My Favourite European Cities of All Time

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So I’m doing it: I’m naming my favourite European cities (of. all. time.)!! Whilst planning an upcoming Spring visit to Europe with my other half, I got to thinking about my favourites cities I had visited thus far. Our upcoming trip in April will be anything from familiar, visiting the Italian coastline, small French towns and various parts of Switzerland, but it was fun to look back through the lens of retrospect nonetheless, to consider where has been my favourite thus far. For those of you new to my blog, I have visited Europe countless times over the course of the past 7 years, visiting Western, Eastern, Southern, Northern Europe… and everywhere in between.

There are a few countries I am saving (could a honeymoon location ever beat Greece – one day hopefully!) and a few hidden gems I am eagerly wishing to uncover in the cooler months either late this year or next (think Belarus; more of Russia beyond Moscow & St Petersburg; Montenegro and especially Norway). But with the next adventure looming, I’ve picked my favourite cities all over Europe of all time – I would love to read about yours in the comments below!

Old Town Warsaw

20. Warsaw, Poland

If you haven’t read about how much I loved Warsaw on my blog, then you’re missing out. Not to worry – you can read about Warsaw here. Having visited Poland for the first time at 17 years of age with the intention to see Krakow and Krakow alone, I can honestly say that I made a huge mistake by not exploring more of Poland back then. Warsaw is an incredible city with a turbulent past but optimistic outlook, with a stunning old town that one could wander for days on end.


19. Zurich, Switzerland

Although I’m trying not to retrace my steps and go anywhere I have been before on this upcoming trip to Europe in Spring, I have made an exception here and there for cities that I loved at first glance, but never gave myself enough time to explore at first instance, thus warranting a return. Zurich is one of those cities. I first visited Zurich a couple of years ago for just one day and to be honest, you can totally see and enjoy the city in just one day – but I left feeling like I still wanted more. I wanted to visit more bakeries, eat more chocolate, and return when I had found romance to stroll along the river and see the city in a different light. And now that time has finally come! I’m beyond excited to re-explore Zurich this year and share these adventures with you.


18. Munich, Germany

I can’t believe I’m admitting this right now – but the above photo is the only proof I have that I once visited Munich, a city so pretty I barely stopped for a second to take a photo (no, it wasn’t the beer goggles I swear – I’m not a big drinker at all). Of course this city is renowned for Oktoberfest, a beer festival especially popular with the international travellers, but after visiting in August I can honestly say the city is just as pretty and enjoyable any time of year! It was also a great base from which to explore nearby Neuschwanstein Castle – a must do!


17. Copenhagen, Denmark

I’ll be bold here and admit that when I first arrived in Copenhagen in the dead centre of winter (January/February), I truly didn’t know if I would enjoy my time here. Not only was it cold (the kind of cold where if a limb doesn’t fall off soon, you’re in so much pain you’ll chop it off yourself), but it was also quite grey and impossibly expensive. Because I was there already, fancy hostel room paid for in advance, I stuck it out and sure enough, I absolutely adored Copenhagen. Not just the architecture (Nyhaven is a delight to the eye) but also the food and my lovely local guide (and long term friend), Jasmina, who years later invited me to her wedding (!!) Rendering her one of the closest friends I have ever made travelling and cementing my amazing time in the Danish capital.


16. Riga, Latvia

I have only ever written one blog post on World of Wanderlust about Latvia, that being on the charming and impossible cute capital; Riga. From my experience here (the friendly locals, intriguing cuisine and endearing way of life) I would love to explore more of Latvia, however only stopped over for one night on a flight from Russia to Turkey with a budget airline who so kindly allowed for an 18 hour stopover, leaving just enough time to grab a night of rest and a few hours exploring. I would totally recommend this city based on this experience alone!


15. Moscow, Russia

There is quite possibly no other city in the world that I want to return to as much as Moscow, Russia. I first visited Moscow a few years ago at the start of my East > West European adventure, beginning in Moscow and ending in Paris. Unfortunately due to a flight delay, lost luggage and length stay in Abu Dhabi to retrieve said luggage, I arrived in Moscow days later with just one night/one full day to experience the city before catching the train to St Petersburg (which I would highly advise booking in advance unless you want to spend 10 hours on a slow train when the favourable option is the high speed Sapsan!) Thus I had next to no time at all to enjoy the Russian capital and – can you believe it – did not even get the chance to walk through the Kremlin. Again, there is no city I want to return to more than here – fingers crossed for this year or next!


