56 days in Europe Itinerary

56 days in Europe Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe holiday planner

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Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
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Cologne, Germany
— 1 night
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Dresden, Germany
— 2 nights
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Bad Schandau, Germany
— 3 nights
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Hrensko, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
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Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
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Brno, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
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Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
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Bratislava, Slovakia
— 3 nights
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Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
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Belgrade, Serbia
— 3 nights
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Pristina, Kosovo
— 3 nights
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Prizren, Kosovo
— 2 nights
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Kotor, Montenegro
— 3 nights
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Tirana, Albania
— 3 nights
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Ohrid, Republic of North Macedonia
— 3 nights
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Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia
— 3 nights
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Sofia, Bulgaria
— 2 nights
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Sozopol, Bulgaria
— 3 nights
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Istanbul, Turkey
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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.
You've now added Delirium to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): stop by Place St. Gery and then join in the after-dark buzz at Delirium.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Brussels trip planner.

London, UK to Brussels is an approximately 2.5-hour train ride. You can also take a train; or fly; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Standard Time is 1 hour. While traveling from London, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Brussels, ranging from highs of 5°C to lows of 0°C. On the 12th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Cologne.

Things to do in Brussels

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Nightlife

Cologne, Germany

— 1 night

City of Churches

Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Cologne attractions planner.

You can take a train from Brussels to Cologne in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. January in Cologne sees daily highs of 6°C and lows of 0°C at night. You'll set off for Dresden on the 13th (Thu).

Things to do in Cologne

Historic Sites · Nightlife · Museums · Parks

Dresden, Germany

— 2 nights

Florence of the North

Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): stroll through Rollon - Radtouren, then get curious at Deutsches Hygiene-Museum, then don't miss a visit to Old Market Square (Altmarkt), and finally take in the views from Augustus Bridge.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Dresden trip itinerary builder app.

Take a train from Cologne to Dresden in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Cologne in January: highs in Dresden hover around 3°C, while lows dip to -1°C. You'll set off for Bad Schandau on the 15th (Sat).

Things to do in Dresden

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks · Trails

Bad Schandau, Germany

— 3 nights
Bad Schandau is a spa town in Germany, in the south of the Free State of Saxony and the district of Sächsische Schweiz-Osterzgebirge. Discover out-of-the-way places like Saxon Switzerland National Park and Die Wanderung am Lilienstein. Take a break from the city and head to Grosser Zschirnstein and Luchsgehege. There's more to do: learn more about the world around you at Museum Bad Schandau Erich Wustmann.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Bad Schandau driving holiday planner.

Bad Schandau is just a stone's throw from Dresden. In January, daily temperatures in Bad Schandau can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. On the 18th (Tue), you'll travel to Hrensko.

Things to do in Bad Schandau

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Trails

Side Trips

Hrensko, Czech Republic

— 2 nights
Hřensko is a small village of approximately 320 inhabitants in the Ústí nad Labem Region of the Czech Republic on the border with Germany. Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): take in the views from Old Town Bridge (Staromestsky Most) and then admire the verdant scenery at Edmundova soutEska. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Wild Gorge, then examine the collection at Sklarske Muzeum Novy Bor, then explore the historical opulence of The Rock Castle Sloup, and finally don't miss a visit to Saunstejn Castle.

To find reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Hrensko driving holiday planner.

Ride a ferry from Bad Schandau to Hrensko in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 2°C in January, and nighttime lows around -2°C. You will leave for Prague on the 20th (Thu).

Things to do in Hrensko

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Prague, Czech Republic

— 3 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Prague lures millions of tourists each year with its World Heritage-listed medieval city center--a labyrinth of narrow lanes, bridges, cathedrals, and palaces overlooked by a thousand-year-old castle.
Visiting Vridelni kolonada and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Czech Repubrick and Museum of Miniatures. Explore Prague's surroundings by going to St Bartholomew's Cathedral (in Pilsen) and Karlovy Vary (Moser & Church of St. Mary Magdalene). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Speculum Alchemiae Museum, find something for the whole family at Thrill Park - Prague's Horror Theme Park, have fun and explore at Gallery of Steel Figures, and get to know the fascinating history of The Vrtba Garden.

For reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Prague trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hrensko to Prague takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. January in Prague sees daily highs of 2°C and lows of -3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Brno.

Things to do in Prague

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Brno, Czech Republic

— 2 nights

Moravian Manchester

A thousand years old, Brno offers a convenient urban base for exploring the southern section of Moravia, famed for its lush vineyards and natural caves.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of St. John.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Brno planner.

Traveling by car from Prague to Brno takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Brno are 1°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Vienna.

Things to do in Brno

Historic Sites · Museums

Vienna, Austria

— 2 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.
On the 25th (Tue), examine the collection at Bank Austria Kunstforum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Augustinerkirche, examine the collection at Papyrus Collection and Papyrus Museum Vienna, get engrossed in the history at Imperial Carriage Museum Vienna, then take an in-depth tour of Hofmobiliendepot - Imperial Furniture Collection, and finally steep yourself in history at Haydnhaus. On the 26th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Naturpark Mannersdof-Wuste, try your luck at Casino Baden, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Russian Orthodox Cathedral of St. Nicholas, then pause for some photo ops at Pestsäule, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Michael's Church, and finally make a trip to Michaelerplatz.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Vienna online road trip planner.

Getting from Brno to Vienna by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in January, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can drive to Bratislava.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Bratislava, Slovakia

— 3 nights

Beauty on the Danube

Slovakia's capital, Bratislava, attracts visitors for its natural beauty and rich culture, offering a plethora of landscapes, outdoor activities, historical monuments, and a stately old town.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Slovak National Gallery Slovenská národná galéria and Railway Museum in Railway Depot Bratislava-Vychod. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Museum of Military History and Malokarpatske muzeum v Pezinku. Get out of town with these interesting Bratislava side-trips: Cachtice Castle (in Cachtice), Trencin (Parish Stairway, Mestska Veza, &more) and Beckov castle (in Beckov). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Bunker BS-8, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Michael the Archangel, have some family-friendly fun at Space World, and explore the activities along Slnecne Jazera.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Bratislava trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Vienna to Bratislava by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Budapest.

Things to do in Bratislava

Historic Sites · Museums · Fun & Games · Parks

Side Trips

Budapest, Hungary

— 3 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Esztergom Basilica / Cathedral and Holy Spirit Catholic Church. Step off the beaten path and head to Tagore Promenade and Visegrad Citadel. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Budapest: Lazar Equestrian Park (in Domony), Szentendre (Retro Design Center & Mikrocsodak Muzeuma) and Round Church (in Balatonfured). There's lots more to do: do a tasting at Faust Wine Cellar, see the interesting displays at Nostalgia Museum - Curiosities and Kitsch Museum, take an in-depth tour of Jatekmuzeum - Foltermuseum, and step into the grandiose world of Festetics Palace.

For other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Budapest trip planner.

Drive from Bratislava to Budapest in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in January, and nighttime lows around -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can fly to Belgrade.

Things to do in Budapest

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Belgrade, Serbia

— 3 nights
The capital and largest city of Serbia, cosmopolitan Belgrade sits on the confluence of the Sava and the Danube rivers.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): contemplate the long history of The National Assembly, admire the masterpieces at Zepter Museum , Belgrade, brush up on your military savvy at Military Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Petka's Chapel, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ružica. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Spomen-zbirka Pavla Beljanskog, kick back and relax at Strand, do a tasting at Podrum Probus, contemplate the long history of Sremski Karlovci, then admire the striking features of Orthodox Cathedral of St Nicholas, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Upper Church.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Belgrade tour itinerary maker site.

Traveling by flight from Budapest to Belgrade takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In February, daytime highs in Belgrade are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Pristina.

