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Best Places in Northern Europe to Visit in 2022 : Nordic Visitor
Over the past couple of years, many of us have been staying close to home or playing it safe with our travel plans. But now 2022 has arrived, and with it comes permission for us to think big again.
Travel experts agree that this year brings with it renewed hope. So, whether you’re planning a dream getaway or looking for top European trips and fresh inspiration, we’ve got you covered.
Read on for a round-up of the best places to go in Northern Europe in 2022, courtesy of the world’s leading publications and our own experts.
Get ready to discover Europe’s best in travel, as we break down the reasons behind the recommendations and throw in our own local travel tips as well.
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Iceland proved to be one of the best places to travel in Europe last year, thanks to its rapid and efficient response to the pandemic. In fact, it was one of the first countries to reopen its borders to fully vaccinated visitors.
Happily, this meant the country was a popular choice for many travellers, who were able to make their Iceland travel dreams come true.
This year, Iceland continues to welcome travellers with a vaccine certificate from across the globe, including from the US. So why not make 2022 the year that you discover the Land of Fire and Ice for yourself?
Head to the wild Westfjords: an Icelandic hidden gem
While lockdowns and restrictions were enforced across the world, there’s no doubt that many of us were longing for wide open spaces. So it’s no wonder then that the remote Westfjords were featured in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel list for 2022.
If the idea of off-the-beaten-path adventures in Iceland appeals to you, then exploring the Westfjords is a must! If you decide to venture to this less-travelled part of Iceland, you’ll find jaw-dropping scenery at every turn.
The area’s stunning wilderness is also a haven for wildlife. Imagine gazing out at towering cliffs teeming with seabird colonies, or perhaps spotting an elusive Arctic fox in the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve.
What else will you encounter here? You won’t want to miss seeing Dynjandi waterfall’s impressive cascade. You could also spend time exploring the local network of hiking trails, perfect for peaceful days spent admiring breathtaking scenery.
If outdoor festivals and cultural highlights are high on your list, then make sure to visit the Westfjords’ capital, Ísafjörður. Here, the local arts and music scene has flourished, inspired by the surrounding natural beauty. Just remember to check out the region’s events calendar to find out what’s on during your stay.
Top of the list for adventuring on your own
If you’re serious about seeking solitude, or simply want some time to yourself, then why not consider travelling solo to Iceland?
This year Condé Nast Traveller listed a trip to the Land of Fire and Ice as one of the best solo vacations to take in 2022. The country’s world-leading gender equality policies also saw it featured in Travel + Leisure’s 15 best places for solo female travellers.
How to experience Iceland?
Immersing yourself in nature and taking the path less travelled is an enticing prospect. That said, make sure you don’t miss out on visiting the country’s must-see sights alongside exploring Iceland’s hidden gems.
One of the best ways to take in the top attractions is by touring the Icelandic Ring Road that encircles the entire island. Opt to do this and you’ll be able to choose from a range of Iceland self-drive trips, guided small group tours of Iceland, or privately guided Iceland tours.
On the other hand, perhaps you’re visiting on an Iceland stopover and have limited time. In this case, we recommend spending a few days near Reykjavík, uncovering the delights of South Iceland.
You don’t need to venture far from the capital before coming across glacier lagoons and black sand beaches. In fact, if you take the iconic Golden Circle route from Reykjavík, you’ll soon be marvelling at dramatic waterfalls, active geysers and the natural wonders of Þingvellir National Park.
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Scotland continues to dazzle visitors, from near and far, with its rugged landscapes, laidback island life, and rich history. And of course, let’s not forget that it’s the home of world-renowned single malt whisky.
Now that entry restrictions have eased, it’s time to put Scotland high on your travel wish list, whether you’re planning a Scottish staycation or travelling from abroad. We’re not the only ones that think so: multiple big publications mentioned the land of kilts and castles in their 2022 travel recommendations.
For instance, the rugged Inner Hebrides earned a place in the New York Times. Meanwhile, Condé Nast Traveller’s piece on the best holiday destinations for 2022 highlights the capital city of Edinburgh as a cultural hotspot not to be missed this year. The publication also lists the North Coast 500 as one of the 10 best road trips in the world.
While exploring Scotland’s epic Highland scenery by car has been a popular choice for many years, Scottish road trips were catapulted into the limelight in 2021.
This was partly thanks to staycations growing in popularity across the UK. Plus, driving is also a safe, flexible, and convenient way for you to adventure on your own or with your chosen travel companions.
Edinburgh: the best for culture
Edinburgh has always been a top cultural highlight, with its museums, theatres, UNESCO-listed sites, and winding alleyways oozing charm. But there’s never been a better time to visit.
The capital now also boasts the recently opened Johnnie Walker whisky experience. After joining the knowledgeable staff on a show-stopping tour, you could savour a whisky cocktail in the rooftop bar while enjoying views over the city.
As if Edinburgh’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites weren’t enough of a draw, October 2021 brought exciting news of the launch of the world’s first UNESCO trail. The route brings together 13 Scottish sites, including cities, geoparks and important biospheres across the country.
While you’re exploring Scotland, visiting a few of the sites along the route is certainly worth your while. For example, you could connect Edinburgh’s Old and New Towns with Orkney’s neolithic monuments.
The secluded Orkney Isles also featured in CNN Travel’s article on the best places to visit this year. And with their awe-inspiring natural beauty, wildlife, and fascinating UNESCO World Heritage Sites, you can easily see why.
Scotland on screen
During these strange times, it’s no wonder that many have been dreaming of travelling across larger-than-life scenery and finding yourself on deserted beaches or heather-clad mountains.