14. Salzburg, Austria

I really don’t see how it could remotely possible to visit the musical town of Salzburg in Austria and not have a smashing time doing it. This city is so pretty… the kind of pretty that inspires novels, artwork… The Sound of Music!?!?! I really cannot speak a bad word about the city of Salzburg and loved it so much that I have since ventured back a second time to explore some more. I would absolutely recommend the Sound of Music tour; Mirabellgardens; Salzburg Dom; Christkindlemarkts in December and an apple spritzer to finish off any meal!

Tallinn Estonia

13. Tallinn, Estonia

I had absolutely no idea what to expect when arriving by ferry to Tallinn for the day, on a day trip from nearby Helsinki (Finland). I certainly didn’t expect to see small town charm in a capital city like this and I’ve gotta say – the whole day was a pleasant surprise. Like Latvia, I feel as if I’ve only just scratched the surface in Estonia and would love to explore the country more – perhaps prompting a trip to the Baltics in the future!?


12. Berlin, Germany

I’m sure it comes as no surprise to long time readers of my blog that I love, love, love Berlin. I loved Berlin so much so, that I moved here for a couple of months to try it out as a city to base myself in in Europe for the following year. As fate would have it I met my now partner back in Australia just a month later when attending a wedding at home, so have since moved back to Australia as my “base” (though really, everywhere is home!). My time in Berlin was short and sweet, but I truly love this city in a can’t-quite-put-my-finger-on-it kinda way. There are many ups and downs to living as an expat in Germany (the government system is notoriously hard to navigate – though I’m sure France has one up on them in that department), but I really do look back fondly on my time in Berlin. And oh, what I would give for another lunch at Daluma!


11. Vienna, Austria

With the famous coffee culture and incredible arts scene, there really isn’t much not to love about Vienna! I would strongly recommend seeing an opera or ballet (even if you just pay a few euros for a standing ticket on the night); walking or tramming out of your way to see Hundertwasserhaus; seeing “The Kiss” in the Belvedere (especially for art lovers); kaffeehaus hopping around the city and oodles more in the Vienna guide (be sure to spend at least 4 days here, it is such a beautiful city to enjoy!)


10. Amsterdam, Netherlands

I am yet to meet a person who does not like Amsterdam enough to rave about it and proceed to recommend it to me, even when they know I’ve been before (ha)! i loved my time in Amsterdam as much as the next person, though I would strongly recommend getting away from the sights (though do not miss the Anne Frank Museum) and just wandering the endless canals, alleys and streets like a local. Better yet – hire a bike!


9. Florence, Italy

I really struggled when choosing just one Italian city for the list but in fear of listing them all if I moved beyond one, I decided to narrow it down to Florence, the capital of Tuscany (though if I had more list space, I would definitely include Rome, Verona and Venice). Florence is beautiful beyond words. The radiating shades of terracotta underneath the Tuscan sun are just the beginning and I promise you that once you scratch the surface, you too will fall in love with this city (and its many gelaterias!)


8. Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh is one of Europe’s most ethereal capital cities that will leave you feeling as if you have stepped into a time warp. This city is so high on my list for the love of Harry Potter, the beautiful architecture and just the overall feel that left me feeling endlessly inspired (no wonder J.K. Rowling wrote HP here!) I would also highly recommend venturing beyond Edinburgh for a larger trip in Scotland to nearby Glasgow (a really fun, young city with carefree locals) and the Scottish Isles (Isle of Skye is particularly hard to ever forget!) Oh! And for my fellow Harry Potter lovers, you absolutely must ride the (real) Hogwarts Express!

Stockholm town

7. Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm to me, will forever be the Swedish capital that stole my heart. I visited Stockholm at the end of Autumn with my mother, who had flown over from Australia to visit me whilst I was living in Berlin (though I’m fairly certain she just took this as an excuse for a free holiday – lucky I love her)!!! We had an absolute ball in this city – visiting the ABBA museum (her preference), eating at incredible gastronomic restaurants (my preference) and going out of the way to visit the highly talked about Fotografskia museum which both of us enjoyed! Stockholm is expensive, yes. But its an investment worth while if you ask me!


