Complex, fascinating, and beautiful cities are among the most amazing places we can visit in our lifetime. It’s clear that Europe’s best cities rank among the top in the world. Cities have something magical: The best ones have their own lives, with millions of stories and moments shared in them every day. We have compiled a list of the best European cities to visit, from the most famous to the hidden gems in the quieter corners.
It can be difficult to choose where to travel, given all of the beauty, history, and tradition Europe has to offer. Here’s our guide to the top places in Europe to visit, and the reasons you should travel there.
Paris is not only about the city of Love and Eiffel Tower. With its unique ambiance, the City of Light attracts millions of tourists every year. The city’s incredible cuisine and extensive art collection deserve some credit. The city is dotted with stately museums, churches from the past, and blocks of Neoclassic- and Rococo-design architecture. These are enhanced by the presence of glowing streetlamps and cascading trees. The Seine’s graceful bridges and cobbled streets are dotted with chic Parisians who are probably heading to the market, cafe, or cinema.
Paris has world-class museums, fashion and cuisine, as well as an atmosphere that is unique, according to Ernest Hemingway’s memoir “A Moveable Feast.” The Musee d’Orsay is a must-see. Shop the Champs Elysees’ most famous designers, visit the boutiques in Le Marais and take in the views from the Eiffel Tower. You can even plan a day trip up to Versailles Palace. You don’t have to miss the simple pleasures of wandering through the arrondissements or eating street crepes.
Did you know that Guinness beer is better in this area? There’s so much more to do in this most visited city on the Emerald Isle. Highlights include Trinity College, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Dublin Castle. You can shop for souvenirs in the vibrant shopping district while enjoying Dublin’s traditional folk music and literary influences.
Dublin, like many cities today, is a melting-pot. Dublin is home to a variety of wonderful international influences, in addition to its Irish heritage. It is the biggest city in Ireland and the home to many immigrants from around the globe. You can see the influence of these cultures in the vibrant and diverse culinary scene here. Despite this, Dublin has maintained some of its most iconic characteristics. Dublin is known for its rich traditions, fine literature and folklore. Fresh Guinness pints are always in stock. On their next trip to Dublin, travelers should expect to see both the modern and the traditional.
Byzantium. Constantinople. New Rome. Istanbul has had different names throughout its 2500-year history. Today, it is regarded as one of the most extraordinary cities in the world.
Istanbul has a history that is both long and complex, making it technically only half European.
The European continent is home to one half of the city, while Asia’s half can be found across the Bosphorus Strait.
You can visit two continents in one day. The top activities in Istanbul are visiting the Hagia Sophia, shopping at the Grand Bazaar and Spice Markets, admiring and admiring the Blue Mosque and taking in the view from the Galata Tower.
You’ve probably heard a lot about Amsterdam. It’s amazing! The Dutch capital has the famous Red Light District, as well as “coffee shops”, which sell mysterious varieties of herb. This is just a small part of Amsterdam. Amsterdam is home to some of Europe’s most stunning architecture and an under-appreciated culture.
You’ll find the variety of Amsterdam’s attractions astonishing. The city is dominated by college-aged, male-dominant men, but Amsterdam is also a great place to go on a romantic getaway with your loved ones or for an educational trip.
There are many tourist attractions to choose from, including the vibrant Expressionism of the Van Gogh Museum, or riding bikes along small streets. You can also learn about World War II history at The Anne Frank House.
Edinburgh, The UK
Edinburgh, or Edn-bruh as it is commonly called in Scots speech, is a city nestled between long-dormant volcanoes. It also reigns over green moorlands. Edinburgh, or the Athens of the North as it is often called, has a host of mythic characters. These include Sir William Wallace, the rebel leader and tragic queen of Scots, Adam Smith and David Hume, the Enlightenment thinkers Adam Smith and Adam Smith, Sean Connery, James Bond actor and prolific wordsmiths Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and J.K. Rowling.
You’re wrong if you think that bagpipes, tartans and crests are all that Edinburgh is famous for. Edinburgh is the second-most visited city in the United Kingdom, after London. There are many things you can do. History enthusiasts will love Edinburgh Castle and Hollyrood Palace, as well as other attractions along the Royal Mile. You will find authentic, live-as the-locals experiences in the outlying neighbourhood pubs, shops, and parks. New Town will offer retail delights for shoppers; the Scottish National Gallery is free for art lovers; while theater-lovers will be able to enjoy August’s Edinburgh Festival.
Europe is a magnificent continent that offers a great variety of different cultures and traditions, as well as history. All this restless past of the continent has found its way in the architecture of the cities that astonishes millions of tourists every year. In this article we have brought you five of the most iconic and best European cities that can become your next travel destinations. If you plan to visit any of these cities in the list sometime soon, make sure to check out ETIAS website for more updated EU travel information.