Europe is a vast and diverse continent made up of over forty different countries, each of which offer a different vibe, seriously different cultures and histories, and a multitude of things to see and do. If you are looking for the adventure of a lifetime, then Europe is a fantastic place to start, with so many countries offering exactly what you want. For a trip that you are never going to forget, here are some of the best destinations to visit in Europe.
With a vast range of regions to visit, Germany is a country that’s filled with something for everybody and home to many potential adventures. If you enjoy modern, vibrant city breaks then you will love spending time in Berlin, a capital city with a seemingly endless list of things to see and do, including cultural and historical sites like the Brandenburg Gate, Berlin Wall Museum, East Side Gallery, Museum Island and Berliner Dom. Or head to Bavaria for a countryside adventure with rural villages, mountain climbing in the stunning Alps and breathtaking scenery. Head to Muich in autumn for the adventure of a lifetime celebrating Oktoberfest.
You can travel from Munich to Prague by high-speed train – an adventure in itself – and explore the stunning capital city of the Czech Republic. The medieval streets are perfect for exploring during the day and there are always many hidden gems to be found. The city is home to several amazing restaurants and bars where you can relax with a hearty traditional Czech meals and a glass of one of the best lagers in the world. Be sure to visit the Old Town Square, which has remained practically untouched since the 10th century.
From Prague, you can travel to Hungary by air, bus or train. The capital city, Budapest is a top choice for many tourists and there’s plenty of unique things to do, including soaking and relaxing in the thermal springs that are open all-year round and a particularly fun experience during the colder months. Venture out of the city to continue your adventure – Memento Park, The Liberty Monument, Aquincum are must-visits and if you head into the countryside, you can enjoy activities like horseback riding, hiking and lake cruises.
Slovakia might not be as popular as some of the other destinations, but it certainly has the makings of a great adventure. No trip here is complete without a visit to Spis Castle – the largest fortified castle in Central Europe dating back to the 12th century, where you can take in the stunning views. Wine-lovers will love wine tasting in the Modra Vineyards and if you love animals, be sure to pay a visit to Bojnice Zoo, which is located near a medieval castle.
If you’re looking for an adventure with plenty of romance, Italy is the perfect destination. Filled with diverse and vibrant countries there’s always something memorable to do, whether you’re soaking up the art and history at the Vatican City, visiting iconic sites like the Vatican in Rome, or cruising along the canals of Venice in a gondola. If you prefer to get off the beaten path for a quieter adventure than less touristic areas include Bologna, Trento and Verenna at Lake Como make excellent destination choices.
Made up of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland there’s always something to do in Great Britain – you can have almost any adventure imaginable. For a truly cultural experience head to London and visit historic sites like the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey and the Tower of London. From here you can travel by train to anywhere in the UK or even across the English Channel to France. For a more rural, countryside-based adventure head to the North of England, the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, the beaches and rolling hills of Wales or take a ferry across to Ireland.
Spain is a popular vacation destination for those who enjoy soaking up the sun, but there are plenty of adventurous things to do here, too. A vibrant and diverse country, you can choose from visiting cultural sites and shopping in the main cities like Madrid and Barcelona, or visit the sun-soaked party islands of Ibiza, Majorca or Tenerife if you want a beach-based adventure filled with great music and plenty of fun. You can try tours of Spain for a truly rich adventure allowing you to take in everything that this amazing country has to offer.
Which European adventure awaits you?
Bryan has visited exactly one more country than his wife, and she won’t let him forget it! Also an avid photographer, he enjoys entrenching himself within the local culture in order to learn more about the people of a place. He is the co-founder of Budget Your Trip and loves a good adventure, an exotic meal, or a passionate conversation about global events.