According to me, these are Europe’s top 30 prettiest cities. This is completely objective. You must also keep in mind that there are still plenty of places I haven’t seen yet, and that this list is subject to change based on future travels…
** Update: Copenhagen, Denmark, and Galway, Ireland deserve to be on this list, and I will re-arrange it in due course
Annecy, flowering along the banks of Lake Annecy, is possibly one of France’s most magical places (and that’s saying a lot!). The lake is among Europe’s cleanest (something to be said for its proximity to Switzerland), and the city, in the middle of the Savoy region, is wonderfully adorable. Colours slide of the facades, creating watercolour reflections in the romantic canals. The ship-like island structure was once a prison but now creates a romantic backdrop as the crossing point over the canal. The Chateau at the top of the hill (now a museum) is a gorgeous, restored 12th century castle overlooking the lake and the rest of the town. Not to be missed is the Savoy cuisine: principally raclette, or melted reblochon cheese eaten on top of boiled potatoes and varied charcuterie, tartiflette, an oven-baked dish involving melted cheese and ham, or fondue which yes, can be done with chocolate, but also with cheese and meat. Walk off your massive meal on Annecy’s adorable side streets, climb the hill to the castle, or take a boat out to explore the lake!
Tracing its foundation back to the Roman invasion of England, the city owes much to the Roman settlers. It was they who discovered the hot springs, the only naturally-occurring such spring in England. They erected a beautiful spa to profit from these hot springs, bathing in them for their supposed healing powers, a must-see to this day. This idea continued through the ages to modern times, where a new spa was erected a stone’s throw from the old one. Don’t miss a stop in the massive Abbey and a tour of the beautiful tower and roofs or the elegant Pump Rooms next door. Walk up High Street to admire the buildings done up in Bath Limestone, or cross the bridge—one of the last remaining bridges holding active shops on it—to the little Holburne Museum of Art. Afterwards, stroll past Jane Austen’s house (closed to the public but a JA museum does exisit here), for a stroll along the canal to feel the relaxing power of the English countryside. Lastly, don’t forget to swing by the famed Victorian masterpiece, the Royal Crescent!
Ah, Norway. Bergen is one of Europe’s rainiest cities—but also one of its greenest. Bergen is the Gateway to the Fjords, the vast beautiful and magical natural inlets with massive cliffs cascading down into deep waterways and best explored by boat. But while the fjords are a must-see, don’t miss Bergen either! A typically Scandinavian city, much of it is made with wood. In particular, be sure to walk along the Hanseatic buildings by the docks, long used by Norwegian merchants. Weave your way through the fish market, an ancient tradition as Norway’s culture and income has been built on our slippery friends from the sea. Climb any one of the Seven Sisters—the seven mountains that surround and nourish the city—for a panoramic view and a dip into the green, moss-covered forests. Mt Floyen is the easiest to get to (there is even a funicular), and full of funny little signposts scattered across the various trails. For a special Scandinavian surprise, visit the stave church of Fantoft nestled into a wooded hollow at the north of town. Believe, this little wooden church shaped like a ship has sprung right off the pages of a fairytale.
- Bilbao : Ever heard of the modernistic, steel-hulled modern engineering feat, the Guggenhiem Museum?? How about the flower puppy gracing its doors? While all very cool, Bilbao has even more to offer. Duck back into town and you’ll feel the push and pull of modernity mixing with the traditional. A funky, artsy place, it’s also one of Spain’s cleanest cities. While you’ll get by with Spanish, it is technically the capital of Basque country—which has a very unusual, ancient language unrelated to anything else today. Get lost in the old town, climb the hills at sunset for a beautiful view of the warming glow over the city, walk along the river for a relaxing evening stroll, and if you have time, head out along the coast to the village of Bakio, where you can walk to the amazing cliff-side monastery, San Juan de Gaztelugatxe (don’t worry; no one knows how that one is pronounced!)
- Bruges: Do you like buildings that have sprung off the pages of fairy tales? Are you searching for your real-life Disney World? Search no more, for you have found all you could ever want and more in Bruges. This tiny city packs a bundle: majestic gothic buildings, towering belfries, romantic canals, dreamy weeping willows, cobblestone alleys, sublime windmills, charming shops, cosy cafes, sweeping towers, beautiful churches. A popular honeymoon spot, everyone just seems so irrepressibly happy, and smiles are the word of the day. Not to give you more reasons to come but—dare I mention….Belgian waffles? Belgian chocolate, Belgian beer or Belgian frites (commonly referred to as the misnomer “French fries”)? The city has all of these and more, and on top of it all, the prices are reasonable and the locals are cheerful. What more could you want?
