59 days in Europe Itinerary

59 days in Europe Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe route planner

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Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
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Nessebar, Bulgaria
— 1 night
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Bucharest, Romania
— 1 night
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Budapest, Hungary
— 4 nights
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Kyiv (Kiev), Ukraine
— 1 night
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Prague, Czech Republic
— 4 nights
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Berlin, Germany
— 3 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 4 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
— 4 nights
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Bruges, Belgium
— 3 nights
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Dublin, Ireland
— 4 nights
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
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London, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
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Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 3 nights
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Athens, Greece
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Istanbul, Turkey

— 3 nights

Queen of Cities

A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Get some historical perspective at Hagia Sophia Mosque and Basilica Cistern. Get some cultural insight at Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Galata Tower. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace, and admire the masterpieces at Chora Museum.

To see maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Istanbul trip itinerary tool.

Nice, France to Istanbul is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Turkey Time (TRT) is 2 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Nessebar.

Things to do in Istanbul

Find places to stay Jul 3 — 6:

Nessebar, Bulgaria

— 1 night

Pearl of the Black Sea

Between the ruggedly beautiful Balkan Mountains and shores of the Black Sea lies the World Heritage Site, Nessebar.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): experience the excitement of Erma Spa Turkish Bath and then steep yourself in history at Nessebar.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Nessebar trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Istanbul to Nessebar takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Istanbul to Nessebar, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In July, daytime highs in Nessebar are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Bucharest.

Things to do in Nessebar

Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Spas · Baths

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 6 — 7:

Bucharest, Romania

— 1 night
The booming city of Bucharest is a sophisticated metropolis with a high contrast of old- and new-world architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): take in the exciting artwork at Muzeul National al Satului "Dimitrie Gusti", then pause for some serene contemplation at Stavropoleos Monastery, and then get a sense of history and politics at Palace of Parliament.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Bucharest route planning app.

Drive from Nessebar to Bucharest in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Budapest.

Things to do in Bucharest

Find places to stay Jul 7 — 8:

Budapest, Hungary

— 4 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fisherman's Bastion and Dohány Street Synagogue. Your inner history buff will appreciate Matthias Church and Heroes' Square. The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), admire the striking features of Hungarian Parliament Building, explore the historical opulence of Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar), and steep yourself in history at Liberty Statue.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Budapest trip itinerary app.

Traveling by flight from Bucharest to Budapest takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Bucharest to Budapest, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Bucharest in July: highs in Budapest hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Kyiv (Kiev).

Things to do in Budapest

Find places to stay Jul 8 — 12:

Kyiv (Kiev), Ukraine

— 1 night
The center of East Slavic culture, Kiev boasts centuries of eclectic art, architecture, and history.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of St. Sophia's Cathedral, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Andrew's Church, and then steep yourself in history at The Holy Dormition Kyiv Caves Lavra.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Kyiv (Kiev) online sightseeing planner.

Getting from Budapest to Kyiv (Kiev) by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 1 hour. In July in Kyiv (Kiev), expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Prague.

Things to do in Kyiv (Kiev)

Find places to stay Jul 12 — 13:

Prague, Czech Republic

— 4 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Prague lures millions of tourists each year with its World Heritage-listed medieval city center--a labyrinth of narrow lanes, bridges, cathedrals, and palaces overlooked by a thousand-year-old castle.
Get some historical perspective at Staromestske namesti and Karlstejn Castle. St. Vitus Cathedral and Lesser Town are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: snap pictures at Charles Bridge, contemplate the long history of Prague Astronomical Clock, pause for some serene contemplation at Kostel sv. Mikuláše, and appreciate the history behind Vyšehrad National Cultural Monument.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Prague vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Kyiv (Kiev) to Prague in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Kyiv (Kiev) to Prague is minus 1 hour. In July, daytime highs in Prague are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can drive to Berlin.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 13 — 17:

Berlin, Germany

— 3 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.
Popular historic sites such as East Side Gallery and Berliner Dom are in your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at Pergamonmuseum and Topography of Terror. And it doesn't end there: appreciate the history behind The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, admire the masterpieces at Neues Museum, steep yourself in history at Memorial of the Berlin Wall, and take a stroll through Potsdamer Platz.

