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Train rumbles past the vibrant tulip fields in the Netherlands.
Train rumbles past the vibrant tulip fields in the Netherlands.

Europe, even though, it is one of the smallest continents area-wise, it is arguably one of the most diverse places in the world. Jim and I are so lucky to have lived here for more than 20 years giving us the opportunity to visit every country. Some of them we’ve been to numerous times and some we’ve only been to once.

Now, just because we have been to them, doesn’t mean that we’ve seen it all. We like to explore more than just the capital city, because oftentimes the rest of the country is so different. In every country, there are dialects, regional foods, unique experiences, a variety of landscapes, and so much more than what one city can possibly offer.

When is the Best Time to Travel to Europe?

It doesn’t really matter when you can get vacation, there is someplace great for every season. The majority of visitors come to Europe in summer, and for the most part the weather is probably the most agreeable during July and August. However, the crowds are larger during these times as well. We’ve tried to uncover the best places to go in each season. After checking these out, you can tell us when you think is the best time to travel to Europe.

Spring in Europe - where are the best places to go? Summer in Europe - where can you go to have the best time on your vacation? Fall in Europe - my favorite time of year! Let's plan our fall trip to Europe. Winter in Europe? Mountains and snow and Christmas markets make it the most magical time of the year to visit!

Our Articles for Europe

You can click on this map to choose a country to go to, or you can click below on one of the photos. As you can imagine, when we’re traveling we have less time to write, so some countries have many articles and some have few. We think you’ll get a good taste of what Europe has to offer, though, so enjoy.

No matter what, when you begin planning your epic trip to Europe you will need to understand the Schengen Visa! Once that is done, you can plan all the rest!

Use our interactive map to explore destinations throughout this amazing continent!

 

What is Your Favorite Country in Europe?

I have heard this question so many times. It’s impossible to answer, but we have come up with some places that we enjoy for one reason or another, like these hiking these hiking trails. There are certainly cities or areas that immediately pop into our heads as a perfect example. We’ve tried to list a few ideas here. Please remember, that this is a document that is constantly changing as we find and explore new places, as well as this is our opinion only. We’d love to hear if you agree or disagree, and where you would recommend people to go.

Bridge over Seine River at Sunset in Paris. France
Bridge over Seine River at Sunset in Paris. France

Places that Embody the Spirit of Traveling in Europe

Paris, France
Barcelona, Spain
Berlin, Germany
Prague, Czech Republic
Budapest, Hungary

Taking a ferry past one of the five towns in Cinque Terre, Italy
Taking a ferry past one of the five towns in Cinque Terre, Italy

Our Most Romantic Places

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany
Cinque Terre, Italy
Telc, Czech Republic
Alsace, France
Visiting the Spa, Hungary

Puffins are everywhere on Skellig Michael, and it's only one of the reasons you would want to go. Ireland
Puffins are everywhere on Skellig Michael, and it’s only one of the reasons you would want to go. Ireland

The Best Outdoor Activities

Skellig Michael, Ireland
Lake Bled, Slovenia
Riding Bikes in a National Park, Netherlands
Climbing the Rock Labyrinth, Germany
4 Wheeling and Skeet Shooting, Scotland
Sledding for Miles, Switzerland
Punting in Cambridge, England
Bastei Bridge, Germany

Every spring, hundreds of rose petals are harvested to make beauty products. This is the drying part of the process. Burdur, Turkey
Every spring, hundreds of rose petals are harvested to make beauty products. This is the drying part of the process. Burdur, Turkey

The Most Fun and Unique Experiences

Eurail Train Trip Through Eastern Europe
Watching the Cows Take a Boat Home, Germany
Building our Own Swiss Army Knife, Switzerland
Gondola Training, Italy
Tulip and Flower Parade, Netherlands
Camel Wrestling, Turkey
Sheep Dog Training, England
Making and Painting Marzipan, Estonia
Buying Polish Pottery At the Factories
Helping with the Rose Harvest, Turkey

One of the most fun times we've had is learning how to make the traditional Nuremberger Bratwurst. GermanyOne of the most fun times we’ve had is learning how to make the traditional Nuremberger Bratwurst. Germany

The Best Cooking Lessons

Khinkali, Georgia
Turkish Borek, Turkey
Wernberg Castle, Germany
Bratwurst, Germany

A town split in two during the Cold War, sometimes called Little Berlin. Modlaureuth, Germany
A town split in two during the Cold War, sometimes called Little Berlin. Modlaureuth, Germany

The Best Places to Learn History

Krakow, Poland
Berlin, Germany
Normandy, France
Dachau, Germany
Berchtesgaden, Germany
Modlaureuth, Germany

