Around the World in 24 Doors: Europe

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Hi, I’m Alex and I love doors.

Tiny doors, wide doors, purple doors, wooden doors – you name it, I love ’em in all shapes and sizes. It’s a sickness really, trying to walk to your destination but having this unrelenting need to stop and take a photo of a door…someone else’s door.

Getting caught taking a picture of this persons door.

Walking away briskly acting like you didn’t just take a picture of their door.

Although all signs were pointing toward door obsession early on, I didn’t really know it was a thing until my last trip to Prague when I got hardcore called out for it by my travel companions.

Later, after I came home, I looked through my travel photos of the last few years. And damn there were a lot of doors. I won’t divulge how many exactly but just know it was a lot. So for the sake of The Walrus and you lovely readers, I’ve narrowed it down (mainly because it made a cute title) to my top 24 doors in Europe.

This post is dedicated to all those out there who’ve waited for me to stop and take a photo of a door. You the real MVP.

AROUND THE WORLD IN 24 DOORS:

DOORS OF EUROPE 

1. HAARLEM, AMSTERDAM

I mean just look at this beaut!

2. BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA

Then there are doors with curious little paintings

3. PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC

Doors that you’d only see on an apartment building in a city like Prague

4. KERRY BOG VILLAGE, IRELAND

And then you have wee red doors like these

5. POTSDAM, GERMANY

Sanssouci Palace

Then there’s the ‘who would actually use this door’ type of door

6. HVAR, CROATIA

Doors in secret winding passage ways

7. BERLIN, GERMANY

Holzmarkt

One of my favorites: a door that isn’t really a door? Or is it? Why yes, yes it is a door! And also the epitome of Berlin.

8. SOFIA, BULGARIA

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

Doors on crazy beautiful cathedrals like the Alexander Nevsky cathedral in Bulgaria’s capital

9. ZAGREB, CROATIA 

St. Mark’s Church 

And more doors on crazy looking churches

10. PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC

St. Vitus Cathedral

Okay I think I have a thing for church doors… 

11. DUBLIN, IRELAND

And doors that are still beautiful even without all the grandeur

12. LJUBLIJANA, SLOVENIA

Then the doors that are a spot of bright color in a wall of muted hues

13. AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS

Doors that are literally crooked… I think these builders may have visited a coffee shop or two beforehand 

14. COBH, IRELAND 

St. Colman’s Cathedral

Oh hey look more church doors

15. CHESTER, ENGLAND


16. HAMBURG, GERMANY

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Then the doorway-tunnel contraptions leading to what appears to be a circus? P.S.: it wasn’t. 

17. PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC

My friends picked this one out, they said “Hey Alex here’s a pretty good looking door for ya” Thanks mates.

18. LJUBLIJANA, SLOVENIA

Doors that look like they drink Sherry and read leather bound books

19. DUBLIN, IRELAND

And then doors that drink dry martini’s

20. COBH, IRELAND

Then there’s doors dressed better than me

21. SPLIT, CROATIA

Doors you just gotta do the flamingo in front off 

22. KOTOR, MONTENEGRO

And doors that look like Zeus is about to waltz on through

23. TOLEDO, SPAIN

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Doors in an ancient walled city that feel like a fairytale

24. MOSTAR, BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA

Vučijaković Mosque

And of course you can’t forget about historic doors like these. Keen to learn more about this door? Check out my travel guide to Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegovina

What are some of your traveling idiosyncrasies? You can bet your bottoms this won’t be the last door post on The Walrus.

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4 comments

  1. Wow! Every one of those doors is so unique and I love them! I don’t think any specific one is my favourite… I love all of them!

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