One of the things I love about travel in Europe is that you can hop on a train, ride it for a few hours, and by the time you get off, you find yourself surrounded by a different culture, language and landscape. There is so much diversity across the continent and you don’t even have to travel very far to find it!
I have now been to Europe around 5 times, yet I still feel like I’ve barely scratched the surface. I’ve travelled to places like Portugal, Spain, France, Germany, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Finland, Estonia, England, Scotland, Bulgaria and Turkey, but there is still so much left to see! I’m hoping to return to Europe once again later this year, but in the meantime I wanted to share a few of my favourite photos – I hope they’ll give you a little bit of inspiration for your own travels!
Looking out over the Alfama district in Lisbon, Portugal.
The day we got lost in Germany and ended up at a monastery in Bebenhausen.
This shot from Strasbourg’s old town makes me feel like I’m in a Disney movie.
A regal visit to Hampton Court Palace in England.
The triumphal arch of Rua Augusta in Lisbon, Portugal.
This is springtime in Freiburg, Germany. Could those flowers be more beautiful?
Summer picnics at Esplanade Park in Helsinki, Finland.
The Rotunda of Saint Martin in Prague, Czech Republic.
Enjoying cafe culture and the art of outdoor dining.
The Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey.
Horse riding through the forest in Kimito Island, Finland.
Along the banks of the Neckar River in Tuebingen, Germany.
The gardens of Charlottenburg Palace in Berlin, Germany.
Mauerpark on a Sunday afternoon – picnics, flea markets and karaoke. That’s Berlin in a nutshell.
That iconic view of Galata Tower in Istanbul, Turkey.
Climbing the steps up Helsinki Cathedral, Finland.
Rose gardens, because this is England.
Meandering down Vitosha Boulevard in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Freiburg Minster and rooftops as seen through the foliage, Germany.
The shimmering mosaics inside Hagia Sofia, Istanbul.
Looking beautiful even in the rain; this is Eilean Donan Castle in Scotland.
Travelling Europe by train is one of the best ways to experience it.
On a boat tour down the Rhine in Strasbourg, France.
Morning light streaming in through a stained glass window.
The iconic Tower Bridge (which is not the same as London Bridge!)
Marble sculptures so gentle and lifelike.
The little known neighbourhood of Novy Svet (New World) in Prague, Czech Republic.
Days filled with art galleries and museum visits.
The calm of nature in Nuuksio National Park, Finland.
Architectural details in Prague, Czech Republic.
Kreutzigerstrasse, the most colourful residential street in Berlin, Germany.
Beach huts along the Baltic Sea in Hanko, Finland.
How can buildings looks this beautiful? See it for yourself in Prague, Czech Republic.
Dining at Olde Hansa, a medieval establishment in the heart of Tallinn, Estonia.
A moving history lesson in the Culloden Battlefield, Scotland.
A sunset over the harbour in Helsinki, Finland.
Wandering the Old Town in Prague, Czech Republic.
Looking up at Edinburgh Castle from the graveyard in Edinburgh, Scotland.
This sweet little cat lives inside Hagia Sofia. Istanbul’s cats are well looked after.
A uniquely designed stone church in Ekenäs, Finland.
Cafe hopping for giant cups of hot chocolate in Tallinn, Estonia.
Charlottenburg Palace, the only surviving royal residence in Berlin, Germany.
This astronomical clock has been ticking for 600 years in Prague, Czech Republic.
Driving through the fog in the Isle of Skye. Scotland is such a great country for a road trip!
Where else is absinthe readily available if not in Prague, Czech Republic?
Tiny cottages on the Golden Lane, which once housed alchemists in Prague, Czech Republic.
The ever impressive Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Empty champagne bottles from a fun night out on the town in Tallinn, Estonia.
The fields in bloom in the island of Högsåra, Finland.
A cute little cottage offering room and board and cakes in Prague, Czech Republic.
Hopefully this post has shown you that there is something in Europe for every type of traveller. Whether you want to walk down Prague’s romantic streets, visit the castles and the equally impressive gardens scattered around England, or enjoy the sounds of nature along Finland’s archipelago, there is something in Europe that’s just right for you.
What are some of your favourite European destinations?
Where are you looking to go in 2015?