Travel Europe: The best cities to visit in Europe
Europe, in addition to having a great history, is home to many of the most beautiful cities in the world.
Cities that bring together everything a traveler could wish for: monuments and historic buildings, parks to relax in, shops and original venues, museums, shopping streets, historic centers to get lost in, areas with a good atmosphere to have a drink, good gastronomy and all kinds of cultural and entertainment activities, with which to spend unforgettable days.
We have made a list of the 25 essential cities to visit in Europe to be able to enjoy all kinds of experiences based on the many trips through Europe that a lot of tourists have made. Let’s start!
Rome – the capital of Italy
No city can compare its history with that of Rome, where it seems that time has stopped in it. Visiting places like the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, the Roman Forum, or the Pantheon of Agrippa is like going back in time and delving into the bowels of history.
Visit the Trastevere neighborhood, stroll through its narrow streets in the afternoon, and eat in one of its trattorias, we assure you, is one of the best experiences you can have in the Eternal City.
Amsterdam – the capital of Netherlands
Amsterdam is another of the most essential cities to visit in Europe, perfect for exploring it by bike or by boat through one of its many canals.
Walk along the historic center of Amsterdam and visit its museums such as the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum, or the Anne Frank House, which are some of the many jewels that you can find in the city.
We would like to highlight is the good and liberal atmosphere that is breathed in every corner and place of the city.
Prague – the capital of Czechia
Prague is considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world, with a historic center that you will remember and to which you will want to return many times.
A walking route starting from the Old Town Square with its spectacular Astronomical Clock, continuing through the Jewish quarter and then crossing the Charles IV Bridge and going up to the Prague Castle, through the bohemian neighborhood of Mala Strana, is one of the routes that you cannot stop doing.
Lisbon – the capital of Portugal
Lisbon, that romantic city with a decadent air, that falls in love as soon as you meet it that is another of our favorite cities in Europe.
Losing yourself at sunset in the Alfama neighborhood and going into a tavern to listen to fado or have a good cod dinner is one of the best experiences the city has to offer and we advise you not to miss it.
Nor can you leave Lisbon without trying its delicious Pasteles de Bélem or seeing the city from one of its magnificent viewpoints.
Of course, we warn you: Lisbon hooks and a lot.
Barcelona – Spain
Barcelona is the city we have visited the most times and where we always find some place, restaurant, shop or venue that surprises us.
A city with miles of beach, good food, especially its rice dishes, fish and tapas, with Las Ramblas and neighborhoods to get lost in such as El Born, El Gótico or Gracia, good weather and the best example of modernism thanks to the genius of Gaudí.
Saint Petersburg – Russia
Saint Petersburg is the former capital of the Russian Empire, former Leningrad, and one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
Full of famous museums, palaces, churches, well-kept parks, and monuments, which will surprise you in a city with only 300 years of history.
Some of its essentials include attending an opera or ballet in one of its theaters, strolling along Nevski Avenue, visiting the Hermitage Museum, taking a cruise on the Neva River, or being amazed by the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood.
Bruges, the city that always rivals Ghent in beauty, is one of the medieval jewels of Europe. They are these types of cities where the map is superfluous and where the best thing you can do is get lost in its streets and find some of the most charming corners of the city.
A good alternative is to take a boat and go through the different canals seeing the old and beautiful brick facades reflected on the water, thus having a new perspective of this incredible city.
London mixes its traditional customs with a multicultural and cosmopolitan atmosphere, in which getting bored is impossible and which makes it one of the most essential cities in England.
With a wide cultural and entertainment offer, where you can look for a bargain in the markets of Portobello or Camden, go up the London Eye, photograph Big Ben or the red telephone booths, or relax in its well-kept parks, they should be part of your day.
And if you still want more, don’t forget to take a cruise along the Thames, go shopping on Oxford Street, have a pint in a pub, cross Tower Bridge or visit a free museum.
The old town of Krakow is one of the most beautiful in Europe, as well as being declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Visiting the beautiful Market Square at night and during the day, going up to Wawel Hill with the Wawel Royal Castle and the Cathedral of Saint Wenceslas and Saint Stanislaus, or touring the Jewish quarter of Kazimierz with its magnificent murals, are just a few of the essentials of the city.
Berlin is a city that has managed to rise from the ashes of the Second World War and become a benchmark in Europe. More than seeing monuments or strolling through its beautiful streets, Berlin offers you a cultural and entertainment offer that is difficult to match.
Nor can you forget to visit places such as the Brandenburg Gate, and the New and Pergamon museums, or tour its famous Wall, now converted into an open-air art gallery.
Venice, the city of canals where getting lost in its alleys is almost an obligation and one of the most essential cities in Italy.
Touring the Grand Canal by Vaporetto, admiring the beauty of Saint Mark’s Square with its Basilica, visiting the Doge’s Palace, riding a gondola, crossing the Rialto Bridge, or reaching the beautiful neighboring island of Burano, are just some of the moments that you will live in one of the most beautiful cities in Europe and the world.
Due to these characteristics, Venice is also one of the most visited cities in the world, with many Venetians even having to go and live abroad.
Although this should not overwhelm you, if you get away from the most famous areas, you will be able to walk with the greatest tranquility and get to know that other Venice.
Madrid is another of the cities that we have visited more times, and in which we feel at home.
Once you’re here, you can’t stop walking along the Gran Vía full of theatres, visiting the Prado Museum, going to see the sunset at the Temple of Debod, looking for a bargain at the Rastro, relaxing in the Retiro Park, having a beer on one of the terraces of La Plaza Mayor or immerse yourself in the atmosphere of any of the neighborhoods during the day, and especially at night.
