The vast European continent has so many things to see and do, and with its various regions and climates, we’ve put together your Europe Bucket List.
With 44 countries in Europe, there is an ample amount of experiences to be had! With so many landmarks and sites, you may begin to feel overwhelmed as to what to do on your Europe Bucket List trip.
Fear not, for the World Bucket List has compiled the ultimate Europe Bucket List with things that you must do across the continent before you die.
15. Enjoy the warm thermal waters of Caldea, Andorra – one of the world’s best thermal spas
The often-forgotten country of Europe, Andorra, has one of the best thermal spas in the world. With natural waters that are rich in minerals, this experience is not only relaxing but also is beneficial for your health!
Address: Parc de la Mola, 10, AD700 Escaldes-Engordany, Andorra
14. Take a boat ride through Bruges, Belgium – canal cruise through the city
Explore the medieval town of Bruges by going on a canal cruise. Marvel at the quaint and narrow streets, and magnificent architecture of this beautiful town. This is not to be missed on your Europe bucket list!
13. Ride a 19th century Ferris Wheel in Vienna, Austria – for breath-taking views
The amusement park Prater is home to one of the most iconic symbols of Vienna. This ride is sure to give you some of the most breath-taking views of the city of Vienna, the capital of Austria.
Address: 1020 Vienna, Austria
12. Attend Oktoberfest celebrations in Munich, Germany – the world’s largest folk festival
Held annually, the world’s largest folk festival is not just about drinking beer from steins! Home to colourful parades, fairground rides and some of the tastiest pretzels there is so much to enjoy during these two-week celebrations.
11. Explore Mont Saint Michel, France – a fairy tale town
Located on an island off the coast of Normandy this UNESCO World Heritage Site should be on everyone’s Europe bucket list. This small town is like being part of a fairy tale, with winding streets, and quaint little shops.
10. Marvel at the Cliffs of Moher, Ireland – some of the largest cliffs in Europe
At the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, these magnificent cliffs give rise to some of the best views in all of Europe. These cliffs are situated amongst one of the most breath-taking hiking areas in all of Ireland, the Burren.
Address: Lislorkan North, Co. Clare, Ireland
9. Watch the sunrise over Lake Bled, Slovenia – a picturesque dreamland
The magic of Lake Bled is truly amazing, with a picturesque backdrop of a cliff-top castle, an island in the middle of the lake with a church, and spectacular mountains. Watching the sunrise here is like waking up as part of a fairy tale.
Address: Blejsko jezero, 4260 Bled, Slovenia
8. Climb the Acropolis, Greece – temples to the Greek gods
This ancient Greek citadel contains temples to the Greek gods. The most amazing of all these temples is Parthenon, a temple dedicated to the goddess Athena. The views from Acropolis over Athens are not to be missed.
Address: Athens 116 36, Greece
7. Wander the streets of Bologna, Italy – one for the Europe Bucket List
Ancient porticoes extend for almost 40km through the city of Bologna. These arches make the city accessible to explorers in all kinds of weather. Some of the porticoes date from the early 11th century to the late 20th century so it really is like taking a step back in time!
6. Try spot Nessie at Loch Ness, Scotland – uncover the mystery
Situated in the Scottish Highlands this deep freshwater loch is surrounded by much mystery and curiosity. Not only can you take a beautiful hike around the lake, but you can also try uncovering the mystery of the Loch Ness monster while doing so!
Address: Scottish Highlands, Scotland
5. Discover the markets at Charles Bridge, Czech Republic – hunt for the local crafts
As one of the most famous bridges in the world, a trip across this beautiful bridge is not to be missed while trying to complete your Europe bucket list. During peak times there is a vibrant flea market where you can find tonnes of local crafts.
Address: Karlův most, 110 00 Praha 1, Czechia
4. Hike up Uetliberg, Switzerland – for views of the Lake, Alps and city
Overlooking the city of Zurich, Uetliberg has some of the most spectacular views in Europe! With views of Lake Zurich, the Alps and the city, this hike is not to be missed.
Address: 8143 Zurich, Switzerland
3. Travel by train across Europe – the unforgettable Interrail trip
One of the most convenient aspects of travelling in Europe is that nearly everywhere is accessible by train! One of the best ways to make use of this is to get an Interrail or Eurail ticket for the duration of your trip. By travelling via train, you get to see more of the beautiful European countryside.
2. Do a wine tasting – sourced from the world’s best vineyards
With some of the most amazing vineyards in the world, no trip to Europe would be complete without trying some wine at a French or Italian vineyard! Embrace the process of making wine, while enjoying a glass or few overlooking the beautiful vineyards.
1. Watch the northern lights at Tromsø, Norway – a stunning natural phenomenon
It is no wonder that one of the best places in the world to see the northern lights is the top of our Europe bucket list. Situated in the middle of the Northern Lights Oval, you have the greatest chance of watching the sky dance with the northern lights. It is a truly spectacular phenomenon that is not to be missed when travelling in Europe.
Aoife O’Mara is a travel-hungry 21-year-old from East Clare. Having returned from a gap year in Melbourne, she discovered a newfound appreciation for the place she calls home. Now studying communications and media production in Griffith College Dublin, she is also writing for the university’s magazine. When not dreaming about future trips and adventures, she can be found petting dogs, exploring Ireland’s lakes and rivers, and taking photos.