30 Most Beautiful Cities in Europe You’ll Love
There is so much diversity in such a small continent that Europe is. You can travel 100 km and find yourself in a completely different world. Europe is steeped in history, unique cultures and stunning natural beauty. It is also home to some of the most beautiful cities in the world. It was so hard to choose only 30 cities because there are so many more. This post was created to inspire you to travel to some of the most beautiful cities in Europe. And you’ll be delighted to know that there is plenty to choose from! Happy reading.
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Most Beautiful Cities in Europe
#1 Barcelona, Spain
The capital of Cataluña – Barcelona, is most certainly one of the most beautiful cities of Europe. Adorn by the exquisite architecture of Antoni Gaudi, Barcelona has some really unique places to see.
Stroll along the city’s most famous pedestrianised street – La Rambla. Pop into La Boqueria Market for a fresh smoothie or some tapas. Get lost in the narrow alleys of the charming Gothic Quarters and if you’re into art, check out the Picasso Museum.
An absolute must-see is Gaudi’s most prominent creation – the UNESCO World Heritage – Sagrada Familia, an impressive Catholic basilica with the highest tower measuring a staggering 170 meters! It’s taking almost 150 years to complete Sagrada Familia, which is sponsored entirely by donations and admission tickets.
Other famous examples of Gaudi’s unique architecture and style worth visiting are Casa Mila and Casa Batllo.
For panoramic vistas of the entire city, head to Park Guell or Tibidabo Hill, home to the Temple of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Tibidabo Amusement Park, where from a Ferris Wheel you can get an even better view of Barcelona.
Football aficionados should visit Camp Nou, one of the biggest football stadiums in the world and home to European champions – FC Barcelona.
If you’re looking for a day trip from Barcelona, go to Montserrat Monastery.
#2 Rome, Italy
Rome is undeniably one of the most visited cities in Europe and is a perfect destination for ancient history enthusiasts. Rome is steeped with history dating back to the times of the greater Roman Empire.
Some of the best-preserved monuments not to be missed while visiting Rome include Colosseum, which is the largest ancient amphitheatre ever built even in modern times. Right by the Roman Colosseum, there are ruins of the ancient Roman Forum, which was a collection of important governmental buildings, shops, and markets.
Rome has many picture-perfect places ideal for avid Instagrammers. Don’t miss the Trevi Fountain, which is probably the most photographed fountain in Europe. Its impressive size and beautiful baroque statues make it an incredible sight to marvel at. Next on the list are the Spanish Stairs and the Patheon.
The city of Rome is also home to the smallest country in the world – the Vatican, where Roman Catholic Pope resides. Even if you’re not religious, the Vatican is a must-see in Rome, especially the Vatican Museum, where you can see the famous ceiling painting in the Sistine Chapel that took Michelangelo 4 years to complete!
Don’t forget to eat plenty of pizza, pasta and gelato in Rome, and if you’re a real foodie, go on a food tour with a local to discover some hidden culinary gems of Rome. And if you’re staying longer, there are plenty of amazing day trips from Rome you can take such as Tivoli and Castel Gandolfo.
#3 London, UK
Home to the British monarch – Queen Elizabeth II, iconic double-decker red buses, gripping museums and impressive architecture, London is one of the most beautiful places in Europe.
Visit the queen’s home the Buckingham Palace, which is possible in the summer and selected days during winter. Explore the Tower of London to see the impressive Crown Jewels, and on your way here, don’t miss Tower Bridge which is London’s most recognisable landmark.
With many quirky places such as the neighbourhood of Camden, a myriad of instagrammable cafes and cute boutiques, London is one of the most beautiful cities in UK.
The capital of the United Kingdom has many world-class museums and art exhibitions. Some of the best ones include the British Museum, The National Gallery, where you can see the work of world-famous artists such as Van Gogh, Rubens and Goya.
A great way to experience this beautiful place in Europe is to take a tour on an iconic, open-air red bus or take a cruise on the river Thames.
Other awesome things to do in London include a Harry Potter tour, visiting the wax sculptures of Madam Tussauds, having an afternoon tea in The Shard – London’s highest building, a ride on the London Eye with some magnificent views over Big Ben and the city and for the adrenaline junkies climbing the rood of the O2 Arena!
