These three holiday markets offer local food and handmade crafts.
Two brothers anchored their trip to the continent with distilling and mosaics.
Here’s how our family discovered that traveling with our sons is amazing.
A vibrant Flemish city with a rich heritage.
Tips for adventure and trips in Czech cities.
Unforgettable summer experiences.
Ready for an unforgettable summer?
Nature from a Serbian perspective!
An island treat for young sightseers!
Unforgettable summer experiences!
Time to unleash your inner adventurer!
The best outdoor adventures for young at heart!
Discover a vibrant art scene in Tallinn and Tartu!
The ideal destination for young travelers!
Unmissable UNESCO sites in the Netherlands.
It’s time to take a summer holiday!
Welcome to the land of the Midnight Sun!
Germany’s large cities have everything you need for your city break.
Holidays in Portugal with a youthful spirit!
Visit unusual collections in the Alps.
Where adventure awaits!
My stress evaporated after a week taking the waters of Františkovy Lázně.
Coffee is my passion. Café culture led me to new friends and experiences.
Castles are gorgeous, but when they are linked to stories of the past, they will last in your memories for a lifetime.
Meet Bordeaux and Valencia the 2022 European Capitals of Smart Tourism.
Middelfart, a Danish city is the 2022 European Destination of Excellence.
Castles in historical Slovenian cities!
A right regal tour!
Venture inside Luxembourg’s Grand-Ducal Palace.
A historic wedding!
The Royal Museum of Fine Arts reopens!
Are you looking for a Bridgerton experience?
Visit a castle superpower in the heart of Europe!
Delve into a history full of royal splendor!
Peace and harmony in Serbia’s Royal Compound!
Germany’s endless array of castles and palaces.
Highest density of museums in Switzerland.
A uniquely Estonian royal celebration!
Explore Ireland’s regal roots!
Journey through the history of Portugal!
Discover the royal side of the Netherlands!
Croatia’s living museum!
Madrid’s Royal Palace!
A green country for active leisure fans!
Thousands of hours of sunshine every year!
Visit the cities of tomorrow in The Netherlands.
Visit Tartu — Estonia’s sustainable second city!
Eco-friendly experiences around the country!
Best tips for a happier journey!
Cruise Czech rivers, lakes, and reservoirs.
An natural outdoor paradise!
Sustainable travel in Switzerland.
Sustainable summer adventures for you!
Unforgettable summer adventures!
Everything for your sustainable journey.
Explore the Carpathian Garden!
A great destination for the responsible traveler!
Enjoy sustainable adventures on the green isle!
Exceptional biodiversity in protected areas?
Enter a primeval forest full of surprises…
Are you feeling adventurous?
Nine beautiful iconic cycling routes in Belgium.
As I discovered a few years back, this often-forgotten slice of southern Europe is an outdoor paradise.
My story of traveling the continent with my kids—where to go, how to go, what to do.
Cyprus, from a magical point of view.
Go for interactive centers and theme parks!
Top Places in Finland for Families!
Fun and games to awaken a child’s curiosity!
If you want to take a walk with your family in almost untouched nature, Serbia is the right place for your vacation.
Wallonia to the Moon and Back.
What do children love the most in Poland?
Young or old(er): Mechelen welcomes you all.
Discover a tailor-made city for family moments.
Create unforgettable memories with your loved ones.
Where children have fun ― and even learn something.
Europe’s natural playground.
Kids love to explore the world!
Discover adventure in Ireland’s great outdoors.
Portugal with kids can be an incredible experience.
Family fun ranging from nature to culture!
One of the best destinations for kids!
Europe’s wonder shines brightest in its most natural locations. With over 350 national parks scattered throughout the continent, there’s plenty of wonders to take in during your next trip. From Spain to Finland, Denmark to Greece and everywhere in between, you’ll find national parks featuring unique terrains, breathtaking views and endless activities. One thing is certain: outdoor adventure abounds at each and every European park.
Europe’s rivers are famous throughout the world. The Seine. The Rhine. The Danube. The Douro. The Thames. These iconic names alone inspire people from around the globe to travel along Europe’s winding rivers and visit the port cities that stand proudly among them. River cruises are an easy and scenic way to travel through Europe without renting a car or navigating various public transit systems. No matter what your travel purposes are, river cruises have a way to fulfill them.
The Kaunertal Valley in Austria is a land of continuous contrasts that mirror the changing seasons. The panoramic Kaunertal Glacier Road weaves through snow-covered forests and ends at eternal ice. Lush greenery, babbling brooks, and sweet-smelling pastures are all made accessible to guests with reduced mobility. That’s why The Kaunertal Valley was chosen as Austria’s most recent EDEN winner. The theme was accessible tourism.
Every European country has natural treasures to explore, but where to begin and what to do? From iconic natural formations to national and regional parks, an ecotourism vacation provides the chance to experience natural settings, observe unique wildlife and support conservation efforts.
Get your camera ready. Once you’ve laid eyes on Europe’s most charming mountain villages, you may not want to put it down. You also may not ever want to leave. These are the places that fairy tales are made of, only they happen to be real. From medieval villages in Spain to traditional timber chalets in Switzerland, to the towering mountain-side fortresses of San Marino, these small but fully functioning towns are waiting to warmly welcome visitors who appreciate their quaint style of living.
Even if you’ve never climbed a mountain in your life, there are peaks all over Europe that are quite accessible to avid climbers and flat-landers alike. Simply pack your love of the outdoors, a sense of adventure and your hiking boots, and you’ll be ready to make your way to the top of the continent.
Visit European creative cities to witness stunning buildings and contemporary design.
Ever wondered where your forefathers once lived? Come to Europe to see those villages, towns, and cities with your own eyes.
Eager to explore the remarkable nature of the European continent? Do it with your eyes and your tastebuds.
Europe has always maintained a thriving music scene, from classical times to today. Discover the origins of the British Invasion, Swedish disco sensations and Irish folk music inspirations. Don’t miss the amazing European music festivals in the summer, either.
Some of the most luxurious items in the world, from Rolls Royce to Rolex can trace their beginnings to Europe. Many of these brands have enticed shoppers for generations and show no signs of going out of style. From top-of-the-line automobiles to hand-crafted jewelry and every knick-knack in between, discover Europe’s finest products firsthand.
What better way to explore Europe than on foot, in the wilderness, among some of the most beautiful terrain on the planet.
Drink in the stunning landscapes, gleaming lakes, and remarkable wildlife that exist nowhere else in the world.
In spite of a turbulent history, the remarkable legacy of the Jewish faith is readily found all over Europe. Whether you practice Judaism or not, there is much to discover and enjoy in Europe’s many Jewish heritage sites.
Europeans were first lured to explore the oceans of the world centuries ago. Many countries and cultures have grown prosperous economies since then in ports built on the efforts of these first inspired sailors. Today, curious travelers are tempted to explore the history, industry and scale of Europe’s fascinating port cities.
Explore European UNESCO sites to connect with the past in the most tangible, remarkable way you could think of.
In European creative cities, discover local, authentic life like you’ve never experienced it before.
Historically Curious about Europe? Explore the castles that dot its magnificent landscapes.
Europe is the home of some of classical music’s most famous maestros. Today, travelers can experience the sweeping, exhilarating and emotional sounds of the world’s well-known classical music pieces in museums, concert halls and at classical music festivals. Listen and enjoy the suites, cantatas and concertos from the masters of sound and learn about the life and times of Europe’s amazing composers.
Learning about a country through its culinary arts is one of travel’s principle pleasures. Food is a tangible reflection of geography, history, and culture; there are few more pleasurable ways to become well acquainted with a country than through its gastronomy, and each region has something unique to add to the menu.
Even if the only music lesson you ever had was more than four presidential administrations ago, it’s never too late to learn and appreciate different kinds of music. Families, college students and lifelong learners flock to Europe to take advantage of its plentiful opportunities for cultural enrichment through music.
If you want to explore the best of modern, contemporary theater, Europe is the ideal destination.
Put sustainability at the heart of your journey.
Touch the sand and dirt where the greatest generation fought for freedom and prosperity for all.
What’s the best way to welcome the warm weather? By discovering a new favorite band at a music festival in Europe’s outdoors.
Young artists have breathed new and vibrant life into Charleroi, an old industrial city. Discover this creative place today.
Explore Dublin, a literary city of the past, present, and future.
Perugia is a place I’ll always love. It’s filled with wonderful history, unique museums, and some divine food.
Get off the beaten path and explore the stunning natural beauty of Montenegro.
At the Larnaca Salt Lake, I watched thousands of flamingos resting. I felt a unique connection to nature.
In Salzburg, Austria, discover both the glistening past and fascinating present of music.
With over a third of the population being under 24, Thessaloniki is Greece’s modern music, art, and culture capital.
Riga perfectly combines stunning art nouveau architecture with modern creative culture.
Luxembourg is a country where the rich past and the vibrant present meet for a truly creative experience.
For the responsible, eco-traveler, Estonia is perfect. It’s filled with stunning nature and people who care about preserving it.
Dive into history through Europe’s diverse, religious heritage—and the architecture, art and culture it brought into the world
When you think of Europe, famous places come to mind. Places like the Eiffel Tower, the Colosseum, and the Leaning Tower of Pisa have all established themselves as the most iconic landmarks in not only Europe but also throughout the world. They have attracted worldly visitors for generations, and for good reason. But while these must-see landmarks in Europe have remained the same throughout the years, new amenities are added to make your visit even more enjoyable than ever before.
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.
Across Europe, artists have turned entire buildings into their canvases. Visit a creative European city to discover street art.
Europe is full of big adventures. Adventures so big, in fact, that they can’t be contained within four walls. Welcome to the wild side of Europe, where trees shade your discoveries and rivers refresh your explorations. In short, there are a lot to enjoy about the wonders of nature in Europe. From the European Alps to all of the national parks in Europe, adventure awaits. So put on your walking shoes and let’s get moving.
The terrain of the Nordic countries is harsh and unforgiving, but also breathtakingly beautiful. These qualities make it ideal for adventure travelers, those looking for active, high-energy vacations.
A historical memorial place, and at the same time a vibrant religious centre that still operates today, where it’s hard to forget which age we live in.
Dashing through the winter forest on a sled, or skiing down the steep slopes, sitting in a chair lift as it rises towards the peak or walking across a suspension bridge – doesn’t that sound fun and exciting? The Mátra and Bükk Mountains have many excellent fun and adventure parks, with segway courses, streetball courts and pool ball pitches for anyone seeking an adrenaline rush. You can even ride down the hillside on two wheels or on cross-country rollers.
Just a ten-minute walk from the city centre is one of Debrecen’s most popular locations, with numerous activities on offer under the 100-year-old trees for young and old alike.
Europe’s rich literary traditions have filled libraries with some of the world’s best-loved poems, plays and novels. Many of the settings in famous stories, or places where your favorite authors wrote their masterworks, still exist today. Turn to the pages of a map and pick your adventure. Classic stories, authors and history await.
Europe has many famous museums that are must-see attractions, but there are lots of smaller, unexpectedly entertaining museums just waiting to be explored. Stop following the crowds and head off the beaten path to discover these lesser-known gems. They just might surprise you and become highlights on your trip to Europe.
Mystery abounds in every European country. You just have to know where to look. Welcome to the spooky side of Europe, home of ghastly ghosts, haunted happenings and eerie experiences for only the most adventurous of souls. Turn off the lights, get under your covers and dare to get familiar with some of the creepiest, scariest and most mysterious places in Europe.
