An European Sojourn With A Difference

Published on : Thursday, June 15, 2017

Split, Croatia (region of Dalmatia)While a vacation in Europe usually includes the tried and tested countries and destinations, we are more for the rarely-explored, yet absolutely breathtaking, destinations.



 Croatia – The underseen beauty with a Got connection

Like most of Europe, Croatia has its share of medieval cities and historic ruins, but what sets it apart from others is its bounty of stunning natural attractions, such as the Plitvice Lakes, spectacular Adriatic coastlines and enchantingly beautiful islands.


Game of Thrones fans will find the surroundings particularly familiar and enamoring as many portions of the massively popular series were shot here. Among the many dazzling locations to have been featured in the series are Dubrovnik, whose city walls and forts became King’s Landing; beautiful Trsteno Arboretum on the outskirts of the city, which becomes the Red Keep’s gardens; the Fortress of Klis, which is used for exterior shots of Meereen; and St Dominic Monastery in Trogir, which appears as the city of Qarth.



Norway – For auroras and other breathtaking sights

The appeal of Norway lies in its simplistic yet breathtaking environments. The most famous and visited attractions out here are the magnificent fjords (long, narrow inlets with steep sides or cliffs, created by glacial erosion). With options to cover the lengths through boats, strolls and mountain bikes, you’ll also come across some of the most untouched and beautiful mountains, rivers, valleys and waterfalls ever. Thanks to its close proximity to the arctic region, another stellar attraction to catch is the northern lights or aurora borealis.


Sweden – Everything fun under the sun

Known as the land of endless summer sun, Sweden is home to some of the most picture-worthy locations, timeless fishing villages and some pretty innovative contemporary architecture too. So be it urban or rural explorations, Sweden’s ready to leave you absolutely awestruck! For adrenaline seekers, skiing, skating, hiking, canoeing, cycling, sailing and horse riding are the many activities to choose from, depending on the seasons. Those into unique experiences can catch Wildlife watching tours of Moose/Elk, Beaver, Brown Bears and Wolf tracking or try their hand at Angling in the Baltic Sea.


  Germany – What lies beyond the beer?

A vast and diverse country with 16 states, Germany is brimming with an abundance of unique experiences that leave a mark on its visitors long after the journeys too. For those looking to travel to the realm of fairy tales, the Romantic Road is a famous scenic route along romantic castles and picturesque villages. Among the many picturesque locales, the Neuschwanstein Castle and the walled city of Rothenburg ob der Tauber stand out with an aura that seems to be untouched by the passage of time.


The nation’s turbulent history is something that the world needs to learn from. Thus, the Germans have carefully left its remnants alive in many places such as the Berlin Wall, Holocaust Memorial Checkpoint Charlie and the DDR Museum to serve the purpose.


Just in case, the flashback to history gets a bit too overwhelming, wash it down with some awesome brews in the beer halls of Munich or take in the breathtaking view of the Alps at Garmisch-Partenkirchen.


Spain – UNESCO approved awe and wonders

Spain has always been in the centre of many historical phases, which is why, it features the 2nd largest number of UNESCO Heritage Sites and the largest number of World Heritage Cities of any nation in the world. To check out the cool remnants of Spanish history, head to the regions of Andalusia, Cordoba, Toledo and Salamanca and witness various phases of cultural changes in history.


Another important aspect of its past is the key role in Western art. From classic artists like Francisco Goya to modern and surrealist works of Picasso and Salvador Dalí, Spain is home to art that’s globally admired.


The best of Spain’s famous artworks can be found in the Museo del Prado, the largest art museum in Spain and Reina Sofía.


For a more active holiday experience, a scuba dive into the cool waters of Costa Brava and the Canary Islands are highly recommended.


Viren Batra, CEO & Co Founder of nirvana excursion said, “At Nirvana, we are always particular about highlighting the unique and rarely-explored destinations, especially with travelers who truly enjoy exploring the unknown. We truly believe that however much you travel and explore, there’s so much more to see in every country across the world!

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