If you are crafting an itinerary for Europe and are feeling overwhelmed because of an endless list of things to do in Europe, our ultimate Europe bucket list with 200+ bucket list-worthy experiences (classic as well as offbeat) is sure to help narrow your choices to plan a beautiful trip to Europe.
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Ultimate Europe Bucket List: Best Things to do in Europe
The second smallest continent in the world, Europe is huge when it comes to experiences.
With over 44 countries, each with its own historical, cultural, architectural, and natural heritage, Europe offers many chances to witness, experience, and learn something new.
Our list of the best European experiences includes quintessential and touristy as well as unusual and offbeat Europe bucket list experiences.
Without further ado, here’s a round-up of 200+ Europe travel bucket list ideas covering all the best things to do in Europe for your next Europe vacation. You’ll love these cool bucket list ideas.
PS: This European bucket list acts as a roadmap for us (and hope it’ll be for you too) to follow as it includes the experiences that we’ve checked off and the ones that are yet to be ticked off. This list is a never-ending work in progress and will keep on growing as we explore more of the continent and discover new bucket list experiences to add to it.
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1. Admire the Eiffel Tower in Paris
It has to be the most classic of all the Europe bucket list experiences in the most classic of all the Europe bucket list destinations.
Cliché as it is, there’s no denying that Eiffel Tower is unmissable when in Paris. You can’t write a blog about the bucket list things to do in Europe and not mention Eiffel Tower.
2. Climb the Top of the Arc de Triomphe
Arc de Triomphe is one of the most famous landmarks in Paris. The mighty monument honors the French soldiers martyred during the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars.
For the sweeping view over the whole of Paris, you must climb up the terrace of the triumphal arch.
To avoid the huge crowds (because it’s super touristy), buy a skip-the-line access ticket to effortlessly get up to the terrace of the Arc de Triomphe.
3. Appreciate Leonardo Da Vinci’s Masterpiece, Mona Lisa in the Louvre Museum, Paris
Louvre often takes the lead when we talk about the best museums in Europe or even around the world.
Home to a mind-boggling collection of artworks, Louvre is famed for Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, one of the greatest paintings in the world.
4. Soak up the Historic and Cultural Vibe at Shakespeare and Company Bookstore in Paris
Book lover or not, visiting Shakespeare and Company, one of the most beautiful bookshops in Europe is always a good idea. Frequented by literary legends including Ernest Hemingway, Anaïs Nin, F. Scott Fitzgerald, T.S. Eliot, Gertrude Stein, and more, it feels like a literary heaven.
You can find your cozy spot and enjoy reading a page or two to soak up the history and charm of the bookstore. I would urge you to buy a book from here and get it stamped with Shakespeare and Company logo stamp on the first cover page – now you have the best souvenir from Paris!
5. Visit Mont Saint-Michel in Normandy
Set in a magical bay shared by Normandy and Brittany, the tidal island of Mont Saint-Michel is best known for its Benedictine Abbey dating back to the 8th century.
The Abbey of Mont Saint-Michel is all lit up and glows golden as the sun sets – unarguably the most stunning sight ever!
6. Take in the Beauty of the Palace of Versailles
An epitome of opulence, power, and art, the Palace of Versailles is one of the best palaces in Europe.
The palace was the royal residence of the kings of France until the flare-up of the French Revolution. Today, it enjoys being one of the most visited cultural sites in the world.
You must not rush your visit. Spend some time admiring the paintings, sculptures, collections, and more – probably the most beautiful works of art one can ever witness.
7. Run Through the Lavenders Fields of Provence
Come summer, rows, and rows of exquisite flowers that are all shades of purple envelop the countryside of Provence in France.
The vibrant color fills your eyes and the scent of flowers fills the air – a pure treat to the senses.
It looks like a scene from a movie. You just can’t help but imagine yourself like a Bollywood actress who just wants to dance and run across gorgeous flower fields.
8. Soak Yourself in the Glamor and Luxury of the French Riviera
A breathtaking stretch of coast from Menton to Cannes is super beautiful.
Known for its sunny beaches, fabled picturesque towns, and villages, the city-state of Monaco, lively nightlife, luxurious villas, and for being the playground of the rich and famous, the French Riviera offers a unique (though pricey) experience to common travelers.
Hit the casino table in Monte Carlo Casino, drive the scenic Corniche de l’Esterel, visit the Castle of Nice, explore the beautiful citadel of Saint-Tropez, walk the narrow lanes of Villefranche-sur-Mer, and discover the Picasso museum of Antibes, or just pamper yourself – there are many ways to live your French Riviera dream.
9. Explore the Fairytale Towns and Villages of Alsace
A historical region that embraces a unique culture that unites French and German cultures, Alsace is best known for its wine route, its food (Alsatian cuisine), its castles, its storybook towns and villages, and its Christmas markets.
Some of the most beautiful villages and medieval towns in the region include Colmar, Strasbourg, Kaysersberg, Riquewihr, and Eguisheim.
10. Taste Crêpes, Macarons, and Mille-feuille in Paris
The French macarons, crêpes, and pastries are hard to resist. They are so good.
You can relish crepes at Breizh Café, perhaps one of the most popular Paris crêperies, macarons at Ladurée, a Parisian patisserie that specializes in French macarons, and a French pastry called mille-feuille at Pierre Hermé.
11. Find Your Inner Peace at Corsica
A beautiful island in the Mediterranean, Corsica is a fine blend of picture-perfect scenery, a quiet vibe, rich culture, heritage, history, and good food – all that’s needed for a perfect holiday!
12. Loire Valley
The Loire River Valley is an enchanting countryside destination and a major wine region in France.
It’s famous for its natural beauty, fairy tale châteaux (Château de Chambord is the most impressive), and of course, great wine.
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13. Toss a Coin into Trevi Fountain
No bucket list for Europe, or a trip to Rome, is complete without a visit to the Trevi Fountain, and of course, you can’t leave before you follow the tradition of throwing a coin in the fountain.
Legend has it, if you throw one coin into the fountain you will return to Rome in the future.
That’s not all. A second coin promises a beautiful love life while the third coin ensures a marriage.
And make sure to stand with your back to the fountain and use your right hand to toss a coin over your left shoulder to make sure your wish comes true.
14. Explore the Roman Ruins at Colosseum
The ancient amphitheater ever built, Colosseum is magnificent inside and out. It has to be one of the seven wonders of the world.
The architectural and historical legacy of the Colosseum takes you back in time to discover the life and times of the ancient Roman Empire.
I’d suggest you book a tour as it gives you access to the underground and upper levels.
15. Discover the Grandeur of Vatican City
Home to the Pope, the holy city-state of Vatican City is adored for its iconic spiritual, cultural, architectural, and artistic heritage.
Vatican Museums displays a huge collection of over 20,000 priceless pieces of art.
The first thing that catches your attention is the Snail Staircase as soon as you enter the museum. An impressive 17th-century spiral staircase designed by Giuseppe Momo is one of the most photographed staircases in the world.
You must not miss the most notable and famous work by renowned artist Michelangelo, Creation of Adam. Look up to see as it covers a section of the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.
Another worthy thing to do in Vatican City is climbing the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica. It One of the largest churches in the world
16. Take a Cheesy Photo of Yourself Holding up the Leaning Tower of Pisa
When everyone’s taking a silly picture of themselves pretending to hold up the leaning tower then how can you not, no matter how unimaginative, predictable and hackneyed it might be? Because…well, why not?
17. Ride a Gondola in Venice
Everyone needs to experience Venice, one of the most romantic European bucket list destinations by classic gondola at least once in their lifetime.
Because Venice is known for it.
A classic Venetian experience!
Besides, a ride through the romantic Grand Canal of Venice is the best way to explore the city and its quirks. In fact, it’s the best introduction to Venice you can have!
18. Hike the Dolomites
The Dolomites mountain range in the Italian Alps is considered one of the most beautiful mountain ranges in Europe.
A road trip through the Dolomites is quite simply amazing. It lets you enjoy incredible views of the mountains, valleys, and rivers, explore charming towns and villages and take on fascinating hiking trails.
19. Go Town-hopping on Lake Como by Ferry Boat
Lake Como is the most famous lake in Italy and is frequented by travelers because of its stunning natural beauty, luxurious villas on its shores, and characterful towns like Bellagio, Varenna, Menaggio, and Tremezzo.