“My house in Budapest
My, my hidden treasure chest
Golden grand piano
My beautiful Castillo”…
What city could be more romantic and more scenic than Budapest? Surely one of Europe’s most sparkly gems, Budapest is also one of Europe’s cheapest cities. Chain Bridge, House of Parliament, the Café Gerbeaud, Fisherman’s Bastian, Buda Castle, Szechenyi Spa, the Vajahunyad Castle…all hugging the Blue Danube. Not only is the city absolutely beautiful, it is stunning. Strolling along the Danube, climbing Castle Hill, navigating the small backstreets, skipping down the grad avenues, Budapest is a city that is alive and oh-so-easy to love. Have a taste of Hungarian cuisine—meat with a delicious array of (strong!) spices—or perhaps a langos (fried dough), or the heavy meat soup goulash, and wash it all down with a glass of Hungarian wine or a shot of the herbal Hungarian liqueur Unicum (beware, they aren’t kidding when they say it’s strong). This is a city where one can eat, drink and be merry (not to mention be surrounded by beautiful architecture) for a great price!
Game of Thrones, here it is: Dubrovnik, Croatia, or known by some as Westeros. If you like beaches, history, blue seas and orange tiles, if you like to drink wine and eat fish, if you want to go beyond the traditional ‘sea, sun, sand’ holiday, if you like to discover new places buried in history and caught between two Europes, the East and the West—come to Croatia, come to Dubrovnik. Wander the old town, dine on the ramparts, sunbathe on the beach, chat with the friendly locals, explore the coast by boat. Croatia is the Mediterranean destination: affordable, friendly, beautiful—and locals able to speak English!
Why do you think you wouldn’t like to visit it Poland? Is it the weather? The fact that it’s always grey, or that the cities are ugly or that there aren’t enough castles or perhaps it’s that the food is bad. Well let me correct that. Here in Gdansk, the spring, summer and fall weather is gorgeous, even nice enough for a quick dip in the Baltic. It may be grey sometimes (like anywhere else really), but when it’s sunny…it’s really sunny. And then the sun shines off all the colourfully painted buildings, bringing the city alive with vivacity. Less than an hour away from the city is Marlbork Castle, the world’s biggest brick castle, a sprawling fortress of wonder built long ago by the Teutonic Knights. And as for the food… ever tried peirogies? Had nalesniki (Polish crepes)? Kielbasa (Polish sausage)? Perhaps you’ve tried placki, a type of potato pancake? How about gulasz (meat stew), kopytka (dumplings), washed down with a swig of Zubrowka, a popular brand of vodka made with bison grass? No? Okay, well perhaps it’s time you visit the port city of Gdansk to dispel all negative Polish stereotypes once and for all.
You may not have even heard of this city. No matter, now you have! Ghent is a funny little Belgian town largely ignored by both tourists and the rest of Belgium. A student town, the best way to describe its atmosphere is—hipster. Hipster cafés mingle with gothic and Flemish buildings; non-religious belfries are mistaken for cathedrals, houses with funky colours hide behind weeping willows along weaving canals. Everyone seems to walk or bike or ride public transport. Art Nouveau decorations are nestled throughout, and a medieval castle rises from the banks of its moat, creating an ironic juxtaposition between ancient and modern. Everything about Ghent seems unique and a little bizarre—but this is one city that you cannot deny has character! Oh—and don’t forget the other reason(s) to go: Belgian beer, Belgian chocolate and Belgian waffles! And the fries. The fries make it 100% worth it.
Possibly not the best time to go to Kiev at the moment, there’s no denying that this city once had splendour. Like most cities in Eastern Europe, it was heavily influenced by the soviets and their unique style of architecture (or lack thereof). Despite all, the ancient city of Kiev has kept up a strong presence through their devotion to their religion. Like other places where Orthodox Christianity is practiced, there is a strong influence on religious buildings. Visiting Kiev is spectacular—gilded churches with sparkling roofs in the shape of hershey kisses rise up from the streets. Twin reconstructed cathedrals—St Sophia’s and St Michael’s face each other in the downtown area, other religious gems are peppered throughout the city (such as St Volodmyr, St Pantolainmon, and St Andrews) and a visit to the Lavra promises access to the ancient monastery and sacred caves on the edge of the city.
