Because Europe offers visitors such a wide variety of experiences, it’s not surprising that 457 million people came to visit in 2009. Each country its own language, culture, cuisine and history that makes a trip to Europe a life changing experience. A look at a few highlights of European trips can show you why traveling to Europe is so popular with people from around the world.
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Italy is one of the favorite destinations for people visiting Europe. The country’s unique combination of historical sites, architectural delights, incomparable cuisine and warm, friendly people always deliver a memorable vacation for visitors. The Coliseum, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the canals of Venice, and the spectacular views of Cinque Terre and the Amalfi coast all offer travelers a variety of experiences they won’t soon forget.
Visiting France takes visitors to place where beauty, fine dining, art, music, architecture and history all combine to heightened level. Enjoy the wines and cheeses at a sidewalk café. Wander the picturesque neighborhoods. See the Eiffel Tower, Chartres Cathedral, the Louvre, the Palace of Versailles, the mountains of Chamonix or the beaches of St. Tropez. France never fails to delight and inspire.
Travelers love Germany for a wide variety of reasons. The German people are renowned for their hospitality, and you can enjoy a variety of wonderful German dishes. Cruising the German waterways offers spectacular scenery and a look at the historic castles. Cologne Cathedral, Heidelburg, the Brandenburg Gate and the country’s world-famous Oktoberfest and some of the top favorite attractions.
A trip to Spain takes you deep into the varied cultures that have influenced Europe from earliest times. The Mezquita of Cordoba, The Escorial, Alhambra fortress, the Aqueducts of Segovia and Palacio Real are just a few of the architectural wonders of the country. Cathedrals, marketplaces, beaches and events like the running of the bulls make Spain a unique experience for everyone who visits.
the Netherlands provide a different experience. This small but densely populated country has had a long history and deep influence on the world’s development. The canals, windmills and vast fields of tulips are classic attractions, but the Rijksmuseum, Delft City Hall, Vrijhof city square and Hoge Veluwe National Park offer other areas of interest that visitors can enjoy.
The United Kingdom
The United Kingdom provides many opportunities for travelers to enjoy a number of experiences. England has its rich history and charming villages. Scotland has its spectacular landscapes and fascinating culture. Wales offers its unusual language and traditions. Northern Ireland offers its blend of Irish and English traditions and warm hospitality. The Tower of London, Stonehenge, the Roman Baths, Edinburgh Castle, the coastlines of Wales and the monuments of Northern Ireland are just some of the treasures that the United Kingdom offers.
Eastern Europe is still a hidden jewel for travelers to the continent, but it offers a wide variety of interesting sights and experiences. Cities like Prague and Budapest, cathedrals, museums, castles, monasteries, art galleries and national parks all await visitors to this historic and friendly part of the continent.