On my mission to see every country in Europe, I have started to grow a real appreciation for how many diverse and unique cities to visit in Europe there are. Nearly every country has its own language and proud culture, interesting history, and valuable cultural land marks. I have now traveled to all but 9 of the countries of Europe, and I decided I would start making a list of the top 100 places to see in Europe before you die. Believe me, there are many more than 100, but it would take me years to cover them all.
So here are my choices of the best places to see in Europe. I want to make it clear, that I have completely randomized the places to be listed, and I am not favoring any one over another. Number 47 on the list might be just as amazing as number one. The point one should take from this list, is that they are all best places to see in Europe, and we should see them all! So put this list on your bucket list of lifetime accomplishments, and get to work! This will be a 10 part series, that will sometimes include top travel blogger’s picks and favorites in Europe, as well as their photos. so without further adieu, here is…
100 Places to see in Europe Before you Die: Part One
1. The Cliffs of Moher, Ireland
This Photo and recommendation were made by Toccara of Forget Some Day: For hundreds of years the Cliffs of Moher have held the honor of Ireland’s most visited natural attraction. It’s no wonder why these famous seaside Cliffs, which stretch for 5 miles along the Atlantic coast, are so popular among visitors to the Emerald Isle. It’s difficult to fathom the grandeur of the Cliffs until you’re looking 700 feet down to the waves crashing at the rocky base below! This is one of the most beautiful places to see in Europe, but you better hope the luck of the Irish is with you on the day you visit the Cliffs, because visibility is an important factor in your experience! Though it can be crowded at times, it’s a must see on your next trip to Ireland!
2. Canals of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Text and photo from Kirsten K. Kester from Globetrotter in a Wheelchair. Amsterdam is wonderful. pne of the most popular places to see in Europe for a reason. The city is charming, flat and it’s great for walks and anything on wheels; strollers, wheelchairs, roller-skates and bicycles. Soaking up the sun in one of the parks, enjoy a boat ride on some of the many peaceful canals and get to see all the crooked and charming houses up front.
You even get a chance to see the house of Anne Frank. Ooze in the atmosphere at second-hand markets or get the chance to see some of the grand masters such as Rembrandt and Van Gogh. Are you a food lover? Amsterdam is the place to see in The Netherlands as it is a melting pot of diverse cultures. You can get treats from places like Nepal, Chile and several African countries. Don’t forget the Amsterdam cafés, as well as the Dutch pancake houses. Amsterdam is definitely one of my favorite places to visit in Europe!
3. Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon, Iceland
Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon (don’t ask me how to pronounce it, or any other Icelandic words!) is in south east Iceland, and gets up to 100 m deep and about 2 kilometers long, with the Fjaðrá river flowing through it. Some consider it the most beautiful of places to see in Europe. Located off the Ring Road, not far from the village of Kirkjubæjarklaustur, this unparalleled beauty of Europe is relatively easy to get to, and one of the world’s most scenic hikes, where you will encounter massive rocky walls, a beautiful waterfall and breathtaking views. If you can only pick one place to visit in Europe, go here! You won’t regret it! This is definitely one of the most beautiful and best places to visit in Europe!
4. Sedlec Ossuary, Czech Republic (Church of Bones)
Recommendation from Betsie of Passing Thru. The Sedlec Ossuary, informally known as the Bone Church, is one of the main attractions in Kutná Hora, outside Prague, Czech Republic. Starting in the 13th century, this location became a high-status place to be buried. Within 200 years, because of wars and the Black Plague, the remains of more than 50,000 were overcrowding the site. In 1870, František Rint was hired to organize. Instead, he paid tribute to the souls of tens of thousands by embellishing the ossuary with ornamental details built out of their bones. The result is macabre, yet strangely beautiful. It’s an intense experience, a mere day trip from Prague. You will not regret checking it out, as it is one of the coolest places to see in Europe!