6. Ljubljana, Slovenia

I stumbled upon Ljubljana by complete accident a couple years ago when catching a connecting train en route to Lake Bled (one of the most romantic places EVER!) and couldn’t believe my luck. As it turns out this is for sure one of the prettiest capital cities in Europe, if not the most charming. Just a day here was enough to wander around, eat an al fresco lunch and grab some ice cream to accompany me along the river… but I would totally come back for a few more days in the future as it is impossibly romantic, colourful, charming, and just really, really, really picturesque. All of the words.

Lisbon Portugal

5. Lisbon, Portugal

The colours, sites, smells and sounds of Lisbon are just a few key reasons you will fall absolutely head over heels in love with this crazy, fun, vibrant and loving city. I’ve visited Lisbon a couple of times – once on my own and once with a group of friends – both times were incredibly enjoyable. In fact, I’d say Lisbon is one of my all time favourite cities as a solo traveller as I felt so welcomed, happily greeted by locals in the street and just the vibe of the place was really enjoyable (it is literally a rainbow city, by the way!)

Grand Bazaar Istanbul

4. Istanbul, Turkey

There’s something so magical about the point in which the East meets the West (quite literally), and it comes in the form of Istanbul, the capital city of Turkey. With just a few days in Istanbul a couple of years ago, Istanbul is another city I’m itching to get back to to re-explore any chance I get. The highlights (The Blue Mosque; Hagia Sofia; Basilica Cistern) are all worth while, even when enduring the long lines. But the best part of Istanbul for me was just wandering the streets, eating local street food, and finding hidden gems every little corner and nook you turned in to.


3. Budapest, Hungary

A little while ago I wrote about Budapest as one of Europe’s most underrated cities and while I still stand by that, I am glad to say that over the past few years it has really taken off in terms of tourism! Budapest is one of my all time favourite cities for too many reasons to list in full, but for the sake of a good article I will give it my best! If you’re into bathing rituals then look no further than Budapest – a city that is renowned for its public (and some private) bathing houses with thermal remedies. Then there’s the incredible blends of architecture that, once you take the chance to look up, make you realise this city is just as glorious and intriguing as Paris… though a little on the greyer side. The food is amazing (everywhere, I couldn’t give a bad recommendation if I tried) and the local currency allows for a cheaper stay as Hungary is yet to be on the Euro (lets hope it stays that way!)

Paris bucket list

2. Paris, France

I absolutely adore Paris and love it so much so, that I employed the help of my dear friend (and avid Paris lover) Faye Bullock to write about Paris here on the blog with a full section of dedicated articles on Paris. Because I just can’t help myself, my partner and I will return to Paris this year as I will quite literally take any excuse to return to the city of love and light. I have been approximately 7 or 8 times before (I’ve lost count), but it never ceases to amaze me how you can discover so many new things on each visit.


1. St Petersburg, Russia

And to save the best for last – my all time favourite city in Europe is (perhaps a surprise to some of you who have not yet been to see and experience the magic) St Petersburg, Russia! I don’t even know where to begin when describing my love for this city. St Petersburg is a large city with equally large canals running throughout (think Venice but wider… much wider). The architecture is phenomenal as this was once the capital city of Russia (during Peter the Great’s reign most memorably) and thus a display of Russian wealth and opulence… if even only for the aristocracy at the expense of the peasants. The Hermitage, once used as the Winter Palace for Russian royalty, now houses one of the most impressive art collections in the whole world (if you ask me, THE most impressive) and the nearby summer palace (Peterhof) is another must see. Beyond that, explore!


Over to you – where are your favourite cities in Europe!? Can you narrow it down to three?

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    Kishore Yadhav
    March 18, 2016 at 9:19 pm

    List is full of Surprises!
    Riga is my find from the list!!
    Thanks for sharing

    February 11, 2016 at 1:18 am

    My favorites in Europe:
    20. Potsdam, Germany
    19. Hamburg
    18. Beziers, France
    17. Rome
    16. London
    15. Barcelona
    14. Riga
    13. Lubeck, Germany
    12. Paris
    11. Florence
    10. Lyon
    9. Rouen
    8. Budapest
    7. Stockholm
    6. Les-Andelys, France
    5. Wernigerode, Germany
    4. Semur-en-Auxois, France
    3. Granada
    2. St Petersburg
    1. Berlin!!!!

