There are many beautiful cities in Europe that is so hard to make a short list of them. Frankly, the list is endless. Or, imperfect by definition. There are exotic cities, or those influenced by classic Italian architecture, or cities unique in their own way. We can say it’s all just a matter of taste. However, Europe is amazing, and there is no country or region that is not worth a visit..
#1 Prague, Czech Republic
Prague is the capital city and cultural center of the Czech Republic. Located along the Vltava River, Prague was a strategic city for mighty empires. The Holy Roman Empire, Austria-Hungary, and Bohemia all had a substantial impact on the city we see today.
The city’s historic center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Some of the most visited landmarks are the Prague Castle, Charles Bridge, and Old Town Square. Also, with a bustling nightlife full of jazz, cocktail bars, and clubs it’s easy to see why Prague draws in millions of tourists a year.
Watch the Astronomical Clock Strike an Hour, catch the sunset view over Prague castle and don’t forget to take a cruise on the Vltava river.
#2 Budapest, Hungary
Budapest is one of Europe’s most photogenic capitals. Divided in two by the Danube River, many of the city’s most famous sites cluster around the river. But no matter where you walk, especially if you remember to look up, you’ll always find some unique detail that captures your imagination. Read more..
As the capital of France, Paris is one of the most visited cities in the world. The city is a global leader in the arts, fashion, and cuisine.
The Parisian cityscape is defined by world-class attractions such as the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame Cathedral and the Louvre Museum. This cosmopolitan city is also home to wide avenues like the Champs-Élysées and massive monuments like the Arc de Triomphe.
The River Seine skirts around the city, offering sightseeing tours and dinner cruises. With over 20 districts, it would take years to explore all that Paris has to offer.
#4 Venice, Italy
Venice is the capital of Italy’s Veneto region, and probably one of the most romantic cities in Europe. The sinking city is a network of 118 islands connected by bridges. Buildings here are old and if you manage to get away from the crowds it feels as if you’ve stepped back five centuries.
This city of canals has been a cultural and commercial center since medieval times. Venice is home to numerous historic and architectural treasures, including the Piazza San Marco, Grand Canal, and Saint Mark’s Basilica.
When in Venice, you’ll be enchanted by the sight of gondolas and ferryboats maneuvering through the city’s narrow waterways.
#5 Seville, Spain
Known for its steamy-hot summers, mild winters and sultry operatic gypsy heroine Carmen, Seville is a bijou city whose fabulous food, extraordinary Mudejar, Gothic and Renaissance architecture, and exotic flamenco rhythms never fail to charm and seduce.
Follow the locals to hole-in-the-wall bars, sip cañas (small glasses) of beer, and then get lost wandering the tiny streets of Barrio Santa Cruz, dotted with orange-tree-filled plazas, before resting in a quiet, shady corner on a tiled bench. For a more authentic experience, head to boho Macarena or tile-and-gypsy quarter Triana. Then, after dusk, head up the rooftops to admire the largest Gothic cathedral in the world and its Moorish-Christian tower from a terrace bar.
#6 Lucerne, Switzerland
Switzerland may be best known for the incredible mountain ranges of the Alps, but another destination which few people will miss if they can help it, is the city of Lucerne. Sitting just north of the Alps by lovely Lake Lucerne, this picturesque city easily wins visitors over. Take one look at the sights along the Reuss River with the mountains as a backdrop, and it’s not hard to understand why Lucerne is considered one of the most beautiful cities in Europe.
#7 Vienna, Austria
With a history spanning 2,000 years, Vienna was founded by the Romans as a strategic fortification along the Danube River. During the subsequent two millennia, Vienna was at the helm of powerful empires, including the Holy Roman Empire and Austria-Hungary.
As a cultural center in Central Europe, Vienna is well-known for its operas, waltzes, and classical music. The city is also a top destination for international conventions and congresses.
Throughout Vienna, you will discover an array of parks, gardens, churches, and palaces. Most notable among them are the Volksgarten (People’s Garden), St. Stephen’s Cathedral, and Schönbrunn Palace.
Vienna is so beautiful that it’s considered one of the most livable cities in Europe, and even the world.
#8 Bergen, Norway
No wonder Bergen is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe and all of Scandinavia. It is Norway’s second-most populous city and it’s a charming example of a Nordic Village. The colorful harbor is lined with rows of wooden houses and surrounded by fjords. Norway is one of the most fantastic countries to visit for any outdoors lover with its backcountry ski possibilities, numerous hiking trails and mountains. It is one of the most scenic countries in the world.
#9 Amsterdam, Netherlands
Known as the Venice of the North, Amsterdam truly is a city of picturesque canals. Whether you’re into history, architecture, partying, food, shopping, art, or cafes there is something here for everyone. Amsterdam is definitely a must see while in Europe. The colorful waterways are perfect for a stroll making it a perfect walking city. Or you can just sit canal-side in a quiet neighborhood and enjoy your favorite drink. If you go in April don’t miss your chance to see the tulips bloom in Haarlem.
#10 Stockholm, Sweden
With the colorful buildings of the old town lining the waterfront Stockholm will take your breath away. The city is absolutely beautiful, it’s historical and cultural and it offers a great variety of things to do, delicious food and cozy bars. But it’s also known for being a very expensive place to visit. As soon as you get out of the city center, prices drop. Stockholm has some beautiful parks worth a visit. We suggest you to visit at least one of them, you won’t regret.