Top 5 European cities for architecture lovers

Europe has certainly earnt its reputation for being a mecca for lover of architecture, with millions of people visiting its cities each year from both within Europe and all over the world. The wealth of architectural history in Europe is unparalleled, with there being so many great styles of buildings and even more fascinating stories being attached to them. The architecture that you encounter in this part of the world has gone on to influence a wealth of other countries and areas around the world, making it as culturally influential as it is beautiful to look at.

If you are looking to sink your teeth (or point your cameras at!) the coolest pieces of architecture in the world, then take a look at our pick of the top 5 cities to do so that can be found a short train or plane journey away! And, once you’ve picked your favourite European destination, make sure that you have applied for your EHIC renewal- this will ensure that you are able to have access to free or reduced cost healthcare in any of the 27 countries that make up the European Union.

1.     Amsterdam

As soon as you enter the streets of Amsterdam, capital of the Netherlands, you begin to instantly realise just how architecturally significant this city is. Red Light District aside, the buildings that you come across here are internationally important and have played a key role in modern building designs that we see today. The 90 island that make up this historic city are connected by 400 bridges, which makes it one of the most fascinating European city breaks for that fact alone! Make sure you check out the Rijksmuseum, Oude Kerk and the Royal Palace.

2.     Barcelona

Barcelona is one of those destinations that offers the perfect combination of old-city style buildings found in the Barri Gotic and the more modern ones scattered throughout the city as it has expanded in the last few decades. Some of the buildings here date back to the medieval era and even go back as far as the days of the Roman settlement. From La Sangrada, Casa Battlo and Torre Agbar- there is no shortage of incredible architecture to ogle at!

3.     Berlin

While we all know Berlin as being significant during the years that followed the World Wars, there is so much more to see here architecturally-wise than the Berlin wall alone. Take the time to wander through the city and become inspired by the German Parliament building as the sun sets and visit locations such as the Potsdamer Platz’s Sony Cenre and the Das Rotes Rathaus. The city offers up the chance to wander around more than 170 museums, which we also recommend!

4.     Athens

When it comes to history and its significance when it comes to architecture, Greece and Athens in particular, is a standout European destination. The buildings in this glorious city can date back to the Roman, Hellenistic and Classical periods and they offer an incredible insight into past times. The resilience of the buildings here makes the experience of walking around the city all the more fascinating as there is so much more than simply rubble to see. Make sure you don’t miss out on seeing The Acropolis, the Temple of Olympian Zeus and Ancient Agora.

5.     Paris

Paris is a hotbed of incredible buildings from the distinctively French Gothic style builds of the Notre Dame Cathedral to the iconic Eiffel Tower, Arch de Triomphe and the Louvre Pyramid. The city of light has so much on offer, particularly if you take the time to wander through its streets and allow the possibility of walking into a surprising architectural find. There is no shortage of those here! 

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