One of the most popular travel destinations in the world, Europe is filled with bucket list items. With over 40 countries in Europe, there’s plenty of places that have yet to be discovered by the main tourist crowd. From historical architecture and museums to natural landscapes, here are some unique destinations to put on your European bucket list.
Check out this list of 125 cool and unusual things to add to your European bucket list.
- 1 Albania Bucket List
- 2 Andorra Bucket List
- 3 Austria Bucket List
- 4 Belarus Bucket List
- 5 Belgium Bucket List
- 6 Bosnia & Herzegovina Bucket List
- 7 Bulgaria Bucket List
- 8 Croatia Bucket List
- 9 Cyprus Bucket List
- 10 Czech Republic Bucket List
- 11 Denmark Bucket List
- 12 Estonia Bucket List
- 13 Finland Bucket List
- 14 France Bucket List
- 15 Germany Bucket List
- 16 Greece Bucket List
- 17 Hungary Bucket List
- 18 Iceland Bucket List
- 19 Ireland Bucket List
- 20 Italy Bucket List
- 21 Latvia Bucket List
- 22 Lichtenstein Bucket List
- 23 Lithuania Bucket List
- 24 Luxembourg Bucket List
- 25 Malta Bucket List
- 26 Moldova Bucket List
- 27 Montenegro Bucket List
- 28 Netherlands Bucket List
- 29 North Macedonia Bucket List
- 30 Norway Bucket List
- 31 Poland Bucket List
- 32 Portugal Bucket List
- 33 Romania Bucket List
- 34 Russia Bucket List
- 35 Slovakia Bucket List
- 36 Slovenia Bucket List
- 37 Spain Bucket List
- 38 Sweden Bucket List
- 39 Switzerland Bucket List
- 40 Ukraine Bucket List
- 41 UK – England Bucket List
- 42 UK – Northern Ireland Bucket List
- 43 UK – Scotland Bucket List
- 44 UK – Wales Bucket List
Albania Bucket List
Originally a Cold War bunker, Bunk’Art is now an underground contemporary art and history museum located on the outskirts of Tirana. Spread over several floors and 24 rooms, the museum has almost 3000 sq metres of space. There is also Bunk’Art 2 in the centre of Tirana.
Historic Centre of Berat
In Central Albania, the heritage of Berat is the representation of a lot of communities living together in the past. There were different religions and different practices that you can now observe from the remains of the Berat and Gjirokastër. Also, this site is perfect for those who love historical places.
Andorra Bucket List
The Caldea Spa resort is not only Andorra’s tallest building but it is also the largest spa in Europe. Located in the urban environment of Escaldes-Engordany in a unique architectural building, the Caldea Spa is surrounded by the spectacular Andorran mountains. If you’re a fan of spas, this is one not to be missed.
Mirador Roc Del Quer
Tiny Andorra is sandwiched between France and Spain, and engulfed in the Pyrenees Mountains. The viewpoint of Mirador Roc del Quer is one of the best places to see the local scenery. First, you’ll have to drive or hike up 6 kilometres of switchbacks. At the top, the walkway stretches 12 metres over the cliff edge, giving you a bird’s eye view of the surrounding mountains and villages below. It’s truly a breathtaking experience, and one that most travellers never get to see.
Austria Bucket List
Floating Opera Stage
If you are lucky enough to visit Europe at the time when the Bregenz festival is close, you can treat yourself to the spectacular view of the floating opera stage. It is a unique manifestation of creativity, art, and class that features some incredible theatre designs. You’ll find it on Lake Constance and it will be a once in a lifetime experience for you.
Swarovski Crystal World
Make sure not to miss out on Austria’s most visited attractions. Not far from Innsbruck you’ll find the spectacular Swarovski Crystal World, a whimsical museum that takes you on a journey through crystal caverns. Divided into 17 chambers, the incredible installations have been created by famous artists and designers.
Admont Abbey Library
Admont Abbey is a Benedictine monastery located on the Enns River, Austria. It is the oldest monastery in Styria, and it carries the biggest monastic library in the world. Apart from the stunning library, the museum, church, and the entire grounds are very delightful. It is a very cheap visiting point as you only need to buy an 11-euro entrance ticket to visit. So, take your selfies, make videos of the library’s historical and beautiful spots, and have fun!
Belarus Bucket List
Centre of Europe Monument
The exact centre of Europe may be a difficult one to judge considering there are a lot of variables to consider like pinpointing exactly where Europe ends and Asia begins. While it may be impossible to pinpoint exactly, in 2000 Belarussian scientists published a report stating the geographical centre of Europe was located near Lake Sho, so a small monument was created in Polotsk. Whether you believe this is the exact centre of Europe or not, the monument and surrounding area are worth checking out.
Museum of Malformations of the Human Body
If you like visiting quirky museums then the Museum of Malformations of the Human Body should certainly be on your European bucket list. This small museum is located at the Grodno Medical State University, West Belarus, not far from the Polish border and is not for the faint hearted. Inside you’ll find glass containers that hold preserved foetuses and babies with severe deformities that had been in storage until 2000.
Belgium Bucket List
Waterfalls of Coo
Situated in the heart of the village of Coo, not only is the Coo Waterfall absolutely stunning, it is also the highest natural waterfall in Belgium at 15 metres height. At the foot of the waterfall tourists can go kayaking, carting and even mini golfing. The park is free to enter and there is an attractions ticket that once purchased lets you ride as many times as you want.