Europe’s cities are filled with every style of architecture imaginable. Oftentimes, these styles coexist side by side and somehow make each city even greater than the sum of its parts. Government buildings, hundreds of years old, stand in regal fashion next to sleek, modern museums and libraries, making for an enjoyable juxtaposition that just begs to be captured by your camera. From old castles in San Marino to grandiose Lithuanian cathedrals, you’ll be inspired by the markedly different buildings designed by the famous architects of Europe.
With a past as storied as Europe’s, it’s impossible not to take in some history while on your trip, especially when every other pub or church seems to be older than some countries. Get your fix of some of the oldest and most spectacular archaeological sites in Europe.
Winter in Europe is not just a season – it is magical. Snow-capped peaks stretch across the skyline. Christmas markets light up happy faces. And the end of the year brings new adventures at every turn. To enjoy it all, you will need to know your way around Europe’s best winter sports. What is the best place to ski in Austria? How are the pubs in Zurich? Where should you ice-skate in Prague? Find out by reading below to prepare for your winter holiday in Europe.
Europe has always been irresistible to shoppers, but beyond the big brands and famous streets of some of the world’s most famous cities are lesser-known districts that are inspiring a new generation of European creativity.
Relax and replenish in San Marino, where leisurely walks, gelato, and art are a way of life.
Malta’s Mdina is a uniquely gorgeous and historically important place. Explore it to step into the past.
Coimbra will sooth you with its sensuous music, sumptuous food, and stunning medieval architecture.
Visit Gent for contemporary art on ancient streets, for craft beer and delicious eats.
In Slovakia’s Pieniny National Park, take in the serenity of a clear river beneath you and lush forests around you.
Set out on a nature adventure in Finland’s Nuuksio National Park.
Trek through the Bulgarian outdoors to connect with nature, build serenity, and clear your mind.
Breath in Copenhagen’s sea air, visit its world-famous restaurants, discover its vibrant history.
Monaco is about sea-views, sunshine, amazing food, and fascinating history
Luxembourg: home to great castles, stunning nature, and a vibrant food scene
Visit Aachen to experience the richness of a medieval city coupled with modern flair.
From retro bars to vintage shops, Cologne is the place that can deliver on hipness without being snobby.
Replenish yourself in the wild, stunning nature of Norway’s countryside
Visit Latvia and the protected zone of the Kemeri National Park to explore the biodiversity.
Rock-climbing in Czechia is perfect for the naturally curious adventurer.
Want to absorb warmth and sun in the natural world? Discover what Europe has to offer.
Sometimes exploring Europe means seeing sites like the Eiffel Tower or Stonehenge. Other times it means finding the biggest mountain you can and climbing right up to the top. Luckily, you won’t have to go far to find mountains, lakes and hilltops ripe for hiking. Lace up those boots, roll up your sleeping bag and prep yourself for a trip to the great European outdoors.
Sink your feet into the clear, cold waters of this hidden UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Netherlands and explore the natural wonders that await you.
Antwerp is home to the best of the European continent. Come for the food, the beauty, the history and the vibrant present.
Tartu is the home of artists, writers, and painters who are eager to share their craft with you.
From dramatic performances to daring circus acts, the Sibiu International Theatre Festival has something to delight you.
From bridges that connected communities and soaring spires that inspired worship to medieval castles that defended cities, Europe has been forged by a unique history that in turn shaped the creation of its capital cities.
Away from the excitement of cities like Paris, Barcelona and Florence is a place a little quieter. It’s somewhere you can stretch out your legs and breathe in the freshest air in Europe. It’s the European countryside and farms. Nearly every country is speckled with picturesque fields, bountiful farmlands and sweet serenity. Whether your heart and soul is drawn to farmlands or you want your vacation to go beyond the tourist cities, the European countryside is where you belong.
Read about ‘The Walk of the Titano’ and learn more about San Marino through an interesting conversation between our influencer Legianti and local ambassador Sara Forcellini.
The Long Distance Trail offers sea views, ancient forests, and memories for a lifetime. Legianti talks with outdoors expert Domagoj about this remarkable trail.
Watch Raven’s interview with Ondrej, a local tourist guide in Prague, revealing all the inside tips to explore the majestic history of Czech Republic.
The #HistoricallyCurious archaeologist Raven interviews the fellow archaeologist Patricia Brum. Click below and learn more on the Roman Troia site just 30 minutes from Lisbon.
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!
In 2016, The Crystal Ship dropped anchor in Ostend. Ever since, the arts festival has turned the coastal town into Belgium’s leading open-air gallery, with over a dozen world-renowned street artists setting sail for it every year.
A festival in the city of Beethoven’s birth. The heart of the Bonn Beethovenfest is the music of Ludwig van Beethoven.
International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) offers a high-quality line-up of carefully selected fiction and documentary feature films, short films, and media art. The festival’s focus is on recent work by talented new filmmakers. However, within the four sections, the Festival presents, there is also room for retrospectives and themed programs. IFFR actively supports new and adventurous filmmaking talent through its co-production market, its Hubert Bals Fund, Rotterdam Lab, and other industry activities.
ARLEMM is a cultural and educational manifestation that brings together the most eminent artists, professors and lecturers from different fields of art.
Amsterdam’s Light Festival returns each year to illuminate the city’s streets and waterways with bewitching light installations by international artists.
Very diverse lineups that spread over 20 different stages and the additional 20 zones in the priceless scenography of the colossal 18th century Petrovaradin fortress, built upon a rock looking over the Danube to the charming city of Novi Sad, are one of the EXIT’s distinctive features that again left many lost for words.
Signal Festival is a four-day festival of light art and emerging technologies in Prague.
The Viennale is Austria’s most important international film event.
In September, Ghent Flanders Festival kicks off the cultural season with OdeGand.
The EU’s drive for smarter tourism
Balkenbrij with Brabants crayfish recipe of the European Young Chef Award 2017 was created and presented by Bon Sawatdee, representing North Brabant – European Region of Gastronomy 2018.
Cotechino with shrimp and lentils cream recipe from the European Young Chef Award 2017 was created by Davide Fiammenghi, representing East Lombary – European Region of Gastronomy 2017
Ιntroduced in 1985 with the noble aim of bringing our continent closer together, the European Capital of Culture scheme offered few early surprises.
Flavours of Galway recipe of the European Young Chef Award 2018 was created and prepared by Andrew Ishmael, representing Galway, West of Ireland – European Region of Gastronomy 2018.
Innovation on Brabant Stew recipe from the European Young Chef Award 2018 was created by Tim Bressers, representing North Brabant – European Region of Gastronomy 2018
Blueberry pie recipe from the European Young Chef Award 2017 was created by Josi Polso, representing Kuopio – European Region of Gastronomy candidate 2020
Ice Music Festival Norway returns to the dark, exotic mountains of Finse.
Tromsø International Film Festival is a very popular film festival, and an important meeting point for Norwegian and international film industry.
The winning mackerel recipe of the European Young Chef Award 2017 was innovated by Aisling Rock, representing Galway – West of Ireland, European Region of Gastronomy 2018.
European Heritage Sites include archives, monuments, archeological sites, and places of seminal cultural or political value, from the classic age to the present. Since the label’s inception in 2013, thirty-eight sites have been designated, bringing passages in Europe’s history to the foreground to honor, celebrate, and remember who built Europe, how, and why. They are lessons from the past to guide the future of Europe.
The Catalan Rabbit recipe of the European Young Chef Award 2017 was created and prepared by Pau Gabarró, representing Catalonia – European Region of Gastronomy 2016.
The Slovenian Seafood Stew recipe of the European Young Chef Award 2017 was created and prepared by Filip Matjaž, representing Slovenia – European Region of Gastronomy Candidate 2021.
The key wine and culinary festival in Slovenia in honour of the Oldest Vine in the World. Wine and food, culture and entertainment. The Old Vine Festival is a culinary and cultural tribute to the oldest vine in the world, which grows on Lent, the oldest part of Maribor.
The festival was first held in 1984. It lasts for 10 days, during which time visitors may enjoy over 70 events – plays, open-air concerts, chamber music, jazz concerts, and films. The art gallery in Sozopol’s Old Town organizes exhibits and literary evenings as part of the festival.
MetalDays Festival will present you a friendly and absolutely relaxed atmosphere, perfect for you to just forget about all the worries and enjoy your most likely best holiday ever! Over the years, MetalDays festival has become a synonym for real music festival holidays.
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.
Famous orchestras, legendary conductors, and virtuoso soloists join together three times a year at the idyllic location of Lake Lucerne to celebrate the joy of music. In the concert hall designed by Jean Nouvel, which is renowned for its phenomenal acoustics and its exquisite architecture, they entertain an audience that is no less international and sophisticated.
This international music festival takes place over the course of four weeks during July and August in the historic jewel of South Bohemia – Český Krumlov. The venues include interesting venues, in particular, the unique areas of the Castle and Château of Český Krumlov.
The therapeutic use of hot springs has been present in Europe from ancient times to the present day, giving birth to a number of spa towns well-known for the beauty of their buildings, or long tradition of welcoming guests and the healing properties of its springs.
Young Chef Award is a competition organized and promoted by the International Institute of Gastronomy.
Typical recipe with the PGI Salmerino del Trentino, cooked in a pan with seasonal vegetables.
Recognized as one of the Traditional Italian Food Products (P.A.T.), the most famous dish of the Crema food tradition is typically prepared during the town festivals or for other important family events
When you travel to Europe, it’s not just about enjoying the sights and sounds. It’s about immersing yourself in the culture to get even more out of your trip. That means jumping in head first to education experiences that you might not do otherwise. Whether you’re studying abroad in Europe for school or on a month-long sabbatical from everyday life, enjoy a wide range of experiences to truly enjoy European culture.
One of the best parts of international travel is getting to try the local cuisine, and some of the best dishes in Europe come from the countries on the Mediterranean Sea. Starting in Spain, we’ll highlight some great entrees from all around the coast and on into Turkey.
Post-retirement is an excellent time to go see the world, as you’re less likely to have pressing engagements and can spend more time at your destination. Europe is a great option for seniors as many of the top destinations are not too far from each other cutting down on travel time, while still providing an exciting and enriching travel experience. It’s also relatively easy to find a tour group that goes to the specific destinations you want to see in Europe, and travel in comfort at the same time.
Europe Makes Traveling with Children Easier.
Europe’s culture is not limited to its numerous art museums and palaces. Some of Europe’s greatest stories can be heard over a glass of wine, beer or other drink within the walls of a pub or finest alcohol outlets off the beaten track.
How architecture and contrasts changed Europe’s cities.
With a past as storied as Europe’s, it’s impossible not to take in some history while on your trip. Find out more about UNESCO World Heritage Site in the European territory.
Discovering Europe’s creative hotspots. A selection of trendsetting venues, innovative concepts, and the freshest ingredients to inspire your visit to Europe.
There’s more to shopping in Europe than the designer brands on Champs-Élysées.
Europe is home to a fascinating array of museums, devoted to every subject imaginable. From Vikings in the north, broken relationships in Croatia to vampires in Brasov. Here is the lowdown on Europes original and unusual museums.
Push your limits at Europe’s most exhilarating and unusual theme parks!
