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Vienna is indeed a beautiful town, from royal-imperial castles to world-famous museum, from enchanting monuments to works of artwork! Centrepiece of the old town is the Ringstrasse, a roundabout with the most famous attractions of Vienna such as the Kaiserpfalz, the Natural History Museum, the Austrian Parliament Building and the Town Hall.
The Schönbrunn Palace, the former emperor's summers palace and one of the most breath-taking examples of European music. Café Griendsteidl is the right place for those who come to the town for an genuine Viennese coffee house cultural event. On the one hand, separate from the Salzach, you will find the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, renowned for its mediaeval architecture, and on the other hand, the busy New Town and everything else there is to do.
In any case, fans of classical rock and pop need Salzburg on their European shortlist, because it is not only the birth place of Mozart, but also the place where Theound of Music was made. If you want to explore the town or take a full excursion to discover the beauties of the surroundings, Salzburg becomes child's play with it.
If it' s supper season, Salzburg will satisfy everyone, from carbohydrate lovers to gluten-free eaters, as the top quality dining establishments are spread all over the town. It is also a paradise for lovers of the countryside with its scenic view of the Eastern Alps, as there are so many hiking and walking tours that you could never do them all at once.
When you have experienced everything that Salzburg has to show, you will go with a face full of smiles and a hymn in your mind. Innsbruck, also known as the capital of the Alps, is a metropolis of opposites in the Alpine region of Tyrol. There is always something to see and do for those who love the outdoors and cultural activities, from the small gold rooftop in the historical old part of the old part of the village to the magnificent northern chain.
Hafelekarspitze, an Alpine summit, can be accessed from the town centre by the Nordkettenbahn in one hours. You can also take a leisurely walk from the Arc de Triomphe down to the gold rooftop of Maria-Theresien-Straße. With a view of the Inn and a number of colourful old buildings, the Innplatz is always a good place to end a nice outing.
Innsbruck's centrality makes it still one of the best places in Europe, especially if you want to discover the whole of Europe. The city of Hallstatt is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most attractive cities in Austria. One or two days can be spent in a canoe on the lakeside, cycling through the city and walking to the near mountain and glacier.
It is a small city that can be crossed on a 20-30 minute walk, while you can enjoy lakeshore dining, open-air kitchens and many arts and souvenirs stores. You can also visit the oldest saltmine in the word, the Salzwelten, which apparently have been in operation since 70 BC. There is a cable car that will take you to the nearest hill where you can discover this subterranean mine.
In Salzwelten there is also a viewpoint with a magnificent view of the city of Hallstatt, the neighbouring hills and the city. The nearest capitals, Amsterdam and Paris, are both less than two hour away, while Brussels is less than 90 min away from the neighbouring Belgium capitals of Bruges, Liège and Namur.
Brussel s is a rather small metropolis in comparison to its twin towns, so hiking and biking are excellent means of transport. As well as hiking and biking, there is a great system of trains that can take you anywhere in the cityscape. Skipping the tube denims when you go to Brussels, because it is a full burst of sacrifices.
However, Belgium's second biggest town has more to boast. Near the Diamonds Quarter is Antwerp Centraal, a nice old railway terminal with many inns. Enjoy one of the many delicious Belgium beer and a Belgium wafer at the Grote Markt for desert, take a historical cruise on the Scheldt or visit the historical Antwerp De Koninck beer factory - you won't get tired!
This town is underlined by the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Old Town and Old-Bridges. The" guardians " or the two strongholds that shelter them ( "Halebija Tower" in the north-east and "Tara Tower" in the south-west) also merit a visit and an ascent. After you' ve taken all your paintings on the Old Bridges, from roadworks to the Bruce Lee sculpture, you'll find many nice and weird things that will make you even more in Mostar.
They can simply take a stroll and enjoy the historical Austro-Hungarian architectural style for long periods, sit by the riverside, swim or even train for a leap off the bridges. At sunset, the streams of tourism will dissolve and the town will lighten up. If it' s supper season, choose from innumerable fine dining options with stunning view of the riverbank, folk tunes and regional cuisines.
Mostar is also great on budgets, which is another good reasons why you should take the initiative to visit this astonishing crucible. The town Veliko Tarnovo is certainly one of the lesser known most picturesque towns in Europe. There is a wealth of historical - as main town of Bulgaria in the XII - XIV century, nice situation - cottages on mounds and the Yantra river meanders through the town, and very special architectural style, typical of the bulkarian XIX century revival.
Long-weekends can also be a good choice, but then you cannot visit the various museum. It is located on the Adriatic Sea in the south of Croatia with a total of just over 40,000 inhabitants. It has become a tourist hot spot in its own right, but it is easily recognised why it has become one of the best places in Europe.
Its old town is beautifully conserved and sheltered by high ramparts from which you can enjoy a magnificent view of the town and the blue waters. There are a number of small island for an easily accessible one-day cruise or you can enjoy the beautiful Dubrovnik beach.
A floating belfry penetrating the skies is a landmark of the town - and the view from the top to Italy. Its historical centre is restricted to pedestrians, and the near vineyard and park can be explored by bicycle.
By the way, they flooded the small centre of Dubrovnik every year, which makes it hard to fully appreciate the beauties in the high seson. At Split you can discover the historical centre of Diocletian's Palace, walk the contemporary Riva water front, unwind on the sand beach, walk through Marjan Forest Park and dine in delightful refreshing shellfish cafés or culinary delicatessen.
