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Incredible Attractions in Europe to Add to Your Bucket List


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Are you looking for inspiration for your next European adventure? Look no further! Europe is filled with incredible attractions that will impress and amaze. From stunning natural landscapes to historic landmarks, this continent has so much to offer.

In this article, we have compiled a list of must-visit attractions to add to your Europe bucket list. These are perfect for those looking for Europe travel inspiration and include some of the top tourist places. So, keep scrolling to discover some of the best European attractions.

Here is a top list of incredible attractions in Europe to add to your bucket list.


1. Plitvice Lakes, Croatia

Located in the heart of Croatia, the Plitvice Lakes National Park is a breathtaking natural wonder that should be on every traveller’s Europe bucket list. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to sixteen interconnected lakes, each with its own unique colour and shape. The crystal-clear waters, cascading waterfalls, and lush green forests create a magical atmosphere that is unlike anywhere else in the world.

The park is accessible year-round, but the best time to visit is during the spring and autumn when the crowds are smaller, and the weather is mild. The park offers a variety of walking trails ranging from easy to challenging. The most popular route is the boardwalk trail that takes visitors around the Lower Lakes, offering stunning views of the waterfalls and turquoise lakes.

You can easily visit the park from nearby Zagreb, the Croatian capital through tours, as well as from Split, Zadar and other cities.

Lower Lakes at Plitvice Lakes, Croatia
Plitvice Lakes, Croatia – Image by @mikecleggphoto / team

2. Eiffel Tower, Paris

No Europe bucket list would be complete without a visit to the Eiffel Tower in Paris. This iconic landmark is one of the most visited attractions in the world, and for good reason. The tower stands at 330 meters  (1083 feet) tall and offers fantastic panoramic views of the city from its observation decks.

To avoid the crowds, it’s best to visit the tower early in the morning or late at night. You can also book a ticket in advance to skip the long lines and enjoy a guided tour of the tower. Make sure to bring your camera to capture the stunning views of the city and the Seine River.

Eiffel Tower, Paris at sunset
Paris – Image by @mikecleggphoto / team

3. Houses of Parliament, London

The Houses of Parliament, also known as the Palace of Westminster, is an iconic landmark in London and a must-visit attraction for history buffs. The building is home to the British Parliament and is one of the most recognizable buildings in the world.

Visitors can take a guided tour of the Houses of Parliament, which includes a visit to the House of Commons and the House of Lords. You can also watch a live debate in the House of Commons from the public gallery.

You can enjoy exterior views from Westminster Bridge, across the river on the Queen’s Walk, Parliament Square Garden, the London Eye and from many other nearby spots. The building is also lit up at night, creating a stunning backdrop for a nighttime stroll along the River Thames.

London is one of the best Europe tourist places to visit and a wonderful addition to any European travel itinerary.

Houses of Parliament at sunset, London
London – Image by @mikecleggphoto / team

4. Colosseum, Rome

The Colosseum in Rome is one of the most iconic landmarks in Italy and a testament to the country’s rich history. This ancient amphitheatre was built in 70-80 AD and was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles.

Today, visitors can take a guided tour of the Colosseum and learn about its fascinating history. Depending on which option you choose a tour may also include access to the underground chambers and the top tier of the amphitheatre, offering stunning views of the surrounding area.

Rome’s Colosseum is one of the top Europe attractions so be sure to add to your bucket list.

Colosseum in Rome
Rome – Photo © Ixuskmitl | Dreamstime.com

5. The Storr, Scotland

The Storr is a famous landmark on the Isle of Skye in Scotland. The mountain is known for its unique rock formations and stunning views of the surrounding landscape. You can hike up the mountain for even more breathtaking views, or you can simply admire it from a distance. The nearby town of Portree is also worth a visit.

Old Man of Storr, Isle of Skye
Isle of Skye – Photo © flotsom | depositphotos.com

6. Charles Bridge, Prague

Charles Bridge in Prague is an impressive landmark that has been standing for over 600 years. It connects the Old Town with the Lesser Town and offers stunning views of the Vltava River and the surrounding area.

The bridge is open to pedestrians year-round, and it’s best to visit early in the morning or late at night to avoid the crowds. The bridge is lined with statues of saints and offers a unique perspective on the city.

