50 Photos That Will Make You Want to Travel in Europe in 2015

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!

Travel in Europe: Alfama District in Lisbon, Portugal

Looking out over the Alfama district in Lisbon, Portugal.

Bebenhausen Monastery and village in Germany

The day we got lost in Germany and ended up at a monastery in Bebenhausen.

Travel in Europe: Strasbourg's Old Town

This shot from Strasbourg’s old town makes me feel like I’m in a Disney movie.

Hampton Court Palace, England

A regal visit to Hampton Court Palace in England.

Triumphal Arch of Rua Augusta in Lisbon, Portugal

The triumphal arch of Rua Augusta in Lisbon, Portugal.

Spring in Freiburg, Germany

This is springtime in Freiburg, Germany. Could those flowers be more beautiful?

Esplanade Park in Helsinki, Finland

Summer picnics at Esplanade Park in Helsinki, Finland.

Travel in Europe: Rotunda of Saint Martin in Prague

The Rotunda of Saint Martin in Prague, Czech Republic.

Dining al fresco in Helsinki

Enjoying cafe culture and the art of outdoor dining.

The Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey

The Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey.

Horse riding through the forest in Kimito Island, Finland

Horse riding through the forest in Kimito Island, Finland.

Tuebingen as seen along the Neckar River

Along the banks of the Neckar River in Tuebingen, Germany.

Charlottenburg Palace in Berlin

The gardens of Charlottenburg Palace in Berlin, Germany.

Mauerpark on a Sunday afternoon in Berlin, Germany

Mauerpark on a Sunday afternoon – picnics, flea markets and karaoke. That’s Berlin in a nutshell.

Galata Tower in Istanbul, Turkey

That iconic view of Galata Tower in Istanbul, Turkey.

Helsinki Cathedral in Finland

Climbing the steps up Helsinki Cathedral, Finland.

The Gardens of Hampton Court

 Rose gardens, because this is England.

Vitosha Boulevard in Sofia, Bulgaria

Meandering down Vitosha Boulevard in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Freiburg Minster in Freiburg, Germany

Freiburg Minster and rooftops as seen through the foliage, Germany.

The mosaics inside Hagia Sofia, Istanbul.

The shimmering mosaics inside Hagia Sofia, Istanbul.

Eilean Donan Castle in Scotland

Looking beautiful even in the rain; this is Eilean Donan Castle in Scotland.

Travelling by train in Europe

Travelling Europe by train is one of the best ways to experience it.

Riverfront Views

 On a boat tour down the Rhine in Strasbourg, France.

Light streaming in through stained glass.

Morning light streaming in through a stained glass window.

Tower Bridge, London

The iconic Tower Bridge (which is not the same as London Bridge!)

Museum hopping

Marble sculptures so gentle and lifelike.

The neighbourhood of Novy Svet (New World) in Prague

The little known neighbourhood of Novy Svet (New World) in Prague, Czech Republic.

A quiet moment in an art gallery

Days filled with art galleries and museum visits.

Hiking Nuuksio National Park, Finland

The calm of nature in Nuuksio National Park, Finland.

Architectural details in Prague

Architectural details in Prague, Czech Republic.

Kreutzigerstrasse, the most colourful residential street in Berlin

Kreutzigerstrasse, the most colourful residential street in Berlin, Germany.

Summer by the Baltic Sea in Hanko, Finland

Beach huts along the Baltic Sea in Hanko, Finland.

Architectural details in Prague

How can buildings looks this beautiful? See it for yourself in Prague, Czech Republic.

A medieval dinner at Olde Hansa

Dining at Olde Hansa, a medieval establishment in the heart of Tallinn, Estonia.

A moving history lesson in the Culloden Battlefield, Scotland

A moving history lesson in the Culloden Battlefield, Scotland.

A sunset over the harbour in Helsinki

A sunset over the harbour in Helsinki, Finland.

The Old Town in Prague

Wandering the Old Town in Prague, Czech Republic.

