Have you ever dreamed of enjoying a luxurious vacation or going backpacking through Europe? Europe spoils its visitors with choices ranging from ice-clad mountains, heritage and architecture to food and culture. The picture-perfect locations of Europe attract millions of tourists from India. Many European countries allow travellers to visit them on a single visa, the Schengen Visa. Travellers are granted access to 26 countries with the Schengen Visa from India.

Pointing out Schengen countries on map
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By getting a Schengen Visa from India one can visit- Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

All these countries offer a unique experience and it would be quite difficult to pick one for your holiday. However, with a Schengen Visa from India, you can visit more than one country on a single visa.

So here is a list of the top places to visit in Europe on a Schengen Visa from India:

1. Austria

Karlskirche Church, Austria
Karlskirche Church, Austria
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Leonie Zettl

Austria, a landlocked country in Central Europe, is undoubtedly famous for its paradisiac castles, palaces and some of the best architectural works. Apart from this, their resonant culture along with the Eastern Alps, fairytale villages, exciting adventures and Baroque monuments, this place is a pacifying escape for lovers of art and history.

Busy street in Vienna
Busy street in Vienna
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Leyre

With your Austria tour package, start with the capital city of Vienna followed by Salzburg, Innsbruck, Graz, Zell am See, etc. 4-5 days would be enough for you to explore Austria, while you can get the Austria Visa from India within 10-15 days only.

Best time to visit: April-May, September- October

2. Belgium

Canals in Bruges, Belgium
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Despina Galani

Located in Western Europe, Belgium is an interesting mix of Dutch, French and German cultures. Belgium is one of the most iconic and popular niche tourist destinations in Europe. For nightlife and shopping visit Brussels, Ghent for the art and serenity, Bruges for the palaces and canals, Tournai for the best Cathedrals and Antwerp for the best food.

Get your hands on your Belgium Visa to be able to experience the picturesque dunes and beaches of Belgium.

Best time to visit: April-June, September-October

3. Czech Republic

Prague Castle
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The Czech Republic: the castle capital of the world,  is another niche tourist destination in Europe. This small country has a medieval town aura with majestic castles, spa resorts and abundant natural beauty. The most popular destination in the Czech Republic tour packages is the capital city of Prague. Prague, a UNESCO Heritage Site, with several chateaus and mansions as well as buzzing nightclubs, quaint streets and a strong Bohemian culture.

Charles bridge, Czechia
Charles bridge, Czechia
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Martin Krchnacek

Other attraction-filled cities of the Czech Republic are Olomouc, Ostrava, Liberec, Ceske and Loket and they can be easily experienced with a Czech Republic Visa. The Czech Republic is a great holiday destination for history buffs, nature lovers and party animals.

Best time to visit: September-October

4. Denmark

Copenhagen, Denmark
Copenhagen, Denmark
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Amandine Lerbscher

The Scandinavian country of Denmark is more of a lifestyle experience than a holiday one. Denmark is not only one of the happiest countries on the Earth but also clean, wealthy and with generous and caring folks. Denmark attracts visitors by offering them soaring mountains, lush gardens and picturesque towns with a great display of flora and fauna. The best cities to explore in Denmark are Copenhagen, Jutland, Faroe Islands, Grenen, Rujberg and Funen Islands. The best tourist spots in Denmark are the Tivoli Gardens, Nyhavn, Rosenborg Castle, Amalienborg, The Round Tower, the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Kronborg Slot, etc.

For a small country like Denmark, it offers a great mix of city life, small towns and offshore islands. Apply for a Denmark Visa right now just in time to visit Denmark for the upcoming holidays.

Best time to visit: June-August

5. France

Eiffel Tower
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Daniel Bounliane

France is one of the top countries visited on a Schengen Visa from India. The world-famous marvels of France offer unparalleled beauty to its visitors with breathtaking places like the Eiffel Tower, the palace of Versailles, Mont Saint-Michel, the Louvre and the charming countryside of Provence. Apart from these famous tourist spots, explore the delectable cuisine and delightful culture of this country of dreamers and lovers alike with a France visa.

Lyon, France
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Bastien Nvs

Explore the best places in France like Paris, French Riviera, Fontainebleau, Normandy, Bordeaux, Lourdes, Arles, Burgundy, Lyon, etc. with the best France Tour Packages.

Best time to visit: April-October.

6. Greece

Santorini, Greece
Santorini, Greece
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Tânia Mousinho

Greece is one of the favourite paradises for honeymooners. The irresistible charm of Greece lies in the picturesque beaches and islands, hill-perched houses and a striking landscape. Each of Greece’s locations on a Greece Tour package is a magical haven for visitors, like the gorgeous cliffs of Santorini, the nightlife of Mykonos and the stunning history of Athens.

Acropolis, Athens, Greece
Acropolis Theater, Greece
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Iuliia Isakova

With a Greece visa, you can not only enjoy Greece but also go island hopping to nearby islands. Other attractions in Greece include Delphi, Acropolis, Mount Athos, Paros, Lyndos and Myrtos beach.

Best time to visit: May-October

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7. Hungary:

St. Stephen's Basilica Church
St. Stephen’s Basilica Church
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Yet another underrated location to visit on a Schengen visa from India, Hungary has a rich history with an interesting cityscape. The buzzing capital of Hungary, Budapest, is a stylish and lively cultural delight with attractions like the Buda Castle, St. Stephen’s Basilica, Fisherman’s Bastion, Heroes’ Square, Central Market Hall, etc. Contrasting the capital city, Hungary is filled with quaint villages with verdant countrysides and even some ski resorts.

