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11. Posted by cadenze (Budding Member 2 posts) 9y

I would have to agree that London is way too overrated.

Barcelona and Amsterdam were not that bad to me, though.

12. Posted by MissCaswell (Budding Member 82 posts) 9y

awww, I love Copenhagen. I do agree that the mermaid and such are very overrated but the city is so lovely and plesant. I lived just outside the city one winter and even though it`s nicer in the summer time i loved going into town and just walk around.. awww, I`m sad to hear this :(

For me most overrated place I`ve been to is without a doubt London, aaand though many will prolly disagree, I found Milan to be quite a bore.

13. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 9y

Quoting unnurse

awww, I love Copenhagen. I do agree that the mermaid and such are very overrated but the city is so lovely and plesant. I lived just outside the city one winter and even though it`s nicer in the summer time i loved going into town and just walk around.. awww, I`m sad to hear this :(

For me most overrated place I`ve been to is without a doubt London, aaand though many will prolly disagree, I found Milan to be quite a bore.

Oh yes, I totally forgot about Milan. Agree, it is just a fake city with fake gucci people

14. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 9y

Quoting Europe2006

Just want to get peoples thoughts on cities that are a little overrated in Europe. For me I think it would be Amsterdam (from what I can remember!?) ;)

why? just interested.

15. Posted by steff (Travel Guru 1160 posts) 9y

Quoting Utrecht

Budapest is overrated as well, so is Copenhagen. And Barcelona and Berlin.And of course London.

I disagree about Berlin (without any local bias). Just out of interest how much time did you spend here?
I second that London is overrated, it was too hectic, unfriendly and grey for me. Anyone who wants to show me the opposite ;)?

16. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 9y

Quoting steff

Quoting Utrecht

Budapest is overrated as well, so is Copenhagen. And Barcelona and Berlin.And of course London.

I disagree about Berlin (without any local bias). Just out of interest how much time did you spend here?
I second that London is overrated, it was too hectic, unfriendly and grey for me. Anyone who wants to show me the opposite ;)?

I guess about 5 or 6 days in total, but I am not the person who needs 'time' to see a city is nice. I just like beautiful cities which make me feel comfortable. It's just too much glass and concrete in Berlin and the old buildings make me yawn, like in Vienna or Budapest

17. Posted by Herr Bert (Moderator 1384 posts) 9y

Just to add on Utrecht, I had a good time in Berlin, but I had the feeling it was missing a soul (or heart). I just didn't make me feel like cities like Vienna, Helsinki or Madrid make me feel. Some parts of Berlin are really beautiful, but others like Potzdammerplatz are just plain ugly (I don't like the modern concrete/glass looks of it, looks so unpersonal), other things like the Culturbrauerei, are briljant. I just have some mixed feelings, about Berlin.

That said, I had a really good time in London, loved it. (and I seem to be a bit the outsider on that.)

I think it also your own mindset at those days of your visit, your expectations and maybe some bad/good choices for things to see, that make up the way you experience a city.

18. Posted by steff (Travel Guru 1160 posts) 9y

Quoting Herr Bert

Just to add on Utrecht, I had a good time in Berlin, but I had the feeling it was missing a soul (or heart). I just didn't make me feel like cities like Vienna, Helsinki or Madrid make me feel. Some parts of Berlin are really beautiful, but others like Potzdammerplatz are just plain ugly (I don't like the modern concrete/glass looks of it, looks so unpersonal), other things like the Culturbrauerei, are briljant. I just have some mixed feelings, about Berlin.

That said, I had a really good time in London, loved it. (and I seem to be a bit the outsider on that.)

I think it also your own mindset at those days of your visit, your expectations and maybe some bad/good choices for things to see, that make up the way you experience a city.

I find your responses really interesting and for me Berlin has a lot of heart and soul. I returned after being away for 20 months and still find the atmosphere (and architecture in fact) very unique for an European capital. But then I live here and maybe am biased after all ;).

All in all though, I can only agree with your statement Herr Bert, it always depends on expectations and personal taste what visitors like.

19. Posted by Herr Bert (Moderator 1384 posts) 9y

Maybe I shouldn't have said no soul, because in some places it has, but in other places I found that was missing in Berlin. Maybe that also has something to do with the fact that it doesn't have one area were almost everything happens, but it's all spread out over the entire city.

20. Posted by BlankFrack (Respected Member 280 posts) 9y

I don't like saying unpleasant things about places I've visited, but for me I'm going to say Dresden and Zagreb. Both are nice places, but personally I didn't seem to have a great time there in comparison to other cities. I think it probably says as much about my own personal visit as the cities themselves. Anyway, the two seem to be very common destinations for people and, particularly in Zagreb's case, I can't really understand why they've attracted so many tourists. Zagreb seems like a great place to live, but in comparison to other cities there aren't many attractions to see. I don't really understand why someone would, for instance, pick a stay in Zagreb over some of the fantastic locations on the Croatian coast, yet it seems to be quite common for people to do this.