Europe is a great place to travel to and you will find this Travel Cheat Sheet for Europe very helpful. Covering amazing cities such in Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, London or Prague, this guide will inspire your travel ‘must-do’ list.
The architecture, the culture and the food are only a few things that makes it worthwhile exploring. But where can you find the real city vibes away from the usual sightseeing tour?
Momondo launched this great ‘Travel Cheat Sheet’ that will share local knowledge accumulated from locals and travel experts in Europe.
Travel Cheat Sheet for Europe
How To Time Travel In Europe
Out of all the trips in the world, I personally think a trip back in time would be the most amazing of all – today we can travel almost anywhere, even into space, but can we travel back in time?
Well, perhaps not the way that we ultimately would like to – but there are a few places that at least leave the impression that you have traveled back in time, and with a bit of effort from your side you can make it feel that way even more…
These days a popular way to re-experience a world from the past is to go on escorted holidays, where they take you around to historical places, tell its history and mix it up with some themed dinners and other experiences to make you feel like you really are experiencing the past.
Here are a few wonderful places which I think definitely makes you feel as though you have taken a step back in time…
Tallinn, Estonia – Medieval Spirits
There are many well preserved medieval towns in Europe, but when it comes to remaining the charm, Tallinn has managed to do it the best.
The city with its stone wall surrounding old buildings with colorful wooden doors, narrow cobbled streets and long history is a great place to dream yourself away to the past, and all the wooden stalls and restaurant waiters dressed in medieval outfits make it even easier. See our Tallinn travel Video
Venice, Italy – Rococo & Glamour
Venice with all its bridges and canals, narrow cobbled streets and the beautiful Venetian Gothic architecture makes you feel like you’ve stepped back in the world of ”Giacomo Casanova”.
To make you experience it even more the best time to visit would be during the Venice Carnival when the streets are crowded with people dressing up in traditional Venetian masks and colorful 18th century costumes.
Edinburgh, Scotland – Medieval Ghost Town
Edinburgh is one of Europe’s most beautiful cities, with historical closes running like a maze through the medieval gothic houses, covered in black stains from a time when it was one of the most polluted cities and used to be called ”Auld Reekie” (Old Smokey).
But there is something slightly ghostly about this city, especially at night, and the truth is that it’s one of the most haunted cities in the world – so if this makes you slightly worried, make sure you arrange travel insurance before you leave.
To really get into the mood of this haunted city and get a glimpse into the life in the old days, you can take several different tours.
There are many ghost tours at night which take you around the closes and underground, with guides disguised as famous ghosts of Edinburgh.
Vienna, Austria – Rococo And Coffee
Follow in the footsteps of royalty and take a stroll in the huge gardens of Schönbrunn Palace, sip some coffee and take a bite of your Sacher torte in one of the many pretty cafes that look the same as they did 200 years ago, and where famous artists, philosophers and composers used to hang out.
It is easy to pretend you’re in a different era, catching a horse wagon instead of the bus and buying tickets to classical concerts from salesmen dressed in white curly wigs and read coats.
Kent, UK – Haunted Castles
UK is full of history and amazing castles, and today there are many cool variations of tours you can take which have fun themes like Murder Mystery or Haunted Adventures.
There are as many as FIVE haunted places in Kent, which explains the many tours offered:
You can visit haunted castles, and stay in haunted hotels, and in the evening throw a twist on the dinner party and have a Murder mystery play with actors – where you try to solve the mystery of who had murdered the victim.
Kent offers a lot of these kinds of tours, and of course one of the most popular is a trip to the most beautiful haunted castle in UK: Leeds Castle.
A Tip To Seeking Out History!
Many places in Europe like to celebrate their history with festivals and carnivals – in Scandinavia and UK you will find many different medieval festivals, in Austria you will find classical music festivals and so forth.
A good way to really experience a country’s history is to attend these kinds of festivals, so before you plan to visit a country, make sure you check if they have any of these kind of events on (usually during summer) – it could be a fun bonus to your trip.
Traveling Through Europe In A Crisis
This summer we spent about 5 weeks traveling around Europe, and everywhere we went, people talked about the crisis and how it had affected their country.
We spoke to a lot of people, and often got to see the results of the crisis first hand – this left a big impression on me, and I learned a lot about how people from different cultures deal with the same situation…
Cuts, Loyalty and Pride
One Portuguese woman we met gave us a great insight into how the Portuguese people dealt with the crisis – she was a nurse, and in the last three years her salary had been cut with 60%, but she felt lucky that she still had a job at all.
She said that the worst thing for the Portuguese was having to move abroad in search for other jobs, it was a failure beyond having a lousy salary in your own country.
She said that they would rather have a bad paying job and remain in the country, than having to move abroad to survive.
Everyone we met in Portugal had different opinions on their future.
While one person said that the Portuguese would make sure they paid everything back because they were too proud not to, another person said that it was in their history to always mess everything up; “Whenever we finally have a chance to succeed, we always f*ck it up”.
Strikes & Suicides
It was amazing to think of how we had managed to travel by train through 35 different countries last year without ever missing a single train, because this time around we faced problem after problem.
The worst part, however, was not the actual incidents, but how everyone reacted.
When standing on the platform waiting for a train in Belgium, we were told it was cancelled because someone had just jumped in front of it and killed himself.
The first reaction of everyone around us was not shock, not even a tinge of surprise, but: not again…
A guy standing next to me said that people committing suicide by jumping in front of trains “happens all the time” in the country, and is becoming increasingly common.
In Portugal, train cancellations were even more common – our little week long trip in northern Portugal turned out to be a week of strike after strike. Out of the 4 trains we took that week, all of them were cancelled due to strike (making everyone wait for hours).
The strange thing was how the ticket sales people dealt with it.
When we asked where the train was (nobody EVER said that it was cancelled, or why – unless provoked), one saleswoman even denied that there had ever been a train due to arrive at all.
It wasn’t until we showed her our tickets that she became quiet, left the booth for 10 minutes, then came back and wrote us a new ticket – and finally explained that it was a strike going on (when we asked for a third time).
Matter of Opinion
The fascinating thing about people is how they view the same issue.
One Belgian woman we met, who was (incidentally) working for the government, said that she hadn’t really noticed a big difference in their economy.
A few days earlier, a man who had seen us filming, came up to us and had a very different opinion about the situation in the country – he wanted us to film him giving ‘a message to the people’ that Belgium wasn’t as un-affected as it seemed
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