Trying to sort out the best European cities to see is really hard. Planning your first Europe in itself can be overwhelming. I know when I was going I was all over the map (quite literally!) and I didn’t know what to do or what to expect. In the weeks before I left I actually puked out of nerves.. or food poising.. I’m still not sure. I had travelled to Australia by myself before this Europe trip when I was freshly 18, but in Australia I didn’t have to worry about a language barrier and I also had family there. So for my first “real” solo trip I think I did a pretty good job! I wasn’t into the blogging world yet so I chose places based on feeling, rather than someones photos. I went to Paris, London, Prague, Budapest, Cologne, Vienna, Munich and Dresden. All in one month! It was quite the whirlwind but I never felt more alive!
Now that I have been to Europe a few times I have sorted out what are the best cities to see (of course always my own opinion! I love all of Europe!). Especially for first timers because it’s so hard to pick and choose! Here are the best cities I recommend for your first European adventure!
The Best European Cities To See For First Timers
Barcelona is without a doubt one of the coolest and most interesting cities I’ve ever been to! And not to mention the prices are within reach for budget travellers. Tapas, beaches, warm days and cool nights, sangria and fresh fruit on every corner.. Barcelona is the ultimate Spanish dream for lose looking for a laid-back city that’s both rich in culture and in food! One of my favourite things we did was get a pitcher of sangria and hang out on the beach! For more about Barcelona
No trip to Europe is complete without a must do trip to Paris. It is one of those cities you need to see and experience at least once in your life! And what better place to experience romance and fine food? Not to mention all the delicious croissants for breakfast and crepes to go! I gain about 5 pounds every time I go here haha. And then the architecture.. It’s like travelling back in time. I’ve been to Paris four times now and I never get bored, it’s such an amazing way of life compered to the Canadian style I’m used to! For more about Paris
There’s just this “buzz” about London. One walk down Oxford Circus will have you swooning at the London lifestyle. The shops, the coffee, the burgers and the fashion. I’ll never forget walking from Leicester Square to Oxford Circus and how in awe I was of the jumbo screens and the people! As a Canadian from the countryside I’d never seen a place so busy. And then all you had to do was go to a small back street and all would be quiet! You would find all sorts of cute shops and restaurants that would have Instagramer’s in love! I was addicted instantly. Add my Instagram here!! And for more about London
On my first ever trip to Europe I made sure I went out of my way to see Prague and I am sooo happy I did! I arrived by night train and in my Shelby fashion I got off at the wrong stop. A cab was quick to help though and before I new it I was in Old Town marvelling at this Medieval fairytale. A stroll through Old Town to Charles Bridge combined with a cinnamon sugared trdelnik (delicious bread/dessert thing) was a perfect taste of Prague (literally haha!). I still think it is one of my favourite cities of all time! And if you’re not sold then I should mention out of all the countries I’ve been to I think Prague has the BEST food in the world. For more about Prague
Everyone told me to be afraid of this place. They said Eastern Europe wasn’t safe for solo female travellers.. So I’m stubborn and naturally wanted to prove them wrong. So I took a night train from Dresden to Budapest all by myself and was on a mission to show people just how beautiful the world is. And I am so glad because when I found myself walking along the Danube alone I knew they were all wrong. I have never been so glad to be so stubborn and that I stuck to my guns. I took the chance and fell head over heels in love with Budapest. It was everything I imagined and more. There’s just something about this Hungarian city that leaves a mark on your heart. It is an absolute must experience! For more about Budapest
I never thought I would love Amsterdam as much as I did but between the canals and the cute buildings my heart was taken! It was romantic, cute, hip, and absolutely wonderful to explore. This is one of those cities where you don’t need an itinerary – all you need to do is start strolling with a coffee in hand and get lost among the canals. And don’t forget to make a few stops for street frites and find a bench to sit and appreciate where you are! I cannot wait to visit Amsterdam again! Aaron and I had so much fun and it’s not for the reason you’re probably thinking about ;P I want to move to Amsterdam one day it’s just a great city and everyone is so nice! For more about Amsterdam
What do you think are the best European cities? What was the first European city you’ve been to or are planning to see??
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