Abandoned Town of Doel
Close to the border of the Netherlands is the abandoned town of Doel. This once busy town has since been ‘doomed’ to be demolished to extend the port of Antwerp. The graffiti street art on the abandoned buildings is what makes it a place to visit.
Bosnia & Herzegovina Bucket List
The crooked bridge was built during the 16th century by the Ottomans. It was built on a trial basis by the Turks to see whether it could withstand heavy loads considering its semicircular stone arch. It is one of the most visited tourist points in Bosnia and Herzegovina, so if you are interested in historical spots, it is worth visiting.
Often forgotten in favour of neighbouring Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina has lots of hidden gems. About an hour outside of Mostar, Kravice Waterfall is a great alternative to the overcrowded Plitvice Lakes (some say it’s even more beautiful). A huge favourite with locals, you can go climbing on the rocks, swimming under the cascades, and you can even dive into the water via a rope swing. It’s a great spot for some beautiful nature and relaxation, without the crowds.
Bulgaria Bucket List
Kukeri are men who dress in elaborate costumes and perform traditional rituals that are intended to scare away evil spirits. Around New Year the Kukeri men walk and dance through villages to scare away the evil spirits and provide good harvest and health to the village throughout the year. These festivals are not to be missed by visitors to Bulgaria.
Rila Monastery, officially called the Monastery of Saint Ivan of Rila, is the largest and most well-known Eastern Orthodox monastery in Bulgaria. With gorgeous mountain scenery, stunning architecture and a beautiful painted church it’s easy to see why so many tourists flood to the remote area to visit the monastery.
Croatia Bucket List
Walls of Dubrovnik
There are a series of defensive stone walls around Dubrovnik in south Croatia that you can walk along. These are 2 km long walls, and it takes almost two hours to walk around the walls of Dubrovnik. It is a place worth visiting and the tourists enjoy it over there.
Museum of Broken Relationships
Sounds like a bummer, but is actually very interesting – the Museum of Broken Relationships has a U.S. location in Los Angeles and a location in Croatia, so make sure you add it to your Europe bucket list. There is a physical and virtual space where people can share (and millions have already shared) their stories of heartbreak and loss. So whether you’re going through a bad break-up or madly in love, this museum will reassure you that you are, in fact, not alone.
Plitvice National Park
If you are looking to spend some time in nature you won’t want to miss Plitvice Lakes National Park. As the oldest and largest national park in Croatia, you can rest assured that it’s full of natural beauty. Plitvice Lakes National Park is home to numerous turquoise-coloured lakes that are joined by stunning waterfalls. The park also hosts many walkways and hiking trails, and there are multiple seasonal restaurants onsite.
Cyprus Bucket List
Fairy Tale Museum
Located just off of the United Nations Buffer Zone, the unique Fairy Tale Museum provides a light juxtaposition to the serious geopolitical situation in Cyprus. Opened in 2017, the museum showcases fairy tales and legends from Cyprus, Greece and around the world. The museum is fully interactive, with secret passageways, a library and even a dress-up room. It’s a great way for visitors of all ages to explore a different side of Cyprus’s history.
A Swedish-built Challenger-class RO-RO ferry launched in 1979, named Zenobia sank in the Mediterranean sea in 1980. The wrecks of the ship are still there and people from all over the world come here to see the wreck and some of them may dive deep in the water.
Czech Republic Bucket List
Sit back and relax at one of the many Beer Spas in the city centre of Prague. These unique spas allow guests to bathe in large royal-oak tubs that are filled with natural extracts used to brew beer. The vitamins and enzymes in the brewer’s yeast help regenerate skin, removes harmful toxins from the body, and eases fatigue and stress. The Beer Spas also offer hop saunas, wheat straw beds, and of course, unlimited beer to drink.
Considered one of the most beautiful castles in Czech Republic, Hluboka Castle should be on your European bucket list. With its stunning white facade and immaculate gardens it’s not hard to see why this is a popular castle to visit. The castle was actually modelled after Windsor Castle in England which might explain its regal feel.
Book Tower at the Municipal Library
Bookworm or not, you’ll want to check out Prague’s Municipal Library. The building itself has been standing in the city since the late 1800s and serves local communities by providing books for anyone with a library card. Today, just up the staircase of the library is an art installation titled “Idiom” by artist Matej Kren, which features over 8,000 books formed to create a spiral. The mirrors placed inside the structure make it seem as though the tower goes on forever.
Denmark Bucket List
The bands and musicians that come to the city of Aalborg are asked to stop at the Kildeparken to plant a tree in the memory of visiting the city. It is a great gesture and the park has been a tourist attraction for many years now. You can hear the songs of several singers and bands here.
Not only can you visit Dragsholm Castle, one of the oldest castles in Denmark, you can also eat and sleep there. This once grand castle is now a luxury hotel with a golf course with a Michelin star restaurant. The castle is also said to be haunted so a stay here is staying at a haunted castle.
Your Rainbow Panorama
Sitting atop the ARoS Art Museum in Aarhus, the Your Rainbow Panorama is a unique take on the city view. The 150-metre walkway is lined with floor-to-ceiling windows, tinted with every colour of the rainbow. It colours everything, inside and out, and gives 360 degrees of beautiful filters to your city view. Stick around to explore the museum below, one of the best modern art museums in Northern Europe.
