A trip around Europe is a dream for many. The great thing is that with Europe a lot of countries operate as “one state” policy, one can travel 26 European countries with just a single visit—the Schengen visa. With the Schengen visa, traveling all over Europe has never been easier. Included in the countries under the Schengen region are the following—Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and more. Check out the complete list here.
Now, that’s a lot of countries for one big trip. To make the most of this great opportunity, here’s a quick guide on some secret attractions you must not miss while exploring these famed European cities.
1. Bruges of Belgium
For a truly memorable trip, head over to Bruges once you get to Belgium. From fine boutiques to unique restaurants that will surely still remember after your trip, Bruges is the place to be. And the great part? The heavenly Belgian chocolates are present here as well. It’s important to note though that Bruges is a destination to be explored all by foot–all the more giving you time to bask in its lovely glory. Once your feet are tired, you can simply hire a carriage to take you around the city–just how charming is that. And of course, boats that will let you explore the beautiful canals of Belgium.
Location: West Flanders, Belgium
2. Einstein’s Bern in Switzerland
Before becoming a well-known genius all over the world, Albert Einstein was a small boy from the Swiss town of Bern. In here, you can see the Einstein Museum, home to the world genius’ school report cards, letters sent and received, as well as a gallery of his lovers. Oh, also his Nobel Prize certificate dating back from 1921. Sure, everyone knows who Einstein is, but there just something about seeing his old hometown.
Location: Helvetiapl. 5, 3005 Bern, Switzerland
3. The Ship Museums of Norway
There are lots of places to visit in this Norwegian capital, however, should you ask us to pick one, it’s definitely going to be the Viking Ship Museum. Yes, you read it right. The Viking Ship Museum in Oslo holds the oldest Viking Ships known in history. Included in the gems of this museum are the Gokstad, Oseberg, Tune, and a lot of other precious artifacts from the Viking tombs.
Location: Huk Aveny 35, 0287 Oslo, Norway
4. The Chess Paradise of Latvia
If you’re into the classic game of chess, then Riga in Latvia must surely be included in your destination. Considered as the oldest park in Riga, the Vermanes Garden has a bit of that Central Park vibe–surrounded by urban dwellings, but still teeming with rich flora and foliage. The main attraction of this quaint itinerary? Chess games all over the park. People seem to love this particular game in this part of the world and there’s always a game going on. Feel free to join in the games, meet new friends, and have fun!
Location: Riga, Latvia
5. The Little Mermaid of Denmark
The granite and bronze sculpture of the Little Mermaid is an all-time attraction in Copenhagen and you can probably guess why. Inspired by the fairytale written by Hans Christian Andersen, the Little Mermaid story has found a home in a lot of people’s hearts.
Location: Langelinie, 2100 København Ø, Denmark
Along with these great attractions, you shouldn’t also miss popular one such as France’s Eiffel Tower, Germany’s Berlin Wall, The Parthenon in Greece, and a whole lot more!