Top 10 Europe Countries To Visit
The one makes a trip to Bali or Thailand to discover themselves. The other goes for parties and jet setson Ibiza. There must of course be a difference. What many do not know is that a trip can be special, without having to visit the usual destinations. With 51 countries in Europe, there are still plenty of places to find that you have not yet visited.
# 10 Austria
Austria is the land of Mozart and the waltz, but also of vast mountain lakes and huge mountains. The monumental buildings in the elegant cities reveal a rich historical past of this country in the middle of Europe. It is mainly the capital Vienna that steals the show because of the imperial splendor, the enormous art collection in the museums and the culture of coffee houses.
The most beautiful ski slopes are at Innsbruck or St. Anton. In addition to the big cities or ski areas, there are fairy-tale castles in the mountains. The baroque city of Salzburg is much quieter than Vienna, but definitely worth a visit.
# 9 Scotland
The Scottish Highlands is home to the famous Eilean Donan Castle and one of the largest nature reserves in Europe. It is probably the most exciting region of the country, characterized by an amazing history and even more amazing landscapes. The legendary Loch Ness and Scotland's largest national park are also here, as well as epic battlefields, breathtaking beaches and misty, magical mountains.
Equally spectacular, the Isle of Skye is famous for its amazing cliffs and dramatic Cuillin Mountains; Edinburgh celebrates its rich past with remarkable monuments, inspiring architecture and an agenda packed with cultural festivals; and Glasgow combines its vibrant music scene with world-class museums and Victorian splendor like no other city in Britain.
# 8 Turkey
Turkey is much more than the famous coastal towns. This country is an amazing mix of cultures and colors, sandy beaches and lively bazaars, rugged mountains and beautiful ancient ruins - this is Turkey, a country you'll never forget.
Moreover, it is a country full of art, culture and history. Istanbul is one of the largest cities in the country. The turquoise coast - with its fine sandy beaches and beautiful blue lagoons - is a paradise for sailors, swimmers and sun worshipers. Locals are friendly and the food is fantastic. Whatever type of holiday you are looking for, the possibilities are endless in Turkey.
# 7 Iceland
Icelandic blue bubbling geysers, rugged lava fields and spectacular glaciers create a visual spectacle that seems out of this world. In addition to natural splendor, the Land of Fire and Ice is also the home of one of the strangest nations in the world. The younger generation are often warm, creative and progressive people with a strong sense of national pride.
This is particularly reflected in Reykjavik's thriving cultural scene and vibrant nightlife. The capital of Iceland organizes original festivals on the assembly line.
Also, do not leave the country without making a tour through the Golden Circle. Or marvel at the northern lights or swim in the famous Blue Lagoon, a giant geothermal spa on the southwest coast of Iceland.
# 6 Greece
Whether it's the grandeur of its ancient sites, the sublime sunsets of Santorini, or the amazing cliff colonies of Meteora, Greece leaves a deep impression on its visitors.
Athens is teeming with remarkable ancient monuments; the mountainous interior of the country is dotted with charming, unspoilt villages and archaeological treasures that span four millennia. The small surrounding islands range from the culturally rich Dodecanese to the picturesque Cyclades.
Olympus National Park lures nature lovers with an abundance of outdoor activities, but it is also steeped in Greek Mythology. The Olympus is also the highest mountain in Greece, where the ancient gods once lived.
# 5 Croatia
From old walled towns to beautiful beaches bordered by sparkling blue water, there is nothing you can't find in Croatia, a land of great natural beauty and an amazing cultural heritage.
Although modest in size, the small Central European country is rich in remarkable historic sites and national parks full of dense forests, striking waterfalls and incredibly beautiful lakes. Two such places are the breathtaking Plitvice Lakes and the unique Kornati archipelago, with its 140 unspoilt islands surrounded by crystal clear azure seas.
Split and Dubrovnik, Croatia's most important cities, are full of cultural treasures and architectural splendor, while the chic Adriatic town of Hvar on the Dalmatian island of the same name attracts well-known fashionistas and celebrities from all over the world with its mix of marble streets, Gothic palaces , elegant restaurants and a cool party feeling.
Don't miss the majestic Diocletian's Palace in the heart of Split, or the old city walls of Dubrovnik - both were regularly on lists of beautiful places in Croatia.
# 4 France
Seductive, melodic France has something for everyone, from the glorious seaside resorts along the sun-drenched Côte d'Azur to charming bistros and priceless art in Paris, pretty hilltop villages in Provence and fantastic skiing in the Alps. And then there is the wine and cheese, the art de vivre and the rich history that surrounds you here.
Much of the beauty of the country comes from the diversity of its landscapes, but it is also derived from the exclusive haute couture scene and the remarkable architectural heritage that includes everything from beautiful Gothic cathedrals and Romanesque churches to beautiful Renaissance castles and striking art nouveau jewelry.
# 3 Norway
Deep, striking fjords, rugged coastal mountains and glaciers that take your breath away - all contribute to the epic natural beauty of Norway. Spectacular national parks protect the nation's unique landscape and animal kingdom, and the handful of cities abound with Scandinavian sophistication.
The northern part of Norway is within the polar circle, so the midnight sun adds to the drama of this remote and beautiful country. Here and there, a picturesque wooden village brings a touch of life to the rugged landscape, while reindeer and polar bears roam the awesome ice fields of the Svalbard archipelago.
# 2 Italy
Perhaps it is the breathtaking romance of the Tuscan countryside, the spooky beauty of the Amalfi coast, or the excitement that you are surrounded by so much art, culture and history, but there is something in Italy that warms your soul and smiles at you radiating face again and again. It could, of course, be the divine food that tastes of love and sunshine, or the courteous, well-dressed Italians, or the pleasure of doing nothing, but this country looks so damn good and is practically impossible to imagine to fall are charms.
Rome celebrates its wonderful past with beautiful museums and ruins of the world's largest empire; Venice enchants visitors with its winding canals and beautiful marble palazzos; Florence is full of invaluable Renaissance art; and the Italian lakes exude timeless sophistication with their postcard-perfect landscapes, pastel-colored towns on the water, and lush villas surrounded by perfectly manicured gardens.
# 1 Spain
Some countries are full of character and man-made architectural wonders, others have nature on their side. Spain excels in each of them, offering travelers a wealth of natural beauty along with fascinating history, fantastic food and a cultural scene that is both deep and authentic as well as creative and innovative.
Quirky festivals keep the old traditions alive; Gaudi's masterpieces stand side by side with contemporary art galleries on the charismatic streets of Barcelona; and Romanesque churches in the green north of the country. There are 44 World Heritage sites in Spain, including stunning Roman ruins, beautifully preserved ancient cities and unique national parks full of rare flora and fauna.
Add to all of these the vast beaches of Majorca, the unearthly volcanic landscapes of the Canary Islands, the rugged beauty of the Pyrenees, and Ibiza's unique blend of hippie chic, high end hedonism. Including with the Mediterranean charms you have the most passionate, fascinating and beautiful country in Europe: Spain.