10 European Capital cities to explore in 2016
When you take a look at a list of Capital cities of Europe, you quickly realize that many of them are quite famous. Today we take a closer look at some of these capitals, showcasing what each has to offer travellers, as well as a few of the Park Inn hotels to make your visit as comfortable as possible. Take a look and gather some inspiration for your next trip!
It’s easy to understand why London is the crown jewel of the United Kingdom. Here, you can find it all; art exhibitions in the Tate Modern, shopping on the never-ending Oxford Street or some British history from a visit to the Tower of London. This bustling metropolis, of nearly nine million people never disappoints as a travel destination. Any traveller can find something of interest in the city along the River Thames. London is also one of the most culturally diverse cities in Europe so, in that way, the city could be considered more like a window into a world culture, and not solely an illustration of the United Kingdom. Visit London!
You can take advantage of our London Heathrow airport hotel as a stop-off point. Only 1.6 kilometres from the airport, the hotel’s appeal is its convenience as an airport hotel, combined with the amenities of a 4-star accommodation. The hotel’s restaurant serves classic British fare plus a mixture of international cuisine. Our bar, which is open until 01:30, provides a great spot for a refreshing drink or two.
Tripadvisor user Robert K says-
“This is a wonderful stop for a night’s layover in Heathrow. The rooms are neat, modern and clean. The breakfast buffet is one of the best of all Carlson Hotels in London. It is a quick trip from the airport on the Hotel Hoppa bus.”
Budapest, known as the ‘Pearl of the Danube’ is considered one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. This capital city is home to many World Heritage sites, like the Buda Castle District or Andrássy Avenue. There is plenty to explore in this up-and-coming European Capital, like the Széchenyi thermal baths. Located in the City Park and built in Neo-baroque style, the baths offer unique mineral components which are said to help heal various ailments. Needless to say, you stand a good chance of discovering the unexpected in Budapest.
Located in the heart of Budapest’s fastest growing business district, the stylish Park Inn by Radisson Budapest provides hotel guests with a desirable starting point for any stay. Whether your goal is holding a hassle-free meeting or exploring the beauty of Budapest while on vacation, our hotel is the right choice.
Tripadvisor user Neda N says-
“Great place with a very kind staff and service. I was very happy with the rooms I had on several trips, and kind people. Location for business purposes was excellent. Nice breakfast although I didn’t use other restaurant services. AND BEST LEMONADES I always have to consume over there :-)”
Tallinn, the beautiful, medieval capital city of Estonia is well-worth the trip. With more and more cheap flights from European cities, Tallinn could easily become your next holiday destination. Don’t be fooled by the charming old streets and stone buildings; Tallinn is ranked as one of the top ten digital cities of the world, making it a very modern contrast. This Estonian capital welcomes more than 1.5 million tourists a year, a number that is steadily growing. That makes sense, considering that the capital is actually a hidden mecca of shopping districts. Tallinn is ranked third in Europe in regards to shopping space per inhabitant. So, come and see what everyone is talking about in Tallinn.
Our Tallinn hotel is within walking distance of the city’s business and shopping districts and Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Other nearby attractions include the Estonia Opera House and popular Pirita beaches. The train station and airport are just a few kilometres from this hotel in Tallinn.
Tripadvisor user Roy W says-
“This Park Inn Hotel is centrally located, only 15 minutes from the Old Town Center. It’s a nice leisurely stroll to the Old Town and about 20 minutes to the harbour.
Staff are always very friendly and the breakfast is first class”
Come and see what makes everyone so happy in Copenhagen! This Scandinavian capital, of a million inhabitants is often referred to as one of the happiest places on Earth. This is most probably due to the fact that Danes enjoy, on average, a relatively high standard of living. This fact is also relevant to the experiences of any visitor to the Danish capital city. Whether you are shopping on Europe’s longest shopping street, or just people watching at one of the many terraces and cafes, you are sure to enjoy your stay in Copenhagen.
Our Park Inn Copenhagen is a great place to start your trip. Each of the 295 modern rooms at the Park Inn includes convenient amenities like Free Wireless High-speed Internet and on-site parking as well as access to the fitness centre and the swimming pool. At meal times, dine at the on-site brasserie to sample delicious Scandinavian cuisine.
Tripadvisor user Niladri M says-
“Stayed here in November 2015. Wifi quality has improved since my last visit. Rooms are spacious and well kept. Choice of items at breakfast was nice and service was brisk. Ate dinner at the in-house restaurant Salt & Pepper which was also good.”
A sprawling metropolis with a complex public transportation system of buses, trams, over ground trains, and underground trains; Berlin is one of those cities that has a little something for everyone. As a multicultural hotbed for young creatives from around the world, many already call Berlin home. Currywurst, Berliner Dome, TV tower, Brandenburg gate, Berlin East Gallery Wall, and of course the historic museums and sights litter this beautiful European capital.
Guests at our hotel in Berlin enjoy the convenient location at Alexanderplatz. Discover nearby attractions such as the Brandenburg Gate and the TV Tower. Relax in one of 1,012 stylish rooms featuring heated floors in the bathrooms and Wireless High-speed Internet access. Enjoy delectable cuisine at one of the three on-site restaurants, unwind at the bar and stay in shape at the fitness centre.
