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.
Admire the works of da Vinci, Rembrandt and Klimt firsthand at some of the finest classical art museums in the world.
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna
Emperor Franz Joseph built the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna to house the fabulous imperial collections of the Habsburgs. Its exquisite treasures include the world’s largest collection of works by Pieter Brueghel the Elder, the newly reopened Kunstkammer, and a grand staircase featuring paintings by Gustav Klimt.
National Gallery – Veletrzni Palace, Prague
The functionalist Veletržní palace is home to a wealth of Czech, Slovak and Western art. Czech art is displayed alongside its impressive international collection, bringing out the unique qualities of the Slavic nation’s artistic temperament. Works include the Slav Epic, a cycle of 20 large canvases by Alfons Mucha.
The iconic glass pyramid, Mona Lisa’s enigmatic smile, Napoleon’s repository, all these signify the world’s most famous art museum. With a vast collection that spans the ages, the Louvre deserves its reputation as one of the world’s foremost museums. Additionally, the Louvre-Lens project is advancing, with more works being put on display at the Louvre-Lens museum in Northern France.
Uffizi gallery, Florence
The Uffzi Gallery, which translates into English as “the offces gallery,” is so much more than the name suggests. It’s collection of Renaissance paintings includes numerous world-renowned examples, such as works by Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Raphael.
Following an extensive renovation, April 2013 sees the reopening of the Rijksmuseum by Queen Beatrix. The Rijksmuseum is both an art and a history museum located in Amsterdam’s museum square. Celebrated works by Dutch Masters are what draws in the crowds with works by Rembrandt, Frans Hals and Johannes Vermeer on display.
Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon
Calouste Gulbenikan liked to refer to the unique pieces of art in his collection as his “children.” Calouste Gulbenkian was an Armenian businessman whose passion for art led him to have one of the worlds’ most admired collections. His special collection ranges from antiquity to the 20th Century.
Nationalmuseum is located on the waterfront of the Blasieholmen peninsula in central Stockholm. As the Swedish government’s most expensive cultural investment, the Nationalmuseum houses a multifaceted collection of art, which naturally includes a great collection of work by the Swedish artists Carl Larsson, Ernst Josephson, Carl Fredrik Hill and Anders Zorn.
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.
Some of life’s best adventures happen when the sun goes down. And it’s no different in Europe. From dancing the night away in Barcelona to walking under the moonlight in Paris, each city offers its own nightlife excitement. Browse this gallery before your next European escapade to see which city’s nightlife is best for you.
There’s more to shopping in Europe than the designer brands on Champs-Élysées.
From the virtuosos of the Renaissance to the modern masters, Europe has hundreds of museums and galleries to house them. Experience the movements that started in Europe, such as Surrealism with Salvador Dalí and Cubism with Picasso. Europe was the center of a revolution in art, the Renaissance.
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Touch the sand and dirt where the greatest generation fought for freedom and prosperity for all.
City Festival for Tomorrow’s Music, Arts and Ideas! Held each spring in Tallinn, Estonia since 2009, Tallinn Music Week (TMW) is a weeklong celebration of talent, curiosity, creativity and equality.
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 apricot dumpling, or Marillenknödel, is emblematic for the Wachau region. And it is also a clear illustration of how the Austrian people are open to other cultures. This delicacy combines what is originally a Chinese fruit (the apricot) with a plant from Polynesia (sugar) and an Upper Austrian idea for preparing food (the dumpling). Moreover, the EU certification of controlled origin “Wachauer Marille g.U.” guarantees that these fruits belong to the best of their species.