Attractions

Top Choice Architecture in La Sagrada Família & L'Eixample

Casa Batlló

One of the strangest residential buildings in Europe, this is Gaudí at his hallucinatory best. The facade, sprinkled with bits of blue, mauve and green tiles and studded with wave-shaped window frames and balconies,…
Top Choice Notable Building in Karlsplatz & Around Naschmarkt

Staatsoper

Few concert halls can hold a candle to the neo-Renaissance Staatsoper, Vienna's foremost opera and ballet venue. Even if you can't snag tickets to see a tenor hitting the high notes, you can get a taste of the archi…
Top Choice Notable Building in Siena

Libreria Piccolomini

Cardinal Francesco Todeschini Piccolomini, archbishop of Siena (later Pope Pius III), commissioned the building and decoration of this hall off the north aisle of the Duomo in 1492 to house the books of his uncle, E…
Top Choice Architecture in L'Eixample & Southern Valencia

Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias

This aesthetically stunning complex occupies a massive 350,000-sq-metre swath of the old Turia riverbed. It’s occupied by a series of spectacular buildings that are mostly the work of world-famous, locally born arch…
Top Choice Architecture in Brno

Vila Tugendhat

Brno had a reputation in the 1920s as a centre for modern architecture in the Bauhaus style. Arguably the finest example is this family villa, designed by modern master Mies van der Rohe for Greta and Fritz Tugendha…
Top Choice Architecture in Chester

Rows

Besides the City Walls, Chester's other great draw is the Rows, a series of two-level galleried arcades along the four streets that fan out in each direction from the Central Cross. The architecture is a handsome mi…
Top Choice Architecture in Pori

Villa Mairea

This fantastic villa is considered one of the 20th century's architectural masterpieces and the pinnacle of Alvar Aalto's career. It is the former home of industrialists Harry and Maire Gullichsen, who were avid art…
Top Choice Notable Building in Parliament & Around

Hungarian State Opera House

The neo-Renaissance Hungarian State Opera House was designed by Miklós Ybl in 1884 and is among the most beautiful buildings in Budapest. Its facade is decorated with statues of muses and opera greats such as Puccin…
Top Choice Notable Building in Parliament & Around

Royal Postal Savings Bank

East of Szabadság tér, the former Royal Postal Savings Bank is a Secessionist extravaganza of colourful tiles and folk motifs, built by Ödön Lechner in 1901. One of the most beautiful buildings in Pest, it is now pa…
Top Choice Notable Building in Holyrood & Arthur’s Seat

Scottish Parliament Building

The Scottish Parliament Building, on the site of a former brewery and designed by Catalan architect Enric Miralles (1955–2000), was opened by the Queen in October 2004. The ground plan of the complex is said to repr…