Four European Cities You Should Visit In 2021

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Most of us likely have our suitcase sitting in the corner of our room, ready to be packed and thrown onto a plane. Travelling is in our sights and while there may be some places we want to cross off our bucket list, its good to know that every year new destinations arise. This allows us to discover a place that is not only fairly unknown to the crowds of tourists but has unique and incredible qualities.

When we decide to step outside of the box and head to a country that isn’t very well known, we provide ourselves with the opportunity to learn and be apart of the countries culture. With the added bonus of trying out cuisines that are rich in tradition and history, and exploring a country without needing to dodge crowds of tourists trying to capture the perfect picture. It can be one of the most irreplaceable memories to gain and becomes an entertaining story to share with your family and friends when you get back home.

Here are four European destinations you should visit in 2021!

Brno, Czech Republic

Known to be quirky, Brno is the second-largest city in the Czech Republic and a prime location to have a break from the overwhelming big cities around. The city consists of a youthful scene with great nightlife, a vibrant art style and plenty to do and see while here.

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You can visit the Old Town Observation Tower to get a good layout of the land and witness the elegant architecture below.

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Check out the diverse instalments of statues and sculptures around, try to understand the Astronomical clock, roam around the Museum of Romani Culture, head to the Špilberk or Veveří Castle to then visit the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul or the UNESCO World Culture Heritage Sight the Villa Tugendhat.

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If you feel like you may need some coffee to get you through your day, you can find complimentary coffee on the streets in return for a good deed (seriously). You’ll also need to try your heart out on the Polivka meat soup, dive into some goulash, try all different types of dumplings, beef tartar or even Pohořelický kapr.

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As for the nightlife part, Brno delivers an array of fantastic beers and wine available in local bars and restaurants.

Reykjavik, Iceland

You may need to be ready for the cold while visiting, but the options of things to do will have you forgetting all about your froze fingers, toes and nose. There is the beautiful city centre where you can see memorable architecture at the Museum Perlan, the incredible Harpa Reykjavik Concert Hall and Conference Centre and the Hallgrimskirkja Church.

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However, to level it up a notch, you can visit one of the various lagoons including the Blue Lagoon, go whale watching or witness one of the most amazing phenomenons of the world, the Northern Lights.

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If eating your way through Iceland is up your alley, you’ll be delighted to know that seafood reigns king, but you definitely must try the free-range lamb, skyr yoghurt, their rye bread with butter and of course their famous Icelandic hotdog.

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If you want to be a little braver, you can try their more interesting flavours of fermented shark, smoked Iceland puffin and boiled sheep head. Also grab yourself a bottle of Egils Apelsin, an orange fizzy drink that has been popular amongst many since the 1950s.

Bologna, Italy

As one of the most popular countries in the world, it's tourists often run for the usual Rome, Venice and Milan areas to see the best of the best. Despite these spots being stunning, if you think that may be all Italy has to offer, you'd be very wrong. Italy is full of magical places covered in history, incredible beauty and insane food.

Bologna, in Italy's north, is no exception. As a city that hasn't been discovered by too many, it is in a sense a shame as it genuinely has so much to offer.

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It is a city easily walkable with plenty to see like the UNESCO heritage-listed buildings Palazzo dei Banchi, Palazzo Comunale, Palazzo del Podestà Basilica of San Petronio and Palazzo dei Notai, historic towers like Le Due Torri and Europe's oldest university. While on your journey, notice the red terracotta bricks on the buildings which give this city the nickname La Rossa.

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Foodies unite as you will not be disappointed with food options available. A must-try, of course, is the Tagliatelle al Ragù which is the base of where Spaghetti Bolognese came from. Except completely different and much better. Throw in a dessert of gelato and you're basically in heaven.

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Cork, Ireland

A lying clock tower, bustling market, thriving music scene and a foodies paradise, the interesting name is well suited for such an interesting place. Located in the southwest, Cork is actually situated on an island that has the River Lee running around it, giving it an impressive coastline and a kayak-able journey around.

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As a great walking city, you will be able to easily stroll around to see the Crawford Art Gallery, the St Fin Barre Cathedral and apparently the amazing English Market which has been around since 1788.

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An eating journey that foodies everywhere are envious of, the English Market gives you all your food needs in one place. On the topic of food, it’s a good idea to try tripe and drisheen, bacon and cabbage, smoked salmon on brown soda bread, fish and chips and local cheese while visiting.

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You will also be able to stop in at a pub or artisan coffee bar sitting on every corner. As for what time to eat or drink, don’t trust the tower clock at St Anne's Church as it's known as the “four-faced liar” because each clock shows a different time.

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Sometimes it's hard to step outside of the norm. However, when we allow ourselves to experience different parts of life by expanding our surroundings to countries we never thought of going before, we create memories that last forever. With travel expecting to boom, heading to areas that aren’t as busy, but just as amazing, can be a huge bonus. Don’t be afraid to follow a new path, you'll be very surprised at where you end up.

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