Hello and welcome! Europe is a fascinating place and full of adventures. I feel very lucky and blessed to be born there and for me there is no bigger value than living on a continent that is safe and sound. Therefore I simply had to put together this Europe Bucket List to inspire you to travel this wonderful place even more!
So I put together this Europe Bucket list that celebrates a few highlights that you can experience in Europe! Of course there is always more to see than it is on this list but nevertheless enjoy it!
Let’s Get it Started
To get things easier, I decided to write down the highlights of each country. To sum it up Europe is a paradise for all kinds of wonderful vacations! City trips, beautiful beaches, hiking, stunning coastlines, mountains, etc etc etc. You can basically chose anything without any limitations! Ready to back your bags? Get ready with this Backpacking Europe Packing List and have the time of your life!
Eat Belgian Fries
Belgians actually seem like peaceful people. The only thing they get angry with, when someone deprives the origin of fries. No it is not France or the Netherlands. The first fries were actually made in Belgium. And that’s why you need to try the very original fries in Belgium.
Visit Brussels – The Home of The European Union
I never referred to myself as a German but rather a European Citizen. Therefore I was quite excited when I got to the the Home of the European Union. Although I didn’t visit the European District, I was still overwhelmed by this beautiful city! Make sure to visit the Grand Place, the Menneken Pis and have an authentic Belgian waffle!
Read More About Belgium:
- What to do in Brussel when you only have 8 hours.
- Discover Antwerp with my complete guide to Antwerp.
- Are you a coffee lover? Then check out my café guide to Antwerp.
Enjoy the Lavender Fields in the South of France
If I would have to name three things that cross my mind when thinking about France it would undoubtedly be Paris, macarons and the Provence. And with the Provence come the lavender fields it is famous for.
Be on Top of The Eiffel Tower
Let’s start with something that I actually already did! Paris is something that nobody should miss during their travels in Europe. And one of the many things you have to do there, is to go on top of the Eiffel Tower!
Best is to go during dawn, so that you get the view by day and night. I just got the view by night and it was a little bit sad. So make sure that you book the ticket in advance!
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Have a Döner in Berlin
Do you know what a döner is? Maybe not, but it is something super delicious. A bread stuffed with meat, salad, veggies & sauces. The interesting thing about it, is that it is a turkish dish, invented in Berlin! And the most delicious ones can be found exactly there.
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Visit a German Castle
One of the things that Germany is famous for is that it holds a couple of beautiful castles! Usually most people only go to see Schloss Neuschwanstein but there are still some amazing ones that are less known! My favorite is definitely Burg Eltz in the Eifel. Located in a valley it looks like Hogwarts with its dreamy towers and other features. Another tip: as Burg Eltz is already very crowded, make sure to visit it in the early morning, if you want to have pictures without any other tourists in it.
See The Oktoberfest
A tradition, that I as a German would never attend. (In some regions of Germany we aren’t into Bavaria.) But nevertheless I thought that it should make it onto this list. The Oktoberfest is a huge party in Munich, where people wear funny clothes, drink liters of beer & eat at least 15 pretzels. And when they talk, it sounds very funny.
Explore to Christmas Markets of Germany
Once we get closer to Christmas, everywhere in Germany we have Christmas Markets! Enjoy mulled wine and expensive sweet or savory snacks while “Silent Night” is played on repeat. Nothing will get you into the festive mood faster than a good German Christmas Market!
If you want to read more about Christmas Markets, check out my post about all the Christmas Markets in Düsseldorf!
Do Island Hopping in Greece
Greece offers incredible destinations! From the monasteries of Meteora or Athens to the beautiful islands. These islands with their white houses next to the blue sea or their black, red or white sanded beaches are almost the definition of a paradise! I had the pleasure to see Santorini in March and I can tell you, so much beauty can be barely found!
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See the Acropolis
Athens, the birthplace of democracy is a city that belongs on every Europe itinerary! Its highlight is the Acropolis, a mountain that is crowned by the Parthenon, a huge temple, dedicated to Athena, goddess of wisdom. Seeing it will give you some Europe vibes!
See the St. Peter’s Basilica
Wether you are into religion or not, there is something about religious sights and buildings. The St. Peter’s Basilica might be one of the most impressive I have seen up to this date. Of course visiting it has to be on every Europe Bucket List!
