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With The Colosseum, The Kremlin, The Eiffel Tower and all the musical charms of a traditional Irish pub, and stretching from the sunny coast of Portugal to the sparse Ural Mountains of central Russia, Europe takes in 50 countries, over 200 languages and a vast array of the world’s most famous sites, making this cultural behemoth many traveler’s dream destination.

The west hosts the cultural grandeur of former empires: the Houses of Parliament in London, the elegant yet surreal art of Barcelona and the ‘pillars of civilization’ in the crumbling buildings of Athens (not to mention the joys of old-world Rome). To the east you’ll find a world emerging fast from the remnants of communism, and blessed with the rustic beauty of the Romanian countryside and an imposing gothic look crossed with bohemian novelty in beautiful Prague.

There are experiences you’ll never forget, like sunrise over Stonehenge on the longest day of the year, eyed to the pacey beats of hippies, or the gentle splash of your gondola weaving down the watery streets of Venice. For nature fans, the soaring peaks of the Alps and the Pyrenees blow skiers’ and hikers’ minds. With a little luck, you can gasp at the eerie natural lights of northernmost Norway, or swim with turtles off the rustic coastlines of Greece.

For modern-day mayhem, Germany’s beer halls, the glitz and glamor of Monaco’s casinos and a host of summer music festivals offer nightlife you’ll never forget; central Europe’s snowy Christmas markets put you in seasonal spirit, while liberal Amsterdam lets you bend the rules without breaking them. Earlier in the day, Belgium’s mussels, Italy’s ice cream, Spain’s fried baby squid and the soft Cepelinai dumplings of Lithuania will all have you hassling the chef for recipes.

Getting around is easy, with long distance buses, budget airlines and Euro rail passes that’ll keep you hopping through countries galore, and an ever-increasing number of competent English speakers to help you on your way. Over each border a new greeting awaits you: a glass of wine in France, an extra strength coffee in Italy, a Guinness in Dublin, a bowl of olives in Greece and a slug of vodka in the Ukraine, each one unique, and each unforgettable.