Statue of King Saint Stephen, Esztergom
Statue of King Saint Stephen, Esztergom
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Dušan veverkolog

While Hungary tour packages attract visitors to Budapest, don’t forget to explore the lesser-known attractions like Eger, Esztergom, Tihany, Lillafured, Tapolca, Tokaj, Pecs, Visegrad, etc.

Best time to visit: June-August

8. Iceland

Ice Hiking, Iceland
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Gashif Rheza

If you seek adventure combined with glaciers as well as geothermal spas in one place apply for an Iceland visa right now. This paradise country attracts many tourists with its unspoiled environment of frozen waterfalls, massive geysers, ice hiking, ski mountaineering and most importantly the northern nights- Aurora Borealis. The capital city of Reykjavik also offers a great party scene and an even greater bunch of locals.

Akureyri Church, Iceland
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Ludovic Charlet

Other Iceland tour package attractions include Akureyri, Lake Myvatn, East Iceland, Hofn and Hvolsvöllur.

Best time to visit: July-August

9. Italy

Opera of Venice Italy
Opera of Venice Italy
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Keo Oran

Visiting Italy is beyond a cultural experience with a rich heritage, marvellous architecture, buzzing nightlife and so much else. With an Italy tour package, visitors can indulge in the history of Rome and the fashion of Milan, the opera of Venice and the wineries of Tuscany. Italy is the pinnacle of every traveller’s wanderlust journey as you can receive your Italy visa within just 15 days.

Lake Como, Italy
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Julia Solonina

The other popular attractions of Italy are Florence, Lake Como, Genoa, Naples, Verona, Siena, etc.

Best time to visit: September-October

10. Netherlands

Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Rifad Lafir 

The Netherlands is one of the top preferred countries when you visit multiple countries on your Schengen visa from India. The country is a modern culture space famous for its windmills, canals, floating flower markets, tulip gardens, etc. the capital city of Amsterdam is seen as a romantic getaway with the most picturesque spots and vibes. Explore the immaculate sceneries, dining options and waterways of popular destinations like Rotterdam, Eindhoven, Alkmaar Cheese Market, Canals of Amsterdam, Anne Frank House, Nijmegen, Den Bosch, etc with your best Netherlands tour packages pick.

Best time to visit: September-November

11. Portugal

 Lisbon, Portugal
Lisbon, Portugal
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Victor Malyushev

On a Portugal Visa, explore a plethora of adventures, right from pristine beaches and the best clubs along the coast to endless adventures like wineries, rustic scenery, century-old churches and a lavishing cuisine. Include Spain with your Portugal tour packages as both countries share a border.

The best places to visit in Portugal are Porto, St George’s Castle, Jeronimos Monastery, News Museum, Evora Cathedral, Cais da Ribeira, Roman Temple, Mediaeval village, etc.

Best time to visit: March-May

12. Spain

Metropolis, Madrid, Spain
Metropolis, Madrid, Spain
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Alex Azabache

More than a holiday, visiting Spain is more like an ongoing festival. Spain serves a platter of tourist attractions to its visitors with a sprawling countryside, lively cities and volcanic islands. Cities like Barcelona offer so much cultural insight for visitors, while the capital city of Madrid is an art lover’s paradise, head to Seville for the small-town feel or visit Malaga to relax in one of the coastal town resorts. Get a Spain Visa to experience this must-visit paradise and also explore some of the nearby islands with Spain tour packages.

 Royal Palace in Madrid
Royal Palace in Madrid
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Kristijan Arsov

Best places to visit: Royal Palace in Madrid, Park Guell, Ibiza, Costa Brava, The Canary Islands, Costa Del Sol Beach, Plaza Mayor, The White Towns of Andalucía, La Rambla, etc.

Best time to visit: March-May, September-November

13. Sweden

 Stockholm City Hall
Stockholm City Hall
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Omar Sotillo Franco

Sweden, a stunning Scandinavian destination, is a tourist favourite for its breathtaking landscape. The country paints a perfect picture with dense forests and cottages on one side and architecturally rich cities on the other side. Sweden is also home to a variety of flora and fauna with UNESCO-listed treasures.

 Gamla Stan, Stockholm
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Apply for a Sweden visa before you plan your next holiday to this paradisiacal country. Explore the top attractions including Stockholm City Hall, Gamla Stan, Drottningholm Palace, Royal Palace on Queen’s Island, Museum of Antiquities,  Oresund Bridge, Botanic Garden, etc. with the best Sweden tour packages.

Best time to visit: May and September

14. Switzerland

Switzerland is the top preferred destination on a Schengen Visa from India, especially for honeymooners. You will definitely need a Switzerland visa as you will be spending many days in this dreamland. No one can resist the picturesque villages alongside the gigantic Alps, scattered with valleys, hamlets, ski resorts and exquisite beauty. Apart from all this, the country also has some of the best transport and accommodation facilities which makes travellers return to this place.

Lake Thun
Lake Thun
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The breathtakingly beautiful places to visit in Switzerland with the Switzerland tour packages from India are Bern, Zurich, Lake Thun, Swiss Transport Museum, Lake Geneva, Opera House, Grand Theatre, Montreux and many other cities.

Best time to visit: June-Augusti

There are some other countries that you can still explore with a Schengen Visa from India. If you want to take the offbeat path there are some places in the Schengen region still unspoiled by travellers. Or else, travel to one of the above-mentioned places to get a taste of the European adventure.

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