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61. Posted by bwiiian (Travel Guru 768 posts) 9y

Quoting kombizz

I would say England.

How about the USA being the most over-rated city!!! hehehe

62. Posted by bwiiian (Travel Guru 768 posts) 9y

Quoting S_Deisler

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

I agree totally with this. I have never felt let down by any city i have ever visited in the world. I don't understand tourists who complain that it isn't as good as they thought it was gonna be. I was in the Sahara Desert a couple of years ago and stupid tourists were complaining that it was too hot!!!! YOU ARE IN THE BLOODY SAHARA DESERT!! WHAT WERE YOU EXPECTING????? Every place in the world has it's own experience, whether you like it or not it is still an experience so how can you knock it? People on here are complaining that they don't like London because it is expensive!! Really??? London??? Expensive??? Who would have guessed it??? Of course its expensive, its the capital of the UK which is a very expensive island to live on!! Come on people, stop thinking like mindless tourists and actually take note of where you are in the world. Not everywhere is going to be like you have it at home. Another example (sorry I am in full flow rant), I was on a ferry from France to Dover and an American couple were complaining that the White Cliffs of Dover were a dissapointment because they had seen bigger cliffs back home!!!! The mind boggles, it really does.

Anyway, rant over....deep breaths ...count to ten ... ;)

63. Posted by Eleniki (Full Member 125 posts) 9y

Quoting colintoner

Prague......

just hated the place. During the day you get to see some fine architecture and if your into beer a trip to the aul Staropramen Brewery is well worth the visit.......but as the night dawns it turns into the sleeziest and dirtiest city I've ever been in.

Absolutely agree with that. I disliked Prague intensely, despite the beautiful architecture. To me it seemed like a fabulous stage set with really bad actors - without the people in your face trying to sell you tack or some 3rd rate classical concert, dressed up as Mozart, I'd have liked it a lot more. There's an underlying bleakness in the city and its suburbs, a poverty and depression, left over from earlier regimes. The people hate the tourists, yet they've bought into the industry, so there's that confusion too. I found the same in Dubrovnik - a scrubbed presentation, thronged with tourists and all that brings. The city of Dubrovnik, once so unique, has lost its identity.
(I'll get back up on my hobby horse now)

64. Posted by becjerami (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y

I'd just like to add that I agree with those who feel they've never been let down by any European city, and it really does depend on your expectations of a place. Sure, some cities don't seem to have anything to offer for the tourist, but generally I find that these weren't 'rated' in the first place. I will always remember the first time I went to Paris - I expected so much and had a horrible time. It was expensive, people were rude etc. However, I went back a second time and it was one of the most enjoyable trips I've done. I found great places to eat for a reasonable price and hugely friendly locals talking to me in the streets!

I also find that a great place to live is not the always the same place as a great tourist destination. I lived in Melbourne for several years, and I was always disappointed to hear that when tourists came to Australia, they usually loved Sydney and hated Melbourne. I can see why, no one in their right mind would disagree that Sydney is by far more visually spectacular. But as a place to live I've always found Melbourne more interesting and offers a better lifestyle (just my opinion - also I am not a Melbourne local so all you Sydney lovers can't say I'm biased!). It's just different, and you need to actually be active in finding the great places rather than having them slap bang in your face.

Anyway, the point is, and I'd say this for any city you are visiting: do your research properly, find out what you are really interested in, and you don't have to be stuck in tourist traps or spend a fortune!

As for all those negative comments about poor old London... Yeah you are right, it's too busy and expensive and if you are uninventive enough to visit the tacky themed tourist attractions then you only have yourself to blame! I have lived in London for 5 years, and it's true I am sick of the place, but that's only because I've realised it's not conducive to the lifestyle I want. I still thinks it's an amazing city, and especially UNDERRATED when it comes to the beauty of its architecture. Not as romantic as Paris perhaps, but far more interesting (I am still talking just about the architecture here, so don't think I'm saying Paris is a boring place to be, it's not).