Popular Countries in Europe

United Kingdom #1 most popular location
A political amalgamation of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, the UK has a surprising blend of cultures to offer. It’s no longer the world of top hats and walking sticks; inste…
41,936travelers 4,427reviews 3,847blogs
Italy #2 most popular location
Their own travelers have a reputation as loud and somewhat obnoxious, but - having been an iconic travel destination since the days of the British aristocracy’s ‘Grand Tour’ - Italy its…
4,349travelers 2,504reviews 2,623blogs
Spain #3 most popular location
As a notoriously flamboyant corner of what Europeans happily think of as 'sunbathing territory', Spain is home to a welcoming mix of Mediterranean culture and its own unique (and often clashi…
3,951travelers 2,451reviews 2,337blogs
France #4 most popular location
From the iconic buildings and classy cuisines of Paris to the vineyards of Champagne, most travelers are more than aware of France’s impressive (and romantic) resume, and already have the c…
4,721travelers 1,983reviews 2,600blogs
Germany #5 most popular location
A land of progressive cities and delicate, castle-coated countryside, Germany mixes the old and the new into an appetizing touristic blend. From the Lederhosen and ample, aging beer halls to …
7,053travelers 1,964reviews 2,493blogs
Netherlands #6 most popular location
The Netherlands is the land of windmills, prostitutes and legal drugs. At least that’s what you probably already know about the country, but those are just the headline makers: what usually…
22,333travelers 1,797reviews 2,453blogs
Ireland #7 most popular location
Ireland - home of many famous writers, poets, singers and music, of St Patrick, Guinness, whiskey and an unfathomably large number of exceptional pubs – can be rainy, at times even desolate…
3,612travelers 906reviews 744blogs
Belgium #8 most popular location
One of the founding members of the European Union, Belgium has long been seen as one of the crossroads of Europe, where the Germanic and Latin cultures meet. The country is known internation…
2,590travelers 829reviews 872blogs
Turkey #9 most popular location
One of the most important countries in terms of location as a bridge between Europe and Asia, and one of the most culturally significant countries with a history dating back to prehistoric ti…
2,703travelers 822reviews 887blogs
Czech Republic #10 most popular location
The origination of the bohemian lifestyle, birthplace of the Pilsner, and home to the Golden City of Prague, the Czech Republic is generally considered to be one of the most exciting and beau…
1,053travelers 665reviews 884blogs
Greece #11 most popular location
When people think of Greece they think about a wide variety of things: Mediterranean culture, lifestyle, history and climate are probably the first things that come to mind. And then there ar…
1,280travelers 651reviews 874blogs
Austria #12 most popular location
When you think of Austria, you probably think of mountains, Nazi occupation, quaint traditions, classical music, Julie Andrews skipping through the meadows and picturesque hillside towns. Whi…
1,190travelers 628reviews 980blogs
Poland #13 most popular location
One of the Baltic nations in Central Europe bordered by Belarus, the Czech Republic, Germany, Lithuania, Russia, Slovakia, and the Ukraine, Poland manages to stand out among the rest with its…
2,081travelers 615reviews 615blogs
Norway #14 most popular location
Fjords, reindeer, cross-country skiing and the northern lights. These are just a few of the icons of this striking corner of Europe, which in amongst its snow-capped peaks hides overwhelming,…
2,711travelers 602reviews 504blogs
Portugal #15 most popular location
Tacked on the side of the sunny shores of Spain, Portugal is all too often excluded from a pan-European itinerary. While it might not quite fall into the ‘tourist free’ category anymore (…
1,538travelers 550reviews 523blogs
Sweden #16 most popular location
For all its natural draws, it’s the erotic reputation surrounding this corner of Scandinavia that seems to ring the most bells. To men, Sweden is about busty blondes and steamy saunas, whil…
2,320travelers 444reviews 524blogs
Switzerland #17 most popular location
One of the few countries to remain completely isolated from both World Wars is Switzerland. This is quite possibly the ultimate destination when it comes to picturesque Europe, with its centr…
2,028travelers 415reviews 770blogs
Denmark #18 most popular location
With 18th century towns, bubbly cities, rugged castles and an enormous Lego-based theme park to entertain them, you’d expect the Danes to be a pretty happy bunch. You’d not be wrong: pan-…
2,082travelers 409reviews 446blogs
Hungary #19 most popular location
Nestled in the heart of Europe is one of the oldest countries on the continent: Hungary. A member of both Schengen and the European Union, the country is a melting-pot of diversity on more th…
827travelers 406reviews 519blogs
Russia #20 most popular location
The world's largest country, Russia stands out among the rest only for its size, but also for its troubled past, its current political climate, its vast array of geographical extremes, and fo…
2,217travelers 398reviews 470blogs
Iceland #21 most popular location
Sat just outside the Arctic Circle, and buried under a deep frost for most of the year, the island of Iceland is European nature at its best. You can wait for bursting geysers, swim in scorch…
503travelers 382reviews 221blogs
Croatia #22 most popular location
As an affordable corner of Europe with ruggedly beautiful coasts, pristine mountains and a schizophrenic, pan-European sense of cultural identity, perhaps it’s not a big surprise that Croat…
541travelers 380reviews 413blogs
Romania #23 most popular location
Rural Romania has long been the home of Dracula, doubling as a cheap film set that acts like a European wild west, all sprawling green hills and imposing castles. There are winding country ro…
951travelers 229reviews 235blogs
Finland #24 most popular location
The long, dark Finnish winters will send all but the hardiest travelers scurrying for their log cabin to sup on a hip flask of vodka. In the summer, however, the land of the midnight sun come…
1,002travelers 209reviews 332blogs
Latvia #25 most popular location
One of the most recent additions to the European Union is Latvia. Much like Bulgaria, and several of the other newest EU members, the country is an undiscovered jewel that is just waiting to …
337travelers 181reviews 150blogs
Ukraine #26 most popular location
