Some of the Best Places to Visit in Europe

Europe is the world’s second-smallest continent where beauty actually lies. Having the title of the world’s third-largest continent by population, Europe was never at the end of the list of places to visit.

If you ask me or anyone about their plans to spend a vacation in a beauty spot, if not all, then more than half of the names would be of Europe. Believe me or not, do it and you will then realize. 

There are 51 countries on this continent and each one is entirely different from another. Are you confused about where to go in Europe? And are not strongly convinced to travel Europe and experience all those wonderful places with your naked eye?

After reading this article, you are surely going to end up your confusion and with a strong urge to do Europe, as soon as possible.

There are breathtaking spots in Europe that are mentioned in detail here. Apart from natural beauty, Europe’s enchanting languages, fascinating history, and appealing foods and festivals are other points of convergence.

Now to know about the thrilling spots in Europe, I would ask you to be on your toes because you will never want to miss them.  

Here are some winning places and amazing facts about Europe.

Paris, France

Louvre Museum, Paris

In my childhood, when I didn’t even know that Paris was the capital of France, I still knew that visiting Paris is a must. Paris is not only the capital of France but it is also one of the largest cool places in Europe. It is a must to add a place to your travel bucket list this year. 

Catching some sun-rays on one of the terraces of boulevard St. Germain and listening to the harmonious river seine, is one of those lavishes that make Paris; the city of romance. Similarly, one cannot afford to leave Paris without visiting the Eiffel Tower.

Designed and architect by Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel, Eiffel Tower is the prime focus of tourists. Many other spots such as ‘Musée d’Orsay (Museum), Palais Garnier (Opera house), Arc de Triomphe (Monument) are the charms of Paris. These spots are the reason why Paris is considered one of the best vacation landmarks in Europe.

Best Hotels to visit

  • CitizenM Paris Gare de Lyon is in the 12th district of Paris, offering a view of the river Seine. 
  • Elysees Union, near the Eiffel Tower, has an amazing interior with air-conditioned rooms.
  • Hotel Terminus Lyon, with a facility of Wi-Fi, is a 10-minute walk from Square Bastille.
  • Hotel Palym is mostly visited because of its accommodating environment.
  • Hotel de Castiglione is on Rue FauBourg Saint-Honore. It also offers amazing air-conditioned rooms and views.

Best time to visit

You can visit Paris in June, July, August, September, and October. The time when Paris is just perfect to visit is from June to August. 

Florence, Italy

Florence, Italy

The cradle of Italian civilization, the origin of the renaissance, and one of the most delightful cities of Italy, mostly famous for majestic chapels, is Florence. It may not be the city on your list for an ordinary Europe trip, but if you have this special affection for food, arts, and fashion then it would definitely get a prior position in the list of Vacation Landmarks in Europe to visit.

Florence is known as the Art gallery of the world. Thousands of people visit there every year to see the work of the artists. And if you have any corner for arts in your heart, then don’t forget to visit the Uffizi and Galleria dell’Accademia. 

Best hotels in Florence, Italy

  • Hotel Paris, built-in 17 century, is a luxury hotel. It is famous for its delicious breakfast and yummy coffee.
  • Hotel St James is a masterpiece of Florence with helpful staff and tasty food.
  • Another charming hotel is Hotel Alba Palace, situated near the cloister of Florence.
  • Villa Royal has an elegant property, garden, car park, and a swimming pool

Best time to visit Florence, Italy

The best time to visit Florence is from May to September, as in these months the weather is warm and many art festivals are also held.

Hallstatt, Austria

Hallstatt, Austria

The appealing calm village, known for its World’s First Salt Mine, Hallstatt has now become the centerpiece of attraction for tourists. Every weather brings its own beauty, the same is the case with Hallstatt.

Every time you plan a trip to Europe, you would always be confused about deciding where to go in Europe. But whatever the weather is, this place would always pull and convince you to spend your vacation time in this beautiful landmark of Europe.

For records, Hallstatt is located on a lake, which is clearer than a mirror. 

Best hotels to visit Hallstatt

  • Seehotel Gruner Baum is the best 4-star hotel to visit in Hallstatt.
  • Heritage Hotel Hallstatt is a car-free hotel with a view of water beneath it.
  • Seewirt Zauner is located on the historic square market of Hallstatt.
  • Weisses Lamm is near the museum of Hallstatt with the facility of Wi-Fi
  • Apartment Sophia has a mountain view with free parking for cars and free Wi-Fi

Best time to visit

The best time to visit Hallstatt is in the months of May, April, October, and November as the place remains quiet during these months.

