While we all love The Louvre and the Leaning Tower of Pisa, todays millennial traveller is seeking fresh, new experiences to complement the traditional charms. Leading youth travel company, Topdeck Travel has compiled a list of the most unique experiences and popular destinations, informed by over four decades of experience and thousands of recent millennial travel bookings, to present: The New European Bucket List!
1. Sailing the Greek Islands
While this bucket list item has been around for about 5,000 years, it wasn’t always the relaxing pursuit we’ve come to know and love. Things went from sardines to suntans in the 1970s when yachtsman discovered the region was pretty much the best place on earth. With a few thousand years of refinement, this bucket list item really is worth a tick.
2. Exploring Berlin
Berlin has been heating up since ever since the end of the cold war. And now that the wall is down, you’re free to wander the streets and discover some of the world’s coolest bars, museums, art galleries and restaurants. Don’t miss out on major historical sites such as Checkpoint Charlie and the Brandenburg gate.
3. Turkish delight
Time to see a man about a kebab and some Turkish delight. Turkey is a Mediterranean paradise with amazing eats and an incredible history. Harness your inner Indiana Jones to tour the underground cities in Cappadocia and check out the ruins of the ancient Greek city of Euphesus. After your history lesson, hop aboard a sail boat bound for Fethiye – a sunny riviera that locals call “a paradise granted to earth by God.”
4. Long live Venice
Venice has always been on the bucket list for those with a romantic spirit. While water has always been the lifeblood of the city, we’d suggest you get there sooner than later because Spirit of the West might be updating their song to: “Venice is sinking and I don’t wanna swim.”
If you’ve seen Vicki Christina Barcelona, you should know that Woody barely skimmed the surface of this beach town’s beauty. Come for the Gaudi, stay for the tapas.
6. The Swiss Alps
Climb every mountain, ford every stream,” The Von Trapp Family has nothing on you. Head to Swiss Alps for some fresh mountain air and spend the night in Lauterbrunnen, a tiny village that inspired Tolkien’s elvish and magical world of Rivendell.
7. We’ll always have Paris
The ever-popular City of Lights is a timeless classic – a must-tick box for any European bucket list. The possibilities in this gorgeous metropolis are endless: from the magic of the Moulin Rouge to the fashion of the 4th arrondissement. Just make sure to polish it off with a perfect picnic under the Eiffel Tower.
8. Rhine Valley Royalty
My very own castle? Don’t mind if I do. Live like royalty for a day and enjoy your bratwurst and schnitzel in a real, honest-to-god castle in the Rhine Valley in Germany. Fair warning: You may never want to go back to your usual digs.
9. Bike tour in Amsterdam
In the words of Queen, “I want to ride my bicycle, I want to ride my bike.” Freddie Mercury knew what was up – The best way to see a city is via the freedom of a bicycle. Good thing there are plenty of cruisers available in Amsterdam to explore one of the funkiest places on the planet.
10. Czech it out
Combining old world, Eastern European charm and history with new-age nightlife and fun, the bustling, frenetic city of Prague is a must-see. Don’t miss one of the best preserved old towns in the world, The Lennon wall and the fact that it’s perfectly acceptable to drink beer at 11 a.m.