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Three European capitals to conquer in September

Choosing a holiday destination sounds easier than it really is. Today you have to balance our tastes and whims with the economic possibilities of our wallets and the opportunities and offers that come our way. The advantage of organizing your trip thanks to the Internet is a double-edged sword: it is very difficult to decide.

Are you one of those self-sacrificing hard workers who have spent August suffering through photos of beaches, cities, parks and laughter of the other co-workers, family and friends while you just stayed at home? Well, now is your time. And revenge can be more than sweet. To achieve this, we selected 3 European capitals we will open up for you to discover in an instant so you can choose between them to enjoy your desired and deserved vacation. Do not forget the camera, social networks will burn with envy;)

Budapest: relaxation and culture

If you are someone who dreams of plunging into the warm waters of a spa and enjoying the sun in the middle of a city full of history and tradition and you want to experience very different cultures, Budapest is the destination for you. The capital of Hungary is a secret to many, a beacon of curiosity that keeps slipping because it is not one of the European cities that is close to hand. However, improvement in air links has put it in the sights of the most discerning travelers, who choose a place to combine rest, health and culture.

Budapest has the perfect mixture of these. It is a historical city in which culture in all its forms-from literature to art through landscaping and opera or architecture- has been one of its basic foundations. Synonymous with great writers and musicians, the capital of the Danube is pure inspiration for lovers of the great classics of the most sacred libraries. A temple for intellectuals who rummage through old books, a paradise for those who enjoy endless breakfasts on the terrace reading the newspaper from beginning to end, a special spot for any fan of the History of Europe … Budapest opens to visitors as a great encyclopedia where you can find the answer to everything.

The city is divided into two parts, Buda which is where the iconic castle looks out over the Danube and Pest on the other side of the river, more dynamic, modern and executive. Pest is also where you can find the most luxurious hotels in Budapest and the trendiest restaurants in the city, serving both international and local cuisine. Between one area and the other, cruises on the Danube are one of the most interesting trips. It is true that this is a tourist activity but that does not mean that the experience is not worth doing (it is totally worth it). There is also the possibility to book for dinner on the cruise: a delight to share with friends or partners, made even better if accompanied by a good champagne.

The essentials of Budapest:

  • The Buda Castle.
  • Its 2 main shopping streets Vaci utca and Andrássy Avenue.
  • The Budapest Parliament.
  • The Heldenplatz
  • The Budapest Opera.

To stay in Budapest, the best idea is to opt for a hotel with certain services: a minimum of 3 star or 4, as the Grand Hotel Budapest, managed by the Spanish hotel group IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts; NH Budapest City; Zenit Budapest Palace … They all offer quality accommodation in a good location which enables you to enjoy the city without the hassle of transport. Prices are affordable and good value for money.

Berlin, dynamic and eclectic art

Always embracing change, Berlin is a destination ideal for those seeking originality, trends, fashion, art and an abundance of cutting edge technology.  It is one of Europe’s most economical capitals for scheduling a trip and one that offers more entertainment options, culture and leisure, especially for young people aged 25 and older. It is a city for open minds that does not hide its past and faces its history without taking its eyes from the future. If you are someone who feels at home in an art gallery or an impromptu vintage market amidst ruined buildings, your destination is Berlin.

It doesn’t matter if you have already visited the city before because each visit presents a thousand and one possibilities: you can focus only on a cultural tour, visiting all the museums and galleries, both the official places and the underground movement and also interest yourself in the shows organized by young artists in the new trendy neighborhoods of Berlin, where you’ll be bowled over by innovative ideas. Another option is to enjoy Berlin as a music capital. Not only has the finest techno and electronic music filled their clubs but alternative music has taken over. In September the unique European festival Lollapalooza is held in the former Berlin airport Tempelhof, which was closed to the public in September 2008 and has since been used as a park and venue for major cultural events such as music festivals and concerts by international groups .