Bled Island, Slovenia

Bled Lake, Bled Island, Slovenia

Doesn’t it look like a fairyland of Disney shows? Well for me, Bled Island is one of the most appealing vacation landmarks in Europe. Though it is not as famous as others, it still has its value. Bled Island is at the center of Bled Lake, which means you have to go on a boat. Yes…boat. 

There are a variety of shops around the Lake, and it hardly takes 15 minutes to go to the island from the shore.

Top Hotels in Bled

  • Old Bled House is 300 meters away from Bled Lake. This hotel offers free parking and satellite.
  • Garni Hotel Berc is only 200 meters away from Bled Lake, surrounded by a stunning garden and amazing interior.
  • Linhart Hotel is 7 km away from Lake Bled. It has a wonderful terrace that opens to a delightful view.
  • Adora Luxury Hotel is next to Bled Lake and provides a beautiful view of the lake. Clean bedrooms and helpful staff are available.

Best time to visit

This place can be visited throughout the year, but to avoid cold the most suitable months are from June to August, when the lake is more beautiful and sunny.

Cliffs of Moher, Ireland

Cliffs of Moher, Ireland

On the west coast of Ireland, above the Atlantic Ocean, lie these majestic sea cliffs. Cliffs of Moher are a delightful vacation landmark in Europe. Some say, these magnificent cliffs have faced the waves for over 350 million years.

The height of Moher cliffs is 702 feet whereas the range is approximate 8 km, which makes the view of the spot more astonishing. Millions of years ago, this place was much hotter, but now it has a moderate temperature and is also considered to be the quarter of the wildlife.

A Special Protection Area has been designed for the birds of twenty different species. This spot is rich in myths and a magnet for tourists as well as the Hollywood industry.  

Best Hotels to visit

Following are the top hotels of Moher that should be considered.

  • Hotel Doolin.
  • Vaughan Lodge.
  • Atlantic Hotel.
  • Aran View Country House.
  • Falls hotel.
  • Armada Hotel.

Best time to visit

Moher Cliffs are mostly crowded in the summers from 10 am to 4 pm. The months from June to August should be avoided. The suitable months of the year to visit are March, April, September, and October.

Santorini, Greece

Oia, Santorini, Greece

A Popular vacation landmark in Europe, a dream of every traveler, and a tremendous destination: Santorini has some very spectacular views with a land area of 76 squares kilometers. Leaving a busy schedule behind and roaming around the narrow streets.

Discovering the white roofs with blue cupolas, seeing the sunset together with volcanic sand beaches. Nothing can be more romantic than that.

Best time to visit

The peak time is July and August when prices are high, and hotels along with beaches are most populated. An appropriate time to travel is April, May, September, and October, when visiting spots are much quieter. It takes one hour to get there from Athens.

Best hotels in Santorini

  • Winery Hotel has rooms with balconies. It also provides guest rooms.
  • Uma Ray Suits provides only adult accommodation with swimming pools indoor as well as outdoor.
  • Nano Suites.
  • City Break.

Trolltunga, Norway

Trolltunga, Norway

Leaving behind villages, towns, and crowded areas, there come these breathtaking rocks of Norway. Trolltunga is a rock formation about 1100 meters above sea level. This spot is demanding because of the magnificent views.

If you are looking forward to an adventure, then your next vacation landmark in Europe should be this. Every mountain over there has its own charm.

Best Hotels in Trolltunga

  • Trolltunga Guesthouse.
  • Hardanger Hotel.
  • Quality Hotel.
  • Thon Hotel.
  • Fossli Hotel.

Best Time to Visit Trolltunga

The best time to do Trolltunga hiking is from mid-June to mid-September. From mid-October, to onwards months are not recommended to visit.

Kirkjufell, Iceland

Kirkjufell, Iceland

Kirkjufell is full of astonishing views. You would be amazed to know that it is the most photographed and cool place to travel to in Europe. It is about 463 meters high and can be seen from all the angles around it.

The real beauty of this mountain is that it changes its color specifically with the change of season. That is the entertaining secret which attracts the tourists most. You can easily go there by public transport. Though it is time-consuming, it is an easily available option.

Best Hotel in Kirkjufell

  • Hellnafell.
  • Grundarfjordur Hotel.
  • Maria Guesthouse.

Best time to visit Kirkjufell

The most common months in which tourists visit this spot are April, June, and September.

Bruges, Belgium

Bruges, Belgium

A city cherished by lovebirds, as beautiful as a fairyland, is Bruges. Now truly this vacation landmark in Europe would make your journey even more delightful.