Things to do in Belgrade

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wineries

Side Trips

Pristina, Kosovo

— 3 nights
Long regarded as a gray and traffic-congested provincial town with little tourist appeal, Pristina today possesses a youthful vibrance and a newfound sense of sophistication, as the result of the city's large community of foreign functionaries.
Get outdoors at Mirusha Waterfalls and Sleeping beauty Cave. Step off the beaten path and head to Medieval Monuments in Kosovo and Saint Demetrius Church. Get out of town with these interesting Pristina side-trips: Old Bazaar of Peja (in Pec), Mitrovica (Miner's Monument, Xhamia e Zallit, &more) and Ulpiana (in Gracanica). The adventure continues: explore the fascinating underground world of Marble Cave, appreciate the history behind Newborn Monument, examine the collection at Illusium, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Pristina trip builder.

Getting from Belgrade to Pristina by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to drive to Prizren.

Things to do in Pristina

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Prizren, Kosovo

— 2 nights

Kosovo's Cultural Capital

Kosovo's second city, Prizren sits on the slopes of the rugged Sar Mountain, a region bordered by both Albania and the Republic of Macedonia.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Saint George and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Holy Saviour. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the views from Stone Bridge, take in the spiritual surroundings of Khalwati Tekke, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Emin Pasa Camii (Emin Pasha Mosque), then delve into the distant past at Mahmet Pasha Hamam, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Shar Mountain National Park.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Prizren using our trip planner.

You can drive from Pristina to Prizren in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to drive to Kotor.

Things to do in Prizren

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Kotor, Montenegro

— 3 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Sea Gate and St. Anthony's Church. Get some cultural insight at The Church of St. Matthew and Old Cotor Road. There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Zmajević Palace, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Joseph, steep yourself in history at Grubonja Palace, and enjoy breathtaking views from Kampana Tower.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Kotor itinerary planner.

You can drive from Prizren to Kotor in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Kotor can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Tirana.

Things to do in Kotor

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Tirana, Albania

— 3 nights
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Explore hidden gems such as Spille Beach and Preza Castle. Get in touch with nature at The Cave of Pellumbas and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Get out of town with these interesting Tirana side-trips: Petrela Castle (in Petrele) and Duka Winery and Vineyard (in Durres). And it doesn't end there: deepen your understanding of the past and present with a heritage tour, explore the galleries of Bektashi World Center, get to know the fascinating history of Rruga Murat Toptani, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Tirana online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Kotor to Tirana takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Tirana can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Ohrid.

Things to do in Tirana

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Ohrid, Republic of North Macedonia

— 3 nights

Jerusalem of the Balkans

Located on Lake Ohrid, the town of Ohrid earned the nickname Jerusalem of the Balkans because it was once home to 365 churches.
Explore hidden gems such as River Drim and Holy Mother of God. Step out of the city life by going to National Park Pelister and Mavrovo National Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Tose Proeski Memorial House (in Krusevo), Resen Museum (in Resen) and Monastery St. Jovan Bigorski (in Gostivar). The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Archangel Michael Monastery, take in panoramic vistas at Old Clocktower, view the masterpieces at Icon Gallery-Ohrid, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ali Pasha Mosque.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Ohrid online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by shuttle from Tirana to Ohrid takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Tirana in February, with highs in Ohrid at 10°C and lows at 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Skopje.

Things to do in Ohrid

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia

— 3 nights
A melting pot of cultures from Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, and Yugoslavian rule, Skopje serves as the nation's eclectic capital.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Stobi and Daut Pasha Hamam. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mustafa Pasha Mosque and Museum City of Skopje. Get out of town with these interesting Skopje side-trips: Tetovo (Isa Beg Hammam, Xhamia E Larme, &more). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Fallen Heroes of Macedonia, see the interesting displays at Museum of Macedonian Struggle, snap pictures at Skopje Art Bridge, and explore the stunning scenery at Matka Canyon.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Skopje trip simple and quick.

You can drive from Ohrid to Skopje in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in February, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Sofia.

Things to do in Skopje

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Sofia, Bulgaria

— 2 nights
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): explore the engaging exhibits at Muzeiko, look for gifts at Galeria Nina, get engrossed in the history at The Red Flat, pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Nikolai Sofiyski, then try your luck at Palms Merkur Royale Casino, and finally explore the ancient world of Ancient Serdica Archaeological Complex.

