My Ever Growing Bucket List: Europe

January 30, 2015

I am planning on going to Europe sometime this Spring, and possibly again in the Fall. I'm super excited to go back to my favorite continent after a long hiatus. While I know for sure I want to make Munich a stop, the rest of my stops are up in the air right now. 

So many beautiful cities and towns to visit... so little time!

While I have a mental bucket list in my head, I feel like it's growing every day especially after reading so many blog posts about cities and towns that were off my radar. So here is a list of places (in no particular order) I want, I need, I have to visit.. whether it be this year or in the near future!  

1 | Cinque Terre, Italy

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How can you not want to visit Italy? All the history, art, beautiful countryside, amazing food, I can go on and on, but for me, my number one spot in Italy would be to visit the Cinque Terre. Don't get me wrong, I would love to see The Colosseum and Leaning Tower of Pisa but I wouldn't be able to leave Italy without seeing Manarola and all the other small towns that make up the Cinque Terre.    

2 | Cliffs of Moher, Ireland

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I visited Dublin back in 2012 but I didn't get a chance to venture away from the city. Visiting the Cliffs of Moher definitely gives me a reason to go back to Ireland one day. Next time around, I want to rent a car so I can drive on the wrong side of the road around the beautiful countryside and visit all the quaint small towns.

3 | Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany

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Like I mentioned earlier, I am heading to Munich this Spring and Rothenburg isn't that far away. I really want to add this super cute town (think Pinocchio) to my itinerary but at the same time, I don't want to overload my trip either. I might have to find a way to make this visit work!

Update: Rothenburg was definitely worth the visit! Check out Part I and Part II!

4 | Lake Como, Italy

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When I think Lake Como, I think George Clooney. There's a tour you can take around the lake and one of the spots they point out is his house on the lake. Who would have thought Dr. Doug Ross from ER would turn into this uber famous celebrity today. Either way, he has great taste in lake houses!

5 | Santorini, Greece


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Ever since I can remember, I have always wanted to go to Santorini. The amazing sunsets, the blue rooftops, I mean c'mon. It was always my computer desktop picture in high school and college, and for some weird reason, it's still on my bucket list. I need to change that ASAP!

6 | Hallstatt, Austria

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I am hoping to cross this one off my bucket list very soon. Hallstatt is not far from Munich and definitely made the cut for my Spring trip. Unless things changes, you will hopefully be reading a post about this picturesque town come springtime!

Update: Another town that lives up to its hype! You can check out my time in Hallstatt here, here and here!

7 | Dubrovnik, Croatia

Thank you HBO for putting this on my radar. I'm a huge Game of Thrones fans so visiting "King's Landing" is definitely on my bucket list now. Honestly, I never thought about visiting Croatia, but I have come to realize that it is a gorgeous country!

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8 | Venice, Italy

Like Santorini, Venice has been on my bucket list since forever. There's no other city in the world like it with its many canals and romantic bridges. It's the ultimate place to max out your memory card. I'm thinking I should visit Venice before it's too late though!

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While these are just the "highlights", there are soooo many other cities and town I would love to visit (on all continents). And there are so many places I would love to see here stateside as well... Yosemite National Park, Monument Valley, just to name a few (check out my full list here). It just goes to show you how big the world really is and how there are so many different cultures around the world that we can learn from!

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Help me with my itinerary! What cities or towns do you recommend I visit while I'm in Munich?

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24 comments

  1. I am onboard for all of these- they look so lovely!

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  2. Santorini has been on my list forever too!!

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  3. Oh my goodness - my wanderlust is in overdrive!!!! 3 of those places are right at the top (the very top of a very long list!) of my wish list - Santorini, Cinque Terre and Lake Como! Hopefully we will make it to 2 of 3 of these this year! xo Carly

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  4. Oh man I'm trying so hard to make a trip to Cinque Terre in April. I can't wait!!

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  5. Rothenburg is super cute!! I'm posting about it soon....go there!! Cinque Terre, Croatia and Hallstatt are all on my list as well...hoping to get to them this year! Can't wait to see what you decide!!

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  6. All the places you posted are amazing! I'm moving to Croatia this spring and LOVE the country. Cinque Terre and Lake Como are also awesome places! Let me know if I can help you with your itinerary at all!

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  7. Jealous! I can't wait to read about it! You'll have to let me know your recommendations there!

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  8. Is one full day enough for Rothenburg? It's such a cute town! Every time I see pictures, it makes me want to go there but I make to make sure we have enough time for it. Can't wait to read your post on it!

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  9. Wish I could win the lottery so I can visit all of these places all at once! ha

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  10. How awesome! Which 2 are you planning on going to this year? You'll have to let me know your recommendations after your trip!

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  11. Yes a day is perfect! There isn't much to the town but it is just too cute to pass up! If you stay the night, the night watchman tour is really fun :)

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  12. Such a great list! Many of these are on my list too. I'm getting to Cinque Terre end or March/early April and SO excited about it!!!

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  13. So jealous Sara! Can't wait to read about your trip to Cinque Terre! I'm going to live vicariously through you until we get to go! lol

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  14. Thanks Jordan! How exciting! That's so awesome that you're moving to Croatia this Spring! Can't wait to read all about it!

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  15. Fantastic list! Everywhere looks so awesome. I'm happy to finally be headed to Italy and Cinque Terre is one of the places I'll be visiting in May - woohoo! Croatia is on my radar too :)

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  16. Ah Cinque Terre would be on my list too!

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  17. All of these places are amazing. I am going to Southern Italy in 2 weeks time for our mini moon, but i really want to go to Northern italy and trip around!

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  18. So jealous! Can't wait to read about your trip to Italy! I'm hoping to make it there in October... if things go well.

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  19. How awesome! Have an amazing time in Italy! I've never been to Italy so I'm totally jealous! :)

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  20. Soooo pretty! I'm hoping/praying to go there in October! If not, in 2016 for sure!

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  21. I have so many plans for 2016 when my visa comes through and I can travel properly again!

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  22. All of these cities are on my list as well!! if you visit anything near the area let me know, and maybe we can meet up!

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  23. Yes definitely! Even better... if my husband gets a job there :)

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