Best Things To Do in Europe
View the Northern Lights in Iceland
It can be best experienced on the southern edge of the Arctic Circle, where it seems like some sort of colourful waves dancing in the sky. While there are many places from where you can witness this magic, Iceland tops the list. Although winter is the best viewing time, variable weather here means you might just see the marvel anytime.
Location: Areas around Ásbyrgi Canyon.
Best time: Mid April to Mid August is the best time to marvel at this phenomenon.
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Hop on the Iconic Bus Ride in London
The tour offers plenty of sightseeing opportunities along the way and you can make a stop and hop on to the next bus as per your convenience. A 24-hour service, this is the perfect opportunity to appreciate the architectural splendour of London's famous streets and monuments. Moreover, tour guides offer historical background and interesting facts, with commentaries available in several languages.
Location: Tower Hill.
Best time: Snow season around December to February is the best time to hop on these adventurous bus rides.
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Fall in Love at the Eiffel Tower in Paris
A place that must be on your bucket list of things to do in Europe, while the tower is impressive and stunning during the day, it is also an awesome sight to behold at twilight, when darkness fully envelops the city and the spectacular light show begins leaving the tower in a beautiful yellowish glow.
Location: Champ de Mars, 5 Avenue Anatole France, 75007 Paris, France.
Best Time: In the evening after 5:00 PM to watch the sunset.
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Enjoy the Alps with a Train Ride to Jungfraujoch to Interlaken
One of the most exciting and unusual things to do in Europe is to take a train from Jungfraujoch from Interlaken to witness splendid views of the Jungfrau and Mönch Alpine peaks, glaciers, valleys, If you are lucky on a clear day, you can also see the Black Forest in Germany and the Vosges in France.
One of the most quintessential elements of a trip to the Swiss Alps, this indeed is one of the spots where Switzerland is at its most beautiful. A two-hour journey, it is functional round the year.
Location: Jungfraujoch col, Bernese Oberland region, Switzerland.
Best time: September to December when it snows.
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Go for a Thermal Bath in Budapest
Be it the sprawling neo-Baroque palace, or the ancient Ottoman bathing house, or the famous Szechenyi Bath, the city not only offers these natural hot spring spa baths all throughout the year but is also home to some of the best massage treatments, that complement the aquos therapeutic powers of the baths.
Location: Budapest, Állatkerti krt. 9-11, 1146 Hungary.
Best time: Early in the morning when the baths are less busy.
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Marvel the Architecture of the Colosseum in Rome
Visited by over 6 million people every year, the structure has almost 2,000 years of history and will bring you back in time to discover the way of life in the Roman Empire. One of the largest amphitheaters built during the Roman Empire, it was inaugurated in 80 AD and offered gladiator fights, executions and animal hunts.
Location: Piazza del Colosseo, 1, 00184 Roma RM, Italy.
Best time: Early in the morning when the crowd is less.
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Watch Stunning Sunsets in Santorini, Greece
While the view is always incredible from the west side of the island and sunset colours are just out of this world. A few spots that you can pick from is the northern village of Oia, the Akrotiri Lighthouse on the southern tip of the crescent that makes up Santorini’s west coast, the fortress-like Moni Profiti Ilia (Prophet Elias Monastery) sits at the highest point of Santorini, the rooftop bars in Fira, and more.
Have a Panoramic View of Berlin From The Top of Reichstag
An architectural wonder, an internationally recognizable symbol of democracy and the current home of the German parliament, the Reichstag was completed in 1894 and acquired its iconic dedication to “the German People” in 1916. The building lends spectacular views of the parliamentary and government district and that of Berlin’s sights.
Location: Platz der Republik 1, 11011 Berlin, Germany.
Best time: The months around June to August.
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Experience the Thrill of Skiing in the Alps
With ski destinations like Engelberg-Titlis, Jungfrau region and Interlaken, and one of the most favourite luxury winter destinations - St. Moritz, the Swiss Alps have something to offer to everyone - the beginner skiers and riders and professionals and Olympians alike. There's no better way to spend time in winters in Europe than in the mecca of skiing.
Best time: Between April to June and September to October.
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Take a Memorable Canal Tour in Venice
Marvel at the ancient Rialto, the oldest and most famous bridge, and pass central Venetian patrician houses that are home to art collections, museums, and more. Admire the modern Della Constituzione, a glass bridge, and catch a glimpse of the bustling casino at Ca' Vendramin Calergi.
