55 days in Europe Itinerary

55 days in Europe Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe holiday planner

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Barcelona, Spain
— 6 nights
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Toledo, Spain
— 3 nights
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Drive to Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport, Fly to La Rochelle-Île de Ré Airport, Drive to Cognac
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Cognac, France
— 2 nights
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Paris, France
— 6 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
— 5 nights
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Leuven, Belgium
— 1 night
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Bruges, Belgium
— 4 nights
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Sluis, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 4 nights
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Wroclaw, Poland
— 3 nights
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Stockholm, Sweden
— 5 nights
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Moscow, Russia
— 4 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 6 nights
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Milan, Italy
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Barcelona, Spain

— 6 nights

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Las Ramblas. Get a sense of the local culture at Parc Guell and Museu Picasso. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Barcelona: Lloret de Mar (Casa Museu Can Font & Scuba & Snorkeling), Vila Vella (Old Town) (in Tossa de Mar) and Torroella de Montgri (Museu de la Mediterrania & Fundacio Mascort). The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo, take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic, get a dose of the wild on Barcelona Birding Point, and take in the dramatic natural features at Camino de Ronda.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Barcelona trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

If you are flying in from The Netherlands, the closest major aiports are Barcelona International Airport, Girona Airport and Reus Air Base. In June, daily temperatures in Barcelona can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Toledo.

Things to do in Barcelona

Museums · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 1 — 7:

Toledo, Spain

— 3 nights

City of Three Cultures

Toledo is a World Heritage Site that embodies the complex cultural history of Spain while remaining a forward-moving, modern city.
On the 8th (Tue), visit Casco Historico de Toledo, take an in-depth tour of Alcazar - Museo del Ejercito, don't miss a visit to Catedral Primada, then see the interesting displays at MQM Museo del Queso Manchego Toledo, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museo de Santa Cruz. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at El Transito Synagogue and Sephardic Museum, then examine the collection at Museo del Greco, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Synagogue of Saint Mary the White, and finally don't miss a visit to Puerta de Bisagra.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Toledo trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Barcelona to Toledo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly; or drive. When traveling from Barcelona in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Toledo, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. You will have some time to spend on the 10th (Thu) before leaving for Cognac.

Things to do in Toledo

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jun 7 — 10:

Cognac, France

— 2 nights
Cognac is a commune in the Charente department in southwestern France. On the 11th (Fri), brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Camus Cognac, then make a trip to Martell Cognac's Visitors Center, then indulge your senses at Remy Martin, and finally explore the historical opulence of Chateau Royal de Cognac. Here are some ideas for day two: get a dose of the wild on Les Anes de la Reverie, then admire the striking features of Cathedrale Saint-Pierre, then explore the ancient world of Amphitheatre de Saintes, and finally don't miss a visit to Arc de Germanicus.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Cognac trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Toledo to Cognac with the Route module. When traveling from Toledo in June, plan for little chillier days in Cognac, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Cognac

Historic Sites · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 10 — 12:

Paris, France

— 6 nights

City of Light

A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Appreciate the collections at Louvre Museum and Musee Rodin. Eiffel Tower and Musee d'Orsay are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paris: Fondation Claude Monet (in Giverny), Versailles (The Trianons & The Hamlet & Palace of Versailles) and Arboretum de la Vallee-aux-Loups (in Chatenay-Malabry). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, wander the streets of Île de la Cité, appreciate the extensive heritage of Montmartre, and admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Paris route maker app.

You can take a train from Cognac to Paris in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In June, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 12 — 18:

Brussels, Belgium

— 5 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.
Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) and Belgian Comic Strip Center will appeal to museum buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule) and Grand Place. Explore Brussels' surroundings by going to Vismarkt (in Mechelen) and Antwerp (MAS - Museum aan de Stroom, Cathedral of Our Lady, &more). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Horta Museum (Musee Horta), admire the landmark architecture of Parc du Cinquantenaire, explore the world behind art at Magritte Museum, and appreciate the history behind Manneken Pis.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Brussels attractions planning site.

Traveling by train from Paris to Brussels takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Paris in June, you will find days in Brussels are slightly colder (23°C), and nights are about the same (12°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Leuven.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 18 — 23:

Leuven, Belgium

— 1 night
The ancient city of Leuven supports an old Catholic university and offers interesting architecture, botanical gardens, and great breweries.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): make a trip to Great Market Square (Grote Markt), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Peter's Church Sint-Pieterskerk, examine the collection at M - Museum Leuven, then stop by Chocolaterie Guy Raets-Putseys, and finally make a trip to Groot Begijnhof.

For more things to do and other tourist information, refer to the Leuven trip planner.

Getting from Brussels to Leuven by car takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In June in Leuven, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Leuven

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Jun 23 — 24:

Bruges, Belgium

— 4 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.
Gravensteen and Graslei and Korenlei will appeal to history buffs. Appreciate the collections at Groeningemuseum and Bruges Beer Experience (Bruges Beer Museum). You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bruges: Ghent (St. Nicholas' Cathedral, Saint Bavo's Cathedral, &more). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge, take in panoramic vistas at Belfry of Bruges, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde, and admire the landmark architecture of Tolhuis.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Bruges travel route planner.

