Glasgow is a reflection of Scottish exuberance. Even the frequently seen rain clouds can't dampen Glaswegian enthusiasm, friendliness and civic pride. No other Scottish city has quite the same endearing grittiness, in spite of its sophistication.

Drawing on a long tradition of support for the performing arts, Glasgow fills its theaters with music, comedy and drama and flaunts the fact that it—not Edinburgh—is home to Scottish Opera, Scottish Ballet and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

Well known as Scotland's center for architecture and design, Glasgow was named the U.K. City of Architecture and Design in 1999 and it is an increasingly popular European tourist and conference venue, as exemplified by the universally acknowledged success of the 20th Commonwealth Games in 2014 and the highly coveted Turner Prize in 2015. Glasgow is also a bustling business and manufacturing center.

After visitors have experienced the depth of sophistication and diversity Glasgow has to offer as a European travel destination, they'll likely agree with the many conventioneers, business travelers and tourists who have departed singing the city's praises.

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