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Europe’s Crown Jewels

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Europe’s Crown Jewels

story by: Inspire Magazine

We’ll never be royals, but we can holiday like them in the imperial cities of Vienna, Budapest and Prague.

Glimpse into the regal past of the Habsburg dynasty in the incredible imperial cities of Vienna, Budapest and Prague. This family was of the main ruling forces in Europe from the 15th until the 20th century, leaving behind an array of opulent palaces and prominent landmarks.

Awe-inspiring architecture
No great royal family can rule without a beautiful palace, which is why these cities are overflowing with their grandeur today. Wander the magnificent grounds of the Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna, the Royal Palace in Budapest and the Prague Castle. Each piece of architecture is etched with charm, lined by narrow cobbled streets so ancient you can feel, see and touch the history around you.

The emperor’s new clothes
Treat yourself to royal robes from arguably the most luxurious shopping centres in the world. Vienna’s Kohlmarkt and Karntner Strasse are well known hubs for indulging in exclusive brands; from Chopard and Chanel to Dolce & Gabbana and Dior. Budapest’s Vaci Street and Fashion Street are other shopping hot spots for the serious shoppers amongst you – you won’t exactly be hard done by!

A crowning glory: kingly culture
Culture reigns supreme in the cities where galleries, museums, opera houses and theatres occupy every street corner.

Watch an opera or ballet in the stunning Vienna State Opera building or enjoy a show at the Prague National Theatre for a banquet to the eyes and ears. Delve into the darker side of Europe’s past in the Holocaust Memorial Centre and Jewish Museum in Budapest, then lift your spirits at the city’s inspiring Museum of Fine Arts. Take to the House of Music in Vienna to find out exactly why it’s known as the capital of classic music.

Walk in the footsteps of royalty in any, or all, of these cities to embrace the elegance and power from days gone by.

Royally inspired? Call us on 0800 838 747, visit houseoftravel.co.nz or come instore today.

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