42 days in Europe Itinerary

42 days in Europe Itinerary

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Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Fly to Priština International Airport, Drive to Gracanica
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Gracanica, Kosovo
— 1 day
Drive
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Kotor, Montenegro
— 2 nights
Drive
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Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Korcula Town, Croatia
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Split, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 4 nights
Fly
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Budapest, Hungary
— 4 nights
Drive
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Vienna, Austria
— 4 nights
Drive
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Salzburg, Austria
— 3 nights
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Copenhagen, Denmark
— 6 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 4 nights
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Bruges, Belgium
— 3 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland

— 3 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mt Pilatus and Uferpromenade Weggis. Museum-lovers will appreciate Fondation Beyeler and Jean Tinguely Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Zurich: Glasi Hergiswil (in Hergiswil), Augusta Raurica (in Augst) and Basel (Basel Paper Mill Museum & Offene Kirche Elisabethen). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Old Town, don't miss a visit to Limmatquai, examine the collection at FIFA World Football Museum, and admire the masterpieces at The Rosengart Collection.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Zurich tour itinerary planner.

Birmingham, UK to Zurich is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. October in Zurich sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Gracanica.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Gracanica, Kosovo

— 1 day
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): make a trip to Gracanica Monastery, steep yourself in history at Medieval Monuments in Kosovo, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Ulpiana.

Plan my day in Gracanica using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Zurich to Gracanica. On the 15th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kotor.

Things to do in Gracanica

Historic Sites

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Kotor, Montenegro

— 2 nights

Bride of the Adriatic Sea

Perched on the edge of a fjord-like bay rimmed by rugged mountains, Kotor grew around a medieval settlement purposely built like a maze.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Cotor Road, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Anthony's Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mark’s Church, step into the grandiose world of Zmajević Palace, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Eustachius, and finally steep yourself in history at Kotor Old City. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sun): admire the striking features of Radoničić Milošević Palace, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of St. Matthew, pause for some serene contemplation at Our Lady of the Rocks, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Holy Mother Rozaria, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. John the Baptist, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Monastery and Church of St. Clare.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Kotor trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Gracanica to Kotor by car takes about 5.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Kotor are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can go by car to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Kotor

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Dubrovnik, Croatia

— 3 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.
Get outdoors at Kayaking & Canoeing and Zarkovica Animal Shelter. Dubrovnik City Walls and Vlaho Bukovac House will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Dubrovnik side-trips: Cavtat (Cavtat Old Town & Church of Our Lady of the Snow). There's much more to do: wander the streets of Old Town, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Holy Annunciation, contemplate the long history of St. John's Fortress, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Dominican Monastery.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Dubrovnik driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Kotor to Dubrovnik takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Kotor in October, Dubrovnik is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can catch the ferry to Korcula Town.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Korcula Town, Croatia

— 2 nights
Korcula Town perches on the edge of the island's eastern coastline.
On the 21st (Thu), steep yourself in history at Kula Morska Vrata, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sveti Mihovil, get outside with Freestyle, then learn about winemaking at Lovric Winery, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Monastery of Our Lady of Andela, and finally do a tasting at Villa Korta Katarina & Winery, Relais & Chateaux Member. On the 22nd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Korcula Town Walls, admire the landmark architecture of Church Sveti Petar, take an in-depth tour of Ethno Museum Barilo, take in panoramic vistas at Zakerja Tower, then walk around Kocje, and finally don't miss a visit to Atelier Abel.

For traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Korcula Town trip itinerary maker website.

Ride a ferry from Dubrovnik to Korcula Town in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. In October in Korcula Town, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Split.

Things to do in Korcula Town

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums · Wineries

Side Trips

Split, Croatia

— 2 nights

Sportiest City in the World

Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): make a trip to Fortress Mirabella (Peovica), take in breathtaking views at Omis Cetina Canyon, make a trip to Starigrad Fortress, contemplate the long history of Diocletian's Palace, then get engrossed in the history at Etnografski muzej Split, and finally examine the collection at Froggyland. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Historic City of Trogir, ponder the world of politics at The City Hall - Duke's Palace, then admire the masterpieces at Galerija Mestrovic, then examine the collection at Museum of Senses Split, and finally pause for some photo ops at Cathedral of Saint Domnius.

