On any day, Ireland is one of the most amazing countries to live in but it’s nice to take a weekend trip or full holiday within a short distance from home. What are the top attractions that won’t break your budget? Or the best activities to do in cities not far from Ireland?
This article highlights the best activities to do when visiting Ireland’s closest neighbours.
• Explore history in Amsterdam
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Amsterdam is one the most popular tourist destinations in Europe and features over 40 museums, theatres and academic institutions. Start your trip at the Rijksmuseum, a famous attractions in Amsterdam. The museum houses the country’s enviable collection of rare antiques and art including 5,000 paintings and about 7 million artwork.
Your trip to Amsterdam is incomplete without a visit to the Anne Frank Museum, dedicated to the short but meaningful life of Holocaust victims, Anne Frank and her family. Most of her home has been maintained as it was during Anne’s time who died just two months before the war ended and serves as an emotional reminder of a tragic period in history.
• Discover the French Alps with walking tours
France is easily one of the most travelled countries in the world and is a destination everyone wants to visit at some point in life. A fantastic way to explore France is to embark on the Tour du Mont Blanc, one of the most famous long-distance hikes in Europe. You can choose either a guided or self-guided tour. There are many good guided tour providers covering the prestigious tour such as the organisers of the tourdumontblanc.holiday site, Salamander Adventures.
There are eleven legs in the tour starting at the Grand Piller D’Angle, passing through attractions like Chamonix Valley, Lac Blanc, Mont Brouillard and ending at Refuge Flegere in a total distance of 168 km over 5-12 days. Unlike other hikes, the Tour du Mont Mont Blanc has no issues with high-altitude so anyone who is in excellent physical health can complete the trek. On the average, most people cover 12-20 km daily so you have plenty of time to eat, chat, take pictures and admire the great views.
• Learn about medieval times in Belgium
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While Belgium is a small country, there are some amazing tourist attractions to explore on your visit with its preserved medieval streets and buildings. Some of the most influential events that shaped Europe took place here such as the battle of Waterloo where Napoleon met a formidable foe. WWI, and WWII when Belgium suffered greatly as evidenced in the many pilgrimages sites and battlefields people visit to pay respects. Top attractions include the Battlefield of Flanders, Waterloo, Basilica of the Holy Blood and the beautiful belfry & Halle.
• Show off your swimwear in Menorca, Balearic Islands, Spain
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Menorca features a large coastline of 216km, one of the most beautiful places in the Mediterranean. The shoreline is decorated with gentile landscapes that provide options for swimmers to enjoy swimming in the gorgeous water or hiking trails in the area.
Other countries with incredible tourist activities you can explore in one weekend include a visit to the birthplace of Karl Marx in Luxembourg. Enjoy dinner at the Berlin TV Tower, go skiing in the Swiss Alps or chase the Northern Lights in Norway. Whatever you decide, you can visit many places for a memorable getaway trip outside of Ireland that won’t break your budget and leave you feeling rejuvenated.