Europe attracts more tourists than anywhere else; the continent welcomes more than 600 million international visitors annually, more than half of the global market. Out of Earth's ten most visited countries, seven are in Europe, with good reason.
Although Europe is not one country, the ease of crossing borders might make you think otherwise and transport infrastructure is generally efficient and well-maintained. At the other end of a short ride on a starkly modern high speed train, a brief flight, or an easy drive, you will likely be able to delve into a new phrasebook and culture.
Europe has cultural heritage dating back more than three millennia: the continent has seen the rise and fall of Ancient Greece and the Roman Empire, and birthed the Renaissance and the Industrial Revolution. Countless kingdoms, republics and empires have left archaeological sites and old towns galore and the most magnificent cathedrals in the world for you to explore. Aside from history, Europe is the home of high culture, is renowned for its diverse cuisines, and is justly celebrated for its exciting and romantic cities.
Europe stretches from the shivering Arctic Ocean in the north to the pleasantly warm subtropical Mediterranean Sea in the south and contains a vast array of temperate climates and variety of landscapes in between. Whilst Europe is connected to the Asian continent, for historical reasons a boundary is usually drawn at the Ural mountains and the Caucasus. Russia and Turkey, which are considered at least partially European in culture, are geographically mostly on the Asian side of this divide.
Explore Europe's Countries
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