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5 of The Coolest Things to do In Europe
The thrill in Europe is one of a kind. Within the blink of an eye, you could get lost in a canyon. Or fall from a rooftop in Amsterdam. From amazing museums to beer baths, there are tons of things to do that will make you forget home. This is exactly what being quirky means. Why on earth would anyone be keen on pink flowers when there are surreal plants in the attic of Finland to be obsessed with? If you have a knack for the weird, then today is your lucky day. Let’s go for a ride. Right on this deck are 5 crazy Things to Do on Your European Vacation to have a heck of a time.
Swim in a Castle of Austrian Beer.
Who says beer is only meant for drinking? Starkenberger Brewery in Tarrenz, Austria, will prove to you that beer can be turned into rivulets. Located in the district of Griesegg, a few hours from Munich, are seven 13ft beer pools that open to reckless impossibility. With a $298 reservation plus $6.50 per person, a two-hour dive in a pool of beer would be all yours.
The sight is dazzling. It is not a collection of wigs from Asia. It is a world-record-holding of 16,000 women hair samples. The Avanos Hair Museum is by far, the strangest of its times. You’ll find it stationed above a pottery shop in Cappadocia. How would it feel when you return from your travels but a strand of your hair remains in Turkey, never to return?
Here goes a city built on hot springs and caves and greatly admired for its castles and bridges. Explore the depths of Budapest by tiptoeing in the caves that are flung and scattered all over the city. The adventure is far from complete without a thermic bath in any of the natural warm pools that dot the landscape. Széchenyi Baths in Allatkerti is a great pick. Built in 1913, this thermal bath is by far the most popular, the most loved. A full-day Fast Track bath, Ticket, and cabin go for €30.
There are no words to describe the therapeutic effects of a warm bath on your skin.
If 4,000ft sounds crazy and pounds a heart, how about a tandem skydive from 14,000ft that lands you on a free ranch in the Czech Republic? Terrific. In Prague, the sky is ever blue. The City of a Hundred Spires is, without a doubt, spectacular. Sky Service makes it more spectacular. You’ll find the tandem provider in Old Town Square. They charge $214.65 for a lifetime dive.
Just outside the Russian border on the road to Savonlinna sits the Parikkala Sculpture Park. It has an unbelievable array of over 250 statues. They are so real their ice-cold eyes and entertaining poises leave you with squeaky feelings. It costs VEIJO RÖNKKÖNEN 50 years of work to erect those statues. It will cost you €3 to €4 to see all of them on the go. Since being crazy is an art, there is no crime in appreciating off-the-wall stuff. Kuutostie, 611 is the precise location.
Explore Historical Sites
Colosseum in Rome, Italy
Get ready to be blown away by the Colosseum, also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre! This ancient Roman structure isn’t just your average run-of-the-mill stadium; it’s a freakin’ architectural marvel that hosted gladiator contests, animal hunts, and all sorts of crazy public spectacles. Step inside, and let your imagination run wild as you explore the amphitheater’s tiers and underground chambers. You can almost hear the roar of the crowd and the clash of swords.
Acropolis in Athens, Greece
Hold on to your toga, because we’re heading to the Acropolis in Athens. This UNESCO World Heritage site is more than just a bunch of ruins. It’s a symbol of ancient Greek civilization and a towering reminder that those Greeks knew how to build impressive structures. With the Parthenon, the Erechtheion, and the Temple of Athena Nike all in one place, you’ll be feeling like a Greek goddess in no time. Plus, the panoramic views of Athens are pretty epic too.
Historic Castles in Germany
Now, it’s time to unleash your inner princess and explore the historic castles in Germany. We’re not talking about your regular old castles here; we’re talking about castles straight out of a fairytale. Neuschwanstein Castle, the “Fairytale Castle” itself, inspired Cinderella Castle at Disney World. You’ll feel like you’re living in a real-life Disney movie as you take in those stunning views. And let’s not forget about Burg Eltz, a medieval castle that’s managed to survive the test of time. Get ready to immerse yourself in some serious knight-in-shining-armor vibes.
The Tower of London, United Kingdom
Who needs a knight in shining armor when you can explore the Tower of London? This bad boy has seen it all – it’s been a royal palace, a prison, and even a treasury. Now, it’s ready to show you its secrets. Check out the Crown Jewels, explore the medieval White Tower, and take a leisurely stroll along the historic walls. Just be sure not to let the ghosts from the past spook you too much. After all, they’re just here for a good time… or a long time.
