Best Places to Visit in Europe This Summer

Fodor's travelers rate Iceland, with its famous hot springs and midnight sun, as Europe's top summer trip. Whether you're looking for an alpine adventure in Switzerland or a city escape in Germany, these are the top countries to visit for Europe vacations in June, July, and August. Some top choices may even inspire you to plan your next trip.

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    Iceland »

    Iceland

    Iceland is one of the most dramatic natural spectacles on the planet. It is a land of dazzling white glaciers and black sands, blue hot springs, rugged lava fields, and green, green valleys. This North Atlantic island offers insight into the ferocious... Read more

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    Sweden »

    Sweden

    Built on 14 small islands, Stockholm is an intriguing mix of global commerce and local craft, modern design and ancient architecture, bustling metropolis and peaceful green space. In the summer months, life takes to the streets—and to the water. Summer... Read more

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    England »

    England

    From soaring medieval cathedrals to the latest postmodern structures, from prehistoric stones to one-pub villages, England is a spectacular tribute to the strength—and flexibility—of tradition. Alongside the grand mansions and fortified castles, you’ll... Read more

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    Scotland »

    Scotland

    Scotland has astonishing variety, even within a small area. North Sea to Irish Sea, Highlands to Lowlands, the landscapes of Scotland—lush woodlands, windswept moors, lochs as deep as the imagination—may take your breath away. Edinburgh is a gloriously... Read more

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    Switzerland »

    Switzerland

    The paradox of Switzerland pitches rustic friendliness against high-tech urban efficiency. While the crude harmony of cowbells echoes in the velvet mountain pastures of the Berner Oberland, digital screens tick off beef futures in Zurich. Switzerland... Read more

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    Austria »

    Austria

    A "blast from the past" is how one recent visitor described her journey through Austria. It remains, she explained, a place where children laugh at marionette shows in the parks, couples linger for hours over pastries at gilt-ceiling cafés, and Lipizzan... Read more

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    Germany »

    Germany

    From half-timbered medieval towns to cosmopolitan cities, Germany offers a thoroughly engaging mix of tradition and modernity. You can explore Bavaria’s magnificent baroque palaces one day, and immerse yourself in Hamburg’s cool, redeveloped HafenCity... Read more

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    Turkey »

    Turkey

    Istanbul is the world's only city to span two continents, which makes it something of a metaphor for the nation of which it is the largest city. The constant pull between East and West, between modern and traditional, makes Turkey seems like a whole other... Read more

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    Wales »

    Wales

    Not as famous as Ireland, or as feted as Scotland, Wales isn't high on many people's itineraries when they first visit this region. And what a shame that is, for Wales is a land of dramatic national parks, such as the Brecon Beacons and Snowdonia; plunging... Read more

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    Finland »

    Finland

    If you like majestic open spaces, fine architecture, and courteous locals, Finland is for you. Mother Nature dictates life in this Nordic land, where winter brings perpetual darkness, and summer, perpetual light. Crystal clear streams run through vast... Read more

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    Ireland »

    Ireland

    If you want to get a sense of Irish culture and indulge in some of its pleasures, start by familiarizing yourself with the rituals of daily life. These are a few highlights—things you can take part in with relative ease.... Read more

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    Spain »

    Spain

    Spain conjures images of flamenco dancers, café-lined plazas, white hillside villages, and soaring cathedrals. Beyond these traditional associations, this modern country offers top-notch art museums, inventive cuisine, and exciting nightlife. From the... Read more

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    Belgium »

    Belgium

    Belgium has attractions out of proportion to its diminutive size. From medieval cities and abbeys where the monks run their own breweries to forested hills and famous World War I and II battlegrounds for contemplation and remembrance. It's a little country... Read more

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    Denmark »

    Denmark

    The Kingdom of Denmark dapples the Baltic Sea in an archipelago of some 450 islands and the crescent of one peninsula. Measuring 43,069 square km (17,028 square miles) and with a population of 5.5 million, it is the geographical link between Scandinavia... Read more

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    Italy »

    Italy

    Italy is the kind of destination that travelers return to over and over. They come for awe-inspiring art and architecture that influenced Western civilization, and stunning historical ruins—as well as for some of the world's best food and wine. Also beckoning... Read more

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