The Ultimate European Travel Bucket List

The Ultimate European Travel Bucket List

Europe is one of the best travel destinations there is. Filled with ancient history, stunning nature and amazing cities, this continent must be on your travel list.

In this extensive European travel bucket list post, I will show you 73 of the best sights throughout Europe, just so you won’t miss out. From stunning national parks to must-see unique spots, here’s your ultimate European bucket list.

European travel bucket list

  1. Have a picnic underneath the Eiffel Tower (Paris, France) – When in France eat as they do, so a typical French breakfast consists of a croissant(buttery rolls of flaky pastry) and/or a tartine (French bread sliced lengthwise, with butter and jam), some fruit or juice, and café au lait(coffee with milk, also called café crème).
  2. Wander around the ancient ruins of Rome, Italy – Any visit to Rome starts with its fabulous Roman ruins. After all, Rome is defined by its ancient past and the traces of one of the most fascinating civilizations that have ever lived. There are over 40 ruins, so you better get your walking shoes on.
  3. Enjoy a gonadal trip on the canals of Venice, Italy – Sit back and enjoy the ride. Enjoy the stunning views and watch as the other tourist slender through the city.
  4. Shop till you drop in Milan, Italy – Everyone knows that Milan is a fashion capital, so whether you’re after high-end designer labels, vintage gems or outlet stores this city has it all. Bring your credit card and max it out.
  5. Watch the change of the guards at Buckingham Palace (London, England) Immaculately turned out guards, precision drill and bands playing stirring music all combine to make ‘Changing of the Guard’ one of London’s most popular attraction.
  6. Check out Sagrada Família church (Barcelona, Spain) – Construction of Barcelona’s iconic (but controversial)church is expected to be completed in 2026. (The construction began in 1882) it is unbelievably majestic, truly a masterpiece. Must see!!!
  7. Try to save to tower of Pisa (Pisa, Italy)  – The leaning tower of Pisa, who has not heard of it… I think we have all have. See it now, before it falls over.
  8. Enjoy a classical concert in Vienna, Austria – The hometown of Mozart.
  9. Wander the medieval old town of Prague, Hungary – The Old Town of Prague (Czech: Staré Město pražské) is a nice place to grab a drink/bite to eat (if a little more expensive than other areas) but definitely worth a look.
  10. Buy flowers at the flower market in Amsterdam, Netherlands – When in Holland. Also, the Bloemenmarkt (The Amsterdam Flower Market) is the only floating flower market in the world.
  11. Go to Asia for a day when in Istanbul, Turkey Just a ferry hop away and you cross into Asia.
  12. Check out the ancient ruins in Athens –  The Acropolis, The Parthenon, Acropolis of Rhodes, the Ancient City of Kamiros and the temple of Apollo are just a few of the historical sites that you can visit.
  13. Say hello to the little mermaid in Copenhagen, Denmark – The Little Mermaid (Danish: Den Lille Havfrue) is a bronze statue by Edvard Eriksen, depicting mermaid and was born of a fairy tale by Danish author Hans Christian Andersen.
  14. Check out the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, one of the main sights in Saint Petersburg, Russia – It is a whole lot prettier and less frightening then it sounds.
  15. Check out Rembrandts Nightwatch at the Rijksmuseum (Amsterdam, Netherlands) – One of the many Dutch masterworks at this museum.
  16. Pretend you are the King of the North at shooting locations of the hit show Game of Thrones (Dubrovnik, Croatia) –  Lots of scenes from Kings landing have been filmed here….. WHOW
  17. Take the ultimate Instagram picture at Santorini, Greece – Also known as Thera in Greek – is the island immortalized by poets and painters, thanks to its celebrated light, multi-coloured cliffs, and picture-perfect towns and beaches.
  18. Pay your respects at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin Germany – An imposing military monument that has come to symbolize peace and unity.
  19. Do a photoshoot on the Red Square in Moscow, Russia – Moscow’s Red Square is not only Russia’s most recognized landmark, but is the centre of the city (and the country) in a very literal way. It is also the perfect place to get your iPhone out to take some stunning pictures for you booming Instagram account.
  20. Visit the worlds smallest state, Vatican City –  You don’t have to be Catholic to take in all the beauty and old buildings. This is some sight to see. Don’t miss it.
  21. Take a trip to Venice of the north, Giethoorn, Netherlands –  It is so peaceful, so different and has such simple beauty that it hardly seems real – gently gliding along small canals past old but pretty thatched-roof houses….. It is truly a pleasure being here.
  22. Buy a tiny Eifel tower in Paris, France – Souvenirs shopping is a must when on holidays, and if you are visiting France and you don’t come back with a tiny Eiffel Tower, then have you actually been to France? I think not, make sure you grab one for yourself and one for each of your family members. They will be expecting one, for sure.
