Visitors seeking for new and exciting European destinations find this small but abounding corner of the Baltics a real cultural treasure. While being a former Soviet Republic and boasting a rich medieval history, Estonia traditionally shares its ethnic and linguistic roots with Finland and stems greatly from peasant culture. Thus Estonian countryside is dotted with traditional cottages as well as large castles and manors. City breakers can explore the early 13th-century Tallinn Old Town including Toompea Castle, the domed church of Toomkirik, and the town hall square Raekoja Plats. Walk beneath ancient stonewalls on winding, cobbled streets and follow torch lit alleys to secret stairways and climb to tower ramparts. If the snow thaws fast enough in the spring, you can enjoy the famous Fifth Season in Soomaa National Park and tour the flooded forest by boat. Find yourself in Estonia and discover a new frontier in European travel.
Across Europe, artists have turned entire buildings into their canvases. Visit a creative European city to discover street art.
European Heritage Sites include archives, monuments, archeological sites, and places of seminal cultural or political value, from the classic age to the present. Since the label’s inception in 2013, thirty-eight sites have been designated, bringing passages in Europe’s history to the foreground to honor, celebrate, and remember who built Europe, how, and why. They are lessons from the past to guide the future of Europe.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.