In addition, Split is ideally situated to discover other attractions in Croatia such as Hvar, Krka Falls, Plitvice Lakes National Parks and Trogir, and it will be a real winners, leading the European tops. You can do one of the following types of tour or you can bring your 007 to the U-boat port and discover the U-boat on your own.
Once the sundown has set and you're poised to discover the night life, don't miss the 200-year-old Fort George. It is also a fascinating place to visit during the daytime. There is no need to concern yourself with where to sleep, as in addition to the selection of establishments, the island' s inhabitants have opened their homes and suites to accommodate more than 300 people.
Plitvice Lakes is one of the oldest and biggest Croatian nature reserves with stunning view, wonderful wildlife and one of the most spectacular blue water. Situated in the center of Croatia (about 130 km from the capitol Zagreb), near the Bosnia-frontier. The Plitvice Lakes is one of the best places to visit in any time of year - you will love it all year round!
Larnaca is a land rich in culture and storytelling. Larnaca is said to have been named "Kition" because it was thought that Kittim, the great-grandson of Noah, founded the first village about 6,000 years ago. This busy city has a lot to boast for a large number of travellers.
The name means "bend in the river", and if you look at the fairy-tale village of Cesky Krumlov from the surrounding mountains, it is clear how it got its name. Cesky Krumlov is often ignored in favour of a visit to neighbouring Prague, and is too beautiful to be ignored on the UNESCO list.
It' a city that can be fully discovered in one single working days and yet still earns so much more than that. The paved roads and alleys also dare to move through a perfectly balanced mixture of bars, cafés, bars, cafes, restaurants and stores. In the city, the number of vehicles is very limited, which makes you feel as if you've gone back in years.
Rent a personal tour in the information centre on the main squares to get to know not only mediaeval times but also the city' s past and present and its survival during and after communism. You can get to Cesky Krumlov from Prague in many different ways and you will miss one of the best places in Europe if you do not take the time.
Nearly 50 leagues westward of Prague, this Czech town has a lot to do. Prague, the Czech Republic's lovely capitol, also known as Zlata Praha (Golden Prague), is one of the most attractive towns in CEE. Prague's imposing castle overlooks the picturesque Vltava which meanders through the town and can be traversed over 18 overpasses.
The Old Town Square, where several hundred spectators can see the arrival of the Arabs in one of the oldest astronomic watches in the underworld. Just a few steps away from the bustling tourism centre you will find secluded gems such as country bars and tasty dishes such as roasted pig or gulá?, accompanied by plenty of sauce, dumpling and cabbage.
If you have a candy, a thin pancakes stuffed with crème, icecream and fruits, should be at the top of your menu. Although Prague has an extended network of transportation, the town is easily explored on walking distance. Now, a visit to Prague will not be without sampling some of the home brewing tradition known as some of the best beer in the whole wide known.
The enchanting and charming Prague is at the top of the European tour itinerary and will delight you time and again. Whereas most Czech Republic visitors concentrate only on Prague, in a few hours by car you will find a true jewel that not many people know about - Liberec.
It is a wonderful country house with a great mixture of interesting historical sites, nice architectural styles, a good gastronomic (and café!) scenery and astonishing green. Its most imposing place is the townhall erected at the end of the nineteenth c.. It looks like the Vienna Municipal Council from the outside, but the inside drops the pine - it's so cute!
The Liberec Townhall is often shown in films, most recently in "Genius" - a television serial about Albert Einstein. A walk is one of the most enjoyable things in Liberec - the old part of the country has so many nice mansions from the turn of the last millennium!
As the town is in the Jizera Mountains, it is very simple to find your way and get away from it all. You can take the funicular to the Jested Mountains, from where you can see the wonderful scenery of the Czech Republic.
The scenery is adorned with lovely countryside with fiords and falls falling from the rocks to the seaside. 2 ) Saksun - 40 minutes by car from the main town. There is a system of bridge and underwater tunnel between the island and the island, and it' s quite simple to navigate, but be careful of the shepherds.
Tallinn is a lively and thrilling place that is drawing more and more people. It is a small urban area within walking distance. Simply get lost in the pretty alleys of the old part of the old quarter and savour the bustling activity on the main squares.
When you are in the old part of the old part of the old part of the village, visit the sweet St. Catherine's Passage and buy genuine regional mementos. Go on a coach trip to the best places outside the center without missin' a thing. Visit the TV tower and enjoy the best views of the world.
When you are looking for a great skiing area, you should visit Saariselkä, where you can swim in an ice-cold pond and then relax in a typical smoky saunas. Bordeaux is well known to winegrowers and is situated in the heart of one of the most renowned winegrowing areas in the canyon.
Bordeaux is still definitely a place to visit if you are a total abstainer! Situated on the shores of the Garonne, a great place for walking, cycling or even sundown.... with a glass of fine wines if you wish! Bordeaux's historical centre is UNESCO-listed for its beautiful eighteenth c. architectural heritage, giving the town a truly harmonic appearance with its graceful sand-stone structures.
For the best views of the town, the top of the Tour Pey-Berland, a Gothic spire right next to the cathedral, and an unmissable attraction is Le Miroir d'Eau at Place de la Bourse, a series of mini-fountains that turn the place into a huge surface of sands.
It is a marvellous place to experience your adventures in Europe, because it is full of sights and adventures, in additon to the most notorious. Although it is one of the most popular towns in the whole wide globe, it is also very simple to get away from the crowds of tourists and simply stay in Paris.
