Europe

Europe is one of the world’s most popular travel destinations: 7 of the 10 most visited countries world-wide are located in Europe. Almost 500 million people visit Europe every year, which makes up more than 50% of global tourism.

A diverse grouping of nations characterizes the European continent, all with their own unique shared characteristics. Starting in the west, the Iberian Peninsula is home to two of Europe’s most popular travel destinations: Spain and Portugal. France features a wide range of landscapes, and is home to some of the world’s most popular travel destinations. Italy is acknowledged as the birthplace of western culture, together with Greece. Not surprisingly, it boasts the largest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites of any country.

Britain and Ireland are also extremely popular with travellers. From the mountains and lakes of Scotland to the coastlines of Wales and Cornwall and the bucolic country-sides of England and Ireland, visitors flock to the English-speaking islands. The Benelux countries include Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg and feature many popular city destinations.

Central Europe comprises Germany, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria, Poland , the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Slovenia. At the junction point of the Germanic and Slavic cultures, these countries are located in the heart of Europe and are anchored by the majestic Alps. Scandinavia’s countries are located in the north of Europe and include Denmark, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Iceland and the Faroe Islands. The Baltic States include the countries of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, all formerly part of the Soviet Union, which offer picturesque medieval towns and great beaches along the Baltic Sea.

Russia, Belarus and Ukraine all share in the vast flat expanses of Eastern Europe. Russia’s most well-known travel destinations include the cities of Moscow and St. Petersburg. The Balkan countries include many regions of the former Yugoslavia, i.e. Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, Kosovo and Macedonia. Albania, Romania, Moldova and Bulgaria are also located in this region. Greece, Turkey and Cyprus are extremely popular for their long sunshine hours in the Eastern Mediterranean. Beaches, culture and history attract many travellers from far and wide. Farther east are Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia, less well-known countries with thousands of years of history.

With about 35,000 residents, Merano is the second largest town in the Italian region of South Tyrol . Today, slight more than 50% of the population still speaks German, attesting to the fact that this… Read more.

Bolzano, also called Bozen in German, is the capital of the German-speaking South Tyrol region of Italy. With a population of over 100,000 people, it is also the largest city in South Tyrol. Bolzano has… Read more.

For many people, Montenegro is still a relatively unknown entity and they have very little idea of what this small country on the Adriatic coast has to offer. But the secret is out that Montenegro… Read more.

Warsaw first became the capital city of Poland in 1596, and after centuries of turbulent history, Warsaw today is a thriving city and Poland’s cultural, financial and economic centre. Poland as a country has had… Read more.

In Part 3 of this article series about Kapfenberg, Markus Kamper, marketing expert for the city, already provided a touristic portrait of the city and the kinds of sights, festivals and hospitality offerings that are… Read more.

One reason why the Austrian city of Kapfenberg actually created the „world’s longest lipdub“ was to draw attention to the beauty of the city and the surrounding region. Kapfenberg is embedded in the green mountains… Read more.

In Part 1 of this interview we got know Kapfenberg, its ancient and recent history and how the idea for the world record-setting lipdub came about. In Part 2 of this interview we are now… Read more.

PART 1: THE BACKGROUND Over the last 20 to 30 years, de-industrialization has hit many places in developed nations very hard. Cities that were once thriving and lively have suffered decades of urban decay and… Read more.

Vienna, the capital and largest city of Austria, is a city that brings together the past and the present. On top of being one of the most dynamic urban spaces of Europe, it also has… Read more.

For centuries now, Vienna has been known as a prime destination for art, music and culture. The abundance of art museums in Vienna provides travellers with a wealth of art experiences that will satisfy visitors… Read more.

Madeira, Portugal  – The name just has a wonderful exotic ring to it. Located in the Atlantic Ocean, off the African coastlines of Marocco, Madeira has two main populated islands: Madeira itself and Porto Santo…. Read more.

In recent years, many more people have been discovering Romania travel opportunities and fallen in love with what this small nation has to offer. In some ways, visiting Romania is like taking a trip back… Read more.

Istanbul travel will take you to one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It is the largest city of Turkey and the heart and soul of this wonderful country. The culture and historic atmosphere lures travelers from all over the world to experience Istanbul travel. There are many places to see like the amazing Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace.

“To have seen Italy without Sicily – is not to have seen Italy at all, as Sicily is the key to everything” – Goethe Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean, is one of these… Read more.