A boat tour is a perfect way to experience the lake and its attractions. You can witness the villas and other landmarks scattered by the side of the lake and some perched on the cliffs towering over the lake. A boat tour also stops by the pretty towns on the lake.
20. Gape at Michelangelo’s David in Florence
A Renaissance marble sculpture of David, a masterpiece by the Italian artist Michelangelo at Accademia Gallery is the most famous statue in Florence, Italy, and, perhaps, in the entire world.
You gotta see it!
21. Watch the Opera at La Scala in Milan
What better place to enjoy opera than its birthplace?
And what better place to enjoy opera than at the world’s greatest opera house?
22. Stay Like a Local in One of the Beautiful Hill Towns of Tuscany
Rolling hills, picturesque villas, and quaint medieval hilltop towns – Tuscany in a nutshell.
From the well-known San Gimignano, Volterra, and Cortona to lesser-known ones like Massa Marittima, Pitigliano, and Anghiari – each Tuscan town has its own vibe and charm.
Rent a medieval villa in a medieval village for an intimate and authentic experience in Tuscany.
23. Hike the Path of the Gods on the Amalfi Coast
Hiking the Path of the Gods introduces you to some of the most desirable views along the Amalfi Coast.
24. Explore the Five Colorful Villages of Cinque Terre
You must have seen an Instagram-worthy view of the stacked colorful houses perched on the cliffs overlooking the Mediterranean Sea while searching for Italy on the internet.
Wouldn’t you want to see that iconic view through the eyes of your camera? Hell yes!
25. Eat Neapolitan Pizza in Naples
Pizza remains the number one traditional food in Italy that every traveler wants to relish. Naples has their own version of pizza – Neapolitan pizza that comes in two varieties – pizza Marinara and pizza Margherita – the latter being the most coveted.
The legend has it that Queen Margherita of Savoy visited Naples in 1889 and wanted to try something new. That’s when Raffaele Esposito crafted a pizza just for her and named it after her – that’s how the delicious pizza Margherita was born.
Gino e Toto Sorbillo is among the top places to eat pizza in Naples.
26. Relish Gelato in Rome
Many people confuse ice cream with Gelato, but there’s a whole lot of difference.
Gelato is a frozen dessert, similar to ice cream, but with lower fat.
It can be found all over the globe, but the classic Gelato still resides in Italy.
Come il Latte in Rome serves some of the best and most creative Gelato in Italy.
27. Take a Food Tour in Italy
Italy is counted among some of the best food cultures and destinations in the world.
Italian cuisine has inspired many so much so that other countries around the globe have created their own version of Italian food with a bit of their own twist.
No wonder, two of its national dishes have become international sensations — pasta and as we all know, pizza.
Evidently, It’s mandatory to take a food tour in Italy to experience the country in all its essence.
28. Ruins of Pompeii
With a history of about 2000 years, Pompeii is a window into Roman culture.
You must add this intriguing archaeological experience to your Italy itinerary.
29. Admire Duomo di Milano in Milan
Milan Cathedral is a symbol of Milan and an architectural marvel that holds about 3,400 statues – that’s the most number of figures a building has in the world. Isn’t it fascinating?
30. See Trulli houses in Alberobello
Visit Alberobello, a cute little town in the Puglia region of Italy just to admire trulli, 14th-century milky white stone huts with conical roofs.
31. Check Out Big Ben in London
A visit to London is incomplete without visiting the iconic clock tower, no two ways about it!
32. Explore Buckingham Palace
Explore Buckingham Palace to learn more about Britain’s rich royal heritage.
33. Pose with the Iconic Red Phone Booth in London
Who doesn’t want cliche Insta-worthy pics from their vacation?
When in London, don’t forget to pose with one of the K2 telephone boxes which are scattered all over the city.
34. Ride the Big Red Bus in London
You can’t visit London and not experience the iconic big red bus, one of the world-recognized symbols of London.
35. Stroll the Charming District of Notting Hill
Notting Hill with its iconic pastel-colored houses, beautiful gardens, famous street markets, charming cafes, and restaurants, and a bohemian vibe is one of the quintessential and chicest neighborhoods in London.
It’s been a filming location for quite a few Hollywood movies viz. namesake movie Notting Hill, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Love Actually, and many more.
Spend some time taking in the beauty of this picture-perfect neighborhood of London.
36. Afternoon Tea in London
You must not miss out on the classic British afternoon tea experience when in London. It’s more of a national tradition or ritual.
A traditional English afternoon tea comprises a cup of tea (of course) and snacks like sandwiches, cakes, pastries, scones, teacakes, and cookies.
Harrods Tea Rooms, Mayfair, The Savoy, The Ritz, The Berkeley, The Bloomsbury Hotel, The Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon at Fortnum & Mason, Theatre Royal Drury Lane, and Rosewood are some of the desirable places to try afternoon tea in London.
37. Walk the Great Stones Way
The Great Stones Way is a long-distance walking trail in Wiltshire, UK, and comprises prehistoric stone circles, henges, barrows, churches, pretty little villages, and breathtaking countryside views.
UNESCO-listed Stonehenge and Avebury, two of the greatest megalithic sights in Britain are the major draws on this trail.
38. Visit Windsor Castle
The oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world, Windsor Castle along with Buckingham Palace is an official royal residence and quite a popular tourist attraction in England.
Even if you are not very into the royal family, the stories laced with the history behind the palace make it worth a visit.
39. Explore the English Countryside in the Cotswolds
Located just about 2 hours west of London, the Cotswolds makes for a beautiful day trip from London. It’s unarguably one of the dreamiest parts of England.
Rolling hills, rugged pastures, beautiful trails, meandering rivers, bewitching woods, picture-perfect English countryside, charming towns and villages, rich history, and much more – Cotswolds has to be on your UK bucket list!
40. British Museum
Recognized as the oldest national public museum in the world, British Museum celebrates human history and culture through its fascinating collection.
The museum remains in controversy for its exhibition of certain artifacts that were brought from other countries in colonial times and are never returned.
Rosetta Stone is among the most treasured possessions of the museum.
41. Explore Oxford
World-famous for being the home to the world’s most prestigious and pretty universities, the University of Oxford, the city of Oxford features stunning architecture, and rich history and culture.
42. Explore Cambridge
Cambridge, like Oxford, is famed for its world-class university, the University of Cambridge. Set on gorgeous grounds, the university is counted among the top universities in the world.
It boasts celebrated writers, actors, comedians, and politicians as its alumni.
43. River Cruise on the Thames
Sailing along the River Thames is a lovely way to see the most famous landmarks of London.
44. Lake District
Lake District or the Lakes or Lakeland is one of the best national parks in the UK and the largest in England.
The region is so so gorgeous. Its scenic landscape (lakes, forests, and mountains or fells) inspired the Lake Poets to write poetry as beautiful as it is.
45. Stroll the Shambles in York
I love charming and historic streets. There are so many stories up their sleeve. A stroll along them is like stepping back in time.
One of them is Shambles in York, England.
With 5th-century timber-framed buildings and narrow cobbled alleys, Shambles is one of the oldest and prettiest streets in Europe.
46. Admire Edinburg Castle in Edinburg
A 10 to 15-minute walk takes you up Castle Hill where majestic Edinburg Castle is located. The castle is one of the oldest fortifications in Europe and is an interesting
47. Explore the Scottish Highlands
Those dramatic landscapes, romantic castles, charming towns, and a lot of history and character – well, the Highlands are stunningly gorgeous!
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48. Explore the Isle of Skye
A famous location for famous movies, the Isle of Skye is a heavenly island in Scotland that’s revered for its untamed and wild landscapes, medieval castles, quaint fishing villages, and rich history as the island has been inhabited since the Mesolithic period.
49. Ride the Hogwarts Express
You must ride the Jacobite Steam Train or Hogwarts Express or the Harry Potter Steam Train on your trip to Scotland even if you aren’t a Harry Potter Fan (having said that, I haven’t met anyone who isn’t) as the journey combines a lot of history and endless natural beauty.