Scotland is known the world over for lending its dramatic west Highland scenery as a backdrop in the Harry Potter and James Bond film franchises. However, if you saw the more recent hit drama The Crown, you’ll also recognise the Cairngorms National Park as the Queen’s favourite country retreat.
This year there are some new releases on the horizon. And this time, it’s the turn of Scotland’s cities.
Keep an eye out for Glasgow, dressed up as New York City in the fifth Indiana Jones film and as Gotham City in DC Comics’ The Flash. Or if you catch the new series of Amazon Prime’s drama Good Omens, look closely and you might recognise Edinburgh’s picture-perfect Stockbridge district.
How to experience Scotland?
If you want to see the Scottish sights and make the most of going at your own pace, then we recommend a self-drive trip.
This will allow you to slow down and relish a relaxed week or two of exploring. Or you could opt to pack in as much sightseeing as possible.
If you’d prefer to let someone else do the driving, then a small group tour of Scotland is ideal. This way you’ll benefit from the expertise of a local guide while being able to sit back and soak up the scenery as you travel between stops.
Otherwise, go for a privately guided Scotland tour package with a bespoke itinerary that’s tailored to suit you and your travel companions.
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World-renowned for its glistening fjords and jagged peaks, you’ll often find Norway at the top of many a travel wish list. This year, as well as the country’s astounding natural beauty, the spotlight fell on Norway’s cultural gems.
Along with gracing Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel list for 2022, Condé Nast Traveller named Oslo, the Norwegian capital, one of the best holiday destinations for 2022.
Discover culture in the capital
Why is Oslo worth a visit you ask? One of the main draws is that you can experience the perks of vibrant city living, while being surrounded by swathes of forest and shimmering lakes. Another is that the city is brimming with cultural highlights.
Take your cue from CNN Travel’s best destinations in 2022 and don’t miss the recently rebranded MUNCH, formerly the Munch Museum. The gallery and museum house an extensive collection of the artist Edvard Munch’s work.
Plus, Oslo is also home to the National Museum and Gallery, which will reopen in June 2022. After being refurbished, it’ll be the largest of its kind in Scandinavia.
With plenty of attractions to recommend it, now is a wonderful time to visit and immerse yourself in Norway’s art and history. That said, it’s not just the capital making the lists as one of the top European destinations this year.
Drive the Atlantic Ocean Road
Choose to explore Norway by car and you’re sure to come across mention of the Atlantic Ocean Road.
Let this striking length of road capture your imagination, as it did the writers at Condé Nast Traveller who named it one of the 10 best road trips in the world. This dreamy section of road snakes its way along stunning coastline and connects several tiny, rocky islands with a series of causeways and bridges.
How to experience Norway?
The best way to see Norway depends on you and what you want to do on your trip. If you choose to visit in summer, you can take advantage of the longer daylight hours to combine scenic hikes with exploring Oslo’s attractions.
One of the most popular ways to see Norway in summer is on a self-drive tour where you can enjoy the flexibility of going at your own pace.
If driving abroad isn’t for you, then you could go on a guided small group tour. You might also enjoy taking the Norway in a Nutshell® journey from Oslo to Bergen. This iconic route allows you to experience the country’s highlights by train, bus and ferry.
Choose to travel in winter and you can chase the aurora borealis. Or, you could even stay in a snow hotel on one of these northern lights getaways in Tromsø.
If you’re seeking the ultimate in “cool” adventures, then we recommend a Svalbard tour package. In this wild Norwegian outpost, you’ll see frozen tundra, icebergs, and maybe catch a glimpse of a polar bear.
- Browse these Norway travel packages and discover all the ways you can experience this beautiful country
In 2022 Condé Nast Traveller has tipped Finnish forest getaways as a top sustainable choice. This follows on from naming the country’s capital, Helsinki, one of their 10 favourite destinations in 2021.
Not only that, but they’ve also spotlighted northern lights tours in Finland as one of the best trips for solo travellers in 2022.
Visit one of the world’s happiest countries
Do you like the sound of visiting one of the happiest countries in the world? If so, make sure to add Finland to your 2022 must-see list. Finland has consistently featured in the top 10 happiest countries in the world index since 2012.
According to the World Happiness Report, Finland has earned this position based on high rankings for income, freedom, trust, life expectancy, social support and generosity. Many of Finland’s Nordic neighbours also score well on these.
That said, it’s not just the people that make a trip to Finland special. You’ll also love its vast woodlands, Helsinki’s thriving cultural scene, and Santa Claus Village in Finnish Lapland.
How to experience Finland?
If Helsinki sounds appealing, then you might also like to add the other cosmopolitan Scandinavian capital cities to your European tour.
Travelling from May to September will let you make the most of the long summer days. This way you’ll have more time for city sightseeing and day trips on a Scandinavia summer tour.
Or if it’s chilly climes and cosy vibes that you’re after, then consider an Arctic adventure in Rovaniemi, the hub of Finland’s far north.
On a Rovaniemi Lapland tour, you could enjoy activities like snowmobiling, going on reindeer sleigh rides, and meeting Santa.
Finnish Lapland’s position in the Arctic Circle also makes it an ideal place to chase the aurora. The best time of year to see this spectacular natural light show is from December to March. So book a northern lights package in Lapland and you could tick chasing the aurora borealis off your must-see list.
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Discover a land where crumbling castles, untamed coastline, and winning hospitality reign supreme. The Emerald Isle is no stranger to a travel wish list, such as Town & Country’s best places to travel in 2022, and this year is no different.
Travel through Ireland’s lush, green counties and soon you could be marvelling at towering sea cliffs, rolling hills and turquoise waters. It isn’t all about the beautiful countryside and quaint villages though, there are also first-class cities for you to explore.