Location: Rialto Bridge, Venice.
Best time: Although day time is the best to observe all the monuments along the way, nothing is as romantic as the canal tour in the evenings.
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Go Back in Time with Athens
Steeped in history and culture, nothing is as incredible as exploring the winding streets of Plaka or admiring the grand Temple of Olympian Zeus. While here, do not miss out visiting the Acropolis, an awe-inspiring ancient citadel which overlooks the city. Indulge in fresh Greek salads, succulent souvlaki, and moussaka while here.
Best time: The best time to visit Athens is between March and May and from September to November when sunshine is pretty much a guarantee.
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Tour the Tower of London
Location: London EC3N 4AB, United Kingdom
Best Time: March to May
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Romantic Cruise on Amsterdam Canals
The tour will give you a hint of the city and its perfect amalgamation of old age charm, new age modernity, and rich architecture. Apart from all these, you can make the moment worth remembering by relishing a cruise dinner with your beloved partner while passing through the bustling city. This can be considered as one of the best things to do in Europe during the evening hours when the city would be in its full glory.
Location: Singel 235, 1012 WE Amsterdam, Netherlands
Marvel at Glaciers in Norway
You will be assisted by professional guides with state-of-the-art equipment to make sure you are safe during your hiking expeditions to witness the steep mountain ranges, fjords, and alluring valleys.
Location: Vestland, Norway
Visit DisneyLand Paris and Feel Like A Kid Again!
Location: Boulevard de Parc, 77700 Coupvray, France
Best Time: January and March
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Check Out the Opera Shows in Vienna
While the Staatsoper (the State Opera House) is a 1,709-seat Renaissance Revival venue that was built in 1869 and enjoys an outstanding global reputation, the Volksoper (opened 1898) also has its own ensemble and hosts magnificent shows. Next in line is the Theater an der Wien that hosts short-run guest productions.
Location: Opernring 2, 1010 Wien, Austria.
Best time: In the evening hours.
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Click Photos with the Leaning Tower of Pisa
While extensive work was subsequently done to straighten the tower, its lean was ultimately reduced to less than 4.0 degrees. Sporting intricate architectural patterns, it was built the way it is to showcase the prosperity of the city of Pisa. The tower stays open all year round though opening hours are quite complex and seasonal.
Location: Piazza del Duomo, 56126 Pisa PI, Italy.
Best time: Morning when the crowd is less, 10:00 AM to mid-noon.
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Adventure Things To Do in Europe
Paragliding in Interlaken - Switzerland
The joy of flying like a bird through the majestic mountains of the Swiss Alps is phenomenal. Most flights start from Beatenberg, which offers panoramic views of the Bernese Oberland, the deep blue Lake Thun, and views of the Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau.
Location: Numerous areas around Interlaken.
Best time: Although available round-the-year, the view changes during the winter season from November to March and is equally breathtaking.
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Go on Cruise Ride in River Thames in London
Travel to tourist hotspots including the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye and Tower Bridge, or experience an evening dining river cruise. Get the adrenaline flowing with an exciting speedboat experience, or travel between Westminster Pier and St Katharine Docks on the hop-on-hop-off cruise, spotting many attractions along the way, including Somerset House, the Southbank Centre and Tate Modern.
You can also discover a different waterway route north of the Thames on a narrowboat trip along the Regent’s Canal, or navigate your own path and paddle on the Thames via kayak.
Soak Yourself in the Blue Lagoon in Iceland
With superheated water (at a perfect 38°C) that is 70% seawater and 30% freshwater, it is rich in mineral salts, blue-green algae and fine silica mud, which condition and exfoliate the skin leaving it soft and supple.
The lagoon was built in 1976 and has an enormous, modern complex of changing rooms, restaurants, steam rooms, a bar and a piping-hot waterfall that delivers a powerful hydraulic massage.
Location: Svartsengi geothermal plant.
Best time: The best time to visit the lagoon is in the evening to enjoy the midnight sun in summer and the Northern Lights in winter.
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Kiteboarding at Europe’s kiteboarding Capital - Tarifa in Spain
Location: A couple of spots you can explore are Bolonia, Punta Paloma, Valdevaqueros, Arte Vida, Los Lances Norte, etc.
Best time: The best time to visit Tarifa is from April to October.