One can easily visualize how impressive this fortified town would have seemed to admirers of the Middle Ages and especially to those who might have attacked it. Inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1997, you will not only enjoy the impressive views from afar, but you will also be able to dive into the past as you walk through the doors and discover the streets and palaces.
Considering the best places to go, there are four great things to look for....... nice landscapes, an interesting hamlet or a city to discover, ways to get involved in the outdoors, and great taste. The Annecy is breathtaking with its hills that border the old city and the Lac d'Annecy. It is considered the clearest in Europe and bathing in unexpectedly hot water is a must in summer.
Annecy's old quarter is fascinated by the Venice-like channels with aqua-coloured water that run through the old avenues. Though Lille is not the most visible European metropolis, it is a surprising one. Situated in Spain, France and Belgium, it has more of a cultural and architectural influence from Flanders, which makes this urban centre in the north of France a celebration for the eye and palate.
Have a look at the Town Hall with its 104 metre high bell tower, the sumptuous Vieille Bourse and the Musee de l'Hospice Comtesse before embarking on a classic merchilleux - a fine sanwich of two lightweight maringues filled with crushed milk and shredded candy.
Once you get your cute fix, you can discover the Jardin Vauban, a gardens full of caves, slanting grass and statues that give you the feeling of being in another realm - not in the heart of a town. It' s simple to visit Lille in one go and you will have just enough spare minute to taste a Lille Mikrobräu in a Istaminet before you go home!
The modestly built religion that began in the eighth AD has evolved over the ages into the amazing wallet-enclosed town that has been the inspiration for Rapunzel's illustration of his new Tangled house. You can visit the monastery from top to bottom for 20 euros and enjoy spiral staircases, architectonic patterns, beautiful coastline scenes and even the sound of the fair from the gleefron.
There are some of the highest tidal waters in Europe and once the flood comes, the area is totally isolated from the country and can only be reached by ferry. You will be spoiled with breathtaking vistas all the way! The Provence is the best France has to boast of. It is not only a wonderful area, but also bathe in a good amount of sunny sun.
They are pampered with local products and delights offered on the day-to-day market. Just an hour's drive from Strasbourg is the historical Colmar, in the middle of the Alsatian vineyard. Colmar has been a prospering business and culture center in the Upper Rhine Valley since the Middle Ages.
There are many memorials, villas, cathedrals and musea, which make a journey to Colmar in this part of Europe unavoidable. Its historical center is organised around the collegiate church of Saint-Martin, a huge Gothic shrine from the XIV-XVIII centuries. The road takes you to the Old Customs House, the former administration and business city.
This city in Alsace is home to one of the wealthiest art galleries in France: the Musée Unterlinden, famous for its magnificent altar painting in Issenheim. Throughout the holiday season, the historical city offers a magical backdrop for the Christmas fair. The city was constructed in the Middle Ages, ruled by the fortress.
His name means "the mountain of the emperor", because Kaysersberg was once an emperor's seat in the Holy Roman Empire. During this wealthy period, the small village has preserved parts of its mediaeval ramparts and the round keep of its chateau, from which the Vosges look out over the German vines, the Alsace plain and the Black Forest mountains.
It is a uniquely strong point of Alsace with a walled footbridge connecting the lower and higher towns. In the 2017 issue of Le village Préféré des Français, voted France's favourite place, it is not surprising that this former community is one of the best places in Europe. It is probably the lesser-known touristic centre of Europe that we all still have to investigate (the facts are still confusing, whether it is in Europe or Asia, but its geographical politics scream for Europe).
It' s one of the least expensive towns in Europe, where you can travel a long way at 25 dollars a days. The town has followed the procession of quaint cafés, subterranean (literally) unfamiliar pubs and an up-and-coming stage of cooperation-rooms. There' always something going on in town, even if you happen to run in a Hipster-Lounge.
Whether you believe it or not, this town has more links than Amsterdam and Venice put together. With one of the major ports in Europe, take your free day for beautiful walks or photo shoots along one of the waters. The Reeperbahn is also Europe's busiest area. Each Sunday from 7:00 - 9:30 am, trade seafood with tens of thousand other people and buy everything else you need, from gifts to fruits and more!
Navigation in Hamburg is very simple, as you have direct connection to a subway system, subways, busses and even ferry services. When someone talks about an exhibition room in an old deserted chapel, rides a bike on the asphalt of an airfield or has fun in an old energy station, then there is no other place in the whole wide globe that can do it.
Berlin quickly became Europe's centre of culture after the Berlin Wall came down. Squatter turned deserted houses into imaginative places, the town built more park and open space, and many imaginative companies appeared. Include the low costs of living and a lot of history and you have the ideal blend to become the best town in Europe.
It is not the town for 9-5 men in suit and 9-5 men, it is the town where you can relax in the parks with a club maté or a glass of beers in your hands and nobody will be disturbed. That' the town where you can just be yourself.
When you like towns, Munich must be on your shortlist of the best places in Europe. Munich has 1.5 million inhabitants and a flourishing business sector, providing a fascinating atmosphere for residents and tourists respectively. It is an astonishing town, which shows its splendour from early in the year until late in the year, when the best conditions are available.
Starnberger See, Tegernsee, Schliersee or Chiemsee are top goals that you can reach from Munich by train. Anyone who loves eating must visit the Oktoberfest at the end of September, a two-week long brewery party that attracts million of people every year to the world-famous "Wiesn", as the local people call it.
