13 weeks of Europe in 31 photos

Amsterdam, Netherlands

It’s been exactly one year since Robert and I took off for 3 months of backpacking in Europe.

We’d been saving up for a year and a half for this, our first proper backpacking trip. We quit our swanky city jobs, moved our shit out of our Sydney apartment, and left behind all our family and friends to pursue a White Christmas.

As we landed in Moscow, we got a tad over-excited as our plane descended into falling snow. 13 weeks of fast-paced travel later we felt battered and exhausted, but as our trip came to an end in Paris we proudly ticked this long-term goal off our to-do list.

To sum up the entire trip in a (reasonably) short post, here’s one photo for each of the 31 destinations we visited!

1. Moscow Russia

Moscow, Russia

2. St Petersburg, Russia

St Petersburg, Russia

3. Kiev, Ukraine

Kiev, Ukraine

4. Chernobyl, Ukraine

Chernobyl, Ukraine

5. Warsaw, Poland

Warsaw, Poland

6. Kraków, Poland

Krakow, Poland

7. Auschwitz, Poland

Auschwitz, Poland

8. Wroclaw, Poland

Wroclaw, Poland

9. Berlin, Germany

East Side Gallery, Berlin Wall, Germany

10. Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, Czech Republic

11. Kutná Hora, Czech Republic

Kutna Hora, Czech Republic

12. Bratislava, Slovakia

Bratislava, Slovakia

13. Budapest, Hungary

Budapest, Hungary

14. Vienna, Austria

Vienna 5

15. Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana 34

16. Lake Bled, Slovenia

Bled, Slovenia

17. Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg, Austria

18. Hallstatt, Austria

Hallstatt, Austria

19. Innsbruck, Austria

Innsbruck 8

20. Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich, Switzerland

21. Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne, Switzerland

22. Munich, Germany

munich germany

23. Bavarian Countryside, Germany

Neuschwanstein 5

24. Nuremberg, Germany

Nuremberg, Germany

25. Heidelberg, Germany

Heidelberg, Germany

26. Cologne, Germany

Cologne, Germany

27. Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

28. Bruges, Belgium

Bruges, Belgium

29. Brussels, Belgium

Brussels, Belgium

30. London, UK

London, UK

31. Paris, France

Paris, France

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18 Responses to “13 weeks of Europe in 31 photos”

    • Ashlea Wheeler

      It was full on, and looking back now we probably tried to fit too much into our itinerary! But it was a lot of fun and an amazing experience 😀

  1. Kiara Gallop

    Wow you visited a lot of places! and it looks like you got the snow you were after 🙂 I really want to visit Bruges, and that bone chapel in Kutna Hora looks fascinating. How did you do that map with your route on it by the way? Is it a plugin? It works so well when writing a post that features a trip to various different destinations 🙂

    • Ashlea Wheeler

      We actually were hoping for snow most of the time but we only got 2 weeks in Russia and Ukraine, then it didn’t snow again until late January in Munich, and even that was only for a few days!

      I use Google Maps to map out trips – I’ve written a step by step tutorial in my planning guide section if you’re interested 🙂

    • Ashlea Wheeler

      Oh Lake Bled was incredible! The township was fairly touristy, but the lake was just so beautiful it was easy too see why people flocked there!

  2. Eden

    What an incredible journey!! Looks like you had an experience of a life time. Thanks for sharing all your beautiful photos 🙂

  3. Olga

    wow!!! You’ve guys have seen a lot and even have been in my town – Kiev(visit it in spring without the political unrest and you will fall in love with it)!! You are just awesome and doing amazing things!!! Pictures are stunning!!

    Good luck in future trips!



    • Ashlea Wheeler

      We loved Kiev! The protest made it an interesting experience, but the city behind it was wonderful. We really enjoyed the snow, but I’m sure it would be stunning in spring too. Thanks Olga!

    • Ashlea Wheeler

      Berlin is the perfect city to use as a hub for travel around Europe! You should definitely book yourself a ticket Steph 😉

    • Ashlea Wheeler

      It’s strange but I’ve spent a total of almost 4 months in Europe on two different trips, and I feel like I’ve barely scratched the surface. I can’t even count the number of times people asked us “Are you going to see so-and-so while you’re in Europe?” and we weren’t going. I’ll definitely need a good while longer there. You should definitely check them out sometime Jessica!


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