Europe

Austria

Austria is famous for its classical music, beautiful architecture and delicious food (Schnitzel, apple strudel).

Vienna was the first city in Western Europe I visited and I totally fell in love with it. It’s one of my favourite destinations for a city break.

Vienna is great for all interested in classical music, history and architecture. Also, the city hosts one of the best Christmas markets in Europe.


Belgium

Belgium is known for its medieval towns, chocolate, waffles and beer. It’s a great destination for all architecture lovers and foodies.

Brussels and Bruges are must-see cities. So, if you’re visiting Belgium for the first time, be sure to add them to your itinerary.

Ghent is charming and not so touristy. Plus, there is a castle (I’m a huge castle fan). It is really worth visiting if you have enough time.


Bulgaria

Bulgaria is my home country. It’s a small, but beautiful country in Eastern Europe, famous for its rose oil and nature. Bulgaria is a cheap destination, perfect for foodies, beach and mountain lovers.

Sofia is administrative, while Plovdiv is the cultural capital of the country. Both cities are must-see.


Czechia

The Czech Republic is world-famous for its beer. In fact, here you can find the highest beer consumption per capita in the world!

Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, is one of the most magical cities in Europe.


England

The country is part of the United Kingdom (UK), which includes four constituent nations: England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. England is known for its breathtaking coastline, picturesque country towns, medieval castles and historical cities. See all the requirements for a tourist visa for the UK.

Some of the most popular places to visit are:

  • London – the country’s capital and the seat of the British royal dynasty
  • ​​Stonehenge – the massive stone circle, dating back over 4,000 years, is one of the world’s most famous prehistoric monuments
  • Cotswolds – this region is renowned for its charming villages with stone cottages, such as Bibury, Bourton-on-the-Water, and Castle Combe
  • Cornwall – the county is famous for its scenic coastline featuring sandy beaches, dramatic cliffs, and charming seaside towns

France

France is one of the most visited countries in the world, attracting millions of tourists each year. The country is known for its fabulous food, wine, rich history, magnificent architecture and of course its world-famous fashion brands. See all the requirements for a tourist visa for France.

Some of the must-visit destinations include:

  • Paris – the capital city known for its rich cultural heritage, art and cuisine
  • Loire Valley – the region is famous for its stunning châteaux (castles) such as Château de Chambord
  • Alsace – a region, filled with scenic vineyards and picturesque towns with half-timbered houses
  • Provence – a picturesque region famous for its lavender fields, vineyards and charming villages
  • French Riviera – a beautiful Mediterranean coastal area, featuring cities like Nice and Saint-Tropez

Germany

Germany is known for its fairy-tale castles, Christmas markets and its beer culture. Oktoberfest, held annually in Munich, is the world’s largest beer festival, attracting millions of visitors. For the best Christmas markets, head to Cologne, Berlin, Munich and Nuremberg. See all the requirements for a tourist visa for Germany.

Some of the most visited destinations include:

  • Berlin – the capital city, known for its rich history, vibrant arts scene and diverse architecture
  • Munich – famous for its beer gardens and the annual Oktoberfest celebration
  • Dresden – a city, renowned for its stunning Baroque architecture 
  • Rhine Valley – a popular destination for river cruises, known for its picturesque vineyards and fairytale castles 
  • Neuschwanstein Castle – the most famous castle in Germany 

Greece

Greece, with its stunning beaches, is the most popular summer destination in Europe. Mykonos, Santorini, Crete, Corfu, Rhodes and Zakynthos are some of the most beautiful islands.

Greece offers something for every taste. Head to Mykonos for an endless party, to Santorini for a romantic getaway and to Corfu for a family break.


Hungary

Budapest, the beautiful capital of Hungary, is often called the Paris of the East. It totally deserves its nickname (plus it’s a lot cheaper than Paris)!

A stunningly beautiful city, Budapest is a perfect city break for all interested in history and architecture. It’s also a great option for a romantic getaway.


Italy

Italy is one of the most enticing countries in Europe. With its beautiful landscapes, rich history and delicious food it will take your heart forever. I’m a big fan of Italian food and I try to visit the country at least once a year.

Italy is full of magical places. If this is your first time in the country, start with the big three – Rome, Florence or Venice.


Portugal

Portugal is famous for its port wine, Fado music, azulejos (beautiful blue tiles), stunning palaces and picturesque beaches. Once considered a hidden gem, it is now becoming a popular European destination. See all the requirements for a tourist visa for Portugal.

