Europe is famed for housing some of the most incredible countries and cities in the world. From the Parisian nightlife, to the imposing Swiss Alps, Europe has everything you could possibly want from your travels.
Here are five alternative ways to explore Europe to ensure that you get to see and do as much as possible during your trip.
Take In the View from Alternative Places
One of the best alternative ways to enjoy and explore Europe is to take in the view of certain landmarks from alternative places.
While the traditional view of the Eiffel Tower is arguably the most famous thing to do in the French capital, why not head out to the top of the Montparnasse Tower and take in the view of the city from there?
Not only will you catch a stunning view of the entire city of Paris, but you’ll also see the Eiffel Tower in all its glory, but with far less crowd.
Top tip: head there at night to see the Paris cityscape come to life with all the twinkling city lights!
Experience European Delicious Cuisine
While European cuisine takes shape in many different forms and delicacies, it’s safe to say that every visit to a European country will likely offer the same dishes in many restaurants.
One way to avoid that and to ensure you enjoy as alternative an experience as possible when exploring Europe, is to try and sample as many authentic foods as you can.
Prague is an excellent place to test out these alternative means of exploring Europe as it’s home to such an abundance of different delicacies. From the traditional trdelník to a hearty meat and potato dish, Prague will offer you some of the best food in Europe!
Stay Outside of Central Locations
Another way to enjoy an alternative side of European cities is to stay outside of central locations when you’re travelling.
When visiting London, for example, instead of staying in the very centre in places such as Westminster, why not head out into Zone 4 or 5 and explore places that are a bit out of the city?
This way, you’ll still be incredibly close to the centre of London, but you’ll also have the freedom to explore the small suburbs and towns.
You’ll also save a lot of money on food and accommodation as there’ll be much more affordable places to stay and eat further away from the city centre.
Make sure you stay somewhere outside of the city that still has good transport links so that you can easily pop back in when you need to!
Hang Out with the Locals
Hanging out with the locals is a must-do on any European trip. Whether you’re attending an open-mic night in Prague or spending the evening at a karaoke bar in Germany, Europe is a hubbub for integrating with the locals.
Spending time with locals is also a much better way to get to know a place and to learn more about it, rather than sticking to the traditional tourist hotspots.
You’ll likely find far more authentic places to eat, great bars to hang out at with locals and you may even get to spend time doing activities that locals do!
You never know, but you may make friends for life by simply hanging out with locals, meaning you’ll always have a base for your European adventures.
Try a New Sport or Activity
Trying a new sport or activity is another great and alternative way to explore Europe.
You could try paddle boarding in the many lakes of Italy, have a go at mountain biking in the Alps or embark on a sailing trip on Greek Islands!
Europe is such a vast continent home to a plethora of wonderful activities to enjoy so you’ll never be short of finding a new skill to learn or a new sport to try out.
There is also a range of other activities you could enjoy such as food tours in Paris, attending football matches in Spain and going on long hikes in Austria. Trying out something new is a fun way to explore Europe, as you’ll create so many amazing memories and learn new skills that you’ll be able to take home with you!
Conclusion – Five Alternative Ways to Explore Europe
Any trip to Europe is sure to be one of the most memorable and incredible experiences of your life.
Whether you stay in a luxury Airbnb apartment on the outskirts of Paris with stunning views of the Eiffel Tower, or you’re more inclined to budget when it comes to your accommodation, but enjoy spending money on various food tours around Prague, you’re sure to have the most amazing time in Europe!.