WHAT TO DOAthens is an exciting mix of ancient history, spirited culture and contemporary cool. It is the capital of Greece and one of the world's oldest cities, with its recorded history spanning over three thousand years. A center for the arts, learning and philosophy - home of Plato's Academy and Aristotle's Lyceum - Athens is widely referred to as the cradle of Western [...]
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WHAT TO DO Entwined with the Baltic's bays, inlets and islands - Helsinki's boulevards and backstreets overflow with magnificent architecture, intriguing drinking and dining venues and groundbreaking design. It is the capital of Finland and the country's cultural and creative hub. Helsinki sits at the tip of a peninsula in the Gulf of Finland. It was established as a trading town by King Gustav [...]
WHAT TO DO Stockholm is one of the world's most beautiful cities and I always enjoy visiting this great town. It is the capital of Sweden and the most populous urban area in the Nordic countries. The city stretches across fourteen islands of an archipelago where Lake Malaren flows into the Baltic Sea. The area has been settled since the Stone Age and was [...]
WHAT TO DOSurrounded by mountains and sea, Oslo is a compact city with a thriving cultural scene and an always evolving identity. As the capital of Norway, it offers history and heritage alongside modern art and contemporary architecture. Founded in the year 1040 as Anslo and established as a kaupstad (market town) in 1048 by Harald Sigurdsson, the city was renamed Oslo in 1925. [...]
WHAT TO DOCopenhagen is one of my favorite cities in Europe. With its groundbreaking food scene, great art, fabulous architecture, stately history and fascinating culture, Copenhagen is the epitome of Nordic cool. Originally a Viking fishing village established in the 10th century, Copenhagen (Kobenhavn) became the capital of Denmark in the early 15th century. Since the turn of the 21st century, it regularly has [...]
WHAT TO DORome is the capital of Italy and one of the greatest cities in the world. It is an exhilarating mix of iconic ruins, magnificent art and vibrant street life. The result of three thousand years of history, this Eternal City on the Tiber River is a thrilling sight. Ancient treasures such as the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Pantheon recall the city’s golden [...]
WHAT TO DOFlorence is the birthplace of the Renaissance and a town famous for its culture and world class cuisine. Few cities are so packed with extraordinary art and architectural masterpieces at every turn. Located on the banks of the Arno River in northeastern Tuscany - Florence (Firenze) has hardly changed since the Renaissance and its narrow cobbled streets are a cinematic feast of [...]
WHAT TO DO Ljubljana (pronounced lyoo-blyah-nuh ) is the capital of Slovenia and one of Europe's greenest and most livable cities. It was the European Commission's Green Capital of Europe in 2016. Car traffic is restricted in the city center, leaving the leafy banks of the emerald green Ljubljanica River, which flows through the city's heart, free for pedestrians and cyclists. In summer, cafes [...]
WHAT TO DODubrovnik is an enchanting fairytale town on the Adriatic Sea. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this beautiful Croatian city is one of the most prominent tourist destinations in the Mediterranean Sea. Exploring the famed Old Town takes you back in time with its limestone streets, baroque buildings and ancient city walls. The prosperity of the city was historically based on maritime trade, [...]
WHAT TO DOBelgrade is the capital and largest city of Serbia. Its name is Beograd in Serbian and means 'White City'. It is located at the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers, where the Pannonian Plain meets the Balkans. The history of Belgrade dates back to at least 7000 BC, making it one of the oldest cities in Europe. Its gritty exuberance makes [...]