Europe encompasses an area of 3,930,000 square miles, stretching from Asia to the Atlantic, and from Africa to the Arctic. European countries welcome more than 480 million international visitors per year, more than half of the global market, and 7 of the 10 most visited countries are European nations.
It's easy to see why - a well preserved cultural heritage, open borders and efficient infrastructure makes visiting Europe a breeze, and rarely will you have to travel more than a few hours before you can immerse yourself in a new culture, and dive into a different phrasebook. Although it is the world's smallest continent in land surface area, there are profound differences between the cultures and ways of life in its countries.
Must-visits include France, Italy, Germany, Spain, and the United Kingdom. Don't let your sense of adventure fail you by missing out on Scandinavia, Greece, Hungary, Poland, Portugal, or the microstates of Andorra, Liechtenstein and Luxembourg. For a more exotic European adventure, be sure to tour the Balkans.
Amsterdam — canals, Rembrandt and red lanterns, the epicentre of liberal attitudes
Berlin — the capital of reunited Germany since 1990, it was divided by force for 45 years during the Cold War and has emerged as a international cultural centre and an area of rapid development since the fall of the Berlin Wall
Copenhagen - Capital of Denmark is a beautiful city which sits in two islands: Zealand and Amager.
Istanbul — the only major city to span two continents and a fascinating melting pot of East and West
London — Britain's vibrant capital, a true 'global city'
Madrid - Spain's capital city
Moscow — Europe's largest city is famous for its nightlife and the iconic Kremlin
Paris — the capital of romance (and France) on the banks of the Seine
Rome — the eternal city of seven hills and two thousand seven hundred years of history