Which countries are included in the European Cooking Trip?

The European Cooking Trip was not set out in one day. It took over two years of extensive research to select the countries that are included into an ultimate culinary journey through Europe and find the right cooking courses and accommodations.

The outcome is a unique journey that takes off in Paris, France and onto Spain, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Hungary, Austria, Czech Republic and Germany – ending in Berlin.


Starting point

Every edition of the European Cooking Trip starts in Paris, France.

You can be collected at any desirable place before we all take off to our first place to stay and cook in the countryside of France.

Final destination

Our 21st day together on this trip ends in Berlin, Germany, where you can be dropped off at any desirable nearby location, at the International Airport for international connections to other European destinations of your own desire.


France

France is rated as the number one tourist destination in the world; its cuisine is world famous for its variety of cheeses and wines. The republic is a member state of the European Union, the largest one by area, bordering with Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, the kingdom of Monaco and the Atlantic Ocean. France is linked to the United Kingdom by the Channel Tunnel, which passes underneath the English Channel.

France enjoys a high standard of living as well as a high public education level, and has also one of the world's highest life expectancies. It is the most visited country in the world, receiving 82 million foreign tourists annually.
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Spain

Spain offers a great variety of landscapes. The Kingdom borders with France, Italy, Portugal, Gibraltar and the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. Spanish territory also includes the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean, the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean off the African coast, and two autonomous cities in North Africa, Ceuta and Melilla, that border Morocco. Spain is rated as one of the world best cuisines offering seafood (such as pescaíto frito), cold soups like gazpacho, paella and tapas.

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Italy

Italy is renowned for having some of the world’s most famous cuisines, and hosts most Unesco World Heritage Sites. It is bordering with France, Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia and Croatia, with within its borders the Vatican City and San Marino. The land known as Italy today has been the cradle of European cultures and peoples, such as the Etruscans and the Romans. Italy's capital, Rome, was for centuries the political centre of Western civilization, as the capital of the Roman Empire.

Coffee, and more specifically espresso, has become highly important to the cultural cuisine of Italy. Some famous dishes and items include pasta, pizza, lasagna, focaccia, and gelato.

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Croatia

Croatia hosts many World Heritage Sites and has many Renaissance towns. Its cuisine is famous for snacks like burek (pastry), cevapcici (meat balls), raznjici (shish kabob) and of course fresh caught seafood. After being incorporated in Yugoslavia for most of the 20th century, Croatia regained independence in 1991. Croatia is a member of the United Nations, the Council of Europe, NATO, the World Trade Organization and CEFTA. The country is a candidate for European Union membership and wishes to join the Euro currency countries. Croatia borders with Italy, Slovenia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Serbia, Hungary and Montenegro.

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Hungary

Hungary offers horse riding, thermal waters and many health spas. Hungarian food is quite famous in Europe, and considered of one of the best, but it is rather spicy. The most famous dish is Goulash. Hungary is bordering with Austria, Slovakia, Ukraine, Romania, Serbia, Croatia, and Slovenia. Its capital is Budapest. Hungary is a member of the European Union, NATO, OECD, V4 and is a Schengen state (it removed the systematic border controls between the participating countries).

Hungary was a great power until the end of World War I: Hungary lost over 70% of its territory, along with one third of its population of Hungarian ethnicity, which has been considered excessively harsh by many in Hungary. It opened its Communistic closed borders with Austria in 1989, thus accelerating the collapse of the Eastern Bloc. Hungary is listed as one of the 15 most popular tourist destinations in the world.

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The Czech Republic

The Czech Republic has many wilderness activities as for example rock climbing and hiking. Over 2,000 castles, beautiful churches, protected historical cities and medical springs make it a very scenic country. Czech borders with Poland, Germany, Austria and Slovakia. On 1 January 1993, Czechoslovakia peacefully dissolved into its constituent states, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. The Czech Republic has been a member of NATO since 1999 and of the European Union since 2004.

Czech cuisine is marked by a strong emphasis on meat dishes. Pork is quite common, and beef and chicken are also popular. Goose, duck, rabbit and wild game are also served frequently.

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Germany

Germany offers a big variety of landscape and is birthplace of many famous people as Karl Marx, Albert Einstein, Goethe, Beethoven and Martin Luther. Germany is a federal parliamentary republic of sixteen states (Bundesländer). The capital and largest city is Berlin. Germany is a member of the United Nations, NATO, G8, G20, OECD, and the WTO. It's the 4th largest economic power in the world. In 1949, after World War II, Germany was divided into two separate states — East Germany and West Germany — along the lines of Allied occupation. Germany was reunified in 1990. West Germany was a founding member of the European Community (EC) in 1957, which became the European Union in 1993. It is part of the Schengen zone and adopted the European currency, the euro. Germany borders with the North Sea, Denmark, the Baltic Sea, Poland, the Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland, France, Luxembourg, Belgium and the Netherlands.

The German cuisine has a very big variety, consisting of potatoes, cabbage, sauerkraut, spinach and all kinds of meat. Pork, beef, and poultry are the main varieties of meat consumed in Germany, with pork being the most popular. Throughout all regions, meat is often eaten in sausage form. German beer consumption per person is declining but — at 116 liters annually — it is still among the highest in the world.

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