Tripadvisor user Daniel C says-
“We travelled as 2 families and were booked in to 2 junior suites, the rooms were very clean and spacious and ideal for 2 adults and 2 young children sharing the double pullout bed. The restaurant was nice, we only used it for breakfast which was good, the coffee was excellent. Our rooms were on the 34th floor which was ideal for the views.”
Stockholm is a city built on a beautiful island chain, therefore, the easiest way to get around is by foot or the tunnelbana (metro). If you want to fit in, pack your stylish, black, minimalist clothing and a warm coat. Art, Nature, Fashion, Design, and History buffs will love this Nordic city. You can find free public art in Kungsträdgården tunnelbana station, and great shopping in upscale Östermalm and quirky Södermalm districts. Have a wander through the historical Gamla Stan, then catch a ferry to Fjäderholmarna for a natural retreat. There is something for everyone in this magical Scandinavian Captial.
Our modern Park Inn hotel in Stockholm places guests in the heart of the Hammarby Sjöstad district and allows guests easy access to the area’s major sports and concert venue as well as to convenient transport options for seamless travel around the city. Enjoy a day of winter fun on the Hammarby ski slopes, hop on a ferry to the Vasa or the ABBA museum, or just take a walk by the Hammarby lake and explore this beautiful, trendy area.
Tripadvisor user Christer P writes-
“This hotel is located in a very nice part of Stockholm. Very good communication makes the whole city reachable within minutes. It might look to be far outside but the value for money makes it worth the local travel effort”
Prague in the Czech Republic is affectionately known as ‘the City of a Hundred Spires.’ This is a nod to the beautiful examples of gothic and baroque architecture found in this capital city. This makes Prague one of the most picturesque cities in Europe. More than that, Prague home many recognized cultural heritage sites and historical museums making it actually one of the most visited cities in Europe. If you haven’t been yet, what are you waiting for?
The Park Inn Hotel Prague opened to the public in 2009 after complete reconstruction of the former print house. Dating back to 1907, the Art Deco building is situated near the river banks of the Vltava and is a convenient place for exploring Prague´s attractions. There are many historical sites in the immediate neighbourhood such as Vyšehrad fortress, the National Theatre and Charles Bridge.
Tripadvisor user KevinGReadingUk says-
“Excellent staff who were friendly, rooms comfortable and overall experience was excellant. If you want a good location as Tram services are close by to the Town centre. Have now stayed twice and the service is excellent and they are very helpful”
Bratislava is a rapidly changing capital city. If you have visited before, there is most certainly something new to see. The city has earned its place as an authentic hub for Eastern European culture. There are numerous museums and historical buildings to explore, like The Bratislava Castle or St. Martin’s Cathedral. The Bratislava Castle in particular, is a beautiful example of the rich history from the region. Now is a great time to visit Bratislava!
The Park Inn hotel in Bratislava features 261 comfortable rooms with Free High-speed Internet. Guests can dine on scrumptious breakfast in Il Gusto Restaurant or relax with a cocktail at Le Square Bar & Restaurant. The hotel is in the heart of the historical centre and within walking distance from Bratislava Castle and the Danube River.
Tripadvisor user jonathanp394 says-
“the hotel is one of the best in Bratislava if you want something right in the old town … I can’t fault the hotel in any way from the really friendly and helpful staff, the rooms are really clean and comfortable … the pool and gym facilities are excellent and the breakfast and bar food is one of the best … this is a truly great place to stay … I can’t wait to return ….”
Luxembourg is a quaint little enclave, unlike anywhere else in Europe. In this tiny, sovereign grand duchy, northern culture clashes with southern culture in its own charming way. This is evident in their language – Luxembourgish, which is actually a mixture of German and French, which are also national languages there. So, when visiting Luxembourg you’re bound to get a taste of many different places in one shot. This Capital city also boasts great shopping and a lovely, picturesque city center. Come explore Luxembourg!
Our well-appointed Luxembourg City hotel on the bustling Avenue de la Gare is within walking distance of the main train station and destinations like the Old City, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Park Inn boasts 99 chic, comfortable guest rooms. With light dining options, a fitness centre and private parking for 150 vehicles, guests can relax among all the comforts of home.
Tripadvisor user Brendan C says-
“Very good hotel located near shops and train station in Luxembourg City. The staff are nice and friendly, the rooms are clean and modern, beds very comfortable and there’s also parking. Free Wi-Fi included also.”
Oslo is the governmental and economic center of Norway, but as a city it is really much more than that. It is ranked as number one in terms of quality of life of all European cities. And it is easy to see the impact this has on the city. As Oslo is situated on a beautiful bay, it is worth checking out Fjord City, the urban development on the water. Also, the Oslo Opera House is truly the architectural gem of the city and definitely a must see. There is plenty to do and see Oslo!
Located in the bustling city centre, our Oslo hotel offers an ideal base for exploring Norway’s exciting waterfront capital. Guests can walk to attractions like Akershus Fortress and the Opera House, as well as Aker Brygge shopping district and Karl Johans gate, the city’s main street. Enjoy easy access to public transportation and major motorways.
Tripadvisor user Henrik N says-
“We had a very nice stay at this hotel. It was perfectly located in the central of Oslo, just 1 min walk to Karl Johan. The room was very clean and also very modern. We also enjoyed the breakfast very much. The stay was not so expensive, so it was definitely good value. We recommend this hotel to all of you who are to stay in oslo!”