Barcelona, Paris, Zurich, Berlin, and Rome. A train trip to five legendary cities for a monumental tour of Europe.
There are unlimited gateways into the Old Continent. It is almost impossible to visit them all with enough time to appreciate its ancient monuments, vast museums, and exquisite restaurants. For this reason, a train trip may be the best way to explore Europe and an exciting alternative to celebrate your Quince with your family.
Many families may not be able to afford both a trip and a party. Although in most cases a party may be the traditional and mandatory way to celebrate your fifteenth birthday, packing your bags and traveling to another continent may be a better way to save money and gather those special memories of your special day.
Of course, traveling to Europe is not always affordable, but using the train as the main method of transportation can help keep your budget in check. The route proposed in this article consists of five European cities, starting in Barcelona, home of Gaudi, Leo Messi, and Joan Manuel Serrat, and followed by Paris, Berlin, Geneva, and Rome.
Now is the perfect time to complete this tour. It’s cold, but not that cold, and tourists have already returned to their regular work and life routines.
Barcelona is the perfect city to begin this journey. There are flights available from the LAX to one of the classic gateways into Europe; an avant-garde city par excellence and one of the most vigorous Mediterranean ports.
Once there, it is imperative to see the works of Antoni Gaudi, a visionary of the fourteenth century who left his mark throughout the city. La Sagrada Familia, Güell Park, the Barcelona Stadium, and Camp Nou are some of the main attractions.
Soon after, take the train to Paris in order to experience the amazing landscapes of southern France towards the capital of art and culture.
A visit to Paris requires two or three days. The French capital offers a variety of attractions and displays that cannot be ignored. Visiting the Eiffel Tower at night can become an unforgettable memory of one of the most romantic spots in the world. Then you can visit the Elysian Fields, the Louvre Museum, and take a boat trip through the Seine River.
After enjoying a cup of coffee and a delicious croissant in metropolitan France, the train awaits for a trip to Berlin, the mighty German capital. Once here, no one can leave without visiting the Brandenburg Gate, customary place for ceremonial events, or noticing the differences of a country once divided by a wall.
Some areas in Berlin may seem gloomy, but the city remains vibrant, cultural, attractive and unforgettable.
The trip continues south towards Switzerland and its watch factories. Although Bern is the country’s official capital, Zurich is the center of the watch industry, a charming city amidst a lake with the same name. The city is expensive, one must admit, but it is the perfect venue for your Quince shopping. Bahnhofstrasse, the city’s main downtown street, has the best selection of watches, jewelry, clothing and anything the most demanding shopper wants.
However, it’s a good idea to save some money to grab a coffee at the Piazza di Spagna of Rome, the final destination of this enormous tour. To experience this colossal city, you need only spend an afternoon watching people carry out their daily routines. However, it’s always awe-inspiring to visit the Roman Colosseum or view the masterpieces of Michelangelo and Titian.
We have nothing against parties, but it seems that very few options are better than a trip to Europe for a quinceañera. The memories will last a lifetime.
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