London is also an excellent base to see the most iconic places in England, such as the beautiful villages of the Cotswolds, the prehistoric monument of Stonehenge, the university city of Oxford and Bath. You can visit most of them on a day trip from London by train. A lot of the areas reachable from London are also excellent UK staycation destinations.
#4 Paris, France
Paris is definitely one of the most visited cities in Europe, and there are many good reasons why it should land on top of your Europe bucket list!
You are not in Paris until you’ve visited the most prominent landmark of the city: the Eiffel Tower. Go all the way to the top to marvel at the beautiful vistas of the river Seine which you can also cruise. One of the fun facts about Paris is that Parisians didn’t even like the Eiffel Tower when it was first built. Can you believe it?!
Check out the city’s many beautiful bridges that cross the river. One of the most famous ones is Pont des Arts that links the Louvre with the Institute of France.
Head to Montmartre District for some traditional al fresco Parisian dining in cute brasseries and get lost in the charming cobbled streets of this exciting area. For an incredible panoramic view of the entire city, climb the Montmartre hill home to the Sacre Coeur Basilica. The best time to visit is at sunrise when you can have the place to yourself and realise that Paris is one of the most beautiful cities of France. And, if you’re into cabaret, book yourself onto a night show at the Moulin Rouge – probably the most famous cabaret in Europe.
Paris is the most beautiful city of Europe when it comes to arts. It is home to the Louvre with the iconic glass pyramid that holds treasures such as Mona Lisa and world-class museums such as Museum d’Orsay, where you can see Van Gogh’s Starry Night and Monet’s Poppy Field.
Some of the best day trips from Paris include visiting Versailles and its stunning expansive gardens and a trip to Disneyland Paris.
#5 Chania, Greece
Chania is situated on the Greek island Crete and is known for its pretty Venetian harbour with waterfront restaurants. Chania is one of the best places in Europe to spend a holiday with its pleasant Mediterranean climate and beautiful beaches nearby.
To get a good feel of this charming city, go on a stroll through its narrow alleys of the old town packed with traditional tavernas and interesting souvenir shops. Continue to the Turkish neighbourhood called Splatzia to appreciate different foreign influences on this diverse town.
Head to the port, where you can walk all the way to the Chania’s Lighthouse that sits at the entrance to the port. Stay in this area until the sunset and enjoy al fresco dining with a magnificent view.
Chania’s nearby beaches include the epic and most photographed beach in Crete – Balos Beach, and one of the most beautiful beaches in Europe – Elafonissi Beach.
Some of the best day trips from Chania include a trip to Santorini, snorkelling trips and wine & olive tours.
#6 Stockholm, Sweden
Stretched over 14 islands and connected by over 50 bridges, Stockholm is one of the most beautiful cities in Sweden to visit.
Because Stockholm is surrounded by water, you not only have the option to walk the city but also can take a cruise or even tour it on a kayak!
Stockholm is also big on cycling, and cycling your way through this beautiful city is a bliss with the bicycle-friendly city centre and an extensive network of cycling paths.
The most notable places to visit in Stockholm are the city’s old town cobbled streets of Gamla Stan, the impressive interiors of the Royal Palace – Kungliga Slottet and Skansen, which is a large outdoor museum that showcases the entirety historic village.
Some of the experiences not to be missed in Stockholm include sampling Fika, a Swedish cake, going to a sauna that is a Swedish tradition, and going to an amusement park situated in Kungsträdgården.
You’ll also love Stockholm for its museums. Visit Fotografiska for some gripping photography exhibitions from best world photographers or the Vasa Museum that showcases the entire ship salvaged from the bottom of the sea.
#7 Athens, Greece
Dominated by the ancient heritage of the first democracy and the first great European civilisation Athens, is another city on the list of most beautiful places of Europe. With over 3 million population, Athens is also one of the most populous cities in Europe.
Visit the Acropolis standing over the Greek capital on a hill and learn how all citizens had the right to participate in the decision making in ancient times. Come back at night to the neighbouring area to have dinner with the Acropolis view all beautifully lit up.
