Europe Travel Guide

Europe Travel Guides
CitySounds.Travel knows Europe inside out. We’ve been just about everywhere and recorded the best tourist guides and added our own insights.

You’ll pick up brilliantly evocative atmosphere and hard facts from most of Europe’s great, historic cities and beautiful country areas in our Europe travel guides… see what we have on our “country” pages…

Milan is the powerhouse of the Italian economy - there's big industry and banking around the city - but the centre has historic charm around the fabulously ornate Duomo - the cathedral - and around the chic Galleria Vittorio Emanuele…

Milan is the powerhouse of the Italian economy - there's big industry and banking around the city - but the centre has historic charm around the fabulously ornate Duomo - the cathedral - and around the chic Galleria Vittorio Emanuele…

Berlin is one of Europe’s great, historic cities. As capital of a wealthy, reunited Germany it offers all the pleasures of the flesh too … interesting eating and drinking and shopping. But obviously it is also Berlin’s troubled history that…

Berlin is one of Europe’s great, historic cities. As capital of a wealthy, reunited Germany it offers all the pleasures of the flesh too … interesting eating and drinking and shopping. But obviously it is also Berlin’s troubled history that…

Fresh content recorded and added November 2014... Berlin is one of Europe’s great, historic cities. As capital of a wealthy, reunited Germany it offers all the pleasures of the flesh too … interesting eating and drinking and shopping. But obviously…

Fresh content recorded and added November 2014 ... Berlin is one of Europe’s great, historic cities. As capital of a wealthy, reunited Germany it offers all the pleasures of the flesh too … interesting eating and drinking and shopping. But…

This extra free guide comes from Richard E Grant the actor whose TV series on the world's hotels included a visit to these two Berlin hotels with piles of history behind them. Obviously I can't charge for something I've borrowed.…

Budapest only became a single city in the late 1800s so it's very easy to divide a series of walking tours into the historic Buda side with its medieval castle... modern day National Gallery ... the fabulously restored Nicholas Church…

Budapest only became a single city in the late 1800s so it's very easy to divide a series of walking tours into the historic Buda side with its medieval castle... modern day National Gallery ... the fabulously restored Nicholas Church…

Budapest only became a single city in the late 1800s so it's very easy to divide a series of walking tours into the historic Buda side with its medieval castle... modern day National Gallery ... the fabulously restored Nicholas Church…

Istanbul is one of the world's most fascinating and lively cities. Its main architectural attractions - the Topkapi Palace, the Blue Mosque, Aya Sofia, the Basilica Cistern are all world class. But you'll also find thousands of fascinating things to…

Istanbul is one of the world's most fascinating and lively cities. Its main architectural attractions - the Topkapi Palace, the Blue Mosque, Aya Sofia, the Basilica Cistern are all world class. But you'll also find thousands of fascinating things to…

Marrakech has more character and buzz and style than half the rest of Africa. Djem el Fnaa square at night - the Souks through the day - chic places to stay - it's got them all. In this guide -…

Marrakech has more character and buzz and style than half the rest of Africa. Djem el Fnaa square at night - the Souks through the day - chic places to stay.. it's got them all. In this guide - and…

This guide has new material and has been re-edited for 2016 with extra content added.  Paris is truly an elegant and romantic city with world-class attractions. The iconic Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, the Orsay Museum, the old Opera…

This second part of three Paris guides is full of sparkling interviews and insights. It has equally compelling places to visit like the Chateau de Chaillot on high ground opposite the Eiffel Tower – then we look at the building…

Part three of our tour of Paris takes us to the Catacombs where skeletons were moved and reburied underground as Haussmann was rebuilding the elegant centre of Paris we see all around us today. They emptied medieval graveyards and had…

Venice is unique. The canals, the architecture, the history ... it's simply a stunning, world-class place to visit. This guide brings you all the sounds of the city as we tour St Mark's Square, the original "Ghetto" which was simply…

In this guide to World Heritage city Venice you'll be visiting the beautiful island church of San Giorgio Maggiore opposite St Mark's Square... take an early morning stroll around the bustling food markets of the Rialto... travel the Grand Canal…

Vienna is one of Europe's most historic and most appealing cities. It was the capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and has a long and important history. Vienna was the seat of the Habsburgs who ruled the Holy Roman Empire for…

Vienna is one of Europe's most historic and most appealing cities. It was the capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and has a long and important history. Vienna was the seat of the Habsburgs who ruled the Holy Roman Empire for…

Vienna is one of Europe's most historic and most appealing cities. It was the capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and has a long and important history. Vienna was the seat of the Habsburgs who ruled the Holy Roman Empire for…

