100 Places to See in Europe Before you Die: Part 9
Almost finished! Here is part 9! Thanks to everyone for their suggestions along the way, which helped make this epic list happen. Also thanks to all the bloggers who participated n giving their recommendations! Click here if you missed part 8! If you have any more suggestions for part ten, let us know in the comments!
100 places to See in Europe Before you Die
81. The high Tatras, Slovakia
Text from Shara Johnson of SKJ Travel. With lush green forests and steep jagged peaks, mountain lakes and the adorable chamois, the High Tatras of Slovakia pack a lot into a small area. The most exciting feature is the one-direction trail where hikers pull themselves up a vertical cliff-face using chains bolted into the rock.
The views down to the plains are splendid. Be sure to spend a couple nights in a chata – they serve good food and cold beer. And a visit to the outhouse at night comes with the silver lining of the Milky Way blazing in the black sky above you.
82. Berat, Albania
Text from Martina Santamaria of Pimp my Trip. While Albania, a small country too often overlooked by travelers, is certainly a surprise, Berat is without any doubt its crown jewel.
Berat, a small town in the south of Albania, has a unique cultural heritage, with a precious old town centre – a rare example of well preserved ottoman city, with its white houses laying close one to another while firmly grasping onto the rocky hillside, on top of which a castle rises above the whole city and the surrounding countryside.
What you don’t want to miss: a visit to the historical ottoman inner town, also known as “the town of a thousand windows”, and one to the castle. Walking uphill to the castle might be challenging, but the overview you get from there rewards you generously for all the fatigue and lost sweat. Allow yourself ten more minutes to cross the bridge over the river Osum: from the other riverside you can take wonderful pictures of the town.
83. Isle of Sky, Scotland
Text from Geoff & Katie of Wander Tooth. The thing we loved most about Scotland’s Isle of Skye was how remote and other-worldly it felt, while at the same time being completely accessible by car.
We self-drove, renting a car in Inverness and driving across the Skye Bridge and around the island, which we highly recommend as it allowed us to take our time exploring the main sights on the island: the Faerie Glenn, Neist Point, the Ferry Pools, and the long-haired Highland Cows populating farms across the island!
After only a few days, the Isle of Skye has become one of our favourite places in the world: the greens and blues of the landscape and sea are some of the most vibrant we’ve ever seen.
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84. Vatican City
Text from Samantha Bilkey of Samantha En Route. Technically a country (and the world’s smallest at that), everyone dreams of one day visiting Rome and touring Vatican City, home to the iconic St. Peter’s Basilica, the legendary Sistine Chapel, and a fascinating religious and cultural history.
Many people don’t realize that the rest of Vatican City is actually behind the basilica, so you’ll only actually get to see very little of it by just entering the basilica and touring the museums. Be sure to get advance tickets!
If interested, you can even attend a weekly Papal mass on Wednesdays.
Fun fact: Vatican City has its own post office!”
85. Old Town Bucharest
Text from Inma and Jose of A World to Travel. Hip cafes, state of the art buildings turned into libraries where you want to move to, cheap and tasty street eats, an atmosphere of change, fancy restaurants, friendly locals and a party scene that would put any other European capital to shame.
All of this and much more is what you could be experiencing in Bucharest Old Town if you decide to give it a try. Forget what you think you know about Romania and get ready to be mind blown by its capital.
86. Venice, Italy
Text from Ben & Jazzy Road Affair.Venice is probably the most well known city in Italy, and attracts more than 20 million tourists a year, even though it is home to only 50,000 people. Everyone from history buffs to couples looking for a romantic getaway, come here to enjoy the abundance of historical museums, ancient roman architecture, and a ride in one of the infamous gondolas.
Visiting this charming city feels like a trip to a live museum with everything being almost the same as they were hundreds of years ago. Venice is also the world’s only pedestrian city and the lack of cars make a walk through the city a very pleasant experience. Overall, Venice is a very unique and interesting city to visit and should definitely be on everybody’s bucket list. Though I am pretty sure it already is!
87. Crete, Greece
Text from Amanda of Maroc Mama. Crete is the biggest of the Greek islands and will take more than just a few days to explore. Pick one of the bigger cities like Chania or Heraklion for a city vibe or opt for the tiny villages that dot the plains and mountains.
Renting a car is the easiest way to get around and will help you discover hidden gems. Crete has everything; cities, villages, great food, mountains, amazing beaches, jaw-dropping scenery, and friendly people. The only question is how long can you stay?
88. Dubrovnik, Croatia
Text from Sara-Jane of Chasing the Donkey. Positioned in southern Croatia, on the Adriatic Sea, Dubrovnik is known as the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’, encircled by monumental ramparts which date back to the 16th century. The fortified walls are now inscribed onto the UNESCO List of World Heritage Sites – and were made famous again thanks to the Game of Thrones being filmed there.
Dubrovnik has many well-preserved Baroque and Renaissance buildings for architecture lovers to admire and a limestone paved pedestrian zone in the ‘Old Town’ known as the Stradun, lined with shops and restaurants.
You’ll need several days to take in all of the sights of Dubrovnik, and then a few more to appreciate the surrounding natural beauty.
89. Salzburg, Austria
Text from Cory of Curb Free with Cory Lee. A few years ago while in Munich, I decided to venture over to Salzburg, Austria for a day trip since it was only a two hour train ride away. After arriving, I immediately fell in love with the city. Some of my favorite attractions included the Salzach River, Mirabell Palace & Gardens (this is where parts of The Sound of Music were filmed), the Salzburg Cathedral, and especially Hohensalzburg Fortress.
The fortress sits high above the city and can be noticeably seen from many parts of Salzburg. You can get up to the fortress via the funicular railway and while the fortress is great, the views of Salzburg from here are even more spectacular. It really gave me a whole new appreciation for the beauty of this wonderful European city.
90. Krakow, Poland
Text from Alejandro of miviajeporelmundo.com. Eastern Europe contains many amazing cities that go unnoticed by people traveling to Europe for the first time, Krakow is one of them.
You can enjoy its beautiful and well-preserved historical center, the old castle, the oldest Polish university, the unmissable tour in the salt mines without forgetting its delicious food (Pierogi and Zapiekanka) all mixed with a non stopping nightlife.
Don’t forget that if you visit Krakow with intentions of making a trip to Auschwitz and want to know more about the history of the Second World War then Schindler factory it’s also a must.