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Cities of Architecture & Arts.??
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Hi,

I’m 19 years old studying my first year degree in Architectural Technology. I’m hoping to travel to European hot-spots for architecture during summer 2010…looking at 3/4 weeks depending on how much I can save from now.! So have any of you got any special recommendations for cities that are bursting with architecture & arts.?

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Florence and Paris spring to mind, and Barcelona. I’m sure there are many more.

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Vienna.

“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list”

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Rome

There’s interesting modern architecture in all the Scandinavian cities which generally have a distinct old town as well as a sleek, modern down town. I’d try to hit Amsterdam/Rotterdam/Hague for unique modern stuff as well as art museums and traditional dutch architecture. Brussels has an interesting medieval old town and modern European Union headquarters. Nearby Brugges is uniquely medieval — the harbor silted in and the town languished with little change for centuries before Rick Steves found it.

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Agree with all the other suggestions, esp Rome and Florence.
There is some interesting contemporary architecture in Berlin and Paris.
Glasgow has both Victorian as well as one of my faves: Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
Never been, but St. Petersburg looks fascinating, as does Krakow.

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Also, Lille, in northern France, has an interesting mixture of old and new, and a wonderful pedestrian area.
Check out their Notre Dame de la Treille cathedral with its see-through facade, as well as Beauregard Row, Place du Théâtre, The Grand Garde.
You could check out Lille on your way to Belgium. Smile