55 days in Europe Itinerary

55 days in Europe Itinerary

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Fly to London Heathrow, Train to Falmouth
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Falmouth, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
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London, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
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Calais, France
— 3 nights
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Dunkirk, France
— 1 night
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Bruges, Belgium
— 3 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
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Munich, Germany
— 3 nights
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Berlin, Germany
— 4 nights
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Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
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Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic
— 1 night
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Bus to Linz, Linz Industriezeile, Train to Vienna, Fly to Gdansk
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Gdansk, Poland
— 2 nights
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Warsaw, Poland
— 2 nights
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Krakow, Poland
— 3 nights
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Copenhagen, Denmark
— 3 nights
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Ystad, Sweden
— 1 night
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Oslo, Norway
— 4 nights
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Batsfjord, Norway
— 1 night
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Vik, Iceland
— 2 nights
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Reykjavik, Iceland
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Falmouth, United Kingdom

— 3 nights
Falmouth is a town, civil parish and port on the River Fal on the south coast of Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. Get some cultural insight at National Maritime Museum Cornwall and St Mawes Church. Step off the beaten path and head to Museum of Cornish Life, Helston and St Mawes Castle. Take a break from Falmouth with a short trip to Gunwalloe Church Cove Beach in Gunwalloe, about 34 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in the pleasant sights at Maenporth to Swanpool Path Walk, enjoy the sand and surf at Gyllyngvase Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Swanpool Beach, and don't miss a visit to Falmouth Lifeboat.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Falmouth holiday planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Falmouth is an approximately 15-hour combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Tel Aviv to Falmouth. Traveling from Tel Aviv in December, expect Falmouth to be little chillier, temps between 12°C and 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to drive to London.

Things to do in Falmouth

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

London, United Kingdom

— 4 nights

The Square Mile

Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Wallace Collection and Houses of Parliament will appeal to history buffs. You'll explore and learn at Royal Academy of Arts and The Courtauld Gallery. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Sir John Soane's Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Somerset House, examine the collection at The London Film Museum - Covent Garden, and get engrossed in the history at British Library.

To see where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our London trip planner.

You can drive from Falmouth to London in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. December in London sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Calais.

Things to do in London

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Calais, France

— 3 nights

Gate to the North

Overlooking the Strait of Dover, the narrowest point of the English Channel, Calais is a major port for ferry traffic between France and England as the closest French town to Dover.
Explore hidden gems such as La Cite De La Dentelle Et De La Mode De Calais and Eglise Notre-Dame. Appreciate the collections at Musee 39-45 and Musée des Beaux-Arts de Calais. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sea views from Phare de Calais, appreciate the history behind The Burghers of Calais, contemplate the long history of Fort Risban, and see the interesting displays at Musée de la Guerre de Calais.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Calais online trip itinerary planner.

Take a train from London to Calais in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Calais. In December in Calais, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can drive to Dunkirk.

Things to do in Calais

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Dunkirk, France

— 1 night
Dunkirk is a commune in the Nord department in northern France. On the 12th (Sat), stroll through Plage de Gravelines, examine the collection at Palais de l'univers et des sciences, and then contemplate the long history of Wormhoudt Massacre Site.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Dunkirk day trip planning tool.

Getting from Calais to Dunkirk by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Bruges.

Things to do in Dunkirk

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bruges, Belgium

— 3 nights

Venice of the North

The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Let the collections at Groeningemuseum and Historium Brugge capture your imagination. Your inner history buff will appreciate The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde and Huiz Perez de Malvenda. There's lots more to do: take in panoramic vistas at Belfry of Bruges, don't miss a visit to The Markt, sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, and take a leisurely stroll along Quai du Rosaire / Rozenhoedkaai.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Bruges road trip site.

Getting from Dunkirk to Bruges by car takes about 1.5 hours. In December in Bruges, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to drive to Brussels.

Things to do in Bruges

Museums · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Parks

Brussels, Belgium

— 3 nights

Capital of Europe

The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Get some cultural insight at Grand Place and St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule). Get some historical perspective at Parc du Cinquantenaire and Eglise Notre Dame Du Sablon. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, see the interesting displays at MOOF Museum, appreciate the history behind Manneken Pis, and step into the grandiose world of Royal Palace of Brussels.

To find ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Brussels trip itinerary planning tool.