The Louvre in Paris, France
We can’t talk about historical sites without mentioning the Louvre, can we? It’s not just any old museum – it’s a historic monument in its own right. This place was originally a royal palace, and now it houses an unbelievable collection of art and artifacts. Hey, Mona Lisa, we see you looking all mysterious and stuff. And don’t even get us started on the Venus de Milo – that lady’s got some serious armless charm. Plus, the Louvre’s architecture is a unique blend of medieval, Renaissance, and modern styles.
Ephesus in Turkey
Okay, we’re gonna sneak in a little detour to Ephesus in Turkey, even though it’s not part of the European Union. Because, well, who says boundaries can hold us back? Ephesus is an ancient Greek city nestled in present-day Turkey, and it’s like stepping into a time machine. The ruins here are incredibly well-preserved and will make you feel like you’re wandering through a classical wonderland. Take a peek at the Library of Celsus, soak in the grandeur of the Great Theatre, and pay your respects at the Temple of Artemis.
Explore Christmas Markets in Europe
Vienna, Austria Where Class Meets Charm
Vienna’s Christmas markets are the epitome of classical charm and elegance. They take holiday festivities to a whole new level. In this fine city, you’ll find not just one, but multiple markets, each with its own unique atmosphere. The Rathausplatz Christkindlmarkt, set in front of City Hall, is a definite highlight. Picture this: hundreds of stalls, all beautifully adorned with twinkling lights. And the treats, oh, the treats! Roasted chestnuts, gingerbread cookies, and spiced mulled wine. It’s a feast for the senses! Plus, the market even spices things up with musical performances and an ice rink.
Prague, Czech Republic: An Architectural Wonderland
Prague’s Christmas markets offer a sight for sore eyes against the backdrop of that stunning architecture. The Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square are where the real action happens. Need to knock out that holiday shopping list? Handmade crafts, wooden toys, and traditional Czech ornaments will have you feeling like Santa Claus in no time. But let’s be real, the real star here is the food. Trdelník, sausages, medovina (honey wine), you name it! These street food delights will have your taste buds singing in joy. And as if that wasn’t enough, carolers and performers add that festive touch to the atmosphere.
Strasbourg, France: Capital of Christmas for a Reason
Strasbourg, oh how we salute you. Known as the “Capital of Christmas,” this city is where one of the oldest and most picturesque Christmas markets in Europe comes to life. The market is spread across the enchanting historic center, with Cathedral Square as the crown jewel. You’ll find yourself immersed in stalls filled with Alsatian crafts, ornaments, and regional specialties that will have your taste buds doing the happy dance. Pretzels and foie gras, anyone? Oh, and let’s not forget about the city’s holiday illuminations.
Nuremberg, Germany: Where Tradition Lives
Welcome to the Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt, one of Germany’s most famous Christmas markets. This bad boy dates back to the 16th century, so you know it’s got that historical vibe. The medieval Old Town is where you’ll find this gem. Traditional wooden toys, handmade ornaments, and gingerbread cookies that’ll make you weak at the knees. And don’t even get us started on the opening ceremony featuring the Christkind.
Copenhagen, Denmark: Cozy Vibes, Danish Treats
Copenhagen, the land of hygge, certainly knows how to make the Christmas season come alive. Their Christmas markets are all about that cozy atmosphere, festive lights, and decorations. Tivoli Gardens, one of the world’s oldest amusement parks, becomes a winter wonderland. Nordic-inspired crafts, Danish holiday treats, and rides that will make you feel like a kid again – it’s all here at this enchanting market. And when the sun goes down, get ready for the nightly illuminations and performances that will give you all the warm and fuzzies.
Outdoor Adventures in Europe
Are you ready to conquer Europe’s most breathtaking natural landscapes? Let’s talk about some epic outdoor adventures that’ll have you feeling like the boss you are.
Hiking in the Swiss Alps
The Swiss Alps are calling, ladies! Get ready to lace up your boots and conquer the well-marked trails that cater to all skill levels. The Jungfrau, Zermatt, and Engadin Valley provide stunning vistas of snow-capped peaks, lush meadows, and pristine lakes. It’s like a freaking dream come true! You can take on iconic routes like the Eiger Trail or more challenging paths leading to high mountain passes. Whether you’re a hiking newbie or a seasoned pro, the Swiss Alps are sure to leave you breathless.
