Help Me Choose Next European Adventure…?| Wanderlust Wednesday

“Through travel I first became aware of the outside world; it was through travel that I found my own introspective way into becoming a part of it.” – Eudora Welty

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been a little bit restless. Don’t get me wrong, I’m enjoying being home, but for the last two years I have constantly had a trip to look forward to. I’ve lived in France and the Netherlands. I’ve visited Brussels, Geneva and London, as well as many Dutch cities. I had never experienced wanderlust before January of this year, when I yearned to return to Amsterdam. And we all know how that turned out! So I’ve decided that I need to book a weekend city-break somewhere, and I’m hoping you guys can help me choose where to go! My wanderlust list is extensive, but I’ve narrowed it down to three European cities –  I’d love to hear your thoughts, advice and experiences on them.

Copenhagen, Denmark

I have wanted to visit Copenhagen ever since I first watched a movie about Hans Christian Andersen as a child. At age 10, my teacher gave me Denmark as my European country to research and present a project on. I didn’t want Denmark. Denmark wasn’t cool. I wanted France or Spain! However, the country slowly grew on me as I discovered it is the home of LEGO and especially when I was introduced to my first royal family that did not live in England! Ever since then, Copenhagen has been synonymous with royalty and fairytales, so not surprisingly top of my list is a visit to Kronborg Castle, and Langelinje Pier to see the Little Mermaid. I’m fascinated by Danish culture, or my limited knowledge of it. Danes are known as the happiest people in the world; they like to cycle and Copenhagen is one of the most eco-friendly cities in the world. With beautiful buildings along the canals like the picture of Nyhavn above, the scenery takes my breath away. I’m also very fond of the word hygge, the Danish equivalent of the Dutch word gezellig! A trip to Copenhagen is a definite must-happen in 2015.

 Krakow, Poland

Another old, culturally rich city I’ve been humming and hawing over for a while is Krakow. I have many Polish friends, and it is from spending time with them that I have learned to lust after this city from afar. From all accounts, it seems like a place that transports you back in time. The main square is supposed to be the most beautiful of any large European city. I want to wander aimlessly around Wawel Royal Castle, and view the city peacefully from the top of the hill. I would love to experience Auschwitz as I’ve heard it is a life-affirming experience. Also, to add to my WWII fascination, Schindler’s Factory sounds like an exciting and educational way to discover the history of Krakow. As a vegetarian, I’m not too sure how I’d fare with all the meat laden dishes that my friends eat (unsure if these are traditional dishes or not!), but I wouldn’t say no to a taste of Polish vodka!

Berlin, Germany

I must confess that out of all three cities, Berlin is one I know the very least about. Germany has never been a country I have felt the overwhelming urge to visit. When I was younger, I crossed the border from Luxembourg to Germany to have lunch at a vineyard. That should give you an idea of how much I know of the country. However, before I visited the Netherlands I knew virtually nothing about Dutch history or culture either, and now I’m obsessed with learning more! Other than the Reichstag and the Brandenberg Gate, my knowledge of Berlin is limited to what others tell me. By large it has all been incredibly positive. I’ve been told that Berlin is not only unbeatable for history and art while also one of the coolest, most diverse and eclectic cities in Europe, and that’s good enough for me!

So guys I need your help. Let me know if you have ever been to Copenhagen, Krakow or Berlin, and if you were planning a mini vacation, which city would you choose?

Charlene

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16 thoughts on “Help Me Choose Next European Adventure…?| Wanderlust Wednesday

  1. Oh Charlene you have made it very difficult to choose. Des worked in Denmark and absolutely loved it. Copenhagen is fantastic, but some of its attractions close this time of year. But it is a fantastic city, and the Christmas beer is well lets just say…

    I worked with a girl from Krakow, and wow wow wow it just looks and sounds amazing. Quite a cosmopolitan feel to it, with lots of attactions. And if the girl I worked with is anything to go by lovely lovely people.

    Rose was in Berlin earlier, this year, and Kim had a friend who lived there for awhile and OMG! You won’t be disappointed.

    So you may just pull a name from a hat, and whichever comes out you will have a ball, and will not be disappointed.

    • Thanks so much for taking the time to write this Ger – it means a lot 🙂 It’s looking like Copenhagen for the moment. A friend of mine was in Krakow over the summer and all of her pictures looks so beautiful – it is a city so full of art and culture that I would no doubt love it!

  2. Having been to all 3 cities they’ve all got their perks! I’m a lover of history so Krakow and Berlin have lots of WW2-related things to do. Berlin isn’t the prettiest of places whereas the other two are quite pleasing on the eye.
    However, I came back from Copenhagen last week and I’m missing the place big time, get yourself to Denmark! (and budget for extortionate prices)

  3. Great choices! I’ve been to Krakow (http://stepstofollow.net/2014/10/25/exploring-krakow-poland-the-city-of-resilience/) and Berlin (http://stepstofollow.net/2014/11/06/the-two-day-berlin-bender/).
    Krakow was an utter shock to me, I had not expected such beauty. But Berlin is probably one of the biggest highlights for me on my eurotrip. It is such a unique place with so much beauty, old and new, that it was impossible not to fall in love.
    I have never been to Copenhagen, but I’m dying to go! Therefore, I think you should explore Copenhagen for your next trip so I can live vicariously through you (haha)!

    Good luck!
    Lexie

    • Thanks for the links Lexie – I just love your blogs and your photos!! It really is looking like Copenhagen is the big winner at the moment, so maybe you’re right – I’ll take one for the team and head there haha 🙂

  4. I have never been to these places so can’t really help here! I would love to go to all three of them though. If you wanted any more options to add in, I would definitely recommend Florence in Italy. It is by far my favourite European city that I have visited (but I guess it doesn’t help that I have never visited the three places you have listed). I hope you manage to decide and I guess whoever you go, you will have an incredible time. There is always time to visit the other two alter anyway!
    Sass x

  5. Hi 🙂 I’m from Kraków and I can definitely recommend my city. If you come in December or January don’t miss visiting the exhibition of szopka krakowska. However, I think, Kraków is most beautiful in spring or early autumn so you may try coming then. I haven’t been to the other two but I would vote for Copenhagen.

    • Thank you so much for your advice Joela 🙂 I am thinking it is going to be Copenhagen first, and Kraków very soon after, hopefully in the spring. I would love to see it around Christmas time though – I bet it is beautiful! x

  6. I’ve never been to Krakow, but I have been to both Copenhagen and Berlin, and both are awesome cities… Very different cities… Copenhagen architecturally reminded me of Amsterdam without the canals… Berlin, well I love the place so I am biased, but in my opinion Berlin has so much different things rolled up into one that it’ll always will offer something new, if it’s culture (more musea then days in the year) going out (huge amounts of underground music parties) or just travelability (awesome public transport). It’s also possibly the greenest city I have ever seen (I mean that there is lots of greenery)… so I’d advise Berlin… Copenhagen is alos a nice city though, and personally I’ve always wanted to visit Krakow

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