  23. Drink a beer at one of the many beer gardens, Munich Germany – As the Germans say: PROST (drink responsibly though or not, whatever lol)
  24. Visit the birthplace of PIZZA, you got to (Naples, Italy) – The go-to restaurant is L’ANTICA PIZZERIA DA MICHELE –  made famous by Julia Roberts in the film Eat Pray Love – commonly known to Neapolitans as Da Michele. The restaurant feels old, with various old photographs dotted around the walls giving you a feel of the history – it opened in 1870 in case you didn’t know!
  25. Party like its 1999 at Ibiza, Spain – The birthplace of the rave, Ibiza is home to some of the hottest clubs in the world. Revellers from around the world flock to the island just to party
  26. Check out the glitz and glam at the French Riviera, France – The French Riviera is known the world over for its glamour and beauty.
  27. Check out Ann Franks hiding place at the Ann Frank museum (Amsterdam, Netherlands) – The world-famous hiding place of Ann Frank is Located in Amsterdam. It is something you truly must-see once in your life.  Learn about world war II, about Anne and, where Anne and her family were hidden.
  28. Enjoy a classical concert at the birthplace of Mozart (Salzburg, Austria) – Where you are a fan of classical music or not.
  29. Visit the blue lagoons at Reykjavik, Iceland – Home to one of 25 wonders of the world, Blue Lagoon Iceland is a place where the powers of geothermal seawater create transformational spa journeys.
  30. Visit the magnificent Plitvice Lakes National park in Croatia – Plitviče Lakes National Park is a 295-sq.-km forest reserve in central Croatia. It’s known for a chain of 16 terraced lakes, joined by waterfalls, that extend into a limestone canyon. Walkways and hiking trails wind around and across the water, and an electric boat links the 12 upper and 4 lower lakes.
  31. Drink like the Iris at Temple Bar (Dublin, Ireland) – Don’t try to keep up with the Irish, that won’t end well. But grabbing a few pints and listen to live music is a must.
  32. Norway’s awe-inspiring Fjords are not to be missed (Norway) – Pictures of Fjord Norway reveal stunning scenery with deep blue fjords, flowing waterfalls and sharp, snow-capped mountains that tower high above the water. *sight* does that not sound bloody amazing?
  33. Visit an ice bar in Helsinki (you should probably do that in winter), Finland – Visiting n Icebar is the perfect place to immerse yourself in the Scandinavian tradition of celebrating winter. Plus its very instagrammable.
  34. Say hello to ‘Manneken pis’ (Brussels, Belgium) – This is a landmark small bronze sculpture (61 cm), depicting a naked little boy urinating into a fountain’s basin.
  35. Scale the cliffs of Moher – Ireland – Towering heights and crashing waves, ageless legends and endless flurrying birds: the Cliffs of Moher are a natural masterpiece.
  36. Stay up all night and watch the Aurora Borealis light up the sky ( Iceland, Noway and Finland) – Icelanders are privileged when it comes to the Northern Lights. They are visible for eight months a year, from early September to the end of April and in any of these months, you are likely to see some aurora activity
  37. Do a Jack the Ripper tour in London, England World famous serial killer (1888–1891) who killed 5 people in London. Follow in his footsteps and see all murder locations and more (I find this fascinating)
  38. Visit the Louvre for FREE, Paris France – If you’re under the age of 26, good news – the Louvre is free for you to enter! (EU citizens only though, sorry)
  39. Jump off the rocks at ‘Hole in the Wall’, Dubrovnik Croatia – Also known as ‘Cafe Buja’, the ‘Hole in the Wall’ is one of Dubrovnik’s worst-kept secrets. The infamous hole in the wall bar is literally perched on the side of a cliff.
  40. Visit the Spanish capital’s best-known museums for free, Madrid Spain – If you’re planning on visiting Madrid but haven’t booked anything just yet, keep in mind that two of the Spanish capital’s best-known museums are free to enter at different times over the weekend. Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía is free to enter on Saturdays after 2.30 pm and all day Sunday while the Prado is free all day Sunday also.
  41. Drink too much Ouzo at Mykonos, Greece – Headache guaranteed…
  42. Pay your respect and learn about world war II at Auschwitz-Birkenau, Poland – A sombre day, but one you should do.
  43. Embark on a comic strip walk, Brussels, Belgium –  The Comic Art Walk is especially interesting and takes in 30 walls that have been transformed into storybook comics!
  44. World of the Ice Giants (Eisriesenwelt, Austria) – An underground natural palace of ice
  45. Go to three countries within seconds by visiting the Tripoint – Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany
  46. Stroll through the Roman Forum, Rome, Italy – There may not be much left of the Roman Forum, as it’s not been as well preserved some of the other attractions in Rome, but it remains one of the city’s most popular sights and with good reason