Whether you aim for Olympic speed or gentle slopes, here is a list of the coolest and lesser-ridden ski resorts in Europe, which are waiting for you.
Get in the mood and lose track of time and space in one of Europe’s many music festivals.
Europe’s beaches are rated amongst the world’s best for a variety of reasons: their stunning scenery, their unique nature and their lively entertainment offerings. Here is a selection of some of the most unique spots Europe’s coastline has to offer.
Admire the works of da Vinci, Rembrandt and Klimt firsthand at some of the finest classical art museums in the world.
Looking for the coolest destinations in Europe? Visit during November to February, the European winter season. Northern skies are glowing, ski slopes are glistening and Christmas markets are magical.
From the cool winds of the Atlantic to the warm waters of the Mediterranean, Europe’s coastline defines the continent in every way. It has created communities, inspired exploration, driven trade and attracted tourism, while remaining a constant source of natural wonder.
Three perfect cities for discovering the magical royal secrets!
If you’re looking to spend your summer vacation in Europe, look no further. The weather in and around the Mediterranean and the Iberian Peninsula is perfect in summer; it’s just warm enough to remind you what season it is without roasting you. The Douro valley in Portugal is famous for its wines, and what better time to sample it than summer? Mild temperatures make for ideal for sipping outside or on a cruise ship. Port wine was once shipped on the Douro River, from the steep wine valleys inland, to Porto. Difficult to navigate in the past, the river is now a smooth ride for cruise boats that offer breathtaking views of the Douro Valley, topped with visits to regional monuments, folk music and, of course, wine.
A wedding is meant to be unforgettable. That’s why it needs to be in a place that’s equally unforgettable. Europe is one of the world’s most popular places for destination weddings – and for good reason. Whether you like big spectacular weddings or charming quaint ones, there’s the perfect romantic place for you in Europe.
Set sail on Europe’s high seas with a cruise. Explore the water and coastal destinations of one of Europe’s many cruise options, from big luxury cruise lines to chartering a small fishing boat.
The Priorat county celebrates its annual Wine Fair usually during the first weekend of May. It is dedicated to the two wine appellations of the county, the DOC Priorat and the DO Montsant. The wineries involved offer tastings of their wines in exchange for tasting tickets which can be purchased at the fair in the information tent. There are also parallel events taking place over the long weekend such as wine-tasting courses, cooking contests, wineries opening up for visitors and guided olive oil tastings.
Food Festival is a gathering point for everyone interested in food, a place where you will be entertained and challenged. It gathers the best Danish and Nordic breeders, growers and chefs who aspire to create high quality food in balance with nature. Food Festival will fill your stomach as well as your heart and mind. Come an enjoy food delights in Aarhus on September 2th 2022!
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.
Venice is arguably the most romantic place in the world. With serene rivers and canals winding through the city, there are unforgettable sights at every turn. But it’s not the only romantic city in Europe. Get to know the European cities that claim to be the “Venice of the North” by browsing through this gallery.
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.
Souvlaki, souvlakia or kebab, irrespective which name you pick, you will get one of the most popular dishes in Cyprus. Souvlakia are small pieces of pork, skewered and roasted over a slow charcoal fire and eaten with chopped onion, salt and pepper in a pitta, a flat, unleavened bread.
Your house will fill with the heady scent of cinnamon and rosewater when cooking these wonderfully delicious sweet cheese puffs…the essence of Cyprus.
A festival of street food that shines the light of the old markets, a concentration of flavors, smells, colors, voices, each year overwhelms the old town of Trapani.
The Kerteminde Cherry Festival takes place every year on the 3rd weekend of July in Kerteminde, Denmark. The festival offers art, music, culinary taste experiences and more exciting entertainment for your senses, all under the motto: See, listen and taste.
Denmark is fast becoming an international food hotspot, with award-winning chefs, award-winning restaurants and of course the famous smørrebrød. But there’s more to Nordic cuisine than fancy eateries. Denmark is host to numerous food festivals throughout the year, covering everything from organic produce to fresh seafood. There is a food festival for everyone. Even sweet tooth lovers will find their happiness during Odense Tartelet Festival.
Every September tens of thousands of people visit Buda Castle to celebrate wine at Hungary’s greatest wine festival. In the unique setting hundreds of exhibitors showcase their wines from all around Hungary and even from a few foreign countries. Even if you are not the wine expert, the ambience and the programs guarantee an unforgettable time spent in Budapest!
Biggest festival of sweets in Hungary is also an event recorded by the professionals throughout Europe. The sweetest weekend of the year is held at Buda Castle in the middle of September every year since 2011.
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.
With close to 66,000 km of the coastline in the old continent and thousands of lakes, rivers and canals, exploring Europe by boat is an unforgettable experience.
Spring is the perfect time to be in Europe. The sun comes out, the days get longer and all the plants begin flowering. It’s also the perfect time to get away from busy European capitals and enjoy the out of the way secret locations and green spaces of the world. Make your way to Belgium for the Greenhouses of the Royal Palace at Laeken, Brussels. Beauty can be found at the Winter Garden in both its plant life and Art Nouveau architecture; the massive greenhouses with their ironwork frames are home to many rare and beautiful plants. They cover six acres of striking rotundas, domes and galleries. Twenty full-time gardeners meticulously tend this impressive collection.
Zivania is a traditional alcoholic beverage produced for centuries in Cyprus which has played an important role in the everyday life of the locals. With an alcohol content of 40-99%, it is no surprise that the island’s national drink of Zivania is also referred to as ‘firewater’!
Wine has been part of Cyprus history for thousands of years! The island has been a vine-growing and wine-producing country for millennia while the local Commandaria wine is considered the world’s oldest named wine still in production. During wine harvest, a number of wine-producing villages organise various events dedicated to grape and its produces.
Europe is a magical place. From ancient castles to picturesque waterfalls, much of the scenery looks like it could be straight out of a fairytale. In fact, much of Europe’s best literature, collections of short stories and iconic European fairytales are inspired by real places. Explore them for yourself to turn the stories of folklore into your reality.
Europe is a very bike-friendly continent, both in the cities and out in the countryside. Turn your sightseeing into exercise and cover more ground on Europe’s great bike paths.
Cyprus has been famous for its herbs since antiquity. Due to its geology, geographical position and climate, more than 600 herb species can be located on the island thus making it a botanical heaven! The Lavender festival is held every year on the picturesque Platres village on the Troodos Mountains.
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.
Rich with diversity and beaming with culture, Europe is home to everything from pride parades to museums that celebrate the LGBT community. You can find an entire district of high-end shopping in one city – then go skiing down whitewashed mountains in the next. So inspire your upcoming European stay with some of the area’s most enticing settings.
When people think of a classically romantic honeymoon, most people think of Paris. And with good reason, Paris, France is the city of love, after all. Beyond Paris though, there are many other options for wonderfully romantic getaway in Europe.
A food and wines exhibition with the best products of the area of Novi Ligure will be organized between 2-4 December 2022.
During the second fortnight in July, Tortosa celebrates the Renaissance Festival.The Festival commemorates the splendour of the city in the 16th century, a peak time in the history of Tortosa, by offering a wide programme of entertainment and cultural activities.
Banitsa is a Bulgarian layered pastry, which traditionally is filled with eggs and feta cheese and people usually have it for breakfast. In honor of its iconic Bulgarian gastronomic product, the small village of Branitsa, in northwest of the country, celebrates the “Festival of the Banitsa” every year. There visitors can taste not only the traditional recipe, but also a wide variety of choices, many of them really unusual.
Sant Sadurní d’Anoia, the world’s leading cava producing town, brings together the top cava producers every year at Cavatast. Cavatast has tasting areas where you can enjoy sampling a variety of cavas and try the flavours of the food on offer, too. Cavatast also has a store set up in a central shopping area to make it easy for visitors to purchase the many cavas on display, as well as a busy schedule of related activities and specialised workshops led by wine professionals.
On the first Friday in May, Getaria will be hosting “Antxua Eguna” (Anchovy Day), an event that seeks to encourage people to taste anchovies and txakoli and take tours to discover the fishing industry and appreciate the people who work in it.
The San Miniato National White Truffle Market; is held here every year during the last three weekends of November. It is an important, internationally recognised fair that hosts many gastronomic and cultural events.
Since 1945, this unusual festival brings together crowds of people every year, ready to have a great time hurling tomatoes at each other. The number of participants increases year after year as well as the excitement about La Tomatina Festival. It has been officially declared as Festivity of International Tourist Interest.
The holiday of the Elena pork ham is a yearly tradition and is organized by the local tourism council and the Elena municipality. The main idea is to revive the forgotten tradition of the Elenian fair that was held on Dimitrovden – a big Christian holiday.
Umeå Taste Festival was celebrated for the first time in 2014 as the city was designated as the European Capital of Culture in 2014. A variety of street food, merchants, as well as local and regional producers all contribute to make the event a celebration of the food culture. Umeå Taste Festival is divided into different thematic areas so as to be atractive for both visitors and exhibitors.
Come and celebrate the 87th edition of the White Truffle Festival in Alba, Italy from 6th October until 25th November.
Every third Sunday of May, the Italian town of Monterosso al Mare celebrates lemons during the Festa del Limone! The festival brings together the whole community to decorate the village with numerous variations of typical local products, as mentioned by Montale in his poems.
Everybody is welcome to the Riga Food fair to draw inspiration from a diversity of menu ideas, to taste new products as well as to see professional chefs, pastry cooks and bartender competitions.
The Mainz Wine Market in the Romantic City Park takes place between August 23rd to 26th and August 30th to 2nd, 2018. Once a year anyone and everyone who produces sells or just enjoys wine in the region takes part in a get-together in Mainz’s Stadtpark (city park).
The Bufet Potato Market takes place every Sunday in October from 9 am in the morning until 2 pm in the afternoon in the Plaça de la Rectoria d’Orís. Besides buying this particular variety of potato, there are many activities to be enjoyed throughout the day such as tasting sessions of dishes based on the Bufet potato and other fun activities for all ages.
In Prague Coffee Festival for the first time visitors can expect not only one day show but two days full of coffee events! Visitors will have the chance to taste coffee from the Czech and foreign roasteries either on the Espresso bars or the Brewing Bars or in the form of cupping.
This year’s Largs Viking Festival offers you a bespoke food and drink festival, alongside the activities such as the living history village and re-enactments that feature in the wider programme.
A taste of Värmland is the festival which shows and celebrates the local food of Värmland. It takes place in Mariebergsskogen, the city park of Karlstad, on the 24th and 25th of September. It is a tradition since 2011 and 16 000 visitors are expected at the festival this year.
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!
Some of Scotland’s best street food vendors and producers join Edinburgh’s festivals for the first time this year, showcasing their wares in the George Square Gardens, the hub of Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
ButeFest is a brand new event that will take place in Rothesay on the Isle of Bute featuring live music, food, craft beer and cider, family activities and free camping facilities.
The Wine Harvest Festival of Rioja Alavesa is a road show festival started in 1994 in the town of Laguardia, will hold its main act on the 18th of September in the town of Labastida. This massive event aims to inform visitors about the municipalities, their lifestyle and principally about wine as the main product of rural development in the region.
The small medieval town of Grevenmacher, in Luxembourg’s Moselle Region, provides the pretty scenery offered while enjoying the internationally well known Luxembourg wines and crémants, at the occasion of one of the most popular festivals all over the region. The traditional Wine and Grape Festival offers a unique choice to taste them while discovering this pretty village with its narrow streets, handsome winegrower’s houses and a region that stimulates all senses.
