Great Cities For History Lovers

Some people choose holiday destinations based on how warm the weather will be, and whether there is a beach nearby. If you’re a bit dull like me, you might be attracted to a city by its heritage and history. Sunbathing is all good and well, but some of us want to wrap ourselves in the history of a country and learn about its culture. You aren’t going to get much in the way of interesting heritage in Magaluf, but there are plenty of cities all over the world where you will.

 

Budapest

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Hungary is a country that has had a very rough history, especially in the last hundred years or so, and you can see all of this in the city of Budapest. The remnants of the Turkish empire in Budapest can be seen in the form of the thermal baths. These days they are massive tourist attractions and they’re a great place to relax, but you can still see all of the original, grand architecture that was there when they were first built. There are also great museums like the Terror Haza which charts the story of Budapest through a Nazi occupation and then into a communist regime that ruled its citizens with an iron fist. Be warned, while it’s very interesting, it isn’t a light hearted day out for the family and could be upsetting for young children.

 

London

If you don’t have the time or money to go abroad somewhere, there is plenty of sites of historical interest to be found right here at home. London was once the centre of the world so there is plenty to be found there. There are the typical tourist destinations like the Tower of London and Windsor Castle.

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The Jack The Ripper Tour London is another great attraction that lets you see the city’s past in a unique way. You’ll be taken around the sites of the infamous murders and a guide will teach you about the history of the most notorious criminal ever to walk the streets of London.

 

If you want to find your own way around, look out for the blue heritage plaques on buildings. They mark places where important people may have lived or worked. It’s a great way to explore lesser known parts of the city.

 

Athens

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The Ancient Greeks are credited with inventing democracy and shaping our society forever, among other things. There are so many aspects of our lives that can be traced back to them. If you go there now, you can see the spectacular ruins of this once-great civilization. The Parthenon and The Temple of Olympian Zeus are still fairly well maintained and you can get a good idea of what they looked like when they were in use. The city has also continued its great traditions in music, art and literature so there is plenty to keep you entertained.

 

 

 

 

Prague

 

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Prague has recently become a fairly popular holiday destination and, because of its cheap beer, it attracts a lot of stag parties. But there is so much more to do than drink cheap beer all day. Prague is probably the best preserved city in Europe so the majority of the medieval buildings are still there for you to see.

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