10 Places You Need to Visit in the Schengen Area


  • Posted on 19 Feb, 2020
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Planning a vacation to the Schengen Area? These 26 European countries are among the ultimate travel destinations. With so many options of places to see, your travel itinerary could go on forever if you’re visiting this area. Here are ten places ETIAS thinks you must include on your Schengen destination list!


  1. Tivoli Gardens in Denmark

Tivoli Gardens in Denmark

Don’t be fooled by the name: this isn’t your average backyard garden. Tivoli Gardens is a fantastic amusement park. Because it’s also the second-oldest amusement park in the world, it’s also a historical site. It’s over 150 years old!


This park operates year-round. No matter what time of year it is, there are rides to enjoy. You can also get some of the best food in Copenhagen from fast gourmet eatery Tivoli Food Hall. Need some help navigating this exciting area? There’s a Tivoli Gardens app to help you make the most of your experience!


  1. Soomaa National Park in Estonia

Soomaa National Park in Estonia

This Estonian national park is predominately marshlands. You can rent a canoe or kayak and navigate one of many route options. This park is even said to have a “fifth season” when the lower forests are flooded by heavy rain or melted snow.


If you’re okay with a guided tour, you can take a night trip in this gorgeous forested wetland. It’s an incredibly peaceful experience! Whether you choose to enjoy this national treasure on foot or in a canoe, there’s so much to love.


  1. Bruges, Belgium

Bruges, Belgium

Bruges is one of the most spectacular cities in Belgium. It’s located in the province of West Flanders. One of the best sites in Bruges is the Belfry tower, which was built in the 13th century. If you want to enjoy this landmark while getting in a little exercise, you can climb all 366 steps to the gorgeous views. There are 47 Carillion bells, and some are so big that they weigh several thousand pounds!


The Belfry isn’t the only thing to see while you’re in Bruges. There’s also great cuisine, fine arts, and even sporting events. It’s a diverse place that will make a great stop on your vacation.


  1. Prague Castle in the Czech Republic

Prague Castle in the Czech Republic

If you want your vacation to feel like a fairytale then head to the world’s largest castle in the Czech Republic. The President of the Czech Republic now resides there, but it’s also a key part of the Czech Republic’s past. It’ll take you quite a while to tour all 750,000 square feet. The Prague Castle is an eclectic mix of architectural styles. It’s impossible to get bored while you’re here!


  1. The Northern Lights in Finland

the northern lights in finland

If you want the ideal viewing place for the Northern Lights, you can’t do any better than Lapland, Finland, especially if you’re visiting between April and August. The Northern Lights are truly one of the most spectacular natural wonders of the world. Sometimes when you’re on vacation you’re just constantly on the go. But when you need a bit of a break, sit back and relax while the Aurora Borealis puts on a magical show at night.


  1. The Eifel Tower in France

The Eifel Tower in France

No list about places to visit in the Schengen Zone (or Europe in General!) would be complete without mentioning the Eiffel Tower. This will give you a great view of the city. There are also a lot of exciting sites like museums near the Eiffel Tower.


If you’re taking your European adventure with a significant other, you can’t miss out on the most romantic city, especially the Eiffel tower. You can’t beat the photos you’ll get with the Eiffel Tower as the backdrop. You’ll definitely make all your Instagram followers jealous!


  1. Santorini, Greece

Santorini, Greece

Although this island is located 100 miles from the Greek mainland, it’s still considered part of Greece. This is one of the most stunning islands in the world! The water is beautiful, the weather is perfect, and the sunshine can’t be beaten. Even the picturesque villages among the cliffs add to the beauty of the scenery.


If you’re a foodie, you’ll be happy to know that Santorini restaurants cook some of the most delicious cuisine! You also won’t find better cherry tomatoes or goat cheese anywhere else in the world.


  1. The Turul Monument in Hungary

The Turul Monument in Hungary

You definitely don’t want to miss out on the Turul Monument in Tatabanya, Hungary. It’s a statue of a mythological bird that also symbolizes Hungary. The statue is surrounded by breathtaking woodland that’s perfect for a scenic hike. Bring a picnic with you and enjoy a meal at one of the many tables along the way.


  1. The Blue Lagoon in Iceland

The Blue Lagoon in Iceland

Iceland is perhaps one of the most underrated travel destinations in the Schengen Area. The whole country is filled with beautiful mountains and glaciers. But the Blue Lagoon is arguably Iceland’s best feature. Although you might associate Iceland with cold weather, the Lagoon is anything but chilly. At 99 to 102 degrees Fahrenheit, it’s a relaxing outdoor spa.


The mineral-rich water is actually good for your skin health. Not only does the Blue Lagoon feel great, but it also looks incredible! It’s a rich blue all year-round. There are hotels and retreats right on the Lagoon, so you can spend your trip overlooking the beauty.


  1. Pompeii, Italy

pompeii, italy

You most likely remember a little about Pompei from history class. Almost 2,000 years ago, a volcano erupted in this Romano City, burying everyone and everything in it. It was a significant tragedy, but without it, we wouldn’t have this glimpse into history.


The city is perfectly preserved. It’s like taking a trip back in time nearly two millennia! It’s pretty inexpensive to get to this archaeological site, but be warned: it will be crowded! This is definitely a tourist hotspot.


Start Planning Your Trip with ETIAS

This isn’t even half of the wonderful countries in the Schengen Zone. Whether you’re looking for historic sites, gorgeous nature, or exciting entertainment, there are so many things to do! You can visit all 26 countries visa-free with a special ETIAS waiver.


Your ultimate vacation awaits. Apply for your ETIAS visa waiver today on our website!

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