60 days in Europe Itinerary

60 days in Europe Itinerary

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Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 4 nights
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Copenhagen, Denmark
— 4 nights
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Stockholm, Sweden
— 4 nights
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Oslo, Norway
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Reykjavik, Iceland
— 2 nights
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Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
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Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
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Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 4 nights
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Athens, Greece
— 4 nights
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Istanbul, Turkey
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Vienna, Austria
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Berlin, Germany
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Munich, Germany
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Zurich, Switzerland
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Paris, France
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Brussels, Belgium

— 2 nights

Capital of Europe

The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Brussels is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Grand Place, admire the striking features of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), see the interesting displays at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), and find something for the whole family at Mini-Europe.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Brussels road trip tool.

London, UK to Brussels is an approximately 3-hour train ride. You can also fly; or do a combination of car and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Brussels. In June in Brussels, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Theme Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jun 25 — 27:

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 4 nights

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Change things up with a short trip to Grote Markt in Haarlem (about 38 minutes away). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at De Duif, engage your brain at NEMO Science Museum, and stroll around Vondelpark.

For photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Amsterdam trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Brussels to Amsterdam takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In June, daily temperatures in Amsterdam can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Copenhagen.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 27 — Jul 1:

Copenhagen, Denmark

— 4 nights

City of Beautiful Towers

Founded in the 10th century as a Viking fishing village, Copenhagen has morphed into the cultural, political, and economic powerhouse of the country.
Copenhagen is known for parks, historic sites, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Rosenborg Castle, step into the grandiose world of Kastellet, take in panoramic vistas at Rundetarn, and admire the striking features of Amalienborg.

For reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Copenhagen tour itinerary builder.

Getting from Amsterdam to Copenhagen by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jul 1 — 5:

Stockholm, Sweden

— 4 nights

Beauty by the Water

One of Europe's most culturally diverse cities, Stockholm extends over 14 islands, united by a series of tunnels and bridges.
Stockholm is known for museums, historic sites, and childrens museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Vasa Museum, take in panoramic vistas at Stockholm City Hall, take in nature's colorful creations at Millesgarden, and enjoy fun for all ages at Grona Lunds Tivoli.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Stockholm road trip planning website.

You can do a combination of train, taxi, and flight from Copenhagen to Stockholm in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. July in Stockholm sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Oslo.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 5 — 9:

Oslo, Norway

— 2 nights

Tiger City

Norway's capital city, Oslo boasts a thousand years of history and a diverse mix of architecture that blends old, new, and ultra-modern.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Akershus Castle and Fortress (Akershus Slott og Festning), then admire the masterpieces at Vigeland Museum, and then stroll around Frogner Park. On the 11th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Fram Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Kon-Tiki Museum, then see the interesting displays at The Ibsen Museum, and finally walk around Vigeland Park.

To see photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Oslo driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Stockholm to Oslo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect little chillier evenings in Oslo when traveling from Stockholm in July, with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Oslo

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 9 — 11:

Reykjavik, Iceland

— 2 nights
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, then pause for some serene contemplation at Hallgrimskirkja, and then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Reykjavik trip maker app.

Getting from Oslo to Reykjavik by flight takes about 6 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Oslo to Reykjavik is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Oslo in July, plan for slightly colder days in Reykjavik, with highs around 17°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Lisbon.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Tours · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 11 — 13:

Lisbon, Portugal

— 3 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Change things up with these side-trips from Lisbon: Sintra (Castelo dos Mouros & Quinta da Regaleira). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, meet the residents at Lisbon Oceanarium, make a trip to Elevador de Santa Justa, and wander the streets of Alfama.

To see other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Lisbon trip itinerary planning website.

You can fly from Reykjavik to Lisbon in 10 hours. When traveling from Reykjavik in July, plan for much warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Lisbon: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Madrid.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 13 — 16:

Madrid, Spain

— 2 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): walk around Parque del Retiro, explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum, and then admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the striking features of Royal Palace of Madrid, make a trip to Puerta del Sol, then steep yourself in history at Plaza Mayor, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado San Miguel.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Madrid tour site.

Fly from Lisbon to Madrid in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Western European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Lisbon in July, expect nights in Madrid to be about the same, around 23°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 40°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can fly to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Jul 16 — 18:

Barcelona, Spain

— 3 nights

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Barcelona is known for historic sites, parks, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, stroll around Parc Guell, explore the world behind art at Museu Picasso, and appreciate the extensive heritage of El Barri Gòtic.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Barcelona attractions planner.

You can fly from Madrid to Barcelona in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Madrid in July, plan for slightly colder days in Barcelona, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to fly to Florence.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 18 — 21:

Florence, Italy

— 3 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Florence is known for museums, historic sites, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, contemplate the long history of Basilica of Santa Croce, take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto, and examine the collection at Pitti Palace.