Boppard is only one hours from Frankfurt and is an ideal starting point for exploring the nearby cities and small communities of the Upper Middle Rhine Valley, which extends 65 kilometres from Koblenz to Rudesheim. It is located at the biggest curve of the Rhine and goes back to the Romans.
It is a lovely mediaeval center with paved roads, a squares and a good choice of stores and restuarant. In the immediate vicinity of Boppard are a number of lovely mediaeval towns on both sides of the Rhine. The view from the Schönburg castle in Oberwesel should not be missing.
When you are looking for unbelievable sea vistas, crisp sea food and welcoming locals, Milos is at the top of the European tourbillon. The largest part of the isle is not reachable by road, therefore a trip by cat and boating is very recommendable. They both have sea vistas and various restaurants specialising in the freshest shellfish and local cuisine.
Hüft- und Spaß Accommodation is spread all over the city so that you can remain where you want to be and still have simple acces to the best places in Athens. If you want to visit the National Archaeological Museum or the historical and only accessible for pedestrians surroundings of Plaka, Athens is your destination.
It would be a big error to jump over Athens during your trip to Europe, full of so much story. There are some of Greece's greatest islands of great scenic beauties. Crete, the birth place of the Minoans, the first progressive western company, and the Grecian gods Zeus, is full of enough story to keep you busy during your visit.
Lovers of historical treasures should definitely visit the Archaeological Musuem of Heraklion, as the world-class Minoan artefacts and arts collection abounds. Palaces, cathedrals and convents adorn the islands and provide for interesting sightseeings and outstanding images. And with a good weather almost all year round, you will find the best offers without tourist masses if you visit from April-May or end of September-October.
Whatever the season, you can be sure that it will be difficult to be out. For so many things that set it apart from the others on the European best places you will be glad you put Santorini at the top of your itinerary.
The snaefellsnes peninsula is a must if you want to discover this wonderful isle. Between Arnarstapi and Hellnar, small fishermen towns with the same view of the mountains, pebbly beaches and the sea. Lóndrangar, a windswept view of the Atlantic and some of Iceland's renowned "trolls" (bonus, find a local to tell you some trolling folklore!).
If you are fortunate you can also visit Djúpalónssandur and Dritvík, gravel sandy beach renowned for the rusty framework of a wrecked ship - if you are fortunate you can even see a shepherd! If you come during the warm season, you can even hear a show from one of the numerous crater in the area.
This is also the home of Silfra, a unique diving and snorkelling site where you can float between sea slabs and at the same times reach Europe and North America. If you arrive by road, there are several places to park your vehicle, from where you can begin a nice walk in the middle of a magnificent hilly landscape, amidst the rush of the rivers and falls.
Hverfjall, the huge dark craters, towers over the sea and you can enjoy magnificent vistas from its apex. You can hike around Viti cave, which now houses a cave of sapphires, and discover the still fuming creeks. Mývatn' s diversity of small -scale attraction means that it is the voice of the best places in Europe.
There are many factors that make the Causeway Coast in North Ireland one of the most attractive places in Europe. You' ll be able to traverse one of Europe's creepiest cable car footbridges, discover pristine shores and unspoilt shores, see the sun set in Ireland's second oldest palace and visit the Giant's Causeway, one of Ireland's most spectacular tourist sites, frequented by thousands of people from all over the globe.
As Guinness Storehouse is always the most popular tourist destination in Dublin, we all know that the Irish capitol is known for its alcohol consumption. There are lovely parklands all over the town where you can relax and have a picknick or a walk. Delicious food and reasonably priced accommodation complete everything Dublin has to offer, and the best part is that you can get all this and more without exceeding your budgets.
Few outside Europe and the Mediterranean know where Sardinia is. But the second largest Mediterranean archipelago is full of wonderful attractions and surprises the visitor again and again. Anyone who dares to Sardinia falls in loving it at the end, and many more will come on his first visit.
Explore the archaeological places and the lovely town and village. Genova is a town that is often ignored in northern Italy because of the attraction of other Italian capitals such as Milan and Turin or nice seaside town. During our visit there we were very much astonished and think that more persons should come.
Situated on the northern Italian coastline of Liguria, Genoa is the regional city. Situated on the coastline, it was an important center of nautical culture and a stroll along the harbour will be a reminder. From the harbour and into the old city there is a richness of astonishing architectural design, a ninth c. church and nice wells.
Combined with the Mediterranean weather and an ice, it is a beautiful area for hiking and exploring. Rome nicknamed the Eternal City was no coincidence. Its almost 3,000 years of tradition and cultural life enchant many people from all over the globe. As one of the European attractions, you can discover infinite places of Rome in many different ways, according to your own styles and tastes.
Marvel at the imposing Roman remains along Via Fori Imperiali, just a stone's throw away from the main Piazza Venezia, and where you can visit the Emperor's Forum, the Colosseum to see where the Romans used to spend their free days, and, further towards Circus Maximus, the Baths of Caracalla, the best place to appreciate how much the Romans appreciated their cure and wellbeing.
It is also home to a wealth of creative ideas, and the wonderful streets of the Quadraro quarter, the enchanting vestiges of industry archeology in the city' s neighbourhood of Ustiense and the Centrale Montemartini Museum of a magnificent selection of antique and antique artefacts and museums will demonstrate just that. For gourmets who prefer to enjoy noodles and ice cream, the Eternal City is there for you.
