Top 10 destinations in Europe
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Top 10 destinations in Europe for a city break
Rome, Paris, London, Barcelona: no one of these famous destinations is included in the ranking of the top 10 destinations in Europe. According to this top 10 ranking the most beautiful city of the old continent is Riga, in Latvia, followed by Bergen in Norway.
To decree the unexpected success of the “Great North” towards more celebrated and visited location were the users of the American website 10Best.com which, at the end of four weeks of voting, have awarded he “Gem of the Baltic Sea” for the perfect mix between the “lively atmosphere of the city and the cultural and architectural richness that pervades it”, as stated in the official citation.
Not surprisingly, the capital of Latvia will also be the capital of Culture in 2014 and the Americans feel is that only now Riga is beginning to have the attention it deserves. The silver medal was for Bergen, liked for its location in the middle of the fjords and the typical colored houses overlooking the old town; Bergen is also a favorite destination for winter sports lovers, like the third-ranked, Innsbruck in Austria, that after two winter Olympic Games, is now one of the most famous alpine resorts for ski.
But if you are wondering what happened to cities like Prague or Budapest, universally recognized as one of the most picturesque in the world, not to mention Venice, here they come: Prague which, as defined by users, is considered more romantic than the romantic Paris is located in sixth place, just one place up than the Hungarian capital on the Danube that in addition to the majestic palaces, monuments and baroque to Gothic cathedrals, it also boasts a heritage of 123 thermal springs, while timeless beauty of Venice does not go beyond the ninth place.
Forth in this surprising ranking is the town of Dubrovnik in Croatia: its charming mediaeval and coastal town is growing up year by year in tourist visits, especially during summer season when beside to its fascinating old town you can also enjoy the great Dalmatian beaches and nightlife.
Fifth place is occupied by Chester: probably the most characteristic town of England visited mainly by national tourism but in the last years is getting more and more appreciation also by foreign tourists. Chester is surrounded by Roman walls and characterized by a quaint shopping district with no modern buildings, which seems borrowed from a fairy tale by the Grimm brothers.
On eighth position we find Santorini: undeniably spectacular with its cobalt blue skies and its white houses, with a postcard charm. In ninth position is Venice, probably the most visited destination of this ranking, and in 10th position is Bruges, the jewel of Belgium.
This is the Top 10 destinations in Europe complete Ranking:
1st Position of the Top 10 destinations in Europe: Riga (Latvia)
2nd Position of the Top 10 destinations in Europe: Bergen (Norway)
3rd Position of the Top 10 destinations in Europe: Innsbruck (Austria)
4th Position of the Top 10 destinations in Europe: Dubrovnik (Croatia)
5th Position of the Top 10 destinations in Europe: Chester (England)
6th Position of the Top 10 destinations in Europe: Prague (Czech Republic)
7th Position of the Top 10 destinations in Europe: Budapest (Hungary)
8th Position of the Top 10 destinations in Europe: Santorini (Greece)
9th Position of the Top 10 destinations in Europe: Venice (Italy)
10th Position of the Top 10 destinations in Europe: Bruges (Belgium)