European Bucket List

The Ultimate European Bucket List

Whether you have visited Europe several times or you are at the beginning stages of planning your trip, you will, of course, have destinations in mind that you simply must visit. Europe is a vast destination and there is so much to see and do, so no European bucket list will be the same.

However, at the same time, while there are several amazing must-see sites and activities that should be on everyone’s bucket list when they travel to Europe – and you should see and do them – there are also incredible hidden gems waiting for you to explore.

This post is all about truly amazing bucket-list experiences in Europe such as being taught how to cook true Italian food, exploring the birthplace of Dracula, learning about Irish folktales, experiencing Eastern European thermal baths and so much more.

In this post, incredible travel bloggers from around the world have shared their top European bucket list activities, and here’s what they had to say.

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Visit The Amazing Giants Causeway in Northern Ireland

By Family Travel Pro | Facebook

Ireland is famed for its myths and legends, but none so worthy of inclusion on a European bucket list as the tale of Finn McCool and the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland. The Giant’s Causeway is situated in the north coast of Northern Ireland and it is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Formed 60 million years ago, the 40,000 basalt columns form a pattern of hexagonal stones that flow down into the sea, creating a breath-taking site and a veritable playground for adults and children alike.

Science would say that the Giant’s Causeway was formed from lava, but locals have long talked of the story of the Giant, Finn McCool, who was trying to protect Ireland from a Scottish giant called Benandonner. The Causeway visitor centre tells the whole story of both the myth and the science – you can decide for yourself which to believe!

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Northern Ireland is also incredibly accessible from the rest of the United Kingdom and Europe. Three airports serve the region, none are more than an hour’s drive from the Causeway. Combine a visit with a trip to Titanic Belfast – the World’s Leading Tourist Attraction 2016 – and Carrick-a-rede rope bridge for more stunning views of the coast.

See the Stunning Northern lights in Iceland

By Sam from GriffBlog | Twitter

Iceland has become an incredibly popular travel destination in recent years. If you’re heading there soon, then seeing the Northern Lights should be high on your European bucket list! However, the Northern Lights can be unpredictable, so there’s no guarantee you’ll see them.

To see the Northern Lights, the weather conditions have to be just right. You’ll also need to head away from the main towns where the light pollution makes it difficult to see them. We booked a tour with a local company who drove us out to the countryside to a spot where the Northern Lights were most likely to appear. After a couple of hours of waiting, they finally appeared! It’s hard to explain that feeling when you finally see them, but it was well worth braving the cold for.

Top tip: if you’re booking a Northern Lights tour make sure you arrange it for the first day of your holiday. If the weather conditions aren’t right then most tour operators will let you re-book for later in your holiday.

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Explore The Beautiful Town of Sintra, Portugal

By Melis from MelisLiving | Instagram

Whenever I travel to a new city I love to get out and explore different towns whenever I can. On a recent trip to Lisbon, which should itself be on everyone’s European bucket list, I decided to take the train to Sintra. It is now a UNESCO world heritage site and as soon as you arrive you can see why.

There are pastel coloured buildings everywhere and around each corner is a new, beautiful sight to explore. We climbed up fairytale towers, explored huge castles and tiptoed around colourful winding streets. We also bought local artwork and stopped for ice-cold drinks to take in the amazing views.

The whole resort town is a unique combination of parks and gardens. I will never forget this surprising and magical place, and would definitely recommend a trip to Lisbon with a day trip to visit the incredible Sintra to anyone who wants to explore Europe.

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Eat Real Belgian Waffles in Bruges, Belgium

By Charlotte from CharlotteRick | Instagram

Imagine the perfect fairytale town – tranquil rivers running alongside cobbled streets lined with beautiful medieval buildings of all different colours… Welcome to the city of Bruges, Belgium. Whether you explore the city on foot or opt for a horse-drawn carriage, Bruges has a magical feeling to it. It almost feels as if you’d just stepped into a Disney film.

Bruges is small enough to visit for a day but one thing you must do whilst in Bruges is to treat yourself to a real Belgium chocolate waffle! Head to Chez Albert, which is just off the main square, and don’t be put off by the queue – these waffles are definitely worth the wait.