Skiing in the French Alps
Darlings, grab your snow gear and head to the French Alps for some exhilarating skiing and snowboarding. Renowned ski resorts like Chamonix, Courchevel, and Val d’Isère offer a mix of challenging slopes and picturesque alpine landscapes. The winter season transforms the region into a snowy playground, attracting enthusiasts from around the world. Ski down from the high peaks, enjoying the panoramic views of the surrounding scenery.
Exploring the Stunning Fjords in Norway
Norway’s fjords are a feast for the eyes, ladies. Popular locations include the Geirangerfjord and Nærøyfjord, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites. From scenic cruises to hiking trails that offer panoramic views of the fjords and surrounding mountains, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Feeling adventurous? Why not try kayaking or take a plunge into the chilly waters.
Cycling in the Dolomites, Italy
Ladies, it’s time to jump on your bikes and head for the magnificent Dolomites. This UNESCO World Heritage site is a haven for cyclists. The region offers a network of challenging mountain passes and scenic routes, making it a popular destination for road cyclists and mountain bikers alike. But let’s be real, it’s all about the stunning scenery, quaint villages, and the thrill of descending through winding mountain roads.
Rock Climbing in Meteora, Greece
Attention all rock climbers! Meteora, a unique rock formation in central Greece, is where you should be heading. Climb up those towering cliffs, and feel the adrenaline pumping through your veins. With panoramic views of the Pindus Mountains and the Thessalian plain, you’ll feel like you’re on top of the world!
Sea Kayaking in the Adriatic, Croatia
Last but not least, let’s talk about kayaking in the Adriatic. Croatia’s crystal-clear waters, hidden caves, and picturesque islands make for an unforgettable kayaking experience. Explore the secluded beaches and enjoy the rich marine life in spots like the Elafiti Islands and the Kornati Archipelago.
Island Hopping in Greece
Talk about unique landscape, amirite? Santorini boasts a volcanic landscape that’s straight out of your wildest dreams, with white-washed buildings and blue-domed roofs perched on the frickin’ cliffs! And let’s not forget those iconic sunset views from Oia that’ll have you feeling like you’re on top of the world. Santorini’s black and red sand beaches, like Perissa and Kamari, are a must-see. And for all the water babies out there, you can enjoy snorkeling, sailing, and jet skiing. Check out ancient ruins at Akrotiri for a trip back in time.
This island is known for its vibrant nightlife, with beach clubs and bars that come alive when the sun goes down. Who needs sleep, right? And hey, let’s not forget about the Windmills and Little Venice in Mykonos Town that add some serious charm to this already amazing island. Mykonos offers some seriously stunning beaches like Paradise Beach and Super Paradise Beach where you can soak up some sun or work on your tan lines. And as you wander through the narrow streets of Mykonos Town, you’ll find traditional white-washed buildings, boutiques, and charming cafes.
Time to immerse yourself in some serious history, ladies. Crete, the largest of the Greek islands, is home to the Palace of Knossos, an ancient Minoan palace with unbelievable archaeological ruins. And hey, if you want to connect with nature, check out the Samaria Gorge, a stunning national park with a dramatic gorge or sink your toes in pink sand at Elafonissi Beach with turquoise waters. And don’t even get me started on the Cretan cuisine – fresh ingredients, bursting flavors, and local specialties like moussaka, dakos, and fresh seafood!
The island boasts a well-preserved medieval Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the Palace of the Grand Master and wander through the Street of the Knights for an immersive historical experience. Now, let’s hit those breathtaking beaches of Lindos and Tsambika where you can swim, snorkel, and soak up some Vitamin D. And if you want to go deeper into the island’s historical significance then visit the ancient city of Kamiros or the Acropolis of Rhodes.
Naxos boasts a rich cultural heritage, with landmarks like the Portara, a massive marble gate that stands as the entrance to an unfinished temple dedicated to Apollo. If you want to take a break from the beach, explore the lush greenery of the Tragea Valley and the charming villages like Apeiranthos. And let’s not forget about the local cuisine, filled with local cheeses, meats, and the famous Naxian potatoes.
Any direction you choose, make sure you Travel Till You Drop!