Second cities - 7 not to miss
Bored of the same old capital cities? Have no fear as we have compiled a list of 7 top second cities in the world!
1. Gothenburg, Sweden
There is no shortage of things to do in Sweden’s student capital. Take your pick from 25 theatres, 18 museums, a vast number of great restaurants and a popular amusement park! It’s no wonder that more and more people flock to Gothenburg each year.
2. Krakow, Poland
A mixture of historical architecture, bustling nightlife and trendy Krakow folk have made this Polish city a rival to Warsaw as the finest city in Poland.
3. Barcelona, Spain
This is a popular and vibrant port city in Catalunya and it has a buzzing arts and cultural scene. Home to ground-breaking artists such as Anton Gaudi, Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to galleries and architecture.
4. Edinburgh, Scotland
This Scottish city manages to combine picturesque beauty with an array of things to do, from visiting Edinburgh Castle to doing a walking tour, the ‘Athens of the North’ will keep you busy exploring for days on end.
5. Antwerp, Belgium
For those fashionistas and hipsters among you, Antwerp’s cobbled streets should be your first port of call. Check out the delightful antique and boutique shops, plus the grand Stadsfeestzaal (City Festival Hall), perhaps the only place that can turn shopping from a chore to a thrill.
6. Munich, Germany
Munich is just so much more than just Oktoberfest. For the other 11 months of the year the city manages to combine the old and the new, with many unique buildings and churches. One minute you could be walking down Marienplatz, the central square in the city, the next you could be setting foot in one of Munich’s ultra-modern museums such as Museum Brandhorst. The possibilities are endless.
7. St Petersburg, Russia
For spectacular sightseeing St Petersburg should be your first port of call. Fabulous architecture, museums, majestic palaces and cathedrals, this city is simply steeped in history.