To find where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Florence trip builder website.

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Florence takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect slightly colder evenings in Florence when traveling from Barcelona in July, with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 21 — 24:

Rome, Italy

— 3 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Rome is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Colosseum, don't miss a visit to Trevi Fountain, pause for some serene contemplation at Pantheon, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vatican Museums.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Rome trip itinerary builder tool.

You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to fly to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 24 — 27:

Dubrovnik, Croatia

— 4 nights

Pearl of the Adriatic

Along the Dalmation Coast, the city of Dubrovnik has become famous for its pedestrian-only Old Town surrounded by fortress walls, and its historical heft has earned it World Heritage Site status.
On the 29th (Fri), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Old Town, steep yourself in history at Dubrovnik City Walls, don't miss a visit to Pile Gate, and get engrossed in the history at War Photo Limited.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Dubrovnik holiday planner.

You can fly from Rome to Dubrovnik in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. July in Dubrovnik sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Athens.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Tours · Outdoors · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 27 — 31:

Athens, Greece

— 4 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Athens is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens, steep yourself in history at Ancient Agora of Athens, explore the world behind art at Benaki Museum, and pause for some photo ops at Temple of Olympian Zeus.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Athens trip maker tool.

Getting from Dubrovnik to Athens by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Dubrovnik to Athens. In July, Athens is a bit warmer than Dubrovnik - with highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Istanbul.

Things to do in Athens

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Tours
Find places to stay Jul 31 — Aug 4:

Istanbul, Turkey

— 3 nights

Queen of Cities

A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia Mosque, take an in-depth tour of Galata Tower, explore the world behind art at Istanbul Modern, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Istanbul online sightseeing planner.

Fly from Athens to Istanbul in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time to Turkey Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Athens in August, with highs in Istanbul at 34°C and lows at 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to fly to Vienna.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Aug 4 — 7:

Vienna, Austria

— 3 nights

City of Dreams

The cultural, economic, and political center of the country, Vienna has developed from its early Celtic and Roman roots into a medieval and Baroque city, with an old town that was designated a World Heritage Site in 2001.
Vienna is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Schonbrunn Palace, make a trip to St. Stephen's Cathedral, admire the masterpieces at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, and meet the residents at Schönbrunn Zoo.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Vienna tour itinerary builder website.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Vienna takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Istanbul to Vienna, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In August, Vienna is little chillier than Istanbul - with highs of 31°C and lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to fly to Berlin.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Aug 7 — 10:

Berlin, Germany

— 3 nights

Athens of the Spree

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Berlin is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get a sense of history and politics at Reichstag Building, explore the world behind art at Pergamonmuseum, examine the collection at Topography of Terror, and don't miss a visit to East Side Gallery.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Berlin online trip builder.

You can fly from Vienna to Berlin in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Munich.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Aug 10 — 13:

Munich, Germany

— 2 nights

Village of a Million People

Often described as the city of laptops and lederhosen, Munich is an international center of business, engineering, research, and medicine that still maintains a rich cultural heritage and age-old traditions.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Alte Pinakothek, then enjoy breathtaking views from Frauenkirche, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael's Church, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at English Garden. On the 15th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Nymphenburg Palace, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Church, then don't miss a visit to Marienplatz, and finally contemplate the long history of Asamkirche.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Munich planning site.

Traveling by flight from Berlin to Munich takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Munich are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Zurich.

Things to do in Munich

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Aug 13 — 15:

Zurich, Switzerland

— 3 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
When in Zurich, make a side trip to see Lake Lucerne in Lucerne, approximately Lucerne away. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, explore the world behind art at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Uetliberg Mountain, and take an in-depth tour of Landesmuseum.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Zurich route planner.

Traveling by flight from Munich to Zurich takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. August in Zurich sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can fly to Paris.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks · Nature · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 15 — 18:

Paris, France

— 5 nights

City of Light

A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Step out of Paris with an excursion to Palace of Versailles in Versailles--about 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, examine the collection at Musee Rodin, and wander the streets of Le Marais.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Paris online trip maker.

You can fly from Zurich to Paris in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to take a train back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 18 — 23:

Belgium travel guide

4.2
Historic Sites · Specialty Museums · Nightlife
A small country packing a big punch in terms of tourist attractions, Belgium sits at the crossroads of Western Europe, its cities soaked in history and famed for their lively arts, fashion, and dining scenes. Although it advertises itself simply as "A Food Lover's Dream," this country of just 11 million people boasts a rich architectural heritage, world-famous breweries, pristine natural areas, and touching memorials marking major battlegrounds from both World War I and World War II. Put the country's elegant cities of Brussels and Bruges at the top of your itinerary, but don't forget that Belgium's less-explored countryside offers dense forests, rolling hills, and lush valleys.