You can also head up the two towers at either end of the bridge to enjoy more peaceful views, including over the bridge to Prague Castle.

Charles Bridge in Prague at Sunrise
Charles Bridge, Prague – Image by @mikecleggphoto / team

7. Hungarian Parliament, Budapest

The Hungarian Parliament in Budapest is one of the most beautiful buildings in Europe and a must-visit attraction for architecture enthusiasts. The building was completed in 1904 and is a blend of Gothic and Renaissance styles.

Visitors can take a guided tour of the parliament, which includes a visit to the Grand Staircase, the Dome Hall, and The Chamber of Peers The building is also lit up at night, creating a mesmerising and stunning backdrop for a nighttime stroll along the Danube River.

Hungarian Parliament at night, Budapest
Hungarian Parliament, Budapest – Image by @mikecleggphoto / team

8. Lake Bled, Slovenia

Lake Bled in Slovenia is a picturesque natural wonder that should be on every traveller’s Europe bucket list. The lake is surrounded by the Julian Alps and in the middle you’ll find a  small island with a church. A nice activity is to visit this island on traditional wooden boats which are called pletnas.

Visitors can take a leisurely stroll around the lake or rent a boat and explore the island. The area is also home to many hiking trails that offer stunning views of the lake and the surrounding mountains.

Views of Bled Lake
Lake Bled – Image by @mikecleggphoto / team

9. Amsterdam-Centrum, Amsterdam

Amsterdam is one of the most vibrant cities in Europe, and its Centrum borough is a must-see with its quirky and unique architecture. It’s a city photographer’s paradise and you would struggle to put your camera away. Visiting and exploring this part of the city is also one of the top Europe attractions and is perfect for someone’s European bucket list.

Within the Centrum is also the famous red light district also called De Wallen. The Red Light District in Amsterdam is a unique and controversial attraction that is unlike anything else in the world. The district is home to many brothels, sex shops, and coffee shops, and is a popular destination for tourists looking for a different kind of nightlife.

While the district is not for everyone, it’s an interesting and eye-opening experience that offers a glimpse into a different side of Amsterdam.

Amsterdam Damrak at night
Amsterdam – Image by @mikecleggphoto / team

10. Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt in Switzerland is a picturesque resort town that is surrounded by some of the highest peaks in the Alps, including the iconic Matterhorn. The village is car-free (combustion-engine) and is accessible by train or cable car.

When visiting you can explore the village whilst enjoying the stunning views of the surrounding mountains. The area is also home to many hiking trails and ski slopes, making it a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts.

Zermatt during the winter
Zermatt – Photo © anshar | depositphotos.com

11. Cliffs of Moher, Ireland

The Cliffs of Moher in Ireland are a breathtaking natural wonder that should be on every traveller’s bucket list. The cliffs rise 214 meters above the Atlantic Ocean and offer stunning views of the surrounding area.

Visitors can take a leisurely stroll along the cliff path and enjoy the stunning views of the ocean and the surrounding countryside. The area is also home to many hiking trails that offer stunning views of the cliffs and the surrounding area.

Cliffs of Moher
Cliffs of Moher – Photo © MNStudio | depositphotos.com

12. Gamla Stan, Stockholm

Gamla Stan in Stockholm is a charming and picturesque old town that is a must-visit attraction. The area is filled with colourful buildings, narrow streets, and historic landmarks.

You can take a leisurely stroll through the old town and explore the many cafes, restaurants, and shops that line the streets. The area is also home to many historic landmarks, including the Royal Palace and the Nobel Museum.

Canon 6D Mark II - Example Image - Sunset Stockholm
Stockholm – Image by team / @mikecleggphoto

13. Tallinn’s Old Town, Estonia

Tallinn’s Old Town in Estonia is a beautifully preserved medieval town and is a must-visit European attraction. The area is filled with cute cobblestone streets, and historic landmarks and great viewpoints.

While here you can take a leisurely stroll through the old town and enjoy the many cafes, restaurants, and shops that line the streets. The area is also home to many historic landmarks, including the Toompea Castle and the St. Olaf’s Church. Learn about the top Tallinn viewpoints.