To find other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Berlin day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Prague to Berlin takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Berlin

Find places to stay Jul 17 — 20:

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 4 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Anne Frank House and Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House). Do some cultural sightseeing at Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Amsterdam: Haarlem (Hofjeswandeling in Haarlem, Stadhuis Haarlem, &more). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of The Jordaan, sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience, shop like a local with Leidseplein, and stroll around Vondelpark.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Amsterdam sightseeing tool.

Getting from Berlin to Amsterdam by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Brussels.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 20 — 24:

Brussels, Belgium

— 4 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.
Visit Grand Place and Eglise Notre Dame Du Sablon for their historical value. Do some cultural sightseeing at Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium and Atomium. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), see the interesting displays at Horta Museum (Musee Horta), step into the grandiose world of Royal Palace of Brussels, and admire the masterpieces at Magritte Museum.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Brussels vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Amsterdam to Brussels takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In July, daytime highs in Brussels are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks
Find places to stay Jul 24 — 28:

Bruges, Belgium

— 3 nights

Venice of the North

The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Get a sense of the local culture at Historic Centre of Brugge and Saint Bavo's Cathedral. Visit Gravensteen and The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde for their historical value. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to The Markt, see the interesting displays at Friet Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Our Lady Bruges, and take an in-depth tour of Groeningemuseum.

For photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Bruges road trip tool.

You can drive from Brussels to Bruges in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Bruges are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) to allow time to fly to Dublin.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 28 — 31:

Dublin, Ireland

— 4 nights

Fair City

A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Guinness Storehouse and Kilmainham Gaol Museum will appeal to history buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Kilkenny Castle and Jerpoint Abbey. Change things up with these side-trips from Dublin: Kilkenny (Black Abbey & Rothe House and Garden). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Temple Bar, get a taste of the local shopping with Grafton Street, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Patrick's Cathedral, and enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Trinity College Dublin.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Dublin trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Bruges to Dublin in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Bruges in July, Dublin is slightly colder at night with lows of 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 31 — Aug 4:

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

— 4 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Get some historical perspective at Edinburgh Castle and The Real Mary King's Close. Get some cultural insight at Palace of Holyroodhouse and St Giles' Cathedral. And it doesn't end there: get a new perspective on nature at National Museum of Scotland, explore the striking landscape at Arthur's Seat, make a trip to The Royal Mile, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Edinburgh day trip app.

Fly from Dublin to Edinburgh in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. August in Edinburgh sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to London.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Aug 4 — 8:

London, United Kingdom

— 4 nights

The Square Mile

Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Buckingham Palace and Houses of Parliament. Get a sense of the local culture at Westminster Abbey and Natural History Museum. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Cathedral, don't miss a visit to Big Ben, contemplate the long history of Tower of London, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tower Bridge.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read London road trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Edinburgh to London takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Edinburgh in August, things will get somewhat warmer in London: highs are around 26°C and lows about 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to fly to Zurich.

Things to do in London

Find places to stay Aug 8 — 12:

Zurich, Switzerland

— 2 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Landesmuseum, then shop like a local with Bahnhofstrasse, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) and then get to know the fascinating history of Old Town.

For photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Zurich vacation maker website.

