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12 Countries to Visit Using Your Schengen Visa

Europe, in a nutshell, is cobbled streets, medieval castles, and scenic landscapes that look right out of Once Upon a Time. With its magnificent historical landmarks and breathtaking natural beauty, it is easily one of the top travel destinations in the world.

If you already have your Schengen visa, you can start finalizing your itinerary. The Schengen zone is made up of 26 amazing countries, each having their own unique and wonderful attractions that will definitely fill you with unforgettable memories.

Not sure where to go first? Let us help. Here are twelve Schengen visa countries that you should definitely include in your bucket list:

Infographic showing the countries you can visit using your Schengen visa

1. Austria

Austria - Hallstatt
Hallstatt, Austria

The hills are alive in Austria! Known for being the home of prolific composers like Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Ludwig van Beethoven, as well as the filming site of the classic film, The Sound of Music, Austria is a symphony of culture, history, and artistry.

With its majestic mountainscapes, grand palaces, and charming villages, the country is a fairy tale come to life that is meant to be felt and experienced. 

Must-do: Go back in time and admire some of the world’s most magnificent artworks in Vienna, enjoy a peaceful afternoon strolling along the picturesque Salzach River in Salzburg, or wander the old town of one of the most beautiful villages in the world, Hallstatt.

2. Czech Republic

Czech Republic - Charles bridge
Prague, Czech Republic

This country in central Europe blends the old and new in one grand city.

Its capital and largest city, Prague, boasts its stunning Old Town and grand medieval palaces, as well as some of the most fascinating modern architecture in the world. Pair those with the amazing countryside landscapes and their famed local beers and you have a destination that won’t leave you wanting more. It’s no wonder Czechia is evolving into one of Europe’s most visited destinations. 

Must-do: Explore the Golden City of Prague and step into a fairy tale at the medieval old town of Český Krumlov and have a pint of their famed local beer. Better yet, bathe in it at a beer spa!

3. Denmark

Denmark - Copenhagen
Copenhagen, Denmark

Denmark is a very livable place and ranks as one of the happiest nations on earth.

Its historic harbors and gorgeous countryside are just some of its icons, along with the stories of some of the world’s literary legacies embedded into its storybook castles. If you’re looking to truly get away into another world, the fairy tale-like country of Denmark is the place to be.

Must-do: Chill along the banks of Copenhagen and enjoy its markets and the iconic and colorful buildings along the waterfront. Don’t forget to take a photo of The Little Mermaid bronze sculpture that pays tribute to the revered Danish author of the fairy tale, Hans Christian Andersen.

4. Finland

Finland - Northern Lights
Kuopio, Finland

Finland is an ideal destination for travelers who wish to enjoy both wildlife and city life.

The country boasts a stunning wilderness scene from its snow-filled resorts, perfect for skiing and chasing the dancing Aurora Borealis underneath glass igloos. The country also has beautiful forests and national parks ideal for hiking and trekking. 

Finland’s cities are a vibrant mix of stylish bars, modern architecture, and amazing culinary experiences. Whether you’re visiting in the summer or winter, Finland has something for all and offers the utmost satisfaction on your travels. No wonder it was named the happiest nation in 2019. 

Must-do: Chase the northern lights and experience the winter wilderness in the Lapland region. Explore Finland’s southern capital, Helsinki, and discover its beautiful chapels, bustling market square, and fascinating city museums. 

5. France

France - Paris
The Eiffel Tower, France

It’s all about art and passion in France, the country that welcomes the highest number of visitors more than any other European country.

With its sophisticated cityscapes, charming countryside, romantic sunsets, and dynamic art scene, France gives romance a whole new meaning and has made itself consistently present on any travelers’ bucket list destinations. 

France’s capital, Paris, is one of the most visited cities in the world and can charm anyone who dares step into its cobbled streets. Stroll along the picturesque River Seine, buy a tasty croissant at the local bakery, or have your portrait drawn by artists in Montmartre. Experience the Parisian lifestyle and fall in love!

Must-do: Marvel at the iconic Eiffel Tower and climb to the very top for a breathtaking view of Paris, admire the dreamy lavender farm in Provence, or visit the charming villages in France’s Alsace region, which is said to be the inspiration for the little village in the film Beauty and the Beast. 

6. Germany

Germany - Neuschwanstein Castle
Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany

Germany is the epitome of medieval meets modern and surprises you with unexpected natural beauty that will truly blow your mind! With its forest castles, captivating cities, and amazing culture, Germany is a historic wonder that you shouldn’t miss. 