There are many different topping combinations to choose from but you can’t go wrong with a classic – chocolate, strawberries and cream. The waffles are unbelievably delicious, so don’t miss out on this one. If you’re not driving, wash it down with a proper Belgium beer overlooking the square!

Top Tip: Bruges is at it’s most beautiful for golden hour/sunset – so visit then if you can.

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Hike The Incredible Mt. Etna in Sicily

By Izzy and Phil from TheGapDecaders | Facebook

Hiking to the top of one of the most active volcanoes in the world has to be high on any adventurer’s European bucket list. We went up Mount Etna in Sicily on a perfect day in April, hiked above the clouds and looked with awe and fear into the rumbling abyss of the main crater, which was spewing gas and sparks of magma like an angry dragon.

The guided hike was a relatively short 4.5km with an elevation gain of 406m; this takes you right up to the highest point of the main crater of Mount Etna at 3,326m above sea level. The terrain is fascinating; snow, ice, volcanic ash and everywhere you look, clouds of sulphur gas and steam creeping along the featureless landscape, wrapping around your ankles and warming your feet like underfloor heating!

We traversed along several crater lips and looked down into the gaping holes filled with ash and magma, whilst our guide provided us with stories and legends of Mount Etna. We stopped for a brief lunch, looking across the whispy clouds to mainland Italy, silenced by the incredible views but also the sheer mass of Mount Etna, spreading herself across the region like a huge, but strangely beautiful, carbuncle. This is the stuff bucket list dreams are made of!

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Visit The Anne Frank Museum in Amsterdam

By Shireen From Happy Days Travels | Instagram

One of the cities that will undoubtedly be on your European bucket list is the city of Amsterdam. There are lots of things to do in Amsterdam but one activity stands out that encompasses both amazing history and education – The Anne Frank House.

Anne Frank was a jew who went into hiding during WWII and spent two years in a cramped attic in Amsterdam before being discovered and sent to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. During her time spent in the annexe, Anne Frank kept a diary of events, her thoughts and feelings. This diary is now world-famous.

The Anne Frank House is a museum that was actually where Anne Frank, her family and others spent that time hiding. It is a great place to visit when in Amsterdam whether you’re a museum-lover or not because it holds raw history, interesting facts and if for nothing else, respect. It has an easy-to-follow route and informational videos/guides for you to understand what happened there. You can walk through this space to learn and more importantly remember the horrors of the war and the reality for jews.

The museum is easy to reach via foot, tram, bicycle or bus in Amsterdam central and costs around €11. Here is the official website where you can buy tickets and view current opening hours

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Visit the enchanting Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany

By Paige From PaigeMindsTheGap | Twitter

Neuschwanstein Castle is one of the most visited castles in Germany and for good reason — the intricate imaginings of Wagner’s operas come alive in the rooms of Neuschwanstein Castle, and the lines between fantasy and reality are blurred in this mountain retreat literally fit for a king. It’s no wonder Neuschwanstein Castle was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty’s castle in Disneyland. It truly is an amazing castle that you must add to your European bucket list!

Neuschwanstein Castle is a fairy tale German castle built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria in the 19th century in honour of Richard Wagner’s operas. “Neuschwanstein” translates to “New Swan Castle”, and Ludwig filled the castle with swan decor and references to Wagner’s character the Swan Knight.

After touring the incredible interior of the castle, you’ll definitely want to brave the wooden pedestrian bridge, the Marienbrücke (Queen Mary’s Bridge), that Ludwig named for his mother. This will give you that iconic view of Neuschwanstein Castle set against the Bavarian countryside and you can fully take in the magnitude of this enchanting fairy tale castle. 

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Ride A Helicopter To The Monaco Grand Prix

By Shelley from WanderandLuxe | Instagram

Can you say, ‘Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous’? The Monaco F1 Grand Prix is without a doubt the most prestigious event on the motorsport calendar and the perfect way to arrive is by helicopter from Nice, naturally! This is a true, unique European bucket list experience!

As you fly along the coastline of the French Riviera in your chopper, the views of the Cote d’Azur will leave you breathless. When you touch down in the capital you will instantly be lost amongst the seas of F1 fans, fashionistas and celebrities alike. The entire city is swept up in the festivities surrounding the race and it is hard not to feel your heart racing, whether you are an F1 fan or not. An event like no other and the ultimate place to be seen – this event must be on your European bucket list. It truly doesn’t get much better than this.

