Scotland is a thinly populated and wild 'country'. A country of lochs, glens and beautiful mountains; a true paradise for nature lovers and outdoors fanatics. During a trip through Scotland, with her very own typical culture, a visit to one of the two big cities should not be missed. Whereas Edinburgh is a well-known and popular tourist destination, it is the biggest city of Scotland, Glasgow, that starts to come more into the spotlights as an upcoming town which has its visitors lots to offer. Without a doubt, a visit to Glasgow is more than worth it.
Glasgow is not directly considered as a tourist hotspot, yet it is one of the hippest and most attractive cities of Great Britain. Over the last 20 years the city has developed itself from a ash grey industrial city to a modern, cultural metropolis with well-established restaurants, numerous excellent museums, great shopping possibilities and a pumping nightlife. Glasgow has lots of students, who definitely contribute to the city's new progressive and dynamic character.
Considered to be the centre of the city is George Square, where also the grand building of the City Chambers is located. The Thron Theatre and the Glasgow Cathedral, the only existing church from the Middle Ages in the country, can be found in the Merchant City, a part of the city centre with lots of old Victorian buildings. The Necropolis cemetery is situated next to the impressive cathedral and offers great views across the city.
Glasgow has a number of sublime museums where culture lovers will have a splendid time. Most of these museums do not charge an entrance fee, making a visit even more interesting. The Scottish Maritime Museum, the Gallery of Modern Art and the Science Centre, shaped as an armadillo, are a few examples of Glasgow's excellent museums.
In addition, a couple of nice parks and sights can be found along the river Clyde, which crosses through the city. For instance the Glasgow Green Park with its People's Palace is an interesting landmark, and it is also recommend to have a look at the recently build Riverside Museum. Both sides of the Clyde river are also part of one of the largest inner city development of Great Britain: the Clyde Waterfront Project. The project improves, renovates and develops both sides of the river in order to make this part of the city more attractive, also from a tourist point of view. In 2014 Glasgow will host the Commonwealth Games and related developments will make the city even more complete and interesting.
During a visit to Glasgow a visit to one of the renowned restaurants and a typical pub should not be missed. The city is famous for its live music scene, which can be experienced throughout the whole town. In 2008 Glasgow was entitled 'Unesco City of Music', and a lively pub is the perfect place to end the day with a pint of locally brewed beer.