And one more thing! If you come to London expecting to properly experience England and Englishness forget it. In many respects London is not and has never been an 'English' city, it's a trading centre full of migrants, tourists, foreign workers, students and other people from all over the world. If you want to see England get outside of London!

65. Posted by S_Deisler (Respected Member 266 posts) 9y

In my opinion Prague is far from being overrated, the problem with this city is that in some places they sell the idea of going to Prague in july and get totally wasted for very few money. And Prague is more than this.

I have been there twice, winter and summer, and my reccomendation if anyone thought about going there would be to go during winter when there are not massive tourist crowds.

66. Posted by guiny (Respected Member 143 posts) 9y

Venice. I have just came back from Venice. It is nice to visit Venice because it is unique and a city with incredible historical value. There is no other city like Venice, but Venice is not pretty, the people - specially in restaurants - are impolite, it is dirt and expensive. The gondola is overrated as well. The ride is too expensive and not impressive at all! It is not worth the money.

67. Posted by ozman (Full Member 118 posts) 9y

Has anyone had a go at Brussels yet? In fact, I don't think that it was ever rated very highly anyway.

Shame on all of you who think London and Edinburgh are overrated! Edinburgh may in fact be my favourite city in Europe. I also reckon the old adage: "he who is tired of London is tired of life" is true.

68. Posted by norian (Full Member 71 posts) 9y

Agree with colintoner but not for the same reasons.

In france we all hear about Prague...Prague...Prague. Everybody advises you to visit Prague !
Indeed it's a really charming city.
But such small ! and such touristy (sometimes it's worse than Paris, cause Paris is larger).

And i have bad remembers about the main train station.

I visited Prague in summer and at the end of winter : it was similar (less crowded than in august but nevertheless full of people).

69. Posted by Zoom (Full Member 131 posts) 9y

Being a Travel Photographer and having been all over the place I must say that the 2 most beautiful (large) cities in Europe are PARIS and VENICE. Overrated would mean how much your preconcieved ideas are of a place from all you've heard vs. what it feels like when you finally get there. So , with that as the basic rule of thumb places such as ATHENS, WARSAW, or HAMBURG should never be mentioned because they (and dozens of other cities) don't have a reputation as being tops to begin with. It's more about the ones we hear about being fantastic and then getting there and finding it a lot different then the reputation we've heard so much about.

With that said, I would have to go with ROME since on my first visit I thought it was going to be the Paris of the South but had very little to do with any of the positive things Paris has to offer. I've spent a lot of time there since my first visit and still am not too crazy about it. I feel it lacks charm and has a certain uncivilized edge to it. I sorta like parts of it at times but it's NEVER gonna get into my top 10. I must also agree about MADRID being mentioned. IMHO the rest of SPAIN, from Barcelona to Seville is very interesting but Madrid is a very big city without too much to see. Someone earlier said the day trips are the key to MADRID and I must agree with that. LONDON is slightly overrated but not really. I have never been disappointed and have been there plenty of times. Maybe the worst thing about it is how expensive it can be. So here's my final list:

5 MOST OVER RATED - ROME/MADRID/OSLO/BUDAPEST/CAPRI (Island of - GREEK ISLANDS are just so much MORE in every way)

5 MOST BEAUTIFUL - PARIS/VENICE/LISBON/PRAGUE/VIENNA - ST. PETE'S - ISTANBUL (3 way tie)

70. Posted by Sam2000 (Inactive 121 posts) 9y

London is getting a bit of a bad deal here! I live near London (about an hour on the train away) and I regulary make trips up there. The museums are good, if you're a looser like me...Failing that the London Eye is worth a spin, at night especially, St. Pauls Cathedral is impressive too.

I think Europe is a truly beautiful continent. I don't think I have been disapointed with anywhere I have been so far. All the cities I have been to have been truly memoriable occasions.

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