Top 3 unique cultural tourism destinations to visit in 2018: amazing Europe
Cultural tourism is usually associated with the most famous cities and destinations in France, Germany, Italy, and so on. This article is aimed to break this stereotype and add some new non-trivial cultural attractions to bucket lists of our readers. Here are the top 3 lesser-known cultural tourism destinations of Europe to visit in 2018:
#1 Odessa Opera and Ballet Theatre (Odessa, Ukraine)
If you adore opera and ballet, and want to attend one of the most beautiful theaters in the world without spending much money on ticket, you should definitely visit The Odessa National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet. This architectural wonder is in the Forbes’ top of must-visit sights in Eastern Europe, and considered one of the best opera houses in the world. It was constructed by Austrian architects, F. Felner and H. Helmer, in neo-baroque style, while the halls interior was designed in French rococo style. Many great artists performed on the stage of the Odessa Opera and Ballet Theatre, such as: Enrico Caruso, Feodor Chaliapin, Solomiya Krushelnytska, Anna Pavlova, Isadora Duncan, etc.
As Ukraine is one of the less expensive countries in Europe, the ticket will cost you, on average, $4 (though, you can find even cheaper ones).
#2 Castles in Romania
Have you read Bram Stoker’s novel ‘Dracula’? The writer was inspired by the story about the prince of Wallachia, Vlad the Impaler, who was known for being cruel and blood-minded ruler.
This infamous figure is usually connected with the history of the most prominent castles in Romania, Bran and Corvin. But did he actually live in any of them?
Bran Castle is believed to be ‘Dracula’s Castle’, as it corresponds the most to that, described in Bram Stoker’s novel. In fact, Bram Stoker never visited Romania; and Vlad the Impaler just few times stayed overnight in this castle, while hunting in its surroundings. Nevertheless, Bran Castle is worth visiting, as this piece of Gothic architecture constructed on the rock looks very picturesque and mysterious. Entrance ticket will cost you $7.
The history of ‘relations’ between bloodthirsty prince and Corvin Castle lasted for longer but, probably, the unhappiest period of Vlad’s life, as this castle became his prison for 7 years after he had been deposed. Built in Gothic and Renaissance styles, Corvin Castle impresses with its grim beauty, so it is not difficult to believe in legends about vampires here. Entrance fee is the same as for the Bran Castle.
#3 Mdina and megalithic temples (Malta)
Malta is a tiny island state in the Mediterranean. Despite its size, Malta can boast a huge amount of artifacts and cultural attractions. In fact, the whole country looks like one big museum under the open sky.
Mdina is a fortified city, which used to be the capital of Malta in ancient times. It is called the ‘Silent City’ and has a population of about 300 people. Tourists are able to walk along old narrow streets of Mdina, enjoying beautiful ancient architecture.
Among unique cultural tourism destinations that attract travelers from all around the world, the most prominent are the Megalithic Temples of Malta. These prehistoric temples, the oldest of which dated 3600 BC, are under UNESCO protection, and considered to be built earlier than Egypt pyramids and Stonehenge. Ġgantija, Ta’ Ħaġrat, Skorba, Ħaġar Qim, Mnajdra and Tarxien are only few of them. The average entrance fee is something around $10.