100 Places to See in Europe Before you Die: Part 5


 If you have been reading this series up until now, you would probably agree that there are a TON of awesome places to visit in Europe. I have gotten such good feedback from people saying they learned of new places from this series, and added them to their bucket lists! I love it! If you didn’t see part 4 of 100 Places to see in Europe Before you Die, CLICK HERE.

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As this series is gaining momentum and popularity (part four has almost 13k shares already!), I can’t wait to bring you more and more amazing places to visit in Europe, with recommendations from fellow travel experts. So I hope you enjoy part 5, and don’t forget to share it with your friends on Pinterest and Instagram and Facebook!


100 Places to Visit in Europe Before you Die


41. The Blue Lagoon, Iceland

Blue Lagoon, Iceland  Text from Carole of Berkeley and Beyond. The misty, milky-blue waters of the Blue Lagoon are a must for anyone who loves soaking in hot waters–it is the largest hot tub I’ve ever experienced. What’s really amazing is to find out that a plant next door uses sea water to make heat and electricity for the area, then pipes in the leftover mineral-rich hot water to the lagoon. To save precious tourist time, many travelers stop in on their way to or from the airport because the site is located about halfway between down Reykjavik and the airport.


42. Barcelona, Spain

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Flick credit: Henry Bülow. Antoni Gaudi in Barcelona.

Text from Kelsey from Route Words. Barcelona is a colorful Spanish metropolis on the coast of the Mediterranean. While it offers the attractions of most old-world European cities, it is a clear front runner for all things new, hip and trendy. As the capital of the province Catalonia, Catalan is the primary language with Spanish and English following closely behind. The city is very international and receptive to newcomers, which add to the clear contemporary energy. It’s the site where artists such as Gaudi, Picasso and Dali thrived and their modernista influence remains. Barcelona boasts an innovative art, fashion and gastronomic scene mixed with a buzzing nightlife all while situated right on the beach.


43. Santorini, Greece

flickr credit: Yoann JEZEQUEL

Text from Irina of Are You Happy Travel. Santorini (Thira) is an island part of the Ciclades that took its name from Saint Irina (as given by the Venetians in the thirteen century). The small island of not more than 15,000 people attracts more than 1 million tourists every year.

Santorini charms you from the first moment you lay your feet on its ground with small streets lost between white houses with turquoise blue rooftops, crystal clear waters, black beaches, red volcano beaches, a white beach reachable only by boat from Akrotiri or swimming, seafood served on seashores restaurants, ouzo drinks on crowded clubs in Fira, relaxed and chilled people making you feel like there is no need to hurry and that when you’re on the island the time stops.

Probably the most impressive experience in Santorini is watching the sunset in Oia. People gather around every night just to watch the sun laying down in the Mediterranean Sea and there is a feeling of peace and serenity that you just feel as close as it gets to heaven.


44. Auschwitz concentration camp

flickr credit: Paul Maher. Auschwitz Concentration Camp Front Gate

Text from Alejandro  of miviajeporelmundo.com. Arbeit macht frei (work brings freedom), a phrase that sought to give false hope to those who entered its gates believing they had a chance of freedom without knowing that for most of them it would be their ultimate destination. Auschwitz was the largest extermination camp of the Nazis, where more than 1 million people were killed. Today this place holds within its walls the remains and memories of these atrocities. A trip will not be always full of sunny days, historic buildings and landscapes that will take your breath away, sometimes you will see places that will destroy you emotionally but leave in you a great lesson. This is definitely one of the places to visit in Europe that you need to see, but for different reasons than the rest.

45. Liechtenstein

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Flicker credit: Patrick Semmler. This is almost the WHOLE population of Liechtenstein. On the other side of the river on the right is Switzerland

Text from Laura at Savored Journeys. A small, Germany-speaking country landlocked between Switzerland and Austria, Liechtenstein is a very prosperous nation that boasts some of the most scenic mountain terrain in the world. This is one of the places to visit in Europe that most never even think about! The capital city of Vaduz is a modern city with lots of things to do, like museums, high-end shopping, and sightseeing of some of the area’s top attractions like the architecturally-interesting government buildings and the Vaduz Castle. Many tourists visit Liechtenstein for the hiking and mountain sports that are so prevalent, like the Princes’ Way Hike and the Eagle Hike in Malburn.


46. San Marino

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Flickr credit: Marcus Puschmann. Republic on the Rocks – San Marino

Text from Mona of Traveling Galore. The Republic of San Marino claims to be the oldest sovereign country in the world. It is a microstate surrounded by Italy and has a population of 32.000. The capital of San Marino is the City of San Marino but the largest city is Dogana. San Marino is a popular tourist spot and can easily be reached by bus from many Italian cities nearby. It lies on hilly terrain and offers fantastic views of the surroundings. You will love San Marino if you are into souvenirs, the streets are lined with shops on both sides and many sell jewelry made of the famous Murano Glass. San Marino is best visited in the summer as the climate is Mediterranean with warm summers but cool winters. If you are looking for the best places to visit in Europe that are a little off the beaten tourist track, but still very beautiful, this is the place.


