Europe is one of the most beautiful and culturally rich places in the world to travel, but it can also be overwhelming, especially if you don’t know where to start or how to make your trip as memorable as possible. To help you get started on planning your next European vacation, here are my favourite experiences and recommendations from my recent trip through France, Italy, Spain, and Ireland.
1. Paris – Eiffel Tower
The Eiffel Tower, the world’s most famous landmark, is a must-see when visiting Paris. This iconic structure was built in 1889 and has since become an international symbol of France. There are many attractions nearby, including the Arc de Triomphe and Basilica of Sacré-Coeur. Tickets can be purchased at the base of the tower or online beforehand. My recommendation would be to buy them in advance as the lines tend to get very long.
2. Paris – Luxembourg Garden
Paris is one of the most visited cities in the world and it’s a popular destination for visitors from around the globe. It’s also home to some of the most famous landmarks including Notre Dame Cathedral, Sacre Coeur Basilica and Eiffel Tower, which offers spectacular views of Paris and beyond. The Luxembourg Garden is an oasis in the middle of the city with gardens designed by Le Nôtre. The park features fountains, lakes, walking paths, sculptures and statues with shady areas perfect for relaxing on a summer day.
3. Amsterdam – Van Gogh Museum
This is one of the most famous museums in Amsterdam, and you’ll need at least a few hours to fully explore it. The museum houses Van Gogh’s most important works, such as Sunflowers, Almond Blossoms, Bedroom in Arles, and The Night Café. If you’re short on time or can only visit one museum in Amsterdam, make sure this is the one! The Netherlands offers many great outdoor activities, including cycling through its beautiful landscapes. You may not have enough time to see every single city in Holland, but if you have even just a couple days I recommend a drive around the Netherlands for some spectacular scenery.
4. Rome – Colosseum
Possibly the most iconic landmark in Rome, the Colosseum is a breathtaking sight and it’s easy to see why it was used for centuries as a place of entertainment. Tickets can be purchased online or onsite and can be combined with other attractions in the area such as Palatine Hill, Roman Forum, and Capitoline Museums. Plan at least two hours for your visit. Tickets are €13-19 (depending on what combination tickets you purchase) and include a free audio tour.
5. Milan – The Last Supper
The Last Supper, one of Leonardo da Vinci’s most famous and iconic paintings, can be found in the Santa Maria delleGrazie church in Milan. The painting is a fresco on plaster and it took da Vinci four years to complete. It was commissioned by Ludovico Sforza, Duke of Milan and is located at the far end of the room.
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