May 22, 2024 | Allison Robertson

25 Best Places to Visit in Europe


Euro Trip Bucket List

Planning a Euro-trip this summer? Here’s 25 places you’ll want to add to your bucket list.

With well-preserved cultural heritage, rich history, safe environments and efficient infrastructure—visiting Europe is a popular vacation spot for people all over the globe.

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Europe Tourism

Even though Europe is the second-smallest continent, it still welcomes more than half of all the tourists worldwide.

In fact, 7 of the 10 most visited countries in the world are European nations.

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25 Best Places to Visit in Europe

From the glacial waterfalls of Iceland to the volcanic beaches in Greece, here’s a look at 25 of the best places in Europe to visit, saving the best for last.

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25. Vienna

Dubbed, The City of Music, Vienna, Austria is a captivating blend of imperial tradition and contemporary vibrancy—easily making it one of the most attractive cities in Europe of visit.

Christmas Illuminations between Buildings in ViennaAnton Uniqueton, Pexels

Vienna Attractions

The top three attractions in Vienna include: Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna State Opera, and the Belvedere Museum.

An Austrian Gallery Belvedere Near the Green FieldIvan Dražić, Pexels

24. Stonehenge

Stonehenge is not a city, but an attraction itself. In fact, it is possibly the world's most famous prehistoric monument. It stands right in the middle of a rich archaeological landscape.

This masterpiece of engineering has an incredible history, and the tourist site itself offers an amazing experience up-close-and-personal.

Photo of The Stonehenge Historical landmarkBernd Feurich, Pexels

23. Matterhorn

The Matterhorn is another fantastic attraction in Europe that should be added to your bucket list.

It is a mountain in the Alps that straddles the border of Switzerland and Italy, and it takes an almost perfect pyramid shape.

Zermatt Matterhorn ViewpointChristian Buergi, Pexels

22. Plitvice Lakes National Park

Plitvice Lakes National Park is the oldest and largest national park in the Republic of Croatia, and boasts exceptional beauty.

It offers breathtaking waterfalls, crystal-clear lakes, mysterious caves and a plethora of wildlife. It is often considered the highlight of Croatia.

Plitvice Lakes National ParkPiotrek Wilk, Pexels

21. Budapest

Budapest, Hungary is often referred to as the “Paris of the East,” blending history and modernity with its incredible architecture.

Budapest is known for its numerous thermal baths, offering unique Hungarian relaxation experiences.

Time-Lapse Photography of Lighted Suspension BridgeNikolett Emmert, Pexels

Budapest Attractions

The top three attractions in Budapest to visit include: Buda Castle, Hungarian Parliament Building, and the Széchenyi Thermal Bath.

image of Tourists at a Buda CastleNora, Pexels

20. Lisbon

Lisbon, Portugal boasts a stunning coastal setting and rich cultural heritage, making it appealing to a diverse range of travelers.

The music scene, coupled with the extensive cuisine and historic neighborhoods create a unique atmosphere that must be experienced to be appreciated.

The Gloria Funicular in the city center of Lisbon, PortugalSean Hsu, Shutterstock

Lisbon Attractions

The top three attractions in Lisbon include: Jerónimos Monastery, São Jorge Castle, and Belém Tower.

Sao Jorge castle or St. George castle at Lisbon cityCreative Cat Studio, Shutterstock

19. Gullfoss Waterfall

In the canyon of the Hvita river in southwest Iceland is the Gullfoss waterfall.

This incredible waterfall is not only Iceland’s most famous one, but it is also known around the world thanks to its impressive double tiered plunge that goes a whopping 105 feet down.

Gullfoss Waterfall in IcelandLaura Paredis, Pexels

18. Athens

Athens, Greece appeals to history enthusiasts and lovers of culture. As the birthplace of democracy and Western civilization, Athens offers an array of historical and iconic sites.

Athens is the perfect European city to both educate you and entertain you.

image of Athens at nightjimmy teoh, Pexels

Athens Attractions

The top three places to see in Athens includes: The Acropolis, the Ancient Agora, and the National Archaeological Museum.

