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Europe tops many a backpacker’s list of must-see destinations. The continent is home to heaps of iconic attractions, from the Eiffel Tower to the Colosseum. Plus, one of the most remarkable things about backpacking Europe is that with 40+ countries, each one seems to transform at the border.
But what’s the best way to get around, what are some of the cool things to do and where are the best hostels in Europe? YHA Travel has all the answers!
1. Take a European Tour
2. Train Travel in Europe
3. Best Hostels in Europe
4. Soak up some European Culture
5. Sample Europe's Foodie Delights
6. Be A Tourist
7. Check Out A Festival
8. Love the Nightlife
9. Explore by Bike
10. European History
Hopping onboard a European tour bus is a fantastic way to see a lot of Europe in a short time.
European tours are also great for backpackers on a budget, because so much is included upfront – accommodation, transport, guided tours and many meals.
YHA Travel’s most popular Europe tours include:
Backpacking Europe by train is fast, convenient and you can step off the train and into the heart of the city.
Enjoy the flexibility of being able to put together your own itinerary. Meet other backpackers, travel overnight to save on accommodation – what’s not to like?
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Explore which Eurail or Britrail pass is best for you, and then either continue with the booking online or to take advantage of our member discounts, contact a YHA Travel Centre.
Hostelling International (HI) has hundreds of the best hostels throughout Europe. Among the most unusual are:
If you're planning on backpacking Europe, don't miss our list of some of our top European city hostels.
And where do you begin in France or Italy? Crepes, Souffles, Beef Bourguignon, Pizza, Pasta, Gelato, Tiramisu … the list goes on!
Wash it all down with some great French, Italian or Spanish wines, or one (or more!) of the hundreds of German or Belgian beers.
Some European attractions to tick off your ‘tourist’ list include:
Crowds flock to Amsterdam’s Red Light District every evening.
Take a flamenco or salsa lesson in Barcelona then dance the night away, or see the Moulin Rouge in Paris.
The Netherlands and in particular its capital, Amsterdam, is one of the best European countries to see from the seat of a bike, with 14,000 kilometres of cycle paths.
You can also discover Paris by bike with a Vélib’. Buy a pass, unlock your bike, take off and explore and then return it to any one of 1,800 Vélib’ stations
Europe is jam-packed with historical landmarks. Visit the Parthenon in Athens or the Roman Forum and Colosseum to discover how the ancient Greeks and Romans lived.
Interested in wartime history? Try Anne Frank’s House in Amsterdam, a walking tour of Nazi landmarks in Berlin or the Dachau Concentration Camp in Munich.
Contact YHA Travel to book your flights, accommodation, tours, transport or for more Backpacking Europe travel tips.
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