25 Beautiful Photos of Europe

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Five years ago, life brought me from the east coast of Canada to the heart of Europe, Brussels, Belgium. As a photographer, I am constantly inspired by the differences in architecture, culture and landscape that grace this small continent. I live to travel, but when circumstances keep me at home, I like to be inspired by photographs of beautiful places. Here are 25 of my own favourite photos of Europe that I hope will inspire you.

1. Pyrenees Mountains

Pyrenees Mountains

Pyrenees Mountains

The Pyrenees mountain range runs along the border of France and Spain. It is popular for skiing in the winter and hiking in the summer.

2. Antoni Gaudí’s Park Güell

Park Güell

Park Güell, Spain

The Wavy Bench in Barcelona, Spain’s, Park Güell was designed by Antoni Gaudí. The city’s architecture, heavily influenced by Gaudí himself, is stunning and unique. There is colour everywhere. And, like this relaxed trumpet player, there is music in the air and a laid back enjoyment of life.

3. The Binnenhof

The Binnenhof

The Binnenhof, Netherlands

The Binnenhof in Den Haag, the Netherlands has been the location of meetings of the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) since 1446. It is one of Den Haag’s most beautiful buildings.

4. French Vineyard

French Vineyard

French Vineyard

This vineyard grows grapes for the sweet, white wine known as Jurancon in Monein, France. The vineyard sits in a valley below the Pyrenees mountain range, close to the Spanish border.

5. Grand Place

Grand Place, Brussels

Grand Place, Brussels

Every second year, the Grand Place in Brussels, Belgium is filled with thousands of Begonias to form its famous carpet of flowers.

6. Nice Harbour

Nice Harbour, France

Nice Harbour, France

Expensive yachts line the harbour in Nice, France. The Mediterranean waters are calm and turquoise in the spring.

7. Kinderdijk Windmill

Kinderdijk Windmill

Kinderdijk Windmill, Netherlands

One of the traditional windmills of Kinderdijk in the Netherlands turns slowly in the autumn breeze. Kinderdijk is on UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites list.

8. Notre Dame Cathedral

Notre Dame Cathedral

Notre Dame Cathedral, France

The interior of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France is an inspiring atmosphere, whatever your religion may be.

9. Venice

A canal in Venice, Italy

A canal in Venice, Italy

Fresh produce is sold from a colourful boat on a canal in Venice, Italy.

10. Versailles

Versailles, France

Versailles, France

The gardens and château of Versailles, France is a popular tourist destination.

11. Italian Alps

Italian Alps

Italian Alps

An ice cold stream runs down from the mountains of the Italian Alps.

12. Roman Aqueduct

A Roman Aqueduct

A Roman Aqueduct, France

The Roman aqueduct at Pont-du-Gard, in southern France, is believed to have been built sometime in 19 BC.

13. Monte Carlo Casino

Monte Carlo Casino

Monte Carlo Casino, Monaco

The world famous Monte Carlo Casino is a hub of activity in the Principality of Monaco.

14. Restaurant in Avignon

Restaurant in Avignon

Restaurant in Avignon, France

A waiter sets white linen covered tables at an al fresco restaurant in Avignon, France.

15. Fishing boats of Marsaxlokk

Fishing boats in Marsaxlokk, Malta

Fishing boats, Malta

The colourful fishing boats of Marsaxlokk, Malta, called luzzus, are brightly painted in blue, with green, red, yellow and white accents, depending on the boat’s town of origin. Most have the eye of Osiris painted or carved on the bow for protection.

16. Château de Villandry

Château de Villandry

Château de Villandry, France

The gardens of the Château de Villandry, in the Loire Valley of France, are laid out in a formal style with clipped hedges and topiaries.

17. Foggy morning in the Netherlands

A coastal dike in the Netherlands

A coastal dike, Netherlands

A couple strolls along a coastal dike, on a foggy morning, in the Netherlands.

18. Tossa de Mar

Tossa de Mar, Spain

Tossa de Mar, Spain

Tossa de Mar, on Spain’s Costa Brava, is popular with tourists as a holiday resort area.

