10 European destinations every Aussie should visit once in their lifetime

7. Barcelona, Spain

Every part of Europe is full of history, art and beauty, but Barcelona has a special charm that multiplies all those wonderful things by a hundred.

What sets apart this city from other European destinations is definitely its unique architecture. Thanks to Antoni Gaudi and his recognisable style of building, many spots in Barcelona are instantly iconic.

Sagrada Familia, Parc Guell, Palau de la Musica Catalana, Las Ramblas, Boqueria Market and Gothic Quarter buildings are just some examples of attractions that are unlike anything found in Australia.

8. Berlin, Germany

Australians are famous for the wild party spirit, but Berlin is the capital of hardcore techno partying that lasts for days.

When there, be sure to explore the city’s museums, monuments and impressive parks, but set aside some time for exploring its nightclub scene.

The world’s most famous nightclub Berghain is open (including the dark rooms) from Friday midnight to Monday morning.

9. Istanbul, Turkey

Australians are no strangers to the diversity of people, but Istanbul is a true melting pot of religions, nationalities and identities.

This is a place where you can see historical mosques next to 21st-century skyscrapers and supercars parked in front of the Grand Bazaar market.

Here, you’ll get a chance to explore rich religious history and architecture and enjoy the bustle of one of the biggest cities in Europe.

10. Reykjavik, Iceland

Iceland may be isolated, but it is precisely this reason that makes this island unique. Nowhere else in the world can you see beautiful waterfalls next to active geysers on top of dramatic cliffs that rise above black sand beaches.

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If you love diving be sure to try the very unique experience of diving between the continental plates in Silfra, or if you happen to visit between October and March, you might even see the elusive Northern Lights!

If you’re looking to travel to Europe, make sure to start chipping away at this list of must-see destinations.

MORE OF EUROPE: Inspired by this list and want to consider more European destinations for an upcoming trip? Take a look at our travel guides for Lake Bled in Slovenia, Innsbruck in Austria, Porto in Portugal, Positano in Italy, and Madrid in Spain.