Get your culture fix in Europe.
For lovers of art and culture, a European vacation brings unmatched sights, from the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo in France’s Louvre Museum to Michelangelo’s David and Sistine Chapel ceiling fresco in Italy. And the coming year will bring even more ways to appreciate Europe’s masterpieces and storied history. (When planning to travel again, be sure to research specific travel restrictions in the destination you hope to visit).
In Germany, visit Berlin’s newest landmark, the Humboldt Forum. The huge museum complex blends modern and Baroque architecture inside a reconstructed 18th-century royal palace. Visitors can browse a range of displays featuring everything from Berlin’s history to Asian art. And in neighboring Austria, Vienna’s Sigmund Freud Museum is now open in a newly expanded space. Guests can step into the home of the famed neurologist and father of psychoanalysis to learn more about his life and work.
Farther north, the Scandinavian countries of Norway, Denmark and Sweden awe with spectacular natural scenery—thundering waterfalls, narrow fjords and glistening glacial lakes. But there’s just as much for art lovers to gawk at in the sleekly modern cities. A visit this year to Oslo, Norway’s capital, brings the chance to explore the Munch Museum’s towering new home. The glass-and-aluminum building provides more space to display the works of The Scream painter Edvard Munch. And Oslo’s new National Museum—which will be the largest art museum in the Nordic countries—is set to open in June 2022.
5 European masterpieces and where to see them
Europe is home to some of the world’s most treasured works of art. Here are just a few you’ll want to seek out when you visit.