Rome and Naples
These two Italian cities can and even need to be seen at a time: from the capital of Italy to Naples, you can take a comfortable train in two and a half hours. We advise you to build at least two days for each city: this is enough to familiarize yourself with the main sights and see if you should return here in the future.
In Rome, be sure to visit the Cathedral of St. Peter and stroll through the eponymous square. It is better to come to the cathedral as early as possible: the observation deck opens at eight in the morning, and from nine the queue of tourists crosses the square. Then go to the side of the castle of Saint Angel, cross the Tiber on the bridge and get lost in the narrow streets of the old town. The second day can be devoted to walks around the Colosseum and the ruins, and if the weather is too hot – the park at Villa Borghese.
Naples is a city far less rich in sights than Rome. It is better to just walk the streets and soak up the local flavor, not forgetting to go to the bars for coffee: Neapolitan espresso is considered the most delicious in Italy. If the soul asks for history, take a look at the local castles: Castel Nuovo, despite the word “new” in the name, has its history since the 13th century, and Castel del Ovo is even older. It is said that Naples was founded on this place in the 6th century BC. Well, if the weather is especially hot, get down under the ground: there are many catacombs and underground passages under Naples, many of which offer interesting excursions.
Verona and Venice
A convenient and fast train runs from Verona to Venice, so in just over an hour you will find yourself in the city of canals and the palazzo. This is convenient if the trip is short, and the soul requires more beauty and atmosphere.
A couple of days in Verona will be enough for walking through the streets and an excursion to Castelvecchio Castle. Be sure to go to the famous Amphitheater, built in the 1st century of our era: in the afternoon you can get here with a guided tour, and in the evenings in the evening there are often concerts and operas. Look in the courtyard of the house of Juliet to take a picture on the background of the balcony, touch the statue and, if you want, leave a little note in the wall. And a hundred meters from this house stands the house of Romeo, which, unlike the fictional house of Juliet, actually belonged to the real Montecchi family – the prototype of Shakespeare’s heroes.
In Venice, a couple of days may not be enough, it’s so cool to walk through the narrow streets and bridges through the canals. There is something to see here too: from the widely known Cathedral of St. Mark and the Doge’s Palace to more modest basilicas and churches. In general, the whole city is a huge museum, so get in the gondola and go on a tour of the canals. But on a visit to the famous areas of Murano and Burano two days may not be enough, leave them for the next trip.
Helsinki and Stockholm
Two Scandinavian capitals for one trip is easy to see – and, by the way, a trip to Stockholm via Helsinki will be cheaper. There are ferries between Finland and Sweden, which serve several companies. For example, you can sit in Helsinki at 17:30 and at ten in the morning the next day to be in Stockholm.
On the inspection of the Finnish capital of two days is enough. It’s nice and easy to walk around the centre – the streets will lead you to the embankment and to the Cathedral in any case – and make a list of sights in advance. Include the Campi chapel, the Temppeliaukio rock church, the Sibelius monument and the Esplanade park. And if you want to see the city from a height, walk to the Finnair SkyWheel Ferris Wheel on the waterfront.
Stockholm in two days will surely have time to charm you. Start your tour from the city centre, where all the main sights are located: the Royal Palace, the Reichstag building, the Church of St. Nicholas and the German Church, the narrowest alley in the city and the smallest monument. And the second day you can devote to walking through the streets and the embankment, look at the island of Djurgården with amusement parks and interesting museums.
Amsterdam and Brussels
Travelling to Amsterdam is wonderful because you can take a train from this city to many beautiful places around. We chose the capital of Belgium as a couple to travel: Many tourists underestimate Brussels, considering that there is nothing more to do in this city for more than a couple of days. So you will have the opportunity to confirm or refute this opinion. Moreover, the road from Holland to Belgium will take less than two hours.
How to spend two days in Amsterdam? Depends on your interests. The city will suit both young people, who will be able to start up here in all serious (with reservations, of course), as well as lovers of history and art. You can also combine one with the other: on the first day, take a walk along the canals, ride a rented bicycle, sit in coffee shops, and in the evening take a look at the windows of the Red Light District. And the next morning look at the Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum, visit the house of Anne Frank and the Rembrandt Museum.
Brussels is a more strict and dignified city. It is worth starting the inspection from the historical centre where Market Square, the Cathedral of St. Michael and the Basilica of Sacre Coeur is located. Walking the streets, do not accidentally walk past the famous Manneken Pis: the sculptural symbol of Brussels is quite small, and many tourists do not find it the first time. For more modern experiences go to the Atomium – the monument, which is an enlarged iron molecule. In the upper ball is an observation deck with a great view of the city, and at the foot is the Mini-Europe park with miniatures of the most beautiful sights of the European Union.
Prague and Dresden
If you rent a car in Prague, the choice of neighbouring cities for inspection is simply huge – you can drive around the Czech Republic (go to Karlovy Vary and Brno, look at the castles), and get to Austria and Germany. We chose a small German Dresden in a couple of the Czech capital, for a visit which will be enough for a couple of days.
But two days to Prague may not be enough – this atmospheric medieval city with unusual architecture wants to be seen and discovered again and again. Be sure to take a walk through the Prague Castle Castle complex and go to St. Vitus Cathedral – it’s good to return here in the evening when the cathedral is highlighted and looks like a carved flashlight. View the city from a height – for this, go up to the observation deck of the Petrin Tower. Walk through the narrow streets with colourful houses and cross the river along the famous Charles Bridge to reach the Old Town Square with an amazing astronomical clock.
Less than two hours away by car – and now you find yourself in an amazing city, burned to the ground at the end of World War II, but so alive today. This is not the most popular tourist destination, but the more valuable are the few days spent here. Start exploring the city from the old centre, Altstadt, with the Frauenkirche church, which survived the bombardment, but then collapsed anyway and stood in ruins for 40 years for the edification of the descendants. Today it is restored, and from the observation deck offers a great view of the city. Look at the Academy of Arts, Semper Opera, Zwinger Palace Complex. If you want to join the art, go to the Dresden art gallery, where you can see the paintings of Vermeer and Rembrandt. And of course, walk around the embankment and the streets more – in Dresden you can meet amazing buildings and even entire neighbourhoods.