  47. Hike the stunning Cairngorms National Park in Scotland – United Kingdom – Chill, wander and enjoy.
  48. Visit Cabo de Gata-Níjar Natural Park, Andalusia Spain – Home to flamingos, purple herons, eagles, and more than a thousand other bird species, Cabo de Gata-Níjar Natural Park is one of the most important nature reserves in Western Europe.
  49. Marvel the Art Nouveau architecture, Riga, Latvia – Riga has one of the largest concentrations of Art Nouveau architecture in the world, with more than a third of the Central District built in the style.
  50. Come to relax and enjoy some of the most beautiful scenery in Italy at the Dolomite mountain range. (Italy) – Grab your walking shoes and wander away.
  51. Visit London’s free galleries and museums, England – Many of London’s museums and galleries are free. But we’re not talking any old museums…we’re talking the city’s top museums!
  52. See Hans Christian Andersen’s grave, Copenhagen Denmark – Bit macabre but – Visit the Assistens Cemetery in Nørrebro to see the final resting places of notable Danish citizens like Hans Christian Andersen and physicist Niels Bohr. Filled with trees and plants, it’s also a peaceful park to wander through on a sunny day.
  53. Relax on the uncrowded beaches of Montenegro –  Stunning beached without the crowd, everything you need and more.
  54. Check out the most-photographed mountain in the world (According to the Swiss) The Matterhorn (The Swiss – Italian border)
  55. Eat (too many) Belgium waffles – They are so flipping delicious, that once you start you can’t stop.
  56. Attend the Grand Prix in Monaco – F1 spectacular at its BEST.
  57. Soak in a thermal bath in Budapest, Hungary – One of the greatest pleasures of Budapest is the city’s spectacular thermal baths.
  58. Enjoy a pilsner at the “highest beer garden in Germany” – The so-called “highest beer garden in Germany” sits atop the Zugspitze, which just so happens to be the highest mountain in Deutschland. Although it takes some effort to reach this sprawling terrace it’s undoubtedly worth it to take in views of the Alps with a cold beer in your hand.
  59. See the big balls of Brussels, Belgium –  Visit one of the weirdest attractions in all of Europe—the Atomium in Brussels. It’s an enormous model of an iron crystal built in 1958 that’s both ebullient and terrifying in the way only the Atomic Age could be…
  60. Visit one of the most stunning lavender fields in the world, Luberon France – Bloom from June to August in the Luberon, around the Mont-Ventoux, in the region of Sault and that of Valréas; such amazing scenery and atmosphere make the lavender fields one of the summer Must-Sees in Provence.
  61. Visit one of Europe’s smallest countries Liechtenstein – It’s known for its medieval castles, alpine landscapes, and villages linked by a network of trails.
  62. Check out the Tombs of the Kings, in Cyprus- These famous tombs form part of the Archaeological Park of Kato Pafos (Paphos) and is one of the most important archaeological sites of the country.
  63. Watch a classic – Barcelona – Real Madrid, Spain – When in Europe, do as the Europeans do, and visit a football match (Or soccer, for our American friends). The atmosphere, the excitement…A must.
  64. Geek out at Trinity College, Dublin Ireland- Aside from having a beautiful campus, Dublin’s Trinity College also houses the famous Book of Kells, a 9th-century manuscript penned by monks in amazingly intricate fonts and illustrations.
  65. Walk the Berlin Wall, Germany – You can bicycle or even walk the entire length of the 13-mile-long structure, now converted to a series of paved pathways, divided into 14 stages that pass from rural idyll to the bustling city centre.
  66. Climb to the top of St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican – St Peter’s, or the Basilica di San Pietro, is one of Italy’s most spectacular churches.
  67. Join La Tomatina and get bombarded with hundreds of kilos of tomatoes, Buñol, Spain – Because why the flip not.
  68. Stand on the end of the continent, Sagres Portugal-
  69. Examine David—from many angles—in Florence, Italy – He is breathtaking: a 14-foot-tall marvel in marble who is alternately human and divine. David commands your attention from all vantage points. Michelangelo ’s work at its best.
  70. Visit Istanbul’s Princes’ Islands, Turkey – Just a short ferry ride from the city’s Kabataş ferry dock lies a cluster of little-known islands that feel like stepping into a time warp.
  71. Try out the famous Dutch cookie – Stroopwafel – The most delicious snack you will EVER eat.
  72. Pair history with gelato in Rome – When in Rome, right?
  73. Visit the prettiest flower fields of the Netherlands, Flower Bulb Region – The striking colours of the flowering tulip bulbs are a typical sight in Holland during the spring. The bright red, pink and yellow colours are overwhelmingly beautiful and are a must-see, or should we say, a must experience!


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