Low Angle Photograph of the Parthenon during DaytimePixabay, Pexels

17. Bay of Kotor

This beautiful bay on the coast of Montenegro, is home to a very old city—Kotor, which is full of tradition and history and offers remarkable scenic views.

The entire city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site as it was built between the 12th and 14th centuries and still boasts much of its medieval architecture.

Panoramic evening view of The Bay of KotorTriff, Shutterstock

16. Venice

It’s no question that Venice, Italy would be on the list. Known as the “City of Canals,” or “The Floating City,” Venice is arguably one of Italy’s most picturesque cities.

From winding canals, incredible architecture, and beautiful bridges, Venice is a very popular travel destination.

image of Venice buildings on waterPixabay, Pexels

Venice Attractions

The top three attractions in Venice include: St. Mark’s Basilica, Piazza San Marco, and the Rialto Bridge.

St. Mark's Basilica In VeniceWolfgang, Pexels

15. Monte Carlo

Monte Carlo is a district in Monaco. It is situated on a large escarpment at the base of the Maritime Alps along the French Riviera.

Monaco is filled with world-class hotels, luxury shopping, museums, spas, and Michelin-star restaurants.

Boat Lot on Bay in Monte CarloJÉSHOOTS, Pexels

Monte Carlo Attractions

The top three attractions in Monte Carlo include: Casino de Monte-Carlo, the Boulevard des Moulins and Saint-Charles Church.

People Walking Near the BuildingHelena Jankovičová Kováčová, Pexels

14. Alhambra

Alhambra is a palace and fortress complex located in Granada, Spain. It is one of the most famous monuments of Islamic architecture and one of the best-preserved palaces of the historic Islamic world.

This historical site is a must-see, if not for its incredible history, then for its exceptional beauty and magnitude.

The pool of the Court of the MyrtlesJose Francisco Fernandez Saura, Pexels

13. Florence

Florence, Italy is often considered the cradle of the Renaissance—and it’s a must-see place for art lovers and cultural enthusiasts.

Known for its world-class art museums, incredible architecture, and historical landmarks catering to a wide range of travelers.

View of the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flower in FlorenceEfrem Efre, Pexels

Florence Attractions

The top three attractions to see in Florence include: Uffizi Gallery, Florence Cathedral (Il Duomo di Firenze), and Ponte Vecchio.

The Tribuna room of the Uffizi GalleryPaolo Gallo, Shuterstock

12. London

London, England—the vibrant capital of the UK—offers and eclectic blend of culture, history, and modernity.

While London’s weather may be unpredictable, and it can be quite pricey, its incredible attractions appeal to a wide range of visitors, making the trip absolutely worth it.

image of london from aboveDominika Gregušová, Pexels

London Attractions

The top three places to see in London include: Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, and the British Museum.

Buckingham Palace, London , EnglandDustin D. Pexels

11. Neuschwanstein Castle

Neuschwanstein Castle is a 19th-century historicist palace on a rugged hill of the foothills of the Alps in the very south of Germany, near the border with Austria.

It was once home to King Ludwig II, and happens to be the inspiration behind Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle.

White Castle during DaytimePascal Borener, Pexels

10. Amsterdam

Amsterdam, Netherlands is known as one of Europe’s most popular cities, with its intricate canal system, rich history and vibrant culture.

The renowned museums are only some of Amsterdam’s diverse attractions catering to travelers from all over, including a bustling nightlife.

image of Amsterdam river and buildingsChait Goli, Pexels

Amsterdam Attractions

The top three places to see in Amsterdam include: Van Gogh Museum, Anne Frank House, and the Canal Cruise.

image of Van Gogh museum in AmsterdamPhong Thanh, Pexels

9. Prague

Prague, Czech Republic, often referred to as the "City of a Hundred Spires," offers a stunning array of medieval charm with modern vitality.

