I don’t know what it is about Europe, but my heart always wants to go back to it. Out of the 44 countries in Europe, I’ve visited 15 so far, with 2 more that I’ll be ticking off this month. After that, there are still 5 more European countries that I want to explore (Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland, Ireland and Scotland), and maybe after that I’ll be done with my European bucket list!
The difficult thing is always figuring out where you want to go in Europe, because there are so many cool options! From the Aegean seas, to the ancient Roman architecture, there is so much to see on this continent. These were the absolute must-dos on my European Bucket list, and I hope that this list helps you, if you are planning your own European adventure!
See the Eiffel Tower in all her Majesty
I know that this sounds so cliché, and so common, but this was the first thing on my general travel Bucket List that I wanted to tick off! I’ve always had a thing for everything French, starting with French food and ending with French designers. I literally remember growing up and dreaming of how much I wanted to see the Eiffel Tower, so on my first big overseas trip, I went to Paris with my mom. I can literally still remember how my heart skipped a beat when I saw this beauty in the distance, and that memory will stay with me forever. Seeing the Eiffel Tower is a non-negotiable on anyone’s European Bucket List, and yes- it’s worth it!
Visit the Louvre Museum
A close second after the Eiffel Tower for me, was visiting the Louvre Museum in Paris. I have always loved and admired art, and to see the place where so many great works of art are gathered, is a real treat. The queues are usually very long, but the masterpieces inside are worth the wait. You can also book your tickets online to avoid the long walk-in queues.
Leave your love letter for Juliette in Verona
I wanted to go to Verona not because of a movie that I saw (Letters to Juliet), but because of an ancient love story that captivated my heart. Romeo and Juliet was set in Verona, and this quaint little town is a very pretty sight if you are ever visiting Italy. Of course Juliet was never a real person, so she never actually lived in this house, but when you walk through the little tunnel to get to the statue of Juliet, you might think that she actually did exist. People still write letters to Juliet, asking for her advice in love. A team of volunteer ‘Juliet’s secretaries’ answer them. They work out of an upstairs room in the house. You can’t leave notes on the actual wall anymore or you will get fined, but you can touch Juliet’s right breast if you are hoping to find true love 😉
Have a gelato in Venice
I mean, don’t only have a gelato in Venice, have it everywhere in Italy, because it is the best gelato you will ever have in your life! I loved visiting Venice, this city looks exactly like it does in the pictures. You can only explore this city by for or by boat and I can guarantee you will fall in love with it. Also make sure to visit St Mark’s Square, if you wan to be attacked by pigeons 😉
Shop in Milan
Where else would you go for the best shopping, but the fashion capital of the world? It’s impossible to not shop up a storm while you are in Milan, because its streets are lined with boutiques and shopping centers. The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is Italy’s oldest active shopping mall and a major landmark of Milan. It’s also located next to the Duomo di Milano, another beautiful sight to see!
See night time Budapest come alive
Budapest was one town that was never on my list, but when my parents were doing a Eurotrip in 2016, they suggested I fly there and see them for a few days in Budapest. I could not believe the beauty that unfolded in front of my eyes, when I saw Budapest. This is one town I recommend for anyone to visit, and seeing it into the nighttime is really something else!
Sail the Croatian Seas
Croatia has only recently appeared on the Wanderlust map, but I visited it back in 2016 and loved it. The Adriatic Sea is beautiful, with its beautiful coastline,and there are many beautiful cities you should visit. Dubrovnik, Split and Zadar are just a few, and you can even sail down to Montenegro.
Visit Palacio De Cristal in Madrid
The Palacio de Cristal is a conservatory located in Madrid’s Buen Retiro Park. It was built in 1887 and this magnificent structure is made almost entirely of glass in an iron framework set on a brick base, which is decorated in ceramics. It’s such an amazing piece of architecture, which now houses different art exhibitions. Its stunning from the outside and the inside, and it overlooks a beautiful lake. Fun fact- the palace was originally designed to be re-erected on another site (imagine that, a palace that you could move around!) but ended up staying right where it belongs- right in the center of Retiro Park.