- London: Is London the greatest city on Earth? Many people (perhaps myself included) seem to think so. But what is it that makes London so special? The food? The culture? The architecture? The people? In truth, it’s a little of all. One thing that makes London magnificent is its multiculturalism, and its fantastic integration of hundreds of culture in one city. It doesn’t matter who you are in London—this is a city where anything goes. Historic yet modern, bright yet scenic, exciting yet subdued, London literally has something for everyone. It has more icons than any other place: Big Ben, red telephone booths, the London Eye, Tower Bridge, double decker’s, the Union Jack splashed across any flat space, the Bullet, the Shard, the Tube, Sherlock Holmes, Madame Toussaud’s, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace…one could go on for days. Suffice it to say…London may in fact be the greatest city of Earth (and also one of the most expensive!).
- Lyon: Lyon, the gastronomic capital of France. Among its winding, cobblestone streets, find countless bouchons (traditional Lyonnais restaurants) that will fill your stomach to the bursting! Or check out what Lyon’s famed chef, Paul Bocuse, is doing at any of his high-end restaurants. Don’t miss out on the delicious Beaujolais red wine, made just a few kilometres north of the city. While you’re not eating or drinking, be sure to wander the old town, climb the hill to the basilica for sweeping views and Roman ruins, then descend and explore the Presqui’ile, or the space between Lyon’s two rivers. Follow the quays north, searching for markets along the way, before arriving at the beautiful Place de Terreaux. For a relaxing afternoon, check out the Parc Tete d’or—who knows, maybe you’ll even come face-to-face with a giraffe! Don’t be afraid to talk to the locals (the opposite of Parisians) and no matter what you do, Lyon is a fun, relaxed city with a little of everything and a whole lot of food.
Ah, the capital of Spain. Why, you may ask, is Madrid here on this list and not Barcelona? For too many reasons, I respond. Madrid is a city of people, actual Spanish people, people who live and work and party. Not only that, but Madrid is full of grand avenues lined with colourful parks and filled with palaces and examples of fine architecture. Beautifully decorative roofs top the high buildings; trees line the long boulevards. And everywhere one can find magnificent eateries big and small. In Madrid, one can eat and drink until they burst with tapas and paella and Sangria and beer. But the best part? Here you do all that with minimal tourists. Here, you will be surrounded by Spanish people. And the city is relatively safe. True, in Barcelona you will find beautiful architecture. Anything Gaudi touched is sacred. But…the number of tourists is overwhelming, the city is dirty, it has one of the worst petty crime rates in Europe and you won’t get any manner of authentic Spanish experience. So next time you’re going to Spain, skip the overrated Barcelona and visit Madrid. Or even better, head down south to Andalucía!
- Moscow: ooh—Moscow. The head of communism, the city not only behind the iron but the city that created the Iron Curtain. Despite current political issues, don’t blame Moscow, blame only its politicians. Moscow is a very cool place, and the people are cool as well. For a great intro to the city, take the free walking tours starting around the corner of the Kremlin. Speaking of which—be sure to visit the Kremlin while in town! It’s amazing. Stand on Red Square, visit Lenin’s body if you can, feast in the masterpiece that it St Basil’s (otherwise known as the world’s most beautiful cake!). Visit the cathedrals, and relax in the massive Gorki park just next door. End the day with a sunset cruise to take in all the sights in a relaxing way. If you can, chat with the locals to dispel any common negative stereotypes—they’re great people! A bit of wisdom: it is worth learning a few basic Russian words/phrases and certainly worth the effort in getting a basic understanding of the Cyrillic alphabet!
- Munich: Yes, yes, we know, Munich is famous for the Oktoperfest. But does the equation really go: Munich = Oktoberfest ? There’s no doubt that a visit to the infamous festival would be a journey to remember (or not remember, depending on how one looks at it…). But Munich is more than just a 30-day beer festival in fall. Munich is a place of beauty, of history, of sadness. Munich has seen abandonment of its lord in face of the menacing Swedish army. It has seen the rise of Hitler, the terror produced by arrests by the Gestapo. It has seen the Kristallnacht (crystal night), coordinated attacks against the Jews resulting in millions of shards of broken glass. But perhaps because of this, Munich is also an extraordinary place. It is a place that refuses to forget. Beer may be the currency of the day—and you’ll find no shortage of beer houses, bars and clubs here—but it is also a city seething of history.
