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The Best Cities to Visit in Europe

10 European cities that should be on your to-visit list.

10. Prague, Czech Republic

View of Prague behind the Charles Bridge over the Vltava river.

Among other things, the major attraction to Prague is due to its magnificent and diverse architecture. Walking through the city, one will cite Baroque palaces, Cubist architecture, gardens, Gothic cathedrals, and Romanesque cellars and chapels. The specific tourist attractions are the Charles Bridge, the Wallenstein Palace, the Rotunda of St. Martin, Frank Gehry’s Dancing Building, and the Cathedral of Our Lady before Týn. Besides the architecture, Prague is also musically attractive. Every summer the city organizes a multi-genre musical festival called the United Islands. Prague is also popular for its beer served at the Zlý časy found in Nusle district.

9. Paris, France

View of Paris with the Eiffel Tower in the background.

People make visits to Paris to explore its pretty streets, sumptuous eateries, major museums, and cultural and historic sites. The Sainte-Chapelle gothic chapel, although damaged during the French Revolution, still stands magnificently in the heart of Paris. It showcases great works of architecture and draws many tourists to it. Around its walls are glints of magenta, royal blue, flaming, and emerald green kaleidoscopic shards. Furthermore, Paris has over 8,000 restaurants including Pierre Gagnaire, Guy Savoy, and Taillevent. Examples of museums and historic sites that tourists frequently visit are the Louvre, the Musee d’Orsay, the Eiffel Tower, and the Cathedral of Notre Dame.

8. Warsaw, Poland

The Warsaw Mermaid in front of the Swietokrzyski Bridge crossing the Vistula River.

Warsaw is such a lovely city that many visitors cannot resist visiting it. The city faced turbulent times in the past, especially during the World War II. However, it has risen from the heavy damages and now flourishes with beauty. The first major attraction of tourists is the Warsaw Mermaid which has turned out to be the symbol of the town. Some of the major tourist attractions at Warsaw include Wilanów Palace, The Old Town, Royal Castle, Lazienki Palace, Copernicus Science Center, Sigismund’s Column, St. John’s Archcathedral, and National Museum.

7. Barcelona, Spain

The Magic Fountain of Montjuïc in front of the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya.

Barcelona is among the world’s most fascinating tourist destination. The city possesses unique art and architecture seen in museums, parks, and churches among other landmarks. Examples of tourist attraction sites include Sagrada Familia Church, Park Güell, Casa Milá, Tibidabo hill, Picasso Museum, and the Magic Fountain. Additionally, Barcelona has magnificent beaches such as Sant Miquel beach and excellent weather. Visiting the Barcelona museums exposes visitors to plenty of collections which date to days as ancient as the 1900s.

6. Copenhagen, Denmark

View of the Nyhavn Harbor.

Copenhagen, Denmark's capital city, is adorned with enviable charm, and ranks among the liveliest cities in the world. Furthermore, Copenhagen is rich culturally as it has collections of Danish Golden Age paintings, Islamic art, and ancient Egyptian sculpture. Copenhagen is among the few cities in the world where cycling and catching a bus to work or any other destination is a normal way of life. Some of the places that people look forward to visiting in Copenhagen are the Tivoli Gardens, the The Little Mermaid (a bronze sculpture), Rosenborg Castle, Amalienborg Palace, Nyhavn Harbor, the National Museum of Denmark, and the Copenhagen Opera House, among other destinations.

5. Dubrovnik, Croatia

View of Stradun, the pedestrian main street running through Dubrovnik's Old City Center.

Dubrovnik has been nicknamed the “Pearl of the Adriatic” due to its beauty and a myriad of tourist attractions. The most famous sight is the Old City Center which has become a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Besides, Dubrovnik is home to most of Croatia’s intellectual and artistic elites. It has also preserved impressive architecture and cultural heritage over the years. Apart from the Old City Center, the other tourist attraction sites in Dubrovnik include the Stradun of Dubrovnik, Dubrovnik Cathedral and Treasury, the City Gates, the Square of the Loggia, Fort Lovrijenac, The Big Fountain of Onofrio, and St. Saviour Church among other sites.

4. Lisbon, Portugal

View of Bairro Alto.

Lisbon, the capital city of Portugal, is located on a hill near the coastal region of the country. Lisbon is among the most vibrant and charismatic cities in Western Europe. The city is stunningly beautiful and effortlessly blends its traditional Portuguese heritage with striking modernism. Some of the most popular places for visits in Lisbon are Belém Tower, São Jorge Castle, the Lisbon Oceanarium, Bairro Alto, Rossio Square, Vasco da Gama Bridge, Gare do Oriente (transport hub), Palace of Queluz, and the National Museum of Ancient Art, among others. To enjoy the nightlife in Lisbon, visitors may arrange to stay in Bairro Alto which is the main nightlife district.

3. Helsinki, Finland

Old Market Hall alongside the Port of Helsinki.

Helsinki is the Finland’s southern capital city. The city’s magnificence never goes unnoticed by those who visit it. One of Helsinki’s tourist attractions is the home of Finnish art known as the Ateneum Art Museum. The museum has collections dating from the 19th century to the present age. Other tourist attractions include Esplanade Park, the Helsinki Cathedral, the Helsinki Zoo, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Old Market Hall, the Olympic Stadium, SkyWheel Helsinki, and the Rock Church. The Kamppi Chapel of Silence is also a great place to visit while in Helsinki. It provides people with an atmosphere which is reflective, calming, peaceful, and quiet in spite of its location in a busy area.

2. Berlin, Germany

Museum Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Berlin is the capital city of Germany. Its Brandenberg Gate is a historical structure that survived the World War II, albeit with damages. Some of the most renowned tourist destinations include the Reichstag Building, which is the meeting place for Germany’s Parliament. Other tourist sites include the Alexanderplatz, Fernsehturm Berlin, Museum Island, the Charlottenburg Palace and Park, the Holocaust Memorial, and the Berlin Wall Memorial.

1. Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh Castle above Edinburgh's Old Town.

Edinburgh is a post-war town serving as the capital city of Scotland. A major event that attracts many visitors to the city is the International Festival. The festival is held yearly in the month of August. Its objective is to combine classical music, theatre, opera, visual arts, and dance in one big event. Other tourist attractions in Edinburgh are the Edinburgh Castle, the Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh Waverley railway station (historic train station full of eateries), the Scottish National Gallery, Calton Hill, HMY Britannia (former personal vessel of the royal family), Scott Monument, Nelson Monument, the Writer’s Museum, and John Knox House.

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