50. See a magnificent sunrise on Shetland Isles in Scotland
Listed among the seven best sunrise spots in the world by Lonely Planet, Shetland features some of the most incredible landscapes in the UK.
51. Stargazing in Galloway Forest Park
An outdoor lover’s dream, Galloway Forest Park is also a perfect place to go stargazing as it’s a designated Dark Sky Park.
52. Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland
Giant’s Causeway is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a unique attraction that features over 60 million years old hexagonal basalt columns plunging into the sea.
53. Walk Through the Dark Hedges in Northern Ireland
Make sure to walk the Dark Hedges, a peaceful avenue with beech trees on both sides creating a unique tunnel near the village of Ballymoney that has been popularised by Game of Thrones.
Witness this extraordinarily stunning site on your visit to Northern Ireland.
54. Visit the Berlin Wall
A symbol of the Cold War, the Berlin War is a must must visit attraction in Berlin. It’s an intriguing spot that narrates the past of Berlin – the agonizing separation and euphoric reunion.
55. Brandenburg Gate
Another iconic sight and a symbol of the Cold War in Berlin, Brandenburg Gate is thought to be the symbol of unity for Berliners.
56. Drive the Romantic Road in Germany
Medieval Castles, rolling vineyards, pristine lakes, beautiful Alps, and fairy-tale villages – this 220 miles (354 km) scenic byway from Würzburg to Füssen in Bavaria fondly called Romantic Road is nothing but love.
57. Admire Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria
And you’ll witness one of the best castles in Europe, Neuschwanstein Castle while driving the Romantic Road.
It’s the castle that inspired Sleeping Beauty Castle as well as Cinderella Castle.
58. Visit Rothenburg ob der Tauber
This cute little town in northern Bavaria is a hit among travelers for its beautiful medieval architecture and Christmas market (Reiterlesmarkt).
59. Oktoberfest in Munich
One of the best festivals in the world, Oktoberfest is also one of the largest beer festivals in the world.
It, of course, is a great way to meet beer lovers from around the world. Alongside, attending the festival also gives you an insight into the Bavarian culture.
60. Explore Black Forest
The Black Forest (Schwarzwald) region in southwest Germany is wild and rugged. With dense woodlands, gushing waterfalls, charming villages, numerous hiking trails, and thermal spa towns, the region is thought to be the setting for Grimms’ Fairy Tales.
Did you know that Schönwald in the Black Forest is the birthplace of the cuckoo clock?
61. Tour the Famous Christmas Markets in Germany
Think Christmas. Think Germany. The country is truly the top Christmas destination in the world.
Cologne, Stuttgart, Dresden, and Nuremberg have some of the best Christmas markets in Europe.
62. Explore Regensburg
Located on the Danube River, Regensburg is a picturesque and well-preserved medieval town in eastern Bavaria.
ou must explore this hidden gem in Germany before it gets touristy.
63. Find the Pinks in Bonn during Spring
Visit the city of Bonn in Western Germany during spring and walk through a dream of breathtaking pink. Yes! Heerstraße (Heerstasse) in Bonn is where you can find the stunning bloom of vivid cherry blossoms.
64. Revel in the Beauty and Royalty of Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna remains the main summer residence of the Habsburg rulers and holds a great significance in the history and culture of Austria that makes it worth a visit.
No wonder it’s one of the must-do things to do in Vienna and Austria, for that matter.
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65. Sound of Music Tour in Salzburg
Home to the real Trapp family and a filming location for a classic musical “Sound of Music“, Salzburg is where you must retrace the footsteps of Maria von Trapp and Julie Andrews.
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66. Fairytale Town of Hallstatt
One of the most beautiful places to visit in Austria, Hallstatt is a fairytale in motion. It’s beautiful, no matter what’s the season, however, it’s ethereal in winter.
Europe in autumn
67. River Cruise on the Danube
A cruise on the Danube River, the second-longest river in Europe that zigzags through 10 European countries is a beautiful and laid-back way to experience Europe.
One such cruise along the Danube takes you to the World Heritage Site of Wachau Valley from Vienna. One of the best day trips from Vienna, Wachau is a stretch of the Danube River between the towns of Melk and Krems.
Melk Abbey, a stunning Benedictine monastery above the town of Melk is the star attraction on this route.
68. Drive Grossglockner High Alpine Road
Grossglockner High Alpine Road in Austria, one of the highest alpine roads in Europe makes for a beautiful and adventurous road trip!
69. Walk the Charles Bridge in Prague
Charles Bridge defines the city of Prague. It’s the oldest and the most beautiful bridge in Prague and the second oldest bridge in the Czech Republic.
Walking the bridge during sunset as lanterns light up the stone walkway is the way to go.
70. Charming Town of Cesky Krumlov
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Český Krumlov should not be missed on a trip to the Czech Republic. It’s a delight to explore.
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71. Explore the Old Town of Krakow, Poland
The historic core of Krakow, Stare Miasto (Old Town) is brimming with historic houses, the largest market square in Europe called Rynek Główny, medieval palaces, churches, and synagogues.
72. Visit the Largest Castle in the World, Malbork Castle
Malbork Castle aka Castle of the Teutonic Order in Malbork is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is ranked first among the largest castles in the world.
You can easily explore this impressive castle and fortress on a day trip from Gdansk.
73. Bratislava Castle
Perched on a steep hill above the Danube River, Bratislava Castle dominates the skyline of Bratislava. It dates back to the 9th century and has been an eternal symbol of the city.
One of the best things to do in Bratislava, the castle tour takes you through the rich past of the Great Moravian Empire and offers the best view over the city.
74. Try Bryndzové Halušky
If you want to know a place or city or country, eat what locals eat. So, when in Slovakia, try Bryndzové Halušky, their national dish.
75. Ride Pletna on Lake Bled
Talk about the magical places to visit in Slovenia and Bled steals the show. This certainly is the crown jewel of Slovenia.
And one thing that you must do in Bled is to ride a pletna (a traditional boat) on Lake Bled to Bled Island.
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76. Take a Picture with the Symbol of Ljubljana
The dragon is the symbol of Ljubljana. It enjoys a pride of place on the city coat of arms and on the Dragon Bridge.
One of the best things to do in Ljubljana is to take a picture next to the Dragon Bridge, the most iconic landmark in the capital city of Slovenia.
77. Vintgar Gorge
One of the most beautiful half-day trips from Bled is to the natural wonder of Vintgar Gorge. It’s only about 5 km from the town of Bled.
78. Vršič Pass
Vršič Pass is the highest mountain pass in Slovenia that connects Bovec with Kranjska Gora and is packed with incredible views and picturesque sights.
This road trip in the Julian Alps reveals the true beauty of Mother Nature.
79. Admire the La Sagrada Familia In Barcelona
Designed by Antonio Gaudí, La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona is one of the most beautiful and impressive churches in Europe.
Interestingly, the church is still under construction. The work is going on since 1882 and is said to be finished by 2026.
Nonetheless, it’s the celebrated symbol of Barcelona.
80. Eat Tapas in Granada
If you only do one thing in Granada, eat tapas. Tapas isn’t a food here, it’s an emotion.
You know It’s served free with your drink at Tapas Bars in Granada, every time.
81. Participate in La Tomatina Festival in Buñol
La Tomatina Festival is fun. As crazy as it gets.
Besides, attending this wacky festival gives you a chance to meet and become friends with people from across the world and learn more about Spanish culture.
82. Explore Alhambra in Granada
A palace known for its exceptional beauty, Alahambra is one of the best places to capture the essence of the Moorish history of Spain.
83. Admire Pablo Picasso’s Guernica at the Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid
Art lovers know what Guernica is!
It’s one of the most powerful anti-war paintings in history by Picasso. And you can see it in room 6 on the 2nd floor of the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid.
84. Party Hard in Ibiza
You must party in Ibiza, the party capital of the world, at least once in your lifetime because – YOLO.
So, Are you going to Ibiza?
85. Plaza de España in Seville
Located in María Luisa Park, Plaza de España was designed by Aníbal González Álvarez-Ossorio, an eminent Spanish architect to host the Ibero-American Expo in 1929. And it turned out to be the most beautiful, grand, and unique square in Seville.
86. Eat Churros in Madrid
Churros, a food that has become a tradition in Spain is mouth-watering.