The Netherlands travel guide

4.3
Art Museums · History Museums · Specialty Museums
Low Country
The Netherlands literally means "Low Country", inspired by the country's low and flat geography, where only about 50 percent of the land exceeds one meter (three feet) above sea level. Since the late 16th century, large, flat land areas called "polders" have been reclaimed from the sea and lakes and protected by dikes, amounting to nearly 17 percent of the country's current land mass. The Netherlands is. This is small, densely populated country lies mainly in Western Europe but also includes three islands in the Caribbean; it's the main constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The European part of the Netherlands borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and the North Sea to the northwest, sharing maritime borders with Belgium, the United Kingdom and Germany. Amsterdam, The Hague, and Rotterdam serve as the three largest and most important cities in the Netherlands. Amsterdam is the country's capital, while The Hague holds the Dutch seat of government. The port of Rotterdam claims the title as the largest port in Europe, in fact, it's as large as the next three ports combined.

Denmark travel guide

4.2
Piers & Boardwalks · Gardens · Monuments
Known for its old-fashioned charm, Denmark often is referenced as a fairy-tale setting by visitors and locals alike. With quaint cobblestone streets leading the way to art galleries, museums, and historical sights, plus a modern and easily accessible public transportation system, Denmark seamlessly blends its rich history with modern advancements. Be inspired by the works of local legends, including the fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen, the symphonies of Carli Nielsen, and the astronomy work of Tycho Brahe, then play a bit at amusement parks like Legoland. Visitors often find themselves developing "hygge," the untranslatable Danish trait that encapsulates a sense of coziness and contentment, which is thought to have a great deal of influence on Denmark's standing as one of the happiest nations on the planet.

Sweden travel guide

4.2
History Museums · Specialty Museums · Historic Walking Areas
Mother Svea
Once the land of the Vikings, Sweden today combines a long and fascinating history with a propensity for the very modern. The grand Romanesque churches that dot the countryside contrast with the clean, simple lines and partiality for organization the country is known for. With its reverence for the shy, reserved, and considerate, the nation exudes a sensation of being comfortable. Peek into the quiet lives from afar, gather around traditional "fika" coffee with loved ones, or dine on meatballs, herring, and potatoes. Immerse yourself in nature among the forests and trails so respected by their citizens, and take in the latest design and cultural offerings in this modest yet aesthetically savvy country.

Norway travel guide

4.2
History Museums · Nightlife · Specialty Museums
Land of the Midnight Sun
Take a trip up north and visit Norway, the land of fjords, northern lights, unspoiled nature, and friendly communities. Norway is a haven for holidaymakers who enjoy the outdoors, with numerous resorts for downhill skiing and snowboarding, as well as countless trails for hiking in the summer or dog sledding and cross-country skiing in the winter. Norway's cities combine historical and modern architecture and feature a selection of museums, art galleries, and performance venues. Meanwhile, traditional ways of life, local customs, and crafts are celebrated in many open-air and ethnological museums across the land. Even though the country has a modern and elaborate system of roads, Norway continues to foster its ancient connection with the sea. Take to the waters yourself with tours of the scenic coast, fjords, or whale watching.

Iceland travel guide

4.5
Waterfalls · Churches · Thermal Spas
Land of Fire and Ice
Experience the drama of this mountainous island in the North Atlantic, from glacial rivers to rushing waterfalls and geothermal hot spots. Iceland's cities, like its capital Reykjavik, are home to passionate natives who honor their Icelandic culture and history. Venture from the cities to experience the country's most powerful attraction: its breathtaking landscapes. Take a trip to one of the island's renowned national parks, see the effects of volcanic activity, and go for a dip in one of its many lakes. A haven for outdoor recreation, you can glacier hike, whitewater raft, and swim in natural pools.

Portugal travel guide

4.2
Landmarks · Castles · Beaches
Small in size but rich in history, culture, and natural beauty, Portugal features contrasting landscapes that include long beaches, lush vineyards, verdant valleys, and rolling hills dotted with tiny settlements where old traditions still prevail. The country's serene interior, often overlooked by foreigners, remains largely unspoiled by mass tourism and offers visitors a chance to discover this less-trodden part of Europe at their own pace. Ripe for leisurely adventures on foot or by bicycle, Portugal's fertile countryside boasts well-preserved medieval castles and outstanding wineries, producing some of the world's finest ports. The country's cities offer a lively culinary scene known for its many award-winning restaurants, topping the itineraries of foodies from around the globe.

