Europe is known for many things – incredible food, great scenery, (sometimes) amazing weather, but without doubt one of its biggest draws is of course CULTURE.
From tiny independently owned galleries to show-stopping museums, Europe is literally dripping in culture. Some of the world’s most renowned artists, designers, musicians, writers and musicians are of European origin, making it a huge draw for culture vultures from all around the world. It was a tough decision, but here are our top 5 for the ultimate culture fix:
Tate Modern – London, England
Housed in a defunct power plant along the Thames, the Tate Modern is one of the most interesting museums in the world. Ranging from the famous (Picasso) to the downright obscure (performance and 3D art), the Tate has something for everyone and best of all is free of charge. Past highlights have included a giant tuba suspended from the ceiling as part of a weather installation.
Gaudi House Museum – Barcelona, Spain
The Sagrada Familia, Casa Mila, Artigas Gardens…you can’t turn a corner in Barcelona without catching site of one of Gaudi’s remarkable creations, so where better to learn a little more about the master of design than at his own home. Gaudi lived at Casa Museu Gaudi for the last twenty years of his life and built the house in his own inimitable style, from the pink exterior to the dramatic rooftop spire. Inside the house, the rooms have been maintained to look exactly how they did during Gaudi’s residence, so the museum is a genuine insight into his personal life.
Pergamon Museum – Berlin, Germany
Undoubtedly one of the most popular attractions in Berlin, the Pergamon Museum is world famous for its fascinating archaeological holdings. Located on Museum Island, it’s really three museums in one – the collection of Classical Antiquities, the museum of the Ancient Near East, and the museum of Islamic Art. Artefacts date back to as early as 2nd Century BC and are truly breathtaking to behold.
Cite de la mode et du design – Paris, France
Incredible architecture meets cutting edge French fashion at the cite de la mode et du design. Designed by French and New Zealand architects Dominique Jakob and Brendan Macfarlane, the building houses the French Institute of fashion and is an incredible space for events dedicated to fashion and design. It’s was also the location for our recent shoot with pro skater Sammy Winter, although skating through the building in normal circumstances may well be prohibited!
Rijksmuseum – Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Following a mammoth 10 year refurbishment, the Rijksmuseum is now open and ready for business. Home to some of the greatest and most famous works of Dutch art, from Vermeer’s ‘The Milkmaid’ to Rembrandt’s epic portrait ‘The Night Watch’, the museum boasts a frankly ridiculous 100 rooms and 8,000 paintings, so chances are, you will get lost!