The beauty of travelling is that you’ve never seen it all. Every traveller wants to feel as if there are places in the world that they’ve yet to explore. You’re always itching for the next great adventure across the world. Of course, that doesn’t mean you necessarily know where your next adventure will take you. Maybe you’re a little short of ideas for your next journey. Well, these tantalising travel destinations might just give you the inspiration you need if “Europe” for it. Excuse the bad joke… Let’s talk about some of the best countries to explore in Europe.
Again, you might have expected to see a paragraph here about all the wonderful things to see and do in Berlin, but we’re going to talk about another great German city. Bavaria is a fascinating destination for any traveller who wants an adventure. You should start by hiking up the Zugspitze (the tallest mountain in Germany). It provides absolutely stunning views of peaks spanning not only Germany but the neighbouring countries of Austria, Switzerland, and Italy. Bavaria is one of the most picturesque places in Germany. In fact, it’s one of the most picturesque places in Europe. You definitely need to include it on your list of future travel destinations.
There’s no better start to a European travelling experience than a trip to the sunny land of Spain. For starters, you need to head to Madrid. This stunning capital is absolutely overflowing with things to do and places to see. There’s a lot of culture to soak up in this huge city. Above all else, there’s an abundance of art museums. You should head to the Golden Triangle of Art if you want to explore the three most famous museums in the city. If you only have time to see one, however, then you should visit the Prado Museum; it’s home to some of the most awe-inspiring collections of European art in the world. Of course, if you’re more of a fan of modern-day culture then there are plenty of Tapas bars, jazz lounges, and flamenco theatres that make up Madrid’s booming nightlife.
Still, as will be argued throughout this article, there’s more to every great country than its capital. Madrid is a beautiful city, but there’s a lot more to experience in Spain. Barcelona is a fantastic city to visit if you want to admire the wonderful architecture of Gaudi, but Seville is the destination that you should really put on your ‘Must See’ list. This city boasts sublime architecture, first of all. Vibrant buildings such as the Casa de Pilatos mansion line the many streets of Seville. In terms of entertainment, Seville is the place in which Flamenco dancing was born, so you can expect to see many incredible Flamenco shows (for free) at bars throughout the city. Seville is one of the most colourful and exciting places to visit in Spain. In fact, it’s one of the most tantalising locations in the entire country. You won’t be able to resist visiting it again.
Wales is a small country, but it’s one that’s packed with an abundance of incredible scenery and fascinating towns. It’s also one of the best countries to visit if you’ve always been keen on the idea of cycling holidays in Europe. Obviously, there are heaps of fantastic biking trails in many European countries, but the “End to End” trip in Wales is absolutely breathtaking (in every sense). Taking you from the bustling city streets of Cardiff in the south to Conwy castle in the north, this is the best way to see a large amount of what Wales has to offer. You definitely need to see Snowdonia at some point during your travels; this beautiful range of mountains makes up a fantastic national park in the north of Wales. It’s well worth your time.
Obviously, we couldn’t talk about a trip to France without mentioning Paris. The capital of this beautiful country has so much to offer for all manner of travellers. If you’re after adventure, however, then you have no time to waste. Start by exploring the famous landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe. Once you’ve had your fill of wonderful French architecture, you can start to explore some of the natural beauty that this city has to offer. The Tuileries Garden and the Luxembourg Garden are the two most beautiful natural areas in the city, and it’s easy to see why. Stunning lawns and vibrant colours make these gardens wonderful places to visit in person.
Of course, Paris is quite an obvious city to mention when talking about France. The capital is a beautiful place with endless streets to explore and amazing things to see, but there’s more to this wonderful country than one city. If you want to explore another intriguing hub of French culture then you should visit Lyon. It’s a city that continues to evolve with every passing year. The new Tunnel De La Croix Rousse is the largest tunnel in Europe. It’s surrounded by glorious greenery, and that makes for a very scenic drive. Lyon is also the capital of French cuisine; you’ll find many fantastic places to eat in the heart of this great city. The streets boast boulangeries, charcuteries, and even 24-hour restaurants. There are wonderful places to eat everywhere you turn. The city is a haven for food-lovers, but it’s also a haven for any kind of traveller. There’s a lot to experience in Lyon.
Whilst this may be the last country on the list, it’s definitely not the least important. The Netherlands (or Holland, depending on your preference) is a country that’s teeming with fascinating cultural history, modern architecture, and things to experience. Amsterdam is home to many of the country’s most historic sites. The Anne Frank House, for starters, is an incredibly intriguing place to explore; to see the house of such a famous girl in person is quite something. It’s also an incredibly popular tourist attraction, so you should book your tickets in advance. And, whilst it may not be as popular as Amsterdam, you should visit the Hague too. There are many fascinating buildings to admire in this wonderful city. The Ridderzaal (inside the Binnenhof) is the political centre of the Netherlands, so it’s a very important place.