Getting from London to Zurich by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of car and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Zurich. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in August, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to fly to Florence.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Aug 12 — 14:

Florence, Italy

— 4 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Florence Academy of Fine Arts. Your inner history buff will appreciate Basilica of Santa Croce and Palazzo Vecchio. Change things up with these side-trips from Florence: Poggio Amorelli (in Castellina In Chianti), Castello del Trebbio (in Santa Brigida) and Castello Monterinaldi (in Radda in Chianti). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, take in nature's colorful creations at The Boboli Gardens, take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, and admire the striking features of The Baptistery of St. John.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Florence driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Zurich to Florence in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In August, Florence is a bit warmer than Zurich - with highs of 35°C and lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 14 — 18:

Rome, Italy

— 4 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Colosseum and Pantheon. Do some cultural sightseeing at Vatican Museums and Palatine Hill. There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter's Basilica, admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese, stroll the grounds of Vatican Necropolis, and wander the streets of Trastevere.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Rome online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Florence to Rome takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can fly to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Rome

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 18 — 22:

Dubrovnik, Croatia

— 3 nights

Pearl of the Adriatic

Along the Dalmation Coast, the city of Dubrovnik has become famous for its pedestrian-only Old Town surrounded by fortress walls, and its historical heft has earned it World Heritage Site status.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Dubrovnik City Walls and Fort Lovrijenac. Get some cultural insight at Old Town and War Photo Limited. Step out of Dubrovnik to go to Cavtat and see Cavtat Old Town, which is approximately 34 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: step off the mainland to explore Lokrum Island and pause for some serene contemplation at The Franciscan Church and Monastery.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Dubrovnik trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Rome to Dubrovnik takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Rome in August: highs in Dubrovnik hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can fly to Athens.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 22 — 25:

Athens, Greece

— 5 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Get a sense of the local culture at Acropolis of Athens and Archaeological Site Mycenae. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Nauplion Promenade and Ancient Agora of Athens. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, pause for some photo ops at Temple of Olympian Zeus, wander the streets of Plaka, and explore the world behind art at National Archaeological Museum.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Athens trip planner.

You can fly from Dubrovnik to Athens in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Dubrovnik to Athens is 1 hour. Traveling from Dubrovnik in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Athens: highs are around 39°C and lows about 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 25 — 30:

Turkey travel guide

4.3
Rich in culture and customs and brimming with hospitality, natural beauty, and historical heritage, Turkey serves as a crossroads between Asia and Europe. The landmass known as Anatolia on which Turkey thrives has been home to numerous civilizations and their faiths and cultures, as attested by the 13 World Heritage Sites and countless religious sites you'll find here. Relive the ancient world through the ruins, customs, and traditions that are among the nation's most precious heritages. Adventure-seekers have plenty do to here, including mountain climbing, scuba diving, rafting, and skiing. A holiday to Turkey is incomplete without a cup of Turkish coffee, the pinnacle of Turkish cuisine inscribed on the Intangible Cultural Heritage List.

Bulgaria travel guide

4.4
Eventful history has endowed Bulgaria with a rich cultural, architectural, and artistic heritage, while natural beauty and recreational opportunities make it one of Europe's most desirable holiday destinations. Carpeted by dense forests and fed by mighty rivers, this ancient land once drew invaders from distant corners of Europe. Today, the country's Black Sea coastline and seven rugged mountain ranges top the itineraries of nearly 8 million annual visitors. While its growing cities offer modern shopping, dining, and entertainment opportunities, Bulgaria's countryside remains a history buff's paradise, boasting well-preserved reminders of ancient civilizations that conquered or passed through this land. Begin your Bulgarian adventure in Sofia, one of Europe's oldest capitals, with over 250 historic landmarks.

Romania travel guide

4.4
An image of ancient architecture contrasted against a backdrop of vivdly green landscape represents the country of Romania, which features a diversity of landscape that has been largely undeveloped. With numerous mountain, valley, and lakeside resorts, an abundance of activities await outdoor enthusiasts. The other side of Romanian tourism is its impressive collection of ancient ruins, prehistoric fortresses, and medieval castles. Many of these date back to prehistoric times, the Ottoman Empire, and Austro-Hungarian rule, the influences of which are still apparent in preserved details. Tourism in Romania is not as prevalent as other countries, which this makes the travel experience here feel more authentic and awe-inspiring. Check out this simple but captivating country and discover its natural and historic beauty.

