60 days in Europe Itinerary

60 days in Europe Itinerary

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Oslo, Norway
— 2 nights
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Hamburg, Germany
— 2 nights
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Copenhagen, Denmark
— 4 nights
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Krakow, Poland
— 1 night
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Vienna, Austria
— 4 nights
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Goreme, Turkey
— 3 nights
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Fly to Bodrum, Shuttle to Bodrum Otogar, Ferry to Rhodes Town
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Rhodes Town, Greece
— 3 nights
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 5 nights
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Lyon, France
— 4 nights
Fly to Nice, Bus to Monte-Carlo
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Monte-Carlo, Monaco
— 1 night
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Barcelona, Spain
— 5 nights
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Seville, Spain
— 4 nights
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Albufeira, Portugal
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Bruges, Belgium
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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York, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Oslo, Norway

— 2 nights

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Damstredet & Telthusbakken and Borrehaugene. Relax by the water at Huk and Storoyodden. Get out of town with these interesting Oslo side-trips: Moellebyen Industrial Centre (in Moss), Horten (Kyststien Hiking Trail, Marinemuseet (The Norwegian Naval Museum), &more) and Semsvannet (in Asker). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Emanuel Vigeland Museum, examine the collection at Oslo Transport Museum, take an in-depth tour of 22 July Centre, and take a stroll through Tjuvholmen Neighbourhood.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Oslo trip simple and quick.

Phoenix, USA to Oslo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Phoenix to Oslo due to the time zone difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Phoenix in May, with highs in Oslo at 60°F and lows at 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Hamburg.

Things to do in Oslo

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 21 — 24:

Hamburg, Germany

— 2 nights

Gateway to the World

As the country's biggest port and one of the busiest in all of Europe, Hamburg has a well-deserved reputation as Germany's Gateway to the World.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): get to know the fascinating history of Stintmarkt im Luneburger Hafen, examine the collection at German Salt Museum, steep yourself in history at Alter Kran, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kloster Lune, then see the interesting displays at Freilichtmuseum am Kiekeberg, and finally get outside with Wildpark Schwarze Berge. On your second day here, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hauptkirche St. Jacobi, see the interesting displays at Dialog in Silence, then examine the collection at Kaffeemuseum-Burg, then see the interesting displays at Museumsschiff Cap San Diego, and finally see Taste Tours Hamburg.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Hamburg day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Oslo to Hamburg takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Oslo in May, Hamburg is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Copenhagen.

Things to do in Hamburg

Tours · Nightlife · Wineries · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 24 — 26:

Copenhagen, Denmark

— 4 nights

City of Beautiful Towers

Founded in the 10th century as a Viking fishing village, Copenhagen has morphed into the cultural, political, and economic powerhouse of the country.
Get outdoors at Kastrup Sea bath and Vallensbaek Mose. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Copenhagen Cruise Tours and Sophienholm. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Copenhagen: Hedeland (in Hedehusene) and Roskilde (Skt. Laurentii Kirkeruin & Boserup Skov). And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Bagsvaerd Kirke, take in the spiritual surroundings of Christians Kirke, see the interesting displays at Oregaard Museum, and don't miss a visit to 8TALLET.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Copenhagen itinerary site.

Traveling by flight from Hamburg to Copenhagen takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. May in Copenhagen sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 45°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Parks · Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 26 — 30:

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 31st (Mon): contemplate the long history of Church on the Rock (Kosciol na Skalce), pause for some serene contemplation at St. Katherine of Alexandria Church, pause for some serene contemplation at Kościół św. Bernardyna ze Sieny, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kosciol Sw. Anny - St. Anne's Collegiate Church, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Wojciech, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Barbara's Church.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Krakow trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by flight from Copenhagen to Krakow takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Krakow can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Krakow

Find places to stay May 30 — 31:

Vienna, Austria

— 4 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.
Get some cultural insight at Benediktinerstift Göttweig and Wachau Valley. Popular historic sites such as Burgruine Aggstein and Castle Grafenegg are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Vienna: Historischer Kaufmannsladen (in Spitz), Winzer Krems (in Krems an der Donau) and Burgruine Duernstein (in Durnstein). There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Nationalpark Neusiedler See – Seewinkel, contemplate the long history of Kaiserappartements, stroll the grounds of St. Marx Cemetery, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinitarierkirche zum Heiligen Franz von Assisi.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Vienna trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Krakow to Vienna takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In May, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 31 — Jun 4:

Goreme, Turkey

— 3 nights
Famed for its landscape of unusually shaped stone formations and churches cut into the natural rocks, Goreme sits in the central part of the country, an area originally settled during Roman times.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Fairy Chimneys, explore the striking landscape at Love Valley, explore the striking landscape at Peri Bacalari, then explore the ancient world of Özkonak Underground City, then examine the collection at Guray Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Zelve Open Air Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: do a tasting at Kocabag Winery, appreciate the views at Devrent Valley, Head underground at Kaymakli, then explore the ancient world of Mazi Yeralti Sehri, then see the interesting displays at Cappadocia Art & History Museum, and finally appreciate the views at Gomeda Vadisi.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Goreme trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Vienna to Goreme by flight takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Vienna to Goreme, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in June, and nighttime lows around 55°F. On the 7th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Rhodes Town.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 4 — 7:

