Europe is the best continent. The diversity it offers is immense. The history it contains is rich. The flavors it provides are succulent. It has something for everyone.
I feel like people in Europe know how to live. With so many places to visit, I give you here just 7 that are definitely worth exploring.
1. Vienna, Austria
Vienna, Austria is a European city that should be in your “travel wish list” if it isn’t already. I loved this city, it is brimming with culture and arts. It is stunning to look at and it has plenty to explore and experience including the majestic Schönbrunn Palace, the quirky Hundertwasserhaus, the Haus der Musik (amazing interactive museum of music), the Albertina (art) Museum, experiencing the food at Naschmarkt, and more!
2. Val d’Isere, France
If you like skiing, Val d’Isère is a great and unique place to visit. Located in the Rhône-Alpes region in southeastern France, it lies 5 km (3 mi) from the border with Italy. It is located in the Savoie region with good transport connections in and out of Lyon, Geneva and Chambery.
The west and central areas of Val d’Isere display their famous “chalet” architecture, and the eastern area has mostly high-rise architecture. Along with Tignes, Val d’Isere is part of the “l’Espace Killy“, the self-titled “most beautiful ski area in the world”.
3. Berlin, Germany
Berlin, was one of my favorite cities I visited during my 2-month European backpacking trip. It has so much to offer: history, architecture, great transportation, art, fun, and food.
I am not a fan of guided tours, but I took a bike tour here and it was great. I got to explore so many important places in Berlin like Checkpoint Charlie, the Brandenburg Gate, the Berlin Wall, Hitler’s Bunker, the Reichstag and more. The bike allowed to cut transportation time while learning from the guide at the same time. Plus the tour ended at a beergarden where I had my favorite beer drink ever (besides lambic beer), a Berliner Weisse . A Pub Crawl at night was a great way to meet people and meet the coolest bars in Berlin. I don’t see how anyone would not enjoy Berlin.
4. Budapest, Hungary
Budapest is not at the top of the list when people think of European destinations, but it has so much to offer: castles, caves, Danube river, opera, shopping, food… Really everything you would want in a travel destination. Plus you’ll find that Budapest is a bargain compared to other European cities, because although Hungary is part of the European Union, it does not use the Euro as its currency, instead it uses the Forint (Ft, HUF).
My expectations were definitely surpassed when I visited in 2009, and it still remains one of my favorite places in Europe to visit. I imagine it’s a bit more touristy now than in 2009, but still not as much as other cities.
5. Rome, Italy
I feel like I don’t need to convince anyone to go to Rome.
Oh Italy, how enchanting can you be; from historical ruins, to impressive art, sublime food, amazing scenery, and wonderful night walks by the river with gelato in hand. I don’t know what it is about you that hypnotizes me and many others.
6. London, UK
If you’ve read my blog extensively, you might know already how much I love London. In fact, I wrote a post dedicated to my love for this city. In summary, those reasons include the museums, the international feel, the parks, the style, the people, the tube, the accent, the shopping and the tea.
I lived here for 1 year and I think it’s safe to say that the only thing I did not like about London was the price.
7. Madrid, Spain
I only visited Madrid to visit a friend for a short time but Madrid is worthy of time. Madrid, as the people from there, is a passionate city. Watch and hear some Flamenco, take in the views from the cable car, get artsy by visiting the many museums like El Prado, savor the flavors by eating paella and sangria, stay up late (Madrileños are night owls), wander the Gran Vía (the Broadway of Madrid), and watch a football match where you’ll see some more of that passion I talk about…
Madrid and Spaniards will remind you that life is short and it should be enjoyed!
(Madrid image source)
So where do you want to go next?