In the heart of the Picos de Europa Mountains, the village of Arenas de Cabrales helds an annual fair focused on one of its most popular gastronomic products: “Cabrales” Cheese (strong cheese).
During the last week of August each year, gourmets and food lovers have a date in Maastricht at the Preuvenemint, the biggest gastronomic festival in the Netherlands. A four-day long event whose name says it all: a combination of the Maastricht words preuve (taste) and evenemint (event). Thus, the Preuvenemint is an event where guests can taste the good things in life, experience both culinary surprises and an appealing musical program.
Vino in Festa is a month-long celebration that mixes wine and culture in the South Tyrolean Wine Road. The programme invites people to discover the flavours and colours of these famous wines and also the historical villages around the Wine Route. The event ends with the Cellar Wine Night, a dream for wine lovers that includes visits to cellars, walks among the vineyards, outdoor cooking and entertainment.
In October, in the Capital City of Finland the biggest food and wine event in the country takes place. It’s held at the Helsinki Exhibition & Convention Centre (Mussekeskus) and it brings together international gastronomic delicacies that visitors can taste as well as culinary experiences. It is a real paradise for gastronomy lovers that runs over four days.
Abergavenny Fine Food Festival is one of the biggest events on the UK’s food calendar and every September transforms this picturesque town in the south east of Wales to a centre for gastronomy lovers. The town is a mecca for foodies, but there’s so much more to explore and the festival is the perfect excuse to do so.
The Stuttgart Wine Festival is a not-to be-missed event for wine lovers. It is held each year in the Baden-Württemberg region of Germany. The festival’s entire focus is on food and wine, and it’s a summer event with a twist: there is no loud music! Those who, in addition to gastronomy, also love velocity and cars will find a real paradise and this event is the perfect chance to discover the region.
Each year, Sweden’s most popular autumn festival, Öland’s Harvest Festival (Ölands Skördefest) attracts thousands of visitors. The festival is for those wanting to be part of the revival of the ancient Michaelmas tradition and enjoy its large feasts. It brings a vibrancy to Öland Island and celebrations are held across the Island, from the Long Erik lighthouse on the Island’s northern tip to the Long Jan lighthouse on the southern tip.
Kravji Bal is the greatest fest of Bohinj’s municipality. It’s a traditional event that has been presenting over the last 60 years the local tradition, habbits, food and artifacts. It’s one of Slovenia’s greatest events. On a day before, on Saturday, there is a great Cheese and Wine fest which starts at noon and ends at midnight, so you can have rest for the Kravji Bal.
If you have a sweet tooth, visit the annual chocolate festival in the Italian town of Perugia, which is without a doubt, a dessert lover’s paradise! Get your chocolate in the regular bar variety or try some chocolate liquor, hot chocolate, or even a chocolate kebab!
For 19 years the Principality of Monaco has celebrated an exciting culinary event focused on local gastronomy delicacies and temptations in November each year. For three days, visitors can experience an incredible gastronomic tour, wander through hundreds of stalls tasting delicious authentic foods from the region and enjoy cooking shows and demonstrations.
Munich is internationally well known because of Oktoberfest, the biggest beer festival in the world and the biggest popular feast in Germany, with more than six million visitors annually. A paradise for beer lovers (with 14 beer tents to choose from each one more awesome than the other). It’s the perfect place to discover the authentic ambience of a German feast.
Copenhagen Cooking is a ten-year-old festival that has become the most renowned international cuisine event in Northern Europe and reasserts Copenhagen’s role as the gastro capital of Scandinavia. The winter edition is a real paradise for food lovers that lasts a whole month. The event includes not only new cuisine experiences and food markets but also countless other events across the entire city.
Over the past years the Budapest International Wine Festival has truly come of age and is now one of the most prestigious events of its kind in Hungary.
Join hundreds of visitors interested in the cultural and gastronomic traditions of this unique area of the Southern Great Hungarian plain. Teams of sausage makers have to create the ultimate raw sausage against the clock, and a party atmosphere ensues as they compete for a small number of top places. Visitors can watch the fun and sample authentic local food and drink.
Each year, on the last weekend of September, Galway City celebrates the International Oyster & Seafood Festival, the most internationally recognised Irish festival after St Patrick’s Day and the world’s longest running Oyster Festival in the country.
Every September since 1954, the city of Clarenbridge celebrates the king of seafood with a festival of food, entertainment, music, dancing and most of all a festival of fun with the Oyster at its centre.
The Festa de la Verema takes place during the second weekend of September and includes a whole series of celebratory activities such as the blessing of the first must, treading the grapes, a food and wine fair, crafts stalls, winery tours, wine-tasting courses, competitions, dances, fireworks and many more events over the three days, filling the town with entertainment and promoting the culture of wine-making.
Poboleda celebrates one of the most popular events in the Priorat wine diary: Festa del Vi i la Verema a l’Antiga (the Old Fashioned Wine Harvest Festival), which is planned for mid September every year and is the longest-standing event organized for the Priorat Protected Designation of Origin.
At the end of October, chocolate lovers should head to Salon du Chocolat in Paris, a worldwide event that hosts more than 550 international participants and attracts thousands of visitors who, together, celebrate the magic of chocolate. Chocolate and pastry show demonstrations, conferences, courses and a Chocolate Fashion Show are just some of the activities that visitors can enjoy at this five day long chocolate experience!
Cous Cous Fest is the International Festival of Cultural Integration, an important appointment that is renewed for seventeen years, involving in its festive atmosphere all countries of the euro-Mediterranean area.
In the heart of the Picos de Europa Mountains, the village of Potes hosts the Orujo festival. This festival takes place every year during the second weekend of November. ‘Orujo’ is liquor made from the skins and seeds of crushed grapes. This festival was declared a National Tourist Interest Celebration in 2012.
The Festival del Xató is a unique opportunity to find out about the authentic Vilanova i la Geltrú Xató. The festival includes tasting of tapas made from local products that can be found in the Mercat Municipal del Centre (the town market).
Those who love wine and Brussels gastronomy will be delighted by the gastronomic festival eat! Brussels, drink! Bordeaux. The programme features: outdoor wine tastings, tastings of our Brussels gastronomic delicacies, stimulation of your taste buds, learning about new culinary techniques as well as magical and peaceful walks outdoors. This year the festival will be held at the heart of the Parc de Bruxelles, right in front of the Royal Palace.
Since 2003 the South Tyrolean Bread and Strudel Festival has been offering a vast variety of freshly baked bread and original South Tyrolean apple strudel. 20 bakeries and pastry shops offer local specialties from all areas of the region. The visitors have the opportunity to gain insight into the baking tradition of South Tyrol and to enjoy numerous delicacies made from local products in one of South Tyrol’s most beautiful squares, the cathedral square of Bressanone/Brixen.
This ancient Madeira wine making tradition, annually promoted in the local village of Estreito de Câmara de Lobos, combines various cultural activities with wine making rituals, such as the picking of the grapes, the carrying of grapes to the press and other traditions related to a typical Madeira feast, which are fully enjoyed by locals and tourists alike. At the same time, there are a variety of activities and entertainment taking place in downtown Funchal and connected with folklore and the traditional wine-making process.
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!
Bruges and gastronomy have long been inextricably linked. The city counts no fewer than 12 Michelin stars so it has the right to call itself the Mecca for gourmets. At Kookeet over twenty top Bruges chefs introduce you to some highly diverse gastronomic gems.
The Honey and Wine Festival is traditionally organized in Negotin on May. The festival offers tasting and sales from the vineyards and apiaries, the proclamation of the best wine of the year, souvenir sales and a great program of culture and entertainment.
The Taste of Antwerp is the biggest culinary festival in Antwerp. The festival has been substantially growing every year. The great selection of participating top restaurants, the beautiful location next to the Schelde, and the creative execution (decoration, fresh herbs, wooden plates) make this festival one of the top culinary festivals in Belgium.
Each year in September, wine and champagne lovers have an opportunity to celebrate the harvest of the Riesling Open in the Moselle River Valley. This is a weekend event of wine and champagne tasting with an entertainment program centred in four villages of the Wine Route: Ehnen, Wormeldange, Ahn and Machtum. It is the perfect occasion to experience the well known wines and champagnes of this popular wine region.
Over the years, this national event has become a must in relation to top-quality products for all those who appreciate good food.
This market, taking place in Bulle, every Thursday of July and August (Wednesday if Thursday is a holy day), is the best way to discover a region and its inhabitants. The season for the folk market is summer.
For one week, Calahorra, Town of Vegetables, becomes a major gastronomic forum and meeting place for Spain’s best cooks. Throughout the week, and using the best quality vegetables, they produce the most innovative and appetizing dishes and snacks are produced and taste the best Rioja wines. Calahorra plays host to a fantastic festival at which gastronomy is the star.
The northern region of Montenegro is covered by high mountains and the soil is convenient for some special cultures such as forest fruits, blueberry or edible mushrooms, as well as wild medicinal herbs. Blueberries are part of the landscapes and a much appreciated ingredient in a lot of recipes and dishes. In honor of them, Plav celebrates the Blueberry Days Festival in July, an international event that brings together gastronomy and folklore and is considered to be one of the best tourism events in Montenegro.
Dürkheim Sausages Fair (Wurstmarkt) is internationally well known as the world’s biggest wine festival and is one of the most popular culinary feasts in Germany. The event has a long history of nearly six hundred years and it mostly celebrates the excellent local wines with a lot of tastings. In fact, the region is the largest wine region in the country. It takes place from 9 to 13 September 2022 and from 16 to 19 September 2022.
Aceite de La Rioja is an Extra Virgin Olive Oil. The olive tree farming is rooted since ages in Rioja Media, the Cidacos and Alhama Valleys. This quality brand protects the extra virgin olive oil produced, processed and bottled in La Rioja. The acidity of the oil is less than or equal to 0.8 grades and has an extraordinary organoleptic property.
The PGI protects the Chorizo in the shape of string or cylindrical horseshoe, elaborated in enterprises that have the control of the production, maturing and drying, and quality of the raw material. The high quality raw materials and the traditional production give to the Chorizo Riojano special characteristics.
The climate plays an important role in the cauliflower’s cultivation and La Rioja region has the best climate for that. The cauliflower is solid and compact, the color is between white and cream, and has a diameter of 11cm, with well-shaped green leaves. The harvest has to be handmade and delivered to the warehouse in less than 12 hours.
This pear is cultivated and handled in La Rioja since 16th century. The ‘Pears from Rincón de Soto’ is the first PDO awarded for pears cultivated in Spain.
Camerano Cheese is an old tradition in Sierra de Cameros. Nowadays, the cheese is produced in the same way but with new tools. This PDO protects the quality of the cottage, soft, semi-matured and mature cheese. All of them are made with milk from goats fed with natural vegetation and products of the region.
Besides wine, the other product that symbolises Priorat is the olive oil. The cultivation of olives has been taking place for thousands of years in this area, as a complementary crop to wine, or in certain villages of the region, as the main agricultural product. We would like to invite you to get to know how this extra virgin olive oil is made, its characteristics and the various oil mills or presses which make up the Olive Oil Route.
