13 Must-See Travel Destinations in Europe according to Lonely Planet
Much of Champagne’s best liquid gold is made by almost 5000 small-scale vignerons in 320-odd villages. Dozens of Champagne maisons welcome visitors for a taste, tipple and shopping at producer prices, rendering the region’s scenic driving routes the best way to taste fine bubbly amid rolling vineyards and gorgeous villages.
The Jungfraujoch. Also known as the “Top of Europe”, this peak is home to the highest train station on the continent, 11,000 feet up. The station is built into the mountain, and is attached to a large recreational complex. From here you can shop and dine while looking out onto the Aletsch Glacier, or go sledding and walking on the glacier itself.
11. Belgian Beer & Chocolate
Belgium has a brew for all seasons. From tangy lambics to full-flavoured Trappists, the range of beers is exceptional. Best of all, you can sup a selection in timeless cafes, hidden away in the atmospheric cores of Belgium’s great ‘art’ cities — Ghent, Bruges, Antwerp and Brussels.
10. Alhambra, Granada
The Alhambra: Part fortress, part palace, part garden and part government city, this medieval complex overlooking Granada is one of the top attractions in Spain, with many visitors coming to Granada expressly to see the Alhambra.
Prague s not only one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, but also the capital and largest city of the Czech Republic. The city’s historic buildings and narrow, winding streets are testament to its centuries-old role as capital of the historic region of Bohemia.
8. Canals, Amsterdam
Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands. With more than one million inhabitants in its urban area, it is the country’s largest city and its financial, cultural, and creative center. Amsterdam is colloquially known as Venice of the North, because of its lovely canals that criss-cross the city, its impressive architecture and more than 1,500 bridges.
7. Berlin Wall
While the Berlin Wall has long been dismantled and much of the grounds it occupied completely redeveloped, you can still find parts of the wall preserved around Berlin.
Dublin’s vibrancy, nightlife and tourist attractions are world renowned and it’s the most popular entry point for international visitors to Ireland. As a city, it is disproportionately large for the size of the country with a population of 1.8 million in the Greater Dublin Region; nearly half of the Republic’s population lives in this metropolitan area.
Venice is one of the most interesting and lovely places in the world. This sanctuary on a lagoon is virtually the same as it was six hundred years ago, which adds to the fascinating character. Venice has decayed since its heyday and is heavily touristed, but the romantic charm remains.
Vienna is the capital of the Republic of Austria and by far its most populous city, with an urban population of 1.7 million. It is Austria’s artistic, cultural, economic and political centre. As the former home of the Habsburg court and its various empires, the city still has the trappings of the historically recent imperial capital it once was.
Noisy, vibrant and truly multicultural, London is a megalopolis of people, ideas and frenetic energy. The capital and largest city of the United Kingdom, it is also the largest city in Western Europe and the European Union. Considered one of the world’s leading “global cities”, London remains an international capital of culture, music, education, fashion, politics, finance and trade.
2. Eiffel Tower
The Eiffel Tower was named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built the tower. Erected in 1889 as the entrance arch to the 1889 World’s Fair, it was initially criticised by some of France’s leading artists and intellectuals for its design, but has become both a global cultural icon of France and one of the most recognizable structures in the world.
1. Ancient Rome
Rome’s famous seven hills offer some superb vantage points. A favourite is Palatine Hill, a gorgeous green expanse of evocative ruins, towering umbrella pines and unforgettable views over the Roman Forum. Nowadays, it’s a truly haunting spot; as you walk the gravel paths you can almost sense the ghosts in the air.