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Top 10 cities to visit in Europe | Video + tips

Europe is home to some of the world's most diverse and beautiful cities. From the streets of London to the billionaire playground of Monte CarloEurope's cities have so much to offer! In addition to the list below, this article is mainly about the beautiful video at the top of the page. In the video you get to see unreal beautiful images of the top 10 most beautiful cities in Europe. What do you think is the most beautiful city in Europe?

Tip: Turn on the subtitles in the video! You can also select Dutch subtitles in the settings of the video (the gear at the bottom right) if you wish.

1. Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne is the capital of the district of the same name and canton of Lucerne in Switzerland† The city is located at the northwestern end of Lake Lucerne, where water from the lake flows back into the Reuss River. Lisbon is the economic and cultural center of Inner Switzerland.

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The city is very popular thanks to its sights and many shops, its unique location on the lake and the nearby mountains. Are you traveling across Switzerland? Then do not miss Lucerne, it is not one of the most beautiful cities to visit in Europe.

Lucerne, Switzerland. An unprecedentedly beautiful city in Europe.
Lucerne, Switzerland. An unprecedentedly beautiful city in Europe.

2. Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon is the capital and largest city of Portugal† The city has about 2.900.000 inhabitants. Lisbon is located in the west of the Iberian Peninsula on the right bank of the Tagus, a short distance from the Atlantic Ocean, in the Estremadura region.

Also read: Must Sees in Portugal | Beautiful beaches, cities and culture

In recent years, the city has become a popular destination for a short or long city trip. There is more than enough to do in the city and in the immediate vicinity of Lisbon to keep you several busy. The historic city center alone offers enough variety for a few days.

If you don't just want to stay in the historic center, the Belém and Parque das Nações districts are nice for a change. If you are looking for nice hip shops and eateries, then the XL Factory is the place to be. Another well-known landmark outside the city is Sintra. In this village, which is about an hour by train from Lisbon, you can find the old palaces of the former kings of Portugal. In short, there is more than enough to do in the city and it is therefore not surprising that more and more people choose to visit Lisbon.

Lisbon, Portugal
Lisbon, Portugal

3. Positano, Italy

Positano is a municipality on the Amalfi Coast in the Italian province of Salerno and has approximately 3.950 inhabitants. The surface is 8,4 km². It is located between Sorrento and Amalfi. Nearest major cities are Salerno and Napels.

Positano lies like a colorful palette against the rocks. The town on the Amalfi Coast was described by Paul Klee as 'the only place in the world with a vertical rather than a horizontal base'. You do indeed get the suspicion that there is no other way than the one up. Outside the wide boulevard along the coast, steep alleys and countless stairs await. The cheerfully painted houses seem to be glued to the rocks. Positano is unique and one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, go there!

Positano, Italy. One of the most beautiful cities in Europe
Positano, Italy. One of the most beautiful cities in Europe

4. London, England

London is the capital and largest city of both Engeland as the United Kingdom. The Greater London region, whose boundary is often equated with that of the city of London, is home to almost 8,7 million people. 

London is one of the most visited cities on the planet and you will soon understand why. The bustling English capital has it all. From ancient heritage and high culture to world-class food, drink, nightlife and shopping. London cannot be left out of the list of the most beautiful cities to visit in Europe for so many reasons, go discover it!

London, England
London, England

5. Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh, officially City of Edinburgh, has been the capital of Scotland since 1437. Officially titled city, the council area is on the east coast, on the south side of the Firth of Forth, and is the seat of the Scottish Parliament, which was re-established in 1999.

With a plethora of world-class visitor attractions, sightseeing in Edinburgh is very easy. You can experience several centuries of history without taking a step. Head to the bottom of the famous Royal Mile and you'll find the 17th century Palace of Holyroodhouse, the modern Parliament building and the prehistoric extinct volcano known as Arthur's Seat standing proudly side by side. And that's just an example!

Edinburgh, Scotland
Edinburgh, Scotland

6. Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik is a port city in Dalmatia, a region in Croatia, on the Adriatic Sea. The city has approximately 50.000 inhabitants and is the capital of the Dubrovnik-Neretva province.

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Dubrovnik is also known as 'the Pearl of the Adriatic' and the entire old town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. I personally also thought it was the most beautiful city in all of Croatia. When you walk through the gates of the old town, it's almost like entering a movie set.

Dubrovnik, Croatia. Perhaps the most beautiful city in Europe.
Dubrovnik, Croatia. Perhaps the most beautiful city in Europe.

7. Prague, Czech Republic

Prague is the capital and largest city of the Central European Republic Czech Republic† Its official name is hlavní město Praha, which means capital Prague. The Municipality of Prague forms its own district, an okres, and region, a krai.

The 'Golden City' is quite rightly known as one of the most beautiful cities of Europe† The cathedrals, the old town, the nice bars and delicious restaurants put Prague effortlessly on the map as a global city

Prague in the Czech Republic is definitely one of the most beautiful cities in Europe
Prague in the Czech Republic is definitely one of the most beautiful cities in Europe

8. Barcelona, ​​Spain

Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain† Only the capital Madrid has more inhabitants. It is the capital of the autonomous community of Catalonia and of the province of Barcelona. The city has 1.620.809 inhabitants and an area of ​​101,4 km². The metropolis of Barcelona is home to 5.029.181 people.

Barcelona is known as one of the most attractive shopping cities in the world. El Corte Inglés and Avenida del Portal de l'Angel are the places where you can buy almost everything your heart desires. 

It is very hot in Barcelona in summer. It is wonderful to escape to the beach at the end of the day or to relax on one of the terraces by the sea. The beaches at Sitges are especially easy to do.

Also read: Barcelona vs. Madrid | El Clásico but in city trips!

9. Athens, Greece

Athens is the capital and largest city of Greece and also the administrative center of the Attica region. The Municipality of Athens is divided into seven city districts. Athens is the political, cultural and economic center of the country and is a cosmopolitan metropolis.

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It is the city of the Olympic Games, the city of world-famous artists, cultural hub with festivals and international events, scientific center with countless museums with unique finds and exhibitions. From the Acropolis you have a beautiful view over Athens, the ancient Agora, the church of Agia Apostoli and the cozy Plaka.

10. Monte Carlo, Monaco

Monte Carlo is one of the ten quartiers and a former municipality of the city-state of Monaco, and is known for its casinos, beaches and the famous people who live here. The district was built in the mid-19th century by Prince Charles III to fill his treasury.

Chic decors of richly decorated palaces, luxurious casinos and very expensive yachts form the picture during a holiday in Monte Carlo. This district of the state of Monaco is best known for its events such as Formula 1 and the International Circus Festival. But the Monte Carlo Casino is also worth a visit during the tour. This 'gambling palace' was built in neo-baroque style and is definitely worth a visit thanks to the abundance of gold.

Monte Carlo, Monaco
Monte Carlo, Monaco

Other beautiful cities in Europe

Of course we miss many other most beautiful cities in Europe. Are you looking for inspiration? Then take a look at what the Balkan has to offer, or our favorite shop towns! You can also get more inspiration on the City trip Forum† See you there!

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