      February 11, 2016 at 1:57 am

      Great list!! There are so many wonderfull little cities like Wernigerode, Goslar and Quedlinburg in Hartz, Germany!! Also Lubeck and Luneburg!!! List is endless! !

        February 11, 2016 at 2:05 am

        Luneburg is amazing, I did enjoy the day trip to this town as well as to Celle with its half-timber houses. There are lots of enjoyable towns in Europe, but I had to pick up the best ones, otherwise big cities wouldn’t find their places in my list, except Berlin and St Pete, of course 🙂

    February 11, 2016 at 1:11 am

    Nowadays Russia is very cheap for tourists, as the Russian currency has fallen dramatically. Many comes here also for shopping, and it’s something very new, as before Moscow and St Peterburg were rather expensive cities.

    Leah Walker
    February 9, 2016 at 7:30 pm

    St. Petersburg is definitely my favourite! More of Russia on WOW would be awesome!

    Jennifer @ This Off Script Life
    February 8, 2016 at 7:11 pm

    We share so many of same favorite cities in Europe! I live in Zurich, and highly recommend Cafe Peclard (a beautiful confection shop in the old city) for hot chocolate, Laederach for it’s chocolate bark (the variety pack makes a great gift), and the Fribourger Fonduestubli for fondue (). Also, take a boat ride on Lake Zurich (you can catch the ferry at Burkliplatz). Have fun!

    February 6, 2016 at 1:07 am

    Also missed London, but I understand your way of thinking. Really surprised me to see your first place, I love Zurich and would have put it in my top 3 <3

    February 5, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    I lived in Europe for 6 months while studying abroad in Madrid, Spain and traveled for a full month and a half after. I also traveled every chance I had during the semester. Luckily, Spaniards take many holidays!

    My top 3 European cities:
    1. San Sebastian, Spain – Pinxos!!
    2. Paris, France – no words.
    3. Cinque Terre, Italy – Such breathtaking hikes along the ocean through 5 precious towns.


    February 5, 2016 at 11:59 am

    The list looks so good, want to visit all 🙂 And I’m happy that you liked Istanbul too but Istanbul is NOT the capital of Turkey! It’s Ankara. 🙂

    February 5, 2016 at 7:54 am

    I never leave your blog without wanting to book a trip away!! Great post 🙂

    February 5, 2016 at 5:33 am

    I was surprised to see some of these on the list! Thanks for sharing!

    February 5, 2016 at 3:49 am

    Hey! Great article! You should also visit Romania. Sighisoara, Brasov, Sibiu, Cluj-Napoca … you will definetly love them.

    February 5, 2016 at 3:47 am

    Beautiful pictures=all must sees except perhaps I would delete Rigga, Tallinn, and Ljubljana in favor of London, Roma, and Monacos\.

    February 5, 2016 at 3:22 am

    Interesting selection. I certainly agree with Paris, Istanbul and Amsterdam. I miss Barcelona on the list. I love the architecture there, atmosphere of the city and delicious food. Also Rome is one of my favourite cities in Europe and cities at Cote d’Azure in France as well.


    February 5, 2016 at 2:47 am

    You included Scotland and it is part of the UK, so why not London. I have been to every single country in Europe, my favorite city is BERGEN, NORWAY. Good article!!

    Ariane Kuijt
    February 5, 2016 at 2:24 am

    Nice!! I’m going to visit Copenhagen and Malmö in april, so I’m really looking forward to that. I’m from Holland, but I don’t really like Amsterdam. I think it’s too full of people and I don’t like the ethos there. I live in The Hague (Den Haag) and I really recommend this city to you if you are visiting Holland again. Cities like Leiden and Rotterdam are also worth a visit!
    My favorite European city of all time is Rome, I’ve been there twice and I would love to go another time.

    February 5, 2016 at 2:13 am

    You should come to Macedonia

    Chandler Divers
    February 4, 2016 at 11:51 pm

    Slovenia is on my list of top places to explore in Europe! Current trips this year include Malta and Amsterdam… Maybe Barcelona. But Germany is also on the list so maybe I need to make some alterations, haha! 🙂

    February 4, 2016 at 11:10 pm

    Great list. I have visited few of those cities and I agree that they should be on the list (Vienna, Munich, Paris, Istanbul..) I wonder if you have visited Dubrovnik in Croatia or some of the islands. IF you didn’t you have to, trust me it will be on your list 🙂 and if you did I’m sad it didn’t make the list but everyone has their own opinins! 🙂 Enjoy your day xx

    February 4, 2016 at 9:50 pm

    How do you like Helsinki? So many beautiful cities!