Church carillons play tunes as distinctive as the city's canals. Elegant Architecture and painting... Rembrandt in Rijksmuseum. Rembrandt House museum. Tragic story of Ann Frank house... Jewish girl deported by Nazis after hiding for years. Canalboat trip always turns up…

Belgian mussels and fries and the architecture make no concessions. It's Belgian; diamond cutting to 57 facets. Superb new diamond museum and you follow one diamond from mine to being set in a ring. Deals with Conflict Diamonds; finest Belgian…

Sunday afternoon in the French-style bullring ... no blood; fine Provencal cuisine; Excellent local lamb and fish; history from Roman era onwards. Arles amphitheatre Built by Julius Caesar; people lived in the Roman arena in medieval times; Vincent van Gogh…

Start the day with local Barcelona people in a street café while the city wakes and sets off to work. Transport tips for getting around. Mainstream attractions like Antoni Gaudi’s Parc Guell; quality buskers play as you get the most…

The stunningly unconventional Guggenheim Museum on the river in Bilbao has revived the region’s tourism product. Bilbao buzzes with energy now that it has traded it’s old industrial past for a cool tourism present. Interesting coastal villages with Atlantic coast…

Bayeux - home to the eleventh-century tapestry recording the events running up to the Norman invasion of Saxon England - has much more of interest for tourists as well. There's the cathedral and Europe's first ring road - cleared by…

Berchtesgaden has its sadder historical connections with Hitler's Eagles Nest high above the town where the Nazi Fuhrer holidayed in the late 1930s and 1940s - BUT there's a lot of history and the folk culture of Bavaria down in…

Bernkastel is Germanic quaint personified. It's a delightful little town with a medieval feel to it, pretty little squares, walks along the banks of the river Mosel and more walks around the vineyard-covered hills and lots of excellent upmarket restaurants,…

Beziers is one of the most attractive and ancient cities in the south west of France. The historic centre sits on a bluff towering above the River Orb, which is itself crossed by France’s oldest working canal – the Canal…

Beziers is one of the most attractive and ancient cities in the south west of France. The historic centre sits on a bluff towering above the River Orb, which is itself crossed by France’s oldest working canal – the Canal…

Ephesus (Efes) where St Paul preached in the Theatre against the Goddess Diana in Acts Chapter 19. Amazing library of Celsius and the communal activity of the lavatories ! Hire car to Pamukkale. Mineral water from hot springs into swimming…

Bologna is known in Italy as "the fat one" because of its fine food and wealth - from ancient times through to successful modern industry and technology.  So join me around the weekend market on Via Independenza. At a great…

Caen is the cradle of the Norman invasion of England in 1066. It was William the Bastard, Duke of Normandy's base. It's castle still dominates the city but there's a lot more on offer - the two Abbeys William built…

Calais is one of those European port cities which is so easy to tear straight through as we drive to a ferry or away on our holidays. But Calais has a long history at the centre of battles between France…

Calais is one of those European port cities which is so easy to tear straight through as we drive to a ferry or away on our holidays. But Calais has a long history at the centre of battles between France…

Drouin are the aristocrats of Calvados - the traditional apple brandy of Normandy. They were distilling for twenty years - to age their product properly - befiore they sold a single bottle. You can tour and taste at their distillery…

This is a two-part guide taking the upscale Belle Epoque canal barge operated by European Waterways ( a British tour operator trading from www.gobarging.com ) for six days through rural Burgundy. It is a joy of a trip with extremely…

This is a two-part guide taking the upscale Belle Epoque canal barge operated by European Waterways ( a British tour operator trading from www.gobarging.com ) for six days through rural Burgundy. It is a joy of a trip with extremely…

Cochem - another of the attractive, quaint historic towns on the Mosel. Plenty of places to drink the glorious, fruity wines of the Mosel. They don't all have to be sweet - particularly if you pick the better "mit pradikat"…

Cognac the home of the world’s finest brandy – Cognac is defined by a small geographical region. Tour of Courvoiser Cognac house. Cognac town is very historic – has a wonderful indoor market and some attractive parks. What is Pineau…

Copenhagen has always had style and charm. From the delights of Tivoli Gardens to the Little Mermaid statue and on through quality shopping and dozens of set-piece tourist attractions like Amelienborg and Rosenborg Palaces. Beyond the city to Roskilde you'll…

Copenhagen has always had style and charm. From the delights of Tivoli Gardens to the Little Mermaid statue and on through quality shopping and dozens of set-piece tourist attractions like Amelienborg and Rosenborg Palaces. Beyond the city to Roskilde you'll…

