One day in popular cities – Part II

Edinburgh, Munich, St. Petersburg, Rome and Lisbon

This is a part of a series of ‘A guide for one day in (City)’. This post series includes an informative guide, shared by well-traveled and experienced travelers, about their favorite popular European cities and the ways to explore it in one day. If you are short on time or want to make use the quick city stop, this is the perfect place to know where to go and what to see.  Keep reading to know how to spend one day in Edinburgh, Munich, St. Petersburg, Rome, and Lisbon in this part.

Check out Part I, Part III, Part IV, Part V, Part VI and Part VII of this series.


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View from Edinburgh castle

Although a day in Edinburgh is not enough to really get to know the city, it is enough time to explore some of the highlights.  Most visitors want to see the castle which is a very popular attraction so my advice is to make this your first stop of the day when it is a bit quieter.  If you want to beat the queues then I would also recommend buying your ticket in advance from the website.

If you only have 1 day in the city then I would suggest spending a couple of hours at the castle and the remainder of your time around the historic Old Town, visiting a few of the many attractions along the Royal Mile.

After leaving the castle it is a short walk to Camera Obscura which is great fun for all ages.  It has 5 floors of optical illusions and interactive exhibits with a rewarding city view from the rooftop terrace.  Alternatively, you can walk a little further down the Royal Mile to the Real Mary King’s Close and take a tour of hidden underground streets which have been preserved since the 17th century.

This should take you up to lunchtime and there are plenty of restaurants and cafes in the Old Town to choose from, for upmarket afternoon tea I would head to the Colonnades at The Signet Library or try some Scottish produce at Angels with Bagpipes, both of which are centrally located.

After lunch, you can choose from two of Edinburgh’s most popular attractions, The Palace of Holyrood House or The National Museum of Scotland.  If you still have some time left over, join one of the many walking tours from Mercat cross or take a 1-hour bus tour of the city.


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One day in Munich, Germany

Munich is a fairytale metropolis located in the beautiful state of Bavaria, Germany. Munich contains palaces, lush gardens, stunning architecture, fine dining and an abundance of great arts and culture. Plus, it is the home to the famous Oktoberfest. Munich is a must-see city in Europe! There is so much to see and do in Munich. One day in this city will provide you with a great insight into the Bavarian traditions and beauty.

Here are my top picks of what to see and do. The best place to start your day is by visiting the Altstadt, the old town and described as the heart of Munich! Here you must visit Marienplatz – a popular and vibrant central square, surrounded by shops, restaurants and street performers. Next, view the Peterskirche, Munich’s oldest church with beautiful gothic architecture. Nearby, the old town hall, a 14th-century hall, and clock town is not to be missed.

Next stop, Hofgarten, a 17th-century Italian renaissance gardens, so beautiful. After exploring the gorgeous old town. Stop for lunch at the Viktualienmarkrt, a large open and vibrant market with plenty of food choices, from sandwiches, cheeses, fruits etc. After lunch, take a stroll through the gorgeous ‘Englischer Garten’, a lush open garden – and one of the largest in the world! Spend the rest of the afternoon exploring the Bavarian National Museum, this museum is a great place to give you an overview of Bavarian culture and is one of the largest art museums in Germany. Finish your day, experiencing local culture at the Hofbrauhaus am Platz, a famous beer hall first built in 1589. One day in Munich will give you a great introduction to Bavarian history and culture.

Visit Garmisch-Partenkirchen one weekend with kids. 

St. Petersburg

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St.Isaac Cathedral, White nights, St.Petersburg

St.Petersburg is a great city to visit in the summertime, between June and August when you can enjoy wandering around its streets, visiting royal suburbs and staying awake till early morning charmed by the White Nights. Don’t miss bridges’ opening, it happens every night between 1 am and 3 am all the bridges over Neva River get opened for cargo ships to go through the city. It’s a beautiful event that attracts thousands of tourists every night to the river embankment. The opening is followed by classical music and lights.

The best way to explore the historical center is on foot. If it’s your first time here join one of the free walking tours that start from the Palace Square, it’s the best way of getting know a new city.

Places to include in Saint Petersburg itinerary  are The State HermitagePeter and Paul’s Fortress, Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, St.Isaac cathedral, Kazan Cathedral, Russian Museum, and Summer Garden

St.Petersburg’s metro is another thing not to miss in the city. First, because it’s the deepest, by the average depth of the stations, metro system in the world. The deepest station Admiralteyskaya is 102m deep, it’s quite a journey with two escalators, to get all the way down takes about 4 min.

Second, and probably even more important it’s one of the most beautiful metros in the world. Some stations look like underground palaces, decorated with marble and glass columns, painting, mosaic, and sculpture. The most beautiful stations are Avtovo, Kirovsky Zavod, Admiralteyskaya, and Buharestskaya.

If you’re a classical music lover don’t miss a chance to visit one of the top theaters in the world – The Mariinsky theater. Its three stages offer ballet, opera and classical music concert every night.


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Piazza San Pietro, Vatican City

Rome is a fantastic city to visit, although you may find that one day is not enough! With the history spanning back over 2000 years, and buildings and architecture that date from that period, as well as some of the most significant locations of the Christian faith – not to mention all the art – Rome is definitely a city that will leave you wanting more. And we’ve not even mentioned the food!

For one day, I’d recommend visiting the real highlights, perhaps the Vatican City in the morning, and the Coliseum and Roman Forum in the afternoon. In between, take advantage of the fantastic food on offer – check out the best gelato spots in Rome, try some delicious Italian food, and if you’re flagging, wash it all down with a nice glass of Italian wine!

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The nice thing about Rome is that it is pretty easy to get around the center – you can either walk, or there is an easy to use bus or metro system. Our preference is to walk, as that way you can plan your route to take in a few extra sights. From the Vatican for example, you could swing by many of Rome’s highlights on the way to the Colosseum, including the Castel Sant Angelo, Spanish Steps, Pantheon and Trevi Fountain. Whatever you choose to do, we guarantee you’ll have a fantastic time!


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Tram28 in Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon has become one of the most popular cities in Europe, and for good reason. This hilly, coastal city in Portugal is bursting with things to see and do and a vibrant atmosphere to match. It’s also the sunniest city in Europe! One day in Lisbon isn’t enough, but it’ll give you a taste of the city. For starters, ride the instantly recognizable yellow number 28 tram up and down some of Lisbon’s narrow streets to get an overview of the city.

Head out to the Tower of Belem and Jeronimos Monastery, some of Lisbon’s most impressive Gothic buildings. Grab a pasteis de nata (custard tart) and under along the river, stopping at the Padrão dos Descobrimento, which is a large monument commemorating the part that Portugal played in the Age of Discovery. Head back into the city to grab some delicious Portuguese food like fried fish or a pork roll, and walk around admiring some of Lisbon’s street art.

Be sure to stop and check out some Fado music in the Alfama district in the evening or enjoy some drinks in Barrio Alto. If you want to get out of Lisbon, the beach is close by, or head to Sintra, a popular day trip destination, where you can explore the fascinating Pena Palace.

This guide will make your one day visit to Sintra an ultimate hit!


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