To find reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Split online road trip planner.

You can ride a ferry from Korcula Town to Split in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Sarajevo.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

— 4 nights

Jerusalem of Europe

Nearly destroyed by war during the 1990s, the riverside city of Sarajevo now serves as one of the region's major educational, cultural, and commercial hubs.
Escape the urban bustle at Bosnian Pyramid Of The Sun Park and Skakavac. Do some cultural sightseeing at Galerija 11/07/95 and Museum Of Crimes Against Humanity And Genocide 1992-1995. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sarajevo: Museum Battle for the Wounded on Neretva River (in Jablanica), ARK D-0: Tito's Nuclear Bunker (in Konjic) and Visoko (Serefuddin dzamija - Bijela Dzamija & Underground Labyrinth Ravne). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Bascarsija, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Serbian Orthodox Cathedral, examine the collection at The Despic House, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Alipasina Mosque.

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You can drive from Split to Sarajevo in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Split in October, with highs in Sarajevo at 20°C and lows at 6°C. You'll have a few hours on the 28th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Budapest.

Things to do in Sarajevo

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Budapest, Hungary

— 4 nights

Pearl of the Danube

You might consider the city of Budapest, divided by the Danube River into two distinctive cities--Buda and Pest--to be essentially one large World Heritage Site.
Get a sense of the local culture at Fisherman's Bastion and Wine Tours & Tastings. You'll explore and learn at Budapest Pinball Museum and Holocaust Memorial Center. Get out of town with these interesting Budapest side-trips: Maconka Reserve (in Batonyterenye), Crystal Gallery and Exhibition (in Paradsasvar) and Ipolytarnoci Osmaradvanyok Termeszetvedelmi Terulet (in Ipolytarnoc). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Matthias Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, and make a trip to Heroes' Square.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Budapest trip site.

Traveling by flight from Sarajevo to Budapest takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. October in Budapest sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Vienna.

Things to do in Budapest

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Vienna, Austria

— 4 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Wachau Valley and Vienna Woods. Step off the beaten path and head to Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien and Kaiserliche Schatzkammer Wien. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Vienna: Melk Abbey (in Melk) and Burgruine Duernstein (in Durnstein). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Belvedere Palace, don't miss a visit to Maria Theresia Denkmal, learn about all things military at Heeresgeschichtliches Museum, and have fun and explore at Central Cemetery (Zentralfriedhof).

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Vienna day trip site.

Getting from Budapest to Vienna by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. In November, daytime highs in Vienna are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Salzburg.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Salzburg, Austria

— 3 nights

Rome of the North

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Get some historical perspective at Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle and Schloss Hellbrunn. Let the collections at Red Bull Hangar-7 and Mozarts Geburtshaus capture your imagination. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Salzburg: Nickelmuseum (in Schladming), Bad Gastein (Christophoruskirche & Bad Gasteiner Wasserfall) and Wilde Wasser (in Rohrmoos-Untertal). There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Salzburg Cathedral, explore the world behind art at Gustav Klimt Center, steep yourself in history at Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter).

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Salzburg trip builder website.

Drive from Vienna to Salzburg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In November, daytime highs in Salzburg are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel to Copenhagen.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Copenhagen, Denmark

— 6 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Rosenborg Castle and Davids Samling (The David Collection). Step off the beaten path and head to Our Saviour's Church and Christiansborg Slot. Get out of town with these interesting Copenhagen side-trips: Holbaek (Andelslandsbyen Nyvang & Margrethe Kapellet), Nivaagaards Malerisamling (in Niva) and RAGNAROCK - Museet for pop, rock og youth culture (in Roskilde). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Fanefjord Church, get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Denmark, and wander the streets of Stroeget.