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Visit an Incredible Winery on the island of Crete

By Paris from TheGirlInFlat26 | Twitter

To add to the romantic and serene vibes of Crete, with its streets laced with flowers and the contrasting white buildings against the deep blue sea; the Klados Winery offers an educational, relaxing and fun afternoon out.

There is a 40-minute bus ride from Panormo however we chose to walk the 30 minutes from our hotel, after which we were welcomed with smiles and some much-needed glasses of water (the owners clearly get sweaty, red-faced tourists falling in the door quite a lot).

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Klados Winery is a family business, established in 2007. We were shown around by Stelios, a chemistry graduate and master oenologist (winemaker), who was able to thoroughly answer our questions in English and even weave some humour into the presentation, which I thought was very impressive.

We visited in a group but this would be equally fun and perhaps quite romantic in a couple. The visit is available from 10:00-18:00 in the summer, it only costs 3€ and includes tasting of 4 wines and a wander through the vineyard, winery and cellar (where there is some very welcome shade!). This is what makes it such a truly unique European bucket list activity.

Explore Opera del duomo in Florence, Italy

By Darcy from PlanReadyGo | Instagram

Being a bookish and indoors-y person at heart, touring art museums is usually top on my list of activities anytime I travel. So, with all of its history as the birthplace of the Renaissance, Florence, Italy, is absolutely up my alley.

Most Florence travel guides will point you to the Galleria dell’Accademia (to see Michelangelo’s David) and the Uffizi—both for good reason—but don’t overlook the Opera del Duomo Museum. The Opera del Duomo Museum was created to preserve and protect the great artworks created for the Duomo monuments including the cathedral, bell tower and baptistery.

If you’re visiting Florence, chances are you’re probably planning to purchase tickets for the Duomo anyway, and admission to the museum is included in your ticket. In my opinion, the Opera del Duomo Museum is one of the most underrated sites in Florence. Don’t miss your chance to see some of the most breathtaking works in the city. Highlights of the museum’s collection include a late Michelangelo Pieta, Ghiberti’s celebrated baptistery doors and Donatello’s haunting wood sculpture Penitent Magdalene.

Explore a lesser-known, Mysterious part of berlin

By Anna from Green Mochila | Facebook

Few Berlin-visitors know about the mysterious, abandoned buildings that can be explored from the country’s East German past. Sites like the Beelitz sanatorium or the Teufelsberg spying station used to be fully functional in Communist times until these institutions were hurriedly ceased and the buildings were left to decay – including everything inside: office chairs, documents, hospital tools, kitchenware. For decades only urban explorers ventured into these “abandoned Berlin” sites – jumping fence and climbing into the ruined houses. Later, local communities recognised the value and the touristic opportunity in them and nowadays they can be visited with a paid guided tour. The money often supports the community directly.

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My favourite of all is the Beelitz sanatorium (Beelitz Heilstätten in German) – it is where Hitler and Honecker were treated. During the tour, you’ll see crumbling walls, rooms taken over by vegetation and objects of patients. It’s creepy but in a good way and an unusual but amazing European bucket list activity! The guide explains about each area, tells anecdotes and leaves time for pictures. Take a regional train from Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Beelitz; tour times and costs vary (should be around 10 EUR). If you want a tour in any language other than German, make sure to arrange it in advance.

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Go Dolphin Watching on the beautiful Algarve coast

By Sarah from SarahToyin | Instagram

Visiting the Algarve in Portugal is a must-do for anyone visiting Europe. One of the top bucket list activities in the Algarve is going for a boat ride to watch dolphins and to see the Benagil sea cave. Choosing a boat ride that includes dolphin watching means that you will end up on a smaller boat rather than a large boat.

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You can get a boat from Portimao, where you will ride along the coast of the Algarve for approximately two hours depending on the company you decide to use. One hour is generally spent on dolphin watching, make sure to take minimal items because you will be moving around a lot on the boat. The next hour will be generally spent checking out different caves with the main cave being the Benagil sea cave located in the small fishing town of Benagil. The Benagil cave is a picturesque scene that everyone will enjoy visiting and dolphin watching is an experience that should definitely be on your bucket list. 

