Although relatively small compared to other continents, Europe is surprisingly varied in terms of topography and climate.
The City of Light is home to 500 historic monuments and nearly 100 museums. Iconic sights include the Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysees, Arc de Triomphe and the breathtaking royal palace of Versailles, on the western outskirt.
Built on several hills overlooking the Tagus River, Lisbon is full of history and culture dating back to the 12th century. Meanwhile, the pleasant year-round temperatures are an open invitation for a walk by the river or an afternoon in one of the many street cafes.
A city steeped in rich history, Athens’ must-sees include the Acropolis Museum and the National Archaeological and Benaki — all housing impressive busts, frescoes, and columns.
Visitors come to the Eternal City to immerse themselves in centuries of civilization and see the streets and squares, ancient ruins and monuments, toss coins into the Trevi Fountain, or gaze on the mighty Coliseum, home of the gladiators. Main sights include the Pantheon, Vatican City, and over 280 churches.
Finland was part of the Russian Empire for about a hundred years, and the architecture of many parts of Helsinki is similar to that of St Petersburg or Moscow. The city is built on a peninsula and islands in the Baltic — main sites include the fortress of Suomenlinna and the Zoo on Korkeasaari.
Founded in the 12th century, Tallinn is a UNESCO World Heritage site and its old town boasts cobbled streets, narrow alleys, and ancient city walls and is one of the best-preserved medieval towns in northern Europe.
The proud capital of the Catalan region offers a lively outdoor cafe culture, stunning architecture — including the Sagrada Familia — and some of the best nightlife in Europe.
Known for its long leafy avenues, glorious Belle Epoque buildings and reputation for the high-living Romanian aristocracy — which in the 1900s earned it the nickname ‘Little Paris’ — Romania’s capital Bucharest is a city that’s beginning to find its feet again.
A series of canals ring the historic center, earning the city the nickname ‘the Venice of the north’. The city offers a variety of cultures such as Rijksmuseum, Anne Frank Huis, and the Heineken Experience. Amsterdam also has a bustling cafe scene and nightlife.
Described as the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’ by Lord Byron, the bustling walled city of Dubrovnik is the southernmost city of Croatia’s Dalmatia region. Main attractions include the Monastery Treasury Museum, 12th-century Stradun thoroughfare, the Rector’s Palace, and the summer festival.