Discover the age-old continent through these Europe travel stories, its curious, unsung places as well as its more familiar spots.

You may notice a few countries that may not traditionally be considered European. Europe’s borders are never easy to define. So I’ve decided to go by the old definition I learned in school: In the east, Europe ends at the Ural Mountains. That means the Caucasian countries – Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia – are part of Europe, according to Sophie’s World. This is probably also according to the countries themselves: all three are members of the Council of Europe and cooperate with the European Union with a view to future membership. Also, all three countries participate in the Eurovision Song Contest; can’t argue with that.

Bosnia and Herzegovina

British Isles

Czech Republic

Holy See (Vatican)



San Marino


Latest Europe travel stories

The Danube Limes: Roman Vienna

Austria's newest world heritage site is the frontiers of the Roman Empire, specifically the ancient borders known as the Danube Limes. Odd word, isn't it, limes? The Romans didn't call it that - limes is a more modern term. But what does it mean? Well, when you take a closer look, and forget about English pronunciation for a bit, you'll [...]

By |11 April 2022|Austria, UNESCO World Heritage|

In transit: Przemyśl and the Polish-Ukrainian border

Przemyśl, 10 April 2022 Sunday is the day of rest at the Free Shop in Krakow. But there's no rest for the wicked. I've rented a car and headed for the Ukrainian border. I'm writing this, eh, let's call it an Insta Story story, at a cafe in Przemyśl. Just by the railway station. Can't find the name of this [...]

By |10 April 2022|Borders, Poland, Real-time, Road trips, Ukraine|

Halcyon Hallstatt

Continuing my little exploration of world heritage in Austria, I've left Salzburg, after circling the city centre a few times. The SatNav girl and I, we never seem to hit it off. But finally, I'm on the road heading south on B158, better known as Romantikstrasse, Austria's romantic road. And it's not hard to see why. Pretty landcapes along the [...]

By |7 April 2022|Austria, UNESCO World Heritage|

Prehistoric dwellings at Moon Lake

As I’m standing on the shore, looking out over Mondsee, the large Alpine lake with the mystical name, I can’t help but think of a woman of caliber. The woman I’m thinking of is fictional. Her name is Lisa Engel and she is – or rather, was – a police commissioner in an Austrian turn-of-the-century TV series called Eine Frau [...]

By |3 April 2022|Austria, UNESCO World Heritage|

Finding Wolfgangus Theophilus in Salzburg

I'm out searching again, this time for a childhood crush. He was a contemporary of Maria Antonia; the two of them met gleefully once during their childhood, so the story goes. I'll tell you about it in a bit. And there is a surprise at the end! Festung Hohensalzburg (fortress) guarding Salzburg's Altstadt (Old Town).  This one you will have [...]

By |31 March 2022|Austria, UNESCO World Heritage|

Cologne Cathedral: a glimpse of heaven?

Kölner Dom - Cologne Cathedral in English - is imposing. More than 600 years in the making, this structure was built to inspire awe. Awe of the Christian god. And of Prussian power. Some think the proximity of the railway station makes the cathedral – and indeed the city of Cologne – ugly. I don’t. I rather like that juxtaposition [...]

World at a Glance: Holy Mary!

In the southern part of Bosnia and Herzegovina, about 20 km from the border with Croatia, is a little town with a peculiar story. On 24 June 1981, on a hill ca. 3 km from the town of Međugorje, Virgin Mary allegedly appeared before six local children - Ivan, Jakov, Marija, Mirjana, Vicka and Ivanka - for the first time. [...]

By |14 March 2022|Bosnia & Herzegovina, Europe with kids|

Searching for little Maria Antonia

This is Schönbrunn. One of the best preserved Baroque palaces in Europe. And since the competition is pretty stiff, that's really saying something. After having their home completely destroyed by Turkish invaders in 1683, the Habsburgs needed a new place. First they built a hunting cottage. Then, as work progressed - and Habsburgian power expanded - it wound up being [...]

The terrors of Torgau

A sinister house in Torgau The lovely 1000-year-old town, best known for being a major hotspot of the Protestant Reformation, has been venue of important historical events. Martin Luther stopped by 60 times. The people of Torgau were loyal followers, so he was preaching to the choir. The local Hartenfels castle church was the first protestant church in the world, [...]

By |19 February 2022|Germany, Politics and society|

11 Romantic Reasons to visit Oslo in winter (and 1 extra if the romance goes wrong)

If you love winter and snow, Oslo might just be your dream destination. The snow-covered pine forests with hundreds of frozen lakes and wide, white meadows are right out of a fairy-tale. City lights sparkling on the hills are reflected in the waters of the fjord. Snow brightens up the long winter nights and candles are lit everywhere; it is [...]

By |31 January 2022|Norway|

Istanbul not Constantinople

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By |14 January 2022|Turkey, UNESCO World Heritage|

11 things you’ll love in fun and friendly Birmingham

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By |31 December 2021|11 things, England, Magic of Cities|
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