    February 4, 2016 at 9:38 pm

    Great list! And yes, St.Petersbourg deserves the number 1! If you come to Zurich, would be nice to meet you for a drink 😉

    February 4, 2016 at 9:33 pm

    When/if you visit Norway, you should definitely come and see Stavanger! It´s a beautiful city (and one of Norway´s biggest); and also perfect if you´re in the mood for a little mountain hike. Both Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock) and Kjerag is only a small trip away. Trolltunga is a nice day trip away 🙂

    the travelogue (by Anna & Vanessa)
    February 4, 2016 at 7:50 pm

    Wow, that list is great and at the same time really inspiring <3
    Well, hard to choose only 3 but if we had to name them, our fav. cities would be: Lisbon, Paris and Stockholm. All of them have something special and are so different!
    Would love to explore St. Petersburg – it must be worth the visit when you mention it sooo often 😀
    Love, Anna & Vanessa

    Helen l
    February 4, 2016 at 7:50 pm

    I do hope you explore Stresa and the Borromean Islands sometime. This is a ‘must do’ experience

    Minh Nguyen
    February 4, 2016 at 7:35 pm

    Amsterdam is the city I would live in!

    February 4, 2016 at 6:57 pm

    What a fabulous list! You’ve definitely hit on the best of what Europe has to offer!
    Of your list I’ve been lucky enough to visit half of them (with plans to visit two more this March) – my favourites are definitely Stockholm, Tallinn and St. Petersburg – all were beautiful, fun to explore and so unique!

    February 4, 2016 at 4:25 pm

    Hi! I really loved it, but I wanted to help you out. Turkey is not Europe.

    • Brooke Saward
      February 4, 2016 at 4:36 pm

      As far as my research shows Turkey is in both Europe and Asia, with Istanbul and the Bosphorus being the meeting point between the two 🙂

    February 4, 2016 at 4:13 pm

    I’m surprised you didn’t mention Prague?! I thought that would be on the list for sure.
    I love Florence, Paris and Salzburg and thought that Zurich was very charming, highly underrated in my opinion. I’m dying to go to Vienna though!

    • Brooke Saward
      February 4, 2016 at 4:37 pm

      I’m surprised I didn’t include it either to be honest – maybe I’ve been a few too many times that I’ve worn it out!? I still love it very much but had to end the list somewhere! Oh you will love Vienna! 🙂

    February 4, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    As European from Austria who lives in Brussels, Belgium I am more than happy with your choice, but seriously not with the Sound of Music, just run around and explore Salzburg. But I can’t understand how Warsaw ended up on your list. Completely destroyed in WWII the city lacks the charm of old towns like Gdansk or Kraków. I would personally add also Trieste, Rome, Dubrovnik and Strasbourg.

    February 4, 2016 at 2:53 pm

    Also surprised you didn’t put London – my favorite city in Europe! Don’t forget Edinburgh is part of the UK.

    • Brooke Saward
      February 4, 2016 at 4:39 pm

      Valid point you make!! I LOVE London but I dunno, just didn’t seem right for this list… I guess I kind of view it as its own whole entity, kind of like New York is to the USA. Don’t get me wrong – i do love LDN! 🙂

    Jennifer Stevens | Adventurous Appetite
    February 4, 2016 at 2:12 pm

    Great list! I’m heading to Europe this summer (first time since I was 18!) and am so excited. Now I’m wondering if I should work in Slovenia into the mix…

    February 4, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    You mentioned many of my favorites already (Paris, Stockholm), and I’ll be checking 4-5 more off my list in October with a visit to Eastern Europe! As for ones you didn’t include, Trondheim and Bergen (Norway), and Göteborg (Sweden) are some of my favorite smaller cities 🙂

    • Brooke Saward
      February 4, 2016 at 4:40 pm

      I would so love to get to Bergen – lucky you! I have so much more to explore in Northern Europe – hopefully this year or next 🙂

    February 4, 2016 at 1:48 pm

    Vienna, Paris, Zermatt, and not necessarily in that order. If you’ve never been, you really need to take the train to Zermatt. I skied there in the middle of June!