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Sea Kayaking on the Island of Elba
With its picturesque views, it is also an ideal place to enjoy paddling a kayak and soak in the transparency of the sea with its many blue and turquoise shades, and watch gulls, cormorants and fishes. Open round-the-year, one can witness a diversity in sea animals and birds depending on the time of the year.
Location: Island of Elba.
Best time: Any time of the day.
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Galloping Along the Atlantic Coast in France
Canter on the beach or enjoy delicious traditional local French cuisine, the Atlantic Coast has something to offer to everyone. The climate in this region of France is oceanic with mild winters and hot summers making it all the more perfect.
Skydiving in Interlaken
You will get to witness some of the majestic peaks, the Swiss Alps, and Jungfrau. The free fall for 45 seconds will give you a chance to record some of the best shots mid-air. Before taking part in this activity, you will be given some introductory lessons by some of the expert skydivers who have got years of experience. You need to be very careful during these sessions so that you can surpass your nervousness and enjoy the activity to the fullest.
Location: Mittelweg 11, 3812 Wilderswil, Switzerland
Best Time: June to August
Hot Air Balloon Ride in Dordogne Valley
The magnificent views of the beautiful, meandering river flanked by meadows that are filled with the colours in spring will leave you awestruck. A few rides also float over the limestone cliffs of Beynac, over the tops of Milandes and medieval towers of Castelnaud, and more, to give you a chance to admire the authentic villages, medieval cities, castles and much more as you enjoy an unprecedented sensation of liberty in the skies.
Surfing at San Sebastian
Also known as the surfers' beach, it's every water sports enthusiast's favourite spot in town from beginners to professionals. You can also drive down to the nearby village of Zarautz, that has some of the Basque Country’s best waves. The best time to surf in San Sebastian is from September to December since winter offers more consistent swell conditions.
Location: San Sebastian beach.
Best time: Evenings when high tides arrive.
Hike to Seven Hanging Valleys Trail
Stretching from Carvoeiro in the west to Praia da Marinha in the east, the route offers breathtaking views along golden sun-kissed cliffs towering above the deep blue Atlantic Ocean below. The coast here is full of hidden beaches and caves, and this hike gives you an opportunity to walk down to some incredible natural wonders.
Reach the Top of Besseggen Ridge
With a magnificent, panoramic view over Jotunheimen's peaks and two lakes (the deep blue Bessvatnet and the turquoise Gjende) that perfectly blend in with the almost unrealistic landscape, this trail draws more than 60,000 hikers during the short season that lasts from late June to early September.
The 14 km long trail leads between the two DNT cabins Gjendesheim and Memurubu and allows you to explore Norway and its incredible natural beauty.
Scuba Diving in Gozo Island
Voted as the second-best diving destination in the world in 2016, the place offers crystal clear water with 30-metre visibility and some absolutely stunning underwater topography that will take your breath away.
The water temperatures go up to 28’C during the summer. Whether this is your first diving experience or you are an experienced diver, the island has something to offer to everyone from lovely calm bays to deep caverns and swim-throughs.
Best time: The best time of year is to dive in the summer and autumn.
Experience Wilderness at Wild Taiga
Topping the list of things to do in Europe, the place offers a rare opportunity to hike in magnificent, unspoiled nature, watch and photograph wildlife, and enjoy cultural activities all at once.
One of the best hiking locations to see animals (like bears, moose, birds of prey and wolves, and more) in their natural environment, you will also witness an ever-changing natural background for your photos. Wild Taiga is full of life every day of the year and also offers activities like hiking, cycling, canoeing, fishing, and even on a husky safari.
Offbeat Things to Do in Europe
Go Digital Detox at Monte Isola
Cars are banned here and only the inhabitants are allowed to drive motorcycles. Tourists can travel by bus or rent bikes to discover the 9.4 km long island that offers mesmerizing views at every corner. Surrounded by a lake, it is also rated as one of the most romantic destinations in Europe by travellers from all over the world.
Comic Street Walk at Brussels in Belgium
The comic murals are so well integrated into Brussels’ architecture that you might not even notice them. Not only graffiti on the walls, but these comic book characters are also revived here in a 3D form that can be explored through paid guided bike tours and walks along the comic strip route.
Explore the Unexplored Beaches of Montenegro
In addition to this, you will also find a beautiful freshwater Lake Skadar bordering Albania and Montenegro, the two beaches. Another famous beach here is Dobrec, that is a secluded cove with crystal clear waters and an idyllic pebbly beach.