Drive from Bruges to Brussels in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in December, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 3 nights

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Anne Frank House and Micropia. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder and Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Portuguese Synagogue, get to know the fascinating history of Begijnhof, sample the tasty concoctions at Brouwerij 't IJ, and admire the masterpieces at Moco Museum.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Brussels to Amsterdam takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Munich.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nightlife

Munich, Germany

— 3 nights

Village of a Million People

Often described as the city of laptops and lederhosen, Munich is an international center of business, engineering, research, and medicine that still maintains a rich cultural heritage and age-old traditions.
Museum-lovers will appreciate BMW Museum and Deutsches Museum Verkehrszentrum. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Munich Residenz and Asamkirche. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at BMW Welt, admire the striking features of BMW Headquarters, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael's Church, and make a trip to Marienplatz.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Munich travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Amsterdam to Munich by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Amsterdam in December; daily highs in Munich reach 5°C and lows reach -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Munich

Museums · Historic Sites

Berlin, Germany

— 4 nights

Athens of the Spree

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Palace of Tears and Museum fuer Naturkunde. Gemaldegalerie and Classic Remise Berlin will appeal to museum buffs. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Berlin-Hohenschonhausen Memorial, explore the world behind art at Pergamonmuseum, wander the streets of Potsdamer Platz, and make a trip to Reichstag Building.

To find photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Berlin itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Munich to Berlin takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Prague.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Prague, Czech Republic

— 2 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Prague lures millions of tourists each year with its World Heritage-listed medieval city center--a labyrinth of narrow lanes, bridges, cathedrals, and palaces overlooked by a thousand-year-old castle.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lesser Town and Powder Tower. Staromestske namesti and Lobkowicz Palace are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Vitus Cathedral, get great views at Prague Astronomical Clock, make a trip to National Memorial to the Heroes of the Heydrich Terror, and see the interesting displays at Czech Repubrick.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Prague day trip planner.

Drive from Berlin to Prague in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. December in Prague sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Cesky Krumlov.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic

— 1 night
Known around the world for its medieval castle, Cesky Krumlov offers the chance to experience the charm of a small European city seemingly frozen in time several centuries ago.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of Historie mesta Ceský Krumlov and then don't miss a visit to Museum Fotoatelier Seidel.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Cesky Krumlov itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Prague to Cesky Krumlov by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. December in Cesky Krumlov sees daily highs of 4°C and lows of -1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel to Gdansk.

Things to do in Cesky Krumlov

Historic Sites · Museums

Gdansk, Poland

— 2 nights

World Capital of Amber

Although its history goes back a thousand years, Gdansk represents one of Poland's most modern urban centers, its thriving economy boosted by a lively tourism sector.
On the 1st (Fri), see the interesting displays at Europejskie Centrum SolidarnoSci, brush up on your military savvy at Museum of the Second World War (Muzeum II Wojny Swiatowej), and then take a stroll through Dlugi Targ Square. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Gdansk Historical Museum, contemplate the long history of Gdańsk Town Hall, admire the landmark architecture of Brama Wyzynna, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mary's Church, and finally admire the local landmark of Four Quarters Fountain (Fontanna Czterech Kwartalow).

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Gdansk trip planner.

Getting from Cesky Krumlov to Gdansk by combination of bus, train, and flight takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Warsaw.

Things to do in Gdansk

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Warsaw, Poland

— 2 nights

Phoenix City

Warsaw draws big crowds with its seemingly unstoppable energy, exemplified by the city's explosive nightlife and thriving music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie, then learn about all things military at Muzeum Wojska Polskiego, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Krakowskie Przedmiescie, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Mon): brush up on your military savvy at Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego, stroll the grounds of Cmentarz Wojskowy na Powazkach, and then see the interesting displays at Pinball Station - Pinball & Arcade Museum.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Warsaw day trip site.

Getting from Gdansk to Warsaw by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Warsaw can reach 0°C, while at night they dip to -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can take a train to Krakow.

