The Darling Nomadess: 10 Places to Visit in Europe in 2015

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

10 Places to Visit in Europe in 2015

It's been 3 months since I packed my bags and took a one-way flight to Europe. 2014 created a whirlwind of (mis)adventure and I'm excited for what 2015 has in store! 

Originally, I planned to come back home after my 90 day tourist visa expired but I'm just not ready to pack up and head home to the good ol' midwest. There are still so many places to experience, foods to try, and people to meet. So, I applied and recently received a residence permit for Germany to learn the language and continue traveling! Hopefully, I'll be able to squeeze some of these places in to my schedule (and budget) in-between classes. 

Photos ℅ Maria at Traveling Buzz 

In school, there were three topics I really enjoyed studying while sitting in history class: the roman empire, WWII, and ancient Greece. With Athens being the center of the ancient Greek empire, this place has been near the top of my wanderlust list since probably 5th grade. 

Photos ℅ Emily at The Cozy Traveler 

With WOW throwing it's hat into the low-cost airlines ring, this trip will be perfect before or after my short trip back to the states in July! Iceland has been heading to the top of many wanderlust lists this year and for good reason - the country just looks absolutely gorgeous! And I'll be sure to add a stop to the luxurious Blue Lagoon for some TLC.

Photos ℅ Samantha at Worth the Jet Lag 

I didn't really know too much about this historic city until I read Elizabeth Kostova's "The Historian" (highly recommend that book, by the way). Istanbul is a place frequented by the characters and a place I found myself researching after completing the novel. I've heard so many fabulous stories about this city from Chloe and other traveling friends and want to check it out for myself.

Photos ℅ Angela at The Nomadic Lifestyle 

If I'm living in Germany, you sure as hell better believe I'm going to this Bavarian capital city! It's the center for Oktoberfest and Neuschwanstein Castle is only a day trip away. For 4 euros roundtrip via Megabus, there's no reason not to go! 

Photos ℅ Karisa at Flirting with the Globe

While many may instantly relate Krakow to cheap vodka, I think of Krakow and think of the amazing history and medieval architecture. There's also the Wieliczka salt mine and Auschwitz-Brkenau in the area, both of which would be meaningful to see. 

Photos ℅ Angela at The Nomadic Lifestyle 

Ahh, Paris. While Paris may seem a bit overrated, it's been somewhere I've wanted to go since my french-speaking days in high school. I almost took a trip with my french teacher my senior year, but wasn't able to gather up the funds. Thankfully, I have two friends living near the city so visiting them also gives me the excuse to visit the city of lights and couch surfing makes traveling so much more affordable!

Photos ℅ Bethany at Progression of Happiness 

Prague is another city frequently mentions in "The Historian" and filled to the brim with gorgeous architecture and history. The city of a hundred spires offers a breathtaking view and many, many gardens.

Photos ℅ Bec at The World as Bec Sees It 

The hills are alive with the sound of music! Besides being the filming site of "The Sound of Music," it's also Mozart's ol' stomping grounds. Salzburg is filled to the brim with art and culture. It would also be great to add the Old City off but my UNESCO list and see the fortress in real life!

Photos ℅ of Emily at The Cozy Traveler (left) and Karisa at Flirting with the Globe (right)

I'm not typically fond of cold climates but with a lot of Eastern European countries on this year's travel list, I may as well add Scandinavia to the list as well. While in Norway, I would love to see the Northern Lights and see the gorgeous landscapes.

Photos ℅ Karisa at Flirting with the Globe

Budapest is a bit off the radar for tourism, but it is starting to grow. I have to be honest and say I don't know too much about this Hungarian city, but I'm interested in learning more of it's history and culture. So many of my travel friends are recommending it and it just looks stunning in their photographs!

Other options I'm Considering: Zurich & Bern, Switzerland, Warsaw, Poland, Luxembourg City (again), Luxembourg

Ok, so I tried to make the why to visit each of these different, but they all have a similar reason for my I want to visit them - the history. Being in Europe is like walking through a real life museum that somehow captures the past and allows itself to continue to grow and flourish, building new history and culture along the way.

Where are you planning to travel to this year?

With Love,


  1. Woo thanks for the shoutout! I really want to get to Salzburg this year because it's the 50th anniversary of Sound of Music!

    Chloe | Wanderlust in the Midwest

  2. There are so many places! Ah! And I've never even left the East coast of the US! Haha!

  3. I hope you visit them all! I've never been to Europe so I'd love to read about all these adventures

  4. I'm looking into au-pairing in Europe starting this summer/fall and if I do I know I'll be planning a long Europe trip hitting many of these cities after!

  5. Wow, major wanderlust right now! Glad to see that you are enjoying all the travelling after a stressful start to your Europe adventure. And I am checking out The Historian- looks like a book I would love!

  6. This year I have a plan to visit the beautiful region of Salzburg. It is a beautiful city to see in Austria. Maybe I will go there in coming vacations after completing my fort lauderdale to naples trip with my beloved wife. I never went there before during my whole traveling life. I want to make this trip most enjoyable and memorable trip of my life.

  7. Can I just say how much WANDERLUST I have now after seeing these gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous pictures?!?! I'm all for you going German, but I'm also all for you coming home to the midwest so we can IRL BLATE. Yeah?

  8. I would love to visit Germany this year as well as Istanbul. Yay for having Reykjavik on there, I think its the best but I may be a bit biased :)

  9. I've been to Munich and Salzburg and loved them both. I would definitely love to see every other place on your list, especially Athens!


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