In 2021, eleven amazing spa towns in seven European countries were inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List as a ‘transnational serial’ World Heritage Site, called the “Great Spa Towns of Europe”. These towns, in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom represent a unique cultural achievement and urban form which was at its height from the late 18th century to the 1930s.
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.
The Sea of Tallinn
Set sail from the large port city of Tallinn in Estonia. On board a cruise through the Baltic sea you can visit other amazing coastal cities like Helsinki, Riga, Copenhagen or Stockholm.
Riga to Stockholm
See everything the Baltic Sea has to offer on a cruise from Sweden to Latvia. Riga and Stockholm both have old world charm that complements each other perfectly
Poland’s Scenic Shores
Poland’s vast coastline is central Europe’s gateway to the Baltic. Drop anchor in Gdynia to visit the beautiful Hel peninsula.
Fishing in Sopot, Poland
Embark on your own fishing or cruise trip from Sopot.Originally a medieval fishing village, Sopot has grown along with the neighboring cities of Gdańsk and Gdynia.
The Norwegian Fjords
See Norway’s famous fjords up close on cruise through the Norwegian Sea. These impressive geographical features are best seen from the water, as their massive cliffs and inlets are difficult to all take in from land.
Cruise Your Own Way along the Adriatic Coast
Apart from taking a cruise ship, you can also charter a private yacht and set your own schedule, like here in Montenegro.
Sunsets in the Mediterranean
Cruises aren’t all just about being on the ocean. Take some quality time to see a sunset from the warm beaches of the Mediterranean.
Stay on the Shore
Your holiday doesn’t have to completely center around your time on the water. Take a few extra days in a seaside hotel, like these in Monte Carlo.
Cruise from Oslo to Copenhagen
Take the overnight cruise from Copenhagen to Oslo and explore two countries in a weekend. Two bustling metropolises now, both cities grew out of small Norse villages around the turn of the first millennium.
Hire a sailing ship and explore the many cosy harbors, islands and coastal waters around Denmark.
Cruise Around the Adriatic, Croatia
There’s more to the Adriatic sea than just Italy. See the wonderfully preserved medieval city of Dubrovnik in Croatia and all the other charming coastal cities when you make port for the night.
Cruise the Atlantic Along the Iberian Peninsula
Explore the beautiful Atlantic ocean from the coastal towns and cities along Portugal and Spain’s western borders, and out to the islands farther into the ocean. Madeira island, Portugal pictured here is a colorful retreat is southeast of the European mainland.
Cruise the Arctic
While you may not think of the Arctic as an ideal cruise location, the breathtaking views of Iceland and surrounding natural features like glaciers and icebergs are well worth braving the cold. It’s also a unique chance to see some Arctic wildlife like whales or orcas.
There’s more to shopping in Europe than the designer brands on Champs-Élysées.
Explore some of the grandest of Europe’s palaces in this breathtaking photo gallery.
Travel back to the Middle Ages with this photo gallery of the most breathtaking castles that still stand in Europe.
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Europe is the home of some of classical music’s most famous maestros. Today, travelers can experience the sweeping, exhilarating and emotional sounds of the world’s well-known classical music pieces in museums, concert halls and at classical music festivals. Listen and enjoy the suites, cantatas and concertos from the masters of sound and learn about the life and times of Europe’s amazing composers.
Romance comes naturally in Europe. With so many things to see and do, it’s no coincidence that Europe is one of the top destinations in the world for romantic getaways. From popular attractions like the Eiffel Tower to lesser-known spots like waterfalls in Iceland, browse this gallery to prep for the best romantic sightseeing in Europe.