Multi-kilometer trails and avtobany "old woman"Europe seemed to be created in order to travel by car. If you add to this the same mythical "itching" in your heels, the desire to learn new countries, indulging the instinct of the discoverer, and looming in the near future a long vacation, you will get the only true way for you to travel. Not the cheapest, as some people mistakenly think, but the most exciting. An extraordinary opportunity to see cities and countries through the eyes of local residents. Dream about what parts of Europe you would like to visit, and then on the horizon very clearly travels by car across Europe! At this stage, especially if you are an inexperienced traveler, you can not do without the services of a tour operator. It will help you to optimize the route, will deal with the design of the Schengen visa and hotel reservation all over your route. The loss of time to find a place to sleep overnight can spoil the whole impression of rest. Prepare the travel budget in advance, including the costs of paying so-called toll roads and fines. By the way, do not forget that the technical condition of the car must meet European standards. Of course, if you do not want the journey to end, never starting. Do not forget about your own safety and ignore the possibility of minor injuries, so the first-aid kit should be manned with a margin. It is especially necessary to think about this for those who suffer from chronic diseases. You go abroad, and most doctors prescribe drugs. Therefore, in order to avoid trouble, take care of the availability of the drugs you need! However, quite lyrical digressions, the documents are ready, the route corresponds to the flight of your imagination, which means it's time to go on a trip! Route: Estonia (Tallinn), Sweden (Stockholm, Gothenburg), Denmark (Copenhagen), Germany (Bremen, Frankfurt), Switzerland (Zurich), Austria (Vienna), Czech Republic (Brno), Poland (Krakow), Lithuania (Vilnius) .
For all those living in the post-Sovietspace, part of which was also Estonia, it will be useful to visit there in our days. Ancient, original culture of this country, golden sandy beaches, wooded hills and fabulous beauty of its cities have always attracted tourists. Narva, with its Narva and Ivangor fortresses, the historical province of Virumaa, with a lookout tower, the Valaste waterfall. The comfort of small towns breathing peace and some special charm and warmth. Tartu is a cultural center and the oldest city in the Baltics. His university, founded in 1632, is considered one of the oldest in Europe. The ruins of the Peter and Paul Cathedral, the Angels and Devil's Bridge, the Jaani Church, the Tartu Observatory and the Botanical Garden - literally everything here is soaked with antiquities will give you a lot of impressions and will not leave you indifferent. And finally - fabulous Tallinn. Medieval towers, propped up by the sky with spiers, weather vanes of Vyshhorod, narrow stone-paved streets. The Oleviste church with unique Gothic choirs is one of the highest in Europe, Pyukhavaymu with a "hanging chair" and a gorgeous clock, the Church of Our Lady of Kazan, the Church of Alexander Nevsky. Street artisans Katarina, "street-stairs" Luhike-Yalg and the City Hall, which is the symbol of the city - the weather vane Vana Toomas. The menu of hundreds of cafes and restaurants will not leave indifferent even the most capricious gourmets. So, waiting for the ferry that will take you to Sweden, you can enjoy both the variety of local cuisine (syyr, suitsukala, rope-wool, faith packyogids) and exquisite dishes from other countries of the world.
Feeling that you are visiting a moody andwayward God of the sea, will visit you when a huge white ferry floats across the waves of the Baltic Sea to take you to the next destination - Sweden. Strict and lyrical Stockholm will meet with silhouettes of lancet towers against the sky, the usual noise of the port and breathtakingly clean air, it's not for nothing that this city is called the cleanest capital of the world. A harmonious combination of reinforced concrete structures, park oases and fragile beauty of ancient castles will conquer you at first sight. Stockholm is located on fifteen islands, each of which is worthy of attention and careful study. The central island of Gamlastan, on which the old town is located. It is here that you can find the places from which the construction of Stockholm began. The oldest building in the city is the Riddarholm Church, whose construction dates back to the 13th century - the only medieval monastic church in Sweden preserved. It was the burial place of the Swedish monarchs until the 1950s. The German church or the church of St. Gertrude, striking the severity of the lines and the lush beauty of the interior. In Stockholm, a huge number of architectural monuments and museums. It seems that a lifetime will not be enough to pass through all the streets of the Swedish capital, to admire the street of the Queen with a pair of lions "resting" throughout its length, stone, cast-iron and bronze sculptures, here and there pleasing sight. On the embankment you will see the figure of that very god of the sea spaces - Sjogudena with a mermaid, sitting on his lap. Impressive skill of the Swedes unobtrusively build modern buildings into unique architectural groups of monuments of medieval culture, without violating the general "spirit" of its capital, and beckons to stay, understand and learn from them this art. But you are expecting a loyal car and a smooth roadway, leading to new impressions. Sweden - is huge, and on the way to Denmark you will have to get acquainted with a lot of big and small cities, enjoy the unspeakable beauty of nature. A tour of Europe by car is good because you can stay in any city you like to rest, immerse in their unhurried course of life, wander through rural fairs ...
