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.
Get in the mood and lose track of time and space in one of Europe’s many music festivals.
The Salzburg Festival, Austria
You would expect no less from the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart than it being home to one of the world’s most famous classical music festivals. Music permeates all areas of life in Salzburg during the summer, and the festival itself sells out months in advance. The program combines orchestral and opera performances and even a play, the Everyman, adapted by the famous Austrian writer Hugo von Hofmannsthal.
Known worldwide, sold out in a couple of seconds and internationally appreciated for its creativity is Belgium’s annual electronic music festival, Tomorrowland. Things really go “boom” in the town of Boom, with big names such as David Guetta and Swedish House Mafa performing.
Savonlinna Opera Festival, Finland
This festival is notable not only for its music, but also for its spectacular setting of Olavinlinna, a medieval castle which seemingly rises out of a lake. The castle now hosts performances of some of the world’s most famous operas. This year’s programme is dedicated to two great opera composers, Verdi and Wagner.
North Sea Jazz Festival, The Netherlands
The city of Rotterdam hosts this jazz festival noted for the diversity of its acts; with traditional jazz intermixed with performances of blues and hip-hop. International performers play music from across the ages. This year’s line-up includes musical royalty such as Santana, John Legend and Sting.
Festas de Lisboa, Portugal
As summer descends upon Lisbon, the city celebrates Saints in festivities over a number of days. At the heart of the celebrations is music. Fado is traditional music with the theme of nostalgia and longing for what has passed. During the festivities, it is performed beneath colourful garlands that adorn the streets, and you can even witness Fado being performed on the city’s trams.
Bratislava Music Festival, Slovakia
Headed by the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bratislava Music Festival offers unique performances by Slovakia’s best classical artists. Over the two week period, world premieres of works by Slovak composers take place, as well as the opening-night of the opera and ballet season at the Slovak National Theatre.
Sit back, relax and enjoy the views. Some of Europe’s most magical natural wonders come in the form of waterfalls. From raging falls in Iceland to babbling brooks in Hungary, they come in many forms. See some of the favorite falls here before seeing them firsthand on your trip to 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.
Modern day Europe is crossed by ancient medieval pilgrimage and trade routes, travelled by walkers and ramblers on a slow adventure, discovering castles, vineyards and olive trees, delicious food and local wines. One of the most famous routes in Europe is the Via Francigena – or the route from France how it was called in medieval Italy. Crossing Europe from Canterbury (England) to Rome (Italy), it reaches Santa Maria di Leuca on the very tip of the Italian heel. The route takes you from Northern Europe to the harbors of the Mediterranean Sea along 3200km, which are manageable in 4 months on foot. Browse the gallery to discover, region by region, some of the most beautiful places along the Via Francigena.
Could you imagine so much variety in Europe? From Finland to Azores or From Malta to Ireland, 71 destinations decided to gather to promote sustainable tourism under two words: Eden Network. The Eden Network: surprise yourself with Europe!
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.
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Eco-friendly experiences around the country!
Food is an important part of any vacation. Trying native cuisine is one of the best ways to immerse yourself in the local culture. In Europe, the local flavor comes in all shapes and sizes. From sausage in Germany to paella in Spain, you can introduce yourself to every taste under the sun. But some dishes have a little more to savor than others – especially when it comes to vegan and vegetarian treats. Treat yourself to some of the finest vegetarian delicacies on your next trip.
The delicious Marostica cherry is the first cherry in Italy to obtain the PGI mark.
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