Museums inspire. They make us feel good. They make us smarter. There’s literally no reason not to visit a museum. Europe is home to some of the finest, grandest of them all – take a city break to most countries on the continent and you’ll stumble upon collections worth the flight alone. This diverse bunch should keep culture vultures busy for the rest of the year:
1. Albertina Museum: Vienna, Austria
Where to stay: The hosts at Hotel Stefanie consider Albertina the best museum in the capital. We consider Hotel Stefanie the best hotel in the capital. It may have been around for over four centuries, but the Austrian haven’s hospitality is always one step ahead.
2. Germanisches Nationalmuseum: Ansbach, Germany
Where to stay? The medieval-meets-modern Hotel Schwarzer Bock sits amid all of these weird and wonderful Ansbach museums. The historic hotel and inn dates back to 1100 and is also within walking distance of Kaspar Hauser Museum and Margrave Gardens.
3. National Museum of Ancient Art: Lisbon, Portugal
Where to stay: Designed by famous Portuguese modernist architect Cassiano Branco, Hotel Britania is a work of art in itself. Capturing the glamour of the 1940’s, a stay here is like stepping back in time to the spirit and soul of the era. From the cork floors in bedrooms to the Portuguese artworks adorning the bar, every detail surprises, delights, and makes you feel right at home.
4. Museo Galileo: Florence, Italy
Where to stay: Just outside of Florence is another Renaissance treasure – an enchanting destination stay you won’t want to miss. Villa Campestri sits on the Florentine hills, overlooking miles of glorious Tuscan green. It’s completely unique as it specialises in extraordinary organic extra-virgin olive oil – and not just in its gorgeous Tuscan menu. The hotel’s Oleoteca® allows you to enjoy sensory experiences such as Ayurvedic massages using the oil itself.