Tradition and innovation intertwine here: artistic masterpieces, centuries-old windmills, tulip fields and romantic candlelit cafés coexist with visionary architecture, cutting-edge design and phenomenal nightlife.
Belgium is a travel destination made for history buffs and chocolate addicts. Though the nation is small, it plays a big part in the world’s history. There are over 3,000 castles to explore, battlegrounds from the World Wars, and every museum imaginable. If you’ve had your history fill, you can kick your feet back and relax at one of the 1,000 breweries in the small country where you can sip on a cold beer while you munch on frites.
The country is synonymous with beer, sausages, “seriousness,” incredible hiking, majestic castles, and wild techno parties. It’s huge, diverse, and amazing.There’s a vibrant international, art, and music scene in Berlin; beautiful forests in the west; great cathedrals; picturesque “Sound of Music” cities in the south; and overlooked historic cities and beaches in the north.
Slovakia is a land of castles and mountains, occasionally punctuated by industrial sprawl. Like Czech Republic minus the crowd. Slovakia may sit in the shadows of its neighbour, but the country quietly impresses with its epic alpine scenery, clifftop castles and exquisite capital.
No country waltzes so effortlessly between urban and outdoors as Austria. One day you’re cresting alpine summits, the next you’re swanning around imperial Vienna. Austria is a wonderful experience full of old imperial glory, wine country, stunning Alpine mountains, classical music, delicious food, and world-class art and culture.
Stunning architecture, vital folk art, thermal spas and Europe's most exciting capital after dark are Hungary's major drawing cards. Hungary is most famous for its goulash and of course Budapest, its magical capital. Other than Budapest, traveling around Hungary is an under-appreciated gem. Visiting Hungary offers great value, beautiful landscapes, rich history, and hearty food.
A historical jewel at the heart of Europe, the Czech Republic packs a sizeable punch for such a small country; from majestic castles to medieval towns, elegant spa resorts to scenic national parks, it has much to offer international visitors. It is also the birthplace of the world's finest beer. At the heart of it all is the culture-crammed capital, Prague. It comprises beautiful churches, cobbled lanes and medieval bridges, all watched over by a fairytale castle.
If your Mediterranean fantasies feature balmy days by sapphire waters in the shade of ancient walled towns, Croatia is the place to turn them into reality. Croatia's extraordinary island-speckled coastline is indisputably its main attraction. The first thing that strikes you is the remarkable clarity of the water. When it's set against a dazzling white pebbly beach, the water sparkles with a jewel-like intensity in shades of emerald and sapphire.
Arguably Europe’s most enticing country, Italy charms visitors with irresistible food, awesome architecture, diverse scenery and unparalleled art. Italy’s greatest hits start with the big three: Rome, Florence and Venice. It is home to many of the world's greatest works of art, architecture and gastronomy, Italy elates, inspires and moves like no other.
France seduces travellers with its unfalteringly familiar culture, woven around cafe terraces, village-square markets and lace-curtained bistros with their plat du jour (dish of the day) chalked on the board. Just say the name 'France' aloud and the sound of the accordion will begin to play in the background while visions of the Eiffel Tower, Mona Lisa, and Notre Dame slide across your mind. It is a place that we all dream of visiting.
Switzerland is one of the most beautiful places on earth. The country is home to shimmering lakes, picturesque mountains (hello Alps!), tiny walled medieval towns, soaring peaks, endless green fields you want to run through, delicious chocolate, icnredible beer, and friendly, welcoming people.
Greece is ancient sun-bleached ruins piercing blue skies, the balmy Aegean lapping an endless coastline and a culture alive with passionate music, wonderful cuisine and thrill-seeking activities. The most famous Greek islands are Santorini, Mykonos, Paros & Naxos while the most famous places/ancient site to visit in the mainland, except Athens, are: Meteora, Delphi, Epidaurus, Olympia and Mycenae.
Spain is a beautiful, interesting, and dynamic country with a lot of regional uniqueness and variety. Madrid and Barcelona are hip and energetic cities, Granada has a Moorish touch, Basque Country up north contrast itself to Southern living. The Spaniards love visitors, hosting strangers, drinking good wine, laughing at a good meal, and enjoying life. People aren’t in a rush here.
Once the world's maritime leader and the longest-lived of Europe's modern empires, Portugal has a complex history to explore alongside dramatic geographic landscapes, turquoise beaches, a rich gastronomy scene, and all the Port and bacalhau (salted cod fish) you can ask for. Trace the various civilizations that have crossed Portugal in the castles, palaces, and narrow cobbled streets typical around the country. But Portugal has some surprises, too - whale watching, a natural springs, a village built from boulders, and a chapel made of human skeleton, to name a few of Portugal's top sites to see.
The United Kingdom, also known as the UK, Great Britain and Britain, is a sovereign state made up of four nations - England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, where they all have claims to be different and distinct. Taken as a whole the United Kingdom contains more heritage, per square mile, than any other nation, tracts of stunningly beautiful countryside, a coastline to die for and some of the most vibrant, multicultural cities on the planet.
The essence of Norway's appeal is remarkably simple: this is one of the most beautiful countries on earth. The Scandinavian country of Norway is known for its remote location, its incredible scenery and its surreal fjords. Although it borders Russia, Finland and Sweden, much of Norway’s coast is right alongside the Arctic Ocean, offering chilly but impressive views over the water. Norway boasts large historic cities, magnificent cathedrals, a progressive population and unending ways to stay active outdoors.
Turkey is balloon-filled skies, a richly historical land with some of the best cuisine you will ever taste, scenery from beaches to mountains and the great city of İstanbul. Turkey is home to fairy chimneys and hot air balloons, Roman history and kebabs, a world wonder and 16 UNESCO World Heritage sites!