And the best place to try this Spanish sweet treat is Chocolatería San Ginés in Madrid.
87. Walk the Camino de Santiago
The Camino de Santiago aka the Way of St James is a network of different pilgrimage routes for Christians that ends at Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, an autonomous community in the northwest of Spain.
Apart from the religious and spiritual fulfillment, walking the route is a great way to discover new traditions, culture, and heritage, and a positive way of life.
It sure is a trip of a lifetime.
88. Explore the White Towns of Andalusia (Pueblos Blancos)
There are over 20 gorgeous whitewashed towns and villages spread all over southern Spain in the region of Andalucia, mostly in the provinces of Málaga and Cádiz.
Setenil de las Bodegas, Olvera, Mijas, Zahara de la Sierra, and Arcos de la Frontera are some of the prettiest white villages in Spain that you must explore.
89. Explore Costa Brava
Costa Brava (rugged or wild coast) is a scenic stretch of coast in the Catalonia region of Spain.
Home to pretty medieval villages, beautiful sandy beaches, rugged coves, nature parks, vineyards, the masterpieces of Salvador Dalí, and a mild Mediterranean climate – Costa Brava should be on your bucket list.
90. Ski in Zermatt in the Swiss Alps
Zermatt is a picture-perfect mountain resort town in the Swiss Alps best known for skiing. Indulging in high-altitude skiing underneath the Matterhorn is an exhilarating experience.
91. Eat Fondue in Zürich
Try Swiss Fondue at Chäsalp in Zürich.
92. Take a Trip to the Top of the World – Jungfrau
The journey to Jungfrau can be done by a combination of a cogwheel train and cable car. You can choose one from several routes up to Jungfraujoch depending on your starting point.
93. Ride a Cable Car to Mount Titlis in Switzerland
Enjoy the thrill of riding TITLIS Rotair, the first-ever revolving cable car in the world to the top of Mt. Titlis.
And the view from the top is incredible. Plus, there are so many things to do once at the top like walking the highest suspension bridge in Europe, exploring an ice cave, ziplining, hiking, and boating on Trübsee.
94. Enjoy the Scenic Train Journey from Zermatt to St Moritz in Glacier Express
One of the most beautiful train journeys in the world, Glacier Express affords the breathtaking scenery that Switzerland is known for.
95. Discover Grindelwald
Located in the Bernese Alps in Switzerland, Grindelwald is a beautiful Swiss village known for being the gateway for the Jungfrau, the Top of Europe.
While you head for Jungfraujoch, don’t forget to take some time out to explore this postcard-perfect village.
96. Embrace Adventure in Interlaken
Your Europe adventure bucket list is incomplete without adding Interlaken to it. Interlaken is the adventure capital of Switzerland, after all.
97. Explore Lisbon by Iconic Mustard Yellow Trams
You can’t visit Lisbon and not ride the famous yellow tram, a symbol of Lisbon.
98. Enjoy Fado in Lisbon
Fado is a Portuguese traditional music genre and you must listen to fado when in Portugal. The Fado Museum in the Alafama neighborhood in Lisbon is your best bet.
99. Admire the Vibrant Pena Palace in Sintra
The National Place of Pena in Sintra is a crowning jewel of Portugal. It would be a crime to miss it.
100. Visit Benagil Caves in Algarve
A natural seaside cave famous for a distinctive hole in its roof known as the eye, Grotte de Benagil looks stunning when the sunlight pours through it and lights up the golden sands and green-blue waters. And the view of blue sky from the eye is splendorous.
101. Beach-Hopping in Algarve
The southernmost region of Portugal, the Algarve is home to some of the best beaches in Europe. From family-friendly beaches to romantic beaches to remote beaches – there’s one for every kind of traveler.
Praia da Salema, Praia de Benagil, Praia da Marinha, and Praia da Falésia are some of the most loved beaches in the Algarve.
102. Explore Azores
This unearthly archipelago in the mid-Atlantic with 9 volcanic islands, each more beautiful than the next celebrates nature like anything. This region of Portugal is one of the most beautiful warm places in Europe in winter.
The Azores are also one of the largest whale sanctuaries in the world. You can go whale and dolphin watching here, year-round.
103. Discover the Best Spots to See and Click Azulejo Tiles in Porto
Think Porto. Think Azulejos. These extraordinarily beautiful ceramic blue and white tiles are a quintessential sight in Porto.
Sao Bento Train Station, Porto Cathedral, Capela das Almas, Igreja do Carmo, Igreja de Santo Ildefonso, Casa da Musica, Igreja dos Congregados, and Banco de Materiais are the best places to witness the beauty of azulejo tiles in Porto.
104. Experience the Viking Culture at Viking Ship Museum on Bygdøy
Explore the Viking age, an integral part of Norwegian history at the Viking Ship Museum on the Bygdøy peninsula in Oslo.
Note: The Viking Ship Museum is closed for renovation and will reopen as the Museum of the Viking Age in 2026.
105. Gawk at the Unique Sculptures at Vigeland Park in Oslo
The Vigeland Park or Frogner Park is the world’s largest sculpture park displaying a fascinating collection of about 200 exclusive sculptures designed by a famous Norwegian sculptor, Gustav Vigeland.
The park with its naked sculptures is oddly unique. Trust me, you haven’t seen anything quite like this before.
Read More: Where to Stay in Olso
106. Explore the Stunning Norwegian Fjords
Complete your Norway Itinerary with an experience of a lifetime – exploring the Norwegian fjords.
Cruise along the breathtaking Norwegian fjords, explore charming fjord villages and take on hikes for incredible views of Norway’s fjords.
The most famous fjords in Norway include Nærøyfjord, the Sognefjord, the Geirangerfjord, and the Hardangerfjord.
Read Later: The Most Beautiful Places in Norway
107. Ride the Beautiful Flåmsbana
Flåmsbana or Flåm Line is about a 20 km long railway line that runs from the end of Aurlandsfjord, an arm of the Sognefjord in Flåm to the high mountains of Myrdal.
This hour-long (2 hours return trip) train journey is often quoted as one of the most beautiful train journies in the world.
And it certainly is. It takes you through many tunnels and showcases spectacular scenery of steep mountainsides, roaring waterfalls, and pristine lakes and rivers.
108. Go Hiking in Norway
Your Norway Itinerary is incomplete if you don’t take on one or two of the most beautiful hikes in Norway viz. Trolltunga, Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock), Kjerag, and Romsdalseggen.
The best way to absorb the beauty of the iconic Norwegian fjords (truly, nature at its best) is by hitting the trails that lead to breathtaking viewpoints.
109. Admire the Colorful Wooden Houses of Bryggen in Bergen
You can’t miss Bergen when in Norway because the city is known as the Gateway to Fjords. It’s a stone’s throw from some of the most celebrated fjords of Norway.
And when in Bergen, you are not allowed to miss UNESCO-listed Bryggen, the country’s most notable and iconic cultural attraction. A series of well-preserved colorful wooden Hanseatic-era houses on the wharf takes you back in time.
You must stroll the narrow alleyways and get lost behind the historic façades to discover the tales of the past.
110. Scenic Train Journey from Oslo to Bergen
A 7-hour train journey from Oslo to Bergen embraces some of the most beautiful landscapes in Norway and rightly has been voted one of the most beautiful train journeys in the world. And you gotta experience it to know why!
111. Take a Road Trip from Bergen to Oslo
A road trip from Bergen to Oslo takes you through striking mountain passes and out-of-this-world (literally) fjord countryside that you’d not wanna miss it!
112. Northern Lights in Tromsø
If you plan to visit Norway anytime from September through March, It surely is the time when the elusive northern lights grace the skies and Tromso is where you can have higher chances to spot them.
Tromsø is counted among the top 10 places to see Northern Lights around the world. In fact, it tops the list.
113. Drive the Atlantic Ocean Road
One of the Norwegian Scenic Routes, the Atlantic Road is magical.
About 8 km long stretch of road runs from Kristiansund to Molde and takes you right out to the edge of the ocean. The road was voted the Engineering Feat of the Century in 2005.
114. Ice Music Festival in Bergsjøstølen, Norway
If you find yourself in Norway in the month of February, you can have a chance to witness one of the most unique and best ice festivals in the world – the Ice Music Festival in Bergsjøstølen.
