Europe is the perfect continent for a vacation exploring local art treasures. With a rich cultural and historical heritage that stretches several thousands of years back in time, there is an unlimited number of attractions to discover. In addition, it is easy to travel between countries in Europe thanks to very well-developed infrastructure and freedom of movement in the border-free Schengen Area. In this article, I highlight a selection of destinations that are particularly interesting to visit for anyone interested in arts, history, architecture and culture, and that are all well-connected and easy to travel to.
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A provocative and affluent art exhibition in Venice
Explore the borders between fiction and reality at the controversial exhibition “Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable” in Venice, Italy. The exhibition consists of 189 sculptures in gold, silver, bronze and marble, and leads the observer to believe that the pieces were rescued from an ancient shipwreck. There is even a mockumentary on Netflix that portrays the entire rescue operations in great detail. In reality, the exhibition as well as the mockumentary are works of the wealthy British artist Damien Hirst. Visit the museum and be provoked, and at the same time seduced by Hirst’s incredible imagination and extraordinary creations.
Ancient history and an international arts festival in Edinburgh
Edinburgh is one of the most historically and culturally interesting places to visit in the United Kingdom. Besides the beautiful Edinburgh Lumen, which I visited recently, I recommend everyone to see the magnificent Edinburgh Castle from the 12th century. Edinburgh is also home to the Fringe; the world’s largest annual international arts festival. For three weeks every August, the city bursts with creative energy as more than 50,000 performers and artists from all over the world set up more than 3,000 shows. With everything from circus, cabaret and opera, to comedy, dance and children’s shows, the worn-out cliché “something for everyone” is unusually accurate!
Discover the roots of modern Europe in Greece
What would an arts vacation in Europe be without a trip to Greece? The country where it all began, and home to some of the greatest philosophers of history. Follow in the footsteps of Platon, Aristoteles and Socrates while you visit historically important places such as the Acropolis, the Parthenon and the Temple of Poseidon. For those who need to refresh their knowledge about Greek history, I recommend starting by a visit at the National Archaeological Museum in Athens. This is the largest museum in Greece, and home to more than ten thousand objects from the dawn of Prehistory to Late Antiquity.