You can drive from Leuven to Bruges in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Bruges are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel to Sluis.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 24 — 28:

Sluis, The Netherlands

— 2 nights
Sluis is the name of both a municipality and a town located in the west of Zeelandic Flanders, in the south-western part of the Netherlands.The current incarnation of the municipality exists since on 1 January 2003. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Museum Het Belfort, pause for some photo ops at Oorlogsmonument Sluis, then stroll around Groede podium, speel- en infopark, then take an exotic tour of Husky Safari - Day Tours, and finally stop by Het Vlaemsche Erfgoed.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Sluis online journey planner.

Sluis is just a short distance from Bruges. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in June, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Sluis

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 28 — 30:
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 4 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.
Appreciate the collections at Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Anne Frank House and Sint-Bavokerk (Church of St. Bavo). Venture out of the city with trips to The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery (in The Hague), Speeltoren (in Edam) and Natuurmonument Corversbos (in Hilversum). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), wander the streets of The Jordaan, tour on your own time with Self-Guided Tours & Rentals, and sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Sluis to Amsterdam in 3 hours. In June, daytime highs in Amsterdam are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to Wroclaw.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 30 — Jul 4:

Wroclaw, Poland

— 3 nights

Venice of the North

Known for its relaxed and liberal atmosphere, the energetic city of Wroclaw lures visitors with its rich cultural heritage and pedestrian-friendly old town.
Popular historic sites such as Church of Peace, Swidnica (Kosciol Pokoju w Swidnicy) and Ostrow Tumski - (Cathedral Island) are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Zamek Ksiaz w Walbrzychu and Zamek Stary Ksiaz. Step out of Wroclaw to go to Niemcza and see Arboretum Wojslawice, which is approximately 1h 5 min away. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Panorama Raclawicka, pause for some serene contemplation at Archikatedra pw. Sw. Jana Chrzciciela we Wroclawiu, don't miss a visit to Monument to the Anonymous Passerby, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wroclaw Zoo & Afrykarium.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Wroclaw trip builder app.

Traveling by flight from Amsterdam to Wroclaw takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Amsterdam in July, you will find days in Wroclaw are somewhat warmer (30°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in Wroclaw

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 4 — 7:

Stockholm, Sweden

— 5 nights

Beauty by the Water

One of Europe's most culturally diverse cities, Stockholm extends over 14 islands, united by a series of tunnels and bridges.
Vasa Museum and Fotografiska Stockholm will appeal to museum buffs. Visit Royal Palace and Monteliusvagen for their historical value. Step out of Stockholm with an excursion to Savo Nature Reserve in Vasterljung--about 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Skansen, brush up on your military savvy at Army Museum, admire the striking features of Drottningholm Palace, and contemplate the long history of Riddarholmen Church.

For maps and tourist information, go to the Stockholm day trip planner.

Getting from Wroclaw to Stockholm by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Wroclaw in July: highs in Stockholm hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Moscow.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 7 — 12:

Moscow, Russia

— 4 nights

Third Rome

Russia's political, economic, and cultural center, Moscow remains the most populous inland city in the world, famed for its colorful history and rich architectural heritage.
Get some cultural insight at Red Square and State Tretyakov Gallery. Your inner history buff will appreciate Moscow Kremlin and Tserkov' Uspeniya Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy V Novodevich'yem Monastyre. There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Basil's Cathedral, admire the masterpieces at Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, learn about all things military at Armoury Chamber, and steep yourself in history at Lenin's Mausoleum.

To find photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Moscow tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Stockholm to Moscow takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Stockholm to Moscow is 2 hours. In July in Moscow, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 12 — 16:

Rome, Italy

— 6 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Colosseum and Palatine Hill. Museum-lovers will get to explore Vatican Museums and Galleria Borghese. Change things up with these side-trips from Rome: Tivoli (Villa Adriana, Villa d'Este, &more) and Castello Orsini - Cesi - Borghese (in San Polo dei Cavalieri). There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Pantheon, admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Louis of the French, and don't miss a visit to St. Peter's Basilica.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Rome day trip site.

Fly from Moscow to Rome in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Moscow to Rome due to the time zone difference. In July, Rome is somewhat warmer than Moscow - with highs of 37°C and lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Milan.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 16 — 22:

Milan, Italy

— 3 nights

Fashion Capital of World

In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
On the 23rd (Fri), browse the exhibits of Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio, contemplate the long history of Castello Sforzesco, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Milano, and finally take an in-depth tour of Galleria 92. Keep things going the next day: get your bearings at Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, then admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca di Brera, and then admire the masterpieces at Museo Poldi Pezzoli.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Milan trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Rome to Milan takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Rome in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Milan, with lows of 21°C. On the 25th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Milan

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Jul 22 — 25:

Spain travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Landmarks · Architectural Buildings
A colorful country known for its relaxed lifestyle, vibrant nightlife, excellent food, and world-famous folklore and festivals, Spain boasts a huge number of World Heritage Sites and other spectacular places to visit. It also deserves its reputation as a beach vacation destination; the Western edge of the Mediterranean Sea is home to some of the world’s top beaches. But Spain’s geography is so much more than just soft, sandy shores. Its landscapes are as diverse as its people, ranging from lush meadows and snowy mountains to huge marshes and sprawling deserts. The countryside bursts with unspoiled villages of timeless beauty and old-world charm, as well as vast and varied nature preserves.

