Every great adventure starts with an excellent plan. Whether it’s your first time traveling to Europe or simply the next trip in line, it’s never too late to experience the great capitals the continent has to offer.
Classic destinations like Rome, Paris, and London are popular choices for travelers from around the world. For good reason, too, as each city has stunning architecture, diverse culture, and mouth-watering cuisine.
Ready for your next Europe itinerary? Check out this list for inspiration!
It’s true that everyone must visit Rome at least once during their travels in Europe. The architecture alone is worth a weeklong trip, but you can certainly see the hot spots in two days. The Colosseum and excavated Roman Forum are wonderfully preserved feats positioned within walking distance from one another. Not far away are the historic sites of the Pantheon and the iconic 18-century sculpture the Trevi Fountain. If your feet can carry on, the Spanish Steps are easily accessible from the fountain. Because they are in a different part of town, visit the Vatican and St. Peter’s Basilica exclusively on your second day.
Prague, Czech Republic
Begin your journey in Prague at historic Old Town Square, where you can gander at the baroque buildings, Gothic churches, and medieval Astronomical Clock. From there, it’s easy to pass over the Charles Bridge, which was constructed in 1402 and features sculptures of 30 saints. Once across the Vltava River, walk towards the Prague Castle. The 9th century castle complex will take your breath away, with it’s grand halls, church spires, and palaces (where the President of the Czech Republic lives.) Another point of interest, the whimsical Dancing House, will inspire your creative side!
If you haven’t been to Paris, you haven’t fully discovered Europe. The french culture is simply undeniable, with it’s taste for slow sips of coffee, buttery foods, and decadent desserts. Visit Paris’ must-see spots, such as the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, and Notre Dame. But make sure to stop in at any number of creperies or cafes along the way for sustenance. Cruise the streets of Montmartre on your way to the Sacré-Cœur, while taking in the idyllic sights of the neighborhood. Museums, such as the Louvre, and parks, like Parc des Buttes Chaumont, are all wonderful places to slow down and enjoy classic Parisienne life.
London is a city unlike any other in the world. It’s sheer size, mixed with its culturally diverse population gives it an unexpected international flair. There’s something for everyone in London, whether you’re interested in luxury shopping (Mayfair neighborhood) or tasting authentic Indian cuisine (Brick Lane). Vintage shops, chic brunch spots, and lively nightlife all give London an eccentric and enticing quality. The classic tourist sites are within walking distance, which gives any traveler time to explore beyond the norm. Take the tube to Embankment or Charing Cross and begin your journey through Trafalgar Square, the Palace of Westminster (and Big Ben), and the London Eye.
A visit to Barcelona is a journey you’ll never forget. Feast your eyes and taste buds on the epic architectural wonders and delicious cuisine the city has to offer. Park Güell is a favorite for tourists and locals to enjoy the works of famous Catalan modernist architect Antoni Gaudí. The Gothic Quarter is home to many historic cathedrals, some also crafted by Gaudí himself. Stop into any restaurant for a classic Spanish tapas dish- small snacks served both hot and cold. Have some sangria while you’re at it… and maybe participate in an afternoon siesta!
Created by Mandy Burkholder