Spain travel guide

4.5
Churches · Beaches · Landmarks
A colorful country known for its relaxed lifestyle, vibrant nightlife, excellent food, and world-famous folklore and festivals, Spain boasts a huge number of World Heritage Sites and other spectacular places to visit. It also deserves its reputation as a beach vacation destination; the Western edge of the Mediterranean Sea is home to some of the world’s top beaches. But Spain’s geography is so much more than just soft, sandy shores. Its landscapes are as diverse as its people, ranging from lush meadows and snowy mountains to huge marshes and sprawling deserts. The countryside bursts with unspoiled villages of timeless beauty and old-world charm, as well as vast and varied nature preserves.

Italy travel guide

4.6
Landmarks · Ruins · Sacred & Religious Sites
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.

Croatia travel guide

4.4
Historic Walking Areas · Landmarks · National Parks
Once situated on the edge of empires between the Balkans and Central Europe, Croatia represents a land of great natural diversity and rich cultural heritage. Croatian cultural tourism relies on the charming juxtaposition of contrasts. Venetian palaces sit next to Napoleonic forts, Viennese mansions face Socialist Realist sculpture, and early Slavic churches built on the sites of ancient Roman settlements offer countless sightseeing opportunities. Croatia's museums present the main stages of the history of Europe. The country's sapphire seawater and long coastline speckled with islands draws visitors, as do numerous nature reserves, marinas, ancient fortified towns, and sandy and rocky beaches. In recent years, Croatia's shoreline has become a famed center for nautical tourism and naturism, and is a promising diving destination. Hikers explore outdoor landscapes of canyons, underground grottoes, dramatic waterfalls, stony peaks, and scenic lakes of the Dinaric Alps, which hug the coastline. Inland areas showcase mountain resorts, national parks, pine forests, vineyards, and spas.

Greece travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Ruins · Nightlife
Few places manage to capture the world's imagination quite like Greece, a land of sun-kissed coastlines, tranquil whitewashed villages, lively seaside towns, and well-preserved ancient sites. One of the world's top tourist destinations since ancient times, the country draws nearly 20 million visitors each year. Athens, the birthplace of Western civilization, continues to attract the biggest crowds and serves as a base for exploring the country and its 227 inhabited islands. Away from its cities, Greece features a picturesque countryside of olive groves, vineyards, and tiny settlements nestled against rolling hills and rugged mountain ranges. Explore the old mainland on foot and discover the islands on a guided boat or ferry tour.

Turkey travel guide

4.4
Ruins · Architectural Buildings · Sacred & Religious Sites
Rich in culture and customs and brimming with hospitality, natural beauty, and historical heritage, Turkey serves as a crossroads between Asia and Europe. The landmass known as Anatolia on which Turkey thrives has been home to numerous civilizations and their faiths and cultures, as attested by the 13 World Heritage Sites and countless religious sites you'll find here. Relive the ancient world through the ruins, customs, and traditions that are among the nation's most precious heritages. Adventure-seekers have plenty do to here, including mountain climbing, scuba diving, rafting, and skiing. A holiday to Turkey is incomplete without a cup of Turkish coffee, the pinnacle of Turkish cuisine inscribed on the Intangible Cultural Heritage List.

Austria travel guide

4.5
Castles · Art Museums · Churches
Situated in the Central European Alps, Austria combines an alluring bundle of elegant urban architecture, cultural centers, and dramatic landscapes. This German-speaking country of 8.5 million residents is known for its rich history, dating back to the Hapsburg Empire, as well as its art, music, and scenery. Along with the neighboring country of Switzerland, Austria serves as the winter sports capital of Europe and is home to some of the continent's most popular ski resorts. This landlocked nation draws visitors from across the globe to its mountains, historical villages, and culturally rich cities. Experience trekking in the Alps one day and drinking regional wine at a crowded pub after a day of sightseeing in the capital Vienna the next.

Germany travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Germany is the home of high culture, fine art, classical music, world-class sports, award-winning cuisine--and some of the world's best beers. It's also one of the major economic and political powers of the European continent. One of the founding members of the European Union, Germany is a federation of 16 states. Each boasts its own distinct culture, art, cuisine, regional traditions, and array of things to do. The country is known worldwide for its precision engineering and high-tech products. Equally, though, Germany is admired for its old-world charm and what is locally known as gemutlichkeit (coziness). This is one of the easiest countries in the world to explore, offering an abundance of sightseeing opportunities. German transportation runs with German efficiency. Therefore, getting around the various regions is almost always easy, quick, and pleasant. Visit the cities to explore museums, art galleries, modern restaurants, and trendy shops. Also be sure to venture deeper into the countryside. Here, you can discover ancient castles and bustling little villages. Often in these off-the-beaten-path areas, the main tourist attraction remains the simple hospitality of the friendly locals.

Switzerland travel guide

4.7
Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.

France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.