Winter Destinations in Europe showing Tallinn
Tallinn Old Town – Image by @mikecleggphoto / team

14. Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna

The Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna, Austria is a stunning palace that was once the summer residence of the Habsburgs. The palace is surrounded by beautiful gardens and is a must-visit attraction for architecture and history enthusiasts.

You can take guided tours of the palace to explore some of its lush furnishings in rooms such as the Great Gallery, Hall of Ceremonies and some of the private rooms. The gardens are also open to visitors year-round and offer stunning views of the palace and the surrounding area. For those visiting in the summer then there is also a swimming pool within the grounds which is pretty good.

Schönbrunn Palace - Vienna in the summer
Schönbrunn Palace – Image by @mikecleggphoto / team

15. Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany

Neuschwanstein Castle is a fairytale castle in Germany that inspired the design of the Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland. The castle was built in the 19th century and is a must-visit attraction for history and architecture enthusiasts, as well as those who just want to enjoy this fairytale castle and surrounding scenery.

Nowadays it is one of the top Europe attractions and you can enjoy a guided tour of the castle, which includes a visit to the throne room, the king’s bedroom, and the dining hall. The castle is surrounded by beautiful gardens and offers stunning views of the surrounding area.

Neuschwanstein Castle
Neuschwanstein Castle – Photo © minnystock | Dreamstime.com

16. Trolltunga, Norway

Norway is full of incredible landscapes and Trolltunga is one of its natural wonders. The rock formation hangs 700 meters above Lake Ringedalsvatnet and offers stunning views of the surrounding area and this should be on every traveller’s bucket list

The hike to Trolltunga is challenging and takes around 10-12 hours round trip, but the views are well worth the effort. The area is also home to many other hiking trails that offer stunning views of the surrounding mountains and fjords.

Trolltunga - Norway
Trolltunga – Photo © Javarman | Dreamstime.com

17. Historic Centre of Brugge, Belgium

The Historic Centre of Brugge in Belgium is a beautifully preserved medieval town that is a must-visit attraction for history and architecture lovers. The area is filled with colourful buildings, narrow streets, and historic landmarks.

Visitors can take a leisurely stroll through the old town and explore its many cafes, restaurants, and shops that line the streets. The area is also home to many historic landmarks, including the impressive Belfry of Bruges and the Church of Our Lady.

Bruges at night
Bruges – Image by @mikecleggphoto / team

18. Nyhavn, Copenhagen

Nyhavn in Copenhagen is a picturesque waterfront area that is a must-visit attraction for anyone visiting Denmark. The area is filled with colourful buildings, cafes, and restaurants, and is a popular destination for locals and tourists alike.

Here you can take a leisurely stroll along the waterfront and enjoy the stunning views of the colourful buildings and the boats that line the canal. The area is also home to many historic landmarks, including the Royal Danish Playhouse.

Colourful buildings along Nyhavn in Copenhagen
Copenhagen – Image by @mikecleggphoto / team

19. Meteora, Greece

Meteora is a stunning natural wonder in Greece that should be on every traveller’s Europe bucket list. The area is home to six monasteries that are perched on top of towering rock formations, offering stunning views of the surrounding area.

You can take a guided tour of the monasteries and learn about their fascinating history. The area is also home to many hiking trails that offer stunning views of the rock formations and the surrounding countryside.

Meteora in Greece
Meteora – Photo © Galyna Andrushko | Dreamstime.com

20. Brandenburg Gate, Berlin

Located in the heart of Berlin, the Brandenburg Gate is one of the most iconic landmarks in Europe. It was built in the 18th century as a symbol of peace, but it has since become a symbol of German unity. The gate is an impressive sight to behold, especially at night when it is illuminated. You can take a walk around the gate and learn about its history, or you can take a tour and explore the surrounding area.

Brandenburg Gate at night
Berlin – Photo via depositphotos.com

21. Kotor Old Town, Montenegro

If you’re looking for a charming and historic town to visit, then Kotor Old Town is a must-see. This medieval town is located on the Adriatic coast and is protected as a UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The town is surrounded by ancient walls and you can walk around the walls for breathtaking views of the bay. You can also explore the narrow streets and visit the many churches and museums in the town.