This glacial instrument festival features everything from the venue and instruments to art, made of ice and snow.
Read More: Europe in February – Where to go + Insider Tips
115. Spot Polar Bears in Svalbard
Svalbard is one of the best places to see the King of the Arctic. There’s a reason it became the filming location in the TV series Frozen Planet II on BBC.
Here the population of polar bears exceeds that of humans.
This Norwegian archipelago is on my bucket list for so long that it demands to be ticked off as soon as possible 🙂
116. Stroll the Vibrant Harbor of Nyhavn in Copenhagen
Nyhavn is synonymous with Copenhagen in Denmark. This iconic waterfront is beautifully lined by brightly colored townhouses dating back to the 17th and 18th centuries and is a favorite place to hang out for locals and tourists alike.
Read More: Where to Stay in Copenhagen
117. Ride a Bike through Copenhagen
The most fun (and way to explore the Danish capital is by pedaling around like a local.
Because how can you not get on two wheels when in a biking city of the world?
118. Experience Hygge in Denmark
Danish Hygge is a concept of coziness and it’s something that Danes practice mostly during autumn and winter.
Basically hygge means creating a comfy aura, appreciating the small joys, and enjoying the bright and beautiful things in life with people close to your heart.
Find out the hygge things to do when you visit Denmark to know what exactly the Danish way of life feels like.
One of the classic ways to embrace hygge is sipping coffee in a cozy cafe on a dark cold day with a good book or with someone you admire.
119. Visit Tivoli Gardens
Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, one of the oldest amusement parks in the world is very bit of fun for everyone, young or adult.
Inspiration for Hans Christian Andersen and Walt Disney, the park features historic architecture, lush gardens, and unique rides. The wooden Rollercoaster dating back to 1914 is one of the most popular rides here.
The sight of the park all decked up with colorful lights at night is worth a look.
End your day with scrumptious food at Tivoli Food Hall.
120. Explore Kronborg Castle
Kronborg Castle in Helsingør has to be one of the most beautiful places in Denmark.
The most significant Renaissance castle in Northern Europe, Kronborg is famous around the world for being the setting of Hamlet by Shakespeare.
121. Visit Møn in Denmark
The first-ever biosphere reserve in Denmark, Møn is home to the beautiful natural attraction of Møns Klint.
It’s here you can admire the beautiful white cliffs rising above the turquoise waters.
It’s also one of the best places to experience the night sky in Denmark!
Just about 20 minutes away from Copenhagen, Dragor is an utterly charming historic fishing village.
In fact, it’s one of the best day trips you can take from Copenhagen.
123. Cross the Øresund Bridge
Take a road trip from Copenhagen in Denmark to Malmö in Sweden via Öresund Bridge, the longest combined road and rail bridge in Europe.
You can make your way from one country to another in just about 30 minutes and the beautiful bridge adds to the entire experience.
124. Gawk at the Unreal Landscapes of Faroe Islands
If raw nature tickles you, the Faroe Islands is for you!
A windswept self-governing archipelago of Faroe Islands comprises 18 rugged and remote volcanic islands in the North Atlantic Ocean between Iceland and Norway and forms a part of the Kingdom of Denmark.
With rolling mountains, dramatic waterfalls, plunging sea cliffs, and floating lakes – Faroes is extraordinarily gorgeous!
125. Experience Finnish Sauna
Sauna culture is an intrinsic part of the lives of Finnish people and finds a special place on UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
A sacred space in Finnish tradition, a visit to the sauna is a one-of-a-kind experience.
If you are visiting Helsinki, choose Löyly, the most iconic public sauna right next to the sea. Indulging in a traditional smoke sauna and a wood-burning sauna at Löyly is one of the best things to do in Helsinki.
If you’ve time, plan a visit to Rajaportti, the oldest public sauna in Finland located in the sauna capital of the world, Tampere for an authentic experience.
126. Karelian pies in Finland
An important part of Finnish cuisine, Karelian pies or Karelian pasties, or Karelian pirogs are hearty traditional boat-shaped pastries that come from the Karelia region and is classed as Finland’s most loved foods.
The pie is made with a rye dough that’s thinly rolled, stuffed with rice porridge, baked until golden and crispy, and served with egg butter (munavoi).
Porvoo, a city of charming moments (as they call it) is just about 45 minutes from Helsinki. The narrow cobbled streets lined with ancient dollhouse-like houses, charming cafés, boutiques, and galleries – that’s Porvoo!
Dear me. I forgot to talk about iconic red-ochre-painted riverside (by the Porvoo River) warehouses. They define Porvoo!
You must discover this cute and historic Finnish town on your trip to Finland because it’s one of the hidden gems in Europe.
128. Celebrate Christmas in the Official Hometown of Santa, Rovaniemi
You can meet Santa every day of the year in Rovaniemi in Finnish Lapland but it’s more magical when you meet him during the Christmas season.
I urge you to experience the true magic of Christmas in the Official Hometown of Santa Claus, Rovaniemi.
Read More: Where to Stay in Rovaniemi
129. Take in the Enchanting Beauty of the Northern Lights from a Glass Igloo
One of the best winter destinations in Europe, Rovaniemi is home to a variety of glass igloos to match every taste.
Imagine lying on a warm bed under the open sky and witnessing the magical Auroras shimmering and dancing above. If it sounds so good, imagine how it’d feel!
Winter is also a time when you can experience Kaamos (Polar Night) that create mysterious lights. They are extremely photogenic.
Apukka Resort, Arctic Snowhotel & Glass Igloos, Arctic Treehouse Hotel, Aurora Village in Ivalo, and Glass Resort offer cozy and tastefully decorated glass igloos in and around Rovaniemi.
130. Experience the Midnight Sun from the Top of the Ounasvaara Hill in Rovaniemi
Ounasvaara is a hill in Rovaniemi, right at the Polar Circle. An easy hike to Ounasvaara is all you need to do to witness the magic of Midnight Sun.
131. Pick Berries in a Finnish Forest
Picking wild berries in the dense forest is the best thing you can do in Finland during summer and autumn.
132. Walk the Old Town of Dubrovnik
The list of the best places to visit in Croatia is incomplete without Dubrovnik.
The Old Town of Dubrovnik is the stuff dreams are made of. Strolling the charming streets and hidden alleyways is like walking back in time. Every nook and cranny is filled with stories of the past, not to mention, awesome architecture.
A day in Dubrovnik is all you need to fall in love with it!
133. Climb the Ancient City Walls in Dubrovnik
A walk around the ancient city walls that encircle its historic heart is a must when in Dubrovnik.
From its highest point, the view over the old town featuring terracotta roofs, churches, towers, medieval buildings, and the cerulean Adriatic sea is heavenly.
134. Visit Diocletian’s Palace in Split
Built by the Roman emperor Diocletian, this ancient palace defines the old town of Split and is the high point of the best things to do in Split.
135. Watch Sunset at the Greeting to the Sun in Zadar
Visit Zadar for an unforgettable sunset!
There’s something magical about the way the sun sets by the ocean and the solar-powered Greeting to the Sun (aka Sun Salutation or Monument to the Sun) lights up the entire waterfront.
And you can’t help but feel elated to witness the prettiest sunset ever.
Even Alfred Hitchcock after seeing the famous Zadar sunset, proclaimed, “Zadar has the most beautiful sunset in the world, more beautiful than the one in Key West, in Florida, applauded at every evening.”
136. Island Hopping in Croatia
Your Croatia Itinerary is definitely not complete if you don’t visit its beautiful islands.
There are over 78 inhabited islands along the shimmering Adriatic coastline that showcase pristine natural beauty.
Hvar, Vis, Brač, Korčula, Mljet, and Rab are some of the best islands in Croatia.
Hvar is the most visited island in Croatia while the Island of Vis is a peaceful one.
The Blue Cave of Biševo is a unique attraction here. It’s a day trip from Komiža, a town onVis island.
You can take an island hopping day trip from Split if you are short on time and can’t commit to a stay on an island.
137. Soak in the Beauty of Plitvice Lakes National Park
One of the best national parks in Europe and the world, Plitvice is nothing less than a dreamy haven.
Lush forests and meadows, turquoise-colored lakes, gushing waterfalls, and exceptional biological diversity – the park seems to be blessed with unparalleled natural beauty.
