Europe is the world’s most visited continent, and with good reason too. Located in the Northern hemisphere, it is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea on the south, the Arctic Ocean to the north and the Atlantic Ocean to the west. It is separated from Asia by the Ural river, the Caspian Sea, the Black Sea and the Turkish Straits. Although the reach and region of Europe has been defined and redefined many times over the years, today, the continent is made up of forty-four countries, the largest being Russia and the smallest being Vatican City. Every country and city offers a unique cultural experience for tourists, featuring arts and theatre, attractions and monuments, food and drink, and festivals and celebrations.
We’ve put together a list of the most important places to visit in Europe, to help you plan your next holiday to the continent.
Whether you have your heart set on one country or are keen to visit multiple, we will help you plan your dream Europe trip and make it a reality. Visit us at your closest SOTC branch to get started, or explore the multitude of packages available on our website to learn more.
This country offers much more than delicious pizza and fine wine. It is home to some of the finest galleries and museums in Europe, as well as stunning beachside towns, cities deeply rooted in history, and snowy mountains for skiing, hiking and mountaineering. Its capital, Rome, is one of the most popular places to go in Europe, known for attractions like the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain and St. Peter’s Basilica. Milan is considered to be the fashion capital of the country, while Venice is known for its network of canals that connect all of the small islands and the friendly gondoliers that take you through the city. At SOTC, we offer a host of holiday packages that allow you to see the very best of Italy, either on its own or in combination with other places in Europe.
Another Mediterranean country, Spain is known for its pleasant weather, vibrant festivals of song and dance, rich culture, unique architecture and fantastic food, making it one of the most prominent places to visit in Europe. Barcelona, the capital of the Catalan region, is buzzing with activity throughout the year but especially around the summertime, in areas like Las Ramblas and around the Sagrada Familia. It is one of the must-visit places in Europe. Madrid is the capital of Spain and one of the most cosmopolitan parts of the country. It is also home to the royal family till this very date. In Spain, you will find a host of beachside towns and cities like Ibiza, Marbella, Majorca and Formentera, that are great for both partying and relaxing. Other popular Spanish destinations include Seville, Granada and Valencia.
This country is deeply steeped in tradition and innovation, offering eclectic experiences across fashion, food, art, architecture and music. It is also home to some of the most iconic must visit places in Europe, like the Eiffel Tower, The Louvre and The Arc de Triomphe. A trip to France is incomplete without experiencing the country’s wine culture; destinations like Bordeuax, Burgundy and Champagne are popular for visiting vineyards and participating in wine tours and tastings. For a taste of French luxury lifestyle, cities like Cannes and Monaco on the French Riviera are hot destinations – you can choose to stay the night or visit them in a quick, whirlwind day trip.
London is one of the most popular places to visit in Europe for tourists from around the world, with its vibrant internationalism, buzzing culinary scene and rich art and architecture. Tourist attractions like Trafalgar Square, Buckingham Palace and Big Ben are world-famous; but there is more to the United Kingdom than the city of London – the country also consists of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, which are rich in scenic beauty and charming landscapes, making them perfect for a weekend getaway.
This country offers the best of cosmopolitan city culture and natural beauty. The capital of Germany, Berlin, has a vibrant culinary and nightlife scene, as well as important Europe tourist places with strong historical significance like East Side Gallery, Reichstag Building, Brandenburg Gate and the Holocaust Memorial. Munich is known for its museums and historical buildings, as well as the infamous Oktoberfest which is a celebration of German beer, served with traditional foods from the country.
Located in the south-east of Europe, Greece is a Mediterranean paradise for tourists. Major cities like Athens and Corinth are symbols of the vivid Greek history and are still home to major archaeological sites and Europe tourist places like the Acropolis and the Pantheon. If you’re looking for a good party vibe or stunning sunsets, visit Mykonos or Santorini – excellent beach destinations for a fun trip with friends and family or a romantic getaway with your loved one.
This north-western country is unlike any other in Europe. The capital, Amsterdam, is the ideal mix of tradition and modernity, with important attractions like the Van Gogh Museum and the Anne Frank House, but also features great parties in the neighbourhoods of Rembrandtplein and Leidseplein. The dance music festival, Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) is one of the best in Europe, and a major must-do in your lifetime. Make time to visit The Hague, which is the seat of the Dutch parliament and Rotterdam, which is a major port city in the Netherlands.
Switzerland is known for its rich and sprawling natural beauty, with many mountain ranges, lakes and rivers, and forests all over the country. Zurich, Lucerne, Zermatt and Geneva are the must-do Europe tourist places on your trip to Switzerland, and if you’re visiting during the winter, make sure to take out some time to indulge in sports like skiing and snowboarding in one of the many hotspots across the Alps.