Some of the must-visit destinations include:

  • Lisbon – the capital city, home to the stunning Jerónimos Monastery
  • Sintra – a charming town, known for its fairy-tale Pena Palace  
  • Cascais – coastal town, renowned for its beautiful sandy beaches 
  • Porto – famous for its port wine and the historic Ribeira district with its picturesque narrow streets and colourful buildings

Romania

Romania is most famous for its connection to the legend of Count Dracula. However, the country is so much more than this! A cheap destination with charming small towns, beautiful nature and delicious food.

Bucharest is the capital city of Romania. It’s an energetic city, full of Belle Époque buildings, perfect for all architecture lovers. Bucharest is also home to a thriving hipster culture and excellent nightlife.

Besides Bucharest, a must-see is Peleș Castle and Bran Castle.


Scotland

For me, Scotland is one of the most beautiful countries in Europe. It had my heart the moment I stepped foot in Edinburgh.

Known for its whisky, nature and Loch Ness monster, Scotland is a must-visit when in the UK. Its capital, Edinburgh is a gorgeous medieval city full of history and charm.

The biggest city in the country is Glasgow. If you have enough time you can dedicate a day to this lively city with Victorian buildings.

Other popular places are Loch Lomond, Highlands, Isle of Skye and Stirling Castle.


Slovakia

Slovakia is a small country with a rich history. It’s known for its beautiful landscapes, quaint villages and castles.

The capital city, Bratislava is a unique mixture of Soviet architecture and old elegant buildings. It’s perfect for a day trip from Vienna and vice versa.


Spain

Known for its Art Nouveau architecture, flamenco, tapas and Sangría, Spain is one of the most popular destinations in Europe. Its stunning Mediterranean beaches and beautiful islands like Ibiza and Mallorca attract thousands of tourists every summer. See all the requirements for a tourist visa for Spain.

Some of the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Madrid – the capital city of Spain, home to the Royal Palace of Madrid, one of the largest palaces in Europe
  • Barcelona – famous for its architectural masterpieces by Antoni Gaudí, including the iconic Sagrada Familia and Park Güell
  • Granada – home to beautiful Alhambra Palace, an exquisite example of Islamic architecture
  • Seville – known for its stunning Moorish architecture
  • Palma de Mallorca – the largest among the Balearic Islands with sandy beaches and crystal-clear Mediterranean waters

19 Comments

  1. Hey! Just wanted to say, love your blogs!!
    My partner and I will be in Sofia on the 9th (first time for both of us and can’t wait to check it out!) will most likely follow your notes – or most of it at least ?
    Thanks for all your great efforts!
    Dasha

    • Hi! Love the bloggs and really useful as in Venice and Verona this week. Just wanted to say that the capital of Spain isn’t Barcelona its Madrid, just an fyi so you can change it ☺️ Barcelona is one of the most known and probs my most touristic but not capital

  2. Thank you so much for all your help for my Scotland trip..u have been fabulous and your website is simply super. Hope to see new and more destinations

  3. I love all your recommendations for France… do you have any for London we are going there and need your help…Thanks ! Patricia Axelson

    • Hi Patricia,

      Thanks! Unfortunately, I don’t have any recommendations for London for now, I hope next year I will have :).

  4. Hi!
    Having Gonethru so many Blogs so far , Your style is really worth appreciating. Planning Eastern Europe and Balkans Next year . and am sure your information will help me a lot to plan and visit and see the places. Thanks again.

  5. I just wanted to say that I really like your blogs. They are very helpful and to the point. I used the guide for Bruges and it was excellent. What I would suggest is adding links to the places if they are available like restaurants for example.

  6. Love your advice, ideas and insights. You seem to be able to highlight must sees and insider’s secrets and visits for all different people with different interests! Amazingly helpful! Thanks. Can’t wait to hear about your insight for visiting Barcelona !

  7. I really love reading all your blogs. Hope you can have more content soon. I’m planning our gateway to Europe as early as today, by just reading your blogs and tips, I become more excited! Keep it up! 🙂

    • Thank you so much for your comment, Ali! And yes, in fact, I just came back a few days ago from London, so I am working on new content for London right now. 🙂

  8. I love your itineraries and have planned my vacations by using them. We are planning a trip to Amsterdam and unfortunately I don’t see that you have one for that area? Could I be wrong and it’s hiding somewhere? LOL. I hate to have to plan this trip on my own.

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