Porto has nothing to envy of its neighbor Lisbon, and can also be considered one of the best weekend getaways.
You cannot leave the city of wine without climbing the Clérigos Tower to see the city at your feet, walking through the Mercado do Bolhao, trying Port wine in one of the Vila Nova de Gaia wineries, or simply strolling along the banks of the Douro at sunset.
There are many things to see in Porto and experiences that we are sure you will never forget.
Vienna, the imperial and music city is another of those chosen among the cities to visit in Europe.
The capital of Austria has many things to see and do, such as touring the Ringstrasse by tram, eating the famous Sacher cake at the Café Sacher, entering the Vienna State Opera, visiting its spectacular palaces such as Schönbrunn with its beautiful gardens, entering the Austrian National Library or have fun in the old Prater amusement park, among many other things that will give you the best moments in the city.
Stockholm is one of those cities that falls in love at first sight and then exceeds all the expectations you had for it. Surrounded by large canals and full of green areas where you can relax or have a picnic when the desired sun rises, it is a perfect city to spend a few days in.
Its historic center, Gamla Stan, with its colorful houses and narrow alleys is wonderful, although you can’t miss the Skansen open-air museum and the Vasa museum, or take a cruise through its canals, things that will make you fall in love. , much more, of this incredible city.
Dubrovnik, located on the Dalmatian Coast, is known as the Pearl of the Adriatic. The city, a World Heritage Site, stands out for its medieval historic center and its incredible 13th-century walls.
Despite the large number of tourists that invade the city, it is a key stop for cruise ships, we can still find times of the day in which to visit places with peace of mind.
Walking Stradun street, visiting the Sponza Palace and the Church of San Blas, or taking a ferry to go to the Lokrum Islet, are some of its essentials.
Dublin is a friendly city that welcomes you with open arms. It does not stand out for having to spend a lot of time visiting large buildings or monuments, the best thing you can do in the city is enjoying its atmosphere.
One of the best ways is having a pint of black beer in the Temple Bar area. We also recommend visiting the Trinity College Library, walking O’Connell Street, entering St. Patrick’s Cathedral, relaxing in a park, or seeing the Jail of Kilmainham.
Edinburgh is a welcoming city for the visitor, which, together with Dublin, stands out more for its great atmosphere than for its tourist visits.
The city is divided between Old Town and New Town, where its grandiose castle stands out, a visit that you cannot miss in the city.
Entering a tavern to have a pint, a whiskey, or try the haggis, are just some of its gastronomic essentials.
But if we talk about places to visit, you cannot leave the city without visiting Holyrood Palace, walking the entire Royal Mile, or climbing Calton Hill at sunset, with incredible views of the city.
Known as the Jewel of the Danube, Budapest is one of the essential cities to visit in Europe, without a doubt.
Both day and night, the city is spectacular, where you can make a route visiting the part of Pest with its magnificent Parliament, tour the Central Market and relax in its spas.
At sunset, cross the Chain Bridge and go up to Buda Hill, where the Fisherman’s Bastion is located, the best viewpoint in Budapest.
Moscow is an impressive city, full of great buildings and monuments, which makes it one of the cities to visit in Europe.
Red Square with the Lenin Mausoleum, Saint Basil’s Cathedral, and the Kremlin is considered one of the most beautiful squares in the world and is one of those places that we are sure you will remember forever.
Seeing a show at the Bolshoi Theatre, walking through the GUM, a luxury shopping mall, strolling down Arbat Street, entering the Museum of Cosmonautics, or going down the luxurious subway, are other jewels that you cannot miss in the city.
Istanbul, the city that is located between Asia and Europe, forming a perfect mix between the cultures of East and West, is one of those cities that catch you as soon as you set foot in them.
The best thing about Istanbul is walking the streets, getting lost in its spice markets and bazaars, such as the spectacular Grand Bazaar, traveling the Bosphorus by boat, or entering some of its magnificent mosques in silence.
Visit the Pierre Loti hill at sunset and listen to the call to prayer while sipping mint tea. We assure you that you will not regret it.
Tallinn is a fairytale city and one of the most beautiful medieval cities in Europe, especially when covered in snow.
With a very well-preserved historic center and surrounded by a great wall with magnificent towers, in which the Plaza del Ayuntamiento stands out, this is an area where you can enjoy the liveliest atmosphere of the city, losing yourself in the many alleys that await you. full of surprises.
Visit Toompea, the upper part of the city, and go past all the overlooks, especially Patkuli, with impressive panoramic views of the city.
Florence is an open-air museum where you can see art in every corner of its historic center.
Go up to Piazzale Michelangelo at sunset with the best views of Florence, cross the Ponte Vecchio, walk quietly through Piazza della Signoria, Piazza del Duomo, or Piazza Santa Croce, and climb the dome of Santa Maria del Fiore.
Visit the Gallery Uffizi and the Accademia Gallery with Michelangelo’s David, or relax in the Boboli Garden, which are just some of its essentials.
Just to see the Acropolis, with its impressive Parthenon, is already worth a trip to Athens because the city where democracy arose and the origin of Western civilization is a wonder despite its chaotic traffic.
In addition to investing hours in the Acropolis, you cannot leave Athens without strolling through the Monastiraki and Plaka neighborhoods, the oldest and liveliest in the city, visiting the Agora and the Temple of Olympian Zeus, or having a panoramic view of the city from Mount Lycabettus.