Things to do in Warsaw

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Krakow, Poland

— 3 nights

Slavic Rome

One of Poland's oldest cities, Krakow sits at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains, its historical town center nestled on the left bank of the Vistula River.
Let the collections at Lost Souls Alley and Muzeum Krakowa - Barbakan capture your imagination. Step off the beaten path and head to St. Mary's Basilica and Planty Park. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Wawel Cathedral, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, make a trip to St. Florian's Gate, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Krakow tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Warsaw to Krakow takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Krakow are 1°C, while nighttime lows are -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Copenhagen.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums · Shopping

Copenhagen, Denmark

— 3 nights

City of Beautiful Towers

Founded in the 10th century as a Viking fishing village, Copenhagen has morphed into the cultural, political, and economic powerhouse of the country.
Get some historical perspective at Nyhavn and Rosenborg Castle. Do some cultural sightseeing at Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek and Our Saviour's Church. There's much more to do: learn more about the world around you at Zoological Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Trinitatis Kirke, stroll around Jaegerborg Dyrehave, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Assistens Cemetery.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Copenhagen holiday planner.

You can fly from Krakow to Copenhagen in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Copenhagen when traveling from Krakow in January, with lows around 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to Ystad.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Ystad, Sweden

— 1 night
Ystad Municipality is a municipality in Skåne County in southern Sweden. On the 11th (Mon), identify plant and animal life at Forsakar Nature Reserve and then step into the grandiose world of Torup Castle.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Ystad online attractions planner.

You can drive from Copenhagen to Ystad in 1.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Ystad are 2°C, while nighttime lows are -2°C. You'll have a few hours on the 12th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Oslo.

Things to do in Ystad

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Oslo, Norway

— 4 nights

Tiger City

Norway's capital city, Oslo boasts a thousand years of history and a diverse mix of architecture that blends old, new, and ultra-modern.
Get a sense of the local culture at Fram Museum and National Gallery of Norway Nasjonalgalleriet. Discover out-of-the-way places like Kon-Tiki Museum and 22 July Centre. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Vigeland Museum, examine the collection at Viking Ship Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Sognsvann Lake, and take a stroll through Tjuvholmen Neighbourhood.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Oslo trip planner.

Drive from Ystad to Oslo in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Ystad in January: highs in Oslo hover around 6°C, while lows dip to -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Batsfjord.

Things to do in Oslo

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Batsfjord, Norway

— 1 night
Båtsfjord is a municipality in Finnmark county, Norway. To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Batsfjord trip builder site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Oslo to Batsfjord. While traveling from Oslo, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Batsfjord, ranging from highs of -5°C to lows of -11°C. You'll set off for Vik on the 17th (Sun).

Things to do in Batsfjord

Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Vik, Iceland

— 2 nights
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Reyniskyrka Church and Skogar Museum. Get in touch with nature at Black Sand Beach and Rutshellir Cave. Get out of town with these interesting Vik side-trips: Kirkjubaejarklaustur (Stjornarfoss, Fjadrargljufur Canyon, &more). And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Sólheimajökulll, look for gifts at Wool Gallery Vik i Myrdal, and appreciate the history behind Voyages Friendship Statue.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Vik travel planning website.

You can drive from Batsfjord to Vik in 99 hours. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from Batsfjord in January, plan for a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Vik: temperatures range from 4°C by day to 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to drive to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Vik

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Reykjavik, Iceland

— 2 nights
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Reykjavik Open Air Museum, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then enjoy the sea views from Grotta Lighthouse. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hallgrimskirkja, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then contemplate the long history of Cemetery Holavallagardur, and finally examine the collection at The Icelandic Punk Museum.

To see photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Reykjavik trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Vik to Reykjavik in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Vik in January, expect slightly colder with lows of -1°C in Reykjavik. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Belgium travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Monuments
A small country packing a big punch in terms of tourist attractions, Belgium sits at the crossroads of Western Europe, its cities soaked in history and famed for their lively arts, fashion, and dining scenes. Although it advertises itself simply as "A Food Lover's Dream," this country of just 11 million people boasts a rich architectural heritage, world-famous breweries, pristine natural areas, and touching memorials marking major battlegrounds from both World War I and World War II. Put the country's elegant cities of Brussels and Bruges at the top of your itinerary, but don't forget that Belgium's less-explored countryside offers dense forests, rolling hills, and lush valleys.