It is a small town, made up of small, twisty streets and smells of size and story around every nook. You will also experience the Santa Maria del Fiore estate in Piazza del Duomo, the visit to the Cathedral, the visit to the Giotto belfry, the visit to the mosaic of the Baptistery of St. John and the inside of the Brunelleschi dome with the frescos of Vasari and Zuccari and from the outside to take a great photo of the roofs on a greeting card on your trip to Florence.
It is the old town of the capitol and the UNESCO World Heritage Titano. Walk through the enchanting cobblestone roads of the town of San Marino. You can visit the three castle spires and enjoy the sights. For more than just historic monuments and panoramas, visit one of the city's museum sites.
But to see the best side of San Marino, you' ll need to get out of town and discover the area. This wonderfully conserved fortified town is, however, a town not to be missed if you want to discover Tuscany. Lucca is an ideal stopover if you are already thinking of visiting Pisa and Florence, as it is very easily accessible by road, rail or coaches.
Though the town can be explored in one or two days, Lucca is a great place to explore the nearby towns of Tuscany in a 2-3 days stay. You will have the feeling that you will go back in history when you walk into the town through a passageway through its old fortifications. Sights in Lucca are Piazza dell'Anfiteatro, the twelfth c. St. Giovanni's and Reparata's churches, several well-preserved mansions and steeples, and of course no visit is without going around the four kilometres long ramparts on a walk or by cycling.
It is probably the most underestimated town in Italy. La Dotta, La Grassa, e La Rossa", the nicknamed in Italy, summarizes the best that this centrally located town has to boast. And" la Rossa" or "the red" relates to the breathtaking roofs and roofs of the historical mediaeval town made of mud.
Situated between two of Italy's most popular towns - Venice and Florence - it is only an hours drive from both. Not to be missed if you want to visit an authentically part of Italy, Bologna and the Emilia Romagna area. Padova is a nice college town in the Veneto area.
It is a tranquil town with a modest number of visitors, making it the ideal place if you are looking for a remote tourist resort in Italy. Padova is a very nice town for walking - paved roads and porticos, nice places (Piazza dei Signori, Piazza dei Frutti, Piazza del Erbe, Piazza Eremitani) and this particular atmosphere that only a student town has.
The Amalfi Coast with its terra cotta cottages between wooded rocks and bubbling waters is really as nice as it looks on the pictures. There are a surprise number of cities and cities to discover, each with its own flair and a range of offers for almost every taste. I choose Ravello for historical, cultural and some of the best sights of all, and Positano for beach and restaurant.
It' s only 40 minutes by rail from the Lombardy capitol, Milan. There is a breathtaking view of Lake Como in every respect. Como is the most famous and with 80,000 inhabitants the largest. It is typically italic with a mixture of impassioned men, impeccable fashions, nice mansions and tasty cuisine.
It is the third biggest in Italy, with an area of almost 150 sqm. The municipality of Commune of Como also has a cable railway to a viewpoint that offers a breath-taking view of the Swiss Alps close by. An important centre for luxury cruisers, Venice attracts tens of millions of visitors every year, and it is no wonder that crowds of travellers come to this picturesque town.
It is a charming town, with its old charms of cobble stone roads and the renowned gondolas that line the canals. It should be on everyone's itinerary. You will be amazed when you visit Venice with so many other old Europeans surrounding this area. A visit to Venice would not be without a handcrafted make-up or a visit to the Murano glass shops that line the alley.
Sense enlightenment in Venice. When you want to leave the beaten track in Europe, you will find your quiet getaway in Sigulda, Latvia. The Sigulda is an hours drive from the Riga and it is recommended to spend 2-3 nights. A visit to the Turaida Castle and Museum Reserve will introduce you to the mediaeval story and legend of Sigulda, as well as the fine story of the Rose of Turaida.
Set in the centre of Europe, Luxembourg is an essential destination when travelling in Europe. Luxembourg's old part of the world with its ramparts has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Echternach, which lies in the centre of Little Switzerland, is the oldest Swiss village and has a beautiful monastery.
Luxembourg is also a cultural destination. Today, the populations of one of the smallest and most confident nations are quite multi-cultural with one of the highest expatriate numbers in Europe. If you think of the Netherlands, most think of Amsterdam, but actually there are other great places to visit in the state.
The Hague is one of them and also the third biggest Dutch cityscape. The Hague, often crossed by travellers, is without question one of the best places in Europe. Then one of them visits the beautiful Scheveningen Strand. It is also the best place to take the tramway and take a full excursion to Delft, another beautiful little Dutch towns.
All in all, the town has an genuine Dutch ambience and a cool ambience, a must on your Eurotrip. It doesn't seem like a big metropolis, but more like a thriving town that has preserved the charm of a small town. It is a town with a long tradition, which is reflected in the many different architectonic style of its neighbourhood.
It is a town in which every building has its own history, from the high storehouses of the Channel Quarter from the seventeenth to the art deco theatres and (public) outbuildings. Over the last few years Amsterdam has developed into a place for gourmets where new dining ideas are springing up like fungi.
Utrecht is visited by most travellers on a full excursion from Amsterdam, but Utrecht is much more than a full outing. More than 2,000 years old, Utrecht is the fourth biggest town in the Netherlands and a great place to visit, a place where once garrisoned Romans were based and the most mighty epicentre of politics and religion in the sixteenth cent.