138. Try Black Risotto in Dubrovnik
A Croatia delicacy, black risotto is a must-try if you love seafood.
Located in the heart of the Dubrovnik Old Town, Dalmatino Dubrovnik serves the best black risotto in Croatia.
139. Explore Istria
Shared by three countries – Croatia, Slovenia, and Italy, Istria, the largest peninsula within the Adriatic Sea is known for its historical hill towns, stunning seaside towns, craggy shorelines, rich history, and Istria truffles.
The Istrian coastal towns of Rovinj, Pula, and Poreč attract more visitors while the inland medieval towns of Hum (dubbed as the smallest town in the world), Motovun, and Groznjan in Istria are certainly worth a visit.
140. Explore a Quirky Museum of Broken Relationships in Zagreb
Zagreb is brimming with quirky art galleries and museums. Museum of Broken Relationships is top of the line.
An emotional roller coaster ride, the museum through its unique exhibits narrates the stories of relationships that fail to materialize.
141. Appreciate the Stunning Architecture of the Grand Place
La Grand-Place is a cobbled central market square that is home to beautiful architectural jewels making it one of the most beautiful squares in Europe.
142. Attend Tomorrowland in Boom, Belgium
Tomorrowland should be on every dance music lover’s bucket list.
It’s not your regular music festival. It’s special. It celebrates life. It teaches us that every moment you’re alive should be a celebration. No wonder, it finds a position on the list of the best art and music festivals in the world.
Hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world come together, connect and unite despite their differences to celebrate their love for music. The energy is incomparable!
143. Indulge in Belgian Chocolate
Do you have a sweet tooth? You must not miss visiting Brussels, the chocolate capital of the world, and tasting Belgian chocolate, the best chocolate in the world.
Pierre Marcolini (they have a number of stores throughout the city) in Brussels is the best place to get Belgian chocolates.
144. Savor Belgian Waffle
Belgium might be the birthplace of waffles but the dessert has become an international phenomenon now. You can find waffles anywhere and everywhere in the world.
Belgium has different varieties of waffles of which Liège waffles and Brussels waffles are the most sought-after.
Maison Dandoy in Brussels is the best place to eat waffles in Belgium.
145. Gobble Belgian Frites
Pommes Frites are nothing but fries that are fried twice!
Did you know that the fries are originally from Belgium? So why are they called French fries if they are really from Belgium? Here’s why! In fact, Belgians celebrate Fries Day on July 13th!
Fritland and Frit Flagey are some of the best friteries in Brussels.
146. Explore Bruges on a Canal Cruise
The beautiful bridges, cute gingerbread house, charming squares, and cobbled alleyways – a boat ride through the canals of Bruges aka the arteries of the city is the best way to experience the charming little town.
147. Be in Two Places at Once in Baarle
Imagine you’ve one foot in one country and the other in another country.
Baarle-Hertog in Belgum na dBaarle-Nassau in Neherlands
148. Visit Anne Frank House in Amsterdam
Have you read The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank? Chances are, you’ve. It’s a world classic, after all.
You know, you can visit the real house and hiding place where this celebrated German-born Jewish diarist lived during WW II. It’s in Prinsengracht (canal belt) in Amsterdam!
149. Walk Through the Red Light District
The Amsterdam Red Light District isn’t an attraction but an infamous neighborhood that houses the oldest profession in the world.
Apart from adult entertainment, you’ll find a lot of restaurants, hotels, and bars.
The area attracts a lot of tourists and is fairly safe to visit. We recommend you visit during the daytime.
150. Ride a Bike
With a clearly signposted huge network of cycling paths, Amsterdam is best explored on a bike.
151. Get a Picture with the I Amsterdam Sign
Go for that cliche yet the iconic picture of the most clicked frame in Amsterdam – I Amsterdam Sign.
152. See the Beautiful Tulip Fields in Keukenhof
One of the best places to see spring in Europe, Keukenhof aka Garden of Europe is one of the largest and most beautiful flower gardens in the world.
Plan around early March to mid-April to see the colorful tulips blooming in their full glory.
153. See the Windmills of Kinderdijk
A UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kinderdijk near Rotterdam in South Holland is well-known for its 17th-century Dutch windmills around the world.
A boat tour along the mills is the best way to explore the region. You can stop by the mill workshop to know more about the operation and maintenance of the windmills.
154. Explore Giethoorn
Giethoorn is a unique and idyllic village on the northernmost tip of Overijssel known for its waterways, wooden bridges, and time-worn thatched-roof houses. It’s rightly called the Venice of the Netherlands.
It’s amazing to discover the natural and historical beauty of Giethoorn on a traditional Giethoorn boat (punter) trip on the canals.
155. Visit Cube Houses in Rotterdam
Some of Rotterdam’s most iconic and innovative attractions are the cube houses designed by Piet Blom, a Dutch architect in the 1970s.
Witnessing cube houses is a must when in Rotterdam. It can be done as a day trip from Amsterdam.
156. Stroll through Lipscani, the Old Town of Bucharest
The Old Town of Bucharest is delightful. It’s alive with many amazing architectural marvels, charming cafes and restaurants, good bars and clubs, and shops.
Lipscani is the medieval heart of the Old Town that accommodates some of the most beautiful buildings in Bucharest. Walking along the paved pathways of Lipscani is like walking back in time.
157. Drive the Transfăgărășan Road
Transfăgărășan Mountain Road (National Road DN 7C) is among the most scenic roads in the world.
When in Romania, you must indulge in an adventurous road trip along this second-highest mountain pass in Romania dotted with steep hairpin bends. This winding 150 km road connects the south of Romania with Transylvania.
158. Visit Bran Castle (Dracula’s Castle)
Only 30 km from Brașov, Bran Castle is a famous landmark in Transylvania. It looks imposing perched on a steep cliff. This medieval castle is located along the historic trade route between Wallachia and Transylvania, the Rucăr-Bran Pass.
It’s also known as Dracula’s Castle as it’s often cited (no evidence though) as the home to the fictional vampire Count Dracula in Dracula, the 1897 gothic horror novel by Bram Stoker.
159. Learn about Saxon Heritage
Southern Transylvania features a unique Saxon heritage. Saxons aka the Germans of Transylvania came to Transylvania during the 12th century and grew to become an important cultural and architectural heritage that’s unique to Europe.
You can witness well-preserved Saxon towns and villages in Southern Transylvania viz. Brașov, Sibiu, Sighișoara, and Sebes to learn more about Saxon heritage.
160. Check Out Red Square in Moscow
You gotta check out Red Square! It’s so so famous. It’s one of the oldest and largest squares in Moscow and one of the most famous squares not only in Europe but the world. Can you miss it?
This central square features the most iconic buildings in the capital including the Kremlin, Lenin’s Mausoleum, the State History Museum, and the beautiful St. Basil’s Cathedral.
161. Visit Savior on the Spilled Blood in Saint Petersburg
Why should you visit the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood? Well, because it’s the most popular attraction in Saint Petersburg.
Plus, it’s an important part of Russian history. The church stands at a place where the bomb was thrown into the carriage of Emperor Alexander II to assassinate him in March 1881.
162. Visit State Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg
One of the largest art museums in the world, Hermitage Museum holds a huge art collection. The Winter Palace is the star attraction here.
163. Soak in the Beauty of the Picture-Perfect Little Town of Perast
Perast is a tiny well-preserved old town in the Bay of Kotor in Montenegro that defines pretty. Yes. You just need an hour (the more the merrier) to see what this Montenegrin town has to offer.
Walk along the promenade, take a boat ride to Our Lady of the Rocks, and take in the beautiful views.
164. Hike to San Giovanni Fortress in Kotor in Montenegro
A hike up to the stunning medieval castle in Kotor awards you with sweeping views of the bay.
165. Explore Durmitor National Park in Montenegro
A nature-lover’s playground, Durmitor sure is one of the most beautiful places in Montenegro.
With breathtaking canyons, shimmering glacial lakes and streams, and soaring limestone cliffs, Durmitor National Park is a nature’s masterpiece that you must explore if you ever find yourself in Montenegro!
166. Capture the View over Sveti Stefan
Sveti Stefan is a tiny islet on the Adriatic coast that’s known for its luxury resort, Aman Sveti Stefan.