47. Berlin, Germany

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flickr credit: zoetnet

Text from Ben and Jazzy of Road Affair. Berlin, the capital of Germany, is the largest city in Germany with over 3.5 million people living in its metropolitan area. It is one of the most visited cities in Europe as it offers things to do for almost every type of traveler. From historical architecture to modern art, from wild parties to relaxing street side cafes, from local street food to fancy restaurants – Berlin has it all and not just on the weekends but pretty much 24/7. Some might even call it the New York of Europe. Personally we love Berlin, it is such a young and vibrant city and has people from all over the world. The city also offers some of the best street art in the world, which can be found pretty much everywhere, even in places where one might not expect to find art. Berlin is definitely a city worth visiting.


48. Madeira islands, Portugal

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flickr credit: Simon Zino

Text from Julie of Julie Dawn Fox: The magnificent volcanic island of Madeira may be part of Portugal but it’s actually closer to Africa, which explains its warmer waters and climate. Although small, its landscapes range from arid moonscapes to lush subtropical forests with splashes of colour from year-round flowers. Hikers are spoilt for choice with jaw-dropping scenery seemingly at every turn. Some of the best views include the crater and mountains at Nun’s Valley. As well as gardens galore, Funchal, the capital city, has art on doors, walls and even inlaid into the patterned cobbled pavements. Take the cable car to the multifaceted Monte Palace gardens then toboggan downhill in a basket for a truly unique experience.


49. The Country-side of Macedonia

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flickr credit: Елена Пејчинова

Text from Iulia of The Pink Moustache. Tourism in the Balkans has increased dramatically over the last few years. Taking a trip in the ex Yugoslavian land, especially during peak season in the summer time can be a bit of a headache, which is a pity when you think about the uniqueness of the landscapes and the eccentricity of the culture, a charming mixture between Slavic, Latin, Muslim and Greek, respectively Macedonian descent. While Croatia and Montenegro are reaching a peak when it comes to tourism, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia is still building up this sector and there is a definite push into bringing more visitors to the country, so it can be a nice escape from the most popular tours in this area.


50. Lake Como. Italy

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flickr credit: Michael Steighner

Lake Como, in the Northern Italian region of Lombardia, is of stunning beauty, so much so that even Alessandro Manzoni’s masterpiece, The Betrothed, starts with a graphic description of the lake. Considered one of the most beautiful lakes in the world, over the centuries it has increasingly become a popular retreat for aristocrats and wealthy families, and lately a tourist attractions even for famous people such as George Clooney, who owns a property there. Lake Como is famous for its breathtaking landscapes, wildlife and spas. Sailing, windsurfing and kitesurfing are possible there. There are also a number of villas, built since Roman times, some of which can be visited.

Continue to part 6!


  1. Great list! Next on my list is definitely Santorini! I’d love to see those beautiful white houses next to the sea!

  2. Santorini and Iceland are definitely on my list! I agree that Barcelona and Lake Como are both a “Must See.” Spain is an undiscovered gem in Europe.

  3. Oops! My bad! I didn’t realize that this is part 5 and that you will list 100 places in the end 🙂 Please excuse my silliness.

  4. […] Continue to PART 5 of the best places to visit in Europe! […]

  5. The best things to see, not only in Europe but in the world, are the preserved historic ships in Portsmouth; HMS Victory, 1765, Nelson’s flagship at Trafalagar, HMS Warrior, ca. 1860, one of the world’s first steam powered and metal hulled ships, and the Mary Rose, which sank mysteriously while Henry VIII was watching from Southsea Castle. There are also submarines, munitions factories, fortifications from various centuries ….

  6. From the pics my three favorites where I would like to go soonest are – Macedonia, the Blue Lagoon in Iceland and San Marino….I can take off tomorrow. Now waiting for the ticket fairy 😉

  7. This is such a brilliant series idea using the recommendation texts! Can’t wait to go and read them all now! 🙂

    • Thanks so much! Wait until they are all done and live! They will blow the mind, and make you want to visit all of europe! Let me know what you think should be on the next parts though!

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  9. Blue Lagoon is breath taking, and by far my favorite! I hope everyone can visit these places in there life time 🙂


    Keith Knutsson

  10. I will love to travel to Iceland, Macedonia and San Torino. Great places and really nice photos. Nice selection and work Justin. Greetings,



  11. Wow – what a huge list of amazing places! Can’t be easy to narrow it down because really there are so many truly cool places around the world…


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