Culture The Best European Countries for Backpacking  

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List Rules Top countries to backpack in Europe

List of best countries in Europe to backpack, ranked by travelers. How do you travel in Europe for cheap? Consider losing the luggage and consider backpacking through Europe. These are the top European countries for backpacking. Travel through Europe can be a fun experience for beginner travelers, college students on a budget, and even the avid nomad. Those looking for a European adventure can find that backpacking allows more freedom to wander through the small alleys of Italy and France to the mountains and landscapes of Switzerland and Scotland. 

Here is a list of the top European countries to backpack. In Europe rail systems make it affordable to travel from one country to the next. Traveling solo or with a partner is popular with backpackers looking to explore new countries, customs and, of course, food. All you need is your buddy, your backpack and your passport to experience some of Europe's biggest delights. 

Looking for the top countries in Europe to backpack? Use this list as a guide to plan your next European backpacking adventure. Vote to help other travelers determine which country is the best to backpack in Europe.
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1
108 71
Germany is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best European Countries for Backpacking
Berlin

2
79 51
Austria is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best European Countries for Backpacking
Vienna

3
66 40
Switzerland is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best European Countries for Backpacking

4
73 52
Denmark is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best European Countries for Backpacking
Copenhagen

5
70 51
Finland is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best European Countries for Backpacking
Helsinki

6
76 57
Netherlands is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best European Countries for Backpacking
Amsterdam

7
65 48
Belgium is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best European Countries for Backpacking
City of Brussels

8
69 52
Spain is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best European Countries for Backpacking
Madrid

9
63 50
Iceland is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best European Countries for Backpacking
Reykjavik

10
70 57
Hungary is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best European Countries for Backpacking
Budapest

11
58 46
Republic of Ireland is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best European Countries for Backpacking

12
63 51
Norway is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best European Countries for Backpacking
Oslo

13
65 53
Scotland is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best European Countries for Backpacking
Edinburgh

14
62 53
Estonia is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best European Countries for Backpacking
Tallinn

15
67 58
Czech Republic is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best European Countries for Backpacking

16
59 51
Latvia is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best European Countries for Backpacking
Riga

17
45 37
Luxembourg is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best European Countries for Backpacking
Luxembourg

18
56 49
Sweden is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best European Countries for Backpacking
Stockholm

19
51 45
England is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best European Countries for Backpacking
London

20
31 28
Slovenia is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best European Countries for Backpacking
stpavel added Ljubljana

21
54 53
Greece is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best European Countries for Backpacking
Athens

22
49 48
Portugal is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best European Countries for Backpacking
Lisbon

23
40 40
Andorra is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best European Countries for Backpacking
Andorra la Vella

24
54 56
Bulgaria is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best European Countries for Backpacking
Sofia

25
40 41
San Marino is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best European Countries for Backpacking
San Marino