Hungary travel guide

4.1
Thermal Spas · Historic Sites · Government Buildings
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. 

Ukraine travel guide

4.5
Landmarks · Specialty Museums · Churches
Bread Basket of Europe
As the largest country entirely within Europe, it comes as no surprise that Ukraine is a hugely diverse nation. Despite its varied and vibrant tourist attractions, it is a relatively under-visited part of the world. This is mostly good news for those who do decide to vacation here because they can enjoy an authentic and unusual experience. Sip coffee in city cafes, hike the Carpathians, unwind by the beach, and explore picturesque forests. Those interested in architecture will be delighted by the massive array on offer, including grand Gothic towers, wooden churches, and looming Stalinist constructions.

Czech Republic travel guide

4.3
From historical towns and cities, to a countryside speckled with castles and chateaus, the Czech Republic is a holiday destination that can satisfy everybody's taste. Even though it's modern and fully-developed, the country carefully preserves its traditions and heritage. The city of Prague, with its breathtaking architecture, vibrant art and culture scene, and bustling nightlife, is not only one of the country's main attractions, but also a top European tourist hub. The scenic countryside features numerous national parks and nature reserves perfect for hiking, cycling, golfing, and enjoying the natural beauty. In the wintertime ski buffs have their pick from a selection of resorts. If you're looking to unwind and rejuvenate in picturesque settings, visit the famous spa and wellness resorts that have been renowned in Europe for centuries.

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.

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.

Belgium travel guide

4.2
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.

Ireland travel guide

4.4
Emerald Isle
Gentle green hills, Guinness, leprechauns, and friendly folks characterize this small isle of a country. From the busy big city of Dublin to cozy countryside, the emerald isle harbors a varied natural landscape and is steeped in tradition. Visitors can immerse themselves in the native Irish language by visiting a Gaeltacht, or Irish-speaking region of the country, where traditional culture thrives. The Irish are known for being open and welcoming: from the moment you land to the moment you leave, you'll be greeted with "cead mile failte"--a hundred thousand welcomes.

United Kingdom travel guide

4.3
Home to an impressive 25 World Heritage sites, the United Kingdom, which includes England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, has hundreds of museums to explore, thousands of parks and gardens to stroll through, and tens of thousands of communities to discover. From Land’s End in the south to John O’Groats in the north, the country is packed with tourist attractions that can fill a range of itineraries. With nearly 30 million tourists visiting every year, the UK is ranked among the top ten holiday destinations in the world. Known for its royalty, this country also represents a diverse patchwork of native and immigrant cultures. Although Britannia no longer rules the waves, it possesses a captivating history and a dynamic modern culture, both of which remain hugely influential on the rest of the world.

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.

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.

Croatia travel guide

4.5
Historic Walking Areas · Landmarks · National Parks
Once situated on the edge of empires between the Balkans and Central Europe, Croatia represents a land of great natural diversity and rich cultural heritage. Croatian cultural tourism relies on the charming juxtaposition of contrasts. Venetian palaces sit next to Napoleonic forts, Viennese mansions face Socialist Realist sculpture, and early Slavic churches built on the sites of ancient Roman settlements offer countless sightseeing opportunities. Croatia's museums present the main stages of the history of Europe. The country's sapphire seawater and long coastline speckled with islands draws visitors, as do numerous nature reserves, marinas, ancient fortified towns, and sandy and rocky beaches. In recent years, Croatia's shoreline has become a famed center for nautical tourism and naturism, and is a promising diving destination. Hikers explore outdoor landscapes of canyons, underground grottoes, dramatic waterfalls, stony peaks, and scenic lakes of the Dinaric Alps, which hug the coastline. Inland areas showcase mountain resorts, national parks, pine forests, vineyards, and spas.

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.