Located in Central Europe, Austria is a small country that packs a big punch. From little mountain villages with winding roads to beautiful Alpine views, Austria is a great place to discover something new. With a couple former residents such as Mozart, Strauss, and Freud there is so much to learn about in Austria. You can find the capital, Vienna, on the Danube and see both the Schonbrunn and Hofburg palaces.
Belgium is a small, western Europe country. Recognized for medieval towns and markets, Belgium is filled with wonders to explore. The countryside is dotted with caves, canals, and castles. The towns are connected with a great public transportation as well. Battlefields are scattered through the country from centuries of strife. Many visitors come to see the battlefield of Waterloo, where Napoleon was defeated and the WWI and WWII cities scarred by combat. Another important part of Belgium is the cuisine. It ranges from decadent chocolate to twice-fried fries, and traditional Belgium ales. The town of Luxembourg per capita has the most Michelin stars in the world.
The Republic of Cyprus is located in the Mediterranean Sea on the Island of Cyprus and divided in the North by Turkey. Nicosia, the capital is surrounded by Venetian walls and has a rich history. Cyprus is recognized for its rough terrain with wine regions that are over 4000 years old. This country is a major Mediterranean spot for incredible beaches and local cuisine. The coastal city of Paphos is overflowing with ancient archaeological sites. Most of them relate to the cult of Aphrodite and range from palaces to tombs.
One of the oldest monarchies in the world, this Scandinavian country can be found in Northern Europe. A country where the old-fashioned architecture intertwines with the new, simple and modern cities. Copenhagen, the capital, can be found on the eastern coast near Sweden. Here you can see the royal family’s Amalienborg Palace and the second oldest amusement park in the world, Tivoli Gardens. An important concept in Denmark is ‘Hygge’. Directly it translates to cozy, but to Danes, it is important in the very cold winters to have candlelit camaraderie with their family and friends. ‘Hygge’ can be seen in restaurants and homes all over Denmark.
Whether you're visiting Stonehenge or just enjoying a walk through London, observing Big Ben or the London Bridge, you're sure to enjoy your time here with some of the nicest people you'll meet.
Finland is located in Northern Europe and borders Norway, Sweden, and Russia. It is one of the world’s most technologically developed countries. Helsinki, the capital, is a lively city on the Baltic Sea where you can find the Suomenlinna sea fortress built in the 18th century. The rural wilderness of Finland is a great place for hiking, camping, and seeing the phenomena such as the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) and the Midnight Sun. Many national parks with both easy and difficult hiking routes dot the countryside. Stepping into a sauna after a hike or ice fishing is an important part of Finnish culture and there are over 2 million in total all over the country.
The terrain of this Western Europe country ranges from beaches all the way to mountaintop villages making it one of the world’s most popular travel destinations. The capital, Paris, is recognized for the Louvre, fashion, the Eiffel Tower and perfect corner cafes for croissants. The Palace of Versailles can be found just outside of Paris and is a must-see. French cuisine is filled with crepes, champagne, and famous wines. From the French Riviera to the Pyrenees and the Alps, there is an adventure to take around every corner.
A western European country, Germany is famous for its history, culture, and landscape. The capital, Berlin is a hot spot for shopping, galleries, nightlife, restaurants and World War II historical sights. From the Alps to the winding rivers, the terrain of Germany is stunning and interesting to explore. When you think of Germany you may think of their beers, food, and cars. Munich has the annual Oktoberfest which over 6 million people a year visit and drink class German beers in their traditional Lederhosen. The traditional food is delicious and you cannot miss the pretzels, sausages, and schnitzel.
Greece is a picturesque country that is composed of thousands of islands that are covered in mountains and surrounded with beautiful coastlines. Beautiful scenery is just one part of a Greece vacation, however. The country has no shortage of ancient ruins to explore. Athens is home to famous ruins such as the Parthenon and Acropolis, stoic reminders of Greece’s long ancient history. Whether island hopping, walking through ruins or traveling the olive groves of the countryside, Greece offers something for every traveler.
Iceland, also known as “The Land of Fire and Ice”, has dramatic terrain such as volcanoes, geysers, hot springs and lava fields that pepper the Nordic island nation. Both Vatnajokull and Snaefellsjokull are national parks that protect some of the largest glaciers in Europe. Iceland also contains some of the most active volcanoes in the world. The capital, Reykjavik, runs on geothermal power and has a rich history to explore. Iceland’s Viking history can be found in the National and Saga museums located in the capital city.
Ireland is an island in the North Atlantic neighboring Great Britain. A green country peppered with incredibly friendly people and sights like the Cliffs of Moher. In Ireland, friendliness and welcoming is a characteristic seen throughout your time spent here. History is everywhere in Ireland: from ruins showing the monastic side at Glendalough and Clonmacnoise to a relatively new history seen at the Titanic museum in Cobh.
Italy is a peninsula nation located in southern Europe. Due to its geographical features, it is often called lo Stivale "The Boot". Italy was the home to famous Renaissance figures like Leonardo da Vinci and Michaelangelo. The northern region of Italy consists mainly of the Alps, while the southern region hosts a Mediterranean feel. Major cities like Rome, Venice, Florence, Milan, and Naples all call Italy their home, each with its very own distinct history, culture, and atmosphere. Explore the famous Vatican City or venture south to the picturesque Amalfi Coast; your perfect Italian adventure awaits you.