Take a Mesmerising Guided Tour of Chernobyl

By Amy from Adventuring Amy | Instagram

Visiting Chernobyl is an incredibly humbling European bucket list activity but also especially if you’re interested in dark tourism. It’s really unlike anywhere I’ve ever visited before, and it’s incredible to see how nature is thriving there without humans!

You have to visit Chernobyl on a tour, I went with Soloeast and I highly recommend them. There is also a strict dress code to protect your skin from radiation so please take that into consideration if you visit. You can also visit the amusement park, a swimming pool, a kindergarten, a school, some which were only due to open a week after the disaster occurred. It’s also possible to rent a Geiger counter to test the radiation levels of where you are visiting. It truly is such an incredible experience, I can’t recommend it enough.

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Ride the traditional wicker toboggans in Madeira

By Gratsiela from Blushrougette

There are so many incredible things to do in Madeira, from places to explore to delicious food and traditions that still live up to this day. So where do you start? Take the cable car that connects two of Funchal’s most iconic suburbs – Zona Velha (bottom) and Monte (at the top) – to enjoy the best panoramic views of the capital and surrounding while slowly ascending up the hills to reach Monte. And then? This is where you experience the most iconic way of transportation EVER!

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Instead of taking the Teleferico again, make your way back to Funchal in one of their traditional wicker and wood toboggans. Back in the 19th century, these were used by locals as a way to reach their downhill destination quicker. Now, the Carreiros do Monte will take you on a singular 2km long adrenaline ride in two-seater wicker sleds that can reach up to 38km per hour! Certainly, a fun way to slide through the twisting roads and see a different side of this spectacular Portuguese island.

Enjoy a German Food Tour by Bike

By Efia from EffyTalksLife | Instagram

You can’t go to Berlin without trying a food tour by bike! Having been encouraged by my sister on a recent trip to Germany, I booked a tour with Fat Tire Bike Tours. I had no idea what to expect but I went with an open mind (and belly).

For over 3.5 hours you’re taken on a progressive dinner tour of the city in an intimate group setting. Whether you’re new to Berlin or you’ve been a couple of times before I highly recommend giving the food tour a go. In addition to the amazing food, you get to learn more about the history of the dishes, the locals who make them and the city itself. Learning about why each dish became a German staple was such a unique experience and pedalling along the streets of the city while the sun began to disappear from the sky is something I’ll never forget. It is an amazing European bucket list activity that you need to do!

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Zipline down a mountainside in Switzerland

By John from Carpe Diem Eire | Twitter

Switzerland is a haven for adventure sports and activities, and there is one attraction that stands out from the rest. Atop the 2168 metre First Mountain, is the First Flieger (or First Flyer) an alpine zip line that takes its venturesome participant down the mountain face. This is no average zip line, it’s an 800-metre long thrill ride between two gondola stations, with top speeds of 84km/hr. Flyer is an appropriate name. It’s an adrenaline filled experience, and yet soaring above snow-filled fields in June it is also paradoxically relaxing.

Switzerland is very much a place to travel to with deep pockets. The gondola ride and First Flieger have a combined cost of €60. However, unless you are prepared for a 7km hike with an altitude gain of 1000 metres, then the gondola from Grindelwald is your route to the First Flieger. It’s a small price to pay for such a liberating European bucket list experience.

Visit The Parthenon in Athens, Greece

By Viv from Chocoviv | Instagram

Who doesn’t love learning about Greek mythology – it is fascinating and unique and I couldn’t wait to learn more on my trip to Athens, Greece. My favourite Greek goddess is Athena, the goddess of wisdom. So, when I was on a European cruise, I was ecstatic that we would be doing a stopover in Athens.

Although I wasn’t sure what we were going to do in Athens, my main goal was to visit the Parthenon. The Parthenon is the centrepiece of the Athenian Acropolis and although you cant walk into the Parthenon, you can walk around it. As I arrived at the bottom of the hill, I became more and more amazed at the size of the temple. The stairs and the pathways are quite rocky and uneven so be careful and wear good footwear especially if it has been raining.