It's now more than sixty years - indeed fast approaching seventy years since British, Canadian and American forces landed in Normandy to try and end the tyranny of Nazi Germany across Europe. In this guide you'll visit the main D-Day…

Dijon is a gloriously civilised and arty city, in east central France, which in its heyday as the capital of historic Burgundy was more powerful than Paris. The Dukes of Burgundy controlled lands not only in eastern France but on…

Dijon is a gloriously civilised and arty city. Gustave Eiffel - yes the Tower man - he came from here. And there are quirky food connections too... Dijon mustard is known globally... you can buy it draught from the Maille shop,…

This is one of the truly beautiful areas of Europe physically and with a rich and very visible heritage of history and fine cuisine. Tim and Liz are based around Sarlat and La Roque Gageac and find out all about…

The huge, resounding midday chimes of the city's cathedral and other churches is a great introduction to Florence the Divine. We’ll climb to the summit of the Doumo's dome, tour the great Santa Croce church, a sixteenth century pharmacy which…

This is a UNESCO world heritage site. The buildings are historic - this was the first working iron factory in Europe - but it is also an exquisite monastic complex. Just visit it ! This is a small part of…

Sunday morning stroll and breakfast from cake and pastry shops; Gent feels lived in... more so than Brugges. Cathedral tour; Guilds all built churches; canal boat tour; songbird market interesting; specialist markets ... plants, antiques, bric-a-brac; castle history; giant cannon,…

Gryon is a pretty little village sitting on a high balcony above the Rhone Valley in western Switzerland. Its summer gondola service takes you to the high alpine delights of Les Chaux and Tavayanne - old-style hamlets with places to…

Guerande is a tiny, medieval walled city just north of the mouth of the River Loire in southern Brittany. It has stacks of its own character and history but is bordered by huge salt marshes which make one of France's…

Guerande is a tiny, medieval walled city just north of the mouth of the River Loire in southern Brittany. It has stacks of its own character and history but is bordered by huge saltmarshes which make one of France's top…

Hamburg is essentially a waterside city. You can take trips on canals within the city, on the large Alster lake or into the huge port on the River Elbe. Riverside entertainment area has developed from old warehouse district. Don’t miss…

Helsinki is an elegant, waterside city with charming woodland and parks and a wide range of architectural styles from the Russian era through to bold new buildings. There's quality shopping too for Finnish design - and excellent eating. These two…

Helsinki is an elegant, waterside city with charming woodland and parks and a wide range of architectural styles from the Russian era through to bold new buildings. There's quality shopping too for Finnish design - and excellent eating. These two…

Honfleur is probably the most attractive coastal town in France. The Vieux Bassin has been featured in hundreds of paintings and photoshoots. The whole town is worth exploring - and it's also home to a fine art gallery where you…

Fresh conent added for 2015. Honfleur is probably the most attractive coastal town in France. The Vieux Bassin has been featured in hundreds of paintings and photoshoots. The whole town is worth exploring - and it's also home to a…

The people of Iceland also say that their country should have been called Greenland instead - while Greenland should be called Iceland. That's simply because Iceland is genuinely much greener - in summertime of course. Reykjavik is a fascinating city…

Krakow is one of eastern Europe's most attractive city with lots of beautiful medieval architecture around the main city square and also in the university, cathedral and castle districts. Since recovering from its time under Soviet Communism and under the…

This place officially called La Coupole or the dome is just outside St Omer in northern France - just off the A26 from Calais south. It's simply frightening to look at the vast concrete dome built into the side of…

A region of Spain defined by its wine of the same name. Inland and in the north east of Spain on the River Ebro. Beautiful, gentle peaceful, wine producing countryside and mountainous to the west. Touring the capital Logrono and…

Historic and attractive, lively port of La Rochelle. Good quality shopping in the old, arcaded town. History mixes with modern-day yachting and boating activity. Port area has a wide range of tourist standard, but excellent, characterful restaurants. Cruising out to…

Le Don de Fel is a fabulous phenomenon. It's architecturally unusual - huge, terra cotta coloured steel drums on a south of France mountain top... but also has brilliant ceramics displayed, made and sold within. Well worth a visit if…

Lisbon is an elegant and imposing city - well beyond what a first time visitor might expect. But Portugal's rich history of empire means Lisbon is a smart place. This guide takes you around the city centre... touring in a…

Lisbon is an elegant and imposing city - well beyond what a first time visitor might expect. But Portugal's rich history of empire means Lisbon is a smart place. This guide takes you around the city centre... touring in a…