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Although Dublin is the enduring favourite, cities like Belfast, Cork and Galway make for enticing options as well. In fact, last year lively Galway was crowned the European Capital of Culture.
Plus, Galway’s position on the rugged Atlantic coast means that you can revel in a bounty of seafood restaurants during your stay.
County Tipperary: best for culture and foodies
While further foodie delights await across the country, Condé Nast Traveller singles out County Tipperary in particular.
Head here and you could sample sweet, local honey and meet cheesemakers devoted to their traditional craft. The county is also home to the Rock of Cashel, a nationally acclaimed treasure trove of historic sites.
Northern Ireland: the home of giants
If the figures of Irish history don’t hold sufficient allure on their own, then head to Northern Ireland.
Here geology and legend will blend on a visit to the Antrim Coast’s iconic Giant’s Causeway. Lapped by the waves, these inky-black basalt columns reach out into the sea towards Scotland.
According to legend the columns are the Irish remains of a causeway, built by two giants, which once connected Scotland and Ireland. Across the sea the basalt columns of Fingal’s Cave are said to be the causeway’s remains on the Scottish side.
Northern Ireland on screen
Now’s the time to visit those beautiful places that we could only see on our screens over the past couple of years. Included among Culture Trip’s top TV series locations to visit in 2022 is Northern Ireland.
While Northern Ireland is much smaller than its larger neighbour, the Republic of Ireland, it packs a punch when it comes to stunning scenery. In fact, you may even lose yourself in fantasy as you tour places, such as the Dark Hedges, where the drama Game of Thrones was filmed.
How to experience Ireland?
As well as the world-renowned Irish charm, the ease of getting about by car makes Ireland a popular road trip destination. Indeed, you could visit a few of the country’s most popular regions in just a week on an Irish self-drive tour.
Before you set off on a road trip to discover Ireland’s must-see places, we also recommend spending a few days in Dublin.
If you spend 2 weeks in Ireland, you’ll also have plenty of time to include Northern Ireland in your trip. From here, trace the sweeping west coast from Donegal to Galway, before you head south to the Aran Islands.
Driving the famous Ring of Kerry and experiencing the Dingle Peninsula’s traditional music scene are also well-worthwhile.
- Related: 10 Reasons why you should visit Ireland
The small Nordic nation of Denmark may not spring to mind as somewhere that’s topping travel wish lists across the globe. But this oversight is probably owing to its understated beauty and personality.
Denmark’s stylish capital
This year CNN Travel shines a spotlight on the Danish city of Copenhagen, dubbing it Europe’s new capital of cool. Travel + Leisure also listed the city among their 15 best places for solo female travellers.
One of the top places to visit in the city is Nyhavn. In this picturesque harbour you’ll spot many wooden yachts moored alongside colourful buildings. Not only is it a must-visit place for photographers, but it’s also a top spot for dining al fresco and watching passers-by.
Another way to spend time in the city is to join the locals for a swim. Head to one of the city’s beaches or harbours and you can enjoy a dip in one of a few special swimming areas.
A top choice for green travel
If you need another reason to travel to Denmark, look no further than the country’s sustainable ethos. In fact, Condé Nast Traveller lists Denmark, along with Iceland and its Scandinavian neighbours, as one of 12 sustainable destinations to visit in 2022.
So, now’s the time to get ahead of the curve and choose Denmark for your next European getaway.
How to experience Denmark?
You could visit Copenhagen on one of these summer tours in Denmark. If you travel between May and September, you’ll be able to make the most of having more hours of daylight.
On the other hand, if you choose a winter trip to Denmark you can soak up the snow-dusted scenery by day. Then, come evening cosy up in your accommodation and experience how the Danes do hygge first-hand.
If you’re keen to pack more into your trip, then opt for a package that combines Copenhagen with the neighbouring Scandinavian capitals. For instance, on a Scandinavian Triangle tour you’ll get to experience Copenhagen, Oslo, and Stockholm in one itinerary.
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Sweden is another country that’s been featured in the top publications’ travel wish lists for 2022. Plus, with easy-to-navigate public transport networks, you can make light work of travelling between the country’s largest cities: Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmo.
Sweden’s green mindset
Continuing with the theme of sustainability, Sweden is another destination that tops the list for green travel. Indeed, the country has been tipped by the New York Times, The Guardian and Condé Nast Traveller as one of the best destinations for sustainability in 2022.
Not only that, but Sweden comes out on top in the Global Destination Sustainability Index. This is thanks to around 95% of its hotels being green certified, 97% of its public transport running on renewable energy, and various other impressive eco-credentials.
How to experience Sweden?
Choose one of these summer trips to Sweden and you could explore the country’s trendy cities, royal palaces, and charming countryside on a road trip or scenic rail journey. Thanks to the late sunsets at this time of year, you’ll be able to sight-see well into the evening.
On the other hand, you may be craving a winter escape in the enchanting snow-blanketed landscapes of northern Sweden.
In this case, why not opt for a winter tour in Swedish Lapland? You can expect thrilling activities like dog sledding and snowmobiling, and perhaps even enjoy a stay in the world’s first ICEHOTEL.
- Travel to Sweden on one of these multi-country Scandinavia tours
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8. Scottish and Irish staycations
If you’re in the UK or Ireland and want to stay closer to home in 2022, we’ve got you covered.
You may already know that some of the best places to visit in Europe are in your own backyard. Why not opt for an unforgettable staycation in Scotland or take a trip to Ireland from the UK?
We can craft an itinerary for you, whether you are coming from near of far. If you’re travelling locally and decide to use your own car, you’ll save up to 10% on our Scotland self-drive tours or Irish road trips.