History, as mentioned, is an indissoluble part of any trip to Berlin. The city retains traces of its past and displays them openly. The museums are really interesting and very different options. Photography always has a major presence in the exhibitions which are often organized in the city, offering high quality events that will captivate even the less skilled in these more artistic, creative subjects.  Berlin is a city that has been created and recreated over time and in the process has been able to integrate all its residents and all its visitors. The districts of Schöneberg and Neukölln, the classic (although still modern and fashionable) Kreuzberg mix restaurants of all cultures, shops and boutiques selling everything imaginable, shopping centers with leading brands, organic markets…

The essentials of Berlin:

  • A walk through the neighborhood of Kreuzberg.
  • Eat breakfast on a terrace in Neukölln.
  • Shopping at Alexander Platz.
  • The Bundestag building in Berlin.
  • The Staatsoper Unter den Linden.
  • Museum Island.
  • Go cycling through the Tiergarten and Zoo.

Accommodation in Berlin is the cheapest in Europe. You can enjoy hotels in the heart of Berlin-in the area of the Alexander Platz, the so-called Berlin Mitte- at very low cost and high quality, as is the case in the Catalonia Berlin Mitte or NH Berlin Mitte Collection.  Hostels are also very interesting since they are comprehensive and offer double and single rooms very similar to those of a 2 or 3 star hotel. To get around the city, the best method is the subway and bicycle. There are bike hire shops offering all day rental with very affordable rates.

Lisbon and love spells

The capital of Portugal is the place where one goes and falls in love. One falls in love with everything. It is all the same. Lisbon is like a sorceress who creates a special spell as soon as you set foot off the plane or car. It is a beautiful old lady that oozes history and the past but wishes for modernity with her innocent charm and natural simplicity. The people are welcoming and hospitable, its streets a poem by Pessoa sung by the wind and the nearby beaches of Cascais represent an pressing invitation to enjoy what is left of the September Summer.

Lisbon and its area Baixa – Chiado, its great Tower of Bethlehem, its verandas, the tram … If you are a romantic, who loves little things, careful and thoughtful, happy with friends and in love with life, this is your city. The terraces are always full and the table noise is always cheerful. They have reason to toast in Lisbon. Or to take a thousand pictures: from the Santa Lucia Miradouros and Porta do Sol you can capture the best views of the city and the Tagus River. A traditional  ‘Fado’ party night in the Barrio Alto is a classic that must be enjoyed at least once to really understand the spirit of its people and their passions.

But Lisbon is above all a place to eat, to art snacks only- He has a heritage and morsels of truth: Portuguese cuisine acquires here that sublimation able to conquer the most gourmets. Digna a purely gastronomic break in Lisbon find restaurants that will take you to another universe through the simplicity of its dishes, with typical products by flag: cod in all its versions, they say they have 365 ways to prepare it, one by every day of the year but, especially, you must try the pataniscas, which are typical of Lisbon appetizer fish; Bethlehem cupcakes are the dessert par excellence, but also detract rice stews and meat dishes, especially grilled.

The essentials of Lisbon:

  • Elevators, which are throughout the city.
  • Eat breakfast in one of the Miradouros.
  • Hop on a tram.
  • Visit the Baixa and Bairro Alto nightlife area.
  • Stroll through the Plaza del Comercio.
  • The Castle of St. George.
  • Belém: its tower, its pastries and Jeronimos Monastery.

Accommodation in Lisbon is varied, prices are not exactly low since it has become one of the most sought after destinations in Europe and there is a large influx of tourists from around the world. Hotels in the center of Lisbon, like the Baixa Vincci or Zenit Lisbon are the best choice as they will allow you to move around the city without complications. Taxis are quite cheap and you also have trams and trains to get from one neighborhood to another.

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In these three European cities getting about by bicycle is an option to think about. In each of them it is widely used among locals and cars and public transport are very respectful of cyclists. In addition, there are regulated zones where bikes can circulate happily. September is still a month when the weather allows us to use this means of transport without fear of ending up in the middle of a storm and the experience is truly worth it.