My Travel Bucket List – Europe

Our world currently consists of roughly 200 countries, spread over seven continents. I am twenty-one and have visited around 35 different countries, some several times, and most of them in Europe. Even though lots of travellers like to brag about how many countries they’ve visited, I think the number is not what counts, but the experiences you’ve had.
For example, you could either travel 10 countries in three weeks, or spend the three weeks in only one country, which allows you to really immerse yourself in the culture and maybe even learn a little of their language.

Just in Europe alone, there are 50 countries. I wish I could add all of them to my bucket list, but I had to set some priorities.
This list also includes some places that I have already been to but want to visit again, because I feel like I missed out on something.
What countries are on your bucket list?


 

Denmark has been on my bucket list for years now, and even though I live in Germany, I have never found the time to visit my neighbouring country. Places within Denmark that I really want to visit are Lokken, the Rubjerg Knude Lighthouse, Kopenhagen, and Gásadalur on the Faroe Islands.


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Bosnia is another country I cannot wait to visit. It is not a very popular country amongst travellers and it’s not on a lot of peoples’ radar. I first became interested in going to Bosnia when I read about the city of Mostar, where it is a tradition that teenage boys jump off a 24m bridge.


I have lived in Scotland for a year and also travelled around the country for a bit, but I still feel like I missed a lot of things, which is why Scotland is still on my bucket list. I hope to go back to university here in the fall of this year, and then explore all the things I missed out on, including the Isle of Skye, Harris Island, and Ben Lawyers.


Germany – an odd country to have on my bucket list, as I am from Germany myself. However, I have visited more cities in Spain than in my home country, and only this year I have visited its capital, which admittedly is a little pathetic. There is so much I haven’t seen in Germany, so that is why it’s still on my bucket list.


I imagine Norway to be magical, much like all of Scandinavia. Apart from Oslo, I really want to go to Preikestolen, also known as Trolltunga, and I want to see the Northern Lights at least once in my life.


Another country I have already been to is Croatia. I still haven’t seen everything though, and I especially want to go back to see Dubrovnik, Zavratnica, and the Plitvice Lakes National Park.


I can’t even count how many times I have already been to Italy, as it is the German’s favourite holiday place. I have all major cities, been to Cinque Terre and the Amalfi Coast, yet somehow I always find new things I want to see in Italy. Currently on my bucket list are Sant Andrea in Puglia, and the Lago di Braies.


England is such an underrated country. Most people (like me) only go to London and skip out on the rest of England, but it has so much to offer. Places within England on my bucket list include the Bedruthan Steps in Cornwall, the Jurassic Coast, Durham Cathedral and Alnwick Castle.


Until a few years ago, I never considered Austria as a travel destination, mostly because I am from southern Germany and thus thought Austria to be too similar to home and not exciting enough. However, it does offer so many beautiful cities and spots, including places like Vienna and the Plansee.


Spain – another country I have been to countless times, mostly due to the fact that my sister lives there. I have seen all parts of Spain, yet it seems like I missed out on almost all the islands, including Formentera, Teneriffa, Tarifa, Lanzarote and Ibiza.


The main reason I want to go back to Portugal are the Azores – a group of islands just off the Portuguese coast.


I have been to the South and to the North, but somehow missed out on all of Central France. What I want to see most are the lavender fields as pictured above, and the Bretagne.


I don’t have a specific spot that I want to visit in Malta, but I have heard so many amazing things about this small country, and all the pictures I see look stunningly beautiful.


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Look up! It’s #Stäfeliflue! You’ve for sure heard of this mountain in @ilove_lucerne, right? Stäfeliflue is part of the Pilatus mountain massif and lies between the cantons of @obwaldentourismus and #Lucerne on the ridge path from #Pilatus to #Gfellen via Mittaggüpfi. From the top, you can see the Swiss plateau and the Alps. This type of hike isn’t for everyone and requires a bit of courage as you approach the summit – so luckily there are other wonderful stops nearby… for example, @biosphaere_entlebuch, where you can marvel at Swiss moorland scenery rather than mountains. And not just any moorland, but the four most important moors in Switzerland. The best way to explore these highland and lowland moors is on the moorlands trail – with rocky landscapes, flowering meadows and woods. They are at their most beautiful in autumn, when their reddish tones illuminate the landscape. So will you take the high road to Stäfeliflue or the low road to the moors? Thanks, @mdzphoto.ch for this beautiful photo!

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Switzerland is similar to Austria, at least in my brain, which is why I never really considered Switzerland as a dream destination either. I must admit however that that kind of thinking was rather dumb, as Switzerland is so beautiful in its own unique way. I cannot wait to visit Grindelwald and Zermatt.


Sweden has long been on my travel bucket list, much like Denmark, Finland and Norway. I have met many amazing people from Sweden, all of them so proud of their home country, which definitely inspired me to add it to my list.


Russia has so much more to offer than most people think. I would love to travel Russia by train, aka the Trans-Sibirian train, but that will probably remain a dream for a little while longer.


Wales has been on my bucket list for around eight years now, but I hope to be able to finally visit it in 2019. Swansea looks absolutely stunning, and so does Freshwater West in Pembrokshire, and the Snowdonia National Park.


Iceland is a country that can probably be found on many bucket lists. The reason I haven’t visited yet is simply how expensive it all is – not even just the flight, but simply getting around Iceland and even small things like food.


I don’t know why I find Luxembourg so attractive, but I have wanted to visit it for several years now. I think I just have a soft spot for tiny countries, because I loved Monaco, Andorra, and San Marino.


Finland is another Scandinavian country I cannot wait to visit. No matter who I talk to or what pictures I see, I have just never heard a bad thing about Finland.


Estonia is another country that can rarely be found on travel bucket lists, however I have heard so many great things about this place, and the pictures look absolutely stunning as well. I want to visit Estonia at least by 2020.


Similar to Estonia, I have simply heard good things about Latvia, and after reading a few articles about this country, I cannot wait to visit it.


I am in many different backpacking groups on social media, and the one country so many people keep posting beautiful pictures of is Montenegro. I immediately added it to my bucket list.


I consider Greece to be one of the most beautiful countries out there, and my dream is to spend a couple of months there, maybe working on a farm or in a local hostel, and really immerse myself into their culture. I hope to do that after I finish university.


The last time I visited Turkey, I was still a child and I cannot wait to go back. What I really want to see is the Kapadokya Balloon Festival (pictured), the island of Domuz Adasi, and I want to go paragliding in Oludeniz.


The last country on my European bucket list is Ireland. I already visited the country in 2016, but I missed out on so many things, including Galway, the Cliffs of Moher, and the Giants Causeway.



 

What countries are on your travel bucket list? Let me know in the comments below!

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7 thoughts on “My Travel Bucket List – Europe

  1. All of these countries are also on my list. Maybe because I do want to visit all European countries plus those that some lists also include such as Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan. I also really want to do a roadtrip in Romania and one in Scotland. I consider Faroe Islands to be a cheaper version of Iceland (not sure if this is correct) and with a lot less tourists. Hope you get to visit some next year!

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