Book with Nordic Visitor and you’ll get a route that’s been meticulously planned by one of our local experts, along with stays in handpicked accommodation. You’ll also have your own personal travel consultant to answer any questions you may have.
Plus, when it’s time for your trip, you’ll receive comprehensive itinerary documents complete with a custom, hand-marked map for your road trip.
- Discover both countries on the same trip on a Scotland and Ireland tour
For inspiration, or to start planning your next adventure, you could take a look at these popular European trips.
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This means that your payments will be protected. So if you need to cancel because of Covid-19 related reasons, you will never lose the money you’ve paid to us.
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So, knowing all of this, here’s to making your travel dreams come true soon. Get in touch with us and your travel expert will find a destination that fits your personal interests, travel dates and other needs.
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Best places in Europe to visit: A modern-day Grand Tour
(CNN) — The Grand Tour was a rite of passage for men and women of certain wealth and status in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, taking in the best Europe had to offer.
While high prices are putting a dent in some travelers’ ambitions these days, more than two years of pent-up demand also has many globetrotters moving ahead full-throttle with grand European vacations.
And with convenient high speed rail connections and plenty of spectacular, not to mention off-the-radar, destinations on offer, there’s ample scope for the modern traveler to undertake their very own epic, cross-continental journey.
Plus, the dollar is riding high against the euro, which should mean better value for Americans in more than two-thirds of the places rounded up here.
Here are 17 of Europe’s best destinations to visit:
Picos de Europa, Spain
Home to Spain’s first national park, the Picos de Europa are one of western Europe’s most overlooked mountain ranges. Jagged limestone peaks and plunging gorges are crisscrossed by well-marked hiking trails, with deep caves enticing more intrepid travelers. The vertiginous Fuente Dé cable car offers sweeping views and access to excellent walking routes.
Lofoten Islands, Norway
Lofoten Islands: Northern Lights hotspot.
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Deep within the Arctic Circle, Norway’s Lofoten Islands are a dream destination for outdoor fanatics, nature lovers and those who prefer their adventures well off the beaten track. Come between May and July and the sun does not dip below the horizon. Visit in midwinter and the dark skies dance with aurora borealis.
The islands’ craggy mountains and crystal clear inlets are home to a huge array of seabirds and marine life, while the beaches are regarded as some of the best in the northern hemisphere for surfing.
Throw in picture-postcard fishing villages and perfectly preserved Viking archaeology and you’ve got ample reason to make the effort to get here.
Apuseni Mountains, Romania
Romania’s Apuseni mountains offer cooler temperatures and uncrowded paths to summer hikers.
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Part of the western Carpathian Mountains in Transylvania, the Apuseni make for the ideal summer break, with cooler temperatures and uncrowded paths through ancient woodland and limestone crags.
Brown bears and wolves prowl these hills, although it takes patience and a keen eye to spot them. Climbers can try a number of different protected via ferrata routes which rise from the riverbank south of the village of Vadu Crisului.
Ephesus: Europe’s most complete classical city.
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The ancient Greco-Roman city of Ephesus, located near Selçuk in modern-day Turkey, is the most complete classical city in Europe, thanks to painstaking excavation and restoration.
It pays to take a guide here, as there’s a huge amount that can be easily missed. The 2nd-century Library of Celsus is the most famous of the ancient metropolis’ sights, closely followed by the main thoroughfare of the Curetes Way and the vast Great Theater. The latter could apparently seat 25,000 people, with Saint Paul believed to have preached there.
Avignon: History and culture in the south of France.
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For a city with fewer than 100,000 residents, Avignon has an incredible abundance of both historical and cultural attractions.
Having played home to the papacy during the 14th century, the Papal Palace, 12th-century cathedral and the ruins of the Pont Saint-Bénezet (of “Sur le pont d’Avignon” song fame) make it worth spending more than just a couple of days here.
Its annual arts festival, held each July, is one of Europe’s biggest cultural events. Add in casual wine bars selling the best tipples from across Provence, and there’s no reason to rush home.
The fishermen of Cascais rise at dawn to catch the seafood that will later become the dish of the day
The Portuguese capital’s food scene has boomed in recent years, making it a go-to for those who hit the road with the sole purpose of eating and drinking.
The Time Out Market plays host to a variety of small stalls, attracting about 4 million visitors a year before the pandemic. All the stalls are superb, but Marisqueria Azul is ace for seafood and Café de São Bento does a fine line in steaks.
For classic pastéis de nata (custard tarts), Pastéis de Belém is ground zero: it’s here where the sweet treats were first made. Ultra hip Park, found on the top of a multi-story parking lot, is the perfect place for sundowners.
Dingle Peninsula, Ireland
The Dingle Peninsula’s rolling landscape and rugged coast are paradise for outdoor adventurers.
The Dingle Peninsula, in County Kerry on Ireland’s southwest coast, is paradise for those who like their trips active and adventurous.
Mount Brandon offers a strenuous hike, rewarding walkers with views over the Atlantic and across the entire peninsula. Surfers can take to the water at Inch Beach, with waves to suit first timers or hardened pros.
The colorful streets of the small port of Dingle have plenty of bars for kicking back and easing aching joints over a pint.
Wander the streets of Bulgaria’s second largest city, from its Roman amphitheater to its colorful buildings.
Bulgaria’s second city, Plovdiv shared European Capital of Culture duties with Matera in Italy in 2019. And with good reason: the city is one of the oldest settlements in Europe.
The well-preserved 2nd-century Roman theater is one of the finest archaeological sites in eastern Europe, while the cobbled Old Town, with its colorful houses and warren-like streets, is made for ambling. There’s also a rich archaeological museum.
Pompeii: A perfectly preserved ancient city.
