Europe's rivers becoming popular tourist draws
Friday, October 11, 2013
Whether they find themselves in serviced apartments for business trips or on an extended leisurely excursion, many travelers make a point to check out many of Europe's most famous historical sites. Castles, churches, legislative buildings and everything in between are among the continent's large tourist draws. While such sites are certainly must-see destinations, there is somewhat of a shifting trend, CNN reported. A number of big cities are placing a greater emphasis on developing waterfront land, offering travelers are more modern experience rather than one that's steeped in history.
Manzanares River, Madrid
Although the Manzanares River makes up the backbone of Spain's capital city, it has largely been overshadowed by considerable urban development and numerous tourist attractions such as the Royal Palace of Madrid and the Prado Museum. That's changed in recent years, however, as a 6-mile stretch of the river, known as Madrid Rio, is one of the city's most alluring features. Among its most unique attractions is a greenbelt that is home to tens of thousands of trees. The area is also home to many art exhibits highlighting the cultural power of Madrid, according to CNN.
Tagus River, Lisbon
Finding some solitude in the middle of a bustling city is never easy, but a walk along the Tagus River in Lisbon can help travelers find a few hours to be alone with their thoughts. The river flows from Spain and eventually empties into the Atlantic, and offers some of the best views in Lisbon. There are many highlights to a walk along its banks including the nearly 500-year-old Tower of Belém, which sits at the river's mouth.
River Spree, Berlin
As one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Europe, there is certainly no lack of things to do in Berlin, and a trip along the River Spree is among the best choices. There are a number of ways for travelers to experience the river, which cuts through the heart of the city. Some choose to see the sights by boat, which provides a unique view of this ever-changing urban landscape.
"The architecture – old and new and sometimes both – is always reflected off the water, and the people-watching is amazing," Fodor's editor Kelly Kealy told Forbes.