It’s one thing to travel to Europe, and quite another to live there as an expatriate American.
The opportunity to assimilate into the culture and enjoy the oftentimes less fast-paced lifestyle enjoyed across Europe offers a new perspective on life. These new insights, coupled with enhanced opportunities to travel, make expats a great source of information on the best places to visit – breathtaking sights that go beyond the beaten path to reveal the wonders of Europe.
While Amsterdam might be known for cheeses, café culture and its famed red light district, the city’s network of canals is one of the best ways to see the city and its striking architecture. Hop on a canal boat and float through the city sipping a beer – perhaps local brew Heineken – for a sightseeing adventure you won’t soon forget.
Eastern Europe, stretching from the Czech Republic to Russia, offers a wealth of breathtaking historical and architectural wonders. Start your trip in the East and visit the Cathedral of the Savior on Spilled Blood in St. Petersburg. Built on the site of the 1881 assassination of Alexander II, the interior features stunning mosaics while the exterior is one of the most elaborate churches in all of Russia. Moreover, St. Petersburg is known as the Venice of the North, and just as in Amsterdam, visitors can marvel at the stunning architecture while enjoying a leisurely boat trip along the canals.
Next travel to Poland, where the Church of Peace in Swidnica is one of three 17 th century wooden Evangelical churches built in the southwestern part of the country. Then onward to Prague, where the Old Town Square features a 600-year- old astronomical clock that delights with a procession of apostles, a skeleton who rings a bell, and a golden rooster in a performance that you can witness on the hour.
If your imagination is fired by the knights of yore, it doesn’t get much better than the medieval town of Carcassone in France. The medieval fortifications remain intact, while the town boasts both a castle and a Gothic cathedral.
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