Discover more fascinating landmarks of Greece.
Stroll along Monastiraki, Athens’ most lively neighbourhood jam-packed with souvenir shops, street vendors, fruit stands and cafes overlooking the Acropolis. For the best dining options, head to Plaka, a lovely area with decent restaurants serving Greek specialities – souvlaki, tzatziki, stuffed wine leaves and meatballs.
If you’re looking for more unusual things to do in Athens, try visiting the Anafiotika neighbourhood right by the Acropolis. You won’t believe that you’re still in the busy city; Anafiotika looks like one of the Greek islands.
For the city’s best views, head to Filopappou Hill for a leisurely walk, or if you’re more ambitious, hike Mount Lycabettus, which is best enjoyed at sunset.
#8 Krakow, Poland
Krakow is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful cities in Poland. To experience that beauty, take a stroll through its historic Main Market Square surrounded by colourfully painted, elegant townhouses and outdoor cafes and restaurants.
Don’t miss Sukiennice, which is Krakow’s historic Cloth Hall where you can buy quality, hand-made souvenirs such as textiles, small objects made of wood and traditional salty and squeaky cheese that is a speciality of this region of Poland. Another place not to be missed is St Mary’s Basilica, with an altar carved entirely in wood, a masterpiece created by a medieval artist – Veit Stoss.
Head to The Wawel Royal Castle, built by one of the greatest Polish kings on an impressive hill. Today Wawel is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and visitors can peek inside to see the grandeur of the castle’s interiors.
If you have more time, go on a day trip to Wieliczka Salt Mine, situated a short drive from Krakow in the nearby mountains. The mine is still active today, and you can buy some quality bath salts there. Another popular day trip from Krakow is the Auschwitz tour.
#9 Dublin, Ireland
Dublin is known for its picturesque traditional pubs and party culture. But there is so much more to Dublin than drinking Guinness (although you should still have some)!
With many pedestrianised areas, parks, historic pubs and a picturesque riverside, Dublin is one of the most beautiful cities in Ireland.
Pay a visit to the Temple Bar, which is one of the most famous pubs in Dublin. Take a tour of the Guinness Storehouse Factory to learn how this popular Irish drink is made. Ireland is equally big on whiskey, and you can also tour the Old Jameson Distillery.
History buffs will be delighted to visit the incredible Trinity College Library and learn the turbulent Irish history by touring Dublin Castle and its many topical museums housed within the castle grounds.
Don’t forget to pop into St. Patrick’s Cathedral dating back to the 12th century. Another good one to check out is Christ Church Cathedral, with a beautiful footbridge over the street.
If you wish to stay in Dublin longer, consider visiting the stunning Cliffs of Moher situated nearby, or if you love outdoors, visit Wicklow Mountains National Park.
#10 Budapest, Hungary
It’s difficult to choose the most beautiful city in Europe, but Budapest is definitely a strong contender. Budapest is a union of three independent cities, and most of its territories were granted a UNESCO Heritage Site status.
An excellent way to enjoy the city views is to take a cruise along the River Danube or stroll along the Danube Promenade, from where you can see the most prominent Budapest landmarks.
Take a tour of the grand Hungarian Parliament Building built in the Gothic Revival Style dominating the city’s river site. The parliament building is the largest edifice in the entire country!
Those interested in 20th-century Hungarian history can visit the House of Terror that holds exhibitions related to Fascist and Communist regimes.
For beautiful vistas of the city, head to Buda Castle Hill or Fisherman’s Bastion that looks like a medieval castle but was built in the 20th century.
Budapest is also famous for its many thermal baths that are sourced from natural hot springs in the area and have medicinal properties. Visit The Széchenyi Baths, the largest baths in Europe or the elegant Gellert Baths.
Finally, for a little different experience, have a drink in one of the famous and quirky ruin pubs the city is renowned for.
#11 Reykjavik, Iceland
Iceland, including Reykjavik, sits on an active volcano that impacts the island’s whole landscape, which is an extremely unique feature! And what’s interesting – Iceland learned how to use this powerful and clean geothermal energy in many areas of their daily lives.