Time rushes forward and its fleetingnessforced to leave hospitable Sweden, going on the longest in Europe (32 kilometers), the Эresund Bridge, to the next point of your journey. If there is such an opportunity, it is worth refueling, which is called "for future use", gasoline in Sweden is cheaper than in Denmark. So, having paid forty euros, and after enjoying the views of the Øresund strait from the car window, welcome to Denmark. After Lindgren's Sweden with her house Peppy and the roof on which Carlson lives, Anderson's Denmark will be the continuation of the fairy tale. How else to say about the city, where the number of attractions per square meter of the central square exceeds all the permissible "norms". The Town Hall building is equipped with a rather original thermometer, in which in inclement weather there is a girl with an umbrella in her hands, and on sunny days - the same girl, but on a bicycle. By the way, Copenhagen is considered a city of cyclists, and the Town Hall Square is the longest and oldest pedestrian zone in Europe. In Copenhagen, you will not find skyscrapers and grandiose urban buildings. "Gingerbread" houses with roofs covered with tiles, cobbled square, as if descended from the pages of Andersen's fairy tales. It seems that behind the next corner is, wrapped in a thin scarf, "a girl with matches," and from the windows facing each other houses, the arms of Kai and Gerda will stretch out to weave their fingers over the heads of passers-by. The Little Mermaid, as a symbol of self-sacrifice in the name of love, froze on its rock. The most picturesque area of Copenhagen - the port of Nyhavn with its multi-colored houses will cheer up even on the most cloudy day. The Danes are a very smiling people. And, looking at their warm smiles and now and then getting into the crowd of singing and playing in the squares of people, one can doubt that this is the descendants of those most warlike Vikings. Amalienborg Palace - the residence of the royal family, deserves special attention (it was here that the naked king began his march). Four identical palaces form an octagonal square, at noon here crowds of tourists flock to admire the change of the royal guard. And if you are lucky, and the Queen at this moment will be in the residence, then the change of guard will be held in solemn ceremonial. The famous Royal Library is considered the oldest in Scandinavia, it contains two and a half million volumes. Being in Denmark, it is impossible not to visit the castle Frederiksborg, it is on three islands in the middle of the lake and amazes with the interior decoration of its halls, the Throne and the Knights. It's a pity to part with gingerbread Denmark, but it's time to go. In addition, the car in this oasis for pedestrians and cyclists was stagnant.
A paradise for motorists. Only on the roads of Germany you really appreciate the beauty of traveling in Europe by car. Most routes are paid, but for speed, competently organized traffic and comfort is worth paying. Miles of asphalt roads flew imperceptibly from under the wheels, the speedometer counts the distance to the next point, and it's again a fairy-tale city.
- Bremen - "Northern Rome"
A city with a long history, a largea tourist center, an important economic hub and ... a place where the very same Bremen musicians lived. Not for nothing that this city is called "Northern Rome", emphasizing its cultural and economic significance. Every third Mercedes car in the world is produced in Bremen, here there are large shipyards. And the Market Square, Böttcherstrasse, the Bremen Art Hall, the Church of Our Beloved Women and St. Peter's Cathedral are part of the cultural heritage of Europe. Cozy streets, "toy" houses, organ-grinders and the statue of Knight Roland, guarding Bremen, the Secret Street and the "Fountain of Seven Sloths", a monument to the Bremen musicians and an endless number of stone and cast-iron figures, here and there arranged around the city. Like a step into childhood, where all the tales ended with "... and they lived happily ever after ...", and every new day promised unforgettable adventures. At home, cozy cafes and restaurants Bremen have to a leisurely conversation. And if you decide to spend a few days here, then you can afford a glass of real German beer. Germany is rich in contrasts, and the next city on which the route passes is the complete opposite of the fairytale Bremen. But do not forget that in Europe, in particular in Germany, the penalty for drunk driving is five hundred euros. And in the event of an accident, you risk jailing at all and losing your rights. If you talk about the busyness of the trails leading to Frankfurt am Main, then it should be noted that throughout the route you hardly met a larger traffic flow. But the movement is organized so competently and thoughtfully to the smallest detail that this does not affect the speed of progress to the goal. However, in Frankfurt it is still better to use public transport. The good is that there is no shortage in it. And in the central part of the city, it is more expedient to move around on the metro. And the car can be left in the parking lot at the hotel, where you have reserved rooms.