19. Château de Chenonceau

Château de Chenonceau

Château de Chenonceau, France

The Château de Chenonceau is one of the most popular castles in the Loire Valley of France. Its position over the river Cher makes for some beautiful reflections.

20. Dunluce Castle

Dunluce Castle

Dunluce Castle, Nothern Ireland

The remains of Dunluce Castle in Northern Ireland look dark and brooding on a cloudy morning.

21. Castle of Groot-Bijgaarden

Castle of Groot-Bijgaarden

Castle of Groot-Bijgaarden, Belgium

The only way into the grounds of the Groot-Bijgaarden Castle near Brussels, Belgium, is this beautiful five-arched bridge over the mote.

22. Soave

Soave, Italy

Soave, Italy

The walled city of Soave is a small comune of the Veneto region, in the Province of Verona, Italy, famous for its wine.

23. Claude Monet’s Garden

Monet's Garden, France

Monet's Garden, France

The Japanese Bridge in Monet’s garden at Giverny, France, attracts tourists from around the world who admire the Impressionist painter’s work.

24. Doonagore Castle

Doonagore Castle, Ireland

Doonagore Castle, Ireland

The 16th century tower-house, Doonagore Castle, overlooks the village of Doolin on Ireland’s Atlantic coast.

25. Keukenhof Gardens

Keukenhof Gardens

Keukenhof Gardens, Netherlands

Keukenhof Gardens is located in Lisse, in the Netherlands and is the largest spring bulb garden in the world.

This guest post was written by Alison Cornford-Matheson. Alison is a Canadian garden and travel lifestyle photographer who lives and works in Brussels, Belgium. You can see more of Alison’s work on her website ACM Photography.com where she writes about great photo locations and provides tutorials on Photoshop and photographic techniques, as well as posting her most recent photography works.

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Bec

Such great photos!

Mick C.

I love the picture of the fishing boats in Marsaxlokk. Nice work!

Molly

Wonderful shots. I second Mick’s opinion – the fishing boats are especially interesting and eye-catching. I feel so lucky to live in Europe, where so many varied and special places can be reached so easily.

Sebastian

Yeah, really nice pictures. But when you call your homepage 25 pictures of europe, you should really show photos of whole europe. For example: I was last week on a holiday in St. Johann in Tirol. I took really great pictures while hiking through the Kitzbühler Alpen.
So would be great if you really put in pictures of whole europe, not just 3-4 countries.

Eurotrip Tips

I have to agree on the Marsaxlokk picture – very eye-catching, indeed. I also love Avignon one, very inspiring.

So many beautiful places, so little paychecks!

giuseppe palestri

i would like visit all country!
because the europe it’s state fantastik and more, it’s

WONDERFULL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

lali

i would like to see france

Naucha

Awesome pictures, and I love to see a picture of Villandry; to me, that’s one of the top chateaus of Europe.

CHARLOTTE C.

WHAT A WONDERFUL JOB YOU HAVE DONE IN CATCHING THE ESSENCE OF EUROPE!!!! SUCH BEAUTIFUL PICS OF ALL THE PLACES AT JUST THE RIGHT ANGLES & TIMES! YOU ARE A TRULY GIFTED PHOTOGRAPHER!! YOU ARE SOOO LUCKY 2B ABLE TO TRAVEL TO THE PLACES OF MY FAMILY’S & FRIENDS HERITAGES! I LIVE IN SOUTHWEST UNITED STATES & STILL AM FINDING BEAUTY HERE ALSO WHEN I PAY ATTENTION & SOMETIMES, EVEN WHEN I DON’T PAY ATTENTION. GREAT JOB YOU HAVE DONE!!! BLESSED BE 2U & YOURS

Lee Fresle

Very nice Photographs!
However, mainly all photographs from France, 9 in total out of 25? What about England and other European countries.

Gisela Beckermann

I remember visiting the Keukenhof in Holland every spring with my parents and my 5 brothers and sisters. My mother loved gardening and tulips in particular. My parents have long passed away, but I think of them often. I was lucky to go back a couple of times in my adult life. It has a lot of memories and everyone who can make it there should go, you have NEVER seen anything like it. Thank you for a nice memory today:-)

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