A UNESCO World Heritage Site is a place that has been awarded as having cultural or environmental importance. Luckily, Europe has plenty of UNESCO sites to explore. From ancient castles to quaint seaside towns, you’ll find natural and cultural beauty everywhere you go. Consider this gallery your guide to some of the best UNESCO sites in Europe to discover on your next trip.
Music is at the heart of every country, city and person in Europe. But the type of music you’ll find during a trip to Europe can vary dramatically. From modern rock festivals to classic opera performances, you’re sure to see and hear a wide range of performances. Browse this gallery for a taste of some of Europe’s most interesting music scenes.
Salzburg Marionette Show
The Sound of Music is a European classic. Treat yourself to a special rendition of the popular musical while in Austria. At the Salzburg Marionette Theatre the stars of the show are all marionette dolls. It makes for an unforgettable viewing of a timeless classic.
Tomorrowland Music Festival
Tomorrowland in Belgium is one of Europe’s biggest and most celebrated music festivals. World-famous electronic musicians flock to Belgium to put on a show for thousands of eager fans. While it’s still a relatively young festival, it’s sure to continue to be a hit for years to come.
Teatro San Carlo, Naples
If you’re in Naples, Italy, you can’t miss an authentic opera performance in one of the many theaters. The Real Teatro di San Carlo pictured here is one of the country’s best and always puts on sophisticated opera productions with some of the best singers in the world.
Calusari, folk dance
In Romania, it’s expected for you to dance to the local music. The Romanian folk dance known as Calusarii has been part of the culture for generations. See performers in traditional clothing move to the beat of the music. Then, give it a try yourself.
Leigo Lake Music Festival
Enjoy a quaint concert with extremely talented musicians at the Lake Music Festival in Leigo, Estonia.The tunes range from upbeat jazz numbers to classic Tchaikovsky pieces. All the while, gorgeous viewsof the lake act as a backdrop to the melodies.
Belfast City of Music
Ireland is known for its Celtic sounds and dances. But Belfast in Northern Ireland has a music scene that goes beyond that. As a home to some of the best acts in music today, there’s a can’t-miss concert every weekend at the local bars and music venues.
Slovak National Theatre
The Slovak National Theater in Bratislava is the premier place to watch top-notch musical performances in Slovakia. Since 1886, the building has been the place to be for both opera and ballet performances.
Latvian National Opera
The elegant Latvian National Opera has been producing memorable opera and ballet performances for the past 90 years. More than just a place to watch a show, the opera house is recognized as one of the cultural pillars of Latvia.
The Philharmonie Luxembourg is part architectural marvel and part concert hot spot. Throughout the year,the concert hall is the setting for up to 400 different performances of orchestras, chamber music and jazz recitals.
Vinjerock Music Festival
Norway’s prized music festival is known as Vinjerock and takes place every July in Jotunheimen. Along with enjoying a number of rock and roll acts at the festival, many participants find time to hike, fish and kayak before and after the performances.
Casa da Musica
Casa da Música in Portugal is a modern concert hall that’s home to some of the most vibrant performances in Europe. The unique design of the concert hall allows one-of-a-kind performances to shine. The fairly new music hall is quickly becoming one of Europe’s favorites.
Push your limits at Europe’s most exhilarating and unusual theme parks!
When it’s made in Europe, it’s usually something special. From world-renowned beers to luxury automobiles, Europe has a knack for handcrafting greatness. Get a behind-the-scenes look at some of the factories and museums you can tour while in Europe.
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.
Malta’s Mdina is a uniquely gorgeous and historically important place. Explore it to step into the past.
Speculoos is a type of shortcrust biscuit, traditionally baked for consumption on or just before St Nicholas’ feast (December 6th) in the Belgium, the Netherlands and Northern France. In recent decades it has become available all year round. Speculoos are thin, very crunchy, slightly browned and, most significantly, have some image or figure (often from the traditional stories about St. Nicholas) stamped on the front side before baking; the back is flat. The Lotus brand is one of the most popular. You can also find them covered in chocolate…a real Belgian treat!
When visiting European cities, make sure you discover the local and authentic life.
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A great dish of Veneto’s cuisine tradition is the classic but tasty recipe of pasta e fasoi. For the locals of Veneto beans are related to strength and survival, as they helped families to feed themselves and carry on during hard times of war and famine.
A typical Christmas dish is the roasted hen turkey with pomegranate. The dish dates back to the Renaissance, and more specifically to the magnificent banquets of the Serenissima Republic.
This cheese has its own unique charm: its flavor and fragrance reflects the alpine region where it is made.