"There is no other city like Venice. It has 180 canals, 450 bridges and magnificent palaces. It is a city rich in museums and historical buildings of great artistic and cultural importance like St Mark's Basilica, the Grand Canal, and the Piazza San Marco. Add to that the transient feeling and the quiet everyday life. The beauty of it all is truly apparent".
"Lisbon basks in the sun reflecting of the Tejo River and quickly seduces most visitors. The mixture of history and modernity, of small town and metropolis, of the antiquated and the shining new is irresistible. Add excellent shopping, late but safe nightlife and restaurants with Europe’s best dish, and you have the city in a nutshell."
"It is only fair to say that the places that stir all your senses and that creep under your skin are extremely rare. Cultural and artistic, cosmopolitan, unashamedly Burgundian, mysteriously medieval, and a Unesco World Heritage site to boot. Strolling along Bruges’ alleys, picturesque canals and verdant ramparts you cannot but fall hopelessly in love with her elegant mysteriousness".
"The Greeks and Romans did it, as did rich lords, film stars and artists. They were just going to pass by, but instead remained in Nice and along the Riviera. They were too captivated by the light and charmed by the taste of olives, wine and succulent vegetables. All this with a chance to dabble their toes in a turquoise sea!".
"It is possible that the city that never sleeps has calmed down a little in recent years. Yet, even if the bars close a bit earlier these days, you can still count on finding a party atmosphere at all times of the day and in all situations. And then, once you have had enough of socializing, you can take a few days out and enjoy the best kilometre of art to be found in Europe".
"Vienna fires our imagination with sweeping waltzes and balls at the Opera, beautiful buildings, the Spanish Riding School and traditional cafés. That being said, even with all this history and tradition, Vienna also has a very different side – its young, trendy and creative side. In the Freihausvierteil, creativity thrives and young designers and artists exhibit and sell their work".
"Mallorca has shed its skin—it has changed from package holiday island to pleasure island. These days we enjoy the cultural heritage from the Phoenicians, the Baleares (the original inhabitants, famed for their skill with stone slings), nomads, pirates, Greeks, Romans, Moors, Venetians, Frenchmen and Spaniards. Here you can live in ancient castles, farmhouses and renovated palaces".
"In Munich exclusive shopping, fashionable streets and monumental buildings co-exist with lederhosen, brass music and rustic beer halls. Visitors can start their day in a simple bar with knuckle of pork and sauerkraut, and end it in a gourmet temple with white linen tablecloths. Moreover, Germany’s most cheerful residents live here".
"The capital of Germany, which has been enormously afected by an incredible history as well as the dynamic changes since the Wall came down. A famous sightseeing landmarks like the Brandenburg Gate, Reichstag and East Side Gallery still bear witness to the history of the city – but today Berlin presents itself as a young and dynamic metropolis, setting new trends in architecture, art and fashion."
"Florence is the beautiful regional capital of Tuscany. It is acknowledged by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, and stepping onto its historic cobbles it is easy to see why. Cradled between the surrounding hills, the city hosts some of the most famous works of art on the planet and the whole of the city centre is packed with stunning palaces, churches and monuments."
"Welcome to the fabled “City of Love.” Paris is certainly one of the most romantic cities in the world. Whether an artist or a tourist, you will enjoy the long walks from Montmartre to the Quartier Latin. Going through some of the finest Roman and medieval monuments, sooner or later you will end up at a café, standing on the Pont Neuf Bridge, or exploring a vintage fashion shop in the Marais district".
"”Mother Prague has clutches,” Franz Kafka wrote, nearly one hundred years ago. Prague’s convoluted streets may keep you in those clutches, loving every second of it. Anyone who has wandered around the cobbled streets and Gothic alleyways, seeing the moon hover behind the towers and pinnacles of Europe’s most beautiful capital, will definitely come back".
"Rome, known as the Eternal City, has attracted visitors for over 2,000 years. It is one of the most magnificent and romantic cities in the world. Rome has an attractive mix of grandiose sights and bustling city life. Life is sweet—the cake is there for the eating. Italian designer shopping, smooth ice cream, frothy cappuccino and exquisite wines to name but a few things".
"Fanciful architecture and hip restaurants have come together with the sunny southern Spanish climate and beaches. This has transformed Barcelona in just a few decades from a rough port city to one of Europe’s—if not the world’s—premier destinations. Stroll along La Rambla, admire the Casa Calvet’s façade or the Casa Mila designed by Gaudi, visiting the Market of la Boqueria is a 'must do'!".
"The year 2013 is a very special year for Amsterdam. In celebration of several incredible milestones such as the opening of the renovated Rijksmuseum, 40 years of the Van Gogh Museum and 400 years of the Canal Ring. No wonder that Lonely Planet named Amsterdam as one of the best cities to visit in 2013, and CNN proclaimed Amsterdam as one of the 10 hottest destinations for this year: a “must-visit”!"