With a past as storied as Europe’s, it’s impossible not to take in some history while on your trip. Find out more about UNESCO World Heritage Site in the European territory.
There’s more to shopping in Europe than the designer brands on Champs-Élysées.
Design Sunday, Hungary
Sundays in Budapest are a design-lovers paradise. Original and trendy clothes, toys, furniture, ornaments, ceramics or recyclable objects can be found in abundance at the Hungarian design market ‘WAMP’. Held once a month in the Milenaris Park, in Budapest, the Sunday fair is an opportunity for a wealth of young designers to showcase their work for the first time.
The city that breathes fashion – Antwerp, Belgium
The Nationale straat, or National Street, in historic Antwerp, is the epicentre of the Flemish fashion scene, and one of Europe’s most prominent fashion districts. With a Fashion Museum (MOMU) and the renowned fashion department of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, located on National Street, Antwerp is a city displaying a unique and trendy fashion vibe at every turn.
Bye, bye cars – hello fruit , Denmark
Contemplating what could be done with a boring grey parking lot, architect Hans Peter Hagens had a creative idea: to turn it into an organic food market. Little did he know that this was going to become the new hype on Copenhagen’s food market scene. He proposed the concept to the Municipality of Copenhagen back in 1997 and travelled all around the world to study other examples. The market finally opened its doors in September 2011.
A medieval guild, Estonia
The artists hosted in St Catherine’s passage in the medieval part of Tallinn’s old town are united by a guild. But they have not sworn eternal loyalty to each other, but to you: the so-called ‘Katariina Guild’ is the idea that visitors should be able to witness the processes behind each artisan’s creations. Wandering along cobbled streets, visitors can observe work first-hand in the artists’ studios, showcasing an array of textiles, ceramics, millenary, fine leatherwork, patchwork, jewelry and hot glass.
Explore the contrasts and lose track of time, Portugal
Lisbon is a city of contrasts. It can be elegant and fashionable, glamorous and alternative. You can encounter tradition, but also find the latest modern trends. In Lisbon, the so-called city of the seven hills, you’ll inevitably stumble across the Chiado district, the city’s most well-known shopping area.
A glimpse into a creative past, Bulgaria
In the narrow streets in the old town of Veliko Tarnovo, craftsmen still practice their trades. Artisans such as blacksmiths, potters and jewelers are still using techniques from times gone by. But inspiration is also found in the modern world, creating objects in perfect harmony between past and present. Situated in North-Central Bulgaria, relatively few foreign tourists find their way here, but those who do certainly meet face-to-face with history.
Sometimes the best way to experience Europe is by taking the road less traveled. Or in some cases, not taking a road at all. The natural side of Europe consists of vast countrysides, towering mountains, calm waterways and more. Browse this gallery of some of Europe’s best adventures that are off the beaten trail. Then, load up your backpack and be on your way.
Just a ten-minute walk from the city centre is one of Debrecen’s most popular locations, with numerous activities on offer under the 100-year-old trees for young and old alike.
There’s so much more to Europe than just the big cities and landmarks. Go off the beaten track and discover some of Europe’s lesser-known cities, hidden towns and secret villages that are rich in natural beauty and history.
If your European vacation includes the words “birdie,” “par” and “eagle,” then these golf courses are must-visit spots for you. Tee off at eight of Europe’s most pristine golf courses from the level greens of Malta to the towering cliffs of Portugal. No matter what type of course you’re looking for, Europe is bound to have it.
Something which is not yet entirely proven for serious students of linguistics, but is readily apparent to Italophile Austrian gastronomes: the similarity, which is not just a linguistic one, between Austrian dumplings (“Nockerln”) and Italian gnocchi (pronounced: gnoki). In both countries, these small doughy treats are readily given a spicy twist. You would look for these semolina dumplings, the “Grieß-Gnocchi”, in the soup-bowls on the far side of the Brenner Pass, whereas in the world of Austrian soups you will come across them fairly frequently.
Trek through the Bulgarian outdoors to connect with nature, build serenity, and clear your mind.
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Every third Sunday of May, the Italian town of Monterosso al Mare celebrates lemons during the Festa del Limone! The festival brings together the whole community to decorate the village with numerous variations of typical local products, as mentioned by Montale in his poems.
When people think of a classically romantic honeymoon, most people think of Paris. And with good reason, Paris, France is the city of love, after all. Beyond Paris though, there are many other options for wonderfully romantic getaway in Europe.
The San Miniato National White Truffle Market; is held here every year during the last three weekends of November. It is an important, internationally recognised fair that hosts many gastronomic and cultural events.
There are many varieties of šljivovica (a distilled beverage made from plums) in Serbia. What is common is the scent of plums, a golden colour and the Central Serbia intoxicating power of a strong liquor. Less alcoholic, but no less tasty, is a drink prepared from šljivovica when the weather is cold. During winter, when a slava (the feast day of a family’s patron saint) is celebrated, the drink of choice is Šumadija tea or mulled plum brandy.