Drive down the romantic roads of Bavaria and witness some of the country’s traditional towns and gorgeous castles or dive into the local scene and experience the delicacies, the stunning architecture, and world-famous beers. 

Must-do: See Germany’s most enchanting castle, Neuschwanstein Castle, or drink and be merry at Oktoberfest, a worldwide event celebrated best in Munich. 

7. Greece

Greece -The Parthenon
The Parthenon, Greece

Greece is known as the cradle of Western civilization and a source of literary inspiration, for its mythology has influenced many writers throughout the years.

Home of the ancient Olympic Games, Greece puts you under a spell with its gorgeous coastlines, breathtaking mystical ruins, and amazing cuisine. If you’re looking for a sunny getaway with a lot of history on the side, make sure you add this country to your list.

Must-do: Bask in the romantic scenery of white-walled Santorini and delight in the many beautiful islands like Crete and Mykonos. Also, visit the ancient ruins across the country, like the Delphi ruins and the majestic Parthenon standing on top of the Athenian Acropolis.

8. Iceland

Iceland - Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, Iceland

This Scandinavian country seems to be what earth looked like before civilization. From its ice-covered volcanoes and giant geysers to its breathtaking hillside landscapes, Iceland is a fantasy land for nature lovers and adventure-seekers. 

Be captivated by its mystical hot springs and rivers of ice, and be one with the earth and sky as you chase the northern lights. Explore its beautiful national parks, witness stunning waterfalls, and trek through magnificent canyons. 

Must-do: Don’t miss out on the Blue Lagoon and take a dip into its healing waters for one of the best spa experiences ever!

9. Netherlands

Netherlands - Amsterdam
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

When one thinks of the Netherlands, tulips almost always come to mind. The country may be small, but it’s filled with many icons such as windmills, large clogs, and world-famous cheese markets.

Apart from the charming countryside, the Netherlands is also home to Amsterdam, a city known for its beautiful canals, bike culture, and world-class museums. Amidst the 17th-century townhouses along the canals, you’ll find unconventional stores and restaurants, as well as some of the most fascinating modern architecture across the city.

Must-do: Take a cruise along Amsterdam’s canals and learn more about its historic waters or go on an excursion to Rotterdam and see the famous windmills. If you’re visiting in the spring, don’t miss out on the vibrant open tulip fields in Flevoland. 

10. Norway

Norway - Trolltunga
Trolltunga, Norway

Norway is famous for its majestic fjords and ice-covered valleys. Here you’ll find some of the most breathtaking sceneries in the world—every angle of its unspoiled forests and picturesque coasts look right out of a postcard! 

It’s capital, Oslo, charms its visitors with world-class museums, wonderful architecture, and a wide range of restaurants serving Nordic and international cuisine. This northern country is made for adventurers and offers many outdoor activities against stunning Scandinavian landscapes. 

Must do: Dive into the unknown and cruise along the picturesque Nordic fjords or capture the Aurora Borealis in a stunning waltz across the night sky as you view it over some of the country’s beautiful coastal towns.

11. Spain

Spain - Barcelona
Barcelona, Spain

Spain is a frequently-visited country in Europe and has one of the most diverse cultures out there. From its delectable traditional food like the paella down to the historic landmarks and lovely beaches, Spain has a little something for all types of travelers. 

Whether you want to enjoy the urban beach city of Barcelona or stroll through the bustling streets of Madrid, Spain embraces you with its amazing culture and promises endless days filled with sun, great food, and memorable experiences.

Must-do: See the grand Basílica de la Sagrada Família and lounge by some of the loveliest beaches in Barcelona. Interested in architecture? Go on an adventure and discover ancient Spain in the city of Toledo or tour the gorgeous Alhambra fortress.

12. Switzerland

Switzerland - Kandersteg
Kandersteg, Switzerland

Home to unparalleled scenic landscapes and cosmopolitan cities against mountainside views, Switzerland has easily become a tourist mecca and is one of the top must-visit destinations in the world.

With its postcard-perfect countryside views and cityscapes, Switzerland is the perfect balance of urban and rural life experiences. Visit the historical Old Town of Bern or reward yourself with a luxury watch in Geneva, the capital of Swiss watchmaking.

Must-do: See the famous Matterhorn from the charming village of Zermatt or aboard the scenic Glacier Express train. Also, why not try your hand at skiing and other winter sports down the snowy Swiss slopes? And then fondue your way through Swiss cuisine with their delectable cheese and sweet chocolates.  

 

Take on our Schengen bucket list destinations and experience the wonders of Europe today! Find amazing flight deals on full-service carriers like Cathay Pacific and more when you book via Traveloka!

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