Introduction

No other region packs in more diverse cultures, languages, landscapes, food, and history within such a small area, than the continent of Europe.  With 44 countries to choose from in Europe, the below list is the top 10 counties to visit in Europe according to Bucket List Traveler.

10) Ukraine

Not often traveled to or considered by the average traveler, Ukraine boasts black sea resorts and beautiful cities such as Kiev.  As far as costs are concerned, it would be hard to find a cheaper travel destination in Europe, especially when it comes to eating out at restaurants.  Some of the most unique tours can be experienced such as visiting Chernobyl or driving actual tanks.

Kiev, Ukraine

Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, Ukraine

9) Greece

Located is Southeast Europe, Greece is situated at the crossroads of Europe, Africa, and Asia.  With the longest coastline on the Mediterranean and 227 inhabited islands, there are plenty of beach resort destinations to enjoy.  Furthermore,  the ancient Greek monuments, delicious food, and budget friendly tourist packages make this an ideal destination.

Santorini, Greece

Parthenon, Athens

8) Czech Republic

This central European land locked country is one of the most affordable and home to Prague, one of the most beautiful cities.  Aside from Prague, other sights include medieval castles, chateaux, unspoiled countryside, mountains, national parks, and monasteries.

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, Czech Republic

7) Netherlands

Flat landscapes, canals, tulip fields, and windmills are some of the Netherlands most distinct features.  The capital city of Amsterdam has many structures from the 17th century which make walking around the city like a trip back in time.  Springtime visitors can enjoy the famous Keukenhof tulip festival and those traveling in summer can enjoy several beach towns located on the north sea.

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Keukenhof Garden, Netherlands

6) Ireland

Nicknamed the “Emerald Isle”, Ireland’s landscapes are full of lush green hills and medieval castles.  Visiting an Irish pub is always a fun experience where friendly locals are eager to strike up a conversation.  No trip to Ireland is complete without trying a pint of Guinness, which for some reason loses all of its delicious flavor one it leaves the island.  In most countries, the best destination is the capitol city.  However for Ireland, visiting the villages in the countryside or taking a road trip around the ring of Kerry is much more interesting.

Ross Castle, Ireland

Ireland Coast

5) Norway

Arguably having some of the greatest natural beauty in the world, Norway has an abundance of snow capped mountains and dramatic fjords.  With camp sites in just about every town, this destination is a camper or backpackers paradise with seemingly an unlimited amount of hiking options.  Taking a cruise or road trip throughout Norway is so astoundingly gorgeous, its almost impossible to be bored.  If going on a hiking adventure, be sure to check out the Preikestolen and Trolltunga hikes.  Only downside is Norway is just about the most expensive country in the world.  A hamburger at a gas station costs $15USD.

Geirangerfjord, Norway

Preikestolen, Norway

4) Spain

Having the third largest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Spain has no shortage of historical destinations to visit.  The diverse landscapes of Spain vary from snow capped mountains, deserts, to lush meadows, along with coasts on both the Atlantic and Mediterranean.  Furthermore, Spain has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world  with islands in the Mediterranean and Atlantic ocean such as Mallorca and Canary Islands.

Ronda, Spain

Toledo, Spain

3) Germany

Germany is the second most populated county in Europe with many large cities such as Berlin, Cologne, an Munich.  However, there any many small towns and villages that are much more interesting to visit such as Rothenburg, Rudesheim, Bamberg, and Cochem.

Well known for its numerous fests, Oktoberfest held in Munich is the worlds largest festival attracting more than 6 million visitors annually.  Aside from being well known for having some of the best beer in the world, Germany has plenty of great wine regions to visit such as the Rheingau and Moselle Valley.

Rothenburg, Germany

Oktoberfest tent with many people wearing traditional Bavarian lederhosen

2) France

Well known for the incredibly beautiful city of Paris, France also has other great destinations such as the French Riviera, Alps, and wine regions such as Alsace, Burgundy, Champagne, and Bordeaux.

Paris has an staggering amount of art held in gigantic museums with arguably the best restaurants in the world.  France also has numerous ancient Roman sites such as Pont du Gard, Nimes, Arles, and Glanum.

The Louvre in Paris in the largest museum in the world

Ancient Roman Aqueduct of Pont du Gard

1) Italy

Italy is full of ancient wonders, delicious food, coastal villages, and beautiful hilltop towns.  While most folks visit Rome or Venice, there are many more wonderful places to visit such as Cinque Terre, Tuscany, Amalfi Coast, Florence, and other areas in southern Italy.

The Pantheon in Rome was built in the year 125 AD

Coastal Village in Cinque Terra

Honorable Mention:

Switzerland

Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

 

Croatia

Dubrovnik, Croatia

 

Portugal

Porto, Portugal

 

Iceland

Iceland

 

Poland

Krakow, Poland