Perhaps they call Rome the Eternal City because it’s eternally attractive to travelers? Of course, the moniker could be down to the fact that it’s more than 2,700 years old and once ruled over much of the known world. But, still, backpackers have been flocking to its eye-watering ruins, its gilded temples, soaring church domes, and priceless art for…well, ever. There’s no sign of that stopping, either. And why would it? Rome’s a doozy of a destination, touting slathers of culture, endless history, stacks of romance, and tempting food.
London is up there with the most visited cities on the planet. It’s a sprawling, super megalopolis of over eight million people, unfolding along the River Thames in a medley of characterful neighborhoods. From multicultural Brixton in the south to sleek Knightsbridge, hipster Shoreditch and punky Camden Town, it’s like exploring 50 cities in one. Topping that off are some of the most iconic landmarks and experiences; with Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, and the London Eye all vying for a spot on the itinerary.
So, you’re going backpacking Europe? Get ready for an adventure you’ll never forget. Between mornings of munching churros on Spanish plazas and evenings of frothy Bavarian beers, you’re going to enjoy some of the world’s finest travel experiences. We’re talking the views from the Eiffel Tower, the babbling waters of the Trevi Fountain, the pine-scented coves of the Greek isles, the medieval castle tops of Edinburgh – the list goes on, and on, and on!
Big, boisterous and brilliantly fun, Berlin magnetizes backpackers to the heart of central-north Europe. It might have had a rough ride in the 20th century, with WWII and the coming and going of Communism, but things are firmly looking up here. Creative kitchens and urban spas, bohemian neighborhoods to rival New York’s Village, and totemic history sites all combine to make it somewhere you’re certain not to forget in a hurry.
With the muscular walls of Edinburgh Castle keeping watch on the bluffs above, the Scottish capital unfolds in a patchwork of Gothic churches, cobbled lanes, rollicking whisky taverns, and historic neighborhoods laced with secrets and stories. It’s a place to be transfixed by medieval keeps and cozy up in cool cafés; to wander between chapels […]
From the spicy goulash stews to the grand castles, this guide to Budapest for backpackers has all the ingredients needed for a great trip!