The City of Lights, the City of Love. What city can claim more cultural heritage than Paris? Some will say it’s overrated, but those people will be wrong. True there are many tourists in France’s capital—but it’s one of the world’s most visited cities for a reason! This is one of Europe’s grandest cities. It has produced, housed and inspired more artists, writers innovators, architects and chefs than any other city on the continent. Its magnificent avenues seem to have no end, and Haussmann’s many boulevards will be enough to make you recounting your finances in order to move to Paris. The cathedrals and churches seem in endless supply, from the infamous Notre Dame to the hilltop Sacre Coeur to the smallest neighbourhood chapel. What city could be more romantic? Kiss under the Eiffel Tower by day; watch the light show by night. Skip down Champs Elysees (all the while singing the song!). Eat at an array of magnificent restaurants, no matter what you’re in the mood for, explore the ancient centre of Paris on Ile de la Cite, visit Quasimodo’s gargoyles, salut Napoleon’s magnificent tomb, visit the many palaces (the best of course being Versailles, a short train ride from the centre). No matter where you go in the city, beware—it will be so beautiful that your breath will catch in your throat!
Budapest’s rival for the Central European champion of splendour, this city in the epicentre of Europe is a modern-day fairytale that isn’t so modern at all. The main drawback of Prague is the number of other people who have realised how great this city is, and yet, don’t let that stop you! The majestic Charles Bridge links the castle with the medieval centre, where the main square, cathedral and astrological clock are located. Visit at Christmas to take advantage of the magnificent(ly cheap!) Christmas markets. Have hot wine and warm sweet rolls as snowflakes tumble out of the sky. Don’t miss the gnarled stones of the old Jewish cemetery falling over each other (watch out for the Golem!) or the bright graffiti-ed Lennon Wall. Enjoy the sunset along the banks of the river, shinning off the facades of the buildings. Explore the (very cold) castle and surrounding district, and wind your way through the narrow backstreets in search of a cosy restaurant where one can find Czech beer and a hot plate of Czech cuisine. And the best part? You’ll do it all for pennies—Prague is one of Europe’s best bargain cities!
- Riga: One of Europe’s great Art Nouveau capitals is the beautiful little city of Riga, Latvia. Easily walkable and full of sights to see, be sure to keep your head craned upwards in order to scan the facades for gems oft missed by tourists. Head over to the famous square of the House of Blackheads and relish in the history and master architecture, and if you’re craving a bite, there’s a great little home-made (and budget-friendly!) restaurant just around the corner from the square. If you like castles, forests, and rugged rural landscapes, take the train to Sigulda, grab a map and take a hike! Head over to Sigulda Castle, take the cable car across the Gauja River Gorge to the eerie Krimulda ruins and abandoned manor house, duck into the woods past the scared Gutmanis Cave (take a moment to admire all the ancient carvings left by ancient tourists), before weaving your way back through the woods until the magnificent, red turrets and towers of Turaida Castle come into view. Believe me, you won’t regret it!
While Malaga is the official capital of Andalucia, Ronda is still the heart and soul of the Pueblos Blancos (White Villages) region of the county. Divided in two by a massive gorge, Ronda’s cliffs are lined with white houses clinging to its’ edges. Either side of the gorge has winding streets filled to the brim with these adorable white houses, street after cobblestoned street. Linking the two halves of the city is a magnificent bridge that can be properly view by hiking down the gorge. This bridge has clearly been imported here from the elves of Rivendell for all its elegant splendour. Once conquered and occupied by the Moors (like most of the Iberian Peninsula), they too have left their mark by means of an ancient bathhouse, stone arches still forming the exterior. This is not a city for the faint of heart; between the gorge, steep hills and massive bridges, one will get a lot of exercise here despite the small size! No matter; when in need of refreshments, sit down to a table of tapas or a plate of paella, and order a cheap cerveza to go with!