Rhodes Town, Greece

— 3 nights
A conglomeration of many distinct architectural styles, Rhodes Town is the biggest urban center of the eponymous Greek island known for its golden beaches and relaxed way of life.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Street of the Knights and Feraklos Castle. Get some cultural insight at The Church of the Panagia and Kahal Kadosh Shalom Synagogue. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rhodes Town: Glystra Beach (in Lindos), Haraki Beach (in Haraki) and Pefkos (Glystra Beach, Lee Beach, &more). The adventure continues: stroll through Mandomata Nudist Beach, kick back and relax at Afandou Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Our Lady of Filerimos, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Nectarios Church.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Rhodes Town attractions planner.

Do a combination of flight, shuttle, and ferry from Goreme to Rhodes Town in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Turkey Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Goreme in June since evenings lows in Rhodes Town dip to 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Lucerne.

Things to do in Rhodes Town

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 7 — 10:

Lucerne, Switzerland

— 5 nights
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Oberhofen Castle and Jesuitenkirche. Get a sense of the local culture at Uferpromenade Weggis and Stein am Rhein. Explore Lucerne's surroundings by going to Schwimmbad Merligen (in Merligen), Murren (Via Ferrata, Thrill Walk Felsensteg Birg, &more) and Lauterbrunnen (Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls, Lauterbrunnen Village, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hofkirche, explore the striking landscape at Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten), step into the grandiose world of Munot, and Head underground at St. Beatus Hoehlen.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Lucerne day trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Rhodes Town to Lucerne takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Rhodes Town to Lucerne due to the time zone difference. In June, Lucerne is little chillier than Rhodes Town - with highs of 74°F and lows of 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Lyon.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 10 — 15:

Lyon, France

— 4 nights

Culinary Capital of France

Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
Get some historical perspective at Chateau de la Bastie d'Urfe and Viviers Cathedral. Visiting Parasailing & Paragliding and Plages de Saint Jorioz will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Lyon side-trips: Le Poet-Laval (Chateau des Hospitaliers & Commanderie de l'Ordre des Hospitaliers), Voie Verte du Lac d'Annecy (in Annecy) and Montelimar (Le Chaudron d'Or, Musee Europeen de l'Aviation de Chasse, &more). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Bonaventure, examine the collection at Musee de la Coutellerie, get engrossed in the history at Musee de l'Imprimerie de Lyon, and don't miss a visit to Abbaye de Saint Martin d'Ainay.

To see photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Lyon trip planner.

You can drive from Lucerne to Lyon in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In June, daytime highs in Lyon are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Monte-Carlo.

Things to do in Lyon

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 15 — 19:

Monte-Carlo, Monaco

— 1 night
Located at the base of the Alps along the French Riviera, the upscale city of Monte Carlo boasts a famous casino.
On the 20th (Sun), take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin du Casino, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle Sainte Devote, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Charles Church, then tee off at Monte Carlo Country Club, and finally cast your line with aliceBoat.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Monte-Carlo trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Lyon to Monte-Carlo by combination of flight and bus takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Monte-Carlo when traveling from Lyon in June, with lows around 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Monte-Carlo

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 19 — 20:

Barcelona, Spain

— 5 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.
Relax by the water at La playa de Tamariu and Llenguadets Beach. Parish Church of Sant Roma and Basilica de Santa Maria del Pi will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Barcelona side-trips: Cambrils Beach Platja Prat d'En Fores y Regueral (in Cambrils), S'Agaro (Camino de Ronda & San Pol Beach) and Tossa de Mar (Cala Pola, Cala Futadera, &more). The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of L'Eixample District, step into the grandiose world of Castell d'en Plaja, see the interesting displays at Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum, and enjoy the sand and surf at Beach Castelldelfels Barcelona.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Barcelona trip planner.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Monte-Carlo to Barcelona in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In June, daily temperatures in Barcelona can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Seville.

Things to do in Barcelona

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 20 — 25:

Seville, Spain

— 4 nights

City of Towers

A city of rich Moorish heritage, Seville is the cultural and financial center of southern Spain, and the site of numerous festivals throughout the year.
Relax by the water at Playa Nueva Umbria and Playa de Mazagon. Popular historic sites such as Iglesia de la Caridad and Fundacion Tres Culturas del Mediterraneo are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Seville side-trips: El Puerto de Santa Maria (Playa De La Muralla, Iglesia Mayor Prioral, &more), Wine Tours & Tastings (in Sanlucar de Barrameda) and Oatorio de San Felipe Neri (in Cadiz). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia de San Antonio Abad (El Silencio), pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Pedro, steep yourself in history at Iglesia de la Magdalena, and ponder the world of politics at Ayuntamiento (City Hall).

