30 days in Europe Itinerary

30 days in Europe Itinerary

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Athens, Greece
— 1 night
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Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
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Madrid, Spain
— 1 night
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Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
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Paris, France
— 3 nights
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Bastogne, Belgium
— 1 night
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Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
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Oslo, Norway
— 1 night
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Berlin, Germany
— 2 nights
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Krakow, Poland
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Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
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Budapest, Hungary
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Athens, Greece — 1 night

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens, then delve into the distant past at Ancient Agora of Athens, and then take a stroll through Plaka. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Benaki Museum, explore the ancient world of Temple of Olympian Zeus, then get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, and finally admire the natural beauty at National Garden.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Athens online travel route planner.

Amman, Jordan to Athens is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Rome.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks
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Rome, Italy — 2 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): don't miss a visit to Spanish Steps, make a trip to Trevi Fountain, then contemplate the long history of Roman Forum, and finally explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the distant past at Colosseum, explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pantheon, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Rome online itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Athens to Rome takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Athens to Rome. Traveling from Athens in September, Rome is a bit cooler at night with lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Florence.
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Florence, Italy — 2 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 5th (Mon), admire the natural beauty at The Boboli Gardens, make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, then take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, contemplate the long history of Basilica of Santa Croce, then explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, and finally admire the striking features of The Baptistery of St. John.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Florence vacation builder website.

Take a train from Rome to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to fly to Zurich.
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Find places to stay Sep 4 — 6:

Zurich, Switzerland — 1 night

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse, and then explore the activities along Lake Zurich.

To see where to stay and more tourist information, you can read our Zurich trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Florence to Zurich takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September, Zurich is little chillier than Florence - with highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Barcelona.
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Barcelona, Spain — 2 nights

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic, admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, and finally shop like a local with La Boqueria. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Las Ramblas, then walk around Parc Guell, and then admire the striking features of Casa Mila - La Pedrera.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Barcelona day trip website.

Fly from Zurich to Barcelona in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Zurich in September, things will get a bit warmer in Barcelona: highs are around 30°C and lows about 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Madrid.
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Find places to stay Sep 7 — 9:

Madrid, Spain — 1 night

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): walk around Parque del Retiro, admire the masterpieces at Prado National Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Royal Palace of Madrid.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Madrid attractions planning site.

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Madrid takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in September, Madrid is little chillier at night with lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Lisbon.
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Lisbon, Portugal — 2 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
On the 11th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, then make a trip to Belém Tower, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Lisbon Oceanarium, and finally get to know the resident critters at Jardim Zoologico. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll through Bairro Alto, make a trip to Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco), then make a trip to Elevador de Santa Justa, and finally steep yourself in history at Castelo de S. Jorge.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Lisbon online trip maker.

Getting from Madrid to Lisbon by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Western European Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In September, daily temperatures in Lisbon can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Paris.
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Find places to stay Sep 10 — 12:

Paris, France — 3 nights

City of Light

A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum. And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, stroll around Luxembourg Gardens, take a stroll through Montmartre, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Paris trip builder app.

Traveling by flight from Lisbon to Paris takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lisbon to Paris. Traveling from Lisbon in September, things will get a bit cooler in Paris: highs are around 24°C and lows about 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can go by car to Bastogne.
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Find places to stay Sep 12 — 15:

Bastogne, Belgium — 1 night

Most travelers come to Bastogne for its touching war memorial and museum, built in honor of over 76,000 American soldiers who fought during the legendary Battle of the Bulge--one of the last German offensives in World War II. Over seven decades later, the town's daily life remains deeply linked to this dramatic episode in wartime history. Bastogne makes a good day trip from almost anywhere in the Ardennes region and provides an easy bus link to Liege, a popular travel destination located less than 70 km (45 mi) north.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): take a peaceful walk through La Grande Foret de Saint-Hubert, get to know the fascinating history of Mardasson Memorial, and then stroll the grounds of German War Cemetery.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Bastogne online tour builder.

Traveling by car from Paris to Bastogne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of flight, train, and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can go by car to Brussels.
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Find places to stay Sep 15 — 16:

Brussels, Belgium — 2 nights

Capital of Europe

The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
On the 17th (Sat), get in on the family fun at Mini-Europe, then examine the collection at Atomium, and then admire the landmark architecture of Parc du Cinquantenaire. Keep things going the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Eglise Notre Dame Du Sablon, appreciate the history behind Manneken Pis, steep yourself in history at Grand Place, then see the interesting displays at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), and finally admire the striking features of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule).

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Brussels trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Bastogne to Brussels by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Amsterdam.
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Find places to stay Sep 16 — 18:

Amsterdam, The Netherlands — 3 nights

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Attractions like ARTIS and Rijksmuseum make great kid-friendly stops. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, explore the galleries of Museum Het Rembrandthuis, steep yourself in history at Begijnhof, and engage your brain at NEMO Science Museum.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Amsterdam planning tool.