- Salzberg: This little Austrian gem saw the birth of one of history’s most famous men: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Yes, this is where the famed composer spent his youthful days, and you can still visit his house. Not only that, but the downtown area is charming. The food is great and a lot more varied (and less meat-centric!) than other places in Central Europe. Reigning over all is the great Hohensalzberg castle. While the climb is steep, a visit to Salzberg is not complete without a visit to the castle! And snaking its way through the whole city is the (usually not) Blue Danube!
This Spanish town is known primarily for the gigantic aqueduct that runs straight through the town centre. It’s hard to deny a visit to see something so old that still is very much intact. Built by the Romans to carry water, the famous aqueduct is a magnificent feat of engineering. But there is more to see in Segovia—the castle and its turrets are beautiful inside and out. Running below the castle are little trails whipping you through the woods back through town – great for relaxation. If you desire a little more adventure, head out of town and across the expanse to the other side of the desert-like countryside to find rough, hillside paths that give you an amazing view of the city and especially the castle!
Fairy tales are alive in Strasbourg. No, seriously, Petite France, the centre of Strasbourg has been pulled right off the pages of a book starting with “Once Upon a Time.” In this cosy little town that once lodged the infamous Gutenberg (there is still a square named after him), one can imagine princesses and knights in shinning armour roaming the cobblestone streets. Visit in winter for the famed Christmas markets, and you’ll be able to taste crepes and vin chaud (hot wine) and the heavy but delicious Alsacian cuisine (Franco-Germanic tastes). The little medieval, half-timbered houses line quiet canals—a magical place stroll arm-in-arm by day or night, and imagine oneself as a medieval prince or princess on their way to a magnificent ball.
- Split: No Split opinions here—Croatia’s famed coastal town is all you’ve ever dreamed of when it comes to the Mediterranean! A bit high on the tourist numbers; try to visit earlier or later in the season to avoid the high crowds. Nevertheless don’t let that worry you—Split is amazing. Similar in look and taste to Italy, you will find lower prices, more English and less laziness here! The Diocletian’s Palace ruins are a true gem, the beaches are lovely, the water is blue as crystal, and don’t miss out on a quick hike up the Marjan Hill will satisfy all panoramic photography desires!
- St Petersburg: What is possibly Europe’s prettiest city is not the easiest one to get to. Visa processes and Russian officials aside, SPB is worth the trouble! Elegant, glamorous, magnificent—there are no words to describe the beauty of SPB. Unlike many Eastern cities, the beauty does not end after the main square. In fact, you could walk for 30 minutes and still be among regal houses and grand boulevards. Palaces line the Neva, beautiful Russian Orthodox church spires rise above the skyline, little rusty soviet cars zip by. Ladies be sure to bring a scarf to cover your head so you can dip into an orthodox church—the gilded, glittering insides are just as amazing as the outsides! Watch the bridges get raised at midnight and if you’re brave enough, you can even flag down any one of those little Soviet cars to ask for a ride home as if it were a taxi!
- Tallinn: Tallinn, the little-known capital of Estonia, is truly a hidden gem that few people know about. A beautiful place in its own right, it is well worth going a little out of your way to see. Stroll through the old town, walk along the ancient walls, climb the towers that once (still?) defend the city against invaders, get lost in the labyrinth of narrow passages among ancient houses. Shop around for some beautiful Baltic amber jewellery for you or your loved one. When you get hungry, head over to the dark and cosy tavern in the main square for a pint, sausages and a bowl of elk soup served in rough clay dishes without silverware for something a little more traditional. If intense hunger is your game, head back into the labyrinth to the Kompressor for a massive “crepe-pancake” the size of your face—you won’t be hungry for a week afterwards! And don’t forget to visit the beautiful Baltic Sea! Rent bikes and take to the coastline to drink in the landscape and see Tallinn from a distance. Whether visiting with your better half, friends or alone, you’ll get a real feel for this little nation and its magnificent capital as you get transported back in time to another era.
Torino is not what you’d expect when thinking about a trip to Italy. Far from the Tuscan fields of the south, the romantic canals of Venice or the grand cities of Rome and Florence, Torino holds charm because of its seclusion and northern placement. Once host to the winter Olympics, it certainly gets chilly in winter—but this is because it is in the heart of the Italian Alps. The city is vastly different than Rome or Florence. For one thing, it has fewer tourists; for another, both its streets and air is a 100 times cleaner. Less chaotic than southern Italy, Torino still features the Italian charm and cuisine of more ‘traditional’ Italian cities. It has wide boulevards with splendid buildings cascading out of the centre and along the river. In the centre, the unusual spire of the Mole Antonelliana (now housing the Museum of Cinema) rises up, dominating the foreground of a panorama of Torino, the Alps climbing up behind it. Nestled next to the mountains, venture of the city into the Valley of Aosta to play I-Spy-the-Castle. Believe me, you will find dozens (not to mention the secluded monastery Sacra di San Michele)!
