Your Europe Bucket List, Part 2/3: Eurail Countries G to N
You’ve read Part 1, and now Part 2 of the Europe bucket list series focuses on Eurail countries G to N: Germany to Norway. Get ready to tick off these must-dos in Europe during your epic trip!
Must-dos in Europe: Your bucket List (Part 2)
As the largest country in Central Europe, there’s plenty to see and explore in Germany. It has an impressive rail network and a strong identity that makes each city familiar yet somehow truly unique.
Walk along the Berlin Wall: Only a few sections of the wall remain, but a walk alongside the iconic structure is a fascinating way to experience a pivotal moment in European history.
Indulge in iconic German cuisine: Even if your visit to Germany doesn’t coincide with Oktoberfest, be sure to swill a tankard of traditional German beer and devour the ultimate comfort food at a bustling beer garden.
It’s hard to overstate ancient Greece’s impact on the modern world. When also considering the country’s impressive climate, dramatic scenic beauty, and strong cultural identity, it’ll be difficult to overlook a visit to this spectacular destination.
Visit the Acropolis: The Acropolis is one of the most architecturally and historically significant locations in the modern world. Be sure to visit the Parthenon – the most famous building in this ancient citadel.
Explore the Greek Islands: Many people associate Greek architecture with whitewashed homes and domed churches, set against deep blue skies. You’ll find this all on the Cyclades islands.
Hungary’s popularity is thanks in a large part to her spectacular capital city brimming with life, energy, and history. It’s also easily accessible by train from various Central European countries.
Soak it up in a thermal bath: Budapest has dozens of thermal baths. They’re as impressive to look at (and photograph) as they are to soak in.
Walk the Danube: Go from Buda Castle, across the Chain Bridge, then all the way to the Hungarian Parliament Building to begin your love affair with Budapest.
Swim in the “Hungarian sea”: Hungary’s Lake Balaton is the most popular summer destination for Hungarians. There are ample walks, beaches, and intriguing towns along its 120-mile coastline.
While Ireland may be politically divided between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, your Eurail Pass is valid for both. Each has an array of attractions to visit and share a certain charm and character that’s truly captivating.
Visit the home of the Titanic: Belfast, in Northern Ireland, is where the Titanic was crafted. A famous museum is dedicated to this ill-fated vessel.
Wash down a traditional Irish meal with a Guinness: Pair a Guinness in a homely pub with traditional Irish fare – preferably an Irish stew or black pudding.
Kiss the Blarney Stone: Make your way to Blarney Castle to kiss the famous stone. If you’re not one for superstitions, the surrounding scenery alone makes the trip worthwhile.
Italy is home to the greatest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the world. It’s scenically and culturally diverse, and it would take a lifetime to experience everything that it has to offer. But even a small taste will leave you planning your next visit.
Tour Rome’s ancient ruins: Walking through the Colosseum and Roman Forum is a humbling experience. It will lay a good foundation for any Italian trip.
Experience real Italian pizza, and pasta, and gelato, and coffee: Each region has its own specialty. But pay special attention to pizza in Naples, pasta in Rome, gelato in the north, and coffee pretty much everywhere.
Live the coastal life: Cinque Terre and the Amalfi Coast are two iconic places that will take up the remaining space on your camera’s memory card. They’ll also leave you in awe of Italy’s natural coastal beauty and inimitable atmosphere.
Luxembourg is often overlooked for her larger and better-known neighbors, but this tiny country in the heart of Western Europe is packed full of natural beauty and interesting architecture. It’s also one of the two richest countries in the world.
Visit Luxembourg City: The capital city is packed full of UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as the Gothic Revival Cathedral of Notre Dame and the Grand Ducal Palace.
Get romantic in Vianden: The dramatic medieval Beaufort castle sets the tone for this beautiful little village. It’s surrounded by green forests and a freshwater lake brimming with swans.
Montenegro’s tourism industry was hit hard by the Yugoslavian civil war in the 1990s, but this Balkan state is full of surprises. It’s finally seeing a resurgence that makes it one of the top up-and-coming destinations of the region.
Visit the Bay of Kotor: The Bay of Kotor is one of Europe’s most beautiful bays. This region consisting four smaller gulfs is one of Montenegro’s unmissable attractions.
Explore Venetian architecture: The tiny town of Perast was once ruled by the Republic of Venice. It’s beautiful, quiet, and perfect for escaping the tourists of the nearby resorts.
The Netherlands is one of Europe’s most popular tourist stops, thanks largely to its beautiful capital. But as impressive as Amsterdam is, there’s plenty more to see in this densely populated country.
Explore Amsterdam’s canals: A walk amongst these tranquil canals while gawking at the architecture is a classic European bucket list item.
See the tulips in Keukenhof: Keukenhof is one of the best places to see the country’s iconic tulips. Seven million bulbs flower here between mid-March and mid-May to create a kaleidoscope of color.
Norway is the westernmost, northernmost, and easternmost of the 3 Scandinavian countries. It’s famous for its pristine natural beauty and captivating Viking history.
Explore the fjords: Norway’s fjords and natural scenery have to be seen to be believed. There’s no more exhilarating way than to see it than from the icy waters.
Hike Gaustatoppen: This mountain is one of the most beautiful in all of Norway. Once you hike to its summit (a remarkable feat), you’ll be rewarded with the most sublime views.
A Eurail Global Pass makes it easy to do all of these must-dos in Europe and more! Stay tuned for the third and final installment of the Europe bucket list series, where you’ll read about Eurail countries starting from P to T – Poland to Turkey.