    • Brooke Saward
      February 4, 2016 at 2:48 pm

      Hey Cassie 🙂 Going this year for the first time – cannot wait!!! xx

    Carly @ Let Us Wanderlust
    February 4, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    I absolutely love this list! So many favourites for me – Paris being one, Istanbul being another, Mykonos being a third! Russia is my ultimate travel destination on my bucket list and I’m hoping I make it there in the next year or two. And I love your reasoning for keeping Greece for a future honeymoon destination – we visited on our honeymoon and I can honestly say it’s perfect beyond belief! Xx

    February 4, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    I love all of these places – some I’ve been to and some are my to go list. But, I do think you’ve missed one of the best cities in Europe – Dublin! Such as beautiful place 🙂

    February 4, 2016 at 11:31 am

    So many beautiful colors. I’ve never been to any of these cities but they all are on the list.

    February 4, 2016 at 10:30 am

    This is a great list! I’ve yet to go to Europe (well technically I’ve been to Amsterdam & Iceland, but that’s it) and I’m itching to go to all the places you mentioned on this list! Alas, time & money is of the essence 🙁

    But I’m seconding you on the Baltic trips, I’m planning my own for next year, but we’ll see if it ever comes to fruition 🙂

    February 4, 2016 at 10:21 am

    I have always wanted to go to Russia but always have got the impression it is dangerous. I take it that is not the case?

    February 4, 2016 at 10:01 am

    Where are Venice,Rome,London? They should be in Top 10, Venice #1,Big mistake!! This is a GOOD LIST but Zurich ans Warsaw are not the top,sorry,they are beautiful. ..ok…but not the top. Better Krakow and Lucerne for example…..Sorry for my comment.

    February 4, 2016 at 8:57 am

    London! I can’t believe that London didn’t make the list.

    February 4, 2016 at 8:41 am

    Wow, these are some cool destinations and I’ve been to 5 of them few years ago and I sure loved it.

    February 4, 2016 at 8:13 am

    Mt top three would be Porto, Prague and Florence in no particular order.

    February 4, 2016 at 8:09 am

    My favourite town is my home town Hamburg, Germany. But I think it doesn’t count 😀
    My other 3 favourites are Praque, Sarajevo and of course Mostar in Bosnia. It was and is the most beautiful place I’ve ever seen !

    February 4, 2016 at 8:05 am

    Loved your list, however, I am sad London isn’t on your list. If you haven’t been to Porto in Portugal, you must visit. I am sure you will aprreciate it. Barcelona should be on the list too. Istanbul isn’t capital of Turkey. It’s Ankara. Loved reading though.

    Chelsea K.
    February 4, 2016 at 8:00 am

    The fact that Ohrid is not on this list tells me you haven’t visited Macedonia yet. You should, asap! 🙂

    February 4, 2016 at 7:57 am

    yayy, so happy you liked your short stay in Tallinn, you should definitely come back to the Baltics and explore more 🙂

    February 4, 2016 at 7:49 am

    That’s so amazing! Thanks so much for the list. I visited 5 European cities (London, Amsterdam, Paris, Berlin, Madrid) last year & now I’m addicted. I lost my travel partner this year though. Any advice for solo female travel? I’m meeting a friend in Greece, but wanted to explore a couple more countries on my own first. Thanks!

    Tracy Collins
    February 4, 2016 at 7:46 am

    Rome – the one city where you can feel the past.
    Valletta – beautiful natural harbour
    Bergen – in one of my favourite countries.

    Runners up – Amsterdam, Prague, Geneva, Salzburg and Barcelona

    So hard to choose!

    February 4, 2016 at 7:05 am

    I REALLY can’t believe you didn’t mention Spain!! have you ever been there? it must be one of the most diverse, vibrant and definitely flavoured countries in Europe, not to mention its History (and not only the typical Madrid or Barcelona). That apart, I loved your list :):)

    Molly McIlvaine
    February 4, 2016 at 7:04 am

    I’m surprised Munich was on your list because I didn’t know you enjoyed it so much for the lack of posts about the city! But you’ve cleared it right up. I can’t believe that’s your one and only picture! 😉 I love Munich and was so pleased to see it make your list. St. Petersburg has been on my list since I was a child. I have a slight obsession with Russian history and the Romanovs so exploring Russia is a dream of mine!