This guide visits in detail the ultimate classic Loire chateau at Chenonceaux and then moves on to Cheverny and includes an interview with the Marquis who owns Cheverny. These are two of the classic Loire chateaux but Chambord and others…

In this programme you’ll be travelling around Orleans ( south west of Paris and on France’s greatest river – the Loire – and on westwards towards the Atlantic. Orleans is where Joan of Arc led her successful campaign against the…

This is a fabulously beautiful area of France - a little south and east of the Dordogne - but less well known. But it deserves a much greater reputation. It's a wonderful blend of high, but very verdant plateau country…

This is a fabulously beautiful area of France - a little south and east of the Dordogne - but less well known. But it deserves a much greater reputation. It's a wonderful blend of high, but very verdant plateau country…

Mainz is one of Germany's most historic religious centres. But it offers a lot more than just its history. It's a lively and classy shopping centre and with the good restaurants and bars to go with that ... like this…

Chopin museum at Monastery in Valdemossa; courtyards Around Palma city; lots of art nouveau; Europe's tallest Gothic Cathedral has Gaudi work; Arab palace; history of Majorca; Fabulous Palacio Casa Galesa hotel beside the Cathedral; Good bartop tapas eating, Bar Dia;…

Mons has a lot of very strong medieval events it holds each year. One of them is the Lumecon. Eight metre wicker dragon. Huge crowds with King of Belgium watching. City Hall from 1450. Berlaymont family lived here. British Duke…

Munich is southern Germany's capital city and also the capital of Bavaria. It's eleganty and lively with a strong cultural scene. Of course there are all the beer halls to visit and the Beerfest in October every year, but you'll…

Nantes is one of Europe's most creative and arty cities. It has re-created itself after the loss of its naval maritime role. It has history as the capital of medieval Brittany with a mighty castle, fine and historic cathedral -…

Nantes is one of Europe's most creative and arty cities. It has re-created itself after the loss of its naval maritime role. It has history as the capital of medieval Brittany with a mighty castle, fine and historic cathedral -…

Our guided walking tour will take you to ... the famous Cafe del Professori;  we'll discover Naples brilliant energy despite its reputation for crime; see the five storey elegant Gallery Umberto; ride one of the four funiculars worth a trip…

Nimes is a gracious, elegant and historic city developed by the Romans and still a real gem for a break or as the base for travelling more widely. You can't miss the Roman Arena - the best preserved in Europe…

Perugia is the regional capital of Umbria and has a fascinating and historic old city centre. Just down the road is Assisi home of St Francis with its great religious buildings. Umbria is quieter and more relaxed than Tuscany and…

Old Town Square.. superb architectural mix of Gothic, Renaissance, Modernist. Astronomical clock from 1410 strikes the hour. Busy with buskers. Boat trip on Vltava under Charles Bridge. 1348 Charles University. Monastery district on opposite bank. Stalin statue thrown in river…

Riga is the capital and largest city of Latvia. With 700,000 inhabitants Riga is the largest city of the Baltic states and home to more than one third of Latvia's population. The city lies on the Gulf of Riga, at…

Riga is the capital and largest city of Latvia. With 700,000 inhabitants Riga is the largest city of the Baltic states and home to more than one third of Latvia's population. The city lies on the Gulf of Riga, at…

Riga is the capital and largest city of Latvia. With 700,000 inhabitants Riga is the largest city of the Baltic states and home to more than one third of Latvia's population. The city lies on the Gulf of Riga, at…

Riga is the capital and largest city of Latvia. With 700,000 inhabitants Riga is the largest city of the Baltic states and home to more than one third of Latvia's population. The city lies on the Gulf of Riga, at…

The sculptures and architecture of Bernini define a huge amount of what we think of as the glories of Rome - the Fontana di Trevi, the fountain of the Four Rivers in the Piazza Navona, and great sculptures and church…

This guide provides some fresh insights into Rome's best-known tourist attractions, but with several off-the-beaten track little gems too. So hear about the Colosseum, the Forum, St Peter’s and the Spanish Steps – but also the hidden attractions of hearing…

Rudesheim has all the makings of a shameless tourist trap but if you join in the wine-induced jollity then it's a pretty little place. The narrow alleys are full of people eating and drinking, singing and carousing in a very…

Let's start by climbing 400 steps to top of great campanile in Campo. This is where that crazy horse race the Palio is held using bare-back horses. The 17 medieval Contrada ( or districts of Siena) compete. The local bank…