This route through the rural areas of Asturias allows us to get to know the traditional ways of producing of such emblematic products as the local legume know as “faba de la granja” (farm bean), pan de escanda (bread made by traditional methods from spelt flour) or the famous embutido, the smoked preserved meats.
A journey through the southwest of Asturias to discover the very special quality wine from the Cangas de Narcea area produced through the so-named “heroic viticulture”.
The route offers the chance to visit the Asturian coast to get to know the gastronomy and marine traditions in the fishing villages, lonjas or fishermen’s markets, artisan canneries and restaurants.
The Route of the Cheeses allows visitors to discover many of the more than forty types of cheeses made in Asturias, visiting cheese producers, dairy farms and mountain pastures to enjoy a unique experience.
A journey through Asturias to see the cider-making process and the curious manner in which it is served here. Includes visits to orchards and cider presses, known in Asturias as lagares, guided tours, sampling traditional foodstuffs and activities that show the cider-making process and local culture.
Campo de Cariñena is one of the most traditional winegrowing zones of our country and currently continues reinventing itself. Its idiosyncrasy endures, the way of interpreting wine culture and tradition change and evolves, and therefore, the way of defining and presenting its wines is different.
The reason why the Hotel “Sacher” is as popular as Vienna’s Schönbrunn Palace is not its luxury accommodation, but the Sachertorte. Its fame has spread well beyond Austria and it is also the basis for this Gugelhupf recipe.
Oil cakes have a long tradition especially in Mediterranean countries where olive oil is abundant. In Austria sunflower or rape oil is used instead and candied bitter orange peel, aranzini, and pine kernels are also added.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is said to have loved sweet dishes prepared with almonds, marzipan and sugar such as the famous Mozartkugel chocolates, or the majestic Mozart-Gugelhupf.
The Austrians are convinced that the word “Gugelhupf” origins in the Middle High German “gugele” (monk’s hood) and “hopf” (yeast). It might also come from the Alsace “Kouglhof”, though, a sweet dish which, according to legend, the Three Wise Men carried with them.
Once the size of the Austrian poppy harvest was capable of influencing even the English stock market! That’s exactly what happened in the 1930s, when the Waldviertel Graumohn poppy was being traded on the London Commodities Market. Even though those are bygone days, poppy-growing in Austria is still booming, and along with it the cakes cooked with poppy seeds with the Mohngugelhupf being one of the most special delicacies the country has to offer.
The Marmorgugelhupf definitely presides over apple strudel, Powidlgolatschen (a glazed pastry with a plum jam filling) and all the other sweet dishes in the cake display of Austrian coffee houses.
What makes the apricot so special for Austria is its protected designation of origin ”Wachauer Marille” coming from the famous Wachau Valley. This enchanting Danube valley is one of the most beautiful natural landscapes in Europe. Whether genuine Wachau apricots or not, they always add distinctive acidity and moistness.
During the imperial era, Vienna was completely in a spin over almonds. No wonder, since the Viennese pastry chefs were focussed on everything that made fine dishes taste even finer. And that definitely included almonds!
“Dining like Kings” under the Austrian monarchy did not necessarily mean fine dining. Franz Joseph, the Emperor of Austria, for example, preferred simple meals. One of them was a simple Gugelhupf for dessert, which he loved to have served by his life-long confidante Katharina Schratt.
While Austrian cake-makers may indeed be famed for their Gugelhupf, the cake itself was actually known to the Romans in 2000 BC. They even enjoyed yeast Gugelhupf, with its round form serving as a symbol for the sun. Since then, this time-honoured recipe has ranked amongst the Gugelhupf classics.
Christianity has changed over the centuries. Europe has been at the crux of that change. Rome is the heart of the Catholic Church. Germany is the birthplace of the Reformation. Greece, Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania monasteries have been greatly influenced by Orthodox Christianity. From the underground religious practices during the Roman Empire to the modern acceptance of all types of faith, Christianity has evolved in Europe, and is worth exploring today more than ever.
Every traveller has their place (or places) they want to visit in Europe. But whether you prefer snowkiting in Norway or relaxing in the natural hot springs of Hungary, discovering fortresses in San Marino or photographing Dutch windmills in The Netherlands, find the activities and destinations you’ve dreamed of by knowing what style of vacation appeals to you.
Hungry for a fulfilling cultural experience? Europe offers no shortage of delicious choices when it comes to food-centric festivals and gastronomy trails. From a bizarre city-sponsored tomato-throwing event in Buñol, Spain, to a celebration of oysters in Galway, Ireland, there is a food festival that is sure to please any palate.
Much of Europe is known for its beer and wine production. But we don’t just know how to make them; we know how to drink them. From energetic beer festivals to exquisite wine gatherings, there’s plenty to celebrate. Drink up six of the best beer and wine festivals throughout Europe with this gallery.
If your European vacation includes the words “birdie,” “par” and “eagle,” then these golf courses are must-visit spots for you. Tee off at eight of Europe’s most pristine golf courses from the level greens of Malta to the towering cliffs of Portugal. No matter what type of course you’re looking for, Europe is bound to have it.
The mystery of the Celtic people continues to entice people to visit the ancient sites and ponder the meaning of what’s been left behind. You can explore well-known passage graves and monastic settlements of Ireland and Scotland to catch a glimpse into the sacred and storied Celts, but you can also find their mark on a number of other places throughout Europe that are just as fascinating.
A visit to Europe is unforgettable in itself, but people often find themselves dreaming about all the delicious foods they tried, long after they’ve returned. From sweet to salty and every flavor in between, fondly remember your trip when you bring home a taste of Europe.
Sometimes the best way to experience Europe is by taking the road less traveled. Or in some cases, not taking a road at all. The natural side of Europe consists of vast countrysides, towering mountains, calm waterways and more. Browse this gallery of some of Europe’s best adventures that are off the beaten trail. Then, load up your backpack and be on your way.
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.
Europe is a treat in more ways than one, and the local confections make it all the sweeter. You may already know about Belgian chocolate and Italian gelato. But that’s just the start of the sweet treats found in Europe. Let your taste buds travel the continent with these 12 sweet treats.
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.
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.
Bring your European experience home with you. Here is a list of must-buy European souvenirs to share with friends and family…or keep for yourself!
Europe’s natural beauty and stunning landmarks haven’t just caught the eyes of world travelers over the years. They’ve also attracted filmmakers to shoot their movies at Europe’s prized locations. Browse this gallery to see some of the lesser-known movie locations in Europe. Then, explore these landscapes for yourself on your own trip to Europe (no costumes required).
Sometimes you need to see something from another perspective to understand its beauty. In Europe, every perspective hides a new discovery, even under the water. From the shores of Italy to the clearwaters of Iceland, find what’s hiding beneath the surface of Europe with this gallery.
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.
No trip to Europe is complete without dining on the best local flavors. And some of Europe’s best dishes can be found in coastal countries. From classic pasta recipes in Italy to fresh seafood in Norway, you’re sure to find something to satisfy your palate. Browse this gallery of some of Europe’s best seaside dining before you decide where to go for dinner during your trip.
Europe’s landscapes are vast, beautiful and waiting to be discovered. From sand dunes in Spain to forests in Croatia, some of the world’s most fascinating places lay hidden in Europe. Browse this gallery to discover what’s here, and then come see it for yourself.
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.
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.
Romance is everywhere in Europe. But along the coast and in the small harbor towns, romance is inevitable. From seaside villages in Italy to beaches in Latvia, browse some of the most romantic coastal spots in Europe. Then, treat your sweetheart to the ultimate getaway.
There are a number of ways to travel through Europe. But only some of these ways bring you closer to Europe’s core, making how you travel part of the adventure. It’s traveling by vigor instead of motorized vehicle. And sprawling paths called greenways stretching throughout Europe make it possible.
For centuries some of the greatest sporting events have occurred throughout Europe’s historic stadiums, coliseums and arenas. Today, spectators come from around the globe to witness the world’s best athletes compete on these hallowed grounds. Consider this your brief guide to Europe’s best spots to watch football, tennis, cycling, rugby, racing and more.
Europe holds many impressive cathedrals, synagogues and mosques. These houses of worship hold important cultural, historic and religious significance. Many of these great buildings took centuries to build with ornate design and unique architecture.
Before planes, trains and automobiles, Europeans traveled by foot to visit famous religious sites. Today, many tourists embark on Europe’s religious routes to explore their spirituality, experience an epic adventure, and learn more about European culture. No matter what their motivations may be, every traveler seems to get their spiritual fix on these European pilgrimages.
Europe is home to some of the World’s most beautiful mountain ranges. The Alps, The Pyrenees and the Carpathian Mountains all stretch along Europe’s landscape. And atop these ranges you’ll find marvelous snowcapped peaks. Browse this gallery to learn more about Europe’s tallest peaks. Then, experience their natural grandeur in person on your next European adventure.
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.
Fewer tourists, cooler weather, and cheaper airfares and hotels lure many travelers to Europe during the off-season. But when exactly is the European off-season and where are good places to visit?
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.
The mountains in Europe are some of the tallest summits in the world. They’re also some of the most fun. From skiing in Switzerland to snowkiting in Norway, discover the best ways to play on Europe’s mountains with this gallery.
Wine has influenced the culture of Europe for centuries. Dating back to 1600 BC, the Romans spread wine grapes throughout Europe and quickly became skilled at classifying grape varieties and colors, observing characteristics, and building fertilization techniques. By the first century AD, wine was being exported from Italy to Spain, Germany, England and France. The world’s oldest operating winery, the Château de Goulaine in France, is still open to visitors today and was a reason the country and its surrounding area quickly dominated the world wine market.
An art form throughout Europe, brewing’s tradition can be traced back to the trappist monks and continues to live in today’s breweries. Visit the oldest breweries in Europe for a stout experience, rich in history.
One of the best ways to immerse yourself in a particular culture is to attend a heritage festival. Learn how the locals celebrate their colorful customs by sharing what makes their homeland special, namely through music, art, food, and a multitude of engaging activities and events. It’s an excellent opportunity to discover the rich history and varied traditions of a culture as presented and celebrated by its own people.
Europe is full of iconic sites and landmarks. From the Eiffel Tower in Paris to flower fields of the Netherlands, there’s always something new and exciting to see. In this gallery, you’ll find just some of the must-see landmarks scattered throughout Europe in this gallery. Get to know a little about them here so you know which ones to add to your trip itinerary.
If you love cooking as much as you love traveling, why not combine your passions and embark on the ultimate tasting tour? With gastronomic tourism on the rise, travellers from all over the world are able to get a unique perspective on a country’s native cuisine and how it’s prepared while sampling the local culture, sights and attractions. Try a cooking class in Europe and learn culinary secrets from world-renowned chefs in some of Europe’s most spectacular settings. Learn to make paella in Valencia, how they make cheese in the South of France, or about nose-to-tail butchering in the English countryside.
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.
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.
There’s nothing like enjoying a night at the opera in the very place where it was born. From Teatro alla Scala in Milan to London’s Covent Garden, Europe is home to many of the world’s finest opera houses. Don’t miss the chance to take your European vacation to new heights of action, drama and romance – all within the span of a few hours – with a trip to one of Europe’s famed opera houses
Explore some of the grandest of Europe’s palaces in this breathtaking photo gallery.
Europe’s heritage and culture date back thousands of years. And some of the most ancient remnants of the earliest European cultures can still be found today. From prehistoric cave drawings to mysterious stone formations, discover the continent’s past at its oldest locations. Browse this gallery, then come see these magnificent sites for yourself on your next trip.