Estonia Bucket List
Tuhala Witch’s Well
While the Tuhala Witch’s Well is a staple of Estonian folklore, it’s really just a natural phenomenon. The well is actually home to a karst spring, which rapidly overflows and floods the area after heavy rains. During Medieval times, the phenomenon was credited to witches performing rituals at the spot, and the well has cemented itself in Estonian history. While the well usually stays dry, seeing it at its “boiling point” is truly a sight to behold.
Hiiumaa Eiffel Tower
A beautiful replica of France’s Eiffel Tower in Estonia is made up of wood and it is a clear definition of beauty. It is surprisingly a famous tourist attraction and can be a great background for your Europe tour pictures. Therefore, do not miss the Hiiumaa Eiffel tower while you’re on your Europe trip.
Madise’s Lost Cemetery
Hidden away just outside of the village of Madise, a 50 minute drive from Tallinn airport, you’ll find this abandoned graveyard. Referred to as a ‘lost’ cemetery due to the grave stones being surrounded by overgrown bushes, these graves date as far back as 1802. The lost cemetery also contains the ruins of the old chapel, adding to it’s creepy factor.
Haunted Guest House
If you’re a fan of dark tourism then how does spending a night at the guest house the devil had his wedding sound? A well known folktale tells the story of the devil choosing a hotel on Rataskaevu as the wedding location. The owner, who had been told to stay away, couldn’t resist a peek through the keyhole and saw the devil getting married.
Finland Bucket List
Let your inner child out at Moomin World in Naantali, southwest Finland. Based on the Moomin books by Tove Jansson, Moomin World is not a traditional amusement park since it does not have any rides. However, there are many activities to enjoy if you are a fan of the Moomins and it’s a great day out for children.
Fazer Chocolate Factory
Chocolate lovers shouldn’t miss out on a visit to The Fazer Experience in Vantaa to see how Finland’s famous chocolate is made. While Fazer chocolate may not be as well known outside of the country as it deserves, the chocolate is part of Finnish cultural heritage.
Utsjoki is a small town right at the top of Finland which also means it’s at the top of the EU too. This cute village in Lapland is a great location if you want to get close to the Arctic Circle and learn more about Sami culture. Being so far away from the busy cities also makes it a great destination if seeing the northern lights is on your bucket list.
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France Bucket List
The Marathon des Châteaux du Médoc is held every September and participants run a 26.2 mile route through the scenic vineyards of the Medoc region. During the marathon the runners have the option, and indeed are encouraged, to indulge at the wine stations throughout the course. Runners will be able to enjoy 23 glasses of popular red wines from the area as well as local specialties such as oysters, foie gras and cheese.
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Located not far from the capital, medieval Provins makes a great day trip from Paris. This fortified UNESCO town is known for hosting the best medieval fair in France but is still worth a visit any time of the year. The fortification walls can be walked along but the highlight is the Tour Cesar with 360 degree views of the French countryside.
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Museum of Vampires and Legendary Creatures
This museum in the outskirts of Paris will take your breath away with the most spooky collection you would ever see. It gives you goosebumps as you see mummified cats and learn more about vampires and legends in that time.
Dune of Pilat
Located in La Test-de-Buch, just 60k from Bordeaux is Dune of Pilat– the tallest dune in Europe. This famous tourist destination attracts over one million visitors a year and reaches 110 metres above sea level. The ridge of the dune can be climbed, and it is also a popular spot for paragliding, due to great soaring conditions.
Germany Bucket List
In the mountainous region of Southwest Germany lies the dense evergreen Black Forest. The area is best known for its charming villages and cuckoo clocks that have been produced in the area since the 1700s. The Black Forest is also commonly associated with the Brothers Grimm Fairy tales, as legend suggests it was the inspiration for the setting of “Hansel and Gretel.” Freiburg is the largest town in the Black Forest region with gothic-inspired buildings and makes for an ideal starting point for hiking.
Singing Drain Pipes
The Kunsthofpassage Singing Drain Pipes in Dresden are an installation of drain pipes that have been attached to a beautifully colours blue house in the student district. The aluminium structure of trumpets, funnels and various platforms have been created to amplify the sound of the rain. Make sure to walk around the ‘art courtyard’ to see the other colourful buildings.
If you like dining somewhere quirky you’ll want to visit Burgermeister in Berlin. What makes Burgermeister unique is that this burger restaurant was once a public toilet. In fact, the outside has been kept to look like a public toilet and even the “ladies” and “gentlemen” signs have been kept up. Not only is it quirky, the burgers are delicious and a favourite amongst the locals.
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Rakotzbrucke Devil’s Bridge
The Azalea and Rhododendron Park is a 200 acre landscaped park in Gablenz built in the nineteenth century. Inside the park is the Rakotzbrucke, also known as Teufeksbrucke which means ‘Devil’s Bridge’. This bridge was especially built to create a complete circle when reflected in the water beneath.
Greece Bucket List
Cave of Lakes
People usually head to the Greek Islands for beautiful scenery, but the mainland has got some great natural beauty too. The Cave of Lakes, on the Peloponnese peninsula, is exactly as it sounds. The cave system consists of an underground river and lake system that you can explore through its tunnels and suspension bridges. It’s best to visit in winter, when the snowmelt creates underground waterfalls. It’s still a great sight in summer, though, when the water dries up and exposes the stalactite and stalagmite formations.
