Europe is unique in every way. So, it’s no coincidence that it offers some of the most unique lodging options in the world. Whether you’re backpacking through Spain or you’re a spending a month in Norway for school, you’re sure to find an unforgettable place to sleep at night. Consider this gallery your guide to some of the most unique places to stay in Europe.
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.
The Northern Lights are one of the most magical things you can experience in Europe. What makes it even better is that you can see them in multiple countries. Whether you’re in Ireland or Iceland, you can find yourself under the dancing natural lights. Browse this gallery to learn about some of the best places to witness the Northern Lights in Europe.
All European expeditions should include a trip to a museum or gallery. Luckily, they can be found almost everywhere in Europe. And a lot of them are free of charge. Consider this your guide to some of the best free museums and galleries in Europe so that you’re prepared to take in the art on your next trip.
How architecture and contrasts changed Europe’s cities.
Have you tried this?
Culinary history has always been notable for successfully overcoming political boundaries. For instance, the history of the origins of the Tirol dumpling is in no way restricted to today’s Tirol. Although first recorded in a Tirol cookery book in the 16th century, spicy dumplings had been known fully 400 years earlier in areas of what is now Italy. This is demonstrated by a “fresco with dumplings” in the castle chapel in Hocheppan (Castel d’Appiano). What else but a delicious Tirol dumpling could have inspired the artist in question?
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.
Thermal baths to cope with the autumn blues.
The Harvest Festival takes place on the peninsula of Värmlandsnäs in the middle of Lake Vänern. It’s a weekend that celebrates food and crafts traditions of the Swedish countryside. Welcome to an amazing weekend!
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The reason why Styrian fried chicken in particular is so famous has a lot to do with the “Sulmtal Geflügel” (“Sulmtal poultry”), which is now undergoing something of a revival. Since the 17th century, this name has been given to the particularly fleshy capons and poulards which proved highly popular amongst the nobility of Europe. During the Habsburg Monarchy, this delicious poultry was even supplied to markets on the far side of the Alps, as far away as Trieste and Marburg.
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.