The Most Popular European Streets
The unique atmosphere, numerous shops, cafes, stunning architecture, interesting history. What are talking about? The most popular streets in Europe. Each one is different, has something that distinguishes it, and always have lots of tourists. Today we present 10 the most popular European streets you want to visit.
1. La Rambla, Barcelona, Spain
The most famous street in Barcelona with several smaller alleys. It stretches for 1.2 kilometres (0.75 mi) from Plaça de Catalunya in the centre with the Christopher Columbus Monument at Port Vell. From the early 1990s a wooden walkway into the harbour called the Rambla de Mar is considered to be continuation of the street. The street offers a lot of space and cultural establishments. It also dazzles with diversity, because its individual parts are different and original.
2. Avenue des Champs-Élysées, Paris, France
The Avenue des Champs-Élysées is one of the most recognizable boulevard in the world. The name Champs-Élysées is French for Elysian Fields, the paradise for dead heroes in Greek mythology. It is located in Paris, France and stretches for 1,910 m (6,270 ft) connecting the Place de la Concorde and the Place Charles de Gaulle, where the Arc de Triomphe is located. The Champs-Élysées is famous for its theatres, cafés and luxury shops. It also plays an important role during historical events, like the parades celebrating the Allied victory in the First World War in 1919, and the parades of Free French and American forces after the liberation of the city in 1944.
3. Zlatá ulička, Prague, Czech Republic
Zlatá ulička (in English: Golden Lane) is a street located at the Prague Castle in Czech Republic. The street is filled with small colorful houses, where once lived the goldsmiths and the castle servants. The name is connected with legends of 16th century alchemists, who supposedly looked there for a reaction to produce gold. In fact, alchemists have never worked or lived there. Between 1916-1917, famous novel writer Franz Kafka lived there in a house no. 22.
4. Kurfürstendamm, Berlin, Germany
The Kurfürstendamm (colloquially Ku’damm) is one of the most famous streets in Berlin. The name comes from the former Kurfürsten (prince-electors) of Brandenburg. Ku’damm is often considered as the Champs-Élysées of Berlin. On 3.5 km (2.2 mi) long street you can find a lot of luxury shops, houses, hotels and restaurants. Several luxury car manufacturers have their show rooms there. If you like fashion, many popular fashion designers have their shops there.
5. Downing Street, London, United Kingdom
Downing Street is one the most popular British street located in Whitehall in central London, England. The street has for more than three hundred years housed the official residences. The house at 10 Downing Street is one of the most important political buildings, where British prime ministers have their office.
6. Abbey Road, London, United Kingdom
Another popular street in the British capital is Abbey Road. If you are The Beatles fan, it’s a place you should definitely visit. This road is best known for the Abbey Road Studios located at 3 Abbey Road, where The Beatles and many other famous popular music performers have recorded, and The Beatles named their last studio LP Abbey Road.
7. Via Appia Antica, Rome, Italy
You’ve probably heard the expression, “All roads lead to Rome”. Via Appia Antica (In English: Appian Way) is the oldest and most popular street in Rome. It was one of the earliest and strategically most important Roman roads. It is named after Appius Claudius Caecus, the Roman censor who began and completed the first section as a military road to the south in 312 BC. Their roads began at Rome and extended to the borders of their domain.
8. De Wallen, Amsterdam, Netherlands
De Wallen or De Walletjes is the largest and best known red-light district in Amsterdam. The street is named after their walled canals (De Wallen and Walletjes mean “little walls”). The street’s architecture is typical of 14th century Amsterdam. De Wallen consists a network of alleys with approximately three hundred one-room cabins rented by prostitutes who offer their sexual services from behind a window or glass door. You can also find there a number of sex shops, sex theatres, peep shows, a sex museum, a cannabis museum, and a number of coffee shops that sell marijuana.
9. Kohlmarkt, Vienna, Austria
Kohlmarkt is one of the most expensive and oldest streets in Vienna. There are many fashion designers’ shops, cafés and shops with delicious, chocolate products. Kohlmarkt also amazes with its architecture and landmarks.
10. Strøget, Copenhagen, Denmark
Strøget is the popular tourist attraction in the centre of old city of Copenhagen, Denmark. The street is one of the longest pedestrian shopping streets in Europe. It stretches for 1.1 km from The City Hall Square on the west to Kongens Nytorv (“The King’s New Square”) on the east. The Lonely Planet travel guide noted as of 2014 that although Strøget is “a fun place to stroll,” bustling with musicians and people.