25 Fun Things to Do in Europe

25 Fun Things to Do in Europe

We’ve put together 25 travel tips for fun things to do in Europe, to help you discover some of the best places in Europe to visit.

Germany

While Germany is full of fun things to do (you probably won’t be surprised to hear that Oktoberfest springs immediately to mind!) but there is plenty of fun to be had off the beaten tourist track as well – for example, walking along Europe’s longest footbridge in Ronneburg in the eastern half of the country.

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The Dragon’s Tail via Wikicommons

Something else I’d love to do the next time I make it to Dusseldorf is to get to the top of the Rhine Tower. It impresses me no end that you can, apparently, see all the way to the famous Cologne cathedral if the weather is clear.

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View towards Rhine Tower by Gunnar Por Hafdal

United Kingdom

I adore this post from Karen about snow sliding in Berwick upon Tweed - as Australian children visiting Europe when I was nine, our first experience with snow was very similar, sliding down some short slopes sitting on a plastic bag!

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Snow sliding in Berwick upon Tweed

For something more well-known and not without its controversy, “flying” above London in the London Eye still appeals to me.  Arwa wrote a great post describing what makes the London Eye worth its ticket price.

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London Eye by arwa

What about a sea kayaking to the Farne Islands in Northumberland, which sounds like a lot of fun (and a bit of hard work!).

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Farne Islands seal by Hugh Simmons

Austria

At least in the experience of Karen and I, storks are rife in Austria! Karen took a trip to the town of Rust and quickly spotted some stork nests (and some fascinating stork information). I saw numerous storks nesting in the Marchegg stork sanctuary close to Vienna. Dare I suggest that a fun thing to do in Austria is to stalk storks?!

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Stork information in Rust, Austria

Czech Republic

Franz Kafka may just be the most famous Czech there is, which is why we recommend following the Kafka Trail in  Prague, starting with the Franz Kafka Museum.

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Kafka Museum by achimh

Alternatively, you may want to explore Czech beer culture – and one great way to do this is to try some of that famous Czech beer, the Pilsner Urquell, in Plzen in the Czech Republic.

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Pilsner Urquell by bad9brad

Croatia

Croatia is a stunningly beautiful country which is full of fun things to do (one of my first memories of it is stopping on a bridge where people were bungee jumping!). If you’re into something less heart-stopping, you could try following the Roman Trail. Neha, who lives there, has written a great post about the many Roman sites you can find in Croatia.

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Pula amphitheatre by neha

If you’re after some edible fun in Croatia you might consider buying a gingerbread heart – it’s a charming (and delicious) Croatian tradition.

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Gingerbread heart by neha

Denmark

You can get all Shakespearean in Denmark if you head to Helsingor to see Hamlet’s Kronborg Castle. In fact, as well as being made famous via Hamlet, this castle is a world-class (and UNESCO-listed) attraction in its own right.

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Inside Hamlet’s castle by Marcus Cederstrom

Another fun thing to do in Denmark is to check out the locals playing petanque at Copenhagen’s King’s Gardens. Karen stumbled across this activity when in Copenhagen and it’s a lovely way to get a taste of the local life.

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Cyprus

If you have been craving eternal beauty (haven’t we all?!) then we definitely have a fun thing for you to do in Cyprus; you should swim around Aphrodite’s Rock.

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Aphrodite’s Rock, Cyprus

Alternatively you might want to drive into the interior of Cyprus and a visit to Agios Demetrianos is recommended by Karen – as long as you’re feeling up to ducking your head to visit the saint’s cave.

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The cave of Agios Demetrianos

Finland

This fun things to do in Finland are both inspired by my own trip to Finland one Christmas – a trip which I must say (since it included visiting Santa at Christmas time) was easily one of the most fun trips I’ve ever taken! One of my favourite activities was going snowshoe walking in Finnish Lapland. The walk itself was gorgeous, and then our break included hot chocolate and chocolate chip cookies – perfect!

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Snowshoe walking landscape by Amanda Kendle

Another enjoyable morning was spent at Helsinki’s Market Hall, exploring all manner of Finnish foods (by looking AND tasting!). Although I admit being a little disturbed by the prominence of reindeer as a food there – I kept thinking about Rudolph.

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Helsinki Market Hall by Amanda Kendle

Poland

Here’s a fun activity that you probably never imagined doing in Poland: hunting for gnomes! Marcus discovered that Wroclaw was full of gnomes and that this in fact has its roots in a peaceful anti-communism movement. The gnomes remain to this day.

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Gnomes in Wroclaw by Marcus Cederstrom

Turkey

Probably the last place you would expect to find an Ice Museum in Europe is in Turkey, but there is indeed such a museum in Istanbul. It features all manner of intriguing ice sculptures and an ice bar as well.

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 Istanbul’s Ice Musuem by Inka Piegsa-quischotte

Inka also wrote us a post about a great day trip to Mary’s House near Selcuk. It features a wall where you can attached your written note explaining your wish or prayer and then hope that it will come true.

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Wishes at Mary’s House by Inka Piegsa-quischotte

Russia

Russia is a fascinating place to visit for so many reasons, but something that doesn’t always rate a mention is the ridiculously long escalators you can ride on when you’re accessing the metro. You can actually plan to complete a task while riding on some of these (they can be up to three minutes long!).

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Escalator in Moscow by Amanda Kendle

Netherlands

In Amsterdam, you can while away an afternoon watching street performers  – especially on Dam Square. Along with numerous human statues, you can find performers like jugglers, musicians, fire-eaters and dancers.

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 Street performer in Amsterdam by neha

In Rotterdam, you explore the fabulous Oceanium, a part of the popular Rotterdam Zoo, including getting face to face with a few (unfriendly-looking) sharks.

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Sharks in Rotterdam by neha

France

What’s more fun than some shopping? (Well, especially for us girls). Great fun can be had in Paris by shopping for bargains in the annual Paris January sales. They are spread across the whole month (even into February) and you can find a “shopping itinerary” to suit your tastes.

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Shopping in Paris by juggernautco

Alternatively, you might be more persuaded by a culinary pursuit, like eating oysters in Brittany, as suggested by Thomas.

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Oyster beds in Brittany by Thomas Dowson

Switzerland

You might think Switzerland is the place for eating chocolate, skiing and buying watches – all of which are fun, of course – but you can also see piles of junk turned into museum art pieces in Basel’s Tinguely Museum.

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Tinguely Museum by Amanda Kendle

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3 thoughts on “25 Fun Things to Do in Europe

  1. Katie Martin

    I like that I hadn’t heard of any of these places before. I’ve never been to Europe, and I feel like I would be overwhelmed just trying to pick which country I wanted to go to, let alone where in that country I would visit. I mean, how do you pick between bungee jumping off a bridge, swimming in Cyprus, bargain shopping in Paris, and searching for gnomes in Poland?! Also, that Ice Museum sounds very interesting. Have you been to most of these places or just heard about them from friends? What is your favorite?

  2. Karen Bryan

    Katie – happy to hear that you enjoyed the post. It’s a collection of things done around Europe by members of the Europe a la Carte writers.

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