4 European Cities You Can Visit For A Day

I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.

— Susan Sontag

Sometimes you don’t have the time to travel, and sometimes you don’t want to fork out for accommodation… whatever it may be, We Found 4 locations to spend one day in Europe, and put together some suggestions for what you can get up to…

Paris

Something unusual to do:

Explore the 1500m circuit of the Catacombs – when public health issues became linked to the city’s cemeteries in the 18th Century, the contents were moved underground.

Eat the local cuisine:

Le Bistrot du Peintre has some of the most gorgeous French cuisine, without having to pay above and beyond for your meal.

The best selfie spot:

Any instagrammers dream, Rue Cremieux is a quaint, brightly coloured row of houses – take a wander up and down and see what catches your eye!

Not to miss:

Notre-Dame Cathedral was the icon of Paris before the Eiffel Tower came into existence. It’s a great example of French Gothic architecture, and free to get in (although you’ll need tickets to visit the tower and the crypt).

Tips for getting around:

Paris isn’t a massive city, and for the suggestions above, you can walk between all of the destinations in 1 and a half hours, so walking is a viable option if you want to sink your teeth into the city for the day. Alternatively, the metro is only €1.90 per journey, so if you get tired feet, then it’s a good alternative without the price tag of private taxis.

Amsterdam

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Something unusual to do:

Sit on Europe’s highest swing at the A’Dam lookout, and enjoy panoramic view over the edge of the Skydeck. The lookout is also a creative hub of Amsterdam, so it’s worth a gander if you just want to learn more about the area.

Eat the local cuisine:

Short of finding a local’s grandmother, if you’re looking to try Dutch cuisine, a restaurant called Moeders (translation: “mothers”) offers only traditional Dutch food, so it’s unlikely you’ll be disappointed with your choice!

The best selfie spot:

There’s nothing like bright colours to make your Instagram profile pop, and the best place to get those shots will be at Electric Ladyland – the world’s first and possibly only museum dedicated to the attraction of fluorescent light. Note: you’ll need to book your tickets in advance.

Not to miss:

The Anne Frank House is a must when it comes to visiting Amsterdam. The annex has been preserved so you can truly see what it was like for Anne and the families she was hiding with. You’ll need to book your tickets in advance, however.

Tips for getting around:

Amsterdam is renowned for being public transport and bicycle friendly, so either of these options could work for you. If you’re exploring about the city, and don’t fancy hiring a bicycle, the city card will give you unlimited transport in the area, as well as access and discounts to many of the city’s attractions.

Reykjavik

Something unusual to do:

Join Elfschool and learn all about Iceland’s folklore surrounding these mythical creatures. The school currently runs classes on Friday afternoons only, though if you know in advance about your trip, you can contact them for a private booking.

(If you’ve got access to a vehicle, and can get a bit further out, about an hour away you can snorkel between the Eurasian and North American plates. In Silfra, located in Thingvellir National Park, you can explore the sub-aquatic playground between two continental plates – the only place in the world this is possible! Got a bit more time? Take the time to dive this awesome spot instead!) 

Eat the local cuisine:

Fermented shark is probably one of the more uniquely local cuisines you will find in Iceland: Check out Café Loki, a family run café serving traditional Icelandic food, to give it a try!

The best selfie spot:

Imagine Peace Tower – this work of art comes in the form of a wishing well with a beam of light towards the sky powered by Reykjavik Energy, entirely renewable, and has Imagine Peace inscribed on it in 24 languages.

Not to miss:

Just 40 minutes from Reykjavik, the Blue Lagoon thermal springs is one of the most iconic spots in Iceland, heated to around 37-39 degrees Celsius.

Tips for getting around:

Most of the spots are within the city itself, so if you plan to get around Reykjavik, getting hold of a City card will give you unlimited bus travel, and also discounts into many attractions.

Krakow

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Something unusual to do:

Explore Krakow’s past with Rynek Underground, beneath the square in Old Town. Following an excavation in 2005, Krakow’s historical markets were uncovered, as well as their ancient practices for burying vampires. With limited capacity, it’s recommended you buy tickets with a specified time to uncover some of the city’s hidden past.

Eat the local cuisine:

Serving local dishes, Morskie Oko will give you the experience of some of Krakow’s favourites.

The best selfie spot:

In the heart of the Jewish district, Szeroka Street, which is much more like a square, retains much of its heritage, echoing the history of a lost world.

Not to miss:

Wieliczka Salt Mine, an underground maze of tunnels and chambers, located just outside of Krakow, continues to be one of Poland’s most popular attractions, registered on the UNESCO World Culture and Natural Heritage list, and housing the Chapel of St Kinga, and an underground restaurant.

(If you’re planning to do an overnighter in Krakow, this place becomes much more unusual as it is possible to stay overnight in the salt mine itself!)

Tips for getting around:

Most of the suggestions and other attractions are within walking distance in Krakow, but the city does boast an easy to use public transport network, with timed tickets available at low cost. Bear in mind that you need to ensure that you get your ticket stamped when you’re boarding, as inspectors check regularly and are not sympathetic with visitors!

 
 

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