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Welcome to VisitingEU! This site has helpful travel tips for the European countries listed below.

United Kingdom

Camden Fringe Festival Guide

Camden Town, London
Camden

Dates of the 2014 Camden Fringe
The Camden Fringe 2014 dates are 28 July to 24 August, 2014. This year will be the 9th annual festival.

What is the Camden Fringe?
The Camden Fringe is an annual performing arts festival in London’s borough of Camden, much like the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland.

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France

Tour de France

Competitors in the Tour de France
Tour De France

The Tour de France 2014 dates are 5 to 27 July 2014.

This Tour de France will be the 101st tour. It will consist of 21 stages and will cover a distance of 3,656 kilometers. Like every year, this Tour de France will feature flat stages, mountain stages, medium mountain stages, individual time trials, and team time trials.

The 2014 Tour de France will begin in Yorkshire, UK, and end, as always, on the Champs Elysees in Paris.

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Italy

Cinque Terre Guide

Vernazza
Vernazza

Cinque Terre is located in the Liguria region of Italy, and is part of the province of La Spezia. The “Five Lands”, as it translates in English, is a national park and UNESCO World Heritage Site consisting of five small towns on the Mediterranean coast.

Cinque Terre’s towns, Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore, are all connected by the Via dell’Amore hiking trail and by local trains.

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Germany

The 8 Best Places to Visit in Germany

Romantic Road
The Romantic Road

When it comes to travel, Germany is one of the most underrated countries in Europe. But there is a wealth of cities and countryside attractions that make Germany worth a visit on any European itinerary. Here are the best.

Berlin
Perhaps the coolest city in Europe, Berlin is one of the most popular places to travel in Germany. With a reasonable cost of living, an abundance of history, and a lively arts and music scene, Berlin offers no shortage of things to keep visitors entertained.

Munich
One of the prettiest cities in Germany, Munich is a great place to visit for culture lovers. The city’s many museums have great collections, and the parks and gardens are perfect places to relax in the warmer months. And let’s not forget Oktoberfest, the most famous event of the year in Munich.

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Czech Republic

Best Castles in the Czech Republic

Prague Castle
Prague Castle

The best castles in the Czech Republic are located all throughout the country. From the famous castle in Prague’s Hradcany area to the beautiful chateaux in the countryside, there is no shortage of historic fortresses to see when you are visiting Bohemia and Moravia. Below are a few of the best castles in the country:

Prague Castle
The most famous Czech castle is Prague Castle. Located high on a hill in the heart of the city, the castle complex is home to the beautiful St Vitus Cathedral, many historic buildings, and even a toy museum. Visitors can take tours or explore the castle with an audioguide.

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Portugal

Self-Guided Walking Tour of Porto

Church in Porto Portugal
Azulejos on a Church in Porto

This self guided walking tour of Porto will take around 3 to 4 hours to complete. Feel free to brake it up into multiple segments if you don’t have time to do it all in one day.

Self Guided Walking Tour of Porto
Begin your self guided walking tour of Porto at the Trindade metro station in the city center.

From there, walk down Rua da Trindade, take a left on Rua Fernandes Tomas, and make your way to the old iron Mercado do Bolhao market. Meander through the market stalls and stop by the¬†Confeitaria do Bolhao¬†across the street for a snack if you’re hungry.

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Spain

Trains from Madrid to Barcelona

Barcelona Train Station
Train Station in Barcelona

Taking the train from Madrid to Barcelona is one of the easiest and fastest ways to get between the two major cities when you are visiting Spain.

There are two types of trains you can take to Barcelona: high-speed trains and regional trains. Details of each are outlined below.

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Austria

Top 10 Things to Do in Salzburg

Church in Salzburg Austria
Salzburg

The pretty city of Salzburg has a lot to offer visitors. No matter what time of year you travel to Austria, there is plenty to keep you busy. To help you decide where to spend your time, below is my list of the top 10 things to do in Salzburg:

1. Visit the cathedral – Salzburg cathedral is one of the most famous buildings in the city. The current structure is the third incarnation of the cathedral, and was built in the Italian style in the 17th century.

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The Netherlands

Amsterdam Restaurant Map
Below is a map of some of the best restaurants in Amsterdam. You can click on the blue pins for more information about the location and contact information for each restaurant.


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Switzerland

Top 10 Swiss Train Journeys

View from a train in the Swiss Alps
View from the Train in Switzerland

Europe is famous for its great rail links, and Switzerland has more than its fair share of stunning train routes. If you’re looking for an epic trip, below are the top 10 Swiss train journeys.

Glacier Express

The Glacier Express is far and away the most famous train journey in Switzerland. Running between the Engadine and the Matterhorn, the train travels straight through the Swiss Alps. Along the way, it passes through 91 tunnels and over 291 bridges in what is one of the most scenic railways in the world. If you’re considering a train trip in Switzerland, this is the one to do.

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Belgium

Top 5 Chocolate Shops in Brussels

Neuhaus Chocolate Shop in Brussels
Neuhaus Chocolate Shop

Belgium is known for its food. From French fries and waffles to mussels and beer, the country is home to some great culinary treasures. And let’s not forget chocolate.

To help you figure out where to shop for chocolate when you are visiting Belgium, below is my list of the top 5 chocolate shops in Brussels.

Pierre Marcolini
With several locations in Brussels, including the chi chi Grand Sablon, Pierre Marcolini is renowned for its artistic take on making chocolate. If you go, beware that some of the confections might be too pretty to eat!

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Turkey

Best Day Trips from Istanbul

Istanbul
Istanbul

If you have more than three or four days to spend in Turkey, consider taking a day trip from Istanbul to one of the surrounding cities or somewhere further afield. Below is a list of some of the best day trips from Istanbul:

Ephesus
If you’re not daunted by the prospect of flying to and from Ephesus in one day, a day trip from Istanbul is a great way to see the ancient city.

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Croatia

Croatia Adventure Travel

Jumping into the Water
Woohooo!

With its varied interior geography and long Dalmatian coast, Croatia offers some of the best adventure travel in Europe.

The best adventure travel in Croatia involves the Adriatic Sea, which runs along Croatia’s west coast. Sailing vacations are popular for those wanting to try their hand at crewing a yacht, and motor boat and flotilla rentals in Croatia are also popular choices for adventure holidays.

Other water activities are also good choices for those wanting to participate in adrenaline sports in Croatia. With a range of options including rafting, sea kayaking, canoeing, water skiing, and more, adrenaline sports are hugely popular in Croatia.

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Ireland

Best Small Group Tours of Ireland

Rope Bridge in Ireland
Ireland

Visiting Ireland independently works well for some people, but if you feel more comfortable with a guide and driver, small group tours of Ireland are a great alternative.

Information about three of the best companies offering such tours is below. Each company has a variety of itineraries for different lengths of time, and they all cater to various travel styles. As such, it should be easy to find a tour that works best for your trip.

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