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Top 5 European Cities You Can Explore In A Day

By Alex O'Dwyer


Thinking about going on a city break but don’t have a huge amount of time? Well, we’ve made a list of our top 5 European cities that you can explore within a day.

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1. Berlin

It’s possible to experience a lot of Berlin in just a day by beginning with Brandenburg Gate which introduces you to Berlin’s history of strife. After walking through the gate, go to Berlin’s largest park, Tiergarten. Here you can find the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, the Soviet War Memorial, the Golden Victory Column, and Bellevue Palace which is home to the German president. Head to the Berlin Wall Memorial and check out the different learning stations to learn about the wall and the families separated by it. Part of the Berlin wall contains the East Side Gallery, the longest open air gallery in the world. Get a photo at Checkpoint Charlie next which was the main border crossing between East and West Germany. Next on the list is a visit to the Bebelplatz Book Burning Memorial which can be hard to miss even when standing in Bebelplatz Square. After this, head to The Berliner Dom to admire the cathedral and check out the views of Berlin from the top. Finally go to Reichstag to learn about the German government and go up to the dome for views of Tiergarten and the city!

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2. Paris


Start your day off at the Arc de Triomphe and stroll down the Champs-Élysées towards the Eiffel Tower, admiring the shops along the way. At the Eiffel Tower hop on the lift to take you up and swap lifts on the second floor to make your final ascent up to the top floor. After this visit Concorde Square, the largest square in Paris, followed by the Louvre which you can walk to along the Seine river. It’s not likely that you’ll have time to go in and see the Mona Lisa with the massive queues there but you can still admire the great glass pyramid. Finally cross over the oldest bridge in Paris, Pont Neuf, to get to Notre Dame Cathedral. If you happen to have any time left then climb the stairs of Montmarte for a view of the city.

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3. Amsterdam


Flying from Dublin to Amsterdam takes a little over an hour and a half - a whole hour quicker than driving from Dublin to Galway! Begin your day by getting acquainted with the city by taking a one hour canal cruise. From there, rent a bike to get around and fit in with the locals. Visit Vondelpark, Amsterdam’s most famous park, and some of the famous museums and galleries such as the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum and Stedelijk Museum. Be sure to check out Jordaan, a historic neighbourhood that feels as though you are stepping back in time, in order to get a taste of the real Amsterdam.

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4. Barcelona


Get ready for Gaudi!  This Spanish architect famous for his unique designs is responsible for the first must see on our list in this city – La Sagrada Familia. This unfinished cathedral is well worth a visit for its breathtaking design which is scheduled to be completed in 2026. After this take a stroll around Park Guell, a public park which was a major landscaping project taken on by Gaudi, and take in the scenic views of the city. Walking tours of Gaudi’s other work are also available, many of which are free. Make sure to visit Barcelona’s most famous street, Las Ramblas, for some tapas and Sangria, or simply walk down it and soak up the atmosphere. Pop in to La Boqueria, Barcelona’s largest food market, located just off Las Ramblas.

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5. Budapest


To get the full experience of Budapest be sure to visit both parts of the city. Begin on the Buda side with a visit to the Castle District which is an UNESCO World Heritage Site, reflecting both medieval and baroque Budapest. In this district you can check out the Royal Palace, Matthias Church, and Fisherman’s Bastion which has great views of the Danube River, the bridges, Parliament building in Pest and the Buda Hills. Head over to Deák Square where you have the option of going to Vörösmarty tér to visit a classic coffee house and cake shop, Gerbeaud; or to Váci utca for some shopping; or to St. Stephen’s Basilica which is Budapest’s tallest building; or finally, to the Eye, a ferris wheel at Erzsébet Square for some scenic views. If you have any extra time then visit one of the thermal bath houses that Budapest is famous for and relax after all that walking around the city! 

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