- Frankfurt: from Gothic to skyscrapers hand
A city that has been leading its history since the time of the SacredThe Roman Empire, which survived the occupation of the Napoleonic troops and became the main target for the bombing of the Allied forces during World War II, has for centuries been Germany's most important financial and transport center. The historical part of Frankfurt suffered very badly during the Second World War. And only a part of the buildings managed to be restored. The famous Frankfort Cathedral of St. Bartholomew - almost to the end of the XVII century in it emperors were crowned. The Church of St. Paul is the seat of the first German parliament. The building of the old opera is the main opera hall of Germany. The largest Lutheran church is the Church of St. Catherine, Hauptvacht. Quay Maina, which offers a view of the historic part of the city and towering skyscrapers. It seems that it is worthwhile to stretch and you will be able to touch with one hand the spire of St. Bartholomew's Cathedral, and the second one to reach the supporting cloud of the roof of Commerzbank Turm. On the opposite bank of the Main there is a quarter of museums. The Municipal Museum of Sculpture, the Museum of Applied Art, the Museum of German Architecture. Tsal is the longest street in the commercial part of Frankfurt, and on Christmas days it becomes the venue for one of the main Christmas markets in Germany. Getting to Frankfurt will be incomplete without visiting a restaurant with traditional cuisine. The famous apple cider, "hand" cheese with cumin, Frankfurt sausages and of course beer. As the classic wrote, "for me, my reader ..." And now it's time for you to say goodbye to Frankfurt. Forward, to a reliable Switzerland.
Most of Switzerland is mountains, and your motorthe car will have to work hard on this section of the route, so it's best to carry out a small check-up in advance and not to allow the engine to overheat. The repair of a car in Switzerland can "fly in" you a pretty penny. Switzerland is a beautiful country, and it deserves a separate trip. What is the view opening outside the car window! And the ski resorts, the Rhine Falls! Each city of this country deserves a separate mention. But the next point of this journey through Europe was Zurich. Located on the shore of Lake Zurich, this city instantly captivates with its beauty. And it becomes unimportant that this is the fourth financial center in the world, that here are located the most chic stores in Europe, that the first mention of the city dates back to the end of the II century. Statistics and dry state historical facts are not the language in which one can talk about Zurich. Passing through the bridge of Rudolf Brun, you will get to the most ancient and beautiful quarter of the city - Schipf. He stretched out at the foot of the hill Lidenhov - the place from where Zurich began. Winding streets, rough masonry underfoot, a variety of handicrafts in handicraft shops dipped in the romantic atmosphere of the medieval past. Church of St. Peter. The clock on her tower counts the run of the minutes from the VIII century, and if you cover your eyes, it seems that you can hear the rustling of the clock crumbling to the foot of the tower. The Fraumünster Church, elegant and beautiful, towering over a green spire above Muensterhof Square. The interior of the church, formerly the most popular female abbey, adorns the five stained glass windows of the work of Marc Chagall. Wonderful will be a walk along the waterfront, to the Lake Zurich, where you can sit on the beach in a cozy cafe and have a delicious beer. Between Grossmünster, the monastery, with a tower which offers a beautiful view of the city, and Fraumünster is the church on the water - Wasserkirche. It is built on the small island of Limat. Zurich is so attractive that I want to return to this city more than once. And giving yourself this promise, you can go further. And again the endless flashing of beautiful landscapes outside the window. The engine, then strained, cheerful and cheerful, rumbles under the hood of the car, serpentines of mountain roads, tunnels with artificial lighting, corridors of autobahns ... And Strauss's waltzes already sound in his heart. And it's not accidental, the next stop is Vienna.
The city at the foot of the Alps, the birthplace of the famouscomposers - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Schubert, Johann Strauss, writer Stefan Zweig and creator of psychoanalysis Sigmund Freud. Arriving in Vienna, put the car in the parking lot at the hotel and at the nearest coffee shop, order your coffee. That's right, after drinking coffee and gaining strength, it is worth starting to get acquainted with this city. It is foolish to hope that one day will be enough to inspect all its sights, the historical heritage of the "Imperial City" is too great. St. Stephen's Cathedral is a stronghold of the Habsburg dynasty, Plague Column, Vienna Opera ... The old city of Vienna, Schönbourne, the precious jewel of the Austrian capital, dazzling with its splendor and emerald setting from the well-groomed gardens and parks. Hofburg - the imperial palace, which became a symbol of national heritage. The fountain of Neptune, Hundertwasserhaus, so successfully blended into the architecture of the city. This is only a small part of what can and should be seen in Vienna. Try, like Strauss, to compose a waltz about your Vienna. Weave into it all the beauty of the Belvedere Palace, its pavilions and works of art that make up the interior. Mix with the taste of real Vienna-style coffee, the smiles of local residents and the coziness of street cafes so that this music accompanies you, softening the aftertaste of parting with Vienna.
