Day Trips in Europe You’ll Need A Passport For
Foreign countries aren’t always far away lands and in Europe, that doesn’t get much truer. Whether you’ve got a spare day to kill or just want to rack up the number of countries you’ve done for bragging rights, nowhere else in the world is it so easy to pop over the border for a day for new tastes, looks and feels. No fidget spinners required – just passports (even if for just in case).
Catch the Helsinki ferry to Talinn
Estonia’s Baltic Sea capital, Talinn, is Insta-worthy for all its ‘oldness’ – including its walled, cobbled Old Town, Gothic Town Hall, many historic churches and cathedrals. And it’s just a two-hour ferry ride across the gulf from Helsinki. Feel the wind in your hair!
Go from Amsterdam to Antwerp
Think medieval streets, Flemish renaissance monuments, chocolate and fries. That’s what you’ll find in Antwerp – Belgium’s beautiful capital. There’s also art, cobbled squares, hip markets and river views to chill out by. The best thing? It’s just a one to one-and-a-half hour train trip over the border from Amsterdam.
Hike between Poland and Slovakia
Say ‘dobry den’ to the High Tatras. Here, lush green forests, ultramarine mountain lakes, thundering waterfalls and never-ending fields of pretty alpine meadows run right along the border between Poland and Slovakia. Slay the trail to the top of Rysy – the Queen of Polish peaks. You’ll get killer views out over both countries and considering you can take the ascent from both sides, you can use the Rysy summit to saunter across this ultra-pretty border.
Train it from Vienna to Bratislava
Vienna is great, yeah. But Bratislava offers a real taste of the East without having to venture far at all. It’s just a one-hour train ride from Austria’s capital to Slovakia’s – THE place to OD on beer halls, 18th century spires and squares, socialist-era monuments, green riverbanks, one epic castle and some beaut nearby vineyards.
Road trip it to Luxembourg from Brussels
Everybody always forgets about poor little Luxembourg. If you love road trips, hire a car and make it a road trip from Brussels – just add friends and tunes! It’s a 2.5 hour drive one-way. The reward? Lush forest, rocky gorges and river valleys in the countryside plus fortified medieval ruins, contemporary art galleries and a castle in Luxembourg City. All in!
Eurostar it all the way to Paris
If you’re in London and you really, really want to see Paris, you can squish it into a day if you’re willing to tough out the one-way 2.5-hour Eurostar rail trip beneath the English Channel. Ahhhhhh, Paris. Because we love croissants, fashion, all that culture, class and famous icons.
Feature image: Bratislava
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