Typically pulling in more than 2.5 million visitors a year, there’s rarely a quiet time to visit Pompeii. But that doesn’t mean it’s not worth making as much time for it as possible when in southern Italy.
The perfectly preserved ancient city, buried under ash when Mount Vesuvius erupted in AD 79, is unlike anything else in Europe. It’s possible to see exactly how life was lived before the disaster, from the graffiti on the walls to the utensils used by the city’s people. The baths, forums and villas are just as they were almost 2,000 years ago.
A decade on from Greece’s financial crisis, the people of Athens are enjoying life like never before.
The UNESCO-protected Acropolis is the most obvious, not to mention most popular, sight in Athens. Its ancient ruins are a huge draw, with the attached museum one of the most fascinating in Europe.
But with sightseeing out of the way, Greece’s capital has plenty more to offer. The edgy, graffiti-covered neighborhood of Exarcheia is the perfect spot for grabbing a coffee on a street corner or catching jazz in a smoky bar. Just be aware that the creep of gentrification isn’t beloved by all the locals.
Salzburg is home to blockbuster Mozart and “Sound of Music” tours.
With the Alps looming over the 11th-century Hohensalzburg Fortress and array of beautiful palaces and churches, Salzburg is arguably the most picturesque city in central Europe.
Protected by UNESCO, the modern world feels pleasingly elsewhere. The city’s most famous son, Mozart, vies for tourist attention with “The Sound of Music,” which was filmed and set here.
Both are the subject of excellent city tours. Just be sure to make time to kick back and try the local beers. The Stieglbrauerei, which has been brewing Stiegl beer for over 600 years, is a great place to start.
Henne Strand, Denmark
Henne Strand: Wild and windswept.
Beaches don’t come much more windswept than this. On the west coast of Jutland, Henne Strand is a holiday haven for Danes who love the outdoors.
The dunes provide plenty of shade, while the forests just inland have ample trails for walkers and wildlife watchers to explore. Throw in food at the spectacular two Michelin-starred Henne Kirkeby Kro, and this a winning alternative holiday destination.
Bruges: Brimming with medieval charm — and beer.
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It’s very easy to fall in love with Bruges. Its medieval streets and winding canals have a distinct charm, while the Markt, the city’s main square, is the perfect place to quaff a local Belgian beer and watch the world go by.
Brave the queues and clamber to the top of the 83-meter (272-foot) Belfort, or belfry, for views over the rooftops, with the port of Zeebrugge in the distance. Bruges is small and can get crowded, so it pays to visit in winter when things are quieter, especially in January and February.
Dusseldorf: Germany’s go-to destination for hip travelers.
Ultra-modern Düsseldorf might not seem like the most obvious city in Germany for a Grand Tour stop off, but thanks to a booming art scene — helped in no small part by the internationally revered Art Düsseldorf art fair — it has become a go-to for Europe’s hippest travelers.
The K21 gallery, which houses modern art made after 1980 in a 19th-century parliament building, is one of the hottest attractions. Head to the Medienhafen district to check out cutting-edge architecture, including Frank Gehry’s inescapable Neuer Zollhof skyscrapers.
Wroclaw, Poland, boasts superb architecture.
Krakow and Warsaw often grab the headlines, but Wrocław is a Polish city to behold, thanks to its truly superb architecture. The Gothic Old Town Hall on the city’s main square is perhaps the most famous building in town, but there are plenty more for culture fiends to spend time staring at.
The University of Wroclaw lights up the night sky on the banks of the River Oder, while the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist dominates the skyline. Be sure to head to the Racławice Panorama, a circular painting housed in a Brutalist rotunda, which celebrates the Poles’ victory over Russia in the Battle of Racławice in 1794.
Groningen: A winning alternative to Amsterdam.
Young and hip, Groningen is a winning alternative to Amsterdam. The canals and classic Dutch buildings are all in evidence, but without the bustling hordes of tourists. The bike is king here, with the majority of journeys taken on two wheels.
The routes are flat and easy, so hire one and head off to explore. Clamber to the top of the Martini Tower and take a stroll around the Noorderplantsoen park.
The Cairngorms, Scotland
Cairngorms: Britain at its wildest and most beautiful.
Scotland’s second national park is widely regarded as one of the wildest places in mainland Britain. The Cairngorms is a haven for those who prefer to spend life outdoors, with the Ben Macdui and Cairn Gorm peaks attracting hardy hikers all year round.
There’s skiing available in the depths of winter, while wildlife lovers can spend days looking for golden eagles, red squirrels, mountain hares and the fiendishly hard-to-spot Scottish wildcat. Those who prefer time indoors can explore Blair or Corgarff castles or sip on single malt at the Dalwhinnie Distillery.
15 Cheapest Cities In Europe To Visit – Hand Luggage Only
European city breaks are hardly renowned for being affordable and kind to the wallet. A lot of that, however, is due to ‘crowd mentality’ – we all wanna go where everybody else is going. Despite this, there are so many other cities in Europe that pack in as much charm and beauty and the old favourites and at a fraction of the cost. This is why I wanted to show you some of my favourite cheapest cities in Europe.
These cities are places that will leave you wondering why you hadn’t considered other alternatives outside of the usual suspects and leave you somewhat more open to exploring all the other difference facets and parts of Europe that you would otherwise not think of going to see.
I’ve tried to not just share the obscure cities, but also include some more famous cities that are also cheaper than the likes of Paris or London (for instance). This way, you can visit well-known cities that are not just random places you might never have heard of.
Take a look, below, at the cheapest cities in Europe to visit. Have the best trip.
I was totally surprised at how much cheaper things were in Budapest, from the likes of London or Paris (for example).
