Quiet Cities: Four Most Relaxing European Cities
Looking for a European city break but don’t want to be fighting for pavement space, queuing to get into restaurants, or squished against the window on public transport?
It might seem impossible to find but, believe it or not, there are some quiet European cities where you can enjoy the beautiful museums, trendy shopping centres and scenic views without the hustle and bustle.
Forget about London, Istanbul and Rome, book flights to one of these cities below.
The often-overlooked capital of Slovenia has a shockingly easy-going and reserved atmosphere. With a population of 295,504, it’s a small city that welcomes a humble two million tourists each year.
The very centre of the city is car-free meaning you can wander through the cobbled streets at ease and dine by the Ljubljanica river without disturbance.
Not only is the city serene but it has numerous things to do and see such as the striking hilltop castle, historic museums and Tivoli park.
The refreshing sprawls of green space, tranquil water and slow pace of this city is what makes it so charming. The perfect place for a calming city break.
If you love nature, mountains, breathtaking views and venturing off the beaten track then let us introduce, Bergen. The gateway to the fjords and the gateway to a relaxing city break.
It may be Norway’s second-largest city, but Bergen holds all the allure of a historic port town. It’s vibrant but laid-back, with residents choosing to take life at a slower pace. Many opt to cycle or walk rather than drive and hiking through the mountains is just part of daily routine.
Whether you choose to take a cruise through the fjords, escape into the mountains or experience one of the most scenic train journeys in the world, you’ll see just how special this place is. Even the friendly residents will make you feel at ease.
It may be Sweden’s capital, but this city has six times less noise pollution than cities such as Barcelona. Not only this, but it’s also one of the greenest destinations in Europe with an abundance of parks, including the world’s first national city park which covers the area of Ulriksdal, Haga, Brunnsviken and Djurgården. It includes museums, entertainment, four palaces and Stockholm University. What makes it even more special is that it’s right in the heart of the city.
Stockholm is known for being one of the most welcoming cities in the world with a contemporary urban feel that’s balanced with centuries-old history and closeness to nature. Wherever you look your gaze is met by water which is why the city is often referred to as the Venice of the north.
It’s not cheap but if you’re looking for an idyllic getaway it’s worth the spend.
If you really want to escape and discover something a bit different then we recommend Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital and largest city.
Reykjavik is eerily quiet but in a magical kind of way. The snow-capped mountain views steal your focus making you feel like you’re the only person there.
You can wander through the colourful streets virtually undisturbed, admiring the rich maritime history and exhibition spaces. Stop off at one of the many hole-in-the-wall cafes and try a taste of Iceland’s unique cuisine or just enjoy the peaceful neighbourhood where you can take beautiful photos of the public art installations.
Of course, you can also head to the infamous Blue Lagoon which isn’t far from the city for a unique spa experience.
Wherever you choose to go to find your zen, make sure you’re totally carefree by getting international travel insurance prior to flying off.