One activity that shouldn’t be missed when visiting Europe is searching for pink sand at Elafonisi beach in Crete. The whole beach is not pink and changes depending on the tide and time of year so you might have to go searching for it but once you find the pink sand you’ll get some incredible photos. If you don’t mind getting up early, sunrise is a great time to visit.
A Panigiri festival in Greece is meant to bring people of all ages together, to dance, to eat, to sing, and to cherish the time. It takes place in the summer and the feast has all the greek delicacies, local wine, and chit-chat over the table. It is a great festival to celebrate and makes you have the most memorable time of your life.
Zagorochoria is a beautiful complex of 46 mountain villages in north western Greece. The quaint villages are worth visiting with their charming stone houses and breathtaking landscape. The area should definitely be visited if you like adventure activities like hiking, rafting or climbing.
Hungary Bucket List
For Sale Pub
Budapest has a long list of bars and pubs that won’t disappoint but one worth visiting is the For Sale Pub located close to the Central Market Hall. This unique pub is special because you can write your personal experience or create a cool drawing and pin it on the walls, floor or ceiling.
One of Europe’s more obscure music festivals is the Sziget Festival in Budapest. This festival attracts people of all nationalities from all over the world, creating an inclusive community that cares deeply for the environment while also attracting some of the biggest names in music. Artists such as Kendrick Lamar, the Arctic Monkeys and Rihanna have performed at Sziget over the years, so hopefully next year when the world is safer, you will decide to become a “szitizen”.
New York Cafe
Lovingly known as the “most beautiful café in the world”, the New York Café is a hidden gem in Budapest. It truly is beautiful with gold ceilings and grand crystal chandeliers. The New York Café was historically frequented by famous Hungarian artists and poets including Mihály Babits and Zsigmond Móricz, as it was a beautiful space for artists to think, create and be inspired. Today, the café and salon are open to the public – you can even book your wedding in the most beautiful café in the world!
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Iceland Bucket List
While most visitors will head to Reykjavik, Akureyri should not be missed out on. Located in Northern Iceland, Akureyri is a charming town and known as being the ‘Capital of the North’. It’s a great place to base yourself if you want to explore the north of the country and see things like the Dettifoss Waterfall or Asbyrgi Canyon.
The Thrihnukagigur Volcano has been dormant for over 4,000 years and there is no indication that it will erupt again in the near future. What makes this volcano a must visit in Europe is that you can take a tour inside the volcano. The tour takes around 5-6 hours (from Reykjavik) with 40 minutes spent inside the volcano where you’ll descend 120 metres to the bottom of the crater to witness breathtaking scenery.
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Ireland Bucket List
Sean’s Bar is a pub in Athlone claiming to be established since 900 AD. While some claim Sean’s Bar is the oldest pub in Europe or even the world, this has never been verified. However, they do have an official Guinness World Records certificate on display showing they are at least the oldest bar in Ireland.
Kiss The Blarney Stone
There is a rumour that whoever kisses the Blarney stone, is gifted with an unbelievable gift of gab. Gab means great eloquence or skill at flattery. Kissing the stone has been a tradition for seven centuries. The Blarney Stone is embedded in a wall of Blarney Castle and was set up by the king of Munster, Dermot McCarthy in 1446.
Wild Atlantic Way
It takes about four to five days to drive the Wild Atlantic Way. A tour along this coastline will give you a fulfilling experience. During your tour, you can explore the ruins on Coney Island, ride a horse on the beach, cycle, sail and see the marine life in Dingle.
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Cliffs of Moher
The Cliffs of Moher are located at the southwestern edge of the Burren region. These are 14-kilometre-long sea cliffs that leave visitors wondering how they were created. The place is full of a variety of flora and fauna, with 20 different birds’ species flying over the water. The 700 feet high cliffs provide a breathtaking view of nature and are the centre of attractions to millions of visitors every year.
Italy Bucket List
One of the oldest tourist points in the world, Pompeii, was an ancient city located in the present comune of Pompei, in the Campania region of Italy. Vesuvius in 79 A.D. ruined the town, and its current condition is only the wrecked buildings and streets. The place is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, hosting nearly 2.5 million visitors every year. If you are interested in historical places, add this one to your European bucket list.
Who doesn’t know the tale of Romeo and Juliet? In Verona, a balcony has been named after Juliet, and tourists from all over the world come here to see the balcony Juliet used. It can be a romantic gesture and a great surprise for your partner.
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The Dolomites are an Italian mountain range with a height range between 1500 to 2700 meters. The mountains are surrounded by greenery and water, providing a delightful scene to the tourists. Hiking the Dolomites requires patience as it may take up to ten days to climb the Idyllic mountain huts. If you are an adventurous person, hiking the Dolomites can be one of the best things to do in Europe.
The rocky coastline of Italy’s Italian Riviera is home to five stunning hillside towns: Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. The towns are all connected by footpaths and feature picturesque ocean views along with quaint cafes and restaurants. Monterosso is particularly great if you’re looking to lounge in the sun as it has a long and sandy beach with chair rentals. The Five Villages of Cinque Terre are the perfect destination for a relaxing and charming Italian getaway.
Latvia Bucket List
As the only military prison in Europe open to tourists, Latvia’s Karosta Prison is already a unique place to visit, but the experience here takes it up a notch. Karosta offers a “Behind Bars” show, where tourists can learn about the prison by being treated as actual Soviet prisoners, even down to interrogations and punishments for disobedience. You can even take it a step further and spend the night in a haunted cell. Don’t worry, though. If it’s too extreme for you, Karosta runs typical sightseeing tours as well.