You can drive from Brussels to Amsterdam in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. In September, daily temperatures in Amsterdam can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Oslo.
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Find places to stay Sep 18 — 21:

Oslo, Norway — 1 night

Tiger City

Norway's capital city, Oslo boasts a thousand years of history and a diverse mix of architecture that blends old, new, and ultra-modern.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Akershus Castle and Fortress (Akershus Slott og Festning), then walk around Vigeland Park, and then admire the masterpieces at Vigeland Museum.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Oslo trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Amsterdam to Oslo takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Amsterdam in September, with highs in Oslo at 19°C and lows at 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Berlin.
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Find places to stay Sep 21 — 22:

Berlin, Germany — 2 nights

Athens of the Spree

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
On the 23rd (Fri), meet the residents at Zoo Berlin, appreciate the history behind Brandenburg Gate, and then pause for some photo ops at The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Pergamonmuseum, get a sense of history and politics at Reichstag Building, then steep yourself in history at Memorial of the Berlin Wall, and finally contemplate the long history of East Side Gallery.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Berlin trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Oslo to Berlin takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Krakow.
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Find places to stay Sep 22 — 24:

Krakow, Poland — 1 night

Slavic Rome

One of Poland's oldest cities, Krakow sits at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains, its historical town center nestled on the left bank of the Vistula River.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of Wawel Royal Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wawel Cathedral, and then admire the striking features of St. Mary's Basilica.

To find traveler tips and more tourist information, read our Krakow trip maker website.

Fly from Berlin to Krakow in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September in Krakow, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can fly to Vienna.
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Find places to stay Sep 24 — 25:

Vienna, Austria — 3 nights

City of Dreams

The cultural, economic, and political center of the country, Vienna has developed from its early Celtic and Roman roots into a medieval and Baroque city, with an old town that was designated a World Heritage Site in 2001.
Bring the kids along to Schonbrunn Palace and Schönbrunn Zoo. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Hofburg, explore the engaging exhibits at ZOOM Kindermuseum, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Cathedral, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Vienna Naschmarkt.

For where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Vienna day trip planning tool.

Getting from Krakow to Vienna by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. September in Vienna sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Budapest.
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Find places to stay Sep 25 — 28:

Budapest, Hungary — 2 nights

Pearl of the Danube

You might consider the city of Budapest, divided by the Danube River into two distinctive cities--Buda and Pest--to be essentially one large World Heritage Site.
On the 29th (Thu), admire the landmark architecture of Dohány Street Synagogue, don't miss a visit to Heroes' Square, then see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), and finally take in the views from Szechenyi Lanchid. Keep things going the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Hungarian Parliament Building, then contemplate the long history of Matthias Church, and then steep yourself in history at Fisherman's Bastion.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Budapest route maker site.

You can drive from Vienna to Budapest in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. September in Budapest sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Find places to stay Sep 28 — 30:

Greece travel guide

4.2
Few places manage to capture the world's imagination quite like Greece, a land of sun-kissed coastlines, tranquil whitewashed villages, lively seaside towns, and well-preserved ancient sites. One of the world's top tourist destinations since ancient times, the country draws nearly 20 million visitors each year. Athens, the birthplace of Western civilization, continues to attract the biggest crowds and serves as a base for exploring the country and its 227 inhabited islands. Away from its cities, Greece features a picturesque countryside of olive groves, vineyards, and tiny settlements nestled against rolling hills and rugged mountain ranges. Explore the old mainland on foot and discover the islands on a guided boat or ferry tour.
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Italy travel guide

4.6
Landmarks · Ruins · Beaches
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.
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Switzerland travel guide

4.7
Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.
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Spain travel guide

4.5
A colorful country known for its relaxed lifestyle, vibrant nightlife, excellent food, and world-famous folklore and festivals, Spain boasts a huge number of World Heritage Sites and other spectacular places to visit. It also deserves its reputation as a beach vacation destination; the Western edge of the Mediterranean Sea is home to some of the world’s top beaches. But Spain’s geography is so much more than just soft, sandy shores. Its landscapes are as diverse as its people, ranging from lush meadows and snowy mountains to huge marshes and sprawling deserts. The countryside bursts with unspoiled villages of timeless beauty and old-world charm, as well as vast and varied nature preserves.
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Portugal travel guide

4.2
Landmarks · Castles · Beaches
Small in size but rich in history, culture, and natural beauty, Portugal features contrasting landscapes that include long beaches, lush vineyards, verdant valleys, and rolling hills dotted with tiny settlements where old traditions still prevail. The country's serene interior, often overlooked by foreigners, remains largely unspoiled by mass tourism and offers visitors a chance to discover this less-trodden part of Europe at their own pace. Ripe for leisurely adventures on foot or by bicycle, Portugal's fertile countryside boasts well-preserved medieval castles and outstanding wineries, producing some of the world's finest ports. The country's cities offer a lively culinary scene known for its many award-winning restaurants, topping the itineraries of foodies from around the globe.
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France travel guide

4.3
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.
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Belgium travel guide

