We all travel for different reasons and look out for different indulgences when abroad but no matter what, there’s always that desire that makes most of us want to learn more about the place we’re visiting, and discover more about its history and culture.  So these are 4 holiday destinations that are in abundance of culture and steeped in history so much so that the most discerning history buff visits these places over and over again.

Prague

 

photo: Davis Staedtler

With first settlements dating back to the 8th century Prague has been a trading center for merchants from all over Europe trading all sorts, from slaves to silk up until the reign of Charles IV when the new Town was built and the city really flourished.  Some places of note are the Old town square where the oldest still functioning astronomical clock is located, Municipal house and the magnificent Prague Castle.

Lisbon

Albeit a tad bit smaller than most Europe’s capital cities Lisbon does not fall short of offering any kind of traveller an experience of a lifetime.   The culinary experience in the restaurants and bars is second to none whilst the architecture, it’s museums and historical delights can and will keep you coming back for more.  Some of the top sites are the Torre de Belem, a perfect example of the Manueline architecture, the Castelo de São Jorge, the original medieval settlement and the Museu National de Arte Antiga, Portugal’s National art museum.

St. Petersburg 

Rivers, bridges, great architecture, lavish hotels and some of the most grandiose palaces, forts and churches in the world, this Russian city has a lot more to offer beyond the vodka and great nightlife.  Make sure you visit the Church on spilled blood, The Hermitage and the Peter and Paul Fortress, built in 1703 to defend the city against the Swedish invaders and a pivotal point in the history of the city.

Malta

With more than 300 days of sunshine a year this tiny island in the Mediterranean sea is steeped in history and has a lot to offer no matter what time of the year you visit.  The historical sites are a true marvel all around with temples dating back to Paleolithic and Neolithic ages whilst the capital city Valletta, built by the famous Knights of the order of St. John is pretty much a walking museum, also dubbed as a Unesco world heritage site.

4 Overlooked holiday destinations in Europe for the history buff.