Having undergone a revolution in the early part of the new century, Ukraine is a country dragging its feet through a political stalemate, torn between the Soviet loyalties of its past and a m…
771travelers 170reviews 189blogs
Estonia #27 most popular location
Probably one of the most pristine medieval cities in the whole of Europe is Tallinn, located within Estonia. The Old Town section is a World Heritage site, and the city has managed to perfect…
324travelers 149reviews 192blogs
Lithuania #28 most popular location
A land of ethnic traditions, filled with centuries of history ranging from its days as an empire stretching from the Baltic Sea to the Black Sea, Lithuania is a country rich with folklore dat…
453travelers 134reviews 147blogs
Bulgaria #29 most popular location
With a history spanning literal millennia, and relics dating back from the Byzantine era, the Roman Empire, the Ottoman Empire, and beyond, Bulgaria is quite possibly one of the most historic…
477travelers 131reviews 219blogs
Slovenia #30 most popular location
A tiny corner of Europe with only a touch over two million residents, Slovenia is both an ideal aside to the more expansive glories of nearby Italy, Austria and Croatia, and an appetizing des…
403travelers 127reviews 212blogs
Slovakia #31 most popular location
A former part of Czechoslovakia, now known simply as Slovakia, the country is an island of land in Central Europe in between Austria, Hungary, Poland, Ukraine, and the Czech Republic. It is c…
434travelers 120reviews 284blogs
Malta #32 most popular location
An island nation within the Mediterranean Sea just south of Sicily, Italy, the country of Malta is actually an archipelago, although only three of the largest islands are inhabited: Malta, Go…
292travelers 118reviews 90blogs
Bosnia and Herzegovina #33 most popular location
A country that has been long troubled by wars and bloodshed, Bosnia and Herzegovina is often overlooked by the uninitiated traveler because of its checkered past. This is perhaps the greatest…
160travelers 105reviews 155blogs
Serbia #34 most popular location
One of the former six republics making up the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Serbia sits atop one of the major land routes between Central Europe and Turkey, and is considered a Ba…
469travelers 95reviews 150blogs
Cyprus #35 most popular location
A fetching, pocket-sized island thats sandy shores are tucked right in the heart of the Mediterranean - and infamously advertised in their own tourist literature as 'the island of Aphrodite…
282travelers 81reviews 82blogs
Macedonia #36 most popular location
Despite the overshadowing of tenacious relationships between Greece and itself, the Republic of Macedonia is a former Yugoslavian country known most commonly simply as Macedonia, the very sam…
121travelers 53reviews 72blogs
Luxembourg #37 most popular location
This tiny corner of Europe – more like a county then a country – is romantic, traditional, vibrant and quite exceptionally rich. With a population of less than half a million people, a sp…
145travelers 51reviews 90blogs
Albania #38 most popular location
One of the hidden gems of Europe that has yet to be fully uncovered by modern tourism, Albania is nestled along the Adriatic and Ionian Seas between Montenegro and Greece. There are over 360 …
69travelers 40reviews 60blogs
Georgia #39 most popular location
Along the eastern end of the Black Sea in the heart of the Caucasus Mountains lies the beautiful Georgia. The country is a flowering center for tourism in recent years, despite political issu…
154travelers 39reviews 58blogs
Belarus #40 most popular location
As a city seemingly still trapped in the cold war years, Belarusian capital Minsk is an often frosty but invariably fascinating experience for its small number of foreign visitors. The 21st c…
180travelers 35reviews 33blogs
Armenia #41 most popular location
Nearly lost in time and to the shadow of the former Soviet Union, Armenia is one of those last European countries which have lain dormant over the years, their potential forced to wait until …
66travelers 33reviews 29blogs
Monaco #42 most popular location
Few countries scream “luxury” as loudly as Monaco. Situated between the Alps and the Mediterranean Sea, ordered by the French Riviera to the West and the Italian Riviera to the east, this…
16travelers 19reviews 65blogs
Faroe Islands #43 most popular location
These proud, little visited island communities in the North Atlantic – perched halfway between Iceland and Norway - are just a short hop from the mainland UK, but home to their own eclectic…
57travelers 18reviews 21blogs
Moldova #44 most popular location
A little known corner of Europe wedged tightly between Romania and the Ukraine, Moldova is a tiny, fertile country of farming and separatism, even spawning two teeny breakaway ‘tin-pot’ r…
72travelers 17reviews 29blogs
Andorra #45 most popular location
Andorra is a beautiful little land-locked country situated between Spain and France in the heights of the eastern Pyrenees Mountains. It is an extremely small country with only around 85,000 …
5travelers 13reviews 29blogs
Isle of Man #46 most popular location
A petite, rugged island to the north west of England, the Isle of Man is best known for its unreserved infatuation with motorbikes. The yearly Manx TT race brings legions of bikers and racers…
75travelers 12reviews 3blogs
Jersey #47 most popular location
As the largest and brashest of Britain's channel islands, Jersey is home to cows, rugged rural landscapes and offshore savings schemes that have made ‘capital’ St Helier something of a mi…
62travelers 9reviews 7blogs
Guernsey #48 most popular location
Guernsey – which sits closer to France than it’s government in London – is a rugged offshore island that’s villages feel like a throwback to ancient rural Britain, and contemporary to…
29travelers 9reviews 9blogs
Gibraltar #49 most popular location
Gibraltar - a 7km2 British-owned triangle of land on the southern tip of Spain - is a relic of the times of massive naval battles, captured to protect the mouth of the Mediterranean. Nowadays…
26travelers 9reviews 33blogs
Liechtenstein #50 most popular location
Most recently in the spotlight due to the tax-haven nature of the country and the resulting controversies between itself and the United States, Liechtenstein is a tiny Alpine country sandwich…
7travelers 7reviews 49blogs
Svalbard #51 most popular location
The ‘other part of Norway’, Svalbard, is the world’s most easy-to-visit piece of icy pole. Fortunately that doesn’t make it even an ounce less alluring that the rest of the north’s …
3travelers 2reviews 9blogs