I'm an American, going to southwest Europe soon. I'm looking for unique things to do. By unique I mean things where I could not get a similar experience at home or even other places in America.

For example someone sent me a newspaper article that in Venice you can get lessons on rowing a gondola. That seems like a very uniquely Venice thing to do. On the other hand there are lots of great parks and trails with natural views in Europe but America has great national parks too. The views aren't exactly the same but it's still similar, not as much a unique thing.

I guess you probably want me to tell you the specific place I am asking about but I don't have just one. I wanted to find some interesting things to do and then plan my path around that. But to hopefully narrow it down some, the rough plan goes northeast Spain, south coast of France, north Italy, Switzerland, and Bavaria. Would it help if I asked separately for different regions or cities?

  • Welcome to TSE. Our format isn't well-suited to questions like yours; I would suggest you start with a discussion forum and a bit of research on your own— there are numerous guide books and websites where you can get firsthand and expert opinions. We can then help you flesh out the details. For a better understanding of how our site works, I encourage you to take the site tour and review the help center.
    – choster
    Jun 22, 2016 at 18:51
  • Ahh dang. I saw some more recommendation-y questions here than other SE sites and thought maybe this would fly. Guidebooks have been unhelpful to me this time around. Lots of good info but not on unique stuff. Or if it's in there it's really hard to find. Have any advice on how to do this specific kind of research? I already spent many hours trying but not succeeding. If not I guess I'll go looking for a good forum or two... thanks.
    – Europe2015
    Jun 22, 2016 at 19:06
  • Recommendations need a lot of context, as "unique" can't be objectively determined. An enthusiast's eye always discerns greater detail than a generalist, for instance. Thus, one person might get excited about a particular depiction found in a particular church, whereas his traveling companion might say "meh, all churches are the same," and no amount of argument would ever convince them otherwise. So any request for suggestions becomes an infinite list with no right answer.
    – choster
    Jun 22, 2016 at 19:23
  • 'south coast of France' needs to be precised wether you mean 'Mediterranean coast' or 'Atlantic coast' .
    – audionuma
    Jun 22, 2016 at 19:25
  • @audionuma: "south coast of France" unambiguously refers to the Mediterranean coast.The Atlantic coast is the west coast.
    – TonyK
    Jun 22, 2016 at 20:03


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