonbrunn Gardens is also a must-see. The Angel fountain and Schonbrunn Palace look especially grand as the sun’s setting, so plan a tour with some dinner afterwards — try Motto, a restaurant and nightclub complete with an outdoor garden and a fresh, green interior that keeps the nature vibes going.

Related article: How to explore the Munich countryside

Munich, Germany

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A getaway to Munich is an unforgettable addition to your spring travels. For fresh air and some sun, visit the Munich’s English Garden. Enjoy the full German experience by visiting the beer garden before you roam the grounds or relax by the willow-lined lake. Then, get on board with the green city’s environmental dedication by renting a bike. Explore the streets or ride to Viktualienmarkt to check out the best local goods. For a drink, head to Ella, the bar on the ground floor of the Lenbachhaus museum. You can enjoy their cocktail hour outside and admire the art inside, in no particular order. Between the blooming gardens and the surplus of great beer, you’ll find it hardly has to be October to enjoy Munich.

Related article: Munich like a Local

Puglia, Italy

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Satisfy your taste for tropical a little early with a visit to Italy’s Puglia region on the coast. Flying into Bari will give you the perfect starting point for a driving tour of the region’s rustic beauty. Near Alberobello, make sure to wander through the towns and admire trulli architecture, for a beautiful snapshot in time of a classic Italian world. Stay in Lecce for access to amazing piazzas, duomos, and winding roads by the sea. Lecce is also the perfect destination to try a cooking class, which will teach you how to recreate the Italian-style Meditteranean food of the region. For an unforgettable dining experience, go to Grotta Palazzese near Bari before you fly home again. The hotel's restaurant is within a cavern in a cliff off of the coast, and will be open starting March 16th.

Related article: Unmissables in Marbella

Malaga, Spain

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For a beautiful city right by the beach and the mountains, Malaga is your perfect spring destination. To exercise your legs and your knowledge of Spanish history, visit the historic and stunning Alcazaba. The springtime will be ideal to explore the amazing fortress with its gardens, theater, and ancient walls. The Puerto de Malaga is another scenic springtime sight. Glimpse the harbor while visit the surrounding shops, restaurants, and bars that reside around the port. Restaurante José Carlos García is one Michelin-star find in the area that offers a taste of Spanish-style Mediterranean in a chic and contemporary location. For an escape into a lush natural setting, visit Malaga Park, where palm trees, plants, and parrots abound. And if you've got the pleasure of time, do not miss a visit to Granada, boasting splendid medieval architecture, royal palaces and reflecting pools - and it's less than two hours away. 

Related article: LUXOS Destinations Across Spain

Lisbon, Portugal

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The red-rooftopped paradise in Portugal promises to bring the striking city, sunny beaches, and thrilling nightlife into one journey. Lisbon’s castles punctuate the outskirts of the city, so you’ll have many magnificent structures to choose from, such as the Castelo de São Jorge. This castle is a small climb, but worth it for the wonderful view of Lisbon at the top. For something a little more coastal, take a day trip to Cascais. Though Cascais is a major destination of the summer, spring is the perfect time to enjoy the beaches without the crowds and even dip your toes in the ocean. Another popular day trip is to nearby vineyards, like those found in Évora. Toast to life and yourself with some local wine for surviving the winter.

 

For more ideas of how to Do, Dine and Spend across Europe and beyond, visit our Destinations page. 

 

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