The therapeutic use of hot springs has been present in Europe from ancient times to the present day, giving birth to a number of spa towns well-known for the beauty of their buildings, or long tradition of welcoming guests and the healing properties of its springs.
Bring your European experience home with you. Here is a list of must-buy European souvenirs to share with friends and family…or keep for yourself!
National liqueur, Estonia
A trip to Estonia is best enjoyed with a glass of local flavor. That’s why a bottle of Vana Tallinn Winter Spice makes for the perfect souvenir. This liqueur is dressed up with spices like cinnamon, cardamom, anise and nutmeg. Even better, it was elected the Best Estonian Alcohol of 2013.
Opanak Traditional Shoes, Croatia
The Croatian souvenir of choice is a pair of Opanak. They’re light but durable leather footwear that has been worn in Croatia for generations. Sure, they’re worn with traditional garments here, but they pair surprisingly well with a simple pair of blue jeans.
Souvenir Shopping, Lucerne, Switzerland
This one is easy. No matter what souvenir you decided to take from Switzerland, just make sure it has the iconic Swiss flag on it. The bold red-and-white flag is often adorned on everything from clothes to mugs to tools. As long as you take home something with the flag, you’ve chosen well.
Shopping in Slovakia
Slovakia is full of creative, crafty people. So it makes sense that they’re known for their immaculately handcrafted leather goods. That’s why a handmade wallet, belt or even canteen case make for the ideal Slovakian souvenir.
Jewellery made from Baltic amber, Lithuania
Lithuania has been known for its craftsmanship of amber jewellery for hundreds of years. That’s why your souvenir from Lithuania should be of the amber jewellery variety. Whether it’s a necklace, pendant or brooch, take home a special piece of local jewellery to call your own.
Celtic souvenirs, Ireland
In Ireland, everything has a particular style to it. To the locals, it’s called Celtic craftsmanship. It’s distinguished by its green hues, intricate but geometric designs and an undeniable level of quality. So, make your Irish souvenir something with a beautiful Celtic design.
Hand-painted mugs and crafts, Montenegro
Montenegro’s mugs and other handcrafted goods are the souvenirs you should be eyeing on your next trip. They come adorned with bright colours and beautiful landscapes that have a special local touch. Whether it’s a stein, mug or plate, take home something totally homemade.
Venice is arguably the most romantic place in the world. With serene rivers and canals winding through the city, there are unforgettable sights at every turn. But it’s not the only romantic city in Europe. Get to know the European cities that claim to be the “Venice of the North” by browsing through this gallery.
There’s a lot to celebrate in Europe – especially during one of Europe’s many fire and ice festivals. Each festival is different from the rest, but they’re all a good time. From Iceland to Malta and everywhere in between, Europe’s festivals are some of the most colorful, festive and energetic celebrations on the planet. Browse some of the best and literally the brightest fire and ice festivals in Europe with this photo gallery.
Although Europe may be best known for its Blue Flag Beaches, white sandy coastlines, and bustling port cities, travelers should not overlook the pristine inland waters of the vast continent. Europe is populated with sparkling lakes, winding rivers and jaw-dropping waterfalls just begging for tourists to dip their toes in. Book your next vacation to Europe to experience one (or more) of these nine inland waters for yourself.
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.
Mirabelle, the ‘golden fruit’, is known for being sweet and full of flavor. Have a look at this popular recipe and you’ll understand why French pastries are so famous.
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The traditional Slovak dishes are most commonly referred to as gnocchi with sheep cheese (Bryndzové halušky), sheep cheese (Bryndzové pirohy) and other dishes produced using traditional methods.The sheep cheese is a soft salty cheese made of sheep’s milk with a strong aroma and taste. Like Bryndzové halušky, Bryndzové pirohy is a characteristic Slovak dish that belongs to traditional Slovak specialties. The recipe is quite simple. The preparation procedure, however, is quite different and we can distinguish them reliably by sight and taste.
The lake trout “swims across” national borders and makes itself at home in deep, oxygen-rich lakes: in northern Russia, in Scandinavia, in the Baltic states, in Iceland. And of course, in Austria’s lakes. The sea trout is truly a globetrotter. In past times, it was the main fish to be found in Austrian lakes such as the Weissensee or the Millstätter See. And it is a great favourite with Austrian chefs and gastronomes. There’s very good reason for which the sea trout is the “Austrian Fish of the Year 2013”.
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