Discover how to plan a Sofia trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Skopje to Sofia takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Skopje to Sofia due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in February, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Sozopol.

Things to do in Sofia

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Fun & Games

Sozopol, Bulgaria

— 3 nights
The romantic atmosphere that lives on in this old city, located along the stunning Black Sea coast, makes Sozopol a popular seaside getaway.
Church of the Assumption and The Old Fountain are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visiting Poda Protected Site and Cape Emine will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Sozopol side-trips: Pomorie Museum of History (in Pomorie), Veleka Beach (in Sinemorets) and Sveti Vlas (CRG Airsoft Arena & Church of St. Afanasiy the Great). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Historical Museum of Primorsko, don't miss a visit to Church of the Assumption, see the interesting displays at Ethnographic Museum of Sozopol, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saints Cyril and Methodius.

For maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Sozopol tour itinerary planning site.

Getting from Sofia to Sozopol by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or take a bus. In February in Sozopol, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Sozopol

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Istanbul, Turkey

— 5 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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Altinkemer Local Beach and Florya Sahil Parkı. Get outdoors at Uzuntarla Tabiat Parki and Balloon Rides. Get out of town with these interesting Istanbul side-trips: Bursa (Muradiye Complex & Green Tomb), Eriklitepe Tabiat Parki (in Basiskele) and Izmit (Gayret Gemi Museum & KInalI Asker ParkI). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum (Turk ve Islam Eserleri Muzesi), see the interesting displays at Museum of Innocence, steep yourself in history at Haydarpasa Terminal, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Caferaga Medresesi.

To find more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Istanbul day trip app.

Traveling by car from Sozopol to Istanbul takes 4.5 hours. Traveling from Sozopol to Istanbul, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sozopol in March, Istanbul is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Belgium travel guide

4.2
Historic Sites · Specialty Museums · 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.

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.

Saxony travel guide

4.6
Churches · Landmarks · Art Museums
Saxony features a long history of independence as a separate kingdom. It is a fascinating mix of medieval castles, cobbled town squares, Gothic churches, lavish palaces, and old-fashioned steam trains. The people who live here have a strong sense of distinctness from other Germans. This mainly stems from the region's history of independence and its large population of ethnic Sorbs (a Slavic people). But the residents are as friendly and warm as they are proud of their cultural and natural riches. Saxony is home to several high-profile cities full of things to do. It also contains a sprawling countryside dotted by neat vineyards, sun-drenched parks, rugged sandstone cliffs, lush meadows, and picturesque hillside villages. Still relatively undiscovered by foreign travelers, the area outside Saxony's urban centers remains one of the least-explored regions of the country. Venture deep into this multifaceted land to soak up the local culture. You'll be able to enjoy sightseeing at the various cultural and natural attractions unhindered by large tourist crowds.

Czech Republic travel guide

4.3
Bridges · Historic Walking Areas · Castles
From historical towns and cities, to a countryside speckled with castles and chateaus, the Czech Republic is a holiday destination that can satisfy everybody's taste. Even though it's modern and fully-developed, the country carefully preserves its traditions and heritage. The city of Prague, with its breathtaking architecture, vibrant art and culture scene, and bustling nightlife, is not only one of the country's main attractions, but also a top European tourist hub. The scenic countryside features numerous national parks and nature reserves perfect for hiking, cycling, golfing, and enjoying the natural beauty. In the wintertime ski buffs have their pick from a selection of resorts. If you're looking to unwind and rejuvenate in picturesque settings, visit the famous spa and wellness resorts that have been renowned in Europe for centuries.

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.

Slovakia travel guide

3.9
Landmarks · Castles · Monuments
Heart of Europe
A land of magnificent castles, untouched nature, and rich cultural heritage, Slovakia is a jewel in the heart of Europe that's waiting to be discovered. Larger cities such as Bratislava and Kosice feature historic architecture and offer numerous sightseeing opportunities and exciting art scenes, while the traditional villages are the perfect place to get acquainted with local customs. Some of the country's most popular tourist destinations are its numerous spa resorts, famous for their therapeutic properties, and a selection of wooden churches, many of which are World Heritage Sites. Those looking for nature's attractions can enjoy everything from the thick forests and snowy peaks of the Tatra Mountains, to one of Europe's largest concentrations of subterranean caves. The country's cuisine reflects its multi-cultural history and is a definite must-try.

