Wondering where to head to in Europe this Summer? We've got a shortlist of places that are a 'must visit' - just read here for details.
Whether you are a seasoned traveler or a complete newbie to the idea, Europe has to be at the very top of the list for potential travel destinations. It is arguably the most cultured continent on Earth, and there are a ton of places that you could visit this summer. With an Australian passport you can visit almost any country in Europe without a visa for up to 90 days. Some countries outside of the Schengen still require a visa and include countries like Russia, Ukraine and the Belarus.
Some European countries are more popular than others and needless to say, what we want from our summer vacation may vary. Some of us may prefer a beach vacation while others prefer vacations filled with history. Regardless of what your objective is, we have put together a list of some of the most popular cities in Europe to visit this summer. Despite the current situation of coronavirus in Northern Italy, we have decided to keep Italy in the list. The European summer is still a few months ahead of us and hopefully the coronavirus will not be an issue when it’s time for vacation! Let’s take a look at our European favorites;
Budapest is actually the capital of Hungary, and we believe that it is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. It is literally laced with culture, and with the magnificent buildings combined with the breathtaking Danube running through the center, Budapest has the potential to blow you away - in a good way!
There is something even more appealing about this fabulous city as well, something that you might not find in any tourism brochure. We are referring to the general cost of the city here, which is staggeringly low considering the location and experience that you can have. After you have actually paid for your flight to get to Budapest, the city itself is insanely cheap.
When this article is written, it’s recommended to avoid unnecessary travelling to the Northern part of Italy. Rome is not part of this region and therefore still considered safe for tourists to visit. If you are into your history, then Rome is an absolute must to visit this summer. We would recommend going towards the end of summer in order to avoid the scorching temperatures of Italy's capital, but whatever time of year you choose to go, Rome will always be a delight.
It is a city that boasts some of the oldest remaining structures known to the modern world, with the Colosseum taking center stage. Of course, this was the city where it all started for the Roman Empire, and the ruins can be seen around the city at every corner. Rome is definitely on the pricier end of the spectrum, but when you consider the culture along with some of the world's best food, there is a wealth of things to enjoy.
Venice is located in the Northern part of Italy and currently under travel restrictions due to the coronavirus outbreak. Venice is a must on every European travel list and not to mention it due to the coronavirus doesn’t seem right. Much like Rome, you are likely going to spend a bit more money to visit Venice than other cities around Europe, but we promise you, it is absolutely worth it. Venice is a true delight and considered one of the most romantic cities on Earth. Venice is home to one of the oldest casinos in the world that is still operating, Casinò di Venezia. It was built in 1509 for the Royals of Venice and was turned into a gambling house in 1638. Today it’s a popular casino and tourists from around the world come to admire the fantastic architecture.
To visit Casinò di Venezia you need to travel by gondola or water taxi. For those that don't know, Venice is a town that is built solely upon the water, and the main method of transport around this place isn't by car, it is by boat. You can take numerous gondola rides around the place, and at night it can be simply staggering.
One of the reasons that we highly recommend going this summer rather than waiting is because there are strong signs that Venice is starting to go underwater. With that in mind, who knows the impact that the rising water levels could have on the place in the near future, so make sure you go while you can.
Cork may be a surprise entry for some of you, but the lovely town of Cork in Southern Ireland is a real delight. Cork was built on the southeast coast of Ireland, and it really does have the feel of a bit of a fisherman's village. There are some fantastic bars and restaurants in this town, and the beauty that can be found is almost unmatched anywhere else in Ireland.
It's quite interesting really, given that besides Cork, there really isn't an awful lot around. You can drive for miles and miles and not hit a town with the same size or vibe as Cork, making it even more pleasant to visit for a relaxing getaway.
Colmar has actually been voted as one of the top destinations for travelers this summer, and funnily enough, it is often referred to as a little Venice by the locals. When you look at the stunning pictures and the surroundings of this lovely town, you can understand why.
It is almost like getting a taste of Venice without taking on the enormous cost of visiting the place. As an added bonus, you will be able to enjoy plenty of the famous French wine, along with amazing cold cuts, freshly baked produce for breakfast, and have all of this wrapped into a town that has some of the best scenery on the whole continent.
We hope this article has inspired you to plan a summer vacation to Europe. Due to the coronavirus many are reluctant to book their vacation at this moment but dreaming and planning a vacation is often the best part of the whole trip. No virus will ever make us stop dreaming! Keep yourself updated regarding the situation with official and accurate information from CDC but don’t let it prevent you from planning your dream vacation!