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Europe’s cities are filled with every style of architecture imaginable. Oftentimes, these styles coexist side by side and somehow make each city even greater than the sum of its parts. Government buildings, hundreds of years old, stand in regal fashion next to sleek, modern museums and libraries, making for an enjoyable juxtaposition that just begs to be captured by your camera. From old castles in San Marino to grandiose Lithuanian cathedrals, you’ll be inspired by the markedly different buildings designed by the famous architects of Europe.
Look for Art Nouveau architecture throughout Belgium
Look for Art Nouveau architecture throughout Belgium
Scandinavia offers some prime examples of Contemporary architecture. Denmark’s capital, Copenhagen,
is particularly well known for its Contemporary offerings. Visit the stunning Royal Playhouse built on the Langelinie waterfront promenade. Sip a coffee or cocktail in the cafe while you take in the water views, or see a world-class drama or comedy in one of its three performance spaces.
Architecture in Copenhagen, Denmark is unlike any other
Architecture in Copenhagen, Denmark is unlike any other
The Romanesque style of architecture abounds in churches and church-related buildings, and is prevalent throughout much of Europe. See stunning samples of this style in the cathedrals and monasteries of Spain and Central Europe, and also in the gorgeous chateaux in France. Many provide guided tours that are as entertaining as they are educational. In Spain, take the path of the pilgrims and find less-crowded churches in smaller rural towns, or venture to one of the more famous Romanesque churches, such as Galicia’s Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.
Romanesque architecture can be found on churches throughout Europe
Romanesque architecture can be found on churches throughout Europe
Brussels, the capital of Belgium, is also considered to be a capital of the Art Nouveau or Jugendstil style of architecture. Characterized by beautifully rounded corners and sweeping curves, there are many opportunities to view Art Nouveau–style structures throughout Brussels. Walking tours are plentiful, and you can also visit a museum dedicated to Victor Horta, one of the founders of this distinctive style.
Totalitarianism is a fascinating style of architecture and urban development that is often found in former Communist countries of southeastern Europe. See a striking example of this style in the monumental Freedom Square in Bratislava, Slovakia. The cultural implications of Totalitarianism are mainly political in nature, as Totalitarian buildings were designed to be impressive and imposing – and as reminders of who really was in charge. Increasingly popular architectural tours make structures like these more accessible, even inspiring, to design lovers from all over the world.
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Europe through the Eyes of a Kid

Traveling internationally with your children can be difficult for a lot of reasons, but one of the hardest aspects of planning the trip can be accounting for everyone’s tastes and interests. While spending time in museums or going to wine tastings might be your ideal vacation, those activities might not appeal to the kiddos. That doesn’t mean your trip has to revolve around your kids, but you should try to plan at least one kid-centric activity a day.

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Hidden Gems in Spring

Spring is the perfect time to be in Europe. The sun comes out, the days get longer and all the plants begin flowering. Itʼs also the perfect time to get away from busy European capitals and enjoy the out of the way secret locations and green spaces of the world. Make your way to Belgium for the Greenhouses of the Royal Palace at Laeken, Brussels. Beauty can be found at the Winter Garden in both its plant life and Art Nouveau architecture; the massive greenhouses with their ironwork frames are home to many rare and beautiful plants. They cover six acres of striking rotundas, domes and galleries. Twenty full-time gardeners meticulously tend this impressive collection.