Views of Kotor from the fortress
Kotor – Image by @mikecleggphoto / team

22. Venice and its Lagoon, Italy

Venice is one of the most romantic and unique cities in the world, located in a series of islands in a lagoon. The city is famous for its canals, streets, bridges, and beautiful architecture. You can take a gondola ride through the canals, visit the famous St. Mark’s Square, or explore the many museums and churches in the city. The island of Murano, famous for its glass-making, is also worth a visit, as well as the extremely colourful and picturesque Burano.

Being one of the most unique destinations in the world we’d highly recommend Venice as a great addition to a European bucket list.

Venice
Venice – Image by @mikecleggphoto / team

23. Kirkjufellsfoss and Kirkjufell, Iceland

Iceland is known for its stunning natural beauty, and Kirkjufellsfoss along with Kirkjufell are one of the most iconic landmarks in the country. This mountain and waterfall are located on the Snæfellsnes peninsula and the mountain is known for its unique shape and stunning views. You can hike up the mountain for even more breathtaking views, or you can simply admire it from a distance. The nearby town of Grundarfjörður is also worth a visit.

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Kirkjufellsfoss and Kirkjufell
Kirkjufellsfoss, Iceland – Photo © Kesu01 | depositphotos.com

24. Dubrovnik Old Town, Croatia

Dubrovnik is a beautiful coastal city in Croatia that is famous for its old town. The town is surrounded by ancient walls that were built in the 13th century, and you can walk around the walls for stunning views of the Adriatic Sea. You can also visit the many churches, museums, and palaces in the town, or take a cable car up to the top of Mount Srđ for even more breathtaking views.

Dubrovnik skyline
Dubrovnik – Image by @mikecleggphoto / team

25. Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

The Sagrada Familia is one of the most famous landmarks in Barcelona and was designed by the famous architect Antoni GaudĂ­. The church is still under construction, but it is already an impressive sight to behold. The church is known for its unique architecture and stunning stained glass windows. You can take a tour of the church and learn about its history and construction.

Barcelona - Sagrada Familia
Sagrada Familia, Barcelona – Image via Canva

26. St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Sofia

The St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral is one of the most impressive landmarks in Sofia, Bulgaria. The cathedral was built in the early 20th century and is known for its stunning architecture and beautiful mosaics. You can take a tour of the cathedral and learn about its history, or you can simply admire it from the outside.

Cathedral Saint Alexandar Nevski and colourful sunrise reflections
Sofia – Image by @mikecleggphoto / team

27. Krakow’s Rynek Glowny, Krakow

Krakow’s Rynek Glowny is one of the largest town squares in Europe, located in the heart of Krakow, Poland. The square is surrounded by beautiful architecture and is home to many restaurants, cafes, and shops. You can also visit the famous Cloth Hall, a historic building that has been used as a market hall since the 14th century.

Also nearby is St. Mary’s Basilica which has a stunning interior and is definitely worth visiting.

Cloth Hall, Krakow at night
Krakow – Image by @mikecleggphoto / team

28. Pena Palace, Portugal

Nestled in the hills of Sintra, Portugal, the Pena Palace is a fairytale castle that will transport you back in time. Pena Palace was built in the 19th century and is a blend of different architectural styles, including Gothic, Moorish, and Renaissance.

The palace is open to visitors year-round, and you can take a guided tour of the interior, which is filled with ornate decorations and colourful frescoes. Around the palace, you’ll find lush gardens and these offer stunning views of the surrounding area.

You can easily visit Pena Palace from Lisbon through tours, or by getting the train to Sintra and then a taxi from there.

Pena Palace, Sintra, Portugal
Pena Palace – Image by @mikecleggphoto / team

29. Fortress Hohensalzburg, Salzburg

Fortress Hohensalzburg is a medieval fortress located in Salzburg, Austria. The fortress is one of the largest in Europe and is known for its stunning views of the city and surrounding landscape. You can take a tour of the fortress and learn about its history, or you can simply enjoy the views from the top.

Salzburg skyline
Salzburg – Image by @mikecleggphoto / team

Summary

Europe is filled with incredible attractions that will leave you in awe. From beautiful natural landscapes to incredible landmarks, this continent has it all. We hope this article has inspired you to add some of these must-visit attractions to your European bucket list. So start planning your trip and get ready to see some of the wonders. that Europe has to offer. Happy travelling!

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