Travelling in Europe always promises to be a real adventure. The continent’s diversity of cultures, each with its own history, language, cuisine, and traditions, delivers holidays which are an epic combination of education and excitement. Furthermore, many Europeans consider hospitality to be a way of life: no matter where you go in the region, people will always greet you with open arms.
In addition to all this, it is the geographical make-up of Europe that really sets the continent apart from other areas of the world. Its compact layout and open border structure means that you can explore several different countries in one trip, either by driving, taking the train, or sailing down one of the major waterways.
Nearly a third of the country’s residents reside in Austria’s capital, which serves as its commercial hub. One of the United Nations headquarters is located in here, reflecting Vienna’s longstanding leading position in global politics and its role in shaping European culture.
Vienna is known all over the world for its awe-inspiring stately architecture and the iconic musicians, philosophers, and scientists who earned it the nicknames ‘City of Music’ and ‘City of Dreams’. Visitors to Vienna can explore the beautiful heritage buildings and sweeping gardens, and sample traditional food and drink in the contemporary lively bars and restaurants which line the city streets.
It may not be at the top of your bucket list, but Bratislava is a history and art-lovers dream. Numerous art galleries and museums await you, the most popular being the Bratislava City Gallery which should definitely not be missed. Check out the schedules of the Slovak National Theatre if you enjoy theatre, drama, and dance, as there are an array of unforgettable shows on offer that are pleasingly different to those in the UK.
Seeking something more energetic than strolling galleries and museums? Bratislava also boasts a range of exhilarating water-sports and other adrenaline-filled activities. Divoka voda Cunovo is the most sought-after area for jet skiing, paddle boarding, and just about any other water-sport that you could wish for!
As the capital of Hungary, there are many amazing experiences to be enjoyed in Budapest. From relaxing in the centuries-old thermal baths to taking in the awe-inspiring views at the romantic meeting spots above the city, this is certainly a city for couples. One of the most unique things to do is to go back in time by visiting a 19th century coffeehouse or grab an evening drink in one of the characterful ruin bars.
Architecture is also spectacular here. Many of the thermal baths in Budapest date back to Turkish times – magnificent structures built on top of thermal springs where mineral-rich water, thought to heal a variety of ailments, naturally erupts from the ground. The grandest of these is the renowned Szechenyi Baths, a maze of outdoor swimming pools, indoor baths, and steam rooms where locals and tourists alike flock to relax.