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10 places in Europe all students should visit

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With a Eurolines 30 day pass on hand, I spent this summer travelling around Europe, visiting 12 different cities on route. Here are the top 10 highlights of my trip which I would urge every student to check out:

Petrin Lookout Tower, Prague

This miniature version of the Eiffel Tower is the perfect place to visit if you want to get away from the endless throng of tourists which seems to greet you in every city you enter. For just a few Euros, you can go up the tower and experience the breathtaking views over Prague. The fact that it is located in the middle of a park, a lovely walk away from the city through the woods, is yet another bonus.

East Side Gallery, Berlin

The remaining stretch of the Berlin Wall has been covered with paintings by artists from all over the world, each one in some way signifying freedom. It was incredibly moving to walk along next to the wall viewing the memorial. This is a thought provoking place, which every person should be able to visit.

Széchenyi Thermal Baths, Budapest

These world famous spa baths can serve as a much needed break from sightseeing and provide a day of relaxation. With both indoor and outdoor pools, ranging from freezing cold temperatures, to 40°C, you can spend a day unwinding from your travels, whilst experiencing what Budapest is famous for.

Fisherman’s Bastion, Budapest

Located on top of Castle Hill, the Fisherman’s Bastion viewpoint is a vantage point unlike no other. I could have sat there for hours looking over the city below me, but of course time was limited. If you can only spend half an hour up there, you will not be disappointed – this place really does hold some spectacular views.

 

Murano Island, Venice

Located roughly a mile north of Venice, this island, commonly known as ‘The Glass Island’ is the ideal place for a day trip when visiting the area. You can meander along the narrow streets and over the footbridges, whilst stopping off at one of the many glass making businesses along route to view a murano glass making demonstration.

 

Marseille’s beaches

Marseille’s coastline is spectacular, with many different coves and beaches to explore. If you fancy taking a couple of days out from the hustle and bustle of big cities, Marseille is the place to go to get away.

 

PLUS Camping Roma, Rome

This place to stay on the edge of Rome is a cross between a campsite and a very large hostel. With bungalows for ridiculously cheap prices per night, a swimming pool, restaurant, and pool bar on site, you would be silly not to book a few nights here if you’re looking for something that little bit different.

Puerta del Sol, Madrid

This square in the heart of Madrid, known as ‘Sol’ by the locals seemed to be thriving no matter what time of day I went there. The square is definitely the heart of the city, with numerous shop lined streets leading off it, street artists and bars. Go there if you want to experience what being at the very centre of a city feels like.

 

Boulevard Edgar Quinet, Paris

If you want to experience a true French crêpe this is the place to visit, as the streets in the Edgar Quinet area are full to the brim with crêperies offering almost every sweet and savoury pancake you can dream of.

 

Vondelpark, Amsterdam

The most famous park in Amersterdam, hosting the ‘I Amsterdam’ sign is an absolute must for students on a tour of Europe. Not only does it provide great photo opportunities, but it is also a niche spot for exploration on bikes, away from the traffic.

 

To buy your Eurolines pass online or to find out which cities a Eurolines pass allows you to travel to, go to http://www.eurolines.com/en/eurolines-pass/




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