The lockdown has lifted, the travel gates are open, and we’re all looking at the travel brochures again. Wanderlust is something that will never die, and it’s time we indulged in it again.
But where to go? There are so many great options. Perhaps too many. If you’re having trouble, take a look at our picks for the best European city breaks in 2022.
Paris is a city of many faces. Sure, it gets called the city of romance, which is reason enough in itself to book your flight, but there is also the fact that it is the fashion capital of the world and was once the art capital of the world.
This all means that a trip to the Louvre is paramount. Not only is it France’s largest collection of historic and famous artworks, but there is a distinct museum within the building called the Musee de la Mode et du Textile, and if you know that “a la mode” means “in fashion”, you can guess the sort of exhibits this museum offers. See the Mona Lisa, Nike, and Venus de Milo then indulge your love for Coco Chanel and Marie Antoinette and her amazing outfits – all under one roof.
However, Paris is known for its pickpocketers. If you’d rather not be a victim of the Artful Dodgiér, you can take out a holiday insurance policy that will cover you should anything go missing from your purse.
Rome is a must-see place for history lovers. If you ever looked up a Hades and Persephone fanfiction or a book on Caesar, your place is Rome. A good chunk of the city has many ruins, with historical sites like the Colosseum maintained to allow you to stand in the lion pit yourself.
For the mythical lovers, the art depicts all the ancient gods, like Poseidon in Trevi Fountain, the Fountain of the Naiads depicting nymphs, and far more statues lining the streets and fountains.
And that’s even before we get to the religious aspects. The churches, including Vatican City and St Peters Square, are something to behold in themselves, but inside you’ll find famous works like La Pieta and the Sistine Chapel ceiling in the Vatican.
Rome is also one of the cheapest picks on one level (and only one) all the best art is street level, so there are no ticket prices to tally up as you wander the streets.
The idea that Amsterdam immediately gives, is of a lad’s bachelor party destination. It is famed for its Red Light District, sex museums and legalisation of marijuana, but Amsterdam has so much more.
Art lovers will need a trip around the Rijksmuseum, which houses a massive collection of art featuring the works of Rembrandt, Vermeer and Van Gogh.
Speaking of which, his country’s ode to his work is the Van Gogh Museum, where you can see Sunflowers up close, along with every other major work he did. And next door to that is the Moco Museum, which houses examples of modern art in their vast exhibitions for such a small space, including Banksy and Roy Lichtenstein.
And then there is the historical relevance. Amsterdam is home to the Anne Frank Museum, which will put you in frighteningly close range to the emotions of those hiding from the Nazis. It’s an experience everyone should have once, lest we forget.
And of course, Amsterdam’s most iconic way to travel is via the canals. Enjoy a meal on the water, or simply travel smoothly down the canals and absorb the beautiful architecture.