Travel Spain: The Valencian Community – One of Spain’s Jewels Located in the southeast of Spain, the Valencian Community (Comunitat Valenciana in Valencian or Comunidad Valenciana in Spanish) is one of Spain’s autonomous communities. The… Read more.

Moscow, the heart of Russia, is a fascinating tourist destination. Moscow tourism lures visitors to explore the enigma of its ancient history and cultural diversity. This city is the political, cultural, scientific, religious, financial, and… Read more.

A Gem in the Heart of Europe During my trip in November I had a chance to explore Slovenia a little bit,with our brief stops in Ljubljana and our overnight stay in Piran on the… Read more.

In one of my searches on the Internet about interesting travel websites I found a site on sea kayaking in the Adriatic. I contacted the webmaster to do a mutual link exchange and upon further… Read more.

Through a friend of mine I met Dan and Judith,a professional couple in their 50s who spent two fabulous years in Provence,having traded their lovely Toronto home against a country house in the south of… Read more.

For most of us with Slovak roots,meeting family in Slovakia is like the coming together of two worlds – two lifetimes.It’s like filling a hole in a puzzle. My puzzle had a few extra pieces.Once… Read more.

Art, fashion, culture, delicious cuisine and great wines – Italy is known for everything that represents the good life. History buffs flock to this country, as it is one of the cradles of modern Western… Read more.

This is the next article in a series of interviews with local experts from different regions. Jelena Jeca came to me through Facebook where I was impressed by her photo collections of her home country… Read more.

With its unique atmosphere, Venice (Venezia in Italian) – also known as the “Queen of the Adriatic” – is one of the world’s most romantic cities. Attracting around 20 million visitors each year, Venice is… Read more.

With its 1.8 million inhabitants, Hamburg is the second largest city in Germany and the eighth largest city in the European Union.  It is located in the centre of northern Germany, on the shores of… Read more.

Located in the southeast of Germany (see map of Bavaria), Bavaria (Bayern in German) is the largest state of Germany and one of the most popular German tourist destinations. Although renowned for its stereotypes (leather… Read more.

Located in Northern Spain, Santiago de Compostela is renowned for being the end point of the Way of St. James (also known as the Camino de Santiago), the medieval pilgrimage route of the 9th century…. Read more.

Regarded as the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, Florence (Firenze in Italian) is a world-renowned city located in Tuscany (Toscana), Italy. With its breath-taking architecture and its historic center, Florence attracts millions of tourists every… Read more.

Reflections about Berlin For many years I have been drawn to the south of Europe, to the Mediterranean area. The hot sun, the stunning landscapes, thousands of years of history and the magnificent architecture of … Read more.

Located in Northern Europe, Scotland is a small country with a strong identity and a fascinating history. Although part of Great Britain since 1707, Scotland has managed to maintain its own culture and institutions. With… Read more.

Sevilla (Seville in English) is and will always be considered one of the most popular and exciting places in Spain. Being the capital of Andalusia, Seville is the fourth biggest city in the country and… Read more.

A Map of Madrid & What To Do in Spain’s Capital Madrid, Spain’s capital, is one of the most popular travel destinations in Europe. With a metropolitan population of about 6.5 million inhabitants it is… Read more.

Rome, the Eternal City, actually has a fairly compact layout and much of it can be covered on foot. During my 2010 trip to Rome I discovered the city in several ways: first I took… Read more.

Eastern Europe is one of the new frontiers of tourism. When the Soviet Union collapsed in the early 1990s, a completely new world order came into being. Countries like Poland, Romania, Hungary and Bulgaria shook… Read more.

Berlin is Germany’s largest and most multicultural city. More than 5 million people live in its metropolitan area and they hail from more than 190 nations. Berlin is a very dynamic, ever-changing and progressive city that continues to transform itself. No wonder it is the 3rd most visited place in Europe. This article will give you some great ideas of what to see and do in Berlin.

Paris is perennially one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations. As a matter of fact, with over 74 million visitors in 2009 (latest available numbers from the World Tourism Organization), France ranks number 1 as the most visited country in the world. Paris itself is the most popular tourist destination in the world, with about 45 million tourist visits per year. This article will provide you with useful tips for travel to Paris.

Of course you know by now that I have a true fascination for Spanish language and culture and Spain continues to one of my favourite destinations. Spain is a fascinating country, a modern Western European… Read more.