The Best European City Tours // August 7, 2017

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Something which is undoubtedly on the bucket list of most of those who enjoy travelling, culture and history is to explore major European cities to their full potential. Organising this can be stressful and you can sometimes find you don’t get the most of your time and money for what you see and do. Instead of trying to organise individual tours and sight-seeing activities, sit back and let someone else do all the hard work – all you have to do is show up! Peltours have got you sorted, and offer tours in the traveller-favourite cities of Berlin, Krakow, Warsaw and Budapest!

What do European tours offer you?

Tours of Berlin

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Berlin is a vibrant capital city, with a culture fuelled by its long, fascinating, and somewhat trouble-some history.  Top 3 picks for tours of this cosmopolitan city are as follows.

  • Topography of Terror

The Topography of Terror is both an indoor and outdoor history museum. It is located on the site of original buildings which were the headquarters of the Gestapo and the SS during the Nazi regime 1933 to 1945.  Within the museum there are a number of thought-provoking exhibitions all to do with the horrors of the Nazi regime.

  • Berlin Wall Documentation Memorial

This is an exhibition containing numerous artefacts, biographical documents and audiovisual media. It dedicated to Berlin’s history of division. It explains all about how and why Berlin was divided, and why it fell in terms of the political and historical context.

  • Neue Synagogue

    Visit the impressive Neue (New) Synagogue, famed for its eye-catching dome. Built between 1859 and 1866, it was the main place of worship for the large and growing Berlin Jewish community.  The Neue Synagogue was suffered at the hands of the Nazi Regime, and was broken into on “Kristallnacht” and was vandalised by the SS. Today, Jewish services are still held here and it is open to the public!

Tours of Krakow

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Krakow offers a rich and mixed-history of culture. With this destination having the perfect balance of restaurants & bars, and stimulating historical & educational tours, it is not surprising that it is one of the most popular places in Europe for tourists.  Here are a list of top 3 must-do tours in Krakow.

  • Auschwitz I & Auschwitz II-Birkenau

Auschwitz concentration camp was a network of Nazi concentration camps and extermination camps. “Auschwitz” was split into Auschwitz I, which was the building mainly holding political prisoners, and Auschwitz-Birkenau, which was a combination of a concentration camp and an extermination camp. If you only do one tour during your visit to Krakow, we suggest this is the one. It is both harrowing and informative, and a once in a life-time visit. An organised tour provides you with an expert guide, all the information and personal uncovered stories you need to further your understanding of the atrocities that took place there – along with transport between the different parts of the camp.

  • Wieliczka Salt Mine

This salt mine features salt statues, exhibitions and even a hug chapel made entirely of salt! Having been a working salt mine from the 13th century until the 20th, the salt mine has a long history and has been used for many different functions over the years.

  • Jewish Quarter

Throughout the middle-ages in Europe, the Jews had faced persecution and had been expelled by law from many European countries, to then find their home in Poland.  Interestingly, Poland was one of the only places to not be affected by the black plague because of its large Jewish population who were forced to live mainly in isolation due to mass anti-Semitism; the Jewish were even blamed for the black plague, along with witches. This walking tour aims to teach you about what once was, and how the Nazi regime affected the large and vibrant population and architecture of this area, and you can see for yourself what it is like now (clue: amazing!).

Tour of Budapest

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Situated on the stunning River Danube, this capital city has a lot to offer in terms of history, culture and cuisine! Top 3 picks from Budapest are:

  • Thermal Baths

This isn’t a specific location as Budapest is bursting with a choice of thermal baths to visit. Hungary was heavily inspired by the Romans and later, the Turkish Moors. As a result “Turkish baths” are extremely popular with the locals and tourists all over Hungary.

  • Houses of Parliament

The Parliament of Hungary is the third largest parliamentary building in the world and is absolutely jaw-dropping with its Neo-Gothic architecture and hints of Renaissance influence.

  • Dohány Street Synagogue

Dubbed the worlds largest and most impressive synagogue, it is well worth a visit. Apart from visiting just for the outstanding visuals, the Synagogue also has a mixed history, and was bombed the Hungarian pro-Nazi Arrow Cross party. It became a house of worship once again during the communist era of Hungary.  It was fully restored from 1991 and completed in 1998.