Enjoy Your Beer at The “Highest Beer Garden In Germany”
Among all, the so-called “highest beer garden in Germany” sits atop the Zugspitze, which is actually the highest mountain in Germany. This sprawling terrace—accessible garden can be reached only by cable car or foot, but it’s undoubtedly worth it to take in views of the Alps with a cold beer in your hand.
Stand on The End of the Continent in Portugal
An exciting and one of the most unusual things to do in Europe, this place is a site of exuberant marine life and a high concentration of birds nesting on the cliffs. A paradise for bird lovers, you can spot rare Bonelli's eagle, peregrine falcons, kites, rock thrushes, rock pigeons, storks, herons, and more here.
Bird Watching at Madeira
Amidst amazing sceneries, a few endemic bird species that you can spot here are Trocaz Pigeon, Madeira Firecrest, Chaffinch, Berthelot's Pipit, Plain Swifts, Spectacled Warbler, Atlantic Canary, Madeira Chaffinch, etc.
Best time: The best time to visit the place to be able to observe the maximum number of birds is March to September.
Revisit Fairy Tale Stories at Mont-Saint-Michel
You will have to trek across the shallow bay to reach the small island in order to walk through the old chambers of the abbey and adjoining church. Wander through time to see the medieval French village and soak in the panoramic views that are impressive and breathtaking.
Relive Royalty at the Scottish Highlands
A 13th-century castle, it is set on its own small island, surrounded by lochs and mountains. While here, also visit the Loch Ness, a freshwater lake known as the reputed home of the famous, dinosaur-like Loch Ness Monster, or take the West Highland Line across the Glenfinnan Viaduct to soak in the countryside.
Other Things To Do in Europe
Visit Stockholm Palace in Sweden
Largely built during the eighteenth century in the Italian Baroque style, on the spot where the “Tre Kronor” castle burned down in 1697, it is open to the public, and offers no less than five museums.
It also contains the Armory, with royal costumes and armour, coronation carriages, and magnificent coaches from the Royal Stable. While here, make sure not to miss the parade of soldiers and the daily changing of the guard.
Offshore Trip to Pakleni Islands in Croatia
Among the best the Adriatic has to offer, the secluded beaches, deserted coves and sun-drenched hills, along with beautiful Palmizana hamlets, pine trees and maquis for shade, popular dining spots and more make it the perfect location for relaxation and to have a memorable time.
Best time: The best time to visit the Pakleni Islands in Croatia is April to early June and September to October when the weather is still warm.
Know the Story at Anne Frank House in Amsterdam
Today, one can see historical documents, quotations from the diary, photographs, film images, and many original objects that belonged to those in hiding and the helpers that illustrate the events that took place here. A few of Anne’s original diaries and other notebooks are also on display in the museum.
Conquer Arthur’s Seat at Edinburgh
Presiding over the city of Edinburgh is a large hill/ mountain known as Arthur’s Seat, that is the result of turbulent volcanic activity in the area millions of years ago. With incredible views and a lovely atmosphere, it is worth taking a day off to conquer the climb by hiking Arthur’s Seat.
Go Art Gallery Hopping at Frankfurt
The Städel Museum here houses impressive collections of classical European art, including works by masters like Renoir and Botticelli, and has 2,700 paintings, 100,000 drawings, 600 sculptures and counting.
The Museum Für Moderne Kunst that was founded in 1981 in the heart of the city has since amassed a collection of 4,500 international pieces, ranging from the 1960s to present day. Museum Junge Kunst specializes in showcasing the talent of the GDR since 1965. There's also Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt and the German Architecture Museum to explore here.
Stroll Through the Roman Forum in Rome
This rectangular-shaped area, sited on low-lying land between Palatine Hill and Capitoline Hill, today attracts thousands of tourists who come to visit some of the most well-known structures like the Senate House, Temple of Saturn, Arch of Titus, Temple of Vesta, The Rostra, Temple of Castor and Pollux, The Sacra Via, and more.
Best time: The best time to visit the Roman Forum in Rome is from October to April.
Experience Prague's Christmas markets
Location: Hrad?any, 119 08 Prague 1, Czechia
Best Time: November-January
A Ride Through Kraków's Old Street
The historical coronation path of the Polish kings from the 14th century to the very end of the 16th century, this route is lined up with prime sights from the Floria?ska Gate to Wawel Castle. Horse-drawn carriage rides are quite popular here and one of the best and most fun things to do in Europe, albeit for old time's sake.