Bridge To Nowhere
Literally a bridge to nowhere, the bridge is the remains of the intended construction of the Tukum to Kuliga rail line. The concrete bridge, built in the 19040s, is 180 feet long and spans across the Abava River. The abandoned bridge has remained intact in the middle of a meadow in the Latvian countryside not too far outside of Riga.
The Corner House
Since 2005 The Corner House has been used by the Museum of the Occupation of Latvia to exhibit the history of the KGB in Latvia. Located in the centre of Riga, the building was once the headquarters of the KGB in Latvia. Now, guests can take tours, learn about the history and even visit the former cells.
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Lichtenstein Bucket List
Liechtenstein might not seem like much, but it is easily one of the most beautiful countries in Europe. It’s lush mountain scenery is dotted with small villages, castles, and little gems like the Red House. Located in the capital of Vaduz, the Red House was built in 1338, and later expanded upon by its subsequent owners. Today, you can see the half-timbered tower, gabled stairs, bright red façade, and to top it all off, a small vineyard outside.
The small country of Lichtenstein doesn’t actually have any airports which means travellers have to fly to one of the neighbouring countries and travel across the border inland. This can be a problem for those who like to collect passport stamps. Have no fear though, Lichtenstein passport stamps can be acquired from the Tourist Information Centre in Vaduz for a small price.
Prince’s Personal Winery
What is better than having to visit a royal personal winery that is open to the public? Yes, you can visit The Prince of Lichtenstein’s winery and you would not be disappointed by the peace and tranquility it brings you.
Lithuania Bucket List
Siauliai Hill of Crosses
Located 12km north of Siauliai, Krysiu Kalnas, or the Hill of Crosses, is a pilgrimage site with hundreds of thousands of crosses on a small hill. It is believed the first crosses were placed after the 1831 uprising. Now visited by thousands of tourists, the site was even visited and blessed by Pope John Paul II in September 1993, declaring it a place for hope, peace, love and sacrifice.
Chernobyl TV Show Filming Location
The popular historical drama miniseries Chernobyl was first broadcasted in 2019 and revolves around the Chernobyl disaster of 1986. What a lot of people don’t realise is the series was filmed in Lithuania rather than Ukraine. Fabijoniskes is a residential district in Vilnius and was used to portray the Ukrainian city of Pripyat. The power plant scenes were shot at Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant in Visaginas which is sometimes referred to as ‘Chernobyl’s sister’ thanks to its visual resemblance.
Augustas Ir Barbora Love Story Cafe
Arguably the most Instagrammable cafe in Vilnius or maybe even the whole of Lithuania, the decor is simply incredible. Not only is the cafe beautifully decorated, it is named after the bitter sweet Lithuanian love story of Barbora Radvilaite and Žygimantas Augustas.
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Luxembourg Bucket List
Echternach, along the German border, is the oldest town in Luxembourg and worth a visit. The town grew around the Abbey and has a lot to offer visitors from the Basilica of Saint Willibrord to the cute town square. It’s a great place to visit if you like hiking or cycling.
Chemin de la Corniche
Built by the Spaniards and the French in the 17th century, it is also called the most beautiful balcony of Europe. It has breathtaking views and is a very refreshing tourist attraction.
This magnificent medieval castle is the biggest castle in Luxembourg and can be found near the village of Bourscheid in north-eastern Luxembourg. Situated 150 metres above the River Sure, this castle offers some fantastic views of the surrounding area which is why it is a must visit attraction in Europe.
Malta Bucket List
Comino’s Blue Lagoon
One of the smallest islands of Malta, Comina, has a breathtaking lagoon named Comino’s blue lagoon. Its beauty lies in its blue water and spectacular views. Especially during the summers, it attracts tourists from all over the world. You can enjoy several water sports here, and also sit back, look at the water and relax.
The set of the popular 1980’s musical “Popeye” was preserved after the film wrapped, and the set has since been transformed into an attraction for Malta. Guests can explore the set and Popeye’s Comic Museum and walk away with free popcorn and a free postcard! You can also encounter live demonstrations and shows all themed around the world’s favourite sailor.
Moldova Bucket List
Little Prince Statue
Located in Valea Morilor Park in Chisinau, the Little Prince statue is the smallest monument in Moldova at only 115 millimeters in height. Along the water is an iron fence with decorative balls along the top. The Little Prince can be found on one of these balls.
The Saharna Monastery, also known as The Holy Trinity of Sahrana, is located north of Chisinau and is considered to be one of the biggest pilgrimages in Moldova. According to legend, on top of the high cliff there is a footprint of St. Maria, the mother of Jesus.
Milestii Mici Winery
Moldova is often under-looked as a great wine destination in Europe but the country produces some fantastic wines. In fact, Milestii Mici Winery, founded in 1969, proudly claims the title of the largest wine cellar in the world. It’s somewhere every wine enthusiast should visit.
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Montenegro Bucket List
If you love cats don’t forget to visit the Cat Museum tucked away in Kotor’s Old Town. Inside the museum you’ll find a collection of cat artefacts, stamps, postcards, war propaganda and much more. There’s also a gift shop so you can purchase some cat memorabilia.