It has a dense downtown area that can be explored on a single day's walk. Don't miss the large cathedral tower, the channels and quays and the imposing Centraal Museum with the biggest Rietveld cabinet museum in the underworld. Just outside the town center (yes, be a Dutchman and cycle) you can visit the unique Rietveld-Schröder-House or one of the palaces around the town, such as Haarzuilens or Slot Oud-Zuilen.
Situated at the tip of Europe and to protect Scandinavia from the devastation of the ocean, Norway is a jewel with one of the most dramatic and roughest coasts in the underworld. It is an island of extreme beauty that makes it one of the most attractive places on the planet.
If you visit the Blue Lagoon, make sure you get there very early before the masses arrive. Genuine luxuries were only felt when you went to Monte Carlo in Monaco. Maybe you recognise the Casino de Monte-Carlo from several films, among them James Bond Casino Royale, so try a pair of Bacarat like 007 and maybe you'll be fortunate enough to earn enough cash to spend an additional night in town!
The town is quite calm for most of the year, but for two week a year, Grand Prix and Yacht Week, the town comes to life and it becomes even clearer how much cash is actually in the town. It is one of the best places in Europe.
Throughout the city it is like a snow funfair - skiing slopes, picturesque cities, hills, blue seas and luxuriant woods. Zakopane also has a number of cultural attractions, and the Tatra National Reserve offers visitors the opportunity to discover breathtaking wildlife, animals, caves and brooks. Formerly an arts and crafts centre, this first-class holiday destination is one of the best places in Europe for anyone who wants to discover the globe on a small budget. 2.
Zakopane is famous for being a low-cost European tourist resort, and Zakopane is no exeption as it is extremely accessible. It' a chain of mountains in south-east Poland with over 400 km of footpaths and breathtaking outlooks. There are either shorter and easier walks or longer and more strenuous ones; you can even take your rucksack on a trail for a few extra workdays.
The Old Town, Kazimierz and Wawel Castle, the historical heart of Krakow, have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Kazimierz region was the heart of Krakow Jewry for over 500 years before it was ruined in the Second World War, and today it is an exiting Czech region known for its sights, fine arts and cafés.
You' ll probably also want to visit the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum, but if you're under pressure of speed, you can drive to the Podgórze area to visit the Krakow -P?aszów Krakow consolidation camps or make your way to Oskar Schindler's factory. You can easily get around the town using the local transport system, but it is also possible to discover it on foot. You can also get around on your own.
Krakow's rich cultural, historical, night life, gastronomic and artistic heritage make it one of the best destinations in Europe. The Algarve on Portugal's south-facing coastline is a wonderful place with blue water, gold rocks and gold sand and it is difficult not to fell in loving it.
Lisbon is a feast for the eyes with paving stones, tiled and colourfully decorated houses and a lighting that inspired writers and film-makers. There is no lack of viewpoints, gardens and patios with seven mounds overlooking the town' s reddish roofs. A vibrant town with everything from tasty restaurants, astonishing guesthouses and accommodations to breathtaking architectural styles, each with its own unique and thrilling atmosphere.
Several of the old fashioned stores have been redesigned and, in parallel with the sale of new products, busy grocery stores attract local residents and tourists with local and world cuisine. Lisbon is trendy as a tourist resort in Europe and that is understandable. The harvesting season, usually around mid-September, is attracting more and more vistors who want to take part in the grape gathering, e.g. barefooted in traditionally produced grape barrels of Granit.
Most of the wineries (Quintas) have opened their gates to winetourism and organise tasting and touring all year round. Lisboa is becoming Portugal's most beloved destination, but the beautiful Porto in the northern part of the countryside is slowly getting the publicity it is worth. Porto, like Lisbon, has its own old part of the capital, known as the Ribeira District, on the northern bank of the Douro River.
If you stand on the southern shore and look across the stream, the town looks like one of those lovely pop-up Christmas cassettes. It winds splendidly across the stream and connects the northern and southern parts of the town. The Vila Nova de Gaia in the southern part of the town is an area full of wine cellar and bar where you can taste the best harbours and wine of Porto.
A picturesque journey by ferry, rail or street to the breathtaking Douro Valley from Porto is simple to see the wine being made. The Bra?ov is a Transylvanian capital, nestling directly against the hills. It is a big metropolis with a lot of cultural and active activities, while the tranquillity of the countryside prevails on the outskirts of the cities and beyond.
It is possible that the Old Centre itself will take up your whole visit. The area looks like a fairy tale with saddle backdrops, and a magnificent church that rises above the central area. You can visit a mediaeval fort, wonderful palaces such as the "Castle of Dracula" (Castle of Bran) and a skiing area in less than an h...
Combine it with tasty coffees, savoury foods and really reasonable rates and you have the answers to why Bra?ov is one of the best places in Europe. There' s so much more in this town than you can see at first glance, with its ancient Romans past, a wealthy, varied cultural heritage and the possibility of experiencing a post-communist state.
Are you a big admirer of sightseeing, then this is the right place for you. It is an ideal place to discover deserted houses that are empty due to the disarray of communism. It also has a delightful old quarter that can be explored during the afternoon and celebrated at nights.
And not only that, the name of the park is the name of the pack and this town is full of greens that you can walk and discover. In spite of its fame as a gray and dark town, Moscow is a very interesting place, which offers an unbelievable diversity of monuments and activites with few matches in Europe.
When you plan to visit Moscow and wonder what you are doing in Moscow and how long you want to remain, the right response will be: "As long as possible". Thankfully, the most comfortable means of transportation is also the most exciting way to explore the town.