See the La Sagrada Familia in person
This masterpiece is still in progress in Barcelona, having started construction back in 1882!t’s not possible to describe how amazing this piece of architecture is and how it comes alive right before your eyes- it’s something that you have to see in person. Its even more beautiful on the inside, and I would just generally say that Barcelona as a whole, is a bucket-list destination. The sangria, the tapas, the architecture! Barcelona is just beautiful.
See the time change on the Astronomical Clock in Prague
Situated in the Old Town Square in Pargue, this beautiful clock carries a strong and interesting history. The clock was first installed in 1410, making it the third-oldest astronomical clock in the world and the oldest one still operating. The clock mechanism itself has three main components: the astronomical dial, representing the position of the Sun and Moon in the sky and displaying various astronomical details, “The Walk of the Apostles”, a clockwork hourly show of figures of the Apostles and other moving sculptures—notably a figure of Death (represented by a skeleton) striking the time, and a calendar dial with medallions representing the months. According to local legend, the city will suffer if the clock is neglected and its good operation is placed in jeopardy; a ghost, mounted on the clock, was supposed to nod its head in confirmation. How cool is that!?
Stroll along Piccadilly Street in London
There is of course so much to do in London, it deserves a bucket list of its own! High Tea at The Ritz, a ride along River Thames, shopping on Oxford Street, London is full of lights and possibly. One of my favorite cities that I have ever visited, London is simply magical!
Marvel at the Acropolis in Athens
The term acropolis means “upper city” and most of the sacred buildings are usually on the acropolis. It is the safest, most secure place in town and while there are many more acropolis in Greece, it is this one in central Athens that gathers the most attention. In fact, it is routinely referred to simply as “The Acropolis” and it actually comprises itself of a few monuments including The Parthenon, the Temple of Athena Nike and the Erechtheion. This sight almost brought me to tears and it is simply breathtaking.
Get lost in the streets of Mykonos Old Town
I loved Mykonos a lot more than I thought I would, in fact it was my favorite part about visiting Greece. The white washed streets in Mykonos Old Town were extremely charming, so I didn’t mind getting lost there! The streets have no names and no numbers, so you are bound to get lost, but that’s okay! Enjoy the adventure and the views that this town has to offer.
Watch a sunset in Santorini
This was a life-long dream of mine, and I got to tick this off my bucket list last year when I visited Greece. We stayed in Oia, the place where the magical sunsets happens, and while the whole of Santorini wasn’t how I pictured it, the sunsets there were simply magical.
Visit the Red Square In Moscow
There is so much to do in Moscow, but this iconic sight definitely takes the cake, when it comes to first things to see in Moscow. I visit Moscow regularly, but I never get over the beauty of the Red Square. I have a very detailed posts on things to do in Moscow over here, so check it out if you ever plan on visiting Russia.
Throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain
This was another dream that I had, especially because when I first visited Italy, I didn’t go to Rome. I dreamt about seeing the Colosseum, eating pasta, sitting on the Spanish Steps, and throwing a coin into the Trevi Fountain. Legend has it that if you throw a coin into the fountain, you will be back there again in your life, so lets see how that works out for me!
Take a canal ride in Amsterdam
Amsterdam was the number 2 city on my Bucket List, and when I visited it last year, it did not disappoint! Taking a canal cruise is a must-do, after all, the city is built on water and is known for its fascinating history, iconic architecture and sights that date back to its Golden Age beginnings- so what better way to see it but from a lovely canal cruise?
And here are the things that I still want to do, to complete my European Bucket list! Anything else you want to add?
Dress up for a casino nigh in Monaco
See the Berlin Wall in Germany
Ski in Switzerland
See the Northern Lights in Finland
Take a cruise along the Amalfi Coast in Italy
Do a pub crawl in Dublin