It often is used as a poster child for Montenegro.
167. Drive the Kotor Serpentine
An 8.3 km long narrow and steep stretch with 16 hairpin turns along the road from Cetinje to Kotor is called Kotor Serpentine. And it’s often cited as one of the most dangerous roads in the world which makes it a must-experience, especially if you are a thrill seeker.
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168. Visit Mostar Old Bridge (Stari Most) in Mostar
A medieval stone arch bridge over the river Neretva in Mostar Old Town is full of Balkan history, heritage, and culture.
And the good part is that it’s easily accessible from Dubrovnik or Sarajevo and can be done as a day trip.
169. Explore the Oldest City in Europe, Plovdiv
The oldest city in Europe, the cultural capital of Bulgaria, European Capital of Culture in 2019 – Plovdiv has to be on top of your bucket list places to visit in Europe.
170. Enjoy the Black Sea Beaches of the Bulgarian Riviera
With almost 250 miles (400 km) of stunning Black Sea coastline, the Bulgarian Riviera is known for its beautiful beaches and bays, fabulous seaside towns and resorts, exotic wildlife and picturesque estuaries, and much more – and the best part is it’s super affordable.
171. Explore St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Sofia
One of the world’s largest Eastern Orthodox cathedrals, St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in the capital city of Bulgaria, Sofia is beautiful and the most-visited tourist attraction in the city.
172. Admire the Skyline of Tallinn from the Patkuli Viewing Platform
Climb Patkuli Viewing Platform to enjoy the enchanting view of the Tallinn Old Town.
173. Smoke Sauna at Mooska
Experience the smoke sauna tradition of Old Võromaa at Mooska Farm. This traditional heritage of Estonia enjoys a special place on the list of UNESCO intangible cultural heritage of the world.
174. Take in the Cityscape of Riga from St. Peter’s Church’s Clock Tower
Climb the tower of the tallest church in Riga, St. Peter’s Church to drink in the breathtaking all-encompassing view of Riga.
175. Explore Rundale Palace and Museum
Visiting Rundāle Palace and Museum is a great way to dive deep into the history of Latvia.
176. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Old Town of Vilnius
The Old Town of Vilnius is pretty and packs a lot of history. And I feel it’s of the most underrated cities in Europe and it’s high time the city gets its due.
177. Take A Hot Air Balloon Ride Over Trakai
A hot air balloon flight over Trakai (the old capital of Lithuania) offers magical views. The Trakai Island Castle in the middle of Lake Galvė looks magical from above.
178. Experience Thermal Baths in Budapest
Because Budapest in Hungary is the Thermal Bath Capital of the World. Széchenyi, Gellért, Rudas, and Lukács are the best thermal baths in Budapest.
179. Walk the Chain Bridge in Budapest
Széchenyi Chain Bridge over River Danube is the iconic historic landmark in Budapest that connects the Buda and Pest sides of the city.
180. Hungarian Parliament
One of the essential things to do in Budapest, Hungarian Parliament Building is sure to attract your attention when in Budapest. It’s gorgeous – and beautifully adorns the skyline of Budapest.
181. Fisherman’s Bastion
I found Fisherman’s Bastion to be the most instagrammable place in Budapest. It’s that pretty.
182. Enjoy a Cup of Coffee at New York Cafe in Budapest
How about a cup of coffee at the most famed and beautiful coffeehouse in the world?
183. Lake Balaton
Make the beautiful region of Lake Balaton a part of your Hungary itinerary because it’s worth it.
184. Try Goulash in Hungary
You must try goulash, a traditional stew of Hungary at Gettó Gulyás in Budapest.
185. Marvel at Hagia Sophia in Istanbul
The epitome of Byzantine architecture, Hagia Sophia is remarkably impressive and unique.
186. Eat Börek in Turkey
Relish a traditional Turkish pastry, Börek at Borsa in Istanbul.
187. Eat Turkish Delight
Try the authentic Turkish Delight at Ali Muhiddin Hacı Bekir in Istanbul.
188. Take in the Unique Landscapes of Pamukkale
An incredible natural wonder, Pamukkale is known for its travertine terraces and the ancient Roman spa city of Hierapolis.
189. Ride Hot Air Balloon over Cappadocia
Hot air ballooning is the best way to experience the otherworldly landscapes of Cappadocia!
190. Relax and Rejuvenate in a Turkish Hammam
The traditional Turkish bath, Hammam is an integral part of Turkish culture.
Indulge yourself in this quintessentially local experience that has loads of beauty and health benefits.
The best place to experience it is Cağaloğlu Hammam in Istanbul.
191. Acropolis in Athens
Do I have to say something about Acropolis?
Well, it symbolizes Ancient Greece and is one of the most famous landmarks in the world and any travel bucket list is incomplete without this ancient monument on it.
192. Catch the Sunset in Oia, Santorini
Santorini tops the list of the best islands in Europe. Your Greece itinerary has to have it.
The white-washed buildings with blues domes overlooking the shimmering Aegean sea – That’s Oia.
Santorini is famous for its magical sunsets and Oia is the obvious choice for travelers. And Oia Castle is the best spot to catch the sunset of your dreams.
PS: Get there early because Oia is super crowded especially during the peak season because of its insane popularity all around the world.
193. Island Hopping in Greece
The Greek Islands (Mykonos, Santorini, Crete, Corfu, Zakynthos, Paros, and many more) are known around the world for their matchless beauty and charm.
Island hopping in Greece is a once-in-a-lifetime kind of experience that you shouldn’t miss out on.
194. Watch a Play at Epidaurus
Watch a classic Greek play at the ancient amphitheater of Epidaurus. This theatrical performance will be the performance of a lifetime, believe you me.
195. Witness the Incredible Cliff-top Monasteries of Meteora
Mother nature and human engineering pulled it off together to create a unique and magical site in Meteora. You have to see it to believe it.
196. Relax in the Iconic Blue Lagoon in Iceland
Located in the middle of a lava field in Reykjanes, the Blue Lagoon in Iceland is a geothermal spa. Swimming in the milky blue waters is relaxing as well as therapeutic.
197. Drive The Golden Circle
The Golden Circle is a 190-mile (300 km) beautiful road trip that encompasses Iceland’s top three natural attractions – Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss waterfall, and Geysir Geothermal Area.
198. Drive Ring Road
How can you not take one of the best road trips in Europe and the world? You ought to experience it.
The Ring Road is the main motorway that circles the island and is a must-do drive if you want to witness the breathtaking scenery Iceland has to offer. It’s best to rent a car and stop by the popular as well as offbeat tourist attractions on the way.
And this road trip also lets you spot the unique Icelandic horses.
The most visited attractions on the Ring Road road trip are Vatnajokull National Park, Seljalandsfoss waterfall, Skógafoss, Dyrhólaey cliffs, Reynisfjara black sand beach, Vik i Myrdal, Hofn, Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon, Skaftafell Nature Reserve, Fjadrargljufur Canyon, Diamond Beach, Hofskirkja turf church, Dettifoss Waterfall, and Godafoss Waterfall.
199. Spot Atlantic Puffins in Iceland
You have to see one of the most recognizable and adorable symbols of Iceland, the Atlantic puffin on your trip to Iceland.
Westman Islands, Látrabjarg cliffs, Borgarfjörður Eystri, and Grímsey are some of the best spots to see puffins.
To increase your chances to see these cute little animals in the wild, plan around the spring and summer months of May, June, July, and August.
200. Visit Game of Thrones Locations in Iceland
Iceland has been a popular filming location for an iconic HBO show – Game of Thrones. Thanks to its unique and jaw-droppingly beautiful landscapes.
Thingvellir, Þjórsadalur, Fjaðrárgljufur, Hengilsvæðið, Reynisfjara, Kirkjufell, Lake Myvatn, Svínafellsjökul, and Vatnajökull are some of the most famous Game of Thrones filming locations in Iceland.
You have to see them all if you’re a GoT fan visiting Iceland!
201. See the Book of Kells at Trinity College in Dublin
An old library at Trinity College in Dublin houses the Book of Kells, a fascinating 9th-century manuscript featuring illuminated illustrations of the Christian Gospels in Latin.