Hike to Kotor Fortress
San Giovanni Fortress, as it’s called by those native to Montenegro, is located just outside of the Kotor Old Town about 1,500 steps up the mountain, above sea level. This is a great hike with excellent views of the village below, which the fortress was built to protect back in the 15th century. On your way up to the fortress, you will also run into a church built in the 1500s, the Church of Our Lady of Remedy. It’s a bit out of the way for a Sunday service, but is a really cool place to see as a traveler.
The Montenegrin coast is full of evocative scenery, but the crown jewel is the Church of Our Lady of the Rocks. The church lies on an island just off the coast of Perast in the Bay of Kotor. The legend goes that two fishermen found an icon of the Virgin Mary at the spot, and decided to expand the island by piling rocks and debris, and building a small chapel there. The church that stands there today is filled top to bottom with paintings, tapestries and silver, all donated to the church by local residents. It’s easily visited by ferry from any town on the Bay of Kotor.
Netherlands Bucket List
Sex is a taboo topic for some, but this museum is hard to miss. Located on one of the busiest streets in Amsterdam and visited by thousands of people every year, the museum explores the sensitive subject of human sexuality through art and interactive elements. Albeit uncomfortable at first, you can tap into your sense of humour and peruse the many interesting artefacts in the museum’s collection.
The Cube Houses in Rotterdam are a set of innovative houses and one of the city’s most iconic attractions. Architect Piet Blom designed the houses with the concept of “living as an urban roof”. The Cube Houses are tilted 45-degrees on their side which allows for the optimisation of available space. Curious guests can get a glimpse of life in the Cube Houses by visiting the Show-Cube Museum.
New Years Ice Dive
Fancy a dip? The New Years Ice Dive is a chilly tradition throughout many cities and towns in the Netherlands. While other countries around the world host “ice dives” or “polar plunges,” the Netherlands put them all to shame with the sheer amount of people who participate, clocking in at about 51,000 people in 2016. Anyone participating wears a bright orange hat because that’s just the tradition! This is a cool way to kick off your new year.
Kinderdijk Windmills are a combination of 19 monumental windmills in South Holland, Netherlands. These mills were built between 1738 to 1740 to keep water out of the polder. The reason to visit this place is obviously to see Kinderdijk windmills. The mills were made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997, and it is one of the best picturesque spots.
North Macedonia Bucket List
Kale Fortress, also known as Skopje Fortress, is a historical fortress located in the capital of Skopje. The fortress sits on the highest point in the city offering fantastic views. It can also be seen on the coat of arms of Skopje.
Built in the 1850s, St Nicholas Church is an abandoned church that has been submerged in Mavrovo Lake, giving it the name ‘The Sunken Church’. The lake is artificial and was created towards the end of 1952 along with the accompanying hydroelectric power station, causing the church to be submerged by 1953.
Norway Bucket List
Norway’s north-easternmost town is easy to get to by plane, boat or car so definitely should be on your European bucket list. Named as ‘Wolf Island’, Vardo is Norway’s only city in the Arctic climate zone. This quaint fishing town has been increasing in popularity over the years but is still a great off the beaten track destination.
Located in the arctic, the islands of Svalbard are halfway between Norway and the North Pole. Longyearbyen is the northernmost town in the world and is also home to the northernmost brewery in the world. Depending when you visit, you can either experience 24 hours of daylight or 24 hours of darkness.
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Trolltunga is a rock formation 1,100 metres above sea level that sticks out from the mountain above lake Ringedalsvatnet. The hike to Trolltunga is a demanding one but you’ll be rewarded with some magnificent views. It is recommended to do the hike between June and September with an experienced guide.
Western Norway has some of the deepest, narrowest, and longest fjords in the world. These fjords are absolutely gorgeous and two of the fjords, the Geirangerfjord and the Nærøyfjord are even listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. There are many ways to enjoy the fjords from guided tours to taking a cruise on a boat. No matter how you choose to explore the Fjords, you are sure to be left speechless by their beauty.
Poland Bucket List
In the South East of Poland is the adorable 16th Century Renaissance town of Zamosc that is so wonderful that it was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1992. The main attraction to Zamosc is the stunning colourful Armenian Tenement buildings in the market square.
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You could create a European itinerary devoted to seeing the many castles and monasteries throughout the continent if you really wanted to – just make sure Malbork Castle is on the agenda. Otherwise known as the Castle of the Teutonic Order, this is a medieval castle and religious site that was restored in the 19th and 20th centuries. The castle itself is a rare piece of history as it’s the most complete representation of Gothic style architecture done with brick. Ancient lords and masters walked the castle halls and left a legacy of sanctity, creating a continued fascination with medieval life to this day.
Located near the town of Gryfino, the Crooked Forest is named after a grove of around 100 oddly shaped pine trees. Each tree bends sharply at the bottom and curves back upright. While the shape of these trees remains a mystery, it is believed that some sort of human tool was used to make them grow in this way. Either way, the site is open to the public and is a notable tourist attraction of the region.
Along the border of Poland and Slovakia are the Tatra Mountains, a popular hiking destination. Within the Tatras you’ll find Morskie Oko, or Eye of the Sea in English, the fourth deepest lake in Poland. You don’t have to hike to see the lake but the views from up the mountain are stunning.
