Top European destinations to visit in 2020 [video included]

This is a list (and video) of top European destinations to visit in 2020, from the captivating to the extraordinary. You’ll also find links to other content I have created on many of the destinations listed below.

Thanks to centuries of history, evocative movies and legendary literature, the allure of Europe’s landscapes and cultures has never been more popular. The following list of European destinations should fuel a desire to explore some of the lesser known and up-and-coming parts of Europe.

Sighisoara, Romania is going to become one of the Top European Destinations to visit in 2020

Sigissora is a must if you visit Romania - Photo by: Mike Shubic of

Sighisoara is a fairy-tale-like fortified city in the heart of the Transylvania region of Romania. With colorful houses, cobblestone streets and a pedestrian-friendly Old Town, it is easy to fall in love with Sighisoara. Click the following link to read about my top-5 favorite places to visit beyond Bucharest.

Cinque Terre, Italy is already a popular European destination, but 2020 will see even more visitors

Cinque Terre is one of the top european destinations to visit in 2020 - photo by: Mike Shubic of MikesRoadTrip

Cinque Terre is located on the northwest coast of Italy, it’s a series of five colorful coastal villages built into the seaside cliffs. This is one remarkable place to explore, and one of the top places to visit in Europe for 2020.

Aalborg, Denmark is in the midst of a modern renaissance

Aalborg colorful cobblestone street - one of the top destinations in Europe for 2020

Aalborg is an ancient city where Viking ships once sailed. Today, Aalborg has evolved into a vibrant cultural hotspot with a spectacular waterfront, cozy cobblestone streets and beautifully preserved buildings. Aalborg has been getting some high profile attention lately and we predict it will be one of the top places to visit in Europe in 2020.

Loket in the Czech Republic will be one of the top European destinations to visit in 2020

Loket Czech Republic aerial photo by

Loket is considered the historical gem of Bohemia, Czech Republic. Dominating the town’s panorama is Loket Castle, which was built on a rock near the Ohře river in the 12th century. Strolling the streets feels like walking through a storybook. Click the following link to read and watch a video on 5 extraordinary places beyond Prague, which of course includes Loket.

Bergen, Norway is a popular European destination for its easy access to the fjords.

Bergen is one of the top European destinations for 2020 - Photo by: Mike Shubic of MikesRoadTrip

Bergen is located along Norway’s southwestern coast and is surrounded by mountains and fjords. It’s also home to these colorful wooden houses along the old wharf in which UNESCO has listed as a world heritage site. If you visit Bergen, I highly recommend staying at the Hotel Norge.

Rheingau, Germany has it all…stunning landscape, fantastic wineries and wonderful lodging

Rheingau aerial road trip shot

Rheingau is one of the most distinguished wine regions of the world where many of the vineyards slope down dramatic hillsides to the banks of the Rhine River. Stunning villages, medieval grandeur, opulent castles and dramatic landscapes can be throughout Rheingau, Germany. If you visit Rheingau, I highly recommend staying at Hotel Burg Schwarzenstein in Geisenheim, or Nägler’s Fine Lounge Hotel in Oestrich-Winkel. Click here to read more about these fine hotels.

Kraków, Poland is already popular, but 2020 will see an increase in tourism

Southern Poland road trip to Krakow (city landscape aerial photo by

Kraków is located in southern Poland near the Czech boarder. It’s known for its well-preserved medieval city center and Jewish quarter. Its old town, ringed by a massive Park, is centered by a stately market square. Kraków is a city you just want to get lost in with a slew of things to see and do. Click the following link for a Southern Poland Road Trip guide, which includes some great places to eat, see and dine.

Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland is one of the best road trips in Europe

Wild Atlantic Way is one of the most scenic roads in the world. Photo by:

Located on the western coast of Ireland, the Wild Atlantic Way is a stunning stretch of roads that run from the northern headlands of Donegal, to the southern peninsulas of Killarney. The angelic tapestry that forms Ireland’s landscape has taken thousands of years to weft and warp into a masterpiece that only nature could weave. Click the following link for a Wild Atlantic Way road trip guide and video.

Suvereto, Italy is perfect for those looking to explore lesser-known parts of Tuscany

Suvereto is one of the Undiscovered Tuscany villages you must visit - Photo by Mike Shubic of

Suvereto is a marvelous medieval hamlet in the Tuscan region of Italy. It’s surrounded by ancient walls and features stupendous Tuscan architecture, cobblestone alleys, shaded colonnades and evocative churches. Nearby are some fantastic wineries, spas reminiscent of old roman bath houses, top-notch restaurant options, and some stunning coastline with with a hilltop castle proving sweeping views. Click the following link to learn about Undiscovered Tuscany – 5 of the best places to visit in Tuscany. Or, read my ultimate Tuscany road trip guide.

Well that’s a look at some captivating European places to consider visiting in 2020. I’d like to thank Allianz Travel for sponsoring the video portion of this post. If you have any questions, please leave a comment below.

Mike Shubic

Mike Shubic is a seasoned road trip travel video blogger, traversing the byways of the world looking for those hidden gems of the road. From unique destinations, unexpected discoveries, creative cuisine, intriguing inns to exciting attractions…the road is his page. The experiences are his ink. And every 300 miles, a new chapter begins. Whether you live vicariously or by example, Mike will do the exploring so you can have an adventure.


  1. Fantastic article and video. Hope to visit Europe after Covid-19. In the meantime, thanks for the brief escape.

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