A small European country, Luxembourg is landlocked and mainly rural. Luxembourg city, the capital is perched atop cliffs overlooking the Alzette and the Pétrusse Rivers. Even though Luxembourg is a small country, it has so many so much to do and many UNESCO World Heritage Sites to see. The Gothic Revival Cathedral of Notre Dame in Luxembourg city cannot be missed and also the Grand Ducal Palace encircled by cobblestone paths. In the town of Echternach, you can find the country’s patron saint, Willibrord, buried in the prominent basilica of the Abbey of Echternach.
An archipelago just below Sicily in the Mediterranean Sea, Malta has all kinds of adventures. Activities range from boating and scuba diving in crystal clear water to climbing up a Cliffside to see yet another historic site. Malta has a rich and interesting history. Many different countries ruled Malta throughout the years including the British, French and Romans. From these different rulers, the historic attractions on the archipelago are endless. There are multiple fortresses, temples and the Hal Saflieni Hypogeum, an underground cemetery dating back to the 4000 B.C.
A very small, city-state along the Mediterranean coast of France, Monaco is a place to relax, try your hand in a casino, and shop. Monaco is the second smallest and most densely populated independent state in the world. Every year the Monaco Grand Prix, a Formula One car race, is held in Monaco’s streets and known as one of the most prestigious races in the world. Monte-Carlo is one of Monaco’s major areas and here you will find casinos and the elegant Salle Garnier opera house.
The landscape of this northwestern Europe country is mostly flat and below sea level making it perfect for cycling. A great way to travel from city to city is by bike. Canals, fields of tulips, windmills, and pubs are abundant in The Netherlands. Amsterdam, the capital is a bustling city where you can find breathtaking architecture, the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum and Anne Frank’s House. The weather year-round is typically temperate. The summers are cool and the winters are mild.
Part of the United Kingdom, Northern Ireland can be found in western Europe. Green landscapes, castles, mountains, glacial valleys and stunning golf courses dot this country. Belfast, the capital is known for building the Titanic, Botanic Gardens, and the Grand Opera House. The Giant’s Causeway is a weird volcanic rock phenomenon that is a must-see in Northern Ireland. There is a folk tale that says a giant created this rock bridge and another giant destroyed it leaving weird rock formations. While traveling the area, the weather is very unpredictable, and it rains year-round so pack accordingly.
A Scandinavian country with a stunning terrain of mountains, fjords, and glaciers, Norway is a place to find adventure. It is the westernmost and northernmost Scandinavian country and known for its deep fjords and midnight sun. The midnight sun phenomenon happens during the summer months and is when the sun stays visible throughout the night. Oslo, the capital is one of the ‘greenest’ cities in the world by being eco-friendly and moving to create even more sustainable practices in their city.
A perfect place for a holiday year-round, Portugal has over 850 kilometers of Atlantic coast beaches and gets 3000 hours of sunshine a year. Medieval castles, huge metropolises, and beautiful beaches make up this southern European country. Portugal is located on the Iberian Peninsula on the Atlantic Ocean next-door to Spain. The Algarve’s beaches are major attractions with national cuisine such as the delicious salt cod and the delicacy of grilled sardines.
Scotland is a small northern European country that holds many treasures within its borders. From remarkable wildlife and vast landscapes to delicious food and friendly people, Scotland is unlike anywhere else. Mountain wildernesses cover Scotland’s landscape such as the Cairngorms and the Northwest Highlands that are peppered with ‘glacial glens’ (valleys) and ‘lochs’ (lakes). Castles and vivacious cultural scenes can be found in major cities such as Edinburgh, the capital, and Glasgow. The first game of golf was played in Scotland and many travelers come to play on the green courses here still.
Spain is a European country that lies on the Iberian Peninsula and borders Portugal. Tapas, beach towns, mountains, Catalan and a vibrant culture can be found in Spain. Paella and various tapas are the delectable foods you can find on every corner. Madrid, the capital, is known for the Royal Palace and the Prado Museum, with works by great European artists. Famous and whimsical works by Antoni Gaudi can be found in Barcelona including Park Guell and the Sagrada Familia Church.
This Scandinavian country is known for its unsurpassable landscape ranging from lakes, islands, glaciated mountains, and boreal forests. The activities are endless in the wilderness of Northern Sweden – hiking, camping, cycling, boating, and fishing are just a few of the outdoor treks you can make. Stockholm, the capital is known for having some of Northern Europe’s best restaurants and nightlife. It is built on 14 islands and connected by more than 50 bridges. Sweden’s fashion and style can be seen on the streets of Stockholm; the Swedes are recognized for their impeccable style and home-décor.
Located in southwest Great Britain, Wales is recognized for its stunning natural beauty and rugged coastline. The Celtic culture can be seen all over the country in its many castles. The capital, Cardiff can be found along the coast and here you will find shopping, great dining options, and a lively nightlife. If you love National Parks, then Wales is your perfect travel destination. Snowdonia, Brecon Beacons National Park, and Pembrokeshire Coast National Park are all spectacular hiking locations.
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