From bridges that connected communities and soaring spires that inspired worship to medieval castles that defended cities, Europe has been forged by a unique history that in turn shaped the creation of its capital cities.
A new and distinct European travel experience abounds in this region budding with tourism. Discover a natural bounty of cultural riches in the forests and lakes that cover endless stretches of countryside. Explore Gūtmaņala Cave, the largest in the Baltic States. Cruise the splendid Baltic Sea coastline. Tour the wonders of the Estonian archipelago, the islet of Neringa and the Curonian Spit, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Look for pebbles of golden amber on the coast and then follow the Amber Road to Venice. Marvel in the medieval ramparts, the world’s preeminent collection of art nouveau architecture, and a rich crossroads of Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and classical buildings in the region’s proud capitals. Surround yourself with exotic languages, a history of merchant cultures and burgeoning tourist experiences.
How architecture and contrasts changed Europe’s cities.
Spring is the perfect time to be in Europe. The sun comes out, the days get longer and all the plants begin flowering. It’s also the perfect time to get away from busy European capitals and enjoy the out of the way secret locations and green spaces of the world. Make your way to Belgium for the Greenhouses of the Royal Palace at Laeken, Brussels. Beauty can be found at the Winter Garden in both its plant life and Art Nouveau architecture; the massive greenhouses with their ironwork frames are home to many rare and beautiful plants. They cover six acres of striking rotundas, domes and galleries. Twenty full-time gardeners meticulously tend this impressive collection.
Set sail on Europe’s high seas with a cruise. Explore the water and coastal destinations of one of Europe’s many cruise options, from big luxury cruise lines to chartering a small fishing boat.
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No trip to Europe is complete without dining on the best local flavors. And some of Europe’s best dishes can be found in coastal countries. From classic pasta recipes in Italy to fresh seafood in Norway, you’re sure to find something to satisfy your palate. Browse this gallery of some of Europe’s best seaside dining before you decide where to go for dinner during your trip.
The Tour de France and the Giro de Italia have made Europe synonymous with cycling. But you donʼt have to be a pro to enjoy the pleasures of pedaling past beautiful countryside and historic sites. Europe is covered with cycle routes and footpaths so you can enjoy the region at your own pace
So-called because the ancient Romans often built settlements around them, the Roman thermal spas of Europe are actually naturally occurring warm springs. They’re perfect for relaxing and revitalizing after a day of exploring Europe. In Roman times, people gathered at the springs to meet people and socialize, and the same is still true today.
The easiest and most relaxing way to discover the Baltic region is of course to embark on one of the many cruise ships that sail from Copenhagen to Helsinki. However, if you are a land-lover, or simply prefer to explore at your own pace, you can easily drive through some of the smallest, least known but most beautiful countries in Europe.
Europe is a place rich with history and culture. From Stonehenge in Great Britain to The Alps in Switzerland, the landmarks and sites of magnificent Europe will inspire your travels for years to come. Take it all in with a landmark trip through Europe on your next two-week getaway to some of Europe’s most iconic locations.
Trace the path of the Celtic Trail on a journey across the distinct countries of the United Kingdom and Ireland. Explore the vibrant histories, myths and cultures surrounded by oceans on this fulfilling trip through stunning landscapes, charming towns and inspiring cities.
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A historic region that symbolizes legendary myths, fierce battles and breathtaking views of islands, beaches and mountains, experience the rich culture, traditions, gastronomy and surprises of each destination along the way.
With a large number of scenic landscapes along the Danube, with many under state or international protection, your romantic trip begins with a relaxing cruise. Segments of the river are important, beautiful and deserve attention and respect, but only the whole of the Danube connects the different worlds and traditions of the heart of Europe.
Much of Europe is known for its beer and wine production. But we don’t just know how to make them; we know how to drink them. From energetic beer festivals to exquisite wine gatherings, there’s plenty to celebrate. Drink up six of the best beer and wine festivals throughout Europe with this gallery.
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Romance is everywhere in Europe. But along the coast and in the small harbor towns, romance is inevitable. From seaside villages in Italy to beaches in Latvia, browse some of the most romantic coastal spots in Europe. Then, treat your sweetheart to the ultimate getaway.
Europe is home to a fascinating array of museums, devoted to every subject imaginable. From Vikings in the north, broken relationships in Croatia to vampires in Brasov. Here is the lowdown on Europes original and unusual museums.
Food is an important part of any vacation. Trying native cuisine is one of the best ways to immerse yourself in the local culture. In Europe, the local flavor comes in all shapes and sizes. From sausage in Germany to paella in Spain, you can introduce yourself to every taste under the sun. But some dishes have a little more to savor than others – especially when it comes to vegan and vegetarian treats. Treat yourself to some of the finest vegetarian delicacies on your next trip.
Europe is a very bike-friendly continent, both in the cities and out in the countryside. Turn your sightseeing into exercise and cover more ground on Europe’s great bike paths.