Whether you are adding items to your bucket list, or you are planning on traveling around Europe anytime soon, the following are the must-see experiences we think you need to try. Let us know what you think, and if we have missed something that is high on your itinerary, send us a helpful reminder.
Drink beer on a mountain
Germany is famous for Oktoberfest – the opportunity to try all kinds of different beers at their annual festival – but you don’t have to wait until then to take a tipple. If you have a head for heights, climb up the Zugspitze (or take the cable car), Germany’s highest mountain, and enjoy a beer at the conveniently (and unusually) placed beer garden at the top. Well, if you have made your way up the mountain on foot, you will certainly need a beer to cool you down.
Walk alongside the Berlin Wall
While staying in Germany, book a stay at the Hotel am Steinplatz and then head over to the city’s iconic fixture. Originally intended to divide East and West Berlin, the barriers have now come down, but remnants still remain. Now painted in colourful murals, it stands as a reminder of times gone by, and how peace has finally reigned in this once-divided city.
Take a canal tour in Amsterdam
Amsterdam is famous for many things, some less salubrious than others. One of the highlights (especially for romantics) is a canal tour. Take to the waters with your loved one, have a cocktail to hand, and take a tour around Amsterdam and it’s famous buildings from the gentle ripple of the waters.
Go back in time in Athens
A place of much cultural and historical significance, Athens is one place you don’t want to miss if you have an interest in times past. One of its most famous monuments is the Acropolis, an incredible legacy of Greece’s advanced civilisation, built in the fifth century BC. However, Athens is filled with other incredible pieces of architecture, built at a time when most of us were still learning how to dry-cement a wall (probably).
Check out the world-famous art in Paris
Paris is one of Europe’s most cultural hotspots, especially where art is concerned. Instead of spending all day in queues to the Eiffel Tower, head over to the Louvre and gaze in awe at one of the greatest art collections in the world. From the Mona Lisa to Egyptian sarcophagi, you will be entranced for hours at what is on offer. They will probably put your amateur efforts with your painting by numbers set to shame as well!
Partake in afternoon tea at Claridges in London
There is something quintessential about England and tea, so if you are taking a mini-break in the UK, you really should visit the capital city and have a cup of tea. Other cafes and restaurants are available of course, but Claridge’s is an English institution. Sourced from the finest tea blends, you will struggle to go back to your regular old tea bags after tasting the delicacies on offer here.
Over to you
We haven’t had room to mention everything there is to do, and some of our choices were decidedly unusual – who would have thought drinking tea would be on the list? – so there are bound to be experiences we have neglected. As we said at the beginning, please let us know your thoughts, and give us all some inspiration when we’re next traveling around Europe.