Europe is a grand continent. It captivates the heart with attractions featuring meadows swaying with the wind, snow-capped mountains, peaceful towns and villages, ever-lively cities, and vibrant beaches. If you’re going to Europe, rest assured that you won’t have to worry about a wasted trip because there’s always something to see and do wherever you go.
Aside from the views and activities, Europe serves as a fantastic location for vacation because its cities and their tourist spots are accessible via land travel.
Making a connecting tour is preferable if you’re about to spend a week in European states and their cities. But before doing so, be sure to come up with a list of the best places to go. In this blog, I’ll show you my top 100 best places to visit in Europe. Let’s start the discussion with this article that shows you the first 5.
Russia is one of the coldest states in the world. It only has three summer months on average. For the rest of the year, its cold permeates Russias environment. Even so, you shouldn’t let the cold chase you away. Even though cold, Russia’s coldness doesn’t extinguish the heat of excitement that awaits tourists.
During summer, Russia’s St. Petersburg doesn’t kill the fun for any tourists. The long daytime period of Russia during summer makes St. Petersburgh a great place to stay. As you stroll around, you’ll enjoy visiting shops and restaurants that sell authentic Russian goods such as Tretyakov Photo Album, Samovar, Russian Honey, Zostovo Trays, and Matryoshka.
Within St. Petersburgh are numerous tourist attractions that are open from morning till night. Here are the ones that you shouldn’t miss:
- State Hermitage Museum – contains 3 million collections consisting of artworks and world artifacts. Famous collections are the Peacock Clock, Portrait of Antinous as Bacchus, Hydria Regina Vasorum, and Penitent Magdalene.
- Royal Palace of Peterhof – a location famous for its majestic fountains that a lush garden surrounds
- Emperors’ Winter Palace – a 259-year-old building that served as the living space of Alexander II and other notable Russian Emperors
- St.Petersburg Festivals – St. Petersburg also hosts annual festivals that feature a glamorous show of fireworks together with nightlong parties such as the Jazz Festival, Palaces of St.Petersburg Music Festival, White Lantern Festival, Easter Festival, and Yelagin Park International Street Theater Festival.
If you’re looking for some breathtaking structural feats of past architects and engineers, Latvia’s Riga is the place to go. Riga City is home to several old buildings that bear the Nouveau architectural design. There are also Baroque-style buildings that boggle the mind.
Out of all the buildings in Riga, the most famous is St. Peters Church Tower. This location is a complex consisting of a bell tower, a church building, wind vanes or roosters, etc.
Not far from the St. Peter’s Church Tower is the House of Black Heads. This building features a unique architectural design with a color motif that highly resembles traditional Swedish buildings. Built-in the 14th century, the House of the Blackheads serves as the guild building of mercenaries, merchants, shipowners, and sailors.
At present, the House of Black Heads plays a central role in Latvia’s cultural and political scene. People living in Latvia see the building’s outside area as an ideal place for holding street parties, bustling trading fares, etc. The luxurious rooms of the building that golden light illuminates are used for hosting important celebrations, theatrical events, and other activities political or non-political alike.
The food in Riga is quite good too. These are some that agree to the taste of most foreigners:
Traditional dishes and drinks
- Pickled vegetables and pickled vegetable salad – cooks in Riga really know how to make their pickles. Riga pickles are dry and crunchy instead of the wet ones that you’ll find at the supermarket. There’s even a pickled vegetable salad that’s very refreshing on the mouth.
- Rye Bread Pudding – Latvians don’t end the meal with ice cream, parfait, cakes, or pies. What they eat after a hearty meal is the Rye Bread Pudding. Rye Bread Pudding has a very fruity and creamy taste. There’s also a bit of nutty flavor that remains in the mouth for a while.
- Black Balsam – A night drinking in Riga would be very lacking if you don’t get to taste the Black Balsam. The Black Balsam is Rigan vodka that brewers infused with spices. The taste is vibrant, and personally, its taste doesn’t agree with my tongue.
Czech Republic's Prague
Many think that the United Kingdom or Italy is where the medieval European spirits dwell. However, this isn’t the case. What the United Kingdom has are attractions that provide a clue about the sophistication of aristocratic families. Moreover, Italy has the classic European gallantry.
The medieval European spirit lies somewhere where you least expect it to be. It is in the peaceful Czech Republic, specifically in its capital, Prague.
Prague is a city that contains numerous buildings that date back to medieval times. Examples are the Bethlehem Chapel, Rotunda of the Finding of the Holy Cross, All Saints Church, Hluboka State Castle, Permstejn Castle, Old-New Synagogue, and The Dancing House.
For feeling Prague’s wonders with the tongue, nothing can compare to the beer. And for finding the best beer, Prague’s Beer Museum is the place to go. Beer Museum is a building at the heart of Prague’s historic Old Town. It was only built in 2014 but has already toppled the older pubs within Old Town’s vicinity.
As the name implies, the Beer Museum has the largest collection of beer variety in Prague. You can drink the rarest beer varieties here, such as the Braggot, Gruit, Sahti, Grose, etc. By the way, prepare your lungs because Beer Museum hosts drinking contests.
Venice is a wonderful place. However, repeated visits make even the majestic Venetian canals dull. If you’re looking for another location that allows you to explore districts by boat, Amsterdam is a candidate.
Amsterdam’s canal consists of 160 channels that, when combined, span for 100 kilometers. All of these channels snake across food districts, shopping districts, and nightlife districts.
Numerous Amsterdam restaurants are near each canal. Eating the typical Amsterdam breakfast – buttered bread top with ham, cheese, sausage, and eggs – feels very surreal as you look at the boats’ passing. I find the experience reliving the experience from one of the chapters of Wind in the Willows.
The Amsterdam Canals are beautiful throughout the year. Nevertheless, none could defeat the view that late spring, summer, and mid-autumn brings. During spring, the canals reflect the yellowish foliage of trees that fill the banks of the canals.
During the summer, the trees’ lives transform into a deep shade of green. This coloration provides a greenish shadowy color to the water of the canals too.
Finally, the afternoon of mid-autumn is my favorite. During this time, the Amsterdam Grand Canals bathes on a golden shade that comes from the trees’ golden leaves, which reflect the rays of the sun.
There are other tourist attractions in Amsterdam aside from the canals. Examples are the Amsterdam Museum, Anne Frank House, Van Gogh Museum, and Vondelpark.
Hungary’s Budapest is one of the places in Europe that didn’t forget the glamour that public baths bring. Budapest has the largest public bath in the world – the Schezenyi. The 3 outdoor baths of Schezenyi is breathtaking. Majestic and a wonderful view of the Gothic buildings, the outdoor baths never fail to attract locals and tourists alike.
Each grand outdoor bath can accommodate 150-200 persons. Merging the three’s capacities, the Schezenyi can accommodate up to 1,000 bathers, including those in the 15 indoor baths.
By the way, the Schezenyi is very popular in the winter. It is originally built as a public warm bathing establishment. And just so you know, the warm waters of the Schezenyi comes from a hot spring that administrators meticulously look after.