From the winding canals of Amsterdam to the marble streets and baroque buildings of Dubrovnik, here are the top European destinations to visit in 2020 as picked by ROL Cruise.
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10. Vienna, Austria
The capital city of Austria, Vienna is a hub of musical and artistic talent. Kunsthistorisches Museum is the place to be for art lovers. Opened in 1891, the museum was built by Emperor Franz Joseph in order to suitably shelter Habsburgs’ formidable art collection and make it accessible to the general public. It is home to many masterpieces from artists such as Raphael, Rubens and Bruegel.
If you have the chance, attending a performance at the Wiener Staatsoper (State Opera) is a must. The Wiener Staatsoper, which opened in 1869, produces roughly 60 operas and over 350 ballet performances every year, so there’s always something on.
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9. Malaga, Spain
The southern Spanish city of Malaga has more to offer than meets the eye. The birth city of Pablo Picasso boasts a diverse array of museums, a restored historic centre and the remnants of Moorish architecture. The Picasso Museum holds over two hundred pieces of Pablo Picasso’s artwork, much of which has been donated by his family.
As is expected of Mediterranean climes, the sun shines down on Malaga for most of the year. What better way to enjoy the sunshine than a wander around the gardens and quaint courtyards of Alcazaba, the medieval Moorish fortress? Marvel at the best preserved fortress in the country or rest by one of the many fountains.
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8. Budapest, Hungary
Named as the Best Cruise Destination of 2017 by Cruise Critic, Budapest, the capital city of Hungary, is split into two sides; Buda on the west side of the Danube River and Pest on the east. Connected by seven different bridges, the two halves create a city rich in Art Nouveau architecture and living history.
Hungarian cuisine is rich in flavour and heavy on dairy, cheese and meats. Goulash is a quintessential Hungarian dish and what better way to enjoy it than in the capital of Hungary? Gettó Gulyás is our favourite place to dine when in Budapest.
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7. Kotor, Montenegro
Though a small town, Kotor has a big personality. On the western coast of Montenegro, tucked away from the Adriatic Sea, Kotor offers a charming glimpse back in time. St John Fortress (also called the Castle of San Giovanni) is certainly worth the rigorous trip. Located above the bulwarks of the Old Town, the fortress looks over Kotor, offering some of the most spectacular views.
If you’d rather not tackle the 1,300 rocky steps up the hill, why not wander round Kotor’s Old Town instead? An area steeped in history, culture and tradition; the Old Town has been preserved over the years and has a great number of monuments including medieval architecture, churches, cathedrals, palaces and museums.
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6. Santorini, Greece
Famous for its dramatic clifftops peppered with blue-domed buildings, Santorini is the largest Greek island. Beautifully scenic and historically fascinating, it is rumoured to have inspired Plato’s Atlantis. Oía is perhaps the most well known part of Santorini. Located on the northern tip it is a postcard perfect puzzle of winding paths, welcoming restaurants and quaint shops.
Though the starting point for those on a cruise to Santorini will be the old port of Skala. Here you’ll be welcomed by souvenir filled shops and restaurants. Firá, the islands capital city, looks over Skala and is covered in whitewashed homes that cling to the multicoloured cliffside.
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5. Dubrovnik, Croatia
So, you may not be able to travel to Dubrovnik by dragon, but you can by ship! The coastal city of Dubrovnik, Croatia famously appeared in Game of Thrones. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979, Dubrovnik is home to marble streets, Baroque buildings and serene surroundings.
George Bernard Shaw once said, “Those who seek paradise on earth should come to Dubrovnik and find it.” The splendour of the pedestrian only Old Town is a treasure trove of beautiful and historic architecture, but there is no better way to soak up the sun than by lying on one of the city’s sun kissed sandy beaches.
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