16 Beautiful Cities Worth Traveling in Europe

Here are 16 breath-taking cities every travel lover needs to tick off the bucket list.
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Europe is known for its beautiful architecture but more importantly, the history and culture many countries have managed to treasure and keep throughout the years. Visiting this continent is a dream for a lot of people, including yourself I’m sure. So, what are some places worth visiting while you tick visiting Europe off your bucket list?

I remember visiting Europe for the very first time. I was in awe of just how beautiful each country really is. From the roads, to the buildings and the food, there just wasn’t getting enough of it all. If I’m completely honest, days went by quicker than I expected because there was so much to do and see.

Fortunately, I’ve been blessed enough to live in the beautiful city of Rome where I’m surrounded with art, delicious food and warm weather during the year. So, the countries I’d recommend you visit are those that I myself have been to as well. Since I had an amazing time, I know for sure you’d have a blast while taking on an adventure.

1. Rome, Italy

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Why not visit the eternal city? Saying Rome is beautiful is definitely an understatement. This city is filled with so much art that your camera would probably not capture everything. I love that there’s so much to do and even more to see while you’re there. The Colosseum is a memorable place to start and then the Vatican City.

I do have to warn you though, a day to see everything in Rome just won’t suffice. You might have to set a few days aside to really be in the moment and take in all Rome has to offer. Visiting during the warmer months means you can enjoy your traditional Roman gelato (ice-cream) and easily maneuver around the city. It does get pretty crowded, so keep that in mind.

Best time to visit:

Rome is warm most of the year, but June, July and August would be the best months to visit.

Places to see: 

Colosseum, Vatican City, Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia, Piazza Spagna, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, and Trevi Fountain.

2. Athens, Greece

aerial view photography of city beside forest under white clouds during daytime

Athens is such a captivating city. I remember visiting last year for the very first time, and I was pleasantly surprised to see how friendly people were out there. Besides its romantic history, Athens also has a lot of history to share with the world. Its museums holds all the art and artifacts from centuries ago.

It was amazing seeing all the different greek gods and the Acropolis of course. But, what was really the icing on the cake was enjoying my first authentic greek salad. Nothing like eating a popular salad from its origin, right? I must say, the salad definitely tasted way better than what I was used to.

Best time to visit:

June, July, August and September

Places to check out:

Panathenaic Stadium, the Acropolis, Temple of Olympian Zeus, Benaki Museum, Mount Lycabettus, National Archaeological Museum and Ancient Agora of Athens.

3. Amsterdam, Netherlands

assorted-color bicycles park beside blue rails near river

Amsterdam is a city worth exploring, especially if you’re one who values adventure. Besides their really friendly people, the city is an international hub full of people from all walks of life. While you’re there, you definitely have to ride a bike – nothing says Dutch more than that, right?

The weather isn’t always the best since it’s usually really cold and gloomy, but seeing the beautiful architecture and clean roads is all worth it. While out there, I went to see the different canals, museums and churches which was such a beautiful sight to see. The country is also really clean and structured which is always something anyone can appreciate.

Best time to visit:

June, July and August is pretty warm and or hot in Amsterdam.

Places to see:

Rijksmuseum, Ana Frank House, Dams Square and Van Gogh museum.

4. Barcelona, Spain

group of people near high-rise commercial buiding

Barcelona is a gorgeous city set to captivate you while you take in all its timeless art and architecture. Spanish people are naturally passionate people, and that really shows in their history, culture and delicious traditional food. If you’re looking for a city that has warmer weather, then you might be in for a treat.

There’s also a host of things to check out while you’re there, and you can enjoy scenic views while you have breakfast, lunch or dinner. You can never get tired of everything Barcelona has to offer because it’s out of this world. Not to mention, the beautiful music you hear while you walk is such a great way of stepping into a small piece of the city.

Best time to visit:

July and August are usually the best months to visit. But, Spain is usually warm even until late October.

Places to check out:

Sagrada família, Casa Milà, La Rambla and Park Guëll.

5. Milan, Italy

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If you’re into fashion, art, culture, food and gorgeous architecture, then you might want to check out what Milan has to offer. Besides having its annual Milan Fashion Week, this Italian city is known for its diversity and beautiful culture and architecture. The Duomo is usually a favorite place most tourists love to visit, but there are other gorgeous places to see as well.

I love that getting around with public transport is pretty easy to do. So, you really can see different places in a day while hopping on a metro.

Best time to visit:

June, July, August, September and October.

Places to see:

The Duomo, Galleria Vittorio Emmanuelle II, Teatro Alla, Scala, Sforza Castle and Santa Maria Delle Grazie.

6. Paris, France

aerial photography of Eiffel Tower

Paris is definitely a city worth visiting, and it wouldn’t hurt ticking it off your bucket list. I absolutely love Paris, and I think it’s beauty goes unmatched. There’s so much to marvel over, but sadly it’s difficult to see every single detail of this ancient place.

Croissants is a must while you visit, and of course you can’t call it a French trip if you don’t head over to Eiffel Tower. Trust me, it looks better in person and it might leave you speechless… I know I was. Plus, you might be able to learn a little French while you take everything in.

Best time to visit:

July and August.

Places to check out:

Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum, Notre-Dame de Paris and Arc de Triomphe.

7. Budapest, Hungary

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Budapest is one of the top cities to visit either solo, with friends, family or significant other. It’s also perfect for anyone looking for a memorable nightlife experience. The city definitely doesn’t sleep, and anybody who loves to socialize and have a great time would absolutely love every experience made.

The city is also known for its relaxing spa’s. You can book your spa experience and relax while you get a feel what life is like in Hungary!