What city could be more majestically musical than Vienna? One of Europe’s old grand cities, Vienna is the Queen of Central Europe. More expensive than Prague and Budapest, it is also 100% worth the price. And not everything in Vienna is expensive—see an opera, ballet or play in the famous opera house for as little as 3 or 4 euros (as long as you don’t mind standing)! The vast palaces and grounds of the Belvedere, Hofburg and Schonbrunn will take your breath away. In Vienna, you will have no shortage of majestic streets. Start with the world-famous Ringstrasse, where every building seems more beautiful than the last. But even after you veer away from the centre and into more residential streets, you will not be in want of beauty. Vienna is a city where one must wander, one must lose oneself into its heart. For a quirky kick, visit the funky, colourful, messing-with-your-mind Hundertwasser House. To see a beautiful Baroque church, head over to Karlsplatz. If you want a romantic moment, take a horse-drawn carriage with your lover at twilight; the city alight with soft light is amazing.
Most people would forget that Warsaw even exists, let alone mention it as one of Europe’s best cities. Yet, Warsaw deserves its place on this list. While it does not hold the cultural heritage of Krakow, it makes up for it with the passion of the local people (it also lacks its sister city’s overflow of crowds!). 85% destroyed during the war and mostly rebuilt by the Communists when supplies were scarce and people were poor, the outskirts are nothing to get excited for. The Old Town, however, has been painstakingly rebuilt to match what it once was, based on photos, paintings and memories. The Wisla River is lined with party boats in the summer, the magnificent new red-and-white national stadium rises on the far side of the river. The lively Nowy Swiat street is lined with shops, bars and theatres; at the far end, an artist has installed a statue of a palm tree. By day, Warsaw is lovely; by night it is a party. Stop in a 4 zloty bar (= 1 euro) for a shot of vodka, half-pint of beer, or glass of wine before heading out to one of the many nightclubs. If culture is your thing, head out to the beautiful Wilanow Palace. In summer, have a picnic in the park while attending a free (weekly) Chopin concert. For a cheap, authentic meal, check out a milk bar, made popular after the war for the cheap, quick, filling food. Be sure to eat a plate of pierogies before leaving town! It’s obligatory.
After visiting, its hard to believe this little place was once the capital of England. Yet, even though many historians say there was no fixed capital in Anglo-Saxon England, Winchester is commonly regarded as the ancient seat of power before a fire in the 12th century lead to its decline. Today a cute and quaint city, one can still feel the history exuding from the bricks and stone that make up this city. Whether at the crumbling Wolvesey Castle, the beautiful Winchester Cathedral, the old Guildhall in Gothic-revival style, or simply strolling upon the River Itchen, the city still hold great power over our five senses and makes shivers run up our spine as we imagine bygone times where we would once have been in the presence of the King of England (well, rather Wessex). And if you get tired or a bit parched? Park your bum at one of the many pubs for a fine English pint and a simple plate of pub food (jacket potatoes, bangers and mash, fish ‘n’ chips, and the like). Just watch out—once you’ve ducked into the pub, you might not want to leave thanks to the great atmosphere!
- Wrocław : A little known Polish city that is even harder to pronounce than to find on the map, Wrocław (Vraht-swav) is worth any possible embarrassment from mispronunciation. This little town is so colourful it rivals a Rubik’s cube, and the breathtaking views of the Ostrów Tumski islands and cathedral spires is enough to make even a pessimist smile. Once in this part of town, stroll the cobblestoned, gas-lit streets or climb the cathedral steps for a sweeping view. Back on the other side of the river, stop by the amazing, round museum of the Racławicka—a circular panorama depicting the famous battle in 365 degrees. Lastly, don’t forget to go gnome-hunting—over two hundred one-foot-high gnome statues are hidden all about the city, doing various mischievous activities. Race you—whoever finds the most, wins!