We lived like Kings visiting here and you can have the luxury experience that you would struggle to have in most other European cities for a fraction of the cost. It really is one of the cheapest cities in Europe to visit and perfect if you’re on a budget.
Oh, and don’t forget to check out the best tours to book whilst in Budapest (below). There are heaps of sunset cruises, spa packages and historical tours – all with cancellation options up to 24 hours before the tour. This makes it really easy to reschedule or cancel if your plans change.
Read more: Best things to do in Budapest
Český Krumlov, Czech Republic
This picturesque city isn’t one you hear lots of people talking about all the time but even taking a peek at photos will leave you wondering why you never thought to visit.
All that beauty at a more affordable price – I don’t know why you’re not already looking for flights to take you there now!
To be honest, outside of the capital, there are quite a few of the cheapest cities in Europe that are based in the Czech Republic. Just make sure to do your homework and visit more regional cities.
Plus, you can easily book a one-day tour from Prague that’s well worth doing if you’re short on time. We loved it.
3.) Istanbul, Turkey
Okay, I know some people are weird about classing Turkey as European or Asian but I think it is both (It really doesn’t have to be one or the other).
In any case, this is a grand city with a lot of history and stunning architecture that needs to be on your radar.
There is honestly so much to see in Istanbul, especially as it’s one of the cheapest cities in Europe if you’re looking for a more global city.
Whilst here, don’t forget to book the Topkapi Palace Guided Tour that allows you to skip the line. This way, you’ll get straight inside without all the hassle of the queues.
Read more: Best things to do in Istanbul
4.) Valletta, Malta
The capital of Malta is one of the most affordable capital cities to visit – plus the city itself is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s too gorgeous to miss.
Plus, it’s not just the cheapest cities in Europe. Malta, as an Island, can be relatively cheap too. Just make sure to travel out of the summer season and avoid the holidays.
Finally, don’t forget to save money and book an all-in-one tour of Gozo, Comino, and Blue Lagoon by boat. It’s an incredible way to see a huge chunk of the islands and well worth it so you’re not wasting money with multiple journies.
This will keep costs lower and you’ll also miss most of the crowds.
Read more: Best things to do in Malta
5.) Valencia, Spain
This Spanish city packs in as much excitement and sights as its sister cities except at a fraction of the price. It’s so much cheaper than the likes of Barcelona, especially for accommodation.
Plus, lots of historic buildings and churches cost very little to enter. This all means that you can enjoy one of the cheapest cities in Europe without breaking the bank.
Oh, and be sure to check out all the epic tours that you can book for your visit to Valencia (below). Though, be sure to book them in advance, places do fill up fast.
Read more: What to see and do in Valencia
So much wine was drunk and so much food eaten on our trip to Porto and we left surprised at how little we’d spent – even dining at some of the more expensive ‘tourist trap’ places.
Definitely recommended for travellers on a budget. this is especially true when comparing it to the capital, Lisbon. Just make sure to travel in the winter months and it’ll definitely keep costs lower.
Read more: What to see in Porto
7.) Nîmes, France
Everything from our trip to Nîmes was so cheap. Accommodation, transport, food, drinks – everything. And it was not lacking in beautiful spots, either.
For instance, did you know the Arena of Nîmes is a much better preserved and grander Roman Amphitheatre than the Colosseum in Rome?
Read more: How to visit Nimes
8. ) Bratislava, Slovakia
Recently visited and haven’t stop raving about Bratislava. It’s a pretty city which won’t cost you ridiculous amounts of money to visit either. Plus, it’s pretty easy to get to from the likes of Budapest if you’re travelling in this region.
The food prices are on par with most of Europe but asides that, most things are pretty cheap.
Read more: What to see in Bratislava
Prague, Czech Republic
This city packs in so many sights and is a must to see in Europe. The handy prices also help sway you if you still need convincing. Though Prague can be more expensive than cities like Bratislava, it’s still one of the cheapest cities in Europe that’s really popular. It’s much more budget-friendly than, say, Oslo or Copenhagen.
Read our guide on free/cheap things to do see and eat in Prague
Pretty as a picture and kind to the bank account, this city has so much going for it. It’s quickly becoming a favourite travel destination for travellers and for a good reason!
Pretty much anyone you speak to who has been to Athens, will not only tell you how amazing it to visit (all that Greek history, the delicious food, the Acropolis…etc).
They’ll also be quick to tell you how pleasantly surprised they were at the price of things here.
Read more: Seeing the hidden spots in Greece
The stunning Belgian city of Bruges doesn’t compromise when it comes to sights to see and things to do, despite the fraction of the price attached to it.
I’m a huge fan of Belgian cities so I may be slightly biased but at those prices, you should go check it out for yourselves. although not one of the very cheapest cities in Europe, it’s still much more affordable than, say, Stockholm (which can be pricey).
Read more: Best things to do in Bruges
) Edinburgh, United Kingdom
This was home for quite a few years so I feel like I know the in’s and out’s of the city but one of my favourite things to do in Edinburgh was discovering cheap and free sights to see and things to do.
It’s an amazing capital city and so much cheaper than London to visit.
Read more: Best things to do in Edinburgh
A traveller’s delight – this city is perhaps the most popular city to visit in Poland and comes up trumps whenever you look for cities to visit in Poland.
It’s also very cheap (accommodation here is an epic bargain) and it is one of those cities that is not only great to visit but easy to do so too, price-wise.
Read more: Best places in Poland to visit
Zagreb is one of the beautiful Croatian cities (and towns) that you have to visit.
Also, with the fact that you can drive to the world-renowned Plitvice Lakes National Park is more than enough temptation for this to go straight on to your travel list.
