Some of Europe’s oldest and most iconic places are in its humblest buildings. Monasteries and abbeys are sprinkled throughout the countries and make for a somber and unforgettable experience. From ancient abbeys in Italy to majestic monasteries in Austria, browse this gallery for a better look at them all.
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.
Berlin Wall Memorial, Germany
Located on the historic Bernauer Strasse, the Berlin Wall Memorial provides a somber yet artistic look atthe former site of the Berlin Wall. See the final standing piece of the wall and take home a betterunderstanding of these iconic grounds.
National Museum, Copenhagen, Denmark
Acting as almost a timeline of events for Danes, the Denmark National Museum in Copenhagen attempts and succeeds in capturing the culture of the land. See exactly how life has changed through the years, thanks to exhibits ranging from ancient relics to modern art.
Berardo Collection Museum, Lisbon, Portugal
The Berardo Collection Museum in Lisbon is one of the newest and most buzzworthy art galleries in Europe. With many exhibits focused on modern artists, this museum offers a unique look at the currentlandscape of European art.
Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain
Museo del Prado in Spain is one of the most visited museums in the world. Stroll down entire galleries dedicated to particular European movements and see some of the finest collections of European art. Just plan on spending the entire afternoon taking in all of the stunning collections.
Reykjavik Museum of Photography, Iceland
With around five million photographs lining the walls, the Reykjavik Museum of Photography is animpressive showcase of over a century of photography. Whether you’re an amateur photographer or a professional, there will be plenty to appreciate here.
Vatican Museums and The Sistine Chapel, Italy
Visit the Vatican Museums to receive free admission to The Sistine Chapel during the last Sunday of every month. You could spend hours looking up and admiring the mural done by Michelangelo. Itincludes some of the most famous artwork ever created, including The Creation of Adam as the center piece.
Louvre, Paris, France
Paris is one of Europe’s artistic epicenters. And the Louvre is at the heart of it all. Home to artwork like the Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo and many more, a trip to the Louvre is an unforgettable experience. Access to the permanent collections is free for all visitors on the first Sunday of each month, except during summer season.
British Museum, London, United Kingdom
With around 8 million pieces of art inside, the British Museum in London is the premier place to view artwork in the United Kingdom. Inside, you’ll find artwork from every corner of the world, making the British Museum one of the most expansive collections of art today.
Musical Instruments Museum in Brussels, Belgium
The Musical Instruments Museum in Brussels is one of the most unique museums in Europe. It’s full of some of the most prominent instruments in music history as well as some of the strangest. It’s a truly unforgettable place for any music lover. Admission is free on the first Wednesday afternoon of each month.
Europe’s vast landscapes create some breathtaking views. And some of the most awe-inspiring views in Europe occur where cliffs meet the water. From Ireland to Greece, picture-perfect spots can be found tucked away from everything else. Enjoy eight of the best European views right here in this photo gallery. Then, see them for yourself on your next trip.
One of the best ways to witness the diversity of Europe is to participate in one of the many festivals – be it celebrating a saint, food , film or even the circus.
Explore some of the grandest of Europe’s palaces in this breathtaking photo gallery.
The cuisine of northern Slovakia is influenced by the harsh climatic conditions of the area, where it is usually intensively cold at least three months per year. This is one of the reasons why smoked meat, potatoes, sauerkraut, dairy products and pulses are typical for this cuisine. In Slovakia, the pulses belong to the oldest cultivated crops. The most famous dish, still popular of the Slovak kitchen, is the bean soup, which used to be part of the Christmas Eve dinner for many families.
Highest density of museums in Switzerland.
Radovljica hosts the largest chocolate festival, and the only of its kind, in Slovenia. Every year producers from across Slovenia present their products at the festival together with a variety of cooking shows, workshops and presentations. As sweet as it gets!
The Slovenian region of Istria is one of the leading wine producers in the country. The fertile soil and climate of Istria are perfect for wine producing and because of it, many varieties of grapes – both red and white – grow in the region. The most important wine grape variety is Refošk (Refosco del Peduncolo Verde), whose grapes are macerated in open vats. A thick and dark, almost violet wine is a symbol of the lasting Istrian wine tradition which also boasts excellent whites.
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Ice Music Festival Norway returns to the dark, exotic mountains of Finse.