Europe is one of the hottest tourist destinations in the world. Colloquially called the old continent, it is a place with a history dating back thousands of years, and more wonders than you can imagine. With well over fifty countries, Europe is a land of plenty for vacation and travel. From stunning landscapes to iconic cities, and cultures beyond compare, there is something for everyone in this part of the world. As much as all of this is fantastic when you think about it, it can be quite a challenge to pick out a destination when you’re interested in visiting the place. With more choices than you know what to do with, it’s a case of the whole ‘kid in a candy store’ thing to select a place to visit. While it is hard to select a destination from the lot, some amount of ‘narrowing down’ can prove helpful. Here are the European countries we moms here at GRFK love!
Often called the birthplace of western philosophy and civilization, Greece is by far one of the most iconic destinations in all of Europe. At the crossroads between Europe and Asia, it has been home to one of the most well-known civilizations in ancient times, and which continues to interest and astound many today. Of the many attractions that the place boasts of, one of the most iconic is undoubtedly that of the ancient Greek ruins, which are scattered across the landscape.
Part of the ‘Nordic’ group of nations, Sweden is one of the most advanced countries in all of Europe, famous for its Swedish form of socialism, and everything in it. The country has a history dating back thousands of years, and whose legacy is that of the infamous Vikings. Of the many different icons of Sweden, some of the most iconic ones would be as being a land of the blondes, aurora borealis and the alcohol monopoly called Systembolaget.
A country near the Arctic Circle, this is yet another country that belongs to the ‘Nordic’ group of nations. Founded by Viking settlers a long time ago, the place is today a well-developed nation, although tourism is one industry that is steadily picking up. There are a bunch of attractions and things to look forward to in Iceland. These things include, among others, its fjords, mountains, pristine interiors, volcanic geysers and of course the aurora borealis.
A country synonymous with the USSR and communism, this is one place that you’ll probably take a long time to visit and explore. Stretching across a vast landscape from Europe to Asia, this is a country that spans multiple time zones and is home to numerous different cultures and ways of life. From its signature vodka and bears, to historical landmarks and communist legacies, there is something for everyone in this vast country. Some important attractions of the country would include, among others, the vast landscapes, the historical landmarks of major ancient cities like Moscow, and more.
A country located adjacent to Russia, Ukraine is one of the lesser known and visited countries in all of Europe. While part of the reason for this is visas are harder to come by, the country has steadily started to open up to tourism. Part of the former Soviet Union, Ukraine is a place that abounds with the legacy of the Cossacks, soviet landmarks, and of course the well known nuclear accident site to Chernobyl.
A country that lies in between Europe and Asia, Cyprus is both an island as well as a political entity. Situated just south of Turkey and closer to Asia than Europe, the country is culturally closer to Europe than it is to Asia. To be clear, it is more than just a country. The island is actually divided into two parts, namely a ‘Greek Cyprus’ and a ‘Turkish Cyprus’. Home to an ethnic conflict dating back a long time, things have subsided, making it possible for tourism to start thriving. The place has an abundance of tourist attractions, ranging from stunning landscapes to historical ruins, much of it of ancient Greece.
An island country in the middle of the Mediterranean, it is one of the lesser known destinations in Europe. A country, city state and an island at the same time, it is by far one of the smallest countries in all of Europe. Of the many attractions that abound, one of the most interesting would be that of its unique architecture, way of life and a culture that is distinct from mainland Europe given its middle-eastern influence. Tourism to the island is however, limited, although it has been steadily picking up in recent times. Do note that you may want to check tourist number details from time to time, given that the island is fairly small, and you can feel overwhelmed if you aren’t into traveling during the peak season.
Often called the home of the Vikings, Denmark lies at the southern tip of Scandinavia. A country with plenty of interesting things that awaits in every corner, this is another ‘Nordic’ country you’ll enjoy checking out. The attractions of Denmark range from the stunning shores of the north, to the castles across the landscape and the picturesque cities such as Copenhagen.
Situated in the northern part of Eastern Europe, this is a country that is forgotten or ignored by many tourists. At the same time however, there has been a steady increase in the number of tourist inflows into the country, for the many sights and wonders it offers. Some of them include, among others, iconic cities, a picturesque countryside, great view of the Baltic Sea and more.
A country located next to Britain, and also called the Republic of Ireland, is one of the more iconic travel destinations, bordering something out of a fantasy. One of the largest Celtic nations in Europe, it is a place with stunning landscapes, castles and has the distinction of being one of the oldest cultures in the region, in the context that the Germanic English arrived centuries after the first Celts. Ireland occupies much of the island of the same name, except for a small region in the East, called ‘Northern Ireland’, also called ‘Ulster’, and controlled by the British.
These are some of the most interesting countries in Europe we’ve visited! There are indeed many more that are just as interesting and unique, making Europe one sweet destination worth visiting with your kids. And remember to show them exactly what matters and counts when you take that trip.