The Netherlands travel guide

4.3
Art Museums · History Museums · Specialty Museums
Low Country
The Netherlands literally means "Low Country", inspired by the country's low and flat geography, where only about 50 percent of the land exceeds one meter (three feet) above sea level. Since the late 16th century, large, flat land areas called "polders" have been reclaimed from the sea and lakes and protected by dikes, amounting to nearly 17 percent of the country's current land mass. The Netherlands is. This is small, densely populated country lies mainly in Western Europe but also includes three islands in the Caribbean; it's the main constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The European part of the Netherlands borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and the North Sea to the northwest, sharing maritime borders with Belgium, the United Kingdom and Germany. Amsterdam, The Hague, and Rotterdam serve as the three largest and most important cities in the Netherlands. Amsterdam is the country's capital, while The Hague holds the Dutch seat of government. The port of Rotterdam claims the title as the largest port in Europe, in fact, it's as large as the next three ports combined.

Germany travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Germany is the home of high culture, fine art, classical music, world-class sports, award-winning cuisine--and some of the world's best beers. It's also one of the major economic and political powers of the European continent. One of the founding members of the European Union, Germany is a federation of 16 states. Each boasts its own distinct culture, art, cuisine, regional traditions, and array of things to do. The country is known worldwide for its precision engineering and high-tech products. Equally, though, Germany is admired for its old-world charm and what is locally known as gemutlichkeit (coziness). This is one of the easiest countries in the world to explore, offering an abundance of sightseeing opportunities. German transportation runs with German efficiency. Therefore, getting around the various regions is almost always easy, quick, and pleasant. Visit the cities to explore museums, art galleries, modern restaurants, and trendy shops. Also be sure to venture deeper into the countryside. Here, you can discover ancient castles and bustling little villages. Often in these off-the-beaten-path areas, the main tourist attraction remains the simple hospitality of the friendly locals.

Czech Republic travel guide

4.3
Bridges · Historic Walking Areas · Castles
From historical towns and cities, to a countryside speckled with castles and chateaus, the Czech Republic is a holiday destination that can satisfy everybody's taste. Even though it's modern and fully-developed, the country carefully preserves its traditions and heritage. The city of Prague, with its breathtaking architecture, vibrant art and culture scene, and bustling nightlife, is not only one of the country's main attractions, but also a top European tourist hub. The scenic countryside features numerous national parks and nature reserves perfect for hiking, cycling, golfing, and enjoying the natural beauty. In the wintertime ski buffs have their pick from a selection of resorts. If you're looking to unwind and rejuvenate in picturesque settings, visit the famous spa and wellness resorts that have been renowned in Europe for centuries.

Poland travel guide

4.6
Historic Walking Areas · Historic Sites · Landmarks
A massive country in eastern Europe, Poland offers much to those who venture beyond the continent's more traditional touristic destinations. Dating back to the first millennium, the republic has over a thousand years of heritage to explore, including an abundance of World War II history. Bordered by Germany to the west and Ukraine and Belarus to the east, Poland was the rope in a game of tug of war between German Nazis and the Soviet Allied forces. Major cities like Krakow, Warsaw, Gdansk, Wroclaw, Lodz, Poznan, and Lublin are offer an array of cultural attractions. The infamous concentration camp Auschwitz, near Krakow, is a difficult experience but a must for anyone visiting the area. Be sure to sample hearty comfort foods rich in meat, cabbage, and spices--the Polish secret to making it through harsh winters.

Denmark travel guide

4.2
Theme Parks · Historic Walking Areas · Castles
Known for its old-fashioned charm, Denmark often is referenced as a fairy-tale setting by visitors and locals alike. With quaint cobblestone streets leading the way to art galleries, museums, and historical sights, plus a modern and easily accessible public transportation system, Denmark seamlessly blends its rich history with modern advancements. Be inspired by the works of local legends, including the fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen, the symphonies of Carli Nielsen, and the astronomy work of Tycho Brahe, then play a bit at amusement parks like Legoland. Visitors often find themselves developing "hygge," the untranslatable Danish trait that encapsulates a sense of coziness and contentment, which is thought to have a great deal of influence on Denmark's standing as one of the happiest nations on the planet.

Iceland travel guide

4.5
Waterfalls · Churches · Thermal Spas
Land of Fire and Ice
Experience the drama of this mountainous island in the North Atlantic, from glacial rivers to rushing waterfalls and geothermal hot spots. Iceland's cities, like its capital Reykjavik, are home to passionate natives who honor their Icelandic culture and history. Venture from the cities to experience the country's most powerful attraction: its breathtaking landscapes. Take a trip to one of the island's renowned national parks, see the effects of volcanic activity, and go for a dip in one of its many lakes. A haven for outdoor recreation, you can glacier hike, whitewater raft, and swim in natural pools.