Reykjavik has many thermal bath places where you can enjoy the natural hot springs. One of the most famous is the Blue Lagoon which is probably one of the most scenic places in Europe for thermal baths!
Other places not to be missed in Reykjavik include Hallgrimskirkja, a church that looks like a rocket just about to take off. This imposing structure meant to resemble Iceland’s basalt landscape.
History buffs will enjoy exploring the city’s many museums, such as the National Museum of Iceland, Árbæjarsafn and Reykjavik Maritime Museum.
Reykjavik is also an excellent place to base yourself for some exciting activities nearby. I mean, no one comes to Reykjavik without visiting more of Iceland. The most popular trips include the Golden Circle tour that included Geysir and Gullfoss Waterfall. Other epic activities include glacier hiking, whale watching, puffin tours and hiking on an active volcano!
#12 Madrid, Spain
Madrid is another extremely beautiful European city to visit.
Visit the Royal Palace of Madrid, which is one of the most lavish palaces in Europe! Head to The Retiro Park to find an interesting structure of the 19th century Crystal Palace and a lake where you can hire a rowing boat.
For a unique, quirky touch, head to the Malasana district filled with cute cafes and bars perfect for a night out!
Madrid also has some excellent museums, and even if you’re not a big art connoisseur, you will appreciate the world most remarkable artists of all times, such as Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali. You can see their work in Museum del Prado and Reina Sofia.
For a retail therapy or just to window-shop, head to Gran Via, where you will find designer shops and fancy cafes. Don’t miss Plaza Mayor and the surrounding areas filled with restaurants and interesting shops.
If you a football aficionado, you won’t want to miss visiting Real Madrid Stadium!
And if you’re looking for an awesome thing to do in the evening, watch a flamenco show accompanied by delicious Spanish food and wine.
#13 Prague, Czech Republic
Prague is famous for its beer culture, and it is one of the most fun cities in Europe! When in Prague, go out at night, and you’ll see the whole city coming to life! If nightlife is not your thing, try a beer tasting tour instead.
Prague is famous for its beautiful Old Market Square with colourful baroque buildings, beer gardens and a medieval Astronomical Clock that runs an animated show every hour. For the best view of the old town, climb the Town Hall Tower.
Walk across the most famous pedestrianised bridge in the city – Charles Bridge that connects two parts of the city, and it’s a place of all social meetups.
Prague is often referred to as the city of many spires. Some of the best churches to check out in Prague are St. Vitus Cathedral, St. George’s Basilica at Prague Castle and Church of Our Lady Victorious.
Another thing Prague is known for is its many museums. There is a museum for almost everything in this city! The top choices to check out include the Franz Kafka Museum, Jewish Museum, Museum of Communism and more fun choices such as Beer Museum, Museum of Senses and Sex Machines Museum.
#14 Nuremberg, Germany
Nuremberg, situated in Bavaria, is a city with a turbulent history and fairy tale medieval houses that make it one of the most beautiful cities in Germany.
Take a stroll through the Weißgerbergasse filled with colourfully painted, medieval and half-timber townhouses. Sit in one of the cafes there which are great for people watching.
Don’t miss Keiserburg Castle, which is steeped in history and dates back to the 13th century when it was one of the most important fortified castles in the Holy Roman Empire.
Those interested in Nazi history can visit Former Nazi Party Rally Grounds, where they can learn about the dark history of megalomania and national socialism in Germany.
For some fun things to do in Nuremberg, try Nuremberg sausage that is protected by law on a culinary tour or visit a brewery.
#15 Seville, Spain
Seville is the capital of Andalucía, situated in the south of Spain. Seville is one of the most beautiful cities in Spain, known for its incredible flamenco culture, blossoming orange trees and fascinating architecture.
It is also the perfect destination to visit in late autumn or early spring when other cities in Europe are cold.
Start your visit by exploring the city’s biggest square – Plaza de Espana. There is a large oval edifice built in neo-Renaissance and neo-Moorish styles with 48 alcoves overlooking the plaza. Each represents a different Spanish region. There is also a canal where you can raw through crossed by a few beautiful bridges.