Take a Trinity College Book of Kells Tour to see the historical masterpiece in person.
202. Drink the Iconic Beer of Ireland at Guinness Storehouse
The 7-floor iconic building of Guinness Storehouse walks you through the story behind the most iconic beer of Ireland, Guinness while enjoying a pint. And the panoramic view of Dublin city from Gravity Bar is a superb add-on.
203. Drive the Wild Atlantic Way
Road trip lover or not, driving the longest coastal route in the world (1600 miles), Wild Atlantic Way is a must when in Ireland.
The dramatic sea cliffs, gorgeous beaches, picturesque walking trails, and an unlimited adventure – this Irish road trip takes you through its scenic splendors!
204. Stand on the Top of the Iconic Cliffs of Moher
You can’t miss the towering Cliffs of Moher while driving the Wild Atlantic Way. Any trip to Ireland is incomplete without experiencing them!
A natural masterpiece, the Cliffs of Moher is one of Ireland’s most recognizable and outstanding coastal features.
The location has been featured in quite a few famous Hollywood movies, the most notable being Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, The Princess Bride, and Into the West.
205. Celebrate St Patrick’s Day in Ireland
Saint Patrick’s Day aka the Feast of Saint Patrick is celebrated every year on March 17th, the death anniversary of the patron saint of Ireland. The day commemorates the origin of Christianity in Ireland.
The celebrations involve vivacious parades and parties where people wear green outfits or shamrocks, dance to traditional Scottish or Irish music, enjoy amazing food and drinks, and indulge in storytelling (cèilidhs).
It’s a fun way to learn about Irish heritage and culture.
206. Stroll the Old Town in Stockholm (Gamla Stan)
Stroll the cobbled streets lined with colorful medieval buildings and soak in the vibe at Stockholm’s super pretty Old Town.
207. See art in Stockholm’s Subway
With about 100 metro stations, each adorned with ephemeral artwork, the subway system in Stockholm is in a class by itself. It’s 110 kilometers long and is called the longest art exhibit in the world.
So, spare a day and travel through Stockholm’s metro to appreciate the beautiful statues, murals, and installations.
208. Swedish Fika at Café Pascal
Let’s go and Fika! Fika isn’t just a break from routine or taking time out of your day to pause and unwind but one of the most adored and celebrated traditions in Sweden.
Swedish Fika is most often enjoyed with nice company, a cup of hot coffee (kaffi), and a delicious cinnamon bun (kanelbulle). Fika is one of the most beautiful coffee traditions around the world.
The best way to experience Fika is by visiting a cozy Swedish cafe or bakery called konditori. Café Pascal in Stockholm and Café Husaren in Gothenburg are some of the recommendations.
When in Sweden, do as Swedes do – Fika!
209. Witness Northern Lights from Aurora Sky Station in Abisko
If you wish to see northern lights, Aurora Sky Station in Abisko, Swedish Lapland is the best place to catch them!
The ultra-clear skies, almost no light pollution, and location within the Arctic Circle make it all the more desirable as the chances to see otherwise elusive lights are higher!
210. Celebrate Midsummer’s Day in Dalarna
Surrounded by Lake Siljan, Dalarna is the best place in Sweden to witness the country’s most celebrated holiday, Midsummer, a celebration of the longest day of the year aka summer solstice.
211. Stay in ICEHOTEL in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden
The original ICEHOTEL (as it’s called) in the village of Jukkasjärvi in Sweden is a piece of art in its own right.
It’s a hotel (yes, you can actually stay here) and a magical art exhibition with ever-changing (it’s rebuilt every winter) artwork made out of ice and snow.
If you don’t want to shell out an insane amount of money on your stay, you can tour the hotel just to witness the hand-carved ice design and sculptures. The opening hours and ticket prices vary with the season. Don’t miss chilling out at the ICEBAR.
212. Visit Liseberg in Gothenburg During Christmas
Spark your festive spirit with a visit to the largest Christmas market in Scandinavia, Liseberg Christmas Market!
213. Sweden West Coast Road Trip
A road trip through the west coast of Sweden takes you through some of the most rugged landscapes, charming towns, fascinating islands, and natural treasures.
Read More: Scandinavia Itinerary
214. Explore San Marino
Perched on Monte Titano, San Marino is the smallest and oldest republic in the world.
It’s a real hidden gem waiting for you to be explored. Not many people get here as they don’t have an international airport. It can be reached by road or by train from Rimini in central Italy.
215. Visit the Birthplace of Aphrodite, Paphos
Paphos is a charming seaside town with an intriguing historic past. It’s famous for being the birthplace of the Goddess of love and beauty – Aphrodite.
You must add this age-old city to your itinerary for Cyprus and check out some of its hidden beaches, relish its delicious cuisine, and learn more about its fascinating history.
216. Explore Omodos, the Charming Village in Troödos
With pretty terraced vineyards, cute streets, historic attractions, and unique Byzantine art – nestled in the Troödos Mountains, this quaint mountain town of Omodos, is one of the prettiest villages in Cyprus.
217. Get a Liechtenstein Passport Stamp
You need to pay Euros 3 for a passport stamp! Yes, it’s the only passport stamp out of an entry border in the world.
218. Explore Mir Castle
So stunningly beautiful, it’s a no-brainer why Mir Castle has become a poster child for Belarus.
With breathtaking Gothic, Baroque, and Renaissance architecture, it feels like one of those structures that seem to have inspired Disney castles.
219. Experience van Kupala Night in Belarus and Ukraine
Ivan Kupala Night is one of the biggest summer holidays in Ukraine, Belarus, and other Slavic countries.
It’s a celebration of summer solstice i.e. the longest day and shortest night of the year. Each country celebrates it in its own way with its own peculiar traditions.
220. Visit the Old and New Capital of Malta
Malta’s new capital city of Valletta and the old capital city of Mdina, both are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
The historic cities of Valletta and Mdina have retained their quaint charm. A Game of Thrones tour is the best way to explore the delights of both capitals.
221. Take a Day Trip to Gozo from Valletta
A short ferry ride away from Valletta, Gozo is what untouched beauty feels like.
222. Discover Popeye Village in Malta
Popeye Village was actually a film set used for the 1980 Hollywood musical – Popeye. Yes!
The set wasn’t dismantled but converted into a theme park that became one of the biggest attractions in Malta.
223. Explore Skanderbeg Square in Tirana
An epicenter of the capital city of Tirana, Skanderbeg Square is a lovely square that houses some of the most important buildings in Albania.
224. Admire the White Ottoman Houses in Berat
Curled up on the banks of the Osum River, Berat is a beautiful town in Albania.
Berat is well worth a visit for its 13th-century lofty castle, historic Ottoman houses with a mishmash of windows that gave it the sobriquet “a city of thousand windows”, and a maze of charming cobblestone streets.
225. Hike up the Prizren Fortress for the Breathtaking Views over the City and Beyond
A steep hike up from the old town of Prizren to the top of the fortress rewards the incredible views over the city and beyond.
Did you know that Luxembourg is the only remaining Grand Duchy in the world?
226. Enjoy the Views over Luxembourg City from Chemin de la Corniche
Chemin de la Corniche is an observation deck in Luxembourg City. It’s known as the most beautiful balcony in Europe for its sweeping views.
227. See the Statue of Little Prince in Chișinău
Chisinau is home to the smallest bronze statue of the Little Prince in the world.
The statue might make your wish come true if you ask him to.
228. Cherish the Views from the Rock of Gibraltar
You can have excellent views of two continents (Africa and Europe) from the peak of the Rock of Gibraltar.
229. Ski at Grandvalira in Andorra
Snuggled up high in the Pyrenees mountains, Andorra is world-famous for its ski resorts, and Grandvalira is one of the best!
230. Soak up the Wellness at Caldea Spa Complex in Les Escaldes
Caldea, the largest thermal spa complex in southern Europe is where you can relax, rejuvenate, and have fun with your family.
It also is the tallest building in Andorra and is worth a visit for its architecture.
So there you have it – the ultimate Europe bucket list. How many have you ticket off? How many are you planning to tick off in 2023? Are you ready for the europe bucket list challenge?
Also, If you have any suggestions for bucket list-worthy places in Europe I missed and should add to this list, let me know in the comments below.