Parthenon Athens Greece

I would highly advise travelling to the site early in the morning as it gets overcrowded quite quickly all year round. There are two ticket options for the Acropolis – entry to the Acropolis (€10-€20 depending on the time of year) or a combination ticket which includes six other archaeological sites (€30).

Learn How To Cook The Best Italian Food in Bologna, Italy

By Anthony from Green Mochila | Twitter

If you were asked to name the best towns in Italy, Bologna might not make it into your top 10. So many Italian towns are the country’s wonders, that the capital of the Emilia-Romagna region is often overlooked. But what a mistake that is!

With brick-red medieval palaces, a lively nightlife scene and a vivid cultural programme, Bologna has so much to offer! But the main attraction is best enjoyed at lunchtime: it’s the gastronomy of the region, considered by many Italians to be the country’s culinary capital. You have surely heard of tagliatelle, bolognese sauce, gnocchi, lasagne, tortellini? They all come from this region!

Bologna Food Market Italy

Are you a foodie? Then take a cooking class in Bologna! Some cooking skills in Italian cuisine will be a great way to bring back home the best from Italy, and to impress your friends with easy but tasty tricks! Italian cuisine is not complex but is all about the exact proportions. Take a cooking class to learn these proportions, get tips from local chefs and cook some of the world’s favourite dishes.

Some of the classes are in English. Prices range from 50€ to 150€ according to the duration and whether they include a tour of the town. You can easily find and book a class online. Get ready for a real immersive travel experience!

Go on an amazing road trip through The Winding Roads of Tuscany

By Chris from Burch Abroad | Twitter

It’s hard to beat that feeling of setting out on a road trip into the unknown. It brings a sense of adventure and expectation. No European bucket list would be complete without a road trip, and where better than Tuscany? Picture the scene: you are leisurely driving along winding roads through the Italian countryside. The windows are down and there’s a gentle breeze blowing through your hair. Overhead there’s a cloudless azure sky and all around are sweeping panoramas, dotted with vineyards, farmhouses and ancient villas.

Begin your road trip at Florence and head south on the SR222 towards Greve, the doorway to the world famous Chianti wine region. Whilst the drive itself is a highlight, I’d recommend making the following stops… South of Pizano, head east towards Radda. You’re looking for the SP2, one of the most picturesque stretches of road in the region. Make sure to stop off at the Castello di Brolio. From its lofty position on an isolated hill, its gardens offer postcard views across the countryside.

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Next stop is Siena, which is worth exploring for a couple of days. Its resplendent medieval square and cathedral being particular highlights. After Siena, get back on the road and head northwest for a step back in time with the historic hill towns of Volterra, San Gimignano and San Miniato. Think twisted alleyways and medieval towers, and in the case of San Gimignano, the best damn gelato you’ve ever tasted courtesy of the world famous Gelateria Dondoli.

Relax in the soothing thermal baths of Budapest

By Debbie from Wanderlust Calls | Instagram

With its beautiful architecture, affordable prices and endless things to see and do, Budapest is without a doubt one of my favourite European cities. One essential item that is on my itinerary every time I am in Budapest, is to visit one of its’ thermal baths.

Budapest is often referred to as the “city of spas”. The city’s thermal baths are fed by over 120 hot springs. It is believed that the waters have healing qualities, so some of the locals visit regularly as a form of treatment. Two of the most popular baths are Széchenyi Thermal Baths and Gellert Thermal Baths. Both have stunningly beautiful architecture and both indoor and outdoor pools.

budapest thermal spa

When visiting Europe, a visit to one of the thermal baths in Budapest should be near the top of your European bucket list! You could either visit during the day for a couple of hours of relaxation and a spa treatment or visit Széchenyi on a Saturday night for a spa party.

Sing To Your Hearts Content at Bear Pit Karaoke, Berlin

By Laura from Laura Lovette | Instagram

Every Sunday during the summer months, thousands of people flock to Bear Pit Karaoke in Mauer Park, Berlin, to listen to the sometimes surprisingly tuneful tones of strangers. Joe Hatchiban created the highly popular event back in 2009, with his battery-powered speakers. A mix of good and bad singers volunteer to take the mic. And they sing everything from Kate Bush’s ‘Wuthering Heights’ to Five’s ‘Everybody Get Up’.

