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An adventurous backpacking trip to Europe can be an international journey for a lifetime and one to add to your bucket list. I was on the fence when the idea was presented to me, but it didn't take long to change. I was promised by some experienced travelers that backpacking is the only way to go especially if you are looking for beautiful scenery, a cultural melting pot, world-famous sites and a whole world of adventure. There are few time constraints when you backpack and unmatched in comparison to other ways of traveling. There is no right or wrong way to enjoy hiking in Europe, but here is a selection of our path that worked for us.

1. London
Our first stop was Heathrow Airport because it is connected to public transport that will surely get you to some very famous landmarks. Our first stop was Buckingham Palace and it was even better personally than any picture or video can relay. At home the royal family is so incredible on the outside as it is on the inside. We missed the iconic change of guards but I hear it is spectacular. Make sure you add it to your "London list" as well as the Tower of London, St Paul's Cathedral and Westminster Abbey. They also have historical significance and must be seen during your walk throughout the city.

2. Paris
Trust me in this. Paris, known as the City of Love, is amazing. Take the Eurostar metro station from London to Paris. Only the idea of ​​traveling in the English Channel is incredible. There is so much to experience here. How about the only Eiffel Tower. My wife and I enjoyed a quiet picnic lunch (French staple cheese, wine and bread) from the outside, but my travel partner paid for a ticket to get a bird's eye view from the top. Anyway, get a photo or two because seeing this iconic tower personally was, to say the least, surreal. We could have stayed on the grass forever but when they came down from the top we were gone again to see the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Montemartre Art District which has the Sacre Coeur Basilica. The architecture alone is amazing. Whether you appreciate art or not, these landmarks will impress you.

3. Rome
This is really the best place to backpack. It is full of old history and cultural attractions that just look like postcards, only better. I have read about as many places as this eternal city offers and the fact that we personally experienced it was truly captivating. It takes a while to get there, but it is well worth the train journey. Remember that Rome was not built in one day, so take your time and spend extra time here, if your schedule allows. One of the must-see (actually they are all must-see) is the Colosseum. Walk around, experience historic architecture and return in time when the Romans sat watching gladiators fight in the same arena. Then I recommend visiting the Pantheon, the Vatican, to say a prayer and take in Michelangelo's masterpiece in the Sistine Chapel. If time permits go over to the Trevi Fountain and throw some coins in for luck. The tradition is that a coin is for love and the other is to ensure that you return to Rome again. I wish I had time to discuss the many different restaurants. Our policy was to eat where the locals do and live according to the old-fashioned rule, "When in Rome" does as the Romans do. We didn't have a bad meal.

4. Cinque Terre
Cinque Terre translates into five small towns on the western Italian coast that look like a colorful building construction. The villages are Monterosso, Riomaggiore, Vernazza, Corniglia and Manarola and each one is an individual wonder. I can't speak an Italian word but it didn't matter. My minds could drink in all the culture and personality offered here. We were amazed at one of the typical natural rocks in their national park, which is conveniently surrounded by all five cities. It must be one of Mother Nature's best creations. It is perfect for backpackers who do not always like to be in big cities. We boarded a train with a day pass that allowed us to drive between these quaint cities as many times as we wanted. You have to buy a passport to go around as well. Staying overnight is probably a good idea. There is a lot of accommodation overnight that offers a comfortable and affordable good night's sleep. Cinque Terre is a place I come back to maybe without my backpack next time and stay a little longer.

5. Berlin
Germany is fascinating and never fails to impress me. The sightseeing opportunities and landmarks are full of history, architectural underwear and even castles. This European country is like no other and the landscape is almost like going back in time through an eclectic collection of modern buildings. For example, the famous Brandenburg Gate, once a symbol of the country's division, is not only considered the opposite, unifying. The dark granite pillars create a walking tour and are the perfect place for photos. The most disturbing, but emotional place we visited was the underground museum that shows the situation of the Jews when the Nazis were in control. Talk about a challenging time. But Berlin also has a much lighter, modern side. There are some hip neighborhoods to explore, really cool locals to meet and delicious food to taste. I ordered the vegan cuisine with Vietnamese noodles which were delicious. Then we took a walk on a closed airport track which is now open to the public. There is so much to do and see, but the common denominator in Berlin is that no matter where you go, whether you are a backpack or not, heaven is the limit for amazing sights, sounds, tastes and experiences.

There is never enough time to explore all of Europe in a visit, so don't expect it. But I recommend planning where you want to go and leaving enough room for some unexpected stops along the way. Europe is one of the world's most interesting continents, and especially interesting when you bring your best friends and a backpack.