Essential European Cities to visit

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emma bates paris Bonjour Paris!

Start your trip in the French capital to immerse yourself in French history, crepes, baguettes, and roam the streets of Paris until your heart is content. There’s no doubt about it, Paris is one of the essential European cities to visit at least once (but preferably more times) in your life time! Don’t forget to sip a glass (or bottle) of French wine under the Eiffel tower and climb the stairs to Sacre Couer for mesmerizing views!


Ciao Rome, Florence, Venice!

It all begins in the eternal city — Rome. One can not visit Rome without first hitting up all of the iconic historic landmarks – the Colosseum, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps….. tourist around the city like you have always imagined! If there’s one city you can become snap happy without any shame, it is Rome!


Next up is Florence: the Italian capital of Gelati. It’s also the capital of Tuscany and a great place to start, should you wish to venture further beyond into wine (and food) country!


It’s true… Venice is sinking. While it is now incredibly overpopulated by tourists (okay, it has been for many many years), it is certainly somewhere you should try and visit before it’s too late.

Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona - Views from Terrat rooftop

Hola Barcelona!

There’s no question about it – Barcelona is Spain’s most popular tourist destination to visit right now. Be sure to immerse yourself in tapas, culture, great people and a great city.


Hey there London!

You can’t miss the English capital. Whether you start or end your trip here, London is a must visit on your first trip to Europe. Be sure to check out all the tourist hot spots first, then consider venturing beyond Mayfair and discovering the ‘real’ London.


Guten Tag Munich & Berlin!

If you find yourself in Europe during October, you simply cannot go without making a stop off at Oktoberfest! Munich is a cultural delight and while October is indeed the busiest month to visit, it is also the liveliest. Munich is still great outside of the month-long festivities, especially if you wish to visit more towns elsewhere in Bavaria.

Berlin Cathedral

If you’re a history buff, Berlin simply cannot be missed. While it has been a long time since the wall fell back in November 1989, there is still so much history to discover when you visit the city.


Hallo Amsterdam!

And of course…. Amsterdam! The liberal city in the Netherlands has built a name for itself as one of the hottest cities to visit in Europe – once you’ve been, you’ll understand why! Amsterdam is a thriving city with much to see, do and explore. Be sure to rent a bike for an authentic experience!

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    Andrew Darwitan
    April 11, 2016 at 4:27 pm

    Add Athens and the list would be complete! We can’t have a Europe list without a nod to classic Greece. All these cities aren’t necessarily the best that Europe has to offer, but I agree that they are essentials and a true European traveler simply can’t skip them! =)

    November 12, 2014 at 5:48 am

    Nice choices! 🙂 so many cities, so little time!
    I came up with my own list of top 5 European cities to visit 🙂
    would appreciate if you guys would check it out!

    Travel Random Notes
    October 10, 2014 at 6:49 am

    Love them all! Just missing Budapeste…love it for life 😉

    September 6, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    This is a great list! I recently went interrailing and hit loads of these places, although had a really bad experience in Berlin!

    August 31, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    Oh I love all the mentioned cities above – except Munich. But there are some missing: Vienna (of course I have to market my own city), Riga, Tallin, Helsinki and many more! 🙂

    Heather Griffiths
    August 23, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    Great choices! I’d add Vienna for the cakes and coffee, Stockholm for the stunning scenery and beautiful people, and Dublin for the good times 🙂

    August 21, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    Yay! Im actually going on a two week holiday to London, Paris,Amsterdam and Barcelona in a month or so, so I guess I have the essential European cities covered!

    I really wish to go to eastern Europe though, there are some amazing cities also.


    August 20, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    I think you should add Prague to the list! Its an amazing city and well worth visiting 🙂

    Renate @ Renate's Travels
    August 20, 2014 at 4:49 am

    I’ve been to all of them, and I also agree that they are essential. I feel like in order to get to know Europe, it’s a good idea to visit as many places as possible. Great post!

    August 19, 2014 at 10:24 am

    Can’t wait to visit all these places. They all look gorgeous. Great cities for sure. Thanks for sharing from

    August 19, 2014 at 7:53 am

    Feeling like a traveler now.. been to 90% of these city’s!

    August 19, 2014 at 7:01 am

    I just came back from Paris but only spent a day there, it is a beautiful city with so much culture!
    Please check it out 🙂

    Mow xx

    Lee @ Modern Granola
    August 19, 2014 at 6:07 am

    This makes me so excited to travel! Thanks for the post.

    August 19, 2014 at 4:31 am

    Paris…London…Barcelona. All not bad! But Copenhagen is definitely my Number One (well…we’re not talking about prices here 😉 )

    August 19, 2014 at 3:31 am

    And what about Prague? I loved the city!

    Madeline Fedmont
    August 18, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    Paris is such incredible city. I was there last month and was blown away by how beautiful it is.

    Best holiday destination
    August 18, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    Amazing images.Thanks for posting nice views.

    Adam @ Round the World we go
    August 18, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    Rome, Venice and Amsterdam are some of me favourite cities in Europe! You really cannot go wrong with any of the ones mentioned 🙂

    August 18, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    I’ve been to most and I’ll be ticking another off the list next weekend: Amsterdam. Any recommendations as to what I should do/where I should eat etc. whilst I’m there?

    August 18, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    Great list! I’m visiting Paris again in October, and Amsterdam for the first time. These cities never get old 🙂

    August 18, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    Have been to almost every listed city yipppiee 😀 love your blog! XX

    August 18, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    So far I’ve been to 6 cities on this list, but I want to visit them all! My favourites are London and Paris (where I’ll be visiting for the 2nd time in October!) Your photos are all beautiful!

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    CPO Experts Ltd.
    August 18, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    Those are stay at the top all time for any traveler. I think different will be fine so that after all of them we can start with them.

    August 18, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    Oktoberfest actually starts in September 😛

    I’ve been to all the cities, yay!

    Amber Rhodes
    August 18, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    Italy looks so beautiful. Wish I was fortunate enough to go but your photos and descriptions were some help. I very much enjoyed your eBook on blogging by the way, thank you!

    Ashley Randall
    August 18, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    I’m definitely hoping to be able to visit these places someday. I went to Paris and Venice when I was a kid, but I did it on a tour with 500 other kids. I’d love to see it as an adult, just me.

    August 18, 2014 at 10:54 am

    Have been to six of the cities and I agree – must see! I’ll check out the others before too long, no doubt! 🙂 Fun to read your blog, as always. xxoo

    August 18, 2014 at 7:34 am

    Rome is one of my favourite cities, and so is London after living there for 3 years! I have never been too fond of Paris, for some reason, but spending a day in Versailles makes the city worth the trip!

    I have only just found your blog, and I absolutely love it! Have you been to Norway at all? In my opinion, Oslo should be on this list, and the fjords of Western Norway is unlike anything you’ve ever seen!

    Nancy @ Neatly-Packaged
    August 18, 2014 at 7:31 am

    Excellent cities!!

    August 18, 2014 at 6:57 am

    Amsterdam is currently my favourite European city that I visited recently…

    I would also add Vienna to your list… In my opinion, it is the most grand, majestic, nostalgic city of all the European cities…


    August 18, 2014 at 6:55 am

    What amazing skies they all have, Brooke.
    Or is it just your amazing photography skills?!
    – Berlin seems to be the city that everyone I know is raving about –
    I’m inspired too, now – thank you!
    Emma 🙂