Portugal Bucket List
Chapel of Bones
If you like dark tourism and churches of bones like the Paris Catacombs, then you’ll want to head to Evora in Portugal to visit the Chapel of Bones. The chapel can be found by the Church of Saint Francis and gets its name because the interior walls are decorated with human skulls and bones.
Cabo de Roca
A popular day trip from Lisbon, Cabo da Roca marks the westernmost point in all of mainland Europe. It captures the beautiful scenery of Portugal’s rocky coastline, crowned by one of the world’s oldest lighthouses. Discover the area by hiking along the cliffs and exploring the ruins of the old fort. Be sure to be here for the sunset, too. It’s a favourite with tourists and locals alike.
Romania Bucket List
The oldest natural reservation in Romania, Letea Forest is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. A visit to Letea Forest is like stepping into a fairytale. With wild horses roaming around, sand dunes and incredible natural scenery, a trip to Letea Forest should definitely be on your European itinerary.
Bran Castle, located 25 kilometres southwest of Brasov, is famous for spawning the original vampire legend of Count Dracula. It has now turned into a museum, but its tall building takes the visitors into the ancient times when it sheltered its residents during various battles in the past and was also used to avoid Ottoman Empire’s expansion. The castle’s museum is full of many antique architectures and memories of its residents you may love to discover. Airbnb provides you with the facility to even spend your night in the castle.
Russia Bucket List
Located in the Curonian Spit, the Dancing Forest is a pine forest with a difference thanks to its unusually twisted trees. The trees in the Dancing Forest are twisted into several patterns including rings, hearts and spirals. While the exact cause of the trees distortion is unknown, the folk version is the trees are following the movements of the sand.
Taking a Red Square walking tour should be on your itinerary. Red Square has been the site for holding various ceremonies in Russia for centuries. It is an important landmark and the centre of Russia’s political and social life. A walk in the Square will be a great learning opportunity.
Slovakia Bucket List
Founded in 1977, Čičmany is the world’s first folk architecture reserve. The tiny village, home to just 204 people, is full of distinct black wooden houses, painted with white lace-like patterns. The buildings were recreated much as they were 200 years ago, and now house ethnographic museums and cultural demonstrations. It’s a great way to break off from Europe’s big cities and see a little slice of Eastern European life.
You can treat your eyes with a spectacular example of architecture and class in the village of Halic. The Halic Castle has an interesting history and it still holds great importance because of its beauty and elegance. It is a symbol of perfection and a great landmark for the land of Slovakia.
Slovenia Bucket List
Any foodie travelling to Slovenia will want to head to Zemono Manor House to experience the restaurant which is known to be the best restaurant in Slovenia. With incredible food that will blow your taste buds away, fantastic wines and breathtaking views, Zemono is a food lovers paradise.
Glamping at Big Berry
Located on the banks of the Kolpa River in the Slovenian countryside, the Big Berry glampsite is Slovenia’s first lifestyle camp. They are a great place to stay for those looking for somewhere with an authentic feel that still offers some luxury.
Lake Bled is located in the Julian Alps in northwestern Slovenia and is one of the most attractive tourist points. The lake’s cool blue water, surrounded by mountains and greenery, provides a delightfully charming scene to the visitors. Water temperature is moderate in the summer, which entices the visitors to swim and make their visit even more fascinating.
Spain Bucket List
La Tomatina Festival
The La Tomatina festival is designed to promote entertainment and happiness and is characterised by the throwing of tomatoes. The festival hosts thousands of people and you will have absolute messy fun. There are other festivities, too, coupled with La Tomatina, where you will enjoy indigenous cuisine. The festival is a big deal for Spain’s tourism, and you will love it.
Zip Line to Portugal
There is a zipline that connects Spain and Portugal. The Limitezero zipline connects Alcoutim, Portugal, to Andalucia, Spain, and you want to try it out. The zipline is 2,362 feet long and runs 50 feet above sea level. It runs above the Guadiana River and will give you a thrilling experience traveling into Portugal. The most amazing part about this adventure is that you will not need a passport for it. More so, if you wish to go back to Spain, there is a ferry to take you back.
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Alicante is known for its great architecture and art scene, and one of the best places to experience it is on Calle San Francisco, better known as “Mushroom Street”. Used as a way to reinvigorate business in the neighbourhood, the city hired artist Sergio Martínez to transform the street into a fairytale wonderland. Now, you can wander down the yellow brick road, passing giant mushrooms and toadstools. The initiative worked and now Mushroom Street has dozens of boutiques and cafés to explore.
Sweden Bucket List
Celebrate the most famous band to come out of Sweden at ABBA The Museum in Stockholm. Walking around the museum you’ll see the band’s stage clothes, concert footage, artifacts, etc. in a contemporary, interactive setting. You can even record yourself singing along with holograms of the band.
Biggest IKEA Store
Ikea stores are iconic so a visit to the largest one in Europe should definitely be included on your list of things to do in Europe. Opened in 1965, the Ikea store in Kungens Kurva in Skarholmen is just south of Stockholm and until recently was actually the largest Ikea in the world. Right now it is the second largest store but is soon to become the third with a new store opening in The Philippines.