Find out how to plan Copenhagen trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Traveling by flight from Salzburg to Copenhagen takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In November, daytime highs in Copenhagen are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Zaanse Schans and Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Anne Frank House and Canals area. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Amsterdam: Calidris Birdsafaries (in Texel), Museum Oud Soest (in Soest) and Utopia (in Oosterend). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, examine the collection at Micropia, stop by The Jordaan, and contemplate the long history of World Heritage Kinderdijk.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Amsterdam journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Copenhagen to Amsterdam takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In November, daily temperatures in Amsterdam can reach 12°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Bruges, Belgium

— 3 nights

Venice of the North

The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Get outdoors at Bruges Art Route and Bourgoyen-Ossemeersen Nature Reserve. Museum-lovers will get to explore Gravensteen and Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Bruges: Battle of Polygon Wood (in Zonnebeke), Ieper (Ypres) (Ramparts Cemetery, Saint Martin's Cathedral, &more) and Antwerp (Rockoxhuis, Carolus Borromeus Church, &more). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Brugge, don't miss a visit to The Markt, get to know the fascinating history of Begijnhof, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Langemark Cemetery.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Bruges trip planning tool.

You can drive from Amsterdam to Bruges in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. In November, plan for daily highs up to 12°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

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.

Kosovo travel guide

3.9
Monuments · History Museums · Churches
A disputed territory in the central Balkans, Kosovo is considered by many nations to be Europe's newest country. The independent state, once part of Serbia, has no shortage of colorful history. Tourism is still a small industry in the country, and visitors will witness the scars of war as recently as 1999, when Serbia revoked the territory's autonomy. Today, Kosovo is mainly ethnically Albanian, with a Serb majority in the north, as well as large numbers of ethnic minorities. Active UN troops still work in the country, guarding Serbian monasteries that date back to the 13th and 14th centuries. Despite this, Kosovo is a safe and stable country to visit to explore off-the-beaten path. The mix of World Heritage Sites, wild countryside, and welcoming hospitality will surely bring visitors in droves as the word gets out.

Montenegro travel guide

4.4
Historic Sites · Bodies of Water · Beaches
Whether you're in the mood to explore unspoiled nature, see historical sights, or soak in the Mediterranean atmosphere of beaches and parties, in Montenegro you can find everything within arm's reach. The Montenegrin coastline offers both large city beaches abundant with amenities, as well as peaceful fishing villages and secluded coves. Fortified old towns, medieval cathedrals, and monasteries are certain to satisfy history enthusiasts. Further inland are some of the nation's larger cities, as well as an abundance of opportunities for an active vacation. Wander off the beaten path, hike the mountains and canyons, and experience the traditional hospitality of villages where time seems to stand still. The national cuisine reflects the diversity of the landscape, including everything from fresh meat and dairy specialties, to a selection of seafood. The size of the country allows you to see a lot even during a short stay.

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.

Bosnia and Herzegovina travel guide

4.4
Landmarks · Bridges · Historic Sites
Heart-Shaped Land
With the legacy of war still fresh on the streets of Bosnia and Herzegovina, this Balkan gem is often overlooked as a holiday destination. Part of the former Yugoslavia, Bosnia and Herzegovina endured a bloody and destructive war for independence in the 1990s, which ripped apart its capital and other important cities. Since then, Bosnians have moved on, and as the rest of the world does too, tourism in the country is slowly growing. You’ll be welcomed by locals with open arms, eager to share their country and culture with those who include Bosnia and Herzegovina in their itineraries. Sarajevo and Mostar top most visitors' list of places to visit for their rich history and charming streets. Make sure to indulge in some local specialities such as burek.

Hungary travel guide

4.1
Historic Sites · Thermal Spas · Government Buildings
Breadbasket of Europe
Because tourism throughout the whole country is not as popular as in other European countries, much of the natural beauty of Hungary has not been developed or exploited. Visitors today are drawn to the unspoiled picturesque landscape, the capital metropolis surrounded by charming small towns and villages, and the plethora of thermal baths. The country's number of well-preserved archaeological ruins, castles, cathedrals, and medieval towns provide opportunities to those wanting a taste of European history. With the opportunity to explore both time-worn architecture and notable natural surroundings in every region, Hungary provides sightseeing opportunities with the amenities of traditional tourist destinations. 

Austria travel guide

4.5
Castles · Art Museums · Specialty Museums
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.

Denmark travel guide

4.2
Theme Parks · Historic Walking Areas · Castles
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.

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.

Belgium travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Monuments
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.