Another fantastic place to visit in Seville is the Royal Alcazar dating back to the 10th century and is steeped in history. Today, the Alcazar is still a royal residence but is also open to visitors.
Don’t forget to check out the colourful streets of Santa Cruz Bario, which used to be a Jewish neighbourhood.
Other places not to be missed in Seville include – Seville Cathedral, Giralda Tower and Torre del Oro.
One of the best things to do in Seville at night is attending a flamenco show coupled with traditional Andalusian food and wine.
#16 Amsterdam, Netherland
Amsterdam is one of the most popular cities in Europe for a weekend getaway, and there are many good reasons for that! The city is famous for its artistic heritage, picturesque canals and its colourful 17th townhouses. Amsterdam is easily one of the most beautiful cities in Netherlands!
Take a free walking tour to get you started in Amsterdam. If you rather see the city from the river, there are some excellent cruises to choose from. You can also hire a private boat and have a picnic on the river!
Head to a museum; Amsterdam has some great ones – see Van Gogh’s biggest paintings collection at the Van Gogh Museum. Another good pick is the Rembrandt House Museum which is a museum holding many famous paintings in the former house of Rembrandt.
To more unusual things to do while in Amsterdam include a visit to the Amsterdam Sex Museum situated in the famous Red Light District. It is the first-ever sex museum to be opened, showcasing the changing sexual views and norms. Another one worth checking out is the Hash, Marihuana & Hemp Museum.
#17 Dubrovnik, Croatia
Dubrovnik is a coastal city in southern Croatia, probably best known as the filming location of the super popular American show – Game of Thrones.
Dubrovnik was first established as an independent merchant centre in medieval times, having trading relationships with many countries, including Turkey and India, even competing with Venice.
Dubrovnik’s old town district dating back to the 13th is one of the better-preserved old towns in the world protected with high walls and an imposing cliff from one side. It is also a recognised UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The best way to experience the old town is to take a stroll through its narrow alleys. Have a break on the famous plaza called Stratum and have a drink in one of the square cafes and people watch.
If you’re a big fan of Game of Thrones, you can book yourself onto a unique Game of Thrones experience in Dubrovnik.
Another great way to experience Dubrovnik is doing a sunset kayak tour around its walls!
If you’re feeling sporty, you can climb up the nearby hill to get a stunning, panoramic view of the entire Dubrovnik (there is also a cable car for less sporty of us).
Finally, Dubrovnik and the surrounding areas have some gorgeous beaches, so you can extend your trip and spend some time relaxing on the beach.
Other fun activities in Dubrovnik include a day trip to Montenegro and a day trip to Mostar and Kravice.
#18 Venice, Italy
No one will argue with the fact that Venice is one of the most romantic cities in Europe! I mean, cruising this beautiful city in a traditional gondola with a singing gondolier is the ultimate definition of romance to many. The canals, charming bridges and stunning architecture make Venice a solid contender for the most beautiful place in Europe.
Visit St. Mark’s Square, which is a busy piazza and the heart of Venice. Sit in one of the cafes under the arcades, and people watch. St. Mark’s Square is also home to St. Mark’s Basilica – a splendid example of the Italo-Byzantine architecture adorned by the iconic mosaics.
Go up the Campanile tower bell for an epic view of the square and Venice skyline. Another excellent palace for the fantastic city views is the Venetian-Gothic Dodges’ Palace. Today, it is home to the Venetian government. You can also explore its interiors filled with beautiful art, ornaments and antiques.
Don’t miss Venice’s most photographed and oldest bridge – the Rialto Bridge, where you can get a great view of the canal too. Another famous bridge in Venice is the Bridge of Sights, built to connect the Doges’ Palace with the prison.
If you have more time in Venice, also explore the colourful islands of Murano and Burano.
#19 Salzburg, Austria
Salzburg, situated in the northwest, is easily one of the most beautiful cities in Austria and one of the prettiest places in Europe both for its incredible architecture and stunning settings along the River Salzach with the Alps in the backdrop.