    February 4, 2016 at 6:51 am

    Glad about Riga, Riga citizens read your blog, too 🙂
    Speaking of Baltics, yes, the capitals are beautiful, but we are very proud of our countryside and small towns as well 🙂
    P.S. Strange to read comments from future, there still is Februaray 3!

    February 4, 2016 at 6:42 am

    Brooke! You should definitely visit Dubrovnik, Croatia (if you haven’t already), its one of my favourite places in Europe! I also love the town of Kotor in Montenegro. Hoping to visit Budapest this year as well!

    February 4, 2016 at 6:13 am

    Thanks a lot for naming Russian city as favourite of all time !!! I really appreciate this!
    And do hope you’ll be visiting Kazan (it’s the 3rd capital in Russia)soon:)

    February 4, 2016 at 6:08 am

    Did you know that “alas” means unfortunately/unluckily? 🙂 Sorry to be a critic, love the list and the way you write!!

    Kendall Simmons
    February 4, 2016 at 5:21 am

    SUCH a great list! Istanbul and Paris are my top 2 favorites so far, but I still have so much exploring to do! It’s so interesting that St. Petersburg tops your list! I never would have guessed it. That’s a huge endorsement for the city, to say the least! I’m looking forward to following your next European adventure. 🙂

    the cape on the corner
    February 4, 2016 at 5:17 am

    i need your advice! you have vienna higher in rank than zurich, and perhaps that’s self explanatory, but i can’t decide if i should spend a few days in zurich and rent a car and go to salzburg/alps/slovenia, or if instead i should do vienna instead of zurich. flights are direct to zurich, price is the same. would perhaps be more convenient instead of going out east to vienna…but should one go to austria and NOT go to vienna?? ack!
    thecapeonthecorner(at)gmail(dot)com, please!

      February 4, 2016 at 6:18 am

      Hey there, I’ve been to both cities quite a few times – actually I lived in Vienna for 6 months and I’m still going there every year at Christmas time as it’s so close to my home town Budapest and their Christmas markets are so magical… anyways, I love both cities but Zurich is easily ‘do-able’ in 2 days, while Vienna has a lot more to offer, in terms of fantastic and extraordinary architecture (like the Hundertwasser houses, Schönbrunn castle, Jewish quarter, some of the most beautiful churches in all of Europe in my opinion, etcetc), amazing museums and art scenario, frikkinnnn awesome food (Sacher cake is a must, even John Lennon mentions it in a Beatles song!!!!!!!!). Even though a lot of people say that Budapest, Prague and Vienna are quite similar, it just feels like such a unique city to me, even though I come from BP. Obviously Zurich is a pretty place too and if you venture to other places in Switzerland, it’s a good start point, but there are some much more interesting and beautiful places in Switzerland (Swiss Alps, Geneva, Luzern, etc.) than Zurich. But that’s just my personal preference 🙂

    Shannon Off Duty
    February 4, 2016 at 5:14 am

    The Hermitage is one of those places I dream about going to. Have yet to get there but after I see St Petersburg as your #1 city it makes me think it should be on my go-to list this year. I wonder if it’s a very expensive city?

    February 4, 2016 at 4:53 am

    I’m so happy you are hoping to visit Norway one day – it truly is a beautiful country!

    And I completely agree on St. Petersburg! I absolutely loved it there (but need to go back in a warmer month, haha) 🙂

    Liz Peterson
    February 4, 2016 at 4:49 am

    Such an exciting list! I wish Barcelona were on it, but this just means more places for me to explore. Woohoo!

    February 4, 2016 at 4:44 am

    I am surprised of your number one! Never would have guessed that haha. I still have yet to go to Russia, but it’s so high on my list. Lisbon has been my favorite city so far. You’ve described it perfectly too! It’s almost indescribable. Well done!

    Brittany Justham
    February 4, 2016 at 4:39 am

    In the featured photo, you’re literally GLOWING. You look like a European princess! lol, thanks for the tips Brooke!

    February 4, 2016 at 4:30 am

    What about London? But great list anyway!

    • Brooke Saward
      February 4, 2016 at 4:38 am

      I thought I would skip it out for this one and just focus on Europe proper! But if I were to include the UK OF COURSE London would be on here! 🙂 🙂

        February 4, 2016 at 8:09 am

        Even though UK is an island, it is indeed part of Europe continent. Revide the list and put London as number 1 🙂 Just kidding. I hope London would come under top 5.