Stay at an Ice Hotel
The ICEHOTEL 365 is a once-in-a-lifetime kind of experience that will leave guests speechless. Thanks to its specially designed 2,100 square metre ice art hall, which houses suites and art, the ICEHOTEL 365 can stay open year-round, making it the first ice hotel to be open 365 days a year. Located in the village of Jukkasjärvi, the ICEHOTEL’s accommodations allow guests to sleep surrounded by beautiful hand-carved art made of snow and ice. There are also amenities such as an ice bar, a sauna, and thermal sleeping bags to ensure comfort. And for guests who want to try something new, the ICEHOTEL 365 offers a ten-step Jukkasjärvi sauna ritual experience.
Switzerland Bucket List
For the ultimate views of the Matterhorn, take a ride on Europe’s highest cable car station, the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise, located in Zermatt. Prepare to be amazed by snow-capped peaks as you ascend into the sky at 3,883 feet. Once at the top, you can take in the views on the 360-degree platform, dine at the prize-winning restaurant, or learn about the mountain in the cinema lounge.
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The Fork of Alimentarium
Standing at 8 metres high and 1.3 metres wide, the fork was designed by Jean-Pierre Zaugg in 1995 for the 10th anniversary of the Alimentarium and was planted in Lake Geneva by the museum. Originally only meant to stay for 1 year, the fork still stands proudly and since 2014 has been registered with the Guinness World Records as the largest fork in the world.
A visit to the Glacier Express is truly fantastic. If you love trains and spectacular sceneries, then you will be blown away by a tour of this destination. The Glacier Express is world-famous and is known for being the slowest train in the world. During the journey you will see spectacular vineyards, snow-capped mountains, iconic bridges, alpine villages, and tons of castles.
Ukraine Bucket List
Tunnel of Love
If you could wish for one thing, what would it be? While you ponder that question, check out the Tunnel of Love. Located outside of the city of Klevan in Ukraine, you will be granted one wish by visiting or passing through the tunnel – so the legend goes. Even if you aren’t particularly superstitious, the Tunnel of Love is a natural feat. A train passes through the tunnel three times a day – otherwise, you’re free to walk the two-mile stretch of tracks and get some great photos.
The terrible Chernobyl disaster occurred in 1986 due to a nuclear accident that took almost 4000 precious lives. There have been numerous efforts made to make the city safe again, but its clean-up continues even today. The authorities opened the site for the visitors in 2011 to get access to Chernobyl town and visit the front of the power plant.
UK – England Bucket List
Imagine spending an entire day in a world devoted to eating, making and learning about chocolate. Your dream is a reality when you visit Cadbury World in Birmingham, where you can guide yourself through exhibitions that give you the full chocolate experience. Experience chocolate in 4D, witness the chocolate making process, and even book an afternoon tea that mixes sweet and savoury treats. Total sugar rush, but totally worth it.
London Loo Tour
London offers some amazing tours from the conventional to the more unusual but arguably none as quirky as the London Loo Tour. They quickly became popular amongst locals and visitors and now the company offers several different tours. Each tour offers some insight into the history of London’s loos.
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If you love history and architecture, then this is one place that you need to visit. It is a world heritage site with a curious history. Stonehenge is a historical monument where cremation used to take place. What’s unique about it is that so much effort was put into bringing the stones together. More so, the stone’s dressing techniques are exceptional, and you will not see them in any other monument in the world.
UK – Northern Ireland Bucket List
The Dark Hedges in Ballymoney is an avenue of impressive beech trees that line Bregagh Road, between Armoy and Stranocum. The trees form a magical-looking tunnel that has become a popular tourist attraction and makes for a wonderful photo opportunity. The Dark Hedges has even been used as a filming location for the television series Game of Thrones and the film Transformers: The Last Knight.
The Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland is simply jaw-dropping. The causeway was formed as a result of volcanic activity. There are also other theories surrounding the causeway’s formation, such as a giant building it. The unique part of making your visit here is that you don’t have to pay. To get to the causeway, you will have to travel for some time, which will form part of your experience. You can climb the cause, take photos and enjoy the beautiful views.
UK – Scotland Bucket List
You cannot afford not to visit this scenic part of Scotland. With the guidance of cruise companies in Loch Ness, you will enjoy a detailed view of the scenery and wildlife. There are tons of other attractions like the Urquhart Castle, Fort Augustus, and the Caledonian Canal, to mention a few.
Tennent Brewery Tour
A visit to Wellpark Brewery to see how Scotland’s number 1 selling beer is made is a must for any beer lovers visiting Scotland. During a tour of Glasgow’s most famous brewery you’ll learn about the home of 450 years of brewing tradition and their fantastic range of award-winning beers.
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NC500 Road Trip
If you’re looking to enjoy some Scottish scenery you’ll want to do the North Coast 500. This 516 mile scenic road trip around the north coast of Scotland starts and ends at Inverness Castle and takes around 5 to 14 days to complete. There is so much to do along the way including spending the night in a castle.
UK – Wales Bucket List
If you have a need for speed, you’ll want to check out the world’s fastest zip line at Zip World Penrhyn Quarry in the town of Bethesda. The Velocity 2 zip line replicates the feeling of flying as guests soar over Penrhyn Quarry at speeds of over 100mph. This exhilarating activity provides amazing views and is also the longest zipline in Europe.
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The Medieval Pembroke Castle is a noteworthy castle in Wales to visit as it is the only castle in Britain to be built over a natural cavern. Overlooking Milford Haven, the views from the top of Pembroke Castle are incredible. The castle is open to the public and is the largest privately-owned castle in Wales.
There you have it, 125 cool and unique things to do in Europe. Which would you add to your European Bucket List?
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