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Seville trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can fly from Barcelona to Seville in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in June, expect nights in Seville to be about the same, around 64°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 86°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to drive to Albufeira.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites · Beaches · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 25 — 29:

Albufeira, Portugal

— 6 nights

Garden of Portugal

Along Portugal's southern Algarve region sits Albufeira, a city boasting 20 beaches for visitors to choose from.
Relax by the water at Praia do Barranco das Belharucas and Praia da Senhora da Rocha. Municipio de Silves and Igreja Matriz (Parish Church Nossa Senhora da Conceição) will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Albufeira: Vila do Bispo (Salema Beach, Praia da Ingrina, &more), Lagos (Praia do Canavial, Pro Putting Garden, &more) and Burgau Beach (in Burgau). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Evaristo, identify plant and animal life at Lagoa dos Salgados, trek along Percurso dos Sete Vales Suspensos, and stroll through Praia dos Aveiros.

Find out how to plan Albufeira trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

You can drive from Seville to Albufeira in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Seville to Albufeira due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Seville in June, you will find days in Albufeira are slightly colder (81°F), and nights are about the same (65°F). On the 5th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Bruges.

Things to do in Albufeira

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 29 — Jul 5:

Bruges, Belgium

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): grab your bike and head to Maerlant Bicycle Trail, get to know the fascinating history of Windmills of Bruges, take in the spiritual surroundings of The English Convent, then take in the spiritual surroundings of De Vos Almshouse (Godshuis de Vos), then appreciate the extensive heritage of Arentshof, and finally wander the streets of Huidenvettersplein.

You can plan Bruges trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

You can fly from Albufeira to Bruges in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Albufeira to Bruges is 1 hour. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Albufeira in July, with highs in Bruges at 71°F and lows at 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to drive to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites · Parks · Trails · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 5 — 6:

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 2 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.
On the 7th (Wed), make a trip to Castigatio, contemplate the long history of Museummolen Schermer, tour the pleasant surroundings at Strand van Castricum, then look for all kinds of wild species at Duinreservaat Castricum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Strand Egmond aan Zee, and finally hike along het strand van Bergen aan Zee. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Museum of the Canals, enjoy the sand and surf at Blijburg (Happy Village), step into the grandiose world of Muiderslot, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then steep yourself in history at Oostindisch Huis, and finally steep yourself in history at House On The Three Canals.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam trip planner.

Traveling by car from Bruges to Amsterdam takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in July, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel to York.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 6 — 8:

York, United Kingdom

— 5 nights

City of Festivals

Situated on the confluence of the rivers Ouse and Foss, York has witnessed an abundance of major political events throughout its two millennia of existence.
We've included these beaches for you: Cullercoats Beach and Marsden Beach. Popular historic sites such as Bootham Bar and The Hospitium are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to SMJ Falconry (in Oxenhope), Haworth (Haworth Parish Church & Top Withens) and Bradford Industrial Museum (in Bradford). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Beacon Alpacas, steep yourself in history at Eyam Parish Church of St Lawrence, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Selby Abbey, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Michael le Belfrey.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the York travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Amsterdam to York takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is minus 1 hour. In July, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Edinburgh.

Things to do in York

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 8 — 13:

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

— 6 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Gullane Beach and Kingsbarns Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Isle of May National Nature Reserve and New Town. Venture out of the city with trips to Culross (Culross Abbey & The Royal Burgh of Culross), Linlithgow (The House of the Binns & Blackness Castle) and Berwick upon Tweed (Cocklawburn Beach, Town Hall and Town Gaol Berwick upon Tweed, &more). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Bamburgh Beach, steep yourself in history at Hopetoun House, identify plant and animal life at Dalhousie Castle Falconry, and step into the grandiose world of Kellie Castle & Garden.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Edinburgh online itinerary planner.

You can take a train from York to Edinburgh in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from York in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Edinburgh: temperatures range from 66°F by day to 51°F at night. On the 19th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 13 — 19:

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.

Denmark travel guide

4.2
Known for its old-fashioned charm, Denmark often is referenced as a fairy-tale setting by visitors and locals alike. With quaint cobblestone streets leading the way to art galleries, museums, and historical sights, plus a modern and easily accessible public transportation system, Denmark seamlessly blends its rich history with modern advancements. Be inspired by the works of local legends, including the fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen, the symphonies of Carli Nielsen, and the astronomy work of Tycho Brahe, then play a bit at amusement parks like Legoland. Visitors often find themselves developing "hygge," the untranslatable Danish trait that encapsulates a sense of coziness and contentment, which is thought to have a great deal of influence on Denmark's standing as one of the happiest nations on the planet.

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.

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.

Turkey travel guide

4.4
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.

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.

Switzerland travel guide

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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.

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.

Monaco travel guide

4.2
Aquariums · Casinos · Historic Walking Areas
Rich Man's Paradise City
As part of the French Riviera, Monaco offers the sparkling aquamarine waters of the Mediterranean Sea on its doorstep. The country has long been known for its panache--fast cars, big casinos, and expensive boutiques surround you here. While there are less luxurious activities for travelers, this is not the country for tourists on a budget. Many cruise ships make this a port of call in this region, so expect to see these vessels and large yachts as part of the landscape here.

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.

Portugal travel guide

4.3
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.

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.

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.

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.