If the economy means you'll have to put off your European tour yet another year, you can do a virtual tour on the new online library, Europeana. Digitized books, art and archives are available from institutions such as The Louvre, the British Library and the Rijksmuseum. Additionally, the resources are in all EU languages, so you can practice your Dutch or Italian while browsing these cultural resources.
With over 4 million items to browse in a multimedia format, including a Gutenberg Bible and 1747 works by Rembrandt, it will be difficult to believe that you haven't traveled at all. The National Libraries of the EU plan to add more items and grow the collection, so each visit to Europeana will be a different trip every time.