Moscow Metro is a real "underground palace" with a net of lavishly ornamented train stops all over the town. Further places not to be missed in Moscow are Red Square, one of the biggest places in the whole wide open space with the Basilius Cathedral with its colourful cupolas, Lenin's grave and the Kremlin, which alone lasts half a da.
If you are looking for bizarre places of interest and attraction, you should definitely visit the Museum of Cosmonautics, which is devoted to the study of outer spaces during the time of the United States. Constructed from the ground up by Peter the Great, who was influenced by the beauties and greatness of Europe's towns, St. Petersburg was until 1917 the Russian Empire's city.
Even though the capitol was relocated to Moscow after the Revolutions, the Russians still call St. Petersburg "the state' s culture capital". Visiting this wonderful Georgian town is a must to see with your own eye how the Czars used to be. Castles and catshedrals that are so pretty that your pine will fall.
It has such an imposing and emperorly architectural style that sometimes what you might think of as a big house turns out to be a grocery store (visit the Eliseevskiy Store to see for yourself). St. Petersburg is often referred to as the Venice of the North because of its many channels, over 300 viaducts, Italian villas and neo-classical and neo-classical architectural style that can be felt in the citycenter.
Serbia's capitol in the Balkans is Belgrade in the south of Europe. Formerly the capitol of Yugoslavia, Belgrade is now often known as the city of party and night life. Belgrade has everything from a flourishing coffee scene to giant architectural buildings and some of Europe's most greenery.
It can be reached from any other town in Serbia, but is also well linked to the Balkans from Montenegro to Bulgaria and beyond. Belgrade's kitchen, the imaginativeness of the local people and the cold atmosphere of the town are just some of the many factors why Belgrade should be on every traveller's wish lists.
In Belgrade is also Europe's first "kafana", a cafe. Because of the Ottoman Empire's regional footprint, Belgrade saw coffeehouses a hundred years before the remainder of Europe. It serves regular Ottoman coffees, but the town also hosts a new and up-and-coming speciality town.
Are you sick of seeing Starbucks and KFC on every road edge while you're in Europe? The old city of Bratislava is small and small, only about 1 km² in size. Its old part of the city is reminiscent of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, as well as the temple in which many of its kings were topped. Leaving the old part of the city, you can see the memories of communism when the architectural elements are transformed into blocks of cement and rectangles.
It is the ideal place to see these two historic epochs side by side. Ljubljana is another picturesque Slovenian village and not the capitol. It is a small metropolis with few great tourist sites that causes many people to rush in a single or several days, but over the years it is definitely a place that will enchant.
Only accessible to pedestrians, the old city is a good place for hour-long, goalless walks along paved alleys, taking the liberty of looking out at crotchety shop windows and enjoying the blossoming gastronomic world. Along the riverbank you will find lovely desserts by the water, a series of fashionable students' pubs in the city and the lively downtown square, where blush prickly pears and scented peach sell alongside date, flower and home-made delicacies.
Cultural enthusiasts can discover the palace with a view of the town, or spend lessons in one of the many museuses. Others, longing to flee to the countryside, find loneliness in the green parklands that stretch across the town. Ljubljana's unrivalled blend of Mediterranean, Slovenian and ethnic cultures will quickly put it at the top of your own private European itinerary.
It is the best place to visit Europe because it is suitable for everyone, regardless of their interests. Featuring infinite possibilities for all kinds of travellers, those who appreciate the architectural style should thank Gaudi, the rolling countryside is great for those who like urban spaces and for those who like sport, Barcelona is a paradise for you (Camp Nou anyone?).
That' okay with Valencia, Spain' s third biggest town. Farther down southern lies the appallingly contemporary town of the arts and sciences, which boasts an unusual theatre, a scientific research centre and Europe's biggest anquarium. Mercado Centro is one of the most modernistic and attractive Mercado Centro stores in Europe. The Valencian capital is an extraordinarily accessible town with wide pavements bordered by oranges.
However, with around 320 sunny nights a year, you will be able to take a walk around Valencia to see why it is one of the best places in Europe. It may not be the most famous tourist resort in Spain, but it is one to visit! Situated in the Basque Country, this lovely town is full of great places of interest, places to eat and places to live!
St. Sebastian is probably the most wonderful place in Spain! Its old part is full of nice architectonic structures and small narrow avenues. There are also the highest number of Michelin-starred places in Europe! The Concha is a wonderful sandy area with a magnificent panoramic sea front overlooking the Bay of Biscay. Maybe the best thing to do in San Sebastian is to visit Monte Igueldo and enjoy the panoramic backdrop of the mountain and the cityscape.
If the majority of tourists visit Spain, they go to the big towns of Barcelona or Madrid. While the north shore is full of intriguing places, there is one town that is thriving under surveillance and few Spanish tourists are even unaware of it: Oviedo, the provincial capitol of Asturias. Oviedo was actually described by many as " Party Central ".
There are three major areas in the town where people can celebrate to their heart's desire. However, this small isle of Spain has much more to show the diverging traveller, from rough countryside for hiking to winding, undulating streets for biking. Stockholm, the capitol of Sweden, is an arcipelago in the Baltic Sea, consisting of 14 isles.
The old city of Gamla Stan is a real maze of paved alleys winding between falling terra cotta masonry. Obviously no journey to Sweden would be without a visit to the ABBA Museum, but if the very thought makes you shiver, don't worry, the Absolut Vodka Spirit Museum is right next to it!
