Top 5 virtual tours of European attractions
Explore the rich European culture without leaving your home
During self-isolation there eventually comes a moment when you realise you've tried everything you could have thought of to make use of the extra time. No exercising-at-home programme inspires you enough to put on your trainers, you won't need to tidy your place again until next year and the thought of trying out another bread recipe gives you a major stomach ache. Luckily, a lot of the tourist attractions in Europe have thought of the people who could have been traveling right now, and have introduced many virtual tours and experiences to keep our curiousity fulfilled. From live-streaming DJ sets, to educational games for children provided by museums - you can find anything on the Internet! Here is our selection of the most interesting virtual tours offered in Europe at the moment.
The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam offers a large variety of online activities that will definitely make your day richer and more interesting. From YouTube videos exploring contemporary pop culture through the prism of arts, to tutorials about techniques used in the most popular paintings – there is something for everyone. The highlight is certainly Rijksstudio - a unique (and free of charge) online collection, which provides more than 700,000 high-resolution pictures of its collection. The museum also has a mobile app, where you can explore more of its rich history. Or you can check out their latest website addition – a digital tour of the Gallery of Honour, where you can enjoy the masterpieces all by yourself.
Cliffs of Moher, Ireland
If you’re longing for a view other than the one from your balcony, this virtual tour will certainly help you escape the current reality without leaving your room. The Cliffs of Moher are situated in County Clare along the wild Atlantic Way and have been named as Ireland’s top destination. This should come as no surprise, since they stretch for almost 8km and rise up to 702 feet (214m) at their highest point – a landscape which does not fail to impress. The virtual tour will let you explore all of it, without having to bump into tourists all the time, which will definitely make your experience more enjoyable.
Vatican Museum, Vatican City
The Vatican Museum has also made some of its collections available for a virtual tour, including the stunning Sistine Chapel. Usually, the museum would be packed with tourists, and taking photographs of the Sistine Chapel is not allowed. Now you can let yourself be amazed by the unique architecture without even having to leave your comfortable sweatpants. There is information for each of the rooms in the museum and plenty of YouTube videos for the parts that are not featured yet in the virtual tour, so you can keep yourself busy for an entire day.
The Northern Lights, Lapland
This virtual experience will truly help you escape reality and be amazed by its unprecedented beauty. While having VR equipment will definitely make the experience better, you can also just turn off the lights and enjoy the scenery from your laptop screen. Luckily, you won’t only see the Northern lights, but you will also get to catch a glimpse of reindeer, Lake Torneträsk’s waves, and experience sledging in Sweden. Of course, the highlight is at the end of this virtual adventure, when you can see the stunning lights dancing in the sky and eventually fall asleep with a big smile, dreaming of the day when you’ll enjoy it in real life.
British Royal Palaces, London
If all the free time has inspired you to daydream, then what location would be more suitable than two of the most impressive palaces not only in the United Kingdom, but also within Europe? Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle have each introduced 3 of their most impressive rooms online, including the Throne Room and the Grand Staircase . There you can let yourself be stunned by the impressive interior and maybe even imagine having an afternoon tea with a member of the Royal Family. Don’t worry – you don’t need to RSVP or try to find a fancy outfit, your most comfortable leggings will do the job.
Bonus: Google Arts & Culture
If you’re still craving more from the World of Art and Culture, you'll be thrilled to find out that Google has partnered with more than 2,000 museums and art galleries from all over the world. As a result of that, you can now access different exhibitions, virtual tours and additional materials all from the comfort of your sofa. The content is being updated daily, so definitely don’t miss out on this great opportunity.