When you visit Krakow, build in a trip to the Tatra Mountains of Southern Poland. There, you’ll find national parks, high peaks, deep gorges, and historic spa towns. Best of all, it takes less than two hours to get there from the city.
It’s well worth visiting Balaton Uplands National Park, barely 90 minutes from Budapest, to see rare geology, take some easy day hikes, and view handsome architecture. Plus, you’ll experience a special local culture and great wine.
For some great day hikes in the Alps, try the valley trails on the Italian side of the world-famous Mont Blanc. There, you’ll find plenty of options that take you to stunning views and to gourmet mountain restaurants offering local dishes and wine.
There are many reasons to visit northern Portugal’s Douro Valley wine region. Above all, it’s a beautiful area, with views of hilly vineyards and the winding Douro River. Plus, it’s filled with small wine estates serving gourmet food and wine made from local grape varieties.