Searching for the perfect beach can be a difficult task, especially in an area you are not familiar with. However, in Europe, you’ll know you’ve found the ideal surf and sand thanks to an iconic marker – a blue flag. Europe’s Blue Flag Beaches meet strict standards for water quality, safety and eco-friendliness, making them the ideal spot for sunbathing, swimming, and playing. Luckily for travelers, there are over 4,000 beaches that have achieved Blue Flag status in the world – and Europe has a large majority of them.
Europe has been around for a long time. That’s why some of its most celebrated buildings are some of the oldest. But newer, more modern buildings can also be found. From Italy to Denmark, modern architecture has found its way into Europe’s heart. Browse this gallery to see some of the newest architectural marvels found throughout Europe.
The most majestic of all landscapes is the fjord, a glacial formation that carves out deep, narrow valleys filled with sparkling waters. High walls preside over the water, providing spectacular views and excellent hiking. Although there are many glacial features that resemble fjords throughout the world, the truest and most beautiful fjords can be found in Europe.
From fresh Atlantic cod to giant king crab, Europe has an amazing selection of seafood. Explore the regional cuisine of traditional plates from around the coasts of Europe. Find the freshest seafood at a fishing village market or in a five-star restaurant. Head onto the waters with a guide and catch your own fish and learn how to prepare it. Whether it’s caught in the Mediterranean Sea, the Atlantic Ocean or the North Sea, European seafood is a treat.
Europe is a jolly place to be any time of the year. But when Christmas time rolls around, some places become nothing short of magical. It all starts at the Christmas markets sprinkled throughout the continent. From Finland to France, unwrap the wonder of European Christmas markets with this gallery. Then, find your way here in December to experience it firsthand.
The snow-white scenery of the Dolomites is an ideal destination for those who love skiing, snowboarding, ice-skating, climbing, snowshoeing and trekking. Internationally famous for its ski resorts, it’s a magic realm offering numerous slopes in one track for hundreds of kilometers while being surrounded by magnificent heights and enchanting landscapes. There are so many sports to practice on Mount Rosa and its valleys; the three valleys of Ayas, Gressoney and Valsesia have some of Italy’s biggest ski resorts.
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.
Some of Europe’s most historic sites are sports stadiums. From gladiators battling in the Colosseum to the world’s best footballers competing in Camp Nou, stadiums have long had their place of prominence in European lifestyle. Explore 10 of the most historic sporting sites throughout the years with this photo gallery.
Europe has a well-connected railway system. Not only does this make travel super convenient, but it also shows off some of the best views in Europe. From coastlines to alpine peaks, you can see the most scenic vistas of Europe.
This hearty soup, pronounced ‘looshcosh’ in Romanian, hails from Ardeal (a region of Transylvanian Romania) and probably comes from the Hungarian soup called lucskos kaposzta.
A delicious dessert, the apricot jam distinguishes itself with its unique flavour, being one of the least “sweet” jams and definitely one of the most delicate desserts for a hot summer day and not only.
Meatballs of various types are an integral part of Romanian cuisine and the word chiftea (pl. chiftele) (pronounced /kif-te-a/ – /kif-te-le/) is clearly an indication of their Turkish origin, the word being a corruption of the Turkish kofte and related to the Middle Eastern kafta. In the Moldavian region of Romania they are also commonly known as parjoale (/pur-joa-le/) although these seem to be a little larger in size than the standard Romanian chiftea. Due to the preference for pork in the Romanian diet, these meatballs are most commonly composed of pork, perhaps in combination with some beef. Lamb chiftele are quite rare in Romanian cuisine. These cauliflower croquettes have a moist, light interior and, if cooked right, a crispy coating. Cauliflower is more usually pickled in Romanian or the whole florets are battered and fried.
“Ostropel” is a Romanian dish that can be found all around the country; each area having their own variations, additions, or omissions. Even the chicken is exchangeable, and the dish could easily be cooked with chicken livers, pork chunks, or even a vegetarian version with the meat replaced by potatoes or another solid vegetable.
This aubergine salad is served as a starter along with crust bread and various other ‘salate’ or on the table for a late summer barbeque. It can easily be made well in advance and make plenty, because it’s also extremely delicious just on its own for a lunchtime snack, and all the better with some crispy grilled ‘lipia’ bread (a kind of round thin bread, something like a flatbread or pitta). What’s more, it’s simple to make!
Polenta e Osei is probably the most representative dish of Vicenza’s traditional cuisine. The recipe contains simple ingredients and its secret lies in a long and low heat cooking. The meat has to be moistened during the whole cooking process and the heat has to be uniformly distributed.
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.
Bassano is a small and lovely town not far away from the city of Palladio, where a precious white plant grows up every spring, becoming the main protagonist during Easter – the asparagus. Eggs and Asparago Bianco di Bassano DOP represents one of the most typical dishes of the Veneto province. The dish is an example of a simple but tasty regional recipe and goes very well with white wines.
Capons are often used in the traditional cuisine of Vicenza and Capon ala canevèra is a dish that is usually prepared in winter, during Christmas holidays. But what is the canevèra? It’s a kind of pipe used as a blowhole during the cooking process in the oven, so the meat can keep all its taste.
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.
Bigoli con L’Arna is one of the most mouthwatering dishes of Vicenza’s cuisine. This is an ancient recipe which brings us back in time of 16th century, when the Holy League defeated the Ottoman Empire in the famous Battle of Lepanto. To remember the glorious victory, Pope Pio V (and subsequently Gregorio XIII) established a feast called Our Lady of the Rosary, celebrated by the locals of Veneto with this special dish every first Sunday of October.
Travel back to the Middle Ages with this photo gallery of the most breathtaking castles that still stand in Europe.
Hrudka is a traditional meal of Eastern Slovakia and it’s an essential part of the Easter table. Eggs were considered the symbol of life and fertility and because of that, food made of eggs was served especially during Easter (celebrated in spring), when nature wakes up after winter rest.
In Slovakia, the most popular freshwater fish are carp, trout and pike. The Christmas Eve table could not lack fish, with carp being the most frequently chosen one. On the other hand, Slovak forests provide plenty of different kinds of edible mushrooms and they are usually prepared with meat, scrambled eggs, soups or sauces.
In the 18th century, sheep cheese manufacturers were established in Slovakia: the first one was in 1787 in Detva, and the second one in Zvolenská Slatina in 1797, which is still operating nowadays. Demikát, together with sheep cheese gnocchi, is another Slovak traditional dish, for the preparation of which this type of cheese is used.
During the summer many fruits ripen, so they have also become part of the traditional Slovak recipes. The cooked dough dishes are some of the most popular among them, where besides gnocchi and noodles, potato dumplings with fruit belong to. Many different kinds of fruit can be used for its preparation, but the most common are cherries, strawberries, apricots, plums and blueberries. As a topping/streusel curd, nuts, poppy seed or bread crumbs can be used.
Autumn in Slovakia belongs to goose feasts, with their long tradition especially in the Small-Carpathian region. Breeding of geese and goose feasts in Slovakia have about a hundred year long tradition that is related to the southern regions of our country. The tradition of roasting goose came to Slovakia from German-speaking countries, especially Austria and Germany, where it is associated with the feast of St. Martin. In Slovakia, it was mainly established for economic reasons because selling roasted goose at the local markets was the activity of Slovak housewives, which in this way improved the household budget. Gourmets from various parts of the country began to search for places where the best goose came from (Chorvátsky and Slovenský Grob). Another reason for the emergence of this habit was just to the South of Slovakia with plenty of small rivers and brooks ideal conditions for breeding geese.
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.
The traditional Slovak dishes are most commonly referred to as gnocchi with sheep cheese (Bryndzové halušky), sheep cheese (Bryndzové pirohy) and other dishes produced using traditional methods.The sheep cheese is a soft salty cheese made of sheep’s milk with a strong aroma and taste. Like Bryndzové halušky, Bryndzové pirohy is a characteristic Slovak dish that belongs to traditional Slovak specialties. The recipe is quite simple. The preparation procedure, however, is quite different and we can distinguish them reliably by sight and taste.
The most typical Slovak national food is Bryndzové Halušky with bacon. This is made from potato dough mixed with a special kind of sheep cheese – „bryndza“ that tastes best in the so called cottages of shepherds or mountain chalets. The dish is topped by fried bacon lardons and some of the fat. Bryndzové halušky is best eaten with buttermilk or acidified milk. Slovakia can boast a remarkable world curiosity. Every year, in the mountain village of Turecká at the foot of the Veľká Fatra mountains, lovers of bryndzové halušky meet at the European championship for cooking and consuming of this dish.
Asparagus has rightfully earned itself nicknames such as ‘white gold’ and ‘queen among vegetables’. It is indeed a very flavourful vegetable, which is traditionally harvested and enjoyed from the second Thursday in April.
This is a typical soup in the Krkonose Mountains and the adjacent regions. It is made of bread yeast and served at almost all restaurants in the Krkonose region of the Czech Republic.
Polenta is a cornmeal mush mixed during its cooking with different cheeses and butter. It is a very simple and tasty dish, popular in Piedmon and Lombardy regions (Italy).
Ajdnek is a sort of cake or pogača. It is considered the best and the richest pastry typical in the Upper Savinjska Valley. Buckwheat flour dough and a filling made of walnuts, honey, vanilla sugar and cinnamon are a delicious match.
Sirovi Štruklj is one of the most characteristic dishes, known all over Slovenia. Štruklji are made from different kinds of dough and can have a wide range of fillings; they can also be baked or cooked, sweet or savory. Until the 1930’s they used to be prepared at holidays and festivities and to celebrate the end of major farm work. The most special kind of štruklji, especially during spring and summer, is prepared with tarragon filling. Other widely known varieties are those with cottage cheese filling, walnut, apple and poppy seed štruklji, along with many others.
Šelinka is a thick soup made from celeriac roots and leaves, potatoes, carrots and spices. A pig’s trotter or some other piece of smoked or dried pork meat is often cooked in it. It can be served with polenta.
Alongside štruklji, Pehtranova Potica is the most typical Slovenian dessert. It is made with more than 80 different fillings. Potica is a characteristic festive dessert made from different kinds of dough. The most characteristic types of potica include tarragon, honey, walnut, poppy seed, crackling, chive, lovage and cottage cheese.
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.
Where the Karst ends, Teran ends, too. Teran, this highly prized and unique wine from the Karst region with a deep ruby color, moderate alcohol content and health-promoting characteristics, was prescribed therapeutically by medical doctors in the 19th century to anemic and pregnant women – it was even sold in Trieste’s pharmacies!
In addition to the well-known wine grape varieties which grow in the Primorska region, in the Vipava Valley you can also find several indigenous grapes – the harmonious and refreshing Pinela with a delicate bouquet; the wonderfully rich, slightly acidic Klarnica from the sun-drenched vineyards, and Zelén, the sun-kissed ‘king of the Vipava Valley wines’, which local winemakers always offer towards the end of wine tastings as it is indeed a very special wine.
There’s a lot to celebrate in Europe – especially during one of Europe’s many fire and ice festivals. Each festival is different from the rest, but they’re all a good time. From Iceland to Malta and everywhere in between, Europe’s festivals are some of the most colorful, festive and energetic celebrations on the planet. Browse some of the best and literally the brightest fire and ice festivals in Europe with this photo gallery.
