If Ibn Battuta's quote, 'traveling, it leaves you speechless then turns you into a storyteller' is anything to go by, Europe is the story waiting to be told. A destination for every season, a tour of Europe is a rollercoaster ride- compelling, mesmerizing and irrepressible- all at the same time! Whether it's a relaxed vacation or an adrenalin-pumping adventure- Europe has ample choices for all its visitors and makes sure each and everyone one of you gets just what you're looking for.
And for a place, so welcoming, it is imperative that this fascinating continent prominently figure on your travel bucket list of 2016. To make things easier, we bring you the top 5 countries in the European region. These splendid places, housing some of the most monumental structures that narrate stories of their country's glorious past, truly immortalize Europe Tourism. Read on:
With the Swiss Alps to give you company, Switerzland is the best destination to visit to beat the Indian summer heat. Lush alpine pastures, snow-clad mountains, and nature's beauty in its best form everywhere in your line of sight, Switzerland also has many options up its sleeve for the adventurous souls. You could indulge in ski-ing at one of the popular resorts in Rothorn or experience rock climbing, heli-skiing or paragliding.
Must Visit Places: Jungfraujoch- Ice Palace, Sphinx Observatory; Mount Titlis- Titlis Gondola, Titlis Cliff Walk; Zermatt- Zweisimmen, Montreux, Mont Blanc, Lake Brienz, Geneva Lake; Interlaken.
2. United Kingdom
An island country, England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Island together make the United Kingdom. A country with great options, United Kingdom, will make you fall in love with its protocol and conformity. Beautifully erected structures in the neo-classical style of architecture, varied entertainment options and rich in heritage and culture, UK is a one-stop-shop for any traveler. You must begin with London- the UK's most visited city, and an absolute delight for tourists with its charming attractions.
Must Visit Places: London- Buckingham Palace, Palace of Westminster, St Paul's Cathedral, London Eye, Madam Tussauds; Edinburgh- Edinburgh Castle, Mons Meg; Belfast- Grand Opera House, Belfast Castle; Glasgow- Glasgow University, Bell's Bridge, Riverside Museum/
Sunny beaches, immaculate islands, magnificent architecture, and a general ambiance of romance- Greece is one of the most preferred destinations for people looking to spend a romantic vacation in Europe. A country of striking irony, you'll find seafronts and islands in one part of the country standing perfectly in contrast to the conifer-covered mountains that dot the island in another part. If you're a history buff, you're in for a treat! One too many places in Greece stand as a testimony of its testing past and how it carved its way to becoming one of the most beautiful countries in the world.
Must Visit Places: Santorini; Athens- Syntagma Square, Parliament, Academy, Memorial to the Unknown Soldier, Parthenon, Delphi- Temple of Apollo, Athenian Treasury, Altar of the Chians; Olympia- Temple of Zeus, Temple of Hera, Metroon; Mykonos- Paradise Beach, Mykonos Castle; Parnassos.
One of the most historically and culturally significant countries, France is touted as one of the most visited countries in the world. A hub of art, culture and UNESCO World Heritage Sites, France's most popular city is the 'City of Love', Paris. This place will probably take up the most time of your trip, but once you're done exploring this one, make sure you head to Nice, Cannes, Clermont-Ferrand, and Avignon, which are relatively unexplored, but equally intriguing sites. A foodie has a lot in store as the country offers diverse cuisines at some of the most intricately constructed fine dining restaurants.
Must Visit Places: Paris- Eiffel Tower, Musée d'Orsay, Louvre Museum, Notre Dame de Paris, Arc de Triomphe, Palais Garnier, Palace of Versailles, Chartres Cathedral, and Champs-Élysées.
Known for playing a prominent role in WWII Germany is known for its intriguing past, but surprises the travelers by being an eclectic mixture of adventure, romance, leisure, and everything in between. Germany is soon emerging as a loved tourist spot, owing to the events and festivals organized in the country throughout the year, the most known being the Oktoberfest. With great places to shop and a buzzing nightlife, Germany should be on your list of must explore places when you holiday the next time.
Must Visit Places: Berlin- WWII Battlefields, Brandenburg Gate, Reichstag building, Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, Checkpoint Charlie; Munich- Nymphenburg Palace, Hofbräuhaus München, Neuschwanstein Castle; Bavaria- Deutsches Museum, Munich Residenz, Alte Pinakothek; Frankfurt- Goethe House, Alte Oper, Naturmuseum Senckenberg, Frankfurt Cathedral.