Anyone who is truly interested in delving into the rich history of the world or reveling in its wide array of cultures will have to take a trip to Europe. However, first time European travelers may find themselves overwhelmed with the variety of choices of cities that most travelers end up returning to once or twice. Whether you're following cobble stoned streets during the day or pub crawling at night, there is something in Europe for the first time European traveler.
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
The city of Dutch bicycles, prominent buildings and something about legalized marijuana may remind you that Amsterdam is a popular European destination. Besides the legality of marijuana and prostitution, Amsterdam is heavily known for being a fun loving city. Cultural enthusiasts will love sights such as the Rijksmuseum and the Anne Frank Huis. While you're there, it is best to see the infamous canals by bike. End the day with your new friendly Dutch buddies at a pub crawl where you can try other fantastic beers besides Heineken and Amstel.
If you're looking for a beautiful cosmopolitan city in the heart of the Mediterranean, look no further than beautiful Barcelona. Here is where you'll find tourists flocking to dynamic restaurants, beautiful beaches and crowded clubs. It is the place to be blown away by such a cool place with unique things to do. Attractions include the large Park Guell for panoramic views of the city, La Sagrada Familia; an unfinished architectural work of art and tapas! Barcelona is known for its delicious tiny treats worth sharing while watching a gorgeous sunset at the beach.
One of the most up and coming cities in Europe in the last twenty years has to be Berlin. Since the post-wall rebirth, it has become a destination worth visiting besides seeing where the wall once stood. Enjoy your first European experience with a tour of a cultural mix of New York City cool and European posh. Catch a glimpse of unique art at the Hamburger Banhof; a converted 19th-century train station. Other famous landmarks include the Checkpoint Charlie Museum; recollecting a historical look at the Cold War.
Looking for a blossoming capital with fantastic architecture and a beautiful harbor? Copenhagen's status as a wonderful city in Scandinavia rises with every traveler's visit to the European city. Travelers fall in love with the historical context of the cobbled squares and canals, yet can enjoy modern cafes and bars. Copenhagen is also very English friendly and welcomes tourists with an easy to navigate transport system.
Prague, Czech Republic
Even with the rise and fall of communism, Prague never showed signs of falling off the map as a prime European destination. It may be easy to be overwhelmed with just the city itself, but it is worth the trip to the Eastern European city. Enjoy the stunning melting pot of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque influences all around you in the city buildings and streets. Besides seeing the famous Prague castle, find yourself at the Old Town where you must try the famous Pilsner Urquell.