Read more: Gorgeous spots to see in Croatia
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Where to go abroad in February
February in Russia is far from the end of winter. And in general, one of its coldest months. When it’s below -30 °C outside, you really want to drop everything, buy tickets and go on vacation, to the sun and the sea. That is why tours from Yekaterinburg in February are very popular among the residents of the city. Below we will tell you which direction to choose, taking into account your preferences.
Prices for tours in February
Alpine skiing and excursions
Beach holidays and excursions
Central European countries (France, Austria, Italy, Finland, etc.)
Where to go to the sea in February
If you want the best beach holiday, you should choose tours to Thailand or tours to Vietnam. In each of these countries, the tourist season is in full swing, the heat does not subside (above + 30 ° C), the sea is also very warm and clean. You can go alone with your soulmate or friends, or you can arrange a great vacation with children. Countries live largely at the expense of tourists, so the hotels are equipped to the highest standard, and the child will always find something to do, both in the hotel by the pool and on the beach. Well, surfing, diving and other marine pleasures will be available to adults. As for excursions, the heat does not favor them. But you can visit any interesting holiday. For example, February in Thailand is the time of the Flower Festival in the town of Chiang Mai.
With children, you can also go on a tour to the UAE or China – tours to Hainan are very popular in February due to mild and warm weather (air temperature – about + 22 ° C, water – up to + 25 ° C). The same thing – tours to Egypt, only here it is even warmer: about + 25 ° C during the day. February in Egypt is the best time for excursions. You can go to Alexandria or ancient Giza, Nuweiba, Cairo, Luxor, or you can visit the bright celebration of the Day of the Sun (the city of Abu Simbel).
February is a great time to visit India. Tours to Goa open up the best beaches for tourists – they have such a good rest at an average air temperature of + 28 ° C. Such weather will not prevent you from going on an excursion to explore the many ancient cultural monuments of the country.
You can also feel the real heat by choosing tours to Mexico or tours to Brazil, tours to the Seychelles, Indonesia, tours to Cuba. Everywhere the air warms up much more than + 30 ° С (it is better to spend the first half of the day doing something interesting in the hotel – in the late afternoon the most intense heat subsides). Among the palm trees and fine sand, you will feel like you are in a tropical paradise.
Holidays in February: where to go
If you like skiing as a form of recreation (rather than a professional occupation), we recommend choosing tours to Turkey or Bulgaria in February. In these countries, the weather for swimming is not the most suitable (about + 14 … + 16 ° С), but you will have an excellent ski vacation. And tours to Greece, Cyprus, Montenegro, Croatia and Central Europe (tours to Italy, tours to Spain, tours to the Czech Republic, etc.) should be considered only by those who prefer city and sightseeing holidays.
Rome, Paris, Berlin and other European capitals, real museum cities are waiting for tourists to discover all their secrets. In addition, in February, Europe turns into one big venue for the holidays. Spanish bullfighting, a beer festival in Germany, an “open day” in museums and old mansions in Naples – you won’t be bored for sure!
Some countries, such as Austria, France, Switzerland, Italy, offer tourists the best ski resorts in the country, which are worth visiting for the mere sight of snow-capped mountain peaks. 9+7 (343) 216-16-22 You can leave a request for a tour, choose a last-minute tour or a special offer with a departure from Yekaterinburg. The application does not oblige you to anything, and personal data is protected. We will contact you within 15 minutes and discuss the good news about your future vacation.
Where to go on holiday in the summer, if not to Europe? Five developing directions
February 23, 2022, 14:00
Domestic tourism is actively developing in Russia. Although borders with European countries are gradually opening up, tourists continue to explore new destinations in their homeland. “Yamal-Media” has compiled a selection of routes for recreation in the summer – and it does not include Sochi and Anapa.
At sea — to Kaliningrad
The Baltic is not the most obvious summer vacation destination. Kaliningrad is often called the most European city in Russia. With its architecture, cleanliness and calm environment, the region really resembles Western Europe, especially the small seaside towns.
Yury Barzykin, vice-president of the Russian Union of Travel Industry, told Yamal-Media that tourists choose this destination not only during the beach season. There is a mild climate, it is pleasant to travel even in late autumn and early spring. But they also come there for the summer, and the Federal Tourism Agency subsidizes flights.
The Baltic is cooler, it has its own specifics. But the air is magnificent, original nature, history. This is an extremely important and interesting area, especially since charter programs supplement it and reduce the cost healing waters to the Caucasus
Russian tourists also discover the North Caucasus. Some directions have long been mastered. For example, Kislovodsk, Essentuki and Mineralnye Vody are famous for their sanatoriums. People come there to recover and drink healing waters. And tourists, as a rule, go to North Ossetia or Dagestan on their own – to breathe the mountain air and taste the local cuisine.
There is a stereotype that it can be unsafe in the Caucasus. Good tourist infrastructure is not developed everywhere. In fact, the locals are hospitable and welcome travelers.
Don’t be afraid, but be careful everywhere. Tragic cases happen there, but they also happen in the center of megacities. If these are organized groups or pre-booked tours, the risks are minimized
Vice President of the Russian Union of Travel Industry
In May last year, the cruise train began to run on the route “Hospitable Caucasus. Great Silk Road. It departs from Moscow and passes through Novorossiysk, Kislovodsk, Essentuki, Grozny, Makhachkala, Derbent and Volgograd. In each city there is an excursion program. The journey takes seven days and six nights in total.
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There is another unusual railway route in Karelia. Ruskeala Express is a retro locomotive-powered train with interiors of the century before last. Runs daily between Sortavala and Ruskeala mountain park. In the park, you can just take a walk, book a tour, bungee jump, go diving.
