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    Quote Originally Posted by Maciamo View Post
    Based on my experience of travelling and living around Europe, I would like to make a list the the best cities by category, rating them respectively 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, 3A and 3B. Note that I have listed Nordic countries or Ireland, and have only been to Praha and Budapest in Eastern Europe. Basically, the numeral ranking is about the overall beauty/quality, while the letters refer to the length of stay to fully enjoy the city (A the longest, C the shortest).

    1A : outstanding cities with enough sights for 1 to 2 weeks

    London
    Rome
    Florence
    Paris

    1B : same as 1A, but with sights for less than 1 week (usually 2 or 3 days)

    Salamaca
    Seville
    Venice
    Nice
    Oxford
    Cambridge
    Praha
    Vienna
    Istanbul

    1C : same as 1B, but with sights for just one day

    Cordoba
    Caceres
    Evora
    Pontevedra
    Santiago de Compostela
    Carcasonne
    Monaco
    Pisa
    Lucca
    San Gimignano
    Siena
    Lille
    Luxembourg
    Bruges
    Maastricht
    Bath
    York

    2A : very good destinations with sightseeing for several days, but less impressive overall than those ranked 1A.

    Brussels
    Amsterdam
    Copenhagen
    Stockholm
    Barcelona
    Madrid
    Lisboa
    Budapest
    Athens

    2B : Same as 2A, but with sights that can be covered in 1 day

    Granada
    Merida
    Milano
    Marseille
    Nimes
    Avignon
    Montpellier
    Antwerp
    Namur
    Delft
    Leiden
    Brighton
    Stratford-upon-Avon

    3A : Less beautiful cities with enough exceptional attractions for several days

    Berlin

    3B : same as 3A but with sights that can be covered in 1 day

    Bristol
    Portsmouth
    Salisbury
    Canterbury
    Munich
    Frankfurt
    Regensburg
    Bonn
    Trier
    Aachen
    Ghent
    Gouda
    Den Haag
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    I have visited several european cities but for me Barcelona is number one ,very beautiful city

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    Barcelona is getting worst. Actually, going through La Rambla at night it's a shame due to prostitution and other things. Years ago was much better.

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    What do you think of St. Pitersburg and Kyiv please if you ever visited. Stambul's architecture isn't really european.
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    Bucharest is a beautiful destination... Filled with culture and a mix of architecture. If you do go just make sure to be careful and not come off too touristy... There are areas that are less than savory.

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    I've been there, but wasn't impressed that much. Sorry to say this, but actually it was one of the ugliest cities I've ever seen. I rather prefer the towns of Transylvania, Sighisoara, Sibiu and Cluj Napoca to be precise, I loved it there!

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    I loved the decadent air in Bucharest, you can see it was once a vibrant and rich city. The little churches scattered all over town are fantastic. Taxi drivers seem slightly more honest than in Berlin, funny enough...

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    Don't know, until today I never took a cap in Berlin.

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    I disagree with Athens being 2A and Rome 1A, I find them very similar and Athens is in general more tourist friendly and has more to offer than Rome. For the rest 1A's I agree.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cimmerianbloke View Post
    I loved the decadent air in Bucharest, you can see it was once a vibrant and rich city. The little churches scattered all over town are fantastic. Taxi drivers seem slightly more honest than in Berlin, funny enough...

    Bucharest is considered the Paris of the East (whatever that means).I've never been to there though. My favourite European city is Prague. A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaschalisB View Post
    I disagree with Athens being 2A and Rome 1A, I find them very similar and Athens is in general more tourist friendly and has more to offer than Rome. For the rest 1A's I agree.
    You are kidding, right?

    Athens has little of historical and cultural interest with the important exception of the Acropolis.

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    tastes are different...

    I liked London, Valencia and Barcelona...

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    Hi

    I am a new member of this forum...Please suggest me which should be my first city to visit Europe.....I want to visit the whole Europe....