Best time to visit:

July, August and September.

Places to see:

Buda Castle, Hungarian Parliament Building, Matthias Church and Fisherman’s Bastion.

8. Berlin, Germany

Although Germany is usually cold, Berlin as a city is packed with so much history and culture that it’s almost a must to make memories there. I went there some time last year and it was amazing seeing the Berlin wall in real life. I mean it’s one thing learning about German history, but been met face-to-face with it is indescribable.

While you’re there, you can also visit some museums and cathedrals that are breath-taking.

9. Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy during daytime

Known for its romantic activities and atmosphere, Venice is both a honeymoon city and one for families too. You get to canoe while you visit since the whole city is basically surrounded by water (yep, you heard that right… Venice has no roads, only canals). In the warmer months, it’s such a memorable experience because you get to bond with people and take in the timeless architecture and culture of the city.

If you love shopping, you might just fall in love with Venice because everything you need, you got. I personally love how friendly everyone is when you visit. You honestly might not even want to go back home.

Best time to visit:

June, July, August, September and early October.

Places to see:

Piazza San Marco, Saint Mark’s Basilica, Burano and Doge’s Palace.

10. Brussels, Belgium

white building during daytime

Belgium has one of the best architecture I’ve ever seen, and Brussels is no different. Every building is carefully designed and the exterior looks absolutely gorgeous. It wouldn’t make for a memorable trip if you don’t try the traditional Waffles. They not only taste delicious, but they’re made fresh and ready to eat. My first Belgian Waffle was so delicious and fresh, I couldn’t resist but buy one more for later.

The country is often cold, but knowing when to travel can improve your experience of the city overall.

Best time to visit:

July and August.

Places to see:

Atomium, Grand Palace, Manneken Pis and Mini-Europe.

11. Lisbon, Portugal

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Lisbon is pretty hilly, that’s why you might notice houses are built on hills similar to islands in Greece. Did you know that Lisbon is the second oldest city in Europe? That’s right. This city is filled with so much history and culture that any tourist would appreciate.

I particularly love the buildings. You might notice that some of them look really different from other cities. They’re more vibrantly colored which might be to show how gorgeous and welcoming the city really is. You might also hear some “Fado” music while you traverse the streets and it really is a notable experience worth making.

12. Hvar Island, Croatia

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Hvar Island is a must-see, especially if you love to enjoy islands and all they have to offer. A lot of talented folk – musicians, actors, directors etc all love to take a trip to this island to enjoy the clear blue skies, blue water and calm atmosphere. The island is wonderful, and it really is one of the most beautiful places you might visit.

You will also enjoy Croatian food while having a glass of wine. Now if that isn’t island life enough, then I really don’t know what it.

Best time to visit:

June, July and August.

Places to check out: 

There are some ancient museums and churches you might run across while there.

13. Prague, Czech Republic

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Did you know that Prague has been one of the highly rated city to visit in Europe as of 2018? It might be because of the beautiful buildings, food and culture that stole the heart of many people. Whether you’re traveling alone, with friends, family or partner, Prague gives every person a positive memorable to remember.

You get to enjoy monuments, cathedrals and ancient buildings that all have a beautiful history behind them. While you’re at it, you can enjoy the delicious cuisine.

Best time to visit:

July, August and September.

Places to check out: 

Prague Castle, Old Town, Prague Astronomical Clock and Charles Bridge.

14. Istanbul, Turkey

golden hour photography of cathedral

Are you a huge lover of good food? Then you might just love Turkey because their food is really out of this wold. Besides having really friendly people, Istanbul is home to beautiful scenery, architecture and food. Now, I don’t know about you, but those are some of the few things I look for when I’d like to travel somewhere.

If you enjoy shopping for high quality items, then Istanbul can offer you that. I also love the culture that’s so evident when you visit the city which says a lot about the country’s history.

Best time to visit:

March, April, May, September, October and November.

Places to see:

Hagia Sophia, Sultan Ahmed Mosque, Bosporus and Topkapi Palace.

15. Vienna, Austria

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Vienna is known for its breath-taking palaces and parks among so many other things. If you’re wondering what you can do in this beautiful city, the answer is ALOT! From viewing beautiful sceneries to visiting palaces, parks and museums, you have a lot to do and so little time.

This city is home to delicious cuisine and wine if that’s something you treasure. You might also enjoy the nightlife if you would love to experience it the Austrian way.

Best time to visit:

June, July, August and September.

Places to see:

Hofburg, Belvedere, St. Stephens Cathedral and Schönbrunn Palace.

16. Copenhagen, Denmark

two gray and black boats near dock

Danish people are said to be one of the happiest people, and the beautiful country might explain some of the questions you and I might have about that. Besides beautiful architecture, Copenhagen is a city worth seeing for a lot of people, and for good reasons of course.

Copenhagen has one of the most beautiful landscapes and building designs I’ve ever seen, and quite honestly, it’s breath-taking to see. The food is also delicious, and if you budget costs well, you can enjoy a delicious meal without having to compromise your pockets. So, if you’re wondering if Copenhagen is worth visiting… the answer is ABSOLUTELY! Although the weather is colder than warm throughout the year, it’s still a trip worth investing in.

Best time to visit:

July and August.

Places to see:

Tivoli Gardens, Nyhavn, The Little Mermaid and Amalienborg.

Conclusion

Traveling and seeing the world in all its glory is worth investing in. There’s no better feeling than visiting and learning how other people live. It does open you up to endless possibilities and appreciation of the beauty in other cities. These 16 cities are only some of the most breath-taking and memorable places you’ll visit in Europe, but knowing the best time to go and places to see is important to check up on.

 

 

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