Travel Guides

My continuing effort to create guides and subjective opinions of the many cities in Europe. Since its easy to have an opinion of famous places like Paris or Venice, I focus my attention on the less explored places in Central Europe.


CityTourismPreservationImmersionInteractivityFinal Score
Antwerp97798
Düsseldorf758107.5
Heidelberg108577.5
Trier86687.5
Aachen84686.5
Mainz75686.5
Saarbrücken54855.5
Koblenz65655.5
Cologne31174
Mannheim21453

The Vista of Siena is on of the most well-known images of ItalyJustin Bunch | CityscapeTravel

Should You Visit Siena?

Yes, Siena is what I would describe as “Peak Europe.” It doesn’t get better than this. You can think of Siena as a smaller and more subdued version of Florence. Florence overflows with tourists, who crowd vast avenues lined with marble-clad palaces. In contrast, Siena awaits a smaller crowd meandering through alleyways of sun-baked brick.

Facade of Fontainbleau PalaceJustin Bunch | CityscapeTravel

Palaces of Paris and Île-de-France

This map outlines the major palaces of the Île-de-France region that are open to the public. I have sorted them roughly by the primary architectural style they represent. While some palaces, such as Versailles and Fontainebleau, are already UNESCO Heritage sites, most of the palaces on this list are worth visiting in their own right.

Florence cityscape at nightJustin Bunch | CityscapeTravel

Should You Visit Florence?

The primary consideration on whether or not to visit Florence is the kind of experience you expect. Modern tourism thoroughly colonized the city, and tourists will vastly outnumber residents in the city center. However, the city offers an unparalleled opportunity to experience art and history in its original context and makes for one of the best destinations in Europe.

Paris Cluny Museum Late Gothic VaultsJustin Bunch | CityscapeTravel

A Guide to the Forgotten Paris

This guide will highlight the main sights that remain from ancient Paris. That is, the traces of France’s medieval kings and courts, which survive today. Designed as a walking tour, everything on this list should is grouped together by location rather than chronology.

Place des Vosges Oldest Planned Square in Northern EuropeJustin Bunch | CityscapeTravel

Should You Visit Paris?

Yes, but realistic expectations may be required. More tourists will visit Paris in a typical year than any other European city. So objectively, there must be something here worth seeing, right? Let’s take a look at why you may or may not want to visit Paris.

Justin Bunch | CityscapeTravel

Tricks for Traveling in Germany

Travel across Europe and you will learn many different tricks for navigating each country. From my experience in Germany, I can say that it’s fairly easy and stress-free. However, there are still some things that might surprise you. Here are some points for optimizing your travel in Germany and making the best use of your time.

Justin Bunch | CityscapeTravel

What should I see in Germany?

If you have never been to Germany before and would like to spend some time exploring the country, check this guide. I try to balance well-known destinations such as Neuschwanstein Castle with spectacular destinations off the beaten path such as Stralsund or Bamberg.

Justin Bunch | CityscapeTravel

Should You Visit Liège?

Liege is an underappreciated travel destination in a country full of many world-class places to visit. Combining the traditions of several different cultures, it offers a unique local culture, boasting unique foods, architecture, and its own dialect. Though it suffered from the deindustrialization of the 20th century, it retains most of its old-world charm.

Justin Bunch | CityscapeTravel

Should You Visit Cologne?

No. Cologne is not a city worth visiting, and why people say otherwise is a mystery. Unless you like churches, there isn’t much to see here, and getting nice pictures of Cologne was a real challenge. Here I will outline why Cologne should be skipped on your itinerary.

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