4.3
A small country packing a big punch in terms of tourist attractions, Belgium sits at the crossroads of Western Europe, its cities soaked in history and famed for their lively arts, fashion, and dining scenes. Although it advertises itself simply as "A Food Lover's Dream," this country of just 11 million people boasts a rich architectural heritage, world-famous breweries, pristine natural areas, and touching memorials marking major battlegrounds from both World War I and World War II. Put the country's elegant cities of Brussels and Bruges at the top of your itinerary, but don't forget that Belgium's less-explored countryside offers dense forests, rolling hills, and lush valleys.
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The Netherlands travel guide

4.3
Low Country
The Netherlands literally means "Low Country", inspired by the country's low and flat geography, where only about 50 percent of the land exceeds one meter (three feet) above sea level. Since the late 16th century, large, flat land areas called "polders" have been reclaimed from the sea and lakes and protected by dikes, amounting to nearly 17 percent of the country's current land mass. The Netherlands is. This is small, densely populated country lies mainly in Western Europe but also includes three islands in the Caribbean; it's the main constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The European part of the Netherlands borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and the North Sea to the northwest, sharing maritime borders with Belgium, the United Kingdom and Germany. Amsterdam, The Hague, and Rotterdam serve as the three largest and most important cities in the Netherlands. Amsterdam is the country's capital, while The Hague holds the Dutch seat of government. The port of Rotterdam claims the title as the largest port in Europe, in fact, it's as large as the next three ports combined.
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Norway travel guide

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Land of the Midnight Sun
Take a trip up north and visit Norway, the land of fjords, northern lights, unspoiled nature, and friendly communities. Norway is a haven for holidaymakers who enjoy the outdoors, with numerous resorts for downhill skiing and snowboarding, as well as countless trails for hiking in the summer or dog sledding and cross-country skiing in the winter. Norway's cities combine historical and modern architecture and feature a selection of museums, art galleries, and performance venues. Meanwhile, traditional ways of life, local customs, and crafts are celebrated in many open-air and ethnological museums across the land. Even though the country has a modern and elaborate system of roads, Norway continues to foster its ancient connection with the sea. Take to the waters yourself with tours of the scenic coast, fjords, or whale watching.
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Germany travel guide

4.5
Germany is the home of high culture, fine art, classical music, world-class sports, award-winning cuisine--and some of the world's best beers. It's also one of the major economic and political powers of the European continent. One of the founding members of the European Union, Germany is a federation of 16 states. Each boasts its own distinct culture, art, cuisine, regional traditions, and array of things to do. The country is known worldwide for its precision engineering and high-tech products. Equally, though, Germany is admired for its old-world charm and what is locally known as gemutlichkeit (coziness). This is one of the easiest countries in the world to explore, offering an abundance of sightseeing opportunities. German transportation runs with German efficiency. Therefore, getting around the various regions is almost always easy, quick, and pleasant. Visit the cities to explore museums, art galleries, modern restaurants, and trendy shops. Also be sure to venture deeper into the countryside. Here, you can discover ancient castles and bustling little villages. Often in these off-the-beaten-path areas, the main tourist attraction remains the simple hospitality of the friendly locals.
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Poland travel guide

4.6
A massive country in eastern Europe, Poland offers much to those who venture beyond the continent's more traditional touristic destinations. Dating back to the first millennium, the republic has over a thousand years of heritage to explore, including an abundance of World War II history. Bordered by Germany to the west and Ukraine and Belarus to the east, Poland was the rope in a game of tug of war between German Nazis and the Soviet Allied forces. Major cities like Krakow, Warsaw, Gdansk, Wroclaw, Lodz, Poznan, and Lublin are offer an array of cultural attractions. The infamous concentration camp Auschwitz, near Krakow, is a difficult experience but a must for anyone visiting the area. Be sure to sample hearty comfort foods rich in meat, cabbage, and spices--the Polish secret to making it through harsh winters.
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Austria travel guide

4.5
Situated in the Central European Alps, Austria combines an alluring bundle of elegant urban architecture, cultural centers, and dramatic landscapes. This German-speaking country of 8.5 million residents is known for its rich history, dating back to the Hapsburg Empire, as well as its art, music, and scenery. Along with the neighboring country of Switzerland, Austria serves as the winter sports capital of Europe and is home to some of the continent's most popular ski resorts. This landlocked nation draws visitors from across the globe to its mountains, historical villages, and culturally rich cities. Experience trekking in the Alps one day and drinking regional wine at a crowded pub after a day of sightseeing in the capital Vienna the next.
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Hungary travel guide

4.1
Historic Sites · Government Buildings · Nightlife
Breadbasket of Europe
Because tourism throughout the whole country is not as popular as in other European countries, much of the natural beauty of Hungary has not been developed or exploited. Visitors today are drawn to the unspoiled picturesque landscape, the capital metropolis surrounded by charming small towns and villages, and the plethora of thermal baths. The country's number of well-preserved archaeological ruins, castles, cathedrals, and medieval towns provide opportunities to those wanting a taste of European history. With the opportunity to explore both time-worn architecture and notable natural surroundings in every region, Hungary provides sightseeing opportunities with the amenities of traditional tourist destinations. 
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