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See The Amalfi Coast and Visit Positano
To be honest, Italy is full with beautiful places and it would take a long time to travel all of them. But my biggest Bucketlist destination in Italy must be the Amalfi Coast and Positano! The scenery is so wonderful and I cannot wait to go there someday!
Have a Pizza in Naples
Did you know where your Pizza comes from? Not where you bought it our where the ingredients are from but where pizza itself was from? It is from Naples. And the art of baking a pizza was even declared as an UNESCO World Heritage. Worth a visit right?
What you also didn’t know that you have been eating pizza wrong all the time. Actually you have to fold it, so that you have all four sides in one bite. This way you taste all the ingredients at the very same moment and don’t spill the tomato sauce!
Throw A Coin in The Trevi Fountain
The Trevi fountain is one of Rome’s most famous monuments and the legend says that if you throw a coin into the fountain, you are sure to return to Rome. It is very important that you do it right, as only the correct technique will secure your next visit in Rome. You stand with the back to the fountain & use your right hand to throw the coin over your left shoulder. Got it?
Have Some Pastel De Nata
It might not be their national dish but whenever you are in Portugal, you can see the small delicious custard tarts everywhere. On every corner you will find bakeries selling them. Pair them with a late macchiato and welcome to Portugal!
Have Some Port Wine
When you made it to Porto, make sure to have a glass of their famous Port Wine. The city is famous for this delicacy and only wine from this region can actually be called Port Wine.
Enjoy the Azulejos
Porto is also famous for its breathtaking in blue tiles covered churches. The so called Azulejos are hand painted and come in incredible pictures. In Porto you can find various artworks like these, not only on churches but also in its main-station!
For Further Reading
- Never went to Porto? Read my Complete Guide to Porto!
- Don’t miss these 10 Highlights of Porto!
- Beach Day Trips from Porto you need to do!
Ok this is actually not a country of its own, but I put it into one section to keep it shorter! This section will grow over time, as I plan to travel to Scandinavia more often so remember to check on this later again!
Biking in Copenhagen & Learn More About Danish Design
I am a huge fan of Denmark! They are the founders of hygge, are winning with their bicycles and are the home to some amazing designers. If you get to visit Copenhagen, make sure to ride a bike there (as if you have a chance not to, honestly) and visit the Copenhagen Design Museum (in case you don’t have any knowledge about it so far!). In any case check out the Illums Bolighus and do some designer shopping!
For further Reading
- Never heard of Hygge? Here’s what to pack for your Hygge Weekend!
- Here’s to the Deliciousness of Copenhagen!
- Going to Copenhagen? Here’s my complete Guide to Copenhagen and how to Hygge there!
- Biking in Copenhagen – such a must do!
Hike a Scandinavian Forrest
The Scandinavian countries are famous for their beautiful forests and I still can’t forget them! The pure beauty of the wilderness is something so touching, it will leave a lasting impression on you!
Admire The Beauty of Sagrada Familia & Parc Guell
Gaudí was undoubtedly one of Europe’s most important architects and in Barcelona you can see two of his most amazing creations! You should definitely check them out when visiting Europe!
Have a Tapas Tour
I love love love good food! And my favourite type to have it is in small dishes, so I can try loads of different flavours. Therefore it is almost clear that I love to eat Tapas! The traditional Spanish cuisine consists of many small plates with different dishes on there. Like tortilla, dateles, gambas, aceitunas, boquerones, calamares, patatas bravas, pimientos de padron and so on and on! If you didn’t know these words, please don’t google them. Try them first!
Go on an Epic Roadtrip in Wales
One of the best road trips in Europe in my opinion is one that takes place in Wales. This country is incredibly underrated but will offer some of the most incredible landscapes that I have ever witnessed. It doesn’t matter if you visit the Pembrokeshire National park in the South, the beautiful mountains up north or Ynys Llandwyn, the most breathtaking place ever. I promise you, you will be baffled away by this wonderful country.
Visit a Real Irish Pub!
There are Irish Pubs all over the world but make sure to visit an authentic one! In Dublin, Irelands’ capital, you can find the photogenic temple bar, which is just the perfect place to enjoy one Guiness.
Explore the Scottish Highlands
The Scottish Highlands are truly beyond words. Used as a location for many movies and shows it surreal landscapes will leave your breathless. We did a day trip to the highlands and it was absolutely magnificent!
This list is by far not complete! Europe is filled with adventures and wonderful things to experience. What is your favorite adventure to have in Europe? Let me know!
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