I’m pretty sure that during lockdown, we have all been dreaming about which places to visit abroad when we can finally travel without the fear of catching a virus that caused a whole pandemic. I’ve visited a fair amount of places in Europe, thanks to the interrailing journey I did back in 2019 with my friends and my mum insisting we go on holiday at least once every year since 2015. So I thought to share the 4 places I think everyone should add to their Europe bucket list.
Prague, Czech Republic
Whether it’s visiting landmarks, learning about history or having a few drinks at a bar, you’ll enjoy every moment being in Prague. It was the first place I started on my interrailing trip. I had such a good time there that my memories of it are so dear to me. Exploring the Old Town and New Town was amazing. You can really feel the medieval vibes from the Old Town when strolling through the Old Town Square and seeing the Prague Orlof, the astronomical clock. In the New Town, there’s a more modern vibe with places such as Náměstí Republiky, the city square, and The Museum of Senses, a really cool interactive exhibition with rooms that make you feel dizzy and a nail bed you can lie on without feeling any pain.
If you enjoy history, you will love the Museum of Communism. I have my reasons to believe that the museum is actually anti-communist. However, it was really interesting learning the detailed history of the communist era and Czechoslovakia. For you cocktail lovers, there’s a place where you have to go and get your drinks on a night out: Bukowski’s Bar. I promise you, there’s no way you’ll be disappointed when you go there. I still reminisce about their £4 piña coladas.
I visited Malta in back 2017 and not only can I remember how amazing the weather was, but I was also mesmerised by everything. The weather was the kind of boiling hot weather you wish you had throughout the whole summer. Not too hot that you’re sweating or burning but not too warm that it’s humid. I’m so upset that I can’t get ahold of all the photos I took there. The very few I have really doesn’t do it justice. But I still remember my visit vividly. There were restaurants close to my hotel, including an African restaurant which I wasn’t expecting to see. It’s really easy to walk through Saint Pauls Bay where you can do different activities. You could visit the Malta National Aquarium or go scuba diving, which I, unfortunately, couldn’t do.
The highlight of my visit was when we went on The Hornblower cruise. We took it to visit the Blue Lagoon and the islands of Gozo and Comino. The crystal, clear blue water in the Blue Lagoon is honestly indescribable and the islands are lovely.
Now, I won’t lie, I was only in Ljubljana for about 27 hours. HOWEVER, the views in Lake Bled was enough to completely captivate me. When my friends and I arrived there, we took a rowboat to Bled Island. It was at this time when I realised that rowing wasn’t the sport for me. Nonetheless, my friends, who actually had no experience in rowing just like me, were amazing getting us to and from Bled Island. We had a lovely time there seeing the view of the whole lake from a high point. Lake Bled is truly a place you’d want to add to your Europe Bucket list.
Vienna is actually a very significant place for me. It was there when I decided to drop out of doing my paramedic course at uni and transfer to a different uni to do Psychology instead. Funny enough, I went to visit the Freud museum with my friend the day after I made the decision. If you’re a fan of big landmarks and huge gardens then Vienna is a place you’d want to go to. There’s the Schmetterlinghaus, a butterfly house and places like Belvedere Palace, The Volksgarten and Hundertwasser Haus where you could spend hours exploring.
Travelling has become one of my favourite things to do and I’m so lucky to have gotten the chances to explore different places. What places do you think should be added to everyone’s Europe bucket list?