08/01/2013 11:25 | By JD Van Zyl, contributor, MSN Travel
Short-haul gems: which cities have been Capitals of Culture?

The top Capitals of Culture in the past 27 years.



We reflect on fine cultural capitals of the past 27 years that are worthy of your attention. (© Rex Features)
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  • We reflect on fine cultural capitals of the past 27 years that are worthy of your attention. (© Rex Features)
  • Košice, Slovakia: European Capital of Culture 2013 (© Rex Features)
  • Guimarães, Portugal: European Capital of Culture 2012 (© Getty)
  • Tallinn, Estonia: European Capital of Culture 2011 (© Rex Features)
  • Vilnius, Lithuania: European Capital of Culture 2009 (© Rex Features)
  • Liverpool, United Kingdom: European Capital of Culture 2008 (© Rex Features)
  • Graz, Austria: European Capital of Culture 2003 (© Rex Features)
  • Bruges, Belgium: European Capital of Culture 2002 (© Rex Features)
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Cultural cities might sound boring if sightseeing around museums aren't your thing, but often, it means that there's a lot of cool events going on that you can get involved with. For some cities such as Glasgow and Liverpool, the title can be all they need to rise to the challenge and truly evolve into exciting, spectacular places.

To date, more than 40 cities have been designated European Capitals of Culture, and since then the idea of honouring cities for their cultural heritage has been an unstoppable success.

As the baton has just passed from Guimarães in Portugal to Košice in Slovakia for its year-long reign, we look back at some of the most memorable European Capitals of Culture to date.

Source: European Commission website, http://ec.europa.eu

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09/01/2013 07:04
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Graz is lovely, my OH lives there for work, the Mur cafe is well worth a visit for breakfast, and food here is very reasonable, I love going, the cakes and pasteries are out of this world! and the wine is fab 
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Let me clear something up, Liverpudlians didn't jump ship, those that left Liverpool were forced to seek employment elsewhere because in 1979 then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and her Tory Government wanted companies to leave Liverpool and relocate and it was revealed recently, it is alleged that she wanted to close the city down.

 

The fact that Liverpool was European Capital of Culture 2008 has assisted in Liverpool becoming a vibrant and Cosmopolitan City which is no more than it deserves but the transformation began back in the 90's.

 

Our City has a large fraternity of students from around the globe, 55,000 plus attending the three Universities, Liverpool John Moores, University of Liverpool (Liverpool Uni), Liverpool Hope, as well as Sir Paul McCartneys Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA).

 

The heritage of Liverpool is well worth seeing, if you arrive by Cruise Liner you'll be greeted by the "Three Graces" The Liver Building, The Cunard Building and the Port of Liverpool Building, as well as the flamboyant modern structures engraciating the Mersey Waterfront. Walking into the City Centre and all within a mile radius you'll be amazed at the historic buildings you will find!

 

Liverpool Well Worth A Visit!

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What a amazing picture where was this design when we were all looking at the models of Aberdeen North East Scotlands Union Terrace Gardens

Thinking a lot more support would have been forth coming knowing it was all closed in however so much light getting in you feel you were still out doors also looking at the design placed on the water would be calming  also good acoustics for the music to be played in a out doors area

Come on aberdeen council look past rivalry within the council and get this project going again bring life back in to the city centre

17/01/2013 16:52
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BRUGES IS A FABULOUS PLACE EASY TO GET TO,EUROSTAR--CHANGE IN BRUSSELS,BUT EXPENSIVE, MOULE & CHIPS 18EURO AND RESTAURANTS YOU THINK YOU HAVE BOUGHT THE PLACE.
09/01/2013 13:10
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Don't bother, my friend had his face split in hal by a kicking off the locals, there wasn't any mediacl help until we left...swirve this place!!!
09/01/2013 12:58
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what happend to Liverpool Capital of Culture then?? :'(
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