A patchwork quilt of different cultures sewn together, Europe is as exciting as it is diverse. Here, all it takes to sample another country’s culture is a couple of hours on a train. This is, in no small part, what makes Europe so wildly popular as a destination. With more than 400 million visitors coming to the Old World each year, the smallest continent by surface area is also one of the busiest. There are fifty countries squeezed into this relatively modest landmass, and more than half of these are part of the European Union, which means you can move across them freely as if they were one big country. In reality, the countries of Europe could not be more different from one another. With Europe’s famous beaches, breathtaking mountains, sprawling cities, and charming ancient towns, visitors have much ground to cover. Check out some of the city guides below and discover Europe with us.