From leisurely activities to a vibrant nightlife, Prague is known as one of the most budget-friendly European cities appealing to travelers from all over the globe.

image of Prague bridge and cityJÉSHOOTS, Pexels

Prague Attractions

The top three attractions in Prague include: Prague Castle, Charles Bridge, and Old Town Square with the Astronomical Clock.

Old Town Square with building and church facades in cityOlga Lioncat, Pexels

8. Istanbul

Istanbul, Turkey—a city where East meets West—is a melting pot of cultures that makes it a fascinating experience for travelers.

Its unique geographical position straddling two continents, Europe and Asia, offers visitors an incredibly rich history that dates back to ancient times.

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Istanbul Attractions

The top three places to see in Istanbul include: Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and the Grand Bazaar.

interior of Hagia SophiaDaniel Peckham, Flickr

7. Geirangerfjord

Geirangerfjord is a stunning, deep-blue fjord in Norway, surrounded by majestic mountain peaks, 800-meter-high cliffs and cascading waterfalls. It is often dubbed, “Nature’s Masterpiece.”

Another UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is an impressive 15 kilometers long and whopping 260 meters deep.

Panorama of GeirangerSmit, Shutterstock

6. Barcelona

Barcelona, Spain is known as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Known for its unique architecture, various sites stand as artists marvels.

Stunning beaches and family-friend attractions appeal to everyone from party-goers to honeymooners to young families.

Aerial Photography Barcelona CityAleksandar Pasaric, Pexels

Barcelona Attractions

The top three attractions in Barcelona include: Sagrada Família, Park Güell, and La Rambla.

View of Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, SpainMehmet Turgut Kirkgoz, Pexels

5. Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik, Croatia (historically known as Ragusa) is one of the most prominent tourist destinations in the Mediterranean. This small, medieval city dates back to the 7th century and has a small population of around 40,000.

Full of history and ancient architecture, Dubrovnik is famous for being the filming location of Game of Thrones.

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Dubrovnik Attractions

The top three things to see in Dubrovnik include: The Old City Walls, The Island of Lokrum, and the Dubrovnik Cable Car.

Boats on calm sea water and stone fortRachel Claire, Pexels

4. Santorini

Santorini is a small, gorgeous island of Greece—and is the most visited places in the world. Known for its exceptional natural beauty, this volcanic island is home to the world’s most unique beaches—shrouded with volcanic rock

Landscape View of Santorini - Greece during Day TimePixabay, Pexels

Santorini Attractions

The top three things to see in Santorini include: The volcano of Santorini, the Red Beach, and Caldera.

The famous Red Beach in Santorini, GreeceThe Picture Studio, Shutterstock

3. Madrid

Much like many others on this list, Madrid, Spain is a vibrant hub of history, culture, and art. Its lively street life and blend of traditional and modern culture make it one of the best places to visit in Spain.

The ease of access in and around the city, along with its rich history make it one of the most visited cities in Europe.

Photo Of City During DawnAlex Azabache, Pexels

Madrid Attractions

The top three attractions to see in Madrid include: The Prado Museum, The Royal Palace, and Retiro Park.

View of Royal Palace in SpainLuis Quintero, Pexels

2. Paris

Paris, France is undoubtable one of the best places to visit. Affectionately known as “The City of Light,” its historical significance and aesthetic beauty appeal to history buffs and lovers, while its world-renowned cuisine and shopping appeals to foodies and fashion-forward visitors.

Aerial View Of Eiffel TowerChris Molloy, Pexels

Paris Attractions

The top three places to see in Paris include: the Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum, and Notre-Dame Cathedral.

image of Eiffel Tower from belowLiam Gant, Pexels

1. Rome

Rome, Italy tops the list as the best place in Europe to visit. Often dubbed, “The Eternal City,” it is a treasure trove of history, culture, and cuisine.

With breathtaking historical sites, an array of art installations, ancient ruins, and authentic Italian cuisine, Rome is certain to give you an unforgettable experience.

People in St. Peter's SquarePixabay, Pexels

Rome Attractions

The top three attractions in Rome include: the Colosseum, the Vatican Museums (including the Sistine Chapel), and the Trevi Fountain.

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