Europe is regarded as the world's
favourite tourist destination. The development of Europe leaves most other
continents far behind. Be it her cities with world class infrastructure, a
rich heritage including splendid monuments of renaissance period, the beauty
of her landscape, unique culture or the pleasant climate, tourists from
every part of the globe visit Europe in large numbers to have a glimpse of
the myriad of tourist attractions. Infact, every country of Europe is
regarded as a paradise for tourists. What gives tourism in Europe a great
boost is the absence of visa restrictions within most part of the continent
after the coming of European Union. Europe has also taken care of the fact
that its countryside is not blighted and beaches do not get polluted due to
the continuous inflow of tourists. The state-of -the-art tourism
infrastructure of the continent ensures a comfortable and memorable stay for
Europe is the second smallest continent in the world covering an area of
10,400,000 km square. In terms of population, Europe is the third largest
continent after Asia and Africa. The European continent forms the
westernmost part of the Eurasian super continent. Europe is bounded to the
north by the Arctic Ocean, to the west by the Atlantic Ocean, to the south
by the Mediterranean Sea and the Black Sea, and to the east by the Ural
The European continent enjoys a very pleasant climate. Although there are
variations, the European climate could be classified as temperate. Summers
are warm, winters are cool and there may be precipitation in many parts of
the continent. In some countries of the continent, temperatures dip below 0
degrees during winters. Snowfall is also common in many parts of Europe. The
climate of the continent is greatly influenced by maritime tropical,
maritime polar, continental polar and continental tropical air masses.
Major Countries to Visit
A brief description of some of Europe's beautiful countries are given below
Europe's most beautiful country, the scenic beauty of Switzerland leaves
tourists spellbound. Switzerland is a canvas of many shades with picturesque
mountains, lakes, cowbells, alpine villages and meadows. A country that
remains snow covered for most part of the year, Switzerland's long list of
picturesque cities include Zermatt, Zurich, Lucerne, Lake Thun, Jungfrau,
Geneva and Chateau De Chillan.
Major Cities of Switzerland
A country known for her great champagne, fashion trends, a seductive
lifestyle, Tour de France and the Eiffel Tower, France is a country with a
distinct character. Most tourists head straight to Paris, the city of
lights. But equally beautiful is the countryside with beautiful mountains,
lakes and rivers. Toulouse, Sarlat-La-Canada, Chateau de Chamtord, Chamonin,
Cannes, Biarritz and Arles are worth visiting.
Major Cities of France
Irrespective of its small size, Netherlands has a lot to offer to tourists.
The Dutch landscape is unique with dykes, windmills and blazing flower
fields everywhere. The towns are surrounded by canals and castle wells. The
Dutch are a friendly lot and locals will advice you that hiring a bike is
the best way to explore this magnificent country.
Major Cities of Netherlands
, The Hague.
Tourists are sure to be mesmerized by the art and monuments of Renaissance
period in Italy, something for which the country is world famous. But
tourism in Italy does not end there. Tourists can see the ruins of palaces
in Rome, set out on boat cruises in the canals of Venice, go for skiing in
mountain Alps or simply gaze at the magnificent churches. Naples, Florence
and Milan are cities where tourists must go.
Major Cities of Italy
For the sheer diversity that her landscape offers, many people end up
calling England the 'biggest small country in the world'. Call the
Englishmen aristocratic, liberal or democratic to the core, they always
boast of their country's natural beauty and you cannot complain. It would be
a shame if tourists come to England and do not have a look at her ancient
and medieval heritage. The top destinations are London, Edinburgh,
Manchester, York, Sheffield, Belfast, Oxford, Leeds, Bristol, Bath, Brighton
Major Cities of England
, Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool, New
Castle, Bristol, Birmingham.
Austria, the European powerhouse during the medieval period, is one of the
few landlocked countries of the continent. Present day Austria is famous for
the alluring architecture of her cities, adventure sports and a rich musical
tradition. Vienna, the capital city is full of architectural delights.
Salzburg, the birthplace of Mozart is thronged by music lovers. The snow
clad peaks of Innsbruck simply enthrall tourists.
Major Cities of Austria
The magnificence of Spain is reduced by cynics to bullfights, flamenco
dancers and crowded beaches only. On the contrary, it is a spectacular
country whose rich history is reflected in her crumbling castles, cathedrals
of Renaissance period, prehistoric cave paintings and great palaces of the
past. The cultural diversity of some of Spain's regions makes it further
unique. The beautiful cities of the country include Barcelona, Madrid,
Valencia, Granada and Seville.
Major Cities of Spain
Germany, a country divided into two till the early 90's has that big city
charm, picturesque small towns with a serene ambience, a list of harvest
festivals and a wealth of art and culture. The landscape is also dotted with
forests, lakes and rivers. Germans are great lovers of beer and wine. To
understand Germany better and enjoy her charming landscape, a visit to
Berlin, Munich, Hannover, Colonge, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Stuttgart, Dresden
and Freiburg is imperative.
Major Cities of Germany