Pub Hopping in Dublin
Seasoned travellers mostly begin in Stoneybatter – a.k.a. the Williamsburg of Dublin – at L. Mulligan Grocer, before making their way to Smithfield for The Cobblestone.
You can then take the Luas to Abbey Street and cross the Liffey River via the Rosie Hackett Bridge to get to Burgh Quay, home of the independent craft brewery J. W. Sweetman, before heading for the nearby Poolbeg Street, where you will find another Mulligans. For the party lover, there's still more that Dublin has to offer.
Shop at Istanbul's Grand Bazaar
One of the largest and oldest covered bazaars in the world from the 14th century, the Grand Bazaar is 30,700 square meters with over 60 streets and alleys and has around 4,000 shops. Along with, there are various other amenities for merchants like restaurants, a hammam, a mosque, etc.
While here, do not miss buying ceramics, Turkish lamps, nazar evil eye ornaments, Turkish tea, Kilim rugs, Turkish spices and scents, silver and gold jewellery, Turkish delight (a delicacy), hammam soap, and more.
Watch Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet
These included masquerades, balls and other forms of entertainment. In 2002, the Bolshoi was given a New Stage and it was here where performances were held during the years the Historic Stage was undergoing massive reconstruction and refurbishment. Another reconstruction project lasted from 2005 to 2011 when many lost features of the historic building were reinstated and, at the same time, it also joined the ranks of most technically equipped theatre buildings in the world. The performances here must be on your list of things to do in Europe.
Explore the Faroe Islands
Along with that the islands also offer some of the most adventurous things to do in Europe all at the same place like catching the wind of the archipelago's steep cliffs, hiking trails, waterfalls, and rocky coastlines. The islands also have eighteenth-century churches, a handful of museums, and rows of brightly painted houses that add to the scenic view.
Road Trip to The Amalfi Coast
The Amalfi coastline traces the southern shore of Salerno Gulf, bordering the Tyrrhenian Sea in southern Italy which is a popular destination and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The province of Salerno enjoys fine Mediterranean weather year-round which makes this drive all the more special with clear blue skies and sun-kissed water.
Best time: Any day of the year.
Waterfall Tour in Bosnia-Herzegovina
Next in line is the Kravice waterfall that forms a large tufa cascade on the Trebižat River and is 25 m high and 120 m wide. Jajce is not only known for its rich history from the Roman Empire period to the Bosnian Kingdom to the Ottoman Empire to the Austro-Hungarian Empire, but the Jajce waterfall is mesmerizing and a must-visit.
The Skakavac waterfall is ideal for walking, running, mountain biking or just enjoying nature's bounty. Last but not the least, the Bliha waterfall is also a must-visit and was designated as a natural monument since 1965.
Dream Ride with Santa's Reindeer in Finland
Held at the Arctic Circle in Santa Claus Village in Rovaniemi (Finland) these rides are a popular way to get close to the fabled animal. An eco-friendly holiday activity at its best, the sleigh ride is also an ancient Sámi way of getting around. Gliding through a snowy forest in a wooden sleigh is a magical experience you would not want to miss.
Best time: Winters.
Visit the Most Beautiful Beaches of Europe - The Navagio Beach
Known as Agios Georgios and later as an impromptu ship graveyard when its shores were washed upon by the MV Panayiotis in October 1980, this beach is adorned by marble cliffs and white sand making it a striking setting for sunbathing and swimming. While here, do not miss diving with the turtles and visiting the Venetian Castle.
Location: Navagio Beach, Zakynthos Town.
Road Trip to Budva – Kotor – Durmitor – Piva
A trip to Europe is incomplete without road-tripping through Montenegro. With a beautiful coastline and both small and big places lined up the way, this is one of the best and adventurous things to do in Europe.
While the old town of Budva has a few beaches and heaps of shops and bars that come alive at night creating an electric atmosphere, the Kotor Old Town has cobbled streets and breathtaking views when you hike up the hill.
The Durmitor National Park with wild horses, dogs and sheep in its rugged mountain landscape will leave a soothing impression. Amongst all of this, Piva River canyon offers up the opportunities to go rafting, kayaking or simply just standing in awe.