Europe’s history is full of stories. Discover the oldest ones at the places that have been around the longest: castles. Hundreds of years ago, castles reigned supreme throughout Europe. Today, they’re time capsules of European heritage and culture. Travel back to the Middle Ages with this photo gallery of the most breathtaking castles that still stand in Europe.
At times, Europe exudes luxury unlike anywhere in the world. And it’s no more evident than at the continent’s many lavish palaces. From Portugal to Latvia, Europe’s most refined palaces are the definition of luxury. Explore some of the grandest of Europe’s palaces in this breathtaking photo gallery.
No trip to Europe is complete without dining on the best local flavors. And some of Europe’s best dishes can be found in coastal countries. From classic pasta recipes in Italy to fresh seafood in Norway, you’re sure to find something to satisfy your palate. Browse this gallery of some of Europe’s best seaside dining before you decide where to go for dinner during your trip.
Europe is a jolly place to be any time of the year. But when Christmas time rolls around, some places become nothing short of magical. It all starts at the Christmas markets sprinkled throughout the continent. From Finland to France, unwrap the wonder of European Christmas markets with this gallery. Then, find your way here in December to experience it firsthand.
The climate in the Haute-Loire is a prime factor in obtaining its highly characteristic green lentils. With dimensions of 3.25 to 5.75 mm in diameter, these seeds with their dark greenish-blue mottling and a pale green background are exclusively cultivated in 88 zones.
The borders between today’s Austria and its southern neighbours are particularly dissipating in Carinthia. Instead of drizzling with melted butter, here the famous ʼKasnudelʼ are topped with melted Sasaka: the word comes from the Slovenian language and simply means finely-diced bacon or a type of lardons. Besides being a wonderfully spicy spread for bread, it also figures prominently in Styrian cuisine, proving that the colorful culinary merry-go-round in the former territories of the Habsburg Monarchy is still vibrant today.
Traditional Polish pastries are sweet and very filling. The proof is in the Polish cheesecake, which consists of a curd cheese filling mixed with glazed fruit placed on a crumbly short crust base.
Sauerbraten and Potato Dumplings, a true German favorite.
The traditional Festa del Torrone (Nougat Festival) of Cremona is an annual 9-day event taking place in the city of Cremona, Italy, in November, where more than 150 nougat manufacturers present their delicacies from all around the world.
September is the perfect time to visit the Little Carpathian wine region near Bratislava. During the Festival, Pezinok, the wine capital of Slovakia, becomes a venue for massive wine tasting. Local bands, authentic food and grape must are all part of it.
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