Are you and the love of your life in need of some time together, sharing great experiences? ‘Love on a bicycle’ is a romantic mini-break in one of the most cultural and scenic parts of Denmark. Stay at the beautiful seaside hotels, hostels and Bed & Breakfasts, where you are gently woken by the sea air, and cycle to the local farm shops producing everything from grapes in bottles to chocolates in boxes. In Royal North Zealand, you have the peace and quiet you need to rediscover one another, and as the many experiences are linked by short bike rides, we guarantee romance, rosy cheeks, and big smiles!
Frikadeller is the Danish national dish and it is very easy to prepare. Frikadeller are flat, pan-fried meatballs made of beef and pork. A typical Danish Frikadeller dinner includes Danish red cabbage, Danish cucumber salad, sugar brown potatoes and brown gravy.
In Denmark, these world-famous sticky delights are called Vienna Bread (wienerbrød), as they were first made in Denmark in 1840 by Viennese chefs. Danish pastries rose in popularity over the centuries and are now a firm favorite of most Danes.
This sweet and sour specialty is exceptionally popular with locals and guests alike. The apple strudel filling is made of apples, sultanas, sugar, breadcrumbs, natural flavors, pine nuts, other nuts or almonds and butter. Only South Tyrolean apples and South Tyrolean butter may be used in apple strudel with the seal of quality. All ingredients are natural. Preservatives and other additives are forbidden. Flavor enhancers may not be used either. South Tyrolean apple strudel contains only natural flavors and aromas.
You’re probably already familiar with the big-time European wine producers of France, Italy and Spain. But there are many more wines to discover in the rest of the continent – and they’re as drinkable as they are affordable. Get to know six lesser-known European wine regions that are just begging to be explored.
Europe’s thermal spas invite you to relax in the lap of luxury. Filled with natural waters and accompanied by lavish treatments, Europe’s pools and modern resorts provide you with the perfect opportunity to unplug, relax and unwind.
Dumplings are the epitome of the South Tyrolean cuisine and an indispensable part of every menu. Dumplings are made of South Tyrolean white bread, which is dried and cut into cubes for making dumplings. The basic dough is made of type 00 white flour, South Tyrolean milk, pasteurised free-range eggs, fresh or frozen onions, dried, fresh or frozen parsley and chives if desired. South Tyrolean speck dumplings contain 15 – 20 % diced speck (PGI).
Speck Alto Adige PGI, the unique smoked ham of Italy´s southern Alps, іs а dry-cured, lightly smoked ham produced іn South Tyrol, northern Italy. Parts оf іts production аre regulated by the European Union under the protected geographical indication (PGI) status.
Austrian wine culture means much more than simply drinking good wine. Take the opportunity to visit vineyards, a lane of wine cellars, or travel along one of the picturesque wine trails.
Karjalanpiirakat come from Karelian kitchen and they are a great gift for Finnish food tradition. Recipe of the pies were spread first from Karelia to East Finland after the wars and then to the whole country. Finnish adapted these pies quickly to their ordinary and festival cuisine. Nowadays some find it easier just to buy pies ready made from grocery store, but baking the pie oneself is almost just as easy as well. Baking may take little bit more time, but the result, it’s worth it.
Finnish eat a lot of bread and they consume it even 50kg/110lbs each, every year! One of the most popular and traditional breads in Finland is Rye Bread (Ruisleipä). There are many recipes for this dark bread and each part of Finland seems to have their own traditional way of making it. Here is one basic recipe for good and healthy fiber rich Finnish Rye Bread.
Cinnamon Buns, or Korvapuustit in Finnish, are buns filled with cinnamon, sugar and butter. Cinnamon Buns are served oven warm with a glass of ice cold milk. Cinnamon Buns are sure to reward your taste buds! Finnish love their Cinnamon Buns and these buns even have their own annual National Day, which is celebrated every 4th of October.
The Chestnut: sweet, healthy and low in calories. The Valle Isarco/Eisacktal Valley innkeepers show us the taste of the chestnut during the “Valle Isarco Chestnut Speciality Weeks” from the middle of October to the beginning of November when everything revolves around the fruit of the bread-fruit tree. Numerous inns all along the route of the Keschtnweg, in the traditional chestnut growing area of the Valle Isarco offer all sorts of tasty treats during this time, which are all prepared using the noble chestnut.
One foot in a vineyard, the other in the sea. The Primorska wine growing region is nowadays undoubtedly the leading wine growing region in Slovenia, stretching from Goriška Brda on its western side, to the Vipava Valley, Karst and Slovenian Istria on its southern side. A combination of the Mediterranean and Alpine climates has created the region’s unique conditions for growing red and white wine grape varieties.
Panna Cotta Asparagi di Santena is different type of panna cotta.
Daktyla are delicious Cyprus sweets in the shape of fingers, dipped in syrup and filled with almonds and cinnamon.
The Designation Mantequilla de Soria covers the production and certification of butter obtained by pasteurizing cream from the milk of Friesian or Pardo-Alpina breeds of cow or cross-breeds between the two, and coming from dairy farms in the province of Soria. Protection covers the three traditional types: natural, salted and sweet.
One region: two Designations of Origin The DOQ Priorat and the DO Montsant, the two wine appellations within the region of the Priorat, have shared a history of wine growing since the XII century. They embrace and touch each other. Fruit of the same land yet original in their diversity and unique in their essence. Discover the wine route that enables you to feel two worlds within the same universe.
The lake trout “swims across” national borders and makes itself at home in deep, oxygen-rich lakes: in northern Russia, in Scandinavia, in the Baltic states, in Iceland. And of course, in Austria’s lakes. The sea trout is truly a globetrotter. In past times, it was the main fish to be found in Austrian lakes such as the Weissensee or the Millstätter See. And it is a great favourite with Austrian chefs and gastronomes. There’s very good reason for which the sea trout is the “Austrian Fish of the Year 2013”.
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.
When it came to his choice of meals, Emperor Franz Joseph proved very loyal to his native country and region. Alongside cooked beef, he loved simple pastry dishes made from eggs, flour, milk and a little sugar, such as the light and creamy Kaiserschmarren. Also known as ‘Emporer’s Trifle’, this dish is a true staple in Viennese cuisine and can not only be served as dessert but also as a main course. And: It is really easy to make.
The Viennese certainly did not invent the chocolate cake. The reputation of the Sachertorte outdoing any chocolate cake is owed to Eduard Sacher. The cook at the House of Metternich managed to make it famous as one of the best dishes of the Austrian cuisine.
Strudel, štrudl, štrudla and štrukli – these are the names given by our neighbors in Italy, Slovenia, Slovakia and the Czech Republic to this sweet dream of light pastry and its juicy filling. But in English, the only word which has made it into common use is the German “Strudel”. That is a powerful signal of just how famous the Viennese Apfelstrudel has now become internationally. But it’s all too easily forgotten that this fine pastry once traveled an extensive route from Arabia via the Ottoman Empire and Turkey, before becoming resident in Vienna. However, the long journey was worth it!
This goulash owes its name to the ever-hungry coachmen who drive the famous carriages (or ‘fiacres’) around Vienna. The beef ragout is topped with a garnish of sausage and fried egg – while its rich juice is permeated with sweet paprika powder. For this latter ingredient, as well as the numerous other variations of goulash, the Austrian cuisine owes a debt of gratitude to its neighbours in Hungary.
There is practically no more delicious proof of how firmly the Austrian cuisine is rooted in the heart of Europe than one of the most typical of Viennese dishes: boiled veal, or Tafelspitz. Good-quality beef, a few vegetables, aromatic spices and plenty of water to cook in – these are the vital ingredients. The same ingredients, though, also come together when the French are creating their “pot-au-feu”, or the Italians their “bollito misto”. In the case of the latter, veal and chicken meat or tongue might be added, but then some small differences should remain despite us all being good Europeans together.
Something which is not yet entirely proven for serious students of linguistics, but is readily apparent to Italophile Austrian gastronomes: the similarity, which is not just a linguistic one, between Austrian dumplings (“Nockerln”) and Italian gnocchi (pronounced: gnoki). In both countries, these small doughy treats are readily given a spicy twist. You would look for these semolina dumplings, the “Grieß-Gnocchi”, in the soup-bowls on the far side of the Brenner Pass, whereas in the world of Austrian soups you will come across them fairly frequently.
The true origin of the Wiener Schnitzel has again become a matter of vigorous debate between culinary historians in recent times. One thing, however, is absolutely certain: the Wiener Schnitzel is truly cosmopolitan. The earliest trails lead to Spain, where the Moors were coating meat with breadcrumbs during the Middle Ages. The Jewish community in Constantinople is similarly reported to have known a dish similar to the Wiener Schnitzel in the 12th century. So whether the legend surrounding the import of the “Costoletta Milanese” from Italy to Austria by Field Marshal Radetzky is true or not, a nice story makes very little difference. The main thing is that the schnitzel is tender and crispy!
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?
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.
The clear waters of the Salzburg Lake District are of a quality which is good enough to drink and they offer the best living conditions for the local fish population. Foremost, amongst these are the charr and trout, but pike, tench, carp, eels and perch can also be found in large numbers in the Fuschlsee and the other lakes in the area.
Anyone engaging in a serious search for the true origin of the Linzer Torte soon finds him or herself travelling between Egypt, Verona and Milwaukee in the American state of Wisconsin. The oldest recorded tart recipe in the world which was written down by a countess in Verona is to be found today in the monastery library in Admont and even became popular in America during the mid-19th century. A cake-maker who moved to Linz in 1822 used the recipe to create the “Linzer Masse”, which was the basis for the grandiose Linz tart. Today it is the culinary emblem of the capital city of Upper Austria.
The borders between today’s Austria and its southern neighbours are particularly dissipating in Carinthia. Instead of drizzling with melted butter, here the famous ‘Kasnudel’ are topped with melted Sasaka: the word comes from the Slovenian language and simply means finely-diced bacon or a type of lardons. Besides being a wonderfully spicy spread for bread, it also figures prominently in Styrian cuisine, proving that the colorful culinary merry-go-round in the former territories of the Habsburg Monarchy is still vibrant today.
There were notable culinary migrations during the Austrian monarchy, long before the EU and a united Europe. Therefore, we owe a debt of gratitude for this deliciously tender Rostbraten (roast beef) to the famous family of the Esterházys, all of whom were not only generous sponsors of the arts and successful politicians, but also connoisseurs of fine dining.
After several years of absence, snack bars or ‘milk bars’ are returning in growing numbers to the streets of Polish cities. They are small bistros open 24/7 where you can enjoy a shot of vodka and a traditional snack ‘on the hop’, or try old-school staple bar foods like this steak tartare.
Poppy seed cakes are considered a sign of opulence; hence Polish desserts cannot have enough of them. They are often further enriched with honey, dried fruit and nuts. This dish called Kutia in Polish is a traditional Christmas dessert.
Traditional Polish pastries are sweet and very filling. The proof is in the Polish cheesecake, which consists of a curd cheese filling mixed with glazed fruit placed on a crumbly short crust base.
The specialities of regional cuisine are something not to be missed while travelling around Poland. They are extremly diverse due to different agricultural conditions, customs and traditions.These potato dumplings -Kluski Śląskie in Polish originally come from the region of Silesia but nowadays it is very popular across the country.
