The awe-inspiring culture, rich history and exotic location of Europe make it a must-do for any Australian to add to their travel itinerary – but this continent is so diverse that it’s hard to narrow down the endless options to fit into one trip!
If you’re a first-timer to this cultured continent, here are a few ‘must-see’s’ to get you started:
Admire the Lippizaner stallions in Vienna
Visitors to Vienna can’t pass on the opportunity to witness the beauty and power of the famous white Lippizaner stallions and their trainers at the Spanish Riding School. The school was built from 1729 to 1735, and is the oldest riding academy in the world. Visitors will be treated to a performance like no other by impeccably trained horses in an ancient and gorgeous Renaissance building.
Experience the nightlife in Ibiza
When visiting Europe, a taste of the local nightlife is essential – and what better place to do so than Ibiza? This wild and raucous European island is perfect for those looking to let loose, and there are plenty of nightclubs that party on until the early hours.
For a truly magical experience, try one of Ibiza’s beach clubs. The Amante Beach Club is nestled into the rugged cliff side overlooking the lapping Mediterranean waves of a beach cove. Here, you can dine on sumptuous local produce and refreshing cocktails from the menu before partying in style in a prime beachfront location.
Discover the romance of Paris
This famous travel location has achieved such a renowned reputation for a reason. Travellers visiting Europe for the first time simply can’t go past this gorgeous destination – and it’s perfect for couples looking for romance.
Top of the list for a visit to Paris is sharing a sweet kiss underneath the iconic Eiffel Tower, followed by pastries and an espresso on the charming terrace of a Parisian cafe. To complete the romantic experience, visit the Pont des Arts ‘Love Locks’ bridge to secure a padlock with you and your loved one’s names among the hundreds adorning the bridge walls, before throwing the key into the depths of the river Seine.
See the landmarks of London
No trip to Europe is complete without a tour of the most famous attractions in London. See the cityscape from a birds eye view on the London Eye, and visit St Paul’s Cathedral and the Westminster Abbey before witnessing the changing of the guard outside Buckingham Palace.
Explore the sunny countryside of Tuscany
The picturesque countryside of Tuscany is a must-do for those travelling to Europe. Use Florence or Rome as your base and take a day trip or tour through the gorgeous hills, making the most of wine-tasting, cycling and hiking through the pretty scenery and quaint Tuscan villages on the way.