The crowd is welcoming no matter who gets up! I will never forget the moment I watched the most hippie-looking guy take the mic, pronounce “I regret nothing!” and belt out Britney Spears ‘One More Time’. The crowd went wild, running onto the stage to sing and dance alongside him. You can take some drinks with you or pick a cold beer up from one of the sellers walking through the crowds, how handy!

Bear Pit Karaoke Berlin

Mauer Park is also home to a very large flea market, right across from the bear pit. Here you can pick up vintage clothes, jewellery, vinyl’s, games, paintings, furniture, pretty much everything. Plus, there are plenty of delicious street food stalls to choose from. In short, it’s the perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon in Berlin.

Explore the Fascinating Region of Transylvania

By Cassie from CassieTheHag | Instagram

When I first told people that I was going to Transylvania, I got asked ‘is that a real place?’ While most famous for being the setting of Bram Stoker’s horror novel ‘Dracula’, it is also the very real birthplace for the namesake of this world-famous vampire; he is loosely based on Romania’s notorious medieval leader Vlad Dracul, also known as Vlad the Impaler. Quite Interesting, right?

I recommend heading to Brasov, a surprisingly trendy town in the heart of Transylvania fringed by the Carpathian mountains. From here you can visit Bram Castle, described to tourists as ‘Dracula’s Castle’, along with stunning Peleș Castle and Râșnov Fortress. And don’t forget a day trip to Sighișoara – the historic centre of this colourful medieval town is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. You could even eat traditional Romanian food at Cafe Dracula and, for a small fee and a bit of a scare, see the room upstairs where Vlad Dracul was allegedly born.

Sighisoara, Transylvania

Transylvania is proof that both fact and fiction are endlessly fascinating – and no need to be frightened; Romania is home to the friendliest locals I’ve ever encountered.

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Enjoy a romantic evening at the Roman Baths in Bath, U.K

By Theresa from Fueled By Wanderlust | Instagram

The charming city of Bath may look quintessentially English today, but it was actually founded by the Romans during the 1st century AD. Using the city’s natural geothermal hot springs, the Romans built a thermal bath in the town they then called Aquae Sulis.

The 18th century Georgian style city you see today was cleverly designed and built around these ancient ruins, so as to seamlessly incorporate then into the design. Today, Bath is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that attracts visitors from all over the world. Although a popular bathing spot for the Romans, swimming here has been forbidden since 1978, as the untreated water was deemed unsafe to touch. However, you can still head next door to The Pump Room Restaurant to drink a glass of the hot mineral-filled spa water.

Roman Baths UK

The Roman Baths are open daily for touring, except December 25th and 26th, and stay open as late as 9:00 p.m. during summer. They can get very crowded with tourists during the day, so early morning or evening are the best times to visit. I personally recommend going an hour before closing for a tranquil and romantic gaslit environment.

Participate in Nieuwjaarsduik (New Year’s Ice Dive) in the Netherlands

By Kelly from Poky little Wanderer | Twitter

After ringing in the New Year with a bang the night before (or many bangs since the Dutch have a serious love for fireworks), many Dutch people head to the nearest beach, lake, or even canal for their annual New Year’s Day polar plunge. The tradition started back in the 1960s when a swim club decided to plunge themselves into the North Sea on the morning of January 1st in Zandvoort.

In the years that followed, Unox, a soup brand in the Netherlands and Belgium, began sponsoring the tradition and it has grown to events held across the country that send tens of thousands of people rushing into the icy winter waters every year. Participants are provided with a distinctive Unox branded orange beanie to wear as a badge of honour when they register for the event. After washing off the previous year for a fresh start to the new year, the organizers also give out hot pea soup (snert) to warm everyone up.

Nieuwjaarsduik (New Year's Dive) in the Netherlands

Take a Fairytale Ride in a hot air balloon across Cappadocia

By Adam from Roaming Irishman | Twitter

Cappadocia is one of the world’s premier locations to take part in a hot-air balloon ride and it is like something straight out of a fairytale. For just €150, you can be part of the hundreds of balloons that take flight every morning.

