Europe’s Rising Star: Bordeaux

Visitors once just glanced over Bordeaux‘s stately 18th-century squares and harmonious architecture before heading out of town.

The Route des Châteaux, running north from the UNESCO-listed city’s center, winds through the Médoc wine region, past a roster of famed chateaus—Latour, Margaux, Lafite Rothschild.

But Bordeaux now uncorks more reasons to linger in the city.

A revitalized riverfront makes an increasingly popular port of call for international river cruise lines such as Uniworld and Viking.

The Musée du Vin et du Négoce gives historical context to Bordeaux’s winemaking industry and includes a wine tasting in the price of admission.

Capping it all off, the daringly swirl-shaped Cité des Civilisations du Vin will be a cultural hub—with interactive exhibits, performances, and food and wine experiences—when it opens on the banks of the Garonne in spring 2016.

This piece was adapted from a story that originally appeared in the UK edition of National Geographic Traveler magazine.