Take a walking tour through Salzburg Old Town – Altstadt. Marvel at its beautifully preserved medieval courtyards and merchant houses, some converted into stylish galleries and cafes. Make sure you check out the Town Hall, 13th century Court Pharmacy and 17th century Florian’s Fountain.
Sitting on an imposing hill, Fortress Hohensalzburg is home to a castle and a museum. You can walk up the hill on a leisurely 20 minutes stroll or take a funicular.
Visit Mozart birthplace, the Mozart House and learn interesting facts about this famous composer or, even better, attend a Mozart concert with a dinner!
Other places not to be missed include Salzburg Cathedral, Mirabell Palace and Gardens and Hallein and the Celtic Museum.
#20 Sofia, Bulgaria
The capital of Bulgaria – Sofia is a great place to experience the country’s complex and rich history of Greek, Romans, Ottoman and Soviet influences. Sofia is a fascinating city to visit in Europe, with its post-communist charm, vibrant food scene, and many architectural gems.
Start your visit by strolling along Vitosha Boulevard, which is the main pedestrianised street in the city packed with shops and interesting places to eat and drink. Visit the city’s most famous and recognisable landmark – Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, a grand example of Eastern Orthodox architecture.
For outdoor lovers there is Vitosha Mountain not far from the city, where you can go hiking in the summer and visit Boyana Waterfall; and in the winter you can go skiing there.
Ancient history buffs will be delighted to explore the ruins of Serdica dating back to the Roman Empire and Constantine the Great.
While foodies can indulge in some traditional Bulgarian food such as shopska salad, tartar soup and more at the quirky Shtastlivetsa Vitoshka Restaurant.
#21 Istanbul, Turkey
Istanbul is one of the largest cities in Europe and one of the most beautiful cities in Turkey. It represents a beautiful mezcla of Christian influences and Islamic heritage visible in the unique city’s architecture and culture.
You can see those diverse influences in Istanbul’s greatest icon – the Byzantine Hagia Sophia church featuring a large dome and Christina mosaics dating back to the 6th century. Another great monument not to be missed in Istanbul is the Blue Mosque built by Sultan Ahmet in the 17th century.
After a day of sightseeing, pop into the Spice Bazaar, which dates back to the 17th century. Nowadays, you can find here almost 100 shops selling colourful spices, sweets such as the famous Turkish delights, a fantastic selection of different types of tea and jewellery. Another great market to explore is the Grand Bazaar, packed with hand-crafted Turkish souvenir, colourful pottery, beautiful textile including scarfs and more.
For Dan Brown’s fans, a visit to the Basilica Cistern is a must. It is the filming place of Inferno’s final unveiling scene.
In the evening, go on a diner cruise on the Bosphorus or find yourself a nice rooftop bar where you can enjoy the stunning city skyline with a couple of cocktails.
#22 Oia, Santorini
If you’re looking for the most beautiful places to visit in Europe, you should definitely include Santorini! White houses with blue roofs perched on rusty-coloured post volcanic cliffs – this is how Oia looks like.
The best way to experience Oia, one of the most beautiful cities in Greece, is to take a stroll in the late afternoon and watch the magical sunset. This is also the best time to take some epic shots as the golden light reflects beautifully in the white buildings of Oia.
Don’t miss out on a visit to one of Santorini’s wineries for a wine tasting coupled with tasty bites of olives, cheese and Greek bread.
Outdoor lovers can do some serious hiking in this gorgeous area! Climb the Santorini Volcano situated on Nea Kameni island. Another option is to hike the Caldera trail between Oia and the capital city of Santorini – Fira.
And, if you rather relax, that’s okay too. Take one of the boats and sail around the island for some great views and a chilled day.
If you want to take a break from the crowds of Oia, visit smaller villages such as the village of Pyrgos for an ultimate Greek island charm. Don’t forget your camera as the town is insanely pretty!
#23 Bruges, Belgium
Bruges is situated in the West Flanders, and it’s probably best known as a Christmas Market destination. Bruges is undoubtedly one of the most historic and beautiful cities in Europe with its medieval buildings, charming cobbled streets and picturesque canals.