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    Start in Ólafsvík finish in Дербент, you'll see all Europe on your way. ;)

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeBrok View Post
    Start in Ólafsvík finish in Дербент, you'll see all Europe on your way. ;)
    Sorry I don't have that big budget and that long holidays.....May be few nice and close cities......I would love to see hertiage stuff.....

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    Tough, Kanwal, we are all born in Europe and only have seen a fraction of it... If you have just a couple of weeks, and limited cash, just buy "Europe on a shoestring" (http://www.amazon.com/Lonely-Planet-.../dp/1740593146), you can't go wrong...

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    Seems like a pretty good list.

    Although Barcelona can come higher for me also.

    About time I go visit some other cities again

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    Where is Vilnius?:)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cimmerianbloke View Post
    Tough, Kanwal, we are all born in Europe and only have seen a fraction of it... If you have just a couple of weeks, and limited cash, just buy "Europe on a shoestring" , you can't go wrong...
    Thanks dear...M ok with Cash...M an IT professional in New Zealand.....hopefully I ll get 20-25 days off from work..so what do you suggest in this kind of scenerio...I would love to see cultural and heritage stuff......

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    Here is what i would do if I were in your situation: get a month-long Euro railway pass and do this trip: London-Brussels-Paris-Strasbourg-Cologne-Heidelberg-Torino-Roma-Venice-Salzburg-Viena-Prague-Berlin and fly back home.
    Second option, not so much time on the road: London-Brussels-Paris-Barcelona-Torino-Roma-Viena-Prague.
    Hope it helps. You can also get a look at the Unesco heritage sites to make a list that better suits your tastes (http://www.amazon.com/World-Heritage...5350878&sr=8-1)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cimmerianbloke View Post
    Here is what i would do if I were in your situation: get a month-long Euro railway pass and do this trip: London-Brussels-Paris-Strasbourg-Cologne-Heidelberg-Torino-Roma-Venice-Salzburg-Viena-Prague-Berlin and fly back home.
    Second option, not so much time on the road: London-Brussels-Paris-Barcelona-Torino-Roma-Viena-Prague.
    Hope it helps. You can also get a look at the Unesco heritage sites to make a list that better suits your tastes
    Hey the 1st option sounds great...but do you think it will be easy to cover these many cities in 25 days or so......and sorry I dint get what you meant by "not so much time on the road"....I have read it that euro-rail is a really popular way of transportation...So i think i ll read the books u suggested and will go by euro-rail and pick few cities from the 1st option....

    One more thing your option one list is missing Barcelona and Amsterdam....are they too far away??....Is there any website or something which u are aware of where I can see the route and pick cities???

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    The first option will have you on the road a lot, the second not as long. I would check Wikipedia, Wikitravel and Google-picture your destinations to have a clear idea of what you want to prioritize. As for the trains schedules, visit http://www.eurail.com/home

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cimmerianbloke View Post
    The first option will have you on the road a lot, the second not as long. I would check Wikipedia, Wikitravel and Google-picture your destinations to have a clear idea of what you want to prioritize. As for the trains schedules, visit
    Thanks a lot for your help

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    Or the seven Glens of Antrim..N.Ireland. Some of the most beautiful natural scenery that can stand above many others.IMO
    But of course this is not a city! Yet you can go to Belfast in the North and onto Dublin in the South..both beautiful and lots of great period buildings. Also good food and night life!

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    this is a rather uninspired list. it is for people who prefer not to travel with an open mind and on trodden paths. Or the author is old, if not in age, so in mind. Or he is from somewhere very far from Europe, for Asians f.e. clichés help to reduce the complexity of a one-week-visit to Europe (the same being true vice-versa, i.e. Europeans visiting Asia). I for example used to detest Berlin when it was devided, but in 2012 it has as much to discover as London or Paris- only in very different way, away from imperial-museal aspects, it is Europe today. And the quality of life is much better than in those cities, and at least Paris I know intimately. But all depends on what you want. I believe there are so many splendid places in Eastern Europe to be seen that suffer from ignorance about them or a wrong cliche. Just a thought.

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