St Malo's pleasures and activities are obvious and many and covered in the main guides on this France page ... This is a new culinary walking tour around St Malo taking-in four really interesting food shops - spices, butter and…

St Malo is one of the most attractive walled cities in France. It stands on a rocky coast in Brittany known for its oysters and shellfish. The town is powerfully built of grey granite and is full of restaurants, fine…

St Malo is one of the most attractive walled cities in France. It stands on a rocky coast in Brittany known for its oysters and shellfish. The town is powerfully built of grey granite and is full of restaurants, fine…

St Petersburg is one of the world's most historically important cities. For decades under the Soviet Union it was called Leningrad - because this is where the Communist Russian Revolution began. It was besieged for nine hundred days by the…

St Petersburg is one of the world's most historically important cities. For decades under the Soviet Union it was called Leningrad - because this is where the Communist Russian Revolution began. It was besieged for nine hundred days by the…

Stockholm is one of the world's most beautiful and gentle-paced capital cities. It's built across thirteen islands and it has more grandeur than you would expect from modern-day, egalitarian Sweden. After all, a couple of hundred years ago Sweden was…

Stockholm is one of the world's most beautiful and gentle-paced capital cities. It's built across thirteen islands and it has more grandeur than you would expect from modern-day, egalitarian Sweden. After all, a couple of hundred years ago Sweden was…

Stockholm is one of the world's most beautiful and gentle-paced capital cities. It's built across thirteen islands and it has more grandeur than you would expect from modern-day, egalitarian Sweden. After all, a couple of hundred years ago Sweden was…

Stockholm is one of the world's most beautiful and gentle-paced capital cities. It's built across thirteen islands and it has more grandeur than you would expect from modern-day, egalitarian Sweden. After all, a couple of hundred years ago Sweden was…

Walking along the elegant Stockholm waterfront to Skansen is a pleasure in itself. Near Skansen is the brilliant Vasa Museum which is a must for you - and a must fr me to create a guide next time I'm in…

Walking along the elegant Stockholm waterfront to Skansen is a pleasure in itself. Near Skansen is the brilliant Vasa Museum which is a must for you - and a must fr me to create a guide next time I'm in…

This is a marvellous day trip up from Montreux on Lake Geneva and into the Alpine uplands around the extremely picturesque village of Gruyere. Stop at a cheese-making dairy, visit the castle of Gruyere and the amazing HR Giger museum…

Updated for 2015. Tallinn has become a Baltic favourite for tourists from all over the world since gaining its independence from the former Soviet Union. That dramatic regaining of its freedom was twenty years ago. Since then Tallinn has maintained…

Tallinn has become a Baltic favourite for tourists from all over the world since gaining its independence from the former Soviet Union. That dramatic regaining of its freedom was twenty years ago. Since then Tallinn has maintained its medieval old…

Romanesque cathedral of Trento.. Catholic fightback against Reformation; pedestrian area; fountain of Neptune; frescoes on buildings; 1240 Castle; River Adige runs through town; Ristorante Chiesa serves great mountain food; Rovereto fifteen miles south is known for its Peace Bell made…

Trier is a city with a long history. It was founded by the Romans and the old Black Gate - the Porta Nigra still stands. There are fine remains of palaces and basilicas and a Baroque Cathedral. This was also…

Holy city of Kairouan. Seven pilgrimages here equals one to Mecca. The souks sell the world’s best nutty, Turkish Delight. Tunisia has remarkable Arab interior but Europeanised coastline. Visit to handmade Carpet workshop – hear the girls at it. Hubble…

Bargemon is a delightfully attractive little hill town in the peaceful countryside behind the glitzy Cote d'Azur. IUt has a clutch of restaurants, a couple of art galleries and interesting food and wine producers in the hills around. It's also…

Villars sur Ollon, Les Diablerets, Switzerland in summer. Walking in alpine pastures with those cowbells still tinkling in the 21st century... fabulous views and meals in mountain restaurants... golf on offer... visit a dairy at breakfast time to see Gruyere cheese…

This is one of the more spiritual experiences in Turkey's biggest city. The Dervishes come from a small Islamic sect who try to submerge the "self" in love through a pirouetting dance in heavy flowing costumes. It's currently being held…

Ieper in Flemish ( Ypres in French) was an absolutely crucial defensive city in World War One. It was flattened as British and empire troops defended the Ypres Salient for the entire war around the city. In this guide visit…

Ypres or Ieper - to give it its Flemish name ( and that after all is where it is ! ) - is a remarkable rebuild of an important and wealthy medieval town but which was destroyed almost totally in…