Poish forests have an abundance of wilde game and it is no wonder that traditional Polish cuisine has been so rich in game for centuries.
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!
Konijn op Vlaamse Wijze is a Flemish delicacy
Vlaamse Stoofvlees, beef stew cooked in beer has long been part of the culinary heritage of Flanders, and it is still one of the most popular stews. Through the ages, the recipe has varied, and every mother passes on her secret to her children. Some like to add liver or kidneys to the beef, which certainly gives the stew a more distinctive flavor.
Hutsepot is a dish of boiled and mashed potatoes, carrots and onions with a long history in the traditional Dutch cuisine.
Mussels and ‘frites’ is a classic dish, famous throughout the world, and there’s nowhere better to experience it than in one of the many fishing villages and towns along the Flemish coast, where the Belgica mussels are brought to land. The clear waters of the North Sea give these mussels their unique flavour; they are fleshy and their shells are lighter than other mussels. An absolute classic available at every Flemish restaurant in the mussel season (from July until Autumn).
Paling in’t groen or eel in green sauce is a traditional Flemish dish of international renown.The dish developed as many fisherman caught eels in the Scheldt River, with folklore stating that the dish should be prepared with whatever fresh herbs were found on the riverside e.g. parsley, mint, spinach, sorrel and watercress.To many connoisseurs, the sauce is what makes this dish unique. Consisting mainly of the popular leafy green herb chervil as well as sorrel, it is important that these ingredients are added at the last moment of cooking so that sauce retains a bright green color and the flavor is strong and fresh. The fish itself is white and meaty, with a pronounced flavor.
Stoemp is a typical and simple Brussels dish, which you have to try when spending time in the Flemish capital. It consists of pureed potatoes one or several mashed vegetables, sometimes also with bacon. These vegetable pairings traditionally include endive, kale, Brussels sprouts, spinach, turnip greens, carrot or onion. Stoemp is usually served with sausage or stewed meat.
Sole in white wine with mussels and Flemish grey shrimps.
A vol-au-vent is the French name for a baked puff pastry batter. The name means ‘windblown’ and describes the lightness of the pastry. A round opening is cut in the top and the pastry cut out for the opening is replaced as a lid after the case is filled. In Flanders the pastry is filled with a chicken, meatball and mushroom sauce.
‘Glyka tou koutaliou’ are sweet preserves served in a tiny spoon as a gesture of Cypriot hospitality. These spoon sweets are made from unusual fruits and vegetables, like figs, cherries, watermelon peel, walnuts or almond stuffed baby aubergines. They are often flavored with cinnamon or pelargonium leaves. A wonderful sweet treat enjoyed with a Cypriot coffee or a glass of cold water.
Waterzooi is a classic stew of Flanders. Its name is Dutch, ‘zooien’ meaning ‘to boil’. It is sometimes called Gentse Waterzooi (in Dutch) which refers to the city of Ghent. The original recipe is made of fish, either freshwater or sea, though today chicken waterzooi is more common. The most accepted theory is that rivers of Ghent became too polluted and the fish disappeared. The stew is made of the fish or chicken, vegetables including carrots, leeks and potatoes, herbs, eggs, cream and butter and usually serbed as a soup with a baquette to sop up the liquid.
The typical Flemish asparagus is white, as it is grown covered in soil to prevent photosynthesis. This prevents the asparagus turning green and results in a taste a little sweeter and much tenderer than the green asparagus. It is generally harvested from late April to early June.
Heads of chicory rolled into slices of ham and served with cheese sauce and mashed potatoes.
Leskovac took its name long ago from its famed hazelnut woods, lešnik being the Serbian word for hazelnut. Today it is better know for its red peppers. The people of Leskovac speak a dialect of Serbian which preserves many features of the Old Church Slavonic language and even many Serbs find the local difficult to understand. Ajvar is known throughout the land and beyond as the name for a preparation of roast peppers, preserved in jars for use throughout the winter. Leskovac is also known for its fantastic barbecue meats: you’ll probably arrive in the town by car or bus, but once there you must try the Leskovac Train;(leskovački voz), an assortment of grilled meats which arrive at the table one after another like wagons. Nor should you overlook Leskovačka Mućkalica, a spicy medley of peppers and grilled meats, much prized among gourmets for its spicy flavour.
Hünkar Begendi was created during the reign of Sultan Abdülaziz, for his special guest Empress Eugenie, the wife of Napoleon the Third. The name of this dish literally translates as “liked by the Sultan.” The chef kept on asking the Sultan and the Empress if they liked the dish, therefore the name got stuck as “liked by the Sultan.” In fact the Empress liked it so much that, she asked for the recipe and took it back home with her.
The Nürnberger Lebkuchen dough can also be used to create little Gingerbread-men, frosted hearts with greetings and the like. Use your own creativity using this traditional recipe from Bavaria!
All over the world, German cuisine is associated with traditional Bavarian dishes. Thinking about German food, who would not mention pretzels, sauerkraut, dumplings and of course, the home-made Spätzle noodles!
Sauerbraten and Potato Dumplings, a true German favorite.
Rote Grütze – A perfect summer dessert
Cypriots enjoy a healthy diet. Everything is cooked fresh, daily and with an excellent quality. Try this delicious recipe: a refreshing yogurt, cucumber and mint dip.
Beef stew Cypriot style, wonderfully robust. This is well served with cracked wheat, pourgouri, and a crisp green salad. The name Stifado refers to any meat that has been cooked with shallots and aniseed.
This is a lovely dish, best accompanied with rice.
Enjoy stuffed vine leaves filled with minced meat, rice and spices. Koupepia is served as part of a meze at many Cypriot wedding feasts.
Halloumi, the traditional white cheese of Cyprus, has been produced on the island for centuries. A semi-hard cheese prepared from sheep milk with the addition of mint, halloumi cheese has a pleasant flavour and is delicious when grilled or fried. As a starter, grilled halloumi is superb!
The Valpolicella, Euganei-Berici and del Grappa Extra Virgin Olive Oils are different types of olive oils, but all with a fruity taste and a slightly bitter hint.
This tender asparagus is a spring delicacy. Highly appreciated for its delicate flavour and its diuretic properties.
In spring the white asparagus from Bassano reigns supreme on local tables.
From risotto to soups, from salads to desserts: Vialone Nano Veronese is the king of rices.
A true delicacy. This ham embodies the perfect balance of flavour and fragrance.
A gourmet cheese with an intense bouquet and aromatic flavour.
The Soprèssa Vicentina is considered the Venetian cold cut par excellence.
The tasty and nutritious chestnuts of San Zeno are found in many local dishes.
This tasty cheese is produced in a variety of shapes and sizes: pear, sausage, melon.
This popular and widely used cheese is produced only on the Asiago plateau in the Veneto foothills.
This cheese has its own unique charm: its flavor and fragrance reflects the alpine region where it is made.
This nutty and slightly fruity flavored cheese is made in large wheels and is produced in the Veneto and Fruili regions.
The delicious Marostica cherry is the first cherry in Italy to obtain the PGI mark.
Top quality bean is highly popular due to its rich properties and delicate flavour.
Particularly pleasing to the palate, this fine quality oil has unique organoleptic properties.
The flavour is sweet and pungent; the aroma is intense without being overbearing, with an unwavering persistence.
Provocative appearance and produced in an extremely interesting way is branch cake – Šakotis. Its taste is as impressing as its appearance. And no one argues about the taste of the Lithuanian branch cake – it’s fabulous. It’s for a good reason that it came to Lithuania in the beginning of the 20th century and in just over a hundred years have become the centerpiece of every Lithuanian wedding table and a mandatory sweet offering to the most honourable guests.
Sidra (or cider) production in the region known as Green Spain began in the late 11th century when farmers planted apple orchards and began producing cider. Over time, as Asturias became the central cider-producing area of Spain, strong traditions developed and define what we now identify as Spanish cider. Sidra is a tart and refreshing beverage made from fermented fresh apple must. Apple trees grow prolifically on the rolling hills of the rural landscape, making cider a local culinary staple. The beverage can only be made from a concoction of the 22 specific apple varieties grown in the region and must be comprised of at least 5% alcohol.
Oliebollen, literally translated as grease balls, are deep fried dough balls, studded with raisins and currants and sweetened with a generous dusting of powdered sugar. It is traditional to serve oliebollen with coffee during Christmas and New Year’s Eve in Holland. Oliebollen are good cold too, with a hot cup of coffee and some extra powdered sugar. With this recipe, one can make about six oliebollen.
The Dutch love cookies, cakes, pastries, anything savory with cheese, or sweet with chocolate. And they adore whipped cream. It is therefore not surprising that this sweet pastry is one of the country’s favorites. It’s like a chocolate éclair, but bigger, fluffier, with better chocolate and much more cream. These Bossche goodies have made the city of Hertogenbosch famous and are the number one pastries to serve with fork and knife and a handful of napkins.
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.
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.
Tolminc is one of the most recognisable typical Slovenian cheeses. The production of fodder, milk processing and all technological processes must be conducted within the Upper Posočje area.
This traditional Romanian product, produced using common plums, has been made in several municipalities of the Argeş County since 1914. It has exceptional health-giving qualities due to the fruit’s high nutritional value, which is rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and both soluble and insoluble dietary fibre. The addition of sweeteners or preservatives is prohibited.
Produced from the roe of the vendace that are fished in the Gulf of Bothnia, the Swedish dish Kalix Löjrom requires a high level of expertise in its preparation. It has a mild taste of smooth fish oil and salt. The size of the roe varies from 0.8 mm to 1.3 mm.
This Turkish delight is made of layers of filo pastry, Antep pistachio and syrup, and it requires great skill in production. ‘Antep Baklavasi’/‘Gaziantep Baklavasi’ is characterized by a dense taste and a unique aroma that comes from the pistachio and the butter, two of its main ingredients. If it is well prepared, it will immediately melt in the mouth.
These special sugar roasted almonds have been made in Yeroskipos, Cyprus, since 1895, and is still made using a traditional family recipe. To this day, everyone involved in the making of these almonds are descendants of its creator. The unique rough surface, texture and sweetness are not found in any other sugared almonds.
From the mountains of Northern Italy comes a tasty cheese with an intense, penetrating aroma and a pleasantly salty, sharp flavour. Puzzone di Moena is made from raw cow’s milk and derives its specific character from the high quality of the raw milk used.
‘Sal de Tavira/Flor de Sal de Tavira’ are sea salts that have specific physical and chemical properties which differ from those of common salt. They are unrefined, unwashed and additive-free sea salts that give dishes a unique taste. They come from the salt pans located in the Ria Formosa National Park, Algarve.
Feta is Greek’s main cheese being made since ancient times. It is produced from sheep’s milk or a mixture of sheep and goat’s milk, where goat’s milk cannot exceed more than 30% of the total product. This cheese is characterised by its white colour, lightly acidic flavour and rich aroma.
The climate in the Haute-Loire is a prime factor in obtaining its highly characteristic green lentils. With dimensions of 3.25 to 5.75 mm in diameter, these seeds with their dark greenish-blue mottling and a pale green background are exclusively cultivated in 88 zones.
The white and brown rice given the Apellation of Calasparra Origin is found in provinces across Murcia and Albacete, in Spain. This rice is free from pesticides and herbicides and is processed without the use of any chemicals. This rice is widely appreciated for its flavour, and is ideal for preparing one of the most popular dishes in Spain, paella.