Hungary travel guide

4.1
Thermal Spas · Historic Sites · 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. 

Serbia travel guide

4.3
Historic Sites · Room Escape Games · Churches
A country of wild landscapes and wilder nights, Serbia is renowned for its diversity and hospitality. It's a land of rich history with an abundance of monuments dating back to prehistory, ancient times, and the Middle Ages. Some of the country's most famous attractions are the medieval monasteries, many of which are still active and open to visitors. Major cities like Belgrade, Novi Sad, and Niš, are bustling hubs where you can immerse yourself in the arts, cafe culture, and all-night partying. Take a trip into the countryside crisscrossed with rivers and explore the lush plains, untouched forests, clear lakes, and rugged mountains. Welcoming villages offer an abundance of hospitality, and numerous spa resorts give you the opportunity to relax and rejuvenate in a tranquil atmosphere. Serbian cuisine is very diverse, so whichever region you visit, make sure to try some of the local specialties.

Kosovo travel guide

3.9
Monuments · 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.

Albania travel guide

3.9
Castles · National Parks · Landmarks
Land of the Eagles
With its young bustling metropolis, networks of cobblestone pedestrianized streets, coastal beach towns, and cities of ancient ruins, Albania will continuously surprise you. As you reach each new major town and discover how completely different it is from the last, your appreciation will deepen for this tucked-away land steeped in history. Travel, eating, and accommodation here is very inexpensive, freeing you from budget concerns and allowing you to travel in the style that you want. Meanwhile, you may find yourself going days without spotting another tourist. While this means that many things will not be customized for visitors (non-English menus, sparse accommodation, and fewer international transportation options), you'll experience the feel of authentic Albania.

Republic of North Macedonia travel guide

4
Bodies of Water · Historic Sites · Landmarks
Despite its rich culture and outstanding natural beauty, the Republic of Macedonia remains relatively undiscovered by foreign tourists. Life continues at a slower pace in this natural setting of mountains, lakes, and rivers. Tradition and local customs rule the country's idyllic villages, tiny pockets of hospitality scattered across a rugged region. Start your Macedonian adventure at the capital city of Skopje, an easygoing urban center offering good dining, shopping, and entertainment options. The city also serves as a convenient base for hiking and biking trips through the surrounding countryside, which is noted for its ancient monasteries, mosques, and archaeological sites.

Skopje Region travel guide

3.7
Bodies of Water · Bridges · Historic Walking Areas
The heart of the Republic of Macedonia, the Skopje region encompasses varied landscapes that include rugged mountains, deep canyons, and lush valleys. Dominated by the Vardar--the country's longest river--the region remains one of Europe's undiscovered gems. The region's eponymous capital serves as its main center of tourism, featuring a walkable central area packed with shops, restaurants, and museums. Proud of its long history and rich cultural heritage, the city preserves many monuments left over from the country's Byzantine and Ottoman rulers. Beyond the eclectic capital spreads a tranquil countryside of small villages and ancient monastic communities, virtually unchanged for hundreds of years.

Bulgaria travel guide

4.4
Architectural Buildings · Ruins · Landmarks
Eventful history has endowed Bulgaria with a rich cultural, architectural, and artistic heritage, while natural beauty and recreational opportunities make it one of Europe's most desirable holiday destinations. Carpeted by dense forests and fed by mighty rivers, this ancient land once drew invaders from distant corners of Europe. Today, the country's Black Sea coastline and seven rugged mountain ranges top the itineraries of nearly 8 million annual visitors. While its growing cities offer modern shopping, dining, and entertainment opportunities, Bulgaria's countryside remains a history buff's paradise, boasting well-preserved reminders of ancient civilizations that conquered or passed through this land. Begin your Bulgarian adventure in Sofia, one of Europe's oldest capitals, with over 250 historic landmarks.

Turkey travel guide

4.3
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.