Europe’s unique monuments reveal a captivating and unique history. In addition, there is a breathtaking natural landscape that couldn’t be more diverse. From wild to elegant, its countries bring together a kaleidoscope of cultures, and its landscapes are as intriguing as its past.
Real beauty always lies in the eye of the beholder. Some of you may disagree with my picks, in which case I invite you all to leave your thoughts in the comment section.
In the meantime, let’s have a look at Europe’s best countries to visit:
The Kingdom of Spain is certainly one of the most diverse countries in Europe. In addition to the core area of the Iberian Peninsula, Spain also includes the popular Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. So when you walk through the cities of Pamplona and Malaga, watch the best kickers in Europe in the capital Madrid or enjoy the sun on the beautiful sandy beaches of Andalusia, you should not forget to do so: There are countless good reasons to travel to Ibiza, Tenerife or Mallorca as well!
My top hotel recommendation for Spain:
With famed architect Frank Gehry’s iconic fish sculpture – known as Peix in Catalan – anchoring its entrance, Hotel Arts Barcelona, a Ritz-Carlton Hotel rises 44 stories above the seafront, making this Barcelona hotel’s façade of blue glass and exposed steel a true beacon of luxury.
Greece is the birthplace of democracy and European culture. It is also a place of longing for guests from all over the world. As a visitor, you will wander among olive groves and ancient columns while enjoying the pleasant Mediterranean climate of the coastal state. Whether you stroll on the mainland through the breathtaking capital Athens or explore the most popular of over 3,000 islands, the land of the Hellenes is a true holiday paradise. If you are looking for the ideal mixture of relaxation and adventure, you should head for the island of Zakynthos with its miles of sandy beaches and ideal conditions for snorkelling and windsurfing.
My top hotel recommendation for Greece:
Clinging to a steep hillside at the peaceful village of Imerovigli and overlooking the still waters of the Aegean, HoneyMoonPetra Villas is a 5 star, family owned hotel complex that combines discrete luxury and authenticity, allowing you to experience the wonder of Santorini.
Scotland’s dramatic scenery spans lush woodlands, stunning lochs, rugged coastlines, and green rolling hills topped with crumbling castles. The Scottish Highlands are probably the country’s most evocative region, one characterized by an amazing history and even more amazing landscapes. The fabled Loch Ness and Scotland’s largest national park are also here, and so are epic battlefields, breathtaking beaches, and misty, magical mountains. Equally spectacular, the Isle of Skye is famous for its astounding sea cliffs and dramatic Cuillin mountain range.
My top hotel recommendation for Scotland:
The Witchery’s spectacularly indulgent suites are perfect for those looking for a memorable stay in a uniquely atmospheric location, regularly featuring among the world’s greatest locations. Cosmopolitan called this accommodation “One of the seven wonders of the hotel world”.
Italy is also one of the best countries in Europe to visit. Here live the people with the highest life expectancy in Europe. After all, Italian cuisine is not only extremely tasty, but also extremely healthy with ingredients such as olive oil, lemons and freshly caught fish! In addition, the most beautiful boot in the world is very sunny and invites you to sit in the fantastic squares of the country and sip espresso. Unique monuments such as the Spanish Steps in Rome and the Leaning Tower of Pisa are just as fascinating as the numerous excursion destinations around Lake Garda.
My top hotel recommendation for Italy:
Concealed in the crags of the Amalfi Coast -think ruby red and pearly pink facades stacked on an Italian hillside, like scoops of gelato-Le Sirenuse looks straight out of a movie. The Moorish Baroque design hinges on whitewashed walls and domed ceilings, with glazed floor tiles, shuttered French doors, and vines winding in and around public spaces.
With impressive cities such as Zagreb, Pula and Split as well as varied landscapes such as the Dinaric Alps and the picturesque Adriatic coast, Croatia is one of the absolute dream destinations on the European continent. There are also a total of 1,246 islands. Whether you want to marvel at the waterfalls in the Krka National Park, admire the cathedral of Split or windsurf on the paradisiacal beaches of the island Brač: Croatia inspires with an enormous variety of possibilities to spend your holiday here. The absolute highlight is a visit to Dubrovnik, which is also called the “Pearl of the Adriatic” because of its beauty.
My top hotel recommendation for Croatia:
Located on the coast between Opatija and Rijeka in Croatia’s Kvarner region (in Preluk Bay) the Navis is built into the steep rocky slope just above the sea, on the site of an old disco. A slip road provides access, and it’s just a 10-minute walk from the Navis to the bijou fishing village of Volosko.
Germany has so much to offer that you can spend several holidays at a time there and always find new exciting destinations. The spectrum ranges from the windy and fresh Baltic Sea coast to the mild Mediterranean Lake Constance, where even lemon trees and palm trees grow on the “flower island” Mainau. The homeland of poets and thinkers such as Goethe, Kant and Hesse not only offers popular holiday regions such as the Black Forest, Bavaria or Saxon Switzerland. Cultural treasures such as Neuschwanstein Castle, Cologne Cathedral or the Brandenburg Gate also fascinate visitors from all over the world.
My top hotel recommendation for Germany:
The five-star Hotel am Steinplatz of the Autograph Collection in Berlin looks back on a long hotel history. The living concept with a successful mixture of 1920s design and natural materials invites you to linger in one of the 87 individually designed rooms, the famous bar or the SPA area with a view over the roofs of Berlin.
Seductive, melodious France has something for everyone, from the glitzy resorts along the sun-drenched Côte d’Azur to charming bistros and priceless art in Paris, pretty hilltop villages in Provence, and fabulous skiing in the Alps. And then there’s the wine and cheese, the art de vivre, and the rich history that surrounds you here. Much of the country’s beauty comes from the diversity of its landscapes, but it also derives from its exclusive haute couture scene and remarkable architectural heritage, which includes everything from stunning Gothic cathedrals and Romanesque churches to splendid Renaissance chateaux and striking Art Nouveau jewels.
My top hotel recommendation for France:
Saint James Paris sounds like the stuff of fiction. A grand château with gorgeous gardens – in the city centre? Home to the world’s first balloon airfield? With leopard-print and lipstick-red interiors? Trust me: it’s true. All rooms are unique, with witty details to make each memorable: bowler-hat lampshades and tweed accents, chairs sporting pointe ballet shoes, grand pianos, indoor-outdoor feel terraces and a curio cabinet that – on closer inspection – is not quite what it seems…
In the heart of Europe, Austria welcomes its holidaymakers in the midst of a varied scenery of Alpine mountains, magnificent castles and world-famous cultural treasures such as St Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna. Around two thirds of the country is covered by the high mountains of the Alps, making Austria a Mecca for winter sports enthusiasts: the Brixental, Sölden and Zillertal are among the most beautiful of the 360 ski resorts. As a former imperial residence, the capital Vienna is a world-class cultural metropolis: here you shouldn’t miss the Hofburg, Schönbrunn Palace and the Prater with its famous Ferris wheel.
My top hotel recommendation for Austria:
Austria’s hippest hotel is clearly located in the capital. The 25hours Hotel in Vienna convinces not only with an extraordinary design, but also with many amenities. There is, for example, the ingenious Rooftop Bar with a view of the city centre or the Restaurant 1500 Foodmakers, where Italian specialities are served. In summer, there is even a food truck with burgers in front of the hotel. But what is special about the hotel are the rooms, which are all individually furnished and have a unique flair.