Now that you’ve sang karaoke at every bar in Japan and danced samba on the beaches of Rio de Janeiro, now what?

Let’s discuss the places you can visit when traveling to Europe. I hear Europe is nice this time of year.

Europe is home to beautiful monuments, museums, cathedrals, beaches, and a stretch of history that goes back thousands of years — all beautifully intertwined into its diverse islands, villages, towns, and cities.

France

Alongside England and Italy, France is a country that is on the mind of every first-time tourist to Europe, and for very good reason. The appeal of the Eiffel Tower may be enough to convince anyone to visit Paris, but that is only scratching the surface.

Paris is the most popular option for tourists, but other cities are huge draws, as well. One such example is Colmar. As per Lonely Planet, “The capital of the Alsace wine region, Colmar looks for all the world as though it has been plucked from the pages of a medieval folk tale. At times the Route des Vins d’Alsace fools you into thinking it’s 1454, and here, in the alley-woven heart of the old town, the illusion is complete. Half-timbered houses in chalk-box colors crowd dark cobblestone lanes and bridge-laced canals, which have most day-trippers wandering around in a daze of neck-craning, photo-snapping, gasp-eliciting wonder.”

Italy

The country of towering cathedrals, beautiful landscapes, and striking architecture. And pizza.

As per Planet Ware, “The Vatican is the smallest independent state in the world, with an area of less than half a square kilometer, most of it enclosed by the Vatican walls. Inside are the Vatican palace and gardens, St. Peter’s Basilica, and St. Peter’s Square, an area ruled by the Pope, supreme head of the Roman Catholic Church. This compact space offers much for tourists to see, between its museums and the great basilica itself.

Inside St. Peter’s Basilica is Michelangelo’s masterpiece, Pieta, along with statuary and altars by Bernini and others. The unquestioned highlight of the Vatican museums is the Sistine Chapel, whose magnificent frescoed ceiling is Michelangelo’s most famous work. Inside the Vatican Palace are the Raphael Rooms, the Borgia Apartments, the Vatican Library, and a number of museums that include the Picture Gallery, Museum of Secular Art, Etruscan Museum, and others.”

Don’t take our word for it. Go.

United Kingdom

Everyone knows London is a terrific city to visit, but, as per Planet Ware, “If you only have time to visit one smaller city in England, you couldn’t do much better than Bath. This remarkably beautiful city boasts more fantastic tourist attractions than you could hope to visit in a day. While most famous for the magnificent 2,000-year-old Roman Baths built around the city’s rejuvenating hot springs, it’s equally well known for its honey-colored Georgian Townhouses such as those located on Royal Crescent. Some 500 of the city’s buildings are considered of historical or architectural importance, a fact that has resulted in the entire city being granted World Heritage status. Bath makes an ideal location from which to explore some of England’s most stunning countryside, including the Avon Valley, the Mendip Hills, and countless other fantastic Somerset landmarks.” 

If you head over to Oxford and Cambridge, you will find out why they are world-renowned cities of education.

For nature and adventure, Scotland is a favorite UK destination. As per Planet Ware, “The stone towers and walls of Edinburgh Castle have dominated the Edinburgh skyline since the 13th century. Perched atop black basalt rock, it offers magnificent views of the city and a trip through Scotland’s tumultuous history. Highlights are the spectacular Crown Jewels; the famous Stone of Destiny (the Stone of Scone); and St. Margaret’s Chapel, built in 1130 and the oldest building in Edinburgh. Enter the castle over a drawbridge across an old moat from the broad Esplanade, where the famous Edinburgh Military Tattoo is held every August.

Bronze statues of legendary heroes William Wallace and Robert the Bruce seem to keep watch over the castle gates. Below, the Royal Mile stretches down the steep escarpment to the elegant Palace of Holyroodhouse, another of Edinburgh’s most famous landmarks. Lined by brick townhouses and historic landmarks, the Royal Mile is also filled with small shops, kiltmakers, tearooms, museums, and cafés. Between its tall buildings – some reaching to more than 10 stories on the downhill side – are narrow little alleys, called winds, that weave between tiny hidden closes.”

Spain

Spain is the home of rich culture, delicious paella and cured hams, and breathtaking views. Spain also offers a stretch of beaches and the appeal of the active nightlife of Ibiza. 

If you’re dreaming of Barcelona, US News writes that the city is home to “some of the most unique and inspiring architecture in the world, so a tour of the city’s parks, museums and churches is a must. Start your days off with tours of Antoni Gaudí’s whimsical architecture, including Casa Batlló, La Sagrada Familia and Parc Güell. Grab lunch at the bustling Boqueria Market then kick back and relax on the shores of La Barceloneta Beach with a cool cerveza (beer) in hand, all the while enjoying a picturesque view of the Mediterranean. After a brief siesta, hit up the nightlife in Las Ramblas or the Gothic Quarter. And if you’re a fútbol fan, you can’t leave Barcelona without a visit to FC Barcelona’s headquarters, Camp Nou Stadium.”

For the best nightlife in Spain, Ibiza is the go-to spot, as this island receives a significant amount of local and international tourists every year. If you’re into dance music, this island is for you.

Austria, Norway, and Switzerland

When one thinks of Austria, they are bound to think of The Sound of Music and great composers such as Mozart. Austria, however, is a great European holiday destination for so much more. As per Planet Ware, “Austria, one of Europe’s most popular holiday destinations, attracts tourists year-round with places to visit in both summer and winter. In fact, with some of Europe’s finest skiing, winter is almost as busy as summer in the spectacular mountain regions. Visitors are drawn as much for the scenic beauty of this Alpine republic’s provinces as they are for splendid cities like Vienna (Wien), the historic capital, and beautiful Salzburg, birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

One of Europe’s smallest countries, Austria is predominantly a nation of upland areas and high mountains, with the Eastern Alps occupying a good 60 percent of its territory. The River Danube flows for about 350 kilometers from west to east through the northern part of the country, adding to its allure as a tourist destination.”

Looking for a perfect Scandinavian holiday? Think about heading to Norway. This country is home to an abundance of natural endowments, from glaciers to lakes. Norway is a great place to experience undiluted natural beauty in all ways, from natural water bodies to rare wildlife. There are also several national parks that preserve the natural beauty of the country. The remoteness of the country also makes the holiday experience even better.

Switzerland is another country where people looking to explore natural beauty should be headed. The country is endowed with the Swiss Alps (a haven for winter sports enthusiasts), castles, museums, and, oh yeah, rich, delicious chocolate. Who doesn’t love chocolate? Additionally, Switzerland is quite popular for wine tasting. Who doesn’t love wine?

From city sight-seeing to remote views to dance music parties to laid-back holidays, European countries offer it all. 

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