Start with taking a tour of the Bruges Old Town, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a beautiful place to get lost amongst narrow alleys and colourful Renaissance buildings.
Head to Burg Square, which is the main and the liveliest plaza in town when all the action happens and home to the exquisite Bruges City Hall dating back to the 12th century and built in a Gothic style. Don’t miss out on sampling (various times during your stay) Belgium waffles. You are at the source!
Take some stunning views of the main canals merging at Rozenhoedkaai. The red-brick buildings reflect in the water is magnificent vista. If you’re a photographer, come early morning or afternoon for soft, warm light. Or, if you want to experience the canal in its full glory, take a boat tour.
Other things to do in Bruges include climbing the medieval Belfry Tower, visiting the picturesque Basilica of the Holy Blood and the impressive St. Salvator’s Cathedral with a Neo-Romanesque tower measuring 99 meters.
Check out the full guide about Bruges at Christmas time.
#24 Porto, Portugal
Porto is easily one of the most beautiful cities in Portugal and one of the oldest in Europe. It is known for its picturesque quayside, narrow cobbled streets where you can often see fresh washing drying on a line that goes across the street, iconic yellow trams and of course, port wine production!
Start exploring Porto with a visit to Cais da Ribeira, the city’s scenic riverside jammed packed with cute cafes, seafood restaurants and bars. Walk along the promenade or head to the other side of the river to get an even better view of this attractive part of Porto.
Once you’re on the other side of River Douro, pop into one of the many Porto’s wineries for a tour and, of course, port tasting! If you can’t get enough of the riverside, come back another time to take a cruise to see it from a different perspective.
While you’re cruising along the river, don’t forget to note Dom Luis I Bridge, Porto’s most iconic site. Dom Luis I was a Gustav Eiffel student, and the bridge style is similar to the Eiffel Tower.
Don’t forget other Porto’s must-see places, including Porto Cathedral decorated with the unique blue tiles, Carmo Church with the highly recognisable white façade and the lovely neighbourhood of Mosteiro da Serra do Pilar, which is a UNESCO Heritage and boasts some epic views of the entire city.
#25 Copenhagen, Denmark
Fairy tales, happiest locals in Europe and fantastic food – these are only a few things Copenhagen is known for. It is the birthplace of one of the most famous children writer – Hans Christian Andersen, but with colourful townhouses and picturesque canals, the city itself looks like a fairy tale!
A visit to a European city wouldn’t be complete (or even started, for that matter) without a visit to the royal castle. Rosenborg Castle in Copenhagen has many treasures, including the crown jewels.
Go on a walking tour to discover Copenhagen main sites, including the colourful townhouses of Nyhavn, the shopping promenade of Stroget, Christiansborg Palace and the Little Mermaid statue.
Other awesome ways to explore the city is going around on a bicycle or taking a cruise through Copenhagen many canals.
Don’t forget to visit Tivoli Gardens – one of the best things to do in Copenhagen! For a bit of an adrenaline rush, ride the city’s 100-year-old roller-coaster!
Foodies will be delighted with the city’s former Meat Packing District, now converted into a street food heaven. Make sure you visit this place hungry and eat your way through all the Danish speciality, including the famous sandwiches – smørrebrød that come with different toppings.
#26 Florence, Italy
Florence is undoubtedly another strong contender amongst the most beautiful cities in Europe. The city is famous for its dazzling architecture and Renaissance heritage; it is also where Gucci was founded and the first city in Europe to have paved streets.
See the most recognisable landmark in Florence – Il Duomo di Firenze, a part of the 13th century Florence Cathedral built in the Gothic style. For a superb view of the Duomo, climb the nearby Giotto’s Campanile tower!
To get your art fix, visit Uffizi and Accademia Galleries, which are home to some of the world most famous masterpieces of all times, such as The Birth of Venus and the impressive white marvel statue of Michelangelo.
Go across Ponte Vecchio, one of Italy’s most recognisable bridges, and check out many shops and vendors selling a myriad of things on the bridge.
Visit Piazza Della Signoria, home to the beautiful Palazzo Vecchio, which is Florence’s Town Hall. The square also holds Michelangelo’s replica statue, so if you skipped the gallery, here is the chance to see Michel again.