On the Children's Railway in Budapest, only kids are in charge. Hungary
On the Children’s Railway in Budapest, only kids are in charge. Hungary

Best Places to Take Kids

Playmobil Park, Germany
Carnival Museum, France
Riding the Train Run by Kids, Hungary
Mespelbrunn Castle, Germany
Tesla Museum, Serbia
Making A Chocolate Bar, Berlin
Visiting Harry Potter at the Warner Bros. Studio, England
German Christmas Markets
Wieliczha Mine, Poland

Military Road between Tbilisi and the Russian border. Republic of Georgia
Military Road between Tbilisi and the Russian border. Republic of Georgia

Best Road Trips

Military Highway, Republic of Georgia
Armenia
Transfagarasan Hwy., Romania
Iceland
Serra de Tramantuna, Spain

Sunset through the valley of Meteora, Greece.
Sunset through the valley of Meteora, Greece.

Where We’ve Enjoyed the Photography

Meteora, Greece
Kinderdijk, Netherlands
Venice, Italy
Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland

 

Albania, a lesser known destination in Eastern Europe, is a up and coming destination. Trust me, you will love it! alt= Austria is a fantastic country to visit. It's got beautiful mountains and cities and food and more! Belarus may not see lots of visitors yet, but it will as soon as the secret gets out! A visit to Antwerp, Belgium just wouldn't be complete without a visit to the Plantin-Moretus house. Bosnia and Herzegovina, only a short day trip from Dubrovnik, is a must-do. You will love it. Bulgaria - Should you go? Yes, here's 7 reasons why you will love it. Croatia - So many beaches and plenty to do! Check it out! Cyprus - the most beautiful Mediterranean island! Check it out! Czech Republic! From beer to spas, castles to dumplings, you need to check it out! Denmark! From hygge and design to hip neighborhoods, you will love it and need to check it out! Estonia, on the Eastern side of Europe, is an up and coming, charming destination. Check it out! Finland...much more than reindeer and snow. It's quickly becoming a go-to destination. Check it out! France! Romance, the Eiffel Tower, croissants...need I say more? You need to go! Check it out! The Republic of Georgia, a surprise! So many beautiful places to go and things to do. Check it out! Germany, full of fairytale castles and the best beer and wine fests in the world. Check it out! Greece, so many islands...but that's not all. Athens and the other mainland sights are amazing, too! Check it out! Hungary! A beautiful country filled with gorgeous cities like Budapest. Put it on your list now! A Road Trip Around Iceland. We have built the best itinerary...let's get planning! Ireland - green and gold, plenty to do and see. Check it out. Italy, the ultimate vacation. Plenty to see, do, and eat. Check it out. Latvia, ever heard of it? You should have, it's a great new up and coming destination. Plenty to see, do, and eat. Check it out. Liechtenstein. It might be small, but it will leave a lasting impression. Check it out. Lithuania. We love it. From folk dancing to cafes and restaurants, there's plenty to love. Macedonia, a country finding its way. You will love the downtown area of Skopje and much more. Go now, before it changes. Malta! Three tiny Mediterranean islands you've got to visit! Check it out! Moldova - I'll bet you've never heard of it. It's a small, wonderfully new destination. Check it out! Monaco...Every want to rub elbows with the rich and famous? Now's the time! Check it out! Montenegro, a stunning gorgeous country and up and coming destination. Check it out! The Netherlands, it's not all about the tulips....but that's a good place to start! Check it out! Norway - Vikings, fjords, quaint towns, and high prices....it's a blast! Check it out! Poland! So many places to go, so little time. Krakow is a great place to start. Check it out! Portugal. Everyone is talking about it. We loved Pena Palace; have you been? Check it out! Romania, a romantic destination in Eastern Europe. So many places to go! Check it out! Russia, what a country! Find out all about travel to Russia and start planning. San Marino, the oldest republic in the world, is a must see. Add it on to any trip to Italy. Click here to learn more. Serbia, what a country! Find out all about travel to Belgrade, Serbia and start planning. Slovakia, what a country! Find out all about travel to Bratislava, Slovakia and start planning. Slovenia, what a country! Find out all about travel to Ljubljana, and other places in Slovenia... and start planning. Spain, one of the most romantic of European countries...We love it! Find out our favorites and tips. Sweden, one of our favorite European countries. We started in Malmo...heard of it? Switzerland, the country of mountains...we love it! We started in Brunnen...check it out! Turkey, one of the most exotic countries in Europe. Is it on your bucket list? Ukraine is an up and coming destination. Don't wait too long to put it on your bucket list. The United Kingdom is so easy to travel and yet it's so diverse with plenty to see and do! Click here and start planning your trip today. The Vatican City, one of those places you can't miss if you are traveling in Italy! Click here and start planning your trip today.

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