A spooky shot of Edinburgh Castle as seen from a graveyard

Looking up at Edinburgh Castle from the graveyard in Edinburgh, Scotland.

A cute cat inside Hagia Sofia, Istanbul

This sweet little cat lives inside Hagia Sofia. Istanbul’s cats are well looked after.

A uniquely designed stone church in Ekenäs, Finland

A uniquely designed stone church in Ekenäs, Finland.

Cafe hopping in Europe

Cafe hopping for giant cups of hot chocolate in Tallinn, Estonia.

Charlottenburg Palace, the only surviving royal residence in Berlin

Charlottenburg Palace, the only surviving royal residence in Berlin, Germany.

This astronomical clock has been ticking for 600 years in Prague

This astronomical clock has been ticking for 600 years in Prague, Czech Republic.

Driving through the fog in the Isle of Skye, Scotland

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?

Where else is absinthe readily available if not in Prague, Czech Republic?

Tiny cottages on the Golden Lane in Prague

Tiny cottages on the Golden Lane, which once housed alchemists in Prague, Czech Republic.

The ever impressive Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Sofia, Bulgaria.

The ever impressive Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Empty champagne bottles from a fun night out on the town in Tallinn

Empty champagne bottles from a fun night out on the town in Tallinn, Estonia.

Summer in Högsåra, Finland.

The fields in bloom in the island of Högsåra, Finland.

A cute cottage in Prague.

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?

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44 Comments

  1. Stunning collection of photos, definitely a great idea for putting together all that diversity!
    I LOVE train travel.
    I’m most looking forward to going to Ireland for my friend’s bachelorette party; all my other plans have yet to form.

    1. says: Audrey

      Ireland for your friend’s bachelorette sounds like so much fun! The first thing that popped to mind was that scene from “Made of Honour” where the bride-to-be goes to the pub with her friends to collect kisses…but then I realized that was Scotland, haha. I’m sure Ireland has its own traditions that are just as fun! I wouldn’t expect anything less from the Irish. 😉

  2. says: Ashley

    Lovely photos! I’ve only been to the UK, and I’m seriously itching to explore more of Europe! Will you be focusing on a specific region when you visit this year? Or just going to wing it?

    1. says: Audrey

      We don’t have much of any itinerary yet, but I have a feeling we may start with Western Europe since Sam hasn’t done much travels there, and then slowly work our way over to Eastern Europe and then down to the Balkans.

    1. says: Audrey

      Lisbon is really pretty! I loved all the colours and the buildings covered in elaborate tiles. It’s very affordable compared to most of Western Europe.

  3. Wow!! These are all INCREDIBLE! I’m in love with Europe and will be returning for my 5th time in late February. I’ll be going all around and visiting friends until late May. So far I have Spain, Germany, England, France, and Italy on my list 🙂

    Happy travels!

  4. says: Katie

    Ah Europe, my favourite place to explore. I don’t think I could ever see enough despite living and travelling there for 7 years, I will still always go back for more 🙂

  5. says: Renuka

    Well, it’s a treat to go through such photos! 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing! Europe is perhaps every traveler’s dream. Italy is on top of my bucket-list! I guess, even you haven’t been there yet. But you have an impressive list of European countries under your belt. Some of the photos that you showed here are so different – the one of ‘Empty champagne bottles from a fun night out on the town in Tallinn, Estonia’. And the last photo from Prague looks straight out of a story-book!

  6. Fantastic photographs Audrey. Absolutely fantastic!
    I’m British and I live in Germany so I’m biased as I think that Europe is the best place in the world to live in and of course my absolute best destinations are my own country: England, other parts of the UK, Ireland, Germany, Italy, the Czech Republic, and Poland.
    Where am I looking to go in 2015? Scandanavia, the Balkan and the Baltic regions.

  7. says: Beanie @ B.O.B

    You make me lovesick for Berlin. Definitely got me thinking about booking a flight in one of the many airline sales on at the moment!