And, for some epic views of the entire city and beyond, head to Piazzale Michelangelo from where you can watch the sun setting over this beautiful European city.
#27 Bath, England
Bath, a UNESCO World Heritage city, is easily one of the UK most beautiful cities. It is located in Somerset, southwest England, and it is famous for its Roman heritage, including Roman Baths dating back to 70 AD.
The city of Bath sits on a source of natural hot springs, and you can enjoy its medicinal properties in the Thermae Bath Spa. The spa also offers a selection of indulgent beauty treatments and a rooftop jacuzzi where you can enjoy a city skyline from the comfort of the warm waters!
One of the Baths’ most recognisable landmarks is The Royal Crescent – a large oval building and a prime example of the British Georgian architecture and a place where noble people used to live.
Other places not to be missed include the Pulteney Bridge and Bath Abbey, where you can climb its tower for a spectacular view of Bath.
If you want to get more views of this gorgeous city, take the 6-mile (under 10 km) Bath Skyline Walk that takes you through some picturesque hills, fields and woodlands with incredible views of the city.
Alternatively, gorge on some traditional cream tea with a glass of bubbly in a Georgina style restaurant, the Pump Room.
#28 Bergen, Norway
Norwegian city Bergen is one of the most beautiful in Europe not only for its colourful wooden houses but also for the picturesque old wharf and its setting surrounded by the sea, mountains and fjords.
Start exploring Bergen by a visit to Bryggen – a harbour lined up with colourfully painted wooden houses – a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a first image that comes to mind when thinking about Bergen.
Other places not to be missed in Bergen include St Mary’s Church, Hanseatic Museum and Home of Edvard Grieg.
For some impressive views of the city and the beautiful coastline, take a funicular to the nearby Floyen Mountain. And, for an even better view and more exhilarating ride on an aerial tram, go up Mount Ulriken.
If you love outdoor, you can also hike both mountains or even continue the hike further. Another epic trip from Bergen is to Hardangerfjord, including the iconic Troll’s Tongue and the Folgefunna Glacier.
#29 Wroclaw, Poland
Wroclaw, situated in southwest Poland, is a hugely underrated destination but such a beautiful city in Europe. Being originally from around that area, I feel like I have the duty to introduce this gorgeous place to you.
The most beautiful place in Wroclaw is its historic Market Square called Rynek, surrounded by colourfully painted townhouses, cafes and restaurants. In the centre of the square stands the Gothic Town Hall featuring an astronomical clock dating back to the 13th century.
Rynek is the city’s liveliest area; it’s also the place where you can gorge on traditional Polish food such as dumplings at Pierogarnia and try some local brews and craft beers in a beer garden right by the Town Hall.
Wroclaw, similarly to Stockholm, sits on 12 different islands, and one of the most beautiful ones not to be missed is Ostrow Tumski. Take a stroll through its cobbled streets and spot many historic churches that Ostrow Tumski is known for.
For history buffs, there is the Historical Museum of Wroclaw set in what was the Royal Palace in the past and Panorama of the Battle of Racławice – a rotund building entirely devoted to showcasing one of the greatest battles Poland took part.
#30 Milan, Italy
Milan is famous for its fashion industry, being a financial centre of Italy and being one of the most expensive cities in Europe to live in. It is also one of the most beautiful cities in Italy for its grand collection of impressive basilicas and famous artwork.
Start your visit by exploring Milan’s most famous landmark, the Gothic style Milan Cathedral or el Duomo di Milano. Climb all the way up to enjoy a fantastic view of the city!
Another must-see in Milan is a visit to Santa Maria Delle Grazie to see one of the most important artworks of all times – The Last Supper by Leonardo Da Vinci.
Visit Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, which claims to be the world oldest shopping centre, and it’s probably one of the most luxurious ones too! Even if you’re not into shopping, the building with its glass and iron ceiling and a dome is definitely worth a visit.
Other places not to be missed in Milan include La Scala Theatre and Museum, the Arch of Peace and Sforzesco Castle.
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