Bruges is not only known for its sceneries but also for its food and architecture. The day you will step in, you will fall in love with it. If you like beer, Bruges is your place to go. There are many bear spots such as De Garre, Bauhaus, and Vlissinghe Café. 

Best hotels in Burges

  • Hotel Dukes Palace.
  • Hotel ‘t Putje.
  • Hotel Monsieur Ernest.
  • Crown Plaza Hotel.
  • Boat Hotel.

Best time to visit Burges

The best time to visit this spot is from June to August. At that time the weather is moderate and the greenery is secured.

Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey

One of the cool places in Europe is Turkey. Experiencing Turkey would be like keeping one foot in the west and the other in the east, as it is in Asia and Europe both.

Discovering the sounds, colors, churches, and magnificent mosques is a must thing to do. The Istanbul Modern Museum is mostly visited by tourists and the fortress of Rumeli Hisar has an unforgettable view.

Food in Istanbul is famous worldwide. Topkapi palaces, Aya Sofya, Blue Mosque, Basilica Cistern, Hippodrome, Grand bazaar, all are these top of the list Vacation Landmarks in Europe.

Best hotels

  • Antusa design hotel is one of the topmost hotels in Istanbul
  • Boss Hotel Sultanahmet is 700 meters away from the column of Constantine
  • Apple Tree Hotel is 500 meters away from Blue Mosque
  • Peyk Hotel is another good hotel near the Topkapi Palace 

Best time to go

The best time to visit Istanbul is in the months of March, May, September, and November, whereas this city is very crowded in the months other than these.

Lapland, Finland

Lapland, Finland

Lapland is located above the Arctic Circle, a place known for its winter landscape and outdoor spectacular activities. It covers the northern region of both Sweden and Finland, an amazing place to visit in winter.

Despite the snow everywhere, the attraction of Lapland never drops. Tourists visit this spot to witness the beautiful lights dance. However, it is one of the best vacation landmarks in Europe to spot.

Best hotels in Lapland

The topmost hotels in Lapland are:

  • Arctic Light Hotel
  • Santa Claus Holiday Village
  • Top Star Saariselka
  • Hotelli Toivola
  • Arctic Fox Igloos
  • Nova Skyland Hotel

Best time to visit Lapland

The best time to visit Lapland is in winter. The winter months between November and March are more suitable to visit.

Sintra, Portugal

Pena Palace, Sintra, Portugal

If not on top of the list, then definitely Sintra should be in the middle of the list of cool places in Europe. Incredible things can be done in Sintra even within a day.

As a matter of fact, only the images of Sintra are convincing enough to pay a visit. Pena Palace in Sintra, is a gem place, attracting tourists from all across the world. The Moorish Castle view is also eye-catching. 

Best hotels in Sintra

  • Arribas Sintra Hotel provides a view of the Atlantic Ocean and the beach.
  • Penha Longa Resort is among hills with many facilities and delicious food
  • Sintra Boutique Hotel is in the center of town

Best time to visit Sintra

The best season to visit Sintra is spring and autumn, because those seasons are warm and not crowded.

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague - the City of a Hundred Spires.

Prague, also known as the city of a thousand spires, is a stunning vacation landmark not only in the Czech Republic but also in the whole of Europe. One of the most sacred places you should visit in Prague is the “Infant Jesus”.

It is the Roman Catholic statue of Jesus Christ as an infant. The origin of the statue is still unknown. Thousands of people come here to pray.

Old Town Square is a perfect place to admire the architecture, untouched since the 10th century but still beautiful. You will be entertained by musicians and merchants.

Best hotels in Prague

  • Grandior Hotel Prague is a beautiful hotel with an affordable price.
  • Grandium Hotel Prague is a 5 stars hotel, with comfortable furniture and other facilities
  • Adeba Hotel is only a 5-minute walk from the Central Bus Station.
  • Residence Bene is only 100 meters away from Republic Square, with beautiful interior design.

Best time to visit Prague

The best time to go to Prague is spring and early fall when the weather is warm and the climate is chilly.

Conclusion

Where to go in Europe? This question can always bring confusion. But there are some things that you need to take care of. Spending a vacation in Europe can only be extraordinary if you pay keen interest to the list of landmarks that you should visit.

The landmarks above are some of the easiest to go to and top-rated ones, among all the Europe Tourists. 

Make a proper plan and must consider these places on your vacation. If you miss them, you will be missing a great deal of fun and enjoyment. 

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