  8. says: Edwina

    Great reminder of how beautiful Europe is!
    My European 2015 destination plans are Berlin, Stuttgart (for the beer festival Volksfest!) and some travel around Spain that’s not very defined yet. If I find a cheap flight to Rome, I’ll add that to the list too.
    And I love traveling by train, if it’s feasible in terms of costs I’ll always choose a train over any other method of transport.

  9. says: Katie

    Amazing photos – there’s so much to see in Europe, and such diversity. I also love the train systems there, making it super easy to get around. Unfortunately, no plan to travel there yet this year, but I’m only just now planning for next month!

  10. says: Claire

    Amazing photos, and so cool that you’ve traveled to all those places. Would definitely love to travel around Europe on of these days 🙂

  11. says: Natalie

    I have never been that impressed by Europe. Maybe because I was bought up in the UK. Briefly did Germany, Spain, and France and then decided to head further afield

  12. says: Anders

    Really nice photos, you had a couple of destination above that are in our “bucket list” for 2015. Turkey and Istanbul was one of my favourite destinations from 2014. If you are going back to northern Europe, don’t miss Sweden. Have recently made a story of “seven thrilling things to do in Stockholm”

  13. says: Sarah

    Europe is so beautiful in summer! Having lived in Europe most of my life, I was never really attracted to it as a travel destination. I need to move to Asia for a year to start appreciate Europe’s character and beauty. Haven’t done a real “Euro-trip” yet, but looking at these pictures really inspires me to plan one soon!

  14. says: Andrew

    Nice photo essay. Living in the UK I do feel quite lucky that within an hour flight, I can be in a number of countries, that have a completely different language and culture. Something I think Europeans tend to take for granted.

  15. says: Carina

    Amazing pictures!! It really makes me wanna travel Europe more! As Germans we sometimes need to be reminded how lucky we are living in the heart of Europe, only hours away from many other beautiful countries and cultures! Thanks for reminding me 🙂

  16. says: Sandra

    Being from Europe, I normally want to visit other continents when travelling but seeing your amzing pics makes me believe that I missed out! Seems like I will have to pursue some travelling closer to home!:)

  17. Hey Audrey!! I love all your photos… and it really just make me want to travel even more!
    You are right, there is so much to see here in Europe, and so many amazing places! I live in Europe for 4 years now and still have a lot to visit 😀
    This year I will visit Denmark for the first time, and I am very excited 😉
    I dont know if you have ever been to Stockholm… its amazing!

    If you ever come to Munich let me know if you want to meet!
    Allane.

  18. says: Elisa

    Lovely! I am already in Europe but I definitely want to travel around our beautiful continent more! In 2015 I am looking forward to a couple of trips to London and Sussex, and a weekend somewhere in northern Italy in the spring!

  19. says: Heather

    This type of picture post is one of the reasons I shouldn’t be trusted with my own savings… I’d buy plane tickets with every penny if I stayed on your blog for too long 🙂

  20. says: Krystal

    Beautiful photos! I love the mix of landscapes, architecture and the more intimate moments that make travel so unique. This post was a little bit too inspiring – I hear my savings account crying a little bit now….

  21. says: Stephanie - The Travel Chica

    I always want to travel to Europe. So many interesting places and cultures to explore. Not sure if I’ll make it back in 2015, but my trip to Amsterdam and Frankfurt in 2014 was amazing!

  22. says: Penny Walker

    Great shots! I’d love to visit Estonia and Croatia. So much to see in Europe. I have lived in the foothills of the French Pyrenees for the past 8 years and know the SW of France very well. You simply *must* include this area in your 2015 Western Europe itinerary, Audrey! The mountains are *very* accessible, the scenery is breathtaking, the culture and history fascinating and the food and wine … well, I don’t need to tell you! Do drop me a line if I can help you plan your trip, won’t you?

  23. says: Dave | Jones Around The World

    Amazing photos! I lived in Europe for about 3 years, but have never truly backpacked through the continent. Now that I’m based in Asia, these photos are making me wanna head back and explore the parts I haven’t been to already!

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