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31. Posted by njeanne46 (First Time Poster, 1 posts) 16 May '07 01:46

Personally, I don't have much enthusiasm for Stockholm. It's SO expensive, and in the Northern European countries, I much prefer Helsinki, which is manageable and interesting.

32. Posted by dewberry (Budding Member, 5 posts) 16 May '07 05:51

London! Everyone who lives there loves it, but everyone else hates it. Overpriced, pretentious, no character, and so dirty.

33. Posted by flo jo (Respected Member, 414 posts) 17 May '07 04:48

I really love London. It always been an excellent place on my point of view. I like Barcelona for its architecture. For me the most over rated place is Naples. the city is dirty and the people arrogant. The city gets dangerous and they drive like mad cow.

34. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru, 2026 posts) 18 May '07 12:17

I can't believe people think that London and Rome are overrated. They're both fantastic cities with loads to see, do, eat, drink, enjoy. OK so they're expensive and crowded (particularly London), but anyone with half an ounce of sense would have worked that out before they set off wouldn't they?

For me, Glasgow is overrated - I have plenty of friends who really like it but I just don't get it myself, there isn't really anything there for me.

35. Posted by Louissa (Budding Member, 59 posts) 20 May '07 09:44

We did a couple of trips to Europe, we thought London was very overated and very expensive, we cut short our stay and added a day in Paris which we enjoyed. It was also expensive but we loved the sights and you can see a lot for free ! Florence was superb. Amsterdam was ok. Venice expensive but a once in a lifetime experience. Athens did not appeal to us that much but was ok, Greek Islands we loved. Dubrovnik we liked, But Europe now is just too expensive for us, though we would love to go back to Italy, Croatia and Greece again.

[ Edit: Edited on May 20, 2007, at 9:46 AM by Louissa ]

36. Posted by Dominatrix (Budding Member, 43 posts) 20 May '07 11:04

Quoting magykal1

I can't believe people think that London and Rome are overrated. They're both fantastic cities with loads to see, do, eat, drink, enjoy. OK so they're expensive and crowded (particularly London), but anyone with half an ounce of sense would have worked that out before they set off wouldn't they?

For me, Glasgow is overrated - I have plenty of friends who really like it but I just don't get it myself, there isn't really anything there for me.

Since I was the only one of those "people" who said that Rome was overrated, I will repeat that it does have wonderful museums and palaces -- and that's it.

Otherwise, food is worse than in any other part of Italy, though -- granted -- it is usually not very expensive.

And, no: Rome is NOT an expensive city. But except for the museums, galleries, and palaces it is quite ugly, people are most certainly not nice -- and no, it has nothing to do (as someone else has alleged) with tourism related workers, it's almost everybody.

I went there to visit friends, so I didn't stay in a hotel, and my hosts tried their best to make me enjoy (lending me a car, taking me to expensive dinners out), but I just couldn't find anything of value in that city outside of the venues specifically designated for viewing (musuems, palaces, etc.)

It reeked of despair, perfidiousness, cruelty... (And -- no, I had no personal bad experiences, it was just the feeling permeating the city.) And -- yes, my friends are an exception to it, but they are just 2 people in a city of several million.

To the contrary, I will repeat that Glasgow is very much underrated, as it is a very fine place with warm, hospitable people -- even compared to the stuffy anglicised Edinburgh. It also has magnificent Art Nouveau and decent older architecture and quite a few fine museums.

Mind you, I never said Glasgow was as beautiful as Barcelona, as stately as Prague, or such a wonderful mixture of world glory and picturesque tiny localities, as is Lisbon, but it nevertheless is a nice place, and certainly a place I'd re-visit much rather than Rome.

37. Posted by james (Travel Guru, 4124 posts) 20 May '07 14:57

London over-rated?

You can live for years in London and still not experience all it has to offer.

If anything, London is under-rated.

38. Posted by amorphis (Budding Member, 47 posts) 23 May '07 07:59

I can't think of many overrated cities in Europe, apart from London and Madrid (already mentioned in earlier posts).
Avoid Bucarest, but NOT 'the rest' of Romania - is very worthwile.
Do the same with Sofia in relation to 'the rest' of Bulgaria.
In my view underrated cities in (South) Eastern Europe are Ljubljana and Bratislava. Make sure you visit these relatively small but beautiful capitals when you are in SLO and SK. Do the same with the towns Veliko Turnovo in BG and Brasov in RO.

39. Posted by Eleritz (Full Member, 55 posts) 29 May '07 11:51

it's a very interesting thread, so i would like to add my own (subjective of course, like any other) opinion.

i agree with people who claim that london is the most overrated city in europe. london is a specialist in creating artificial tourist attractions which in fact have little historical architectonical or aesthetical value (like the sherlock holmes museum, dedicated to the fictional caracter). of course such "false" tourist attractions invented to empty tourists' wallets exist in other european cities too, but only the ones in london get international fame and attract millions of visitors. why? well, probably owing to the fact that no other city in europe can promote and sell itself as well as london, convincing people that everything they see there is unique, while quite often it is nothing special. the tower of london for instance, which is just another set of defensive walls and fortresses, no better or worse than dozens of others scattered all around europe, receives ten times more visitors than other most popular places of this kind.

the myth of london has been created for centuries - all of us know the sentence "when one's tired of london he's tired of life" (probably the best and most efficient tourist slogan ever) and take it seriously (funny thing that it was said by the man who wasn´t exactly an avid traveller and apart from the british isles and some parts of france didnt know well other parts of europe). i was also a victim of this publicity and when first came to london expected it to be like other much celebrated cities in europe, like paris, rome or barcelona - full of palaces, beautiful churches, magnificent squares, picturesque historical neighbourhoods, etc. and was quite disappointed.

as to the most underrated european city, it is definitely lviv in western ukraine - a charming historical city, bigger than florence or venice and as charming and full of treasures as krakow or salzburg. amazing how few people have been there (let alone the fact that many have never heard of it).

40. Posted by S_Deisler (Respected Member, 266 posts) 3 Jun '07 03:09

I can't think of any city that has let me down yet, not in europe anyway.