Castile-La Mancha travel guide

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Landmarks · Churches · Nightlife
Often overlooked by tourists, Castile-La Mancha provided much of the setting for the adventures of one of the world’s most popular literary characters, Don Quixote de la Mancha. Expect your holiday to be dominated by attractions related to this creation of writer Miguel de Cervantes. Although much of this region is a windswept, battered plateau with a desert-like climate, it remains a symbol of Spanish culture with its award-winning Manchego cheese and olive plantations. The region’s prosperity continues to rest largely on agriculture and livestock, making it a good spot for agricultural tourism, which introduces visitors to its picturesque working farms and ranches. A signposted scenic route throughout the region visits locations featured prominently in the Cervantes novel.

France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.

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.

Flemish Brabant Province travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Spas · Landmarks
The heart of Belgium, the Flemish Brabant province surrounds Brussels, one of Europe's major centers of culture, politics, and commerce. This province forms the core of Belgian beer territory, known around the world for its production of quality brews. Despite its relatively small size, Flemish Brabant boasts the country's highest concentration of breweries, from family-run operations to major international establishments. Leuven, the provincial capital, serves as the beer industry's major hub and contains the longest bar in Europe, composed of a string of centrally located cafes and restaurants. This region contains over 1,800 km (1,100 mi) of marked cycling trails, so you can easily tour Leuven and the rest of the province on a bicycle.

West Flanders Province travel guide

4.1
Historic Sites · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
West Flanders province contains Belgium's entire North Sea coastline, a major tourist destination in this part of Europe. In addition to a string of commercialized beaches, the province boasts several medieval cities soaked in history and rich in architectural heritage. Bruges, the provincial capital, serves as one of the country's major hubs of commerce, education, culture, and entertainment. Away from its heavily urbanized areas, West Flanders features a largely flat countryside crisscrossed by well-maintained roads and cycling paths. The province draws a growing number of foreign visitors with its lesser-known towns like Veurne and Ostend, which boast photogenic public squares, traditional breweries, and spired cathedrals.

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.

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.

Sweden travel guide

4.2
History Museums · Specialty Museums · Landmarks
Mother Svea
Once the land of the Vikings, Sweden today combines a long and fascinating history with a propensity for the very modern. The grand Romanesque churches that dot the countryside contrast with the clean, simple lines and partiality for organization the country is known for. With its reverence for the shy, reserved, and considerate, the nation exudes a sensation of being comfortable. Peek into the quiet lives from afar, gather around traditional "fika" coffee with loved ones, or dine on meatballs, herring, and potatoes. Immerse yourself in nature among the forests and trails so respected by their citizens, and take in the latest design and cultural offerings in this modest yet aesthetically savvy country.

Russia travel guide

4.7
Specialty Museums · Churches · Monuments
Mother Russia
Feared and revered not long ago as the land "behind the Iron Curtain" and before that as "the land of the Tsars," Russia is a land of many contrasts. Spreading over two continents, it is also the largest country in the world and one of the most powerful. Founded by a group of East Slavs in the 10th century, it is home to over 160 different ethnic groups and indigenous peoples. They have all left their mark on the land, but the Slavic and Byzantine traditions hold a special place in Russia's rich historical and cultural legacy. The diverse natural beauty includes vast swathes of plains intersected with thousands of rivers, lakes, and dramatic mountain ranges along the southern borders. Arctic tundra, taiga, mixed forests, steppe, and desert-like areas successively carpet the land from the north to the south. Perfectly preserved ancient towns surrounded by mighty kremlins with colorful onion-domed churches attract tourists just as much as the nation's biggest metropolises, Moscow and Saint Petersburg.

Italy travel guide

4.6
Landmarks · Ruins · Sacred & Religious Sites
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.

Lombardy travel guide

4.3
Sacred & Religious Sites · Architectural Buildings · Landmarks
In the northern part of the country and sharing a border with Switzerland, Lombardy is one Italy's largest regions. It stretches from the Alps all the way to the fertile lowlands of the Po Valley. An ideal holiday destination for winter sports enthusiasts, the region is home to some of the continent's most popular resorts. If you get tired of the mountain views, skiing, and winter clothes, explore the attractions of the southern part of the Lombardy, which is famous for its sprawling vineyards and booming wine production. A region of outstanding cuisine, fashion, history, and culture, Lombardy is dotted with lakes that are surrounded by places to visit, including villas, villages, and nature preserves.