People also come to Karelia with tents. In the local lakes: Onega, Ladoga, Syamozero and others, salmon, perch, grayling are found, so the region attracts fishermen. And along the rivers there are routes for rafting in canoes, kayaks and rafts.
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For silence and clean air — to Altai
Altai has long attracted Russian and foreign tourists. People come there to breathe clean mountain air, to see relic ribbon pine forests, which have no analogues in the world, to take antler baths with cosmetics based on Altai herbs, to swim in healing lakes.
Holidays in the Altai Territory will especially appeal to connoisseurs of active tourism. Horseback riding, whitewater rafting, paragliding – Altai has everything for those who love adrenaline.
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Kamchatka beyond the cosmic views
Kamchatka seems to be something distant and unknown. It is famous for its volcanoes, geothermal springs, fantastic views. Barzykin said that the tourism industry is not yet developed there, there is little infrastructure. Tourists should understand what difficulties they will face there, it is better to go on an organized tour on such a trip. Getting to Kamchatka and traveling there is not easy, and sometimes even dangerous, but you need to do this at least once in your life.
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Where to go on holiday in February?
It is best to have a rest in February in hot countries, where, in spite of frosts and snows at home, you will enjoy the beach, the sea, the hot sun. What else is attractive about winter holidays is the surprisingly low prices for tours to many countries in the winter.
Rest in February is attractive because it will not be difficult to get a ticket. In January, for example, the influx is somewhat larger due to the New Year and Christmas holidays, while February is the month when the holidays are already over, and the new beach season is quite far away. Here comes the time to start hunting for last-minute trips.
Where to go on holiday in February is up to you: you can go to hot countries, such as Thailand or Egypt, or you can go to Europe – after all, the best ski resorts are located there. Let’s take a closer look at the most popular holiday destinations in the winter months.
Holidays in February: Vietnam
A very beautiful country, and its beauty is original and wrapped in the charm of traditions. The nature of Vietnam is the grandeur of the Red River and its delta, the greenery of rice fields, endless sandy beaches, the exoticism of lush tropics and coconut trees, bizarre caves and waterfalls.
Most of the attractions in this country are natural. They are the main engine of the local tourism infrastructure, which, by the way, is developing very actively. Everywhere here, here and there, new resort areas, hotels, roads appear. And more and more tourists are eager to come to rest in this unusual, tropical paradise.
Holidays in February: Thailand
Another example of hospitality, originality, adherence to traditions, and with all this – a high level of service. Thais are very friendly, a lot of sightseeing routes and entertainment programs have been invented for tourists.
It is very pleasant to have a rest in Thailand – here on the endless golden beaches you will be warmed by the gentle sun, and in the evening you can go to have fun: shopping centers and amusement parks are waiting with open doors. Exotic cuisine will also delight, which is most famous for its variety of seafood and unusual fruits.
Also in Thailand you can get to know the rich Buddhist traditions, see the Temple of the Golden Buddha with your own eyes, join the mysteries of Buddhist philosophy and find peace.
Holidays in February: Europe
If you still want to spend time in the company of snow and pleasantly stinging frost in winter, go to the ski resorts of Europe. Where you can go abroad for a great ride:
- Val Thorens (France) is the highest ski resort in France, with 150 kilometers of pistes of varying length and difficulty. The skiing season here starts in November and lasts until May. Many beginners come here to learn how to ski and surf, as well as freeriders in search of opportunities for off-piste skiing.
- Cortina d’Ampezzo (Italy) is Italy’s most fashionable ski resort. It is located in the picturesque Alps and is a classic representative of chic, fashion, Italian style and lifestyle. Connoisseurs of natural beauty, traditions and culture of Italy, its cuisine and, of course, fine wine, simply love to relax at the resort. Here you can ride almost all year round.
- Laax (Switzerland) – a variety of ski slopes, ready to accept both beginners and experienced skiers. In addition to direct skiing, the resort offers guests a huge selection of entertainment programs, training rooms, excellent restaurants. Here you can arrange a family vacation, friendly outings or a solo freerider race.
The list of places for the best holiday in February is endless. Whatever you choose, the main thing is to experience the full range of pleasure, to stock up on energy from your vacation for the whole year, to bring home a lot of impressions. Then the winter will seem not so gray and dull, and the work will not seem so boring and monotonous.
Where to go on holiday in January?
While many of our compatriots are sitting through the January holidays in front of the TV with a bowl of Olivier, others are going to rest in distant hot countries. It’s so cool to plunge into summer in winter! You can participate in the Brazilian carnival, or you can just visit the sights of India. The choice is yours!
Where to go on vacation in Russia?
In order to spend an unforgettable vacation, it is not necessary to run to apply for a passport or visa. In Russia there are many wonderful places where you can relax no worse than abroad. There is a choice – a passive holiday near the sea, or a more active holiday with the study of the sights of different cities.
Where to go in Crimea?
Crimea is an amazing place!!! On the peninsula there is a rest for every taste, just choose. Here and sandy beaches and pebble, and rocky. Mountains and steppes. Comfortable rest in upscale hotels and wild rest in tent camps. Quiet deaf villages and noisy cities with a variety of entertainment. It is impossible not to fall in love with Crimea!
Where to go for mushrooms?
Autumn is the favorite season for mushroom pickers. It’s still warm enough, and if it’s raining, then it’s definitely time to go mushroom hunting! Where to go? Each mushroom picker has favorite places for quiet hunting, about which he will not tell anyone.<- Предыдущий пост: Hot european destinations in february: 14 Best Places to Go in Europe in February 2021 Следующий пост: Lanzarote in february: Lanzarote Weather in February | Thomas Cook ->