Cappadocia is a rare example of mass-tourism at its very best. The more balloons that take to the sky each morning, the better your experience will be. Your journey will begin in the early hours, ensuring that all visitors will see the sun-rise over the moon-like landscape from the perfect vantage point. You cruise above the fairy chimneys and the town of Goreme before descending into the canyons and valleys. You can then expect to land approximately one
hour after your departure time.

Cappadocia is a place you can dream of visiting for years but only when you are there will you be able to appreciate the sheer beauty of what surrounds you. It is sure to be one of your all-time favourite travel moments.

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  • Kelly at 4:57 am

    What a fabulous list of drool-worthy European experiences! Some of these are on my list already, but I’ll definitely be adding more things to my bucket list after reading this. Thank you so much for sharing!

    • Ciara at 12:12 pm

      Thanks so much Kelly for your comment – my bucket list has gotten longer too, theres so many great places and activities in Europe that I didn’t know about. Also, thanks for your contribution! Ciara

  • Chocoviv at 6:16 am

    So many great places to visit!!! Thx!

    • Ciara at 12:10 pm

      I know right? Thanks so much for contributing!

  • Melis Living at 8:53 am

    Love the post, thanks for including me! I now want to see everywhere on the list. Melis

    • Ciara at 12:09 pm

      Thanks, Melis – I now want to go to Sintra asap! It just looks so incredibly beautiful! Thanks so much for contributing to the post!

  • Kevin at 3:24 am

    This is a truly epic post! I love the collaboration, but also that the posts are succinct and have wonderful photos. Also, some of my favorite bloggers are featured. Great work, Chiara and I hope to visit some of these beautiful places!

    • Ciara at 12:07 pm

      Thanks Kevin, I’m glad you liked the post! I now have a lot more places I need to visit in Europe too!

  • Charlotte Lint at 1:40 pm

    Love this!! And happy to see I already did a lot of them 😀

  • Jaz at 3:43 pm

    The balloons of Cappadocia look incredible! Not so sure about the ice diving in The Netherlands! This is a wonderful post Ciara! Jaz

  • Rachael at 5:02 pm

    This bucket list has given more some serious inspiration….now frantically googling cheap flights to Europe!

    • Ciara at 12:08 am

      Haha I know exactly how you feel…So many amazing places to tick off my bucket list too. Thanks so much for commenting, means a lot!

  • Emma at 8:57 pm

    I officially want to see all of these places now. The northern lights are high up on my list, heading to Scandinavia this winter so keeping my fingers crossed. So many great places here I need to update my bucket list

    • Ciara at 12:07 am

      Yay!! I really hope you see the Northern Lights – we were a bit late for them when we went to Iceland so it’s definitely something I want to see too. Thanks for commenting x

  • John Quinn at 2:39 am

    Wonderful to be part of such a great bucket list. Thank you for the opportunity Ciara. Now I just need to start ticking more of these off the list. Great work by all concerned.

    • Ciara at 12:04 am

      You’re so welcome John! My own bucket list grew longer as a result of this post too!

  • Falke at 5:28 pm

    This post gave me some serious inspiration! My bank account won’t be very happy with the flights I’m booking, but I am!

    • Ciara at 12:04 am

      Haha I feel the same way, I literally want to visit all of these places including the ones I have already been to. Thanks for your comment x

  • Paige at 10:13 pm

    So many amazing suggestions! Definitely keeping this list for future reference!

  • Sarah at 10:05 pm

    What a great collection of bucket list things. I’ve done a few of them, but even living in Europe, there is still so much left to see and do. Visiting a spa bath in Budapest was one of those I only recently finally ticked off my list.
    Thanks for adding a few more things to my never ending list.

  • Krystianna at 11:52 pm

    Great post! I visited Neuschwanstein Castle earlier this year and can definitely agree that it belongs on this bucket list. 🙂 Great photos too!!
    Krystianna @ Volumes and Voyages

  • Elsa at 3:55 am

    Oh, i love all that’s listed. Thanks for the inspiration. Keep writing great articles!

  • Erica at 1:00 am

    Great post! I love that you included Transylvania. One of my favourite regions in Europe. I’ve travelled quite a bit through Europe, but your post reminds me just how much more I have left to see!

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