It is an enchanting town and without a doubt one of the best places in Europe. Berne is the ideal choice for Europe. Switzerland has been unspoilt for hundreds of years and offers the visitor all conceivable cobblestone pavements, watches and the charms of the old fashioned cobblestone. It is small enough to be explored on foot and there is no simpler way to get around by bus.
Snake through the centre of the town, the stream is a pristine theme area! During the whole summers local people make their way to the Bernese lower town and dive into the stream to take a fresh ride with the currents that do all the work. (don't you have to be worried - there are leaders to help you out!).
Aside from what most travellers think, Zurich is not the Swiss capitol, but by far the biggest town in the state. Well-known for its banking and chocolates, it has much more to it. Zurich has developed into a vibrant town in recent years and is a favourite tourist attraction.
You should make one of the numerous boating trips on the lovely Zürichsee in winter or visit one of the peaks like the "Zürichberg" or the "Üetliberg", which surrounds the town and offers a breathtaking view. During the winter there are many long-established eateries offering the renowned Schweizer Käsefondue.
The old part of the village is a great place for a few hours of drinking or just for groceries. The Kronenhalle Bar is one of the oldest and most attractive pubs in Berlin and has long been a meeting place for well-known painters like Pablo Picasso or designer like Coco Chanel.
Zurich is also a good starting point for exploring the remainder of Switzerland, as most places can be easily accessed by rail in a few hour. The small skiing resort of Nendaz lies above an expansive valleys and is a great starting point for exploring the Valais in early autumn.
You can walk or take the streetcar to the top of the slopes in winter, where the ringing of cowbells can often be heared from the field while you enjoy a breathtaking view of the snow. You will find many enchanting luxury villas and comfortable condominiums in the immediate vicinity of the city centre.
Though not the least expensive tourist resort in Europe, it is certainly one of the most attractive! A visit to Lauterbrunnen is an absolute must. It is the starting point for tours of the Schilthorn (by funicular ) and the Jungfraujoch (by train) as well as for a number of other tours.
While in the summers there are several hundred paths to suit all abilities, as well as cruising on the lakes of Thun and Brienz, in the winters skiing and snowboarding from all over the globe come to this area. No matter how you stay in Lauterbrunnen, the breathtaking view of this breathtaking area will certainly be the climax of your visit.
Luzern is a wonderful mediaeval Lucerne at the base of the Swiss Alps. Well-known for its chapel bridge, pre-17th centrury watertower and pre-17th centrury architectural design, the old quarter offers cobblestoned roads, walking zones and attractive outbuildings. When you feel more vigorous, there is the possibility to stroll along the old fortifications.
There is also a watch from the fifteenth c., which is permitted to ring one minutes before all the other clocks in the town. Situated at the bottom of Mount Pilatus is the most steep cog railway in the whole wide range, which takes you to the top of Mount Pilatus and offers you a magnificent view of the snow.
London is a flourishing metropolis where centuries-old monolithic structure meets centuries-old monolithes and is a superlative town. Yes, England's main town has a good name for being pricey, but with a flood of free museum and many of the city's most iconic architectures there to get caught for nothing, you can get through relatively cheap.
Once you've visited the best sights - Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, the London Eye, the Tower of London..... the listing goes on.... take yourselves you to discover some of London's less touristic areas. Stroll the historical South Bank past mediaeval remains, Greenwich features Cutty Sark and London's East End is the place to find the city's hipsters' side with road arts and more fun cafes than you can tolerate decaffeination.
Cotswolds is by far one of the best places in Europe. Near Stonehenge you can cross that off your schedule and still see many of the beautiful towns on a full days out or an accommodation. May is the best season for travelling, when the vernal blossoms are in bloom.
There' s no place like this, and you never get weary of going to the Cotswolds. On the north-west coastline of England, the lively and thrilling capital of England. It has a flourishing artscape with lots of great galeries. It is a true Foody town. This town knows how to celebrate. With its cobblestone roads, past and tall architecture, the old town and the new town with its pretty stores, bustling local people and bustling streetcars.
Calton Hill is another favourite place in the center of town, a brief walk will take you between memorials and overlooks. It is like a town in town, full of pubs, diners and sweet stores. You will be taken back to the town along the channel by the Waters of Leith Walkway.
Because Edinburgh is one of the best towns in Europe, it is a great mix of two and there is a lot to do in Scotland's capitol, many of which are free. There are so many walking paths and natural hikes that you can find a new and interesting itinerary every morning, one of the major reason why you will enjoy the Scottish Borders.
At the Tweedside Hotel in Innerleithen you can accept a Monsters and Burgers competition or one of the many peaceful but lovely parks in Innerleithen or Galashiels. When you have more work and more cash, you can visit the Traquair King's House, get bogged down in its labyrinth and try one of its beers.
An aficionado of the past, Stratford-upon-Avon should be at the top of your European shortlist. The birthplace of William Shakespeare, the bard's city, is full of half-timbered houses, aqueous river Avon activity and many arts and crafts that occupy your mind.
Let's begin with the bard himself; all historical places connected with Shakespeare can be viewed in one single outing. There are also many theatre pieces (both Shakespeare and other works) and other artistic delicacies to see in the cityscape. It is not easily accessible. It is notorious for being the site of the world's first big disaster.
The majority of the groups visit Chernobyl and Pripyat (the town that was constructed for the electricians). Chernobyl and the deserted town of Pripyat offer the itineraries.