Top Urban Exploration Holiday Destinations 2016

By NH | 16:24

Summer is in full swing and, if you’re not already jetting off somewhere, here’s our guide to the best urban holiday destinations for 2016.

Though relaxing, a vacations is never complete without learning about the history and culture of your chosen destination. Discover more about the iconic buildings, streets and people that make a place what it is, and even little facts about our NH hotels which you’ll find in these urban playgrounds.


Florence, Italy

The capital of Tuscany, the birthplace of the Renaissance, the Athens of the Middle Ages, just a few of the many names that the city of Florence goes by. What’s more is that you don’t even have to be an art or history buff to get the most out of this Italian wonder. Simply wandering the streets you’ll find a mix of frescoes, statues and architecture, even street Tabernacles.

Even our hotel embraces the city’s history; incorporating the original 13th century tower, making it one of the oldest hotels in Italy, NH Collection Porta Rossa pairs its magnificent frescoes with antiques and modern design. And this is just the hotel! it’s just a few steps away from unforgettable masterpieces like the Duomo, Piazzale Michelangelo, Ponte Vecchio, Giotto’s Campanile, to name but a few.

Looking for a cultural break from the sun, gaze on in awe at one of the most important art collections in the world at the Uffizi Gallery, where you’ll be given a visual masterclass in renaissance art. Give yourself a proper caffeine buzz and un caffè at a bar, order a gelato and cool your heels. If it gets too hot you can enjoy of Le Pavoniere pool, found in the city’s largest park in Florence, which is open until midnight Wednesday to Sunday. What more could you want from Florence.


Berlin, Germany


One of the most dynamic cities in Europe, full of its history, street-food favourites (such as Currywurst and Boulette) and, of course, its famous night life. But, of course, this city comes with its turbulent recent history, from which has emerged one of the most open-minded cities in the world. Why perfect for Urban Exploration?

How about the Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag Building, Potsdamer Platz, Tiergaten, the glorious Konzerthaus concert hall, Treptower, the Berlin Wall… need we say more?

While the city caters for all your cultural needs, you’ll find a home at our NH Collection Berlin Friedrichstrasse, a new concept hotel for a city with thousands of stories to tell. A not so common fact about our hotel is that the Spanish contemporary designer, Patricia Urquiola signed some of the furniture pieces in our lobby


Madrid, Spain

A charming building with travertine marble, French mouldings, upholstery, boiseries… The recently inaugurated NH Collection Abascal pays tribute to classic decorative styles sided with modern sophistication. It resides on Paseo La Castellana, a historic avenue that connects the financial and business hub of the north to the historic centre that extends towards the south. Heading to the north, you are 13 minutes away stand the Cuatro Torres which represent the modern and futurist face of the city, and 6 minutes away from the Santiago Bernabeu stadium, a sport site that draws people from all over the world.  

But it’s during summer that Madrid’s historical past can really be embraced. With the rising temperatures, people avoid the city meaning that the famed Prado, which houses a wonderful collection of European masterpieces, the Plaza de la Villa that’s a preserved example of 17th century barroco madrileño, Plaza Mayor and much more are almost empty. Too hot? Escape the streets right in the centre of the city in one of the beautiful parks and green spaces in Spain, where a boating lake makes the perfect place to relax.


Barcelona, Spain

Ah Barcelona! What a wondrous city you are. One of our favourite spots is Parc de la Ciutadella, which may not be the most well-known park in Barcelona but it should definitely be on your list of things to see. It features a dramatic waterfall created by Josep Fontsere, with the help of a young Antoni Gaudi, that is flanked by winged creatures. Barcelona is pretty much the perfect landscape for Summer; a sprawling metropolis that sits on the Mediterranean, the city has a unique vibe that is alive whether rain or shine, plus a variety of foods.

So what is it that this urban beauty has on offer, of course there are the works by Miro, Picasso and Gaudi, there is the Gothic Quarter, Casa Mila, Montjuic, Park Güell, the Caixa Forum complex, Torre Agbar, and so much more. 

Near Parc de la Ciutadella, our NH Collection Podium, an old building from the late 19th century lies in the heart of Barcelona, newly refurbished and well-connected. Even when feeling lazy, take a refreshing dip and a tan on our rooftop pool while enjoying a drink and a beautiful view of the city. Then, when you’re ready head to the Rambles and make your own adventure. 


Bogotá, Colombia 

The Museo Del Oro, Parque de la 93 and Plaza de Bolivar, are right on the doorstep of our NH Metrotel Royal, which is located in Zona Rosa district of Bogotá, and decorated with wood furniture and contemporary style. From here you can visit the beautiful Bolivar Square,  the Primatial Cathedral, and, of course, Monserrate.

Summer, the greatest time to amble through Cerro de Monserrate, which is perfect for adventurers that like hiking, where reaching the  top offers breath taking views of the magical city. What’s more is that in early August Bogotá hosts its Carnival, a celebration that requires an extra mini holiday just to recover from the fun. 


Hamburg, Germany

Bring your picnic blanket, something warm and popcorn! Hamburg is known for its festivals and during Summer is when the open air cinema in Sternschanzen Park is open. Got itchy feet? Pick up a bike and take it for a ride around the sights, listening to live music played by street musicians. Hamburg is a lively place with a vibrant soul that always makes sure that you have something to do, as well as surprise you from day-to-day.

The Hamburger Dom, the biggest public festival which happens three times a year, where you can enjoy of a speed fast ride in a modern high-tech rides and you can be enchanted by old snow booths and fact, probably more fun during summer. A warm season with activities. If you rather stay laid back and chill in a beautiful garden, our NH Collection Hamburg City is on the quieter fringes of the historic St Pauli district, where sailors once passed their time on shore. 




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