5. Diving between continental plates in Silfra, Iceland
This Recommendation comes from Anna Everywhere. Diving in Iceland?! That was the most popular response when I announced my excursion. Diving in Silfra in Iceland offers a unique opportunity to dive and snorkel between two continental plates. The water is perfectly clear, so you can enjoy the views of the big crack, but make sure that you drink some of the Silfra water as it’s pure and tasty! You can dive or snorkel in Silfra any time of the year, even during the snow storm, as the water doesn’t get any warmer than 1C/30F! But don’t worry, you won’t feel the cold as you’ll be provided a warm wetsuit! If you are in Iceland and looking for the best places to see in Europe, Take a plunge in Silfra!
6. Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
Recommendation comes from Sarah Jane from Chasing The Donkey. In 1979 Plitvice Lakes National Park was awarded recognition as a UNESCO world heritage site. Plitvička Jezera, as it’s known in Croatian, has sixteen tiered interconnected lakes & together with a series of gushing waterfalls are a popular spot for both locals and travellers. The lakes are world-famous for their ever-changing colours. Shades of teal, turquoise and deep blues to greys dazzle throughout the year.
The park also has a number of hiking trails giving keen adventurers the chance to see the park from all angles. Plitvice Lakes sits approximately halfway between Zadar and Zagreb, and is a day trip from either location or you can find accommodation close by. This guide to the Plitvice Lakes will tell you all you need to know about visiting. And I suggest you do, you won’t regret it, it is one of the BEST places to visit in Europe!
7. The Roman Colosseum, Italy
Photo and words by By Paula of Contented Traveller, The Colosseum was built in 72 A.D, and has remained the largest amphitheater in the world. It is considered to be Rome´s most popular tourist attraction. I had seen it in books, films, and in fact taught Roman History for longer than I can even remember, but my first sighting of the Colosseum was overwhelming to say the least. The building once accommodated more than 55,000 spectators and was home to many games featuring gladiators and wild animals. Festivals as well as games could last up to 100 days in the Coliseum. Yes, it has its cheesy gladiators out the front but it’s one of the most famous places to see in Europe for a good reason. The guides can make the place come alive with their stories.
8. Cinque Terre National Park, Italy
This photo and recommendation comes from Brenda Tolentino of Dish Our Town: This picture is a visual document of the beauty that is Vernazza. It’s one of the few pictures taken during our descent from our hike from Monterosso Al Mare.
It’s not hard to realize that a scene like the one captured in this photo needed to be experienced, and the lens needed to be put down, even if just for a second.
The two towns I mentioned are two of the five that make up the Cinque Terre that line Italy’s Ligurian Coast. If you prefer sexy, head to Portofino.
If you prefer convivial people, good food, hills to climb and uncrowded beaches to swim, choose any of the five towns, and immerse yourself in true beauty.
9. The Gardens at Marqueyssac, France
Photo and words by Fiona of London Unattached. In Perigord, the heart of foie gras and truffle land, a manicured maze of boxwood trees built on the side of a hill seems somehow unexpected. This is not the Loire, although the Chateau itself looks as if it could be; a quintessentially French construction, built in the 17th century. The boxwood gardens were planted in the 1860s. Now there are a whole series of topiary shapes, walks and canopied pathways. Part of the appeal for me is a stunning view over the Dordogne valley, while maintaining over 150,000 immaculately trimmed boxwood topiary creations is close to miraculous. One of the lesser known beautiful places to see in Europe.
10. Puglia Region of Italy
Text from Ivana and Gianni of Nomad is Beautiful. If there ever was a little-known holiday destination in Europe, a place we’re always happy to recommend to our friends, then it’s definitely the Puglia region in Italy. Where else you can find white sandy beaches, ideal for getting your tan on, clear turquoise water perfect for snorkelling, and excellent cuisine that’s dangerous for your figure? In Puglia, get ready to be amazed by small white walled towns, absolutely unique architecture of trulli (cone shaped stone houses), hundred year old olive trees, tiny stone paved streets and cheerful locals chatting, cooking and laughing straight on their doorsteps. Yes, this is Puglia in Italy.