The road continues to please the picturesque viewsfloating past small towns, cozy houses and well-groomed fields and groves, an even strip of high-speed trails. Kilometers are placed under the wheels, adjusting the car to the border and the Czech city of Brno. Strangely enough, but in Europe Brno is known primarily for its international fireworks parade "Ignes Brunensis". From June to September here, in the second largest city of the Czech Republic, there are folkloric folk festivals and theatrical festivals, at which performances of famous plays of world literature classics and theatrical battle scenes of the Middle Ages are played. The city in these days reminds Venice during the carnival. A colorful night show, fire flowers blossoming in the sky, and in the daytime balloons of all possible colors and sizes rise to the sky. Brno can compete with any of the cities of Europe as the number of unique medieval architectural ensembles, and the beauty and diversity of modern buildings. And in some ways even surpass them. The old town hall, the church of St. Peter and Paul, the castle Shpilberg, covered with a mysterious fleur of terrible legends. But the main attraction of Brno became the famous caves of the Moravian Karst - works of not made by architecture, where the architect became time and natural phenomena. Underground rivers and lakes, caves with amazing stalactites, similar to which there is no central Europe. Under the arches of this natural "temple" one can see time in a cut and realize the value of each moment of life. But no matter how beautiful Brno is, the next point of travel already calls for new impressions.
Sadly, this will sound, but the stateroads in Poland leaves much to be desired. Infinite traffic lights and pedestrian crossings do not allow to develop normal speed. Krakow refers to those cities that each with their own stone, each building, "talk" about the thoroughness, the ability to resist any adversity, without lowering their heads. And all this despite the seeming fragility of ancient castles and palaces. Apparently something remained to be hovered in the air since the time of Prince Krak, the victorious dragon, or the Austrian dominion, when, no matter what, Krakow remained a free city. Some kind of mystical ability to remain free in spite of the enemy's contrivances. Some architectural monuments of Krakow are a tribute to freedom-loving and selflessness to the inhabitants of the city. Here, for example, the trumpeter from the tower of the Maritsky church, who warned the city about the attack of the Tatar cavalry. And to this day from the tower an alarm is sounded, Hainal, and breaks off on the same note, on which the trumpeter pierced by an arrow has stopped. Or a two-hundred-meter wall of Wawel Castle, strewn with nameplates of 632 townspeople who collected money to buy Wawel from the Austrian government and restore it. Wawel in general is a special place, it is also called one of the chakras of the earth, which attracts creative people. It is here that the Jagiellonian Academy is located - one of the largest scientific centers of Europe. By the way, Nikolai Copernicus taught in those days. In Krakow is one of the best picturesque collections in the world. In the building of the former arsenal is now the museum of Princes Czartoryski, whose true treasures are the galleries of which are: "The Lady with the Ermine" - da Vinci, "Portrait of the Good Samaritan" - Rembrandt. And the third painting, "Portrait of a Young Man" by Raphael, disappeared without a trace during the Second World War. Krakow can be enchanted for a long time by the richness of architectural monuments, works of art and the strength of the spirit of its people. But, unfortunately, the time of vacation is limited, and the final stage of an exciting car trip through Europe is still ahead.
It turns out that the proverb about the road is not actualonly for Russia, such terrible roads as in Lithuania, you did not meet all along the route. Even the Polish roads seem quite decent. And at a speed of no more than 90 km / h and will drive the last leg of the journey. Vilnius welcomes visitors with narrow streets, paved stone, red-tiled roofs, ancient churches and chapels familiar to the Baltic countries. But there is something that makes this city special - Gates of the Dawn. The humble face of God's mother looks in the back as you pass through the gate to the old city. And here the real miracles begin. A mysterious ritual that compels you from the bottom of your heart to love Vilnius. Do not just look at the most valuable examples of medieval art and architecture, but "recognize" every detail of the church of St. Anne and "hear" the stories told by the stones of the Cathedral Square. This silent dialogue, an inexplicable process of recognition, from which the head is spinning, as if you returned home after many years of absence. Castle Street leads you further to the Cathedral of St. Stanislaus and St. Władysław, past the Three Crosses and the Gidemines Tower. And only going beyond the old city, you will remember that a journey through Europe with a length of almost 4,500 kilometers has come to an end. It's time to return home, having in its assets such an abundance of impressions, which is enough for a couple of volumes of "War and Peace" or at least until the next vacation. We advise you to read: