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The 50 places in Europe you need to visit in your lifetime

And they’re just about right on your doorstep.

EUROPE IS HOME to historic cities, world-famous museums, and phenomenal restaurants.

But there are also gorgeous hidden beaches, phenomenal ski resorts, and stunning natural formations like canyons, waterfalls, and gorges – all of them right on our doorstep.

Business Insider have come up with the ultimate bucket list of travel destinations in Europe.

From biking along the canals of Amsterdam to tasting Chianti in Italy’s Tuscany region, here are 50 things you need to do in Europe in your lifetime:

Stroll along the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, in the south of France.

stroll-along-the-promenade-des-anglais-in-nice-in-the-south-of-france Source: Promenade des Anglais via Shutterstock

Hit the slopes at Innsbruck, a breathtaking ski resort in the mountains of Austria.

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Dance in a deadly nightclub in Berlin, like CCCP.

CCCP Berlin

Hug the cliffs while driving along the Amalfi Coast in Italy, and visit the charming towns of Positano, Ravello, and Salerno.

hug-the-cliffs-while-driving-along-the-amalfi-coast-in-italy-and-visit-the-charming-towns-of-positano-ravello-and-salerno Source: amalfi coast via Shuterstock

Pass a day in the beautiful Tivoli gardens and amusement park in Copenhagen, Denmark.

pass-a-day-in-the-beautiful-tivoli-gardens-and-amusement-park-in-copenhagen-denmark Source: tivoli gardens via Shutterstock

Walk across the 612-year-old Charles Bridge in Prague, Czech Republic.

Prague: Charles Bridge in the Mist (Explored) Source: romanboed via Flickr/Creative Commons

Snap a photo at the Azure Window, a natural Limestone arch on the Maltese island of Gozo.

snap-a-photo-at-the-azure-window-a-natural-limestone-arch-on-the-maltese-island-of-gozo Source: Azure Window, via Shutterstock

Stay up all night partying on the Spanish island of Ibiza.

Skrillex driving the terrace to another dimension... Source: Amnesia - Ibiza via Flickr/Creative Commons

Take a spin on Germany’s famous autobahn.

test-your-speed-on-germanys-famous-autobahn Source: Wikimedia Commons

Take in the stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea from the Greek island of Santorini.

take-in-the-stunning-views-of-the-mediterranean-sea-from-the-greek-island-of-santorini Source: Wikimedia Commons

Play a hand of blackjack at the Casino de Monaco in Monte Carlo.

Casino de Monaco - Décoration de Noël Source: fr.zil via Flickr/Creative Commons

Hear the roar of Jägala Fall in Estonia, called “the Niagara Falls of the Baltics”.

shutterstock_103086353 Source: Jagala Fall via Shutterstock

Marvel at the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City.

Sistine Chapel Source: Lisa Cancade via Flickr/Creative Commons

Lounge on the stunning beaches of Lagos, Portugal.

lounge-on-the-stunning-beaches-of-lagos-portugal Source: Lagos via Shutterstock

Bike alongside the canals of Amsterdam, Netherlands.

bike-alongside-the-canals-of-amsterdam-netherlands Source: amsterdam via Shutterstock

Stroll the historic fortified city of Dubrovnik, Croatia.

stroll-the-historic-fortified-city-of-dubrovnik-croatia Source: dubrovnik via Shutterstock


Seek out Botticelli’s masterpieces, “The Birth of Venus” and “Primavera”, inside Florence’s Uffizi Gallery.

Florence, 1984 Source: nathanh100 via Flickr/Creative Commons

Visit Newgrange, one of the oldest structures of its kind in the world

Newgrange. Source: young shanahan via Flickr/Creative Commons

Marvel at the Moorish architecture and tranquil gardens of the Alhambra palace in Granada, Spain.

marvel-at-the-moorish-architecture-and-tranquil-gardens-of-the-alhambra-palace-in-granada-spain Source: alhambra palace via Shutterstock

Smell the tulips at Keukenhof, a vast flower garden in Lisse, the Netherlands.

Lisse, keukenhof, tuilip, Holland Source: 杰琪小孙 via Flickr/Creative Commons

Catch a show at Scotland’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the world’s largest arts festival.

catch-a-show-at-scotlands-edinburgh-fringe-festival-the-worlds-largest-arts-festival Source: Wikimedia Commons

Test your limits and peer out from the edge of the Cliffs of Moher.

cliffs of moher Source: twicepix via Flickr/Creative Commons

Drink a beer from a stein during Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany.

Germany Oktoberfest Source: AP Photo/Matthias Schrader

Explore the ruins of Rome’s stately Colosseum and imagine the gladiator fights that once packed the arena.

explore-the-ruins-of-romes-stately-colosseum-and-imagine-the-gladiator-fights-that-once-packed-the-arena Source: colosseum via Shutterstock

Sip on a cocktail in a glass made entirely of ice at the Ice Hotel in Sweden.

Mix and Serve Source: findfado via Flickr/Creative Commons

Stroll through fragrant lavender fields in Provence, France.

Époque de maturité Source: decar66 via Flickr/Creative Commons

Marvel at the treasures and artefacts inside London’s British Museum, which is open to the public for free. (As is almost every other major museum in London.)

British Museum: Parthenon Source: bram_souffreau via Flickr/Creative Commons

Have a beer in the beautiful Market Square of Krakow, Poland.

Kościół Mariacki w Krakowie Source: Klearchos Kapoutsis via Flickr/Creative Commons

Indulge with fresh gaufres chaudes (hot waffles) topped with strawberries, whipped cream, Nutella, and more in Belgium.

Gaufre de Bruxelles Source: YannGarPhoto via Flickr/Creative Commons

Go canyoning in Interlaken, Switzerland: rappel, raft, and jump through waterfalls.

Near Interlaken Source: Artur Staszewski via Flickr/Creative Commons

Take a gondola ride through the winding canals of Venice, Italy.

take-a-gondola-ride-through-the-winding-canals-of-venice-italy Source: venice via Shutterstock

Gaze at the Aurora Borealis from Lapland, in northern Finland.

Northern Lights Source: timo_w2s via Flickr/Creative Commons


Sample Paški sir, the famous artisanal sheep milk cheese made on the Croatian island of Pag.

sample-paki-sir-the-famous-artisanal-sheep-milk-cheese-made-on-the-croatian-island-of-pag Source: paki sir via Shutterstock

Drive through the Scottish Highlands and admire the gorgeous hilly terrain.

drive-through-the-scottish-highlands-and-admire-the-gorgeous-hilly-terrain Source: highlands via Shutterstock


Run with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain.

run-with-the-bulls-in-pamplona-spain Source: bullrun via Shutterstock

Take a dip in a thermal bath in Budapest, Hungary.

The Main Pool Source: Orin Zebest via Flickr/Creative Commons

Skip the lines at the Eiffel Tower, and take in the view of Paris from the top of the stairs at the Sacre-Couer in Montmartre.

shutterstock_137699189 Source: sacre-couer via Shutterstock

Explore the Eden Project, a pair of giant biomes that hold thousands of plant species from around the world in Cornwall, England.

explore-the-eden-project-a-pair-of-giant-biomes-that-hold-thousands-of-plant-species-from-around-the-world-in-cornwall-england Source: Wikimedia Commons

Straddle two continents on a boat tour along the Bosphorus in Istanbul, Turkey.

straddle-two-continents-on-a-boat-tour-along-the-bosphorus-in-istanbul-turkey Source: bosphorus via Shutterstock

Sample Italian Chianti in the vineyards of Tuscany.

Vineyard in Tuscany Source: JasonAndMelissa via Flickr/Creative Commons

Visit Westminster in London.

Big Ben Source: Moyan_Brenn via Flickr/Creative Commons

Recount the tale of Dracula in Sighisoara, the Romanian town where real-life inspiration Vlad the Impaler was born.

recount-the-tale-of-dracula-in-sighisoara-the-romanian-town-where-real-life-inspiration-vlad-the-impaler-was-born Source: sighisoara via Shutterstock

Cruise Norway’s imposing fjords, created by eroding glaciers.

cruise-norways-imposing-fjords-created-by-eroding-glaciers Source: Wikimedia Commons

Try a restaurant that specializes in foraged food in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Restaurant Noma: Syltet og røget vagtelæg Source: cyclonebill via Flickr/Creative Commons

Watch the sunrise at Stonehenge, in southern England.

Stonehenge Sunrise 2013 Source: The Stonehenge Stone Circle Website. via Flickr/Creative Commons

Find solace at the Rila Monastery, an Eastern Orthodox monastery in Bulgaria.

find-solace-at-the-rila-monastery-an-eastern-orthodox-monastery-in-bulgaria Source: Wikimedia Commons

Scuba dive in the clear Mediterranean waters off the coast of Cyprus.

DSCF0268 Source: Neil Rickards via Flickr/Creative Commons

Admire the incredibly detailed facade of the Sagrada Família, a church in Barcelona, Spain, which was designed by famed architect Antoni Gaudí and has been under construction since 1882.

Sagrada Familia Source: Serge Melki via Flickr/Creative Commons

Savor a rich chocolatey Sachertorte in Vienna, Austria.

Sacher Torte Source: basheertome via Flickr/Creative Commons

Admire Claude Monet’s enormous series of “Water Lilies” murals at the Musée de l’Orangerie in Paris, France.
Admire Claude Monet’s enormous series of “Water Lilies” murals at t

Red Riding Hood and the Lillies Source: ChodHound via Flickr/Creative Commons

- Eliza McKelvey, Megan Willett, and Jennifer Poland

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