If you’re in need of some inspiration for your next vacation destination, take a look at our list of the most beautiful cities to visit in Europe.
There are lot of beautiful cities in Europe which encompass beauty, art and nature, and are sometimes overlooked in favour of other cities around the world. Many European cities are rich in culture and feature beautiful architecture as well as the most stunning natural views. When you are planning your next vacation consider visiting one of these cities as part of your european adventure.
Bruges | Belgium
This fairy tale style city has always been a postcard perfect destination due to its picturesque cobbled streets and beautiful canals, but it was only brought to the attention of the masses after the release of the cult film In Bruges in 2008. It’s a small city but it encompasses so many wonderful pieces of architecture making it one of the most beautiful cities to visit in Europe. The Belfort, also known as the bell tower, is located in the main square and has a climb of 366 steps to the top, but once you are up there, the views are definitely worth it. You can also explore Bruges by taking one of the guided canal boat tours which run regularly during the day as they give you the opportunity to see a range of the medieval architecture on display in this city.
Porto | Portugal
Portugal is known for its warm climate and several beaches, but away from the sun-soaked shores there is a beautiful city which lies in the north of this country called Porto. This city is best known for its port and also the Douro River. The river has become a popular destination for cruises, as it provides spectacular views of the city which is home to narrow cobbled streets, beautiful plazas, medieval architecture and colorful facades. Porto’s historical center is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and features Palacio Da Bolsa, the city’s former stock exchange, which has an ornate design and houses a series of stately rooms featuring magnificent paintings and furniture. Porto is also the location of Serralves, a cultural institution which includes a contemporary art museum, a park and a villa. The museum attracts over 300,000 visitors a year and is the most popular out of all of the museums in Portugal.
Barcelona | Spain
Barcelona has many beautiful spots and is a very photogenic city. There are so many streets, buildings, cafes and terraces that you can admire, it’s no wonder that directors such as Woody Allen like shooting films here. Barcelona’s number one attraction is Sagrada Familia, which is a large roman church that began construction in 1882 and is due to be completed in 2026 when it will become the tallest church on the planet. Another prominent area is Montjuic, which is a hill overlooking the Barcelona harbour that features a range of beautiful attractions such as the Spanish Village, whose buildings display a range of architectural styles, and the Magic Fountain that hosts illuminated water shows during the summer.
Paris | France
It’s no surprise that Paris is classed as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. With iconic structures such as the Eiffel Tower and Grand Palais, the city of light’s architecture is sure to astound all those who visit it. The River Seine and the bridges that cross it are a wonderful sight to behold, and the magnificent monuments that surround this elegant city will leave you in awe. Paris is especially beautiful during the night time as the city is illuminated with lights, including the Eiffel Tower. We advise taking a picnic and sitting on the grass underneath the tower during the evening, as a light show is projected from the tour every hour on the hour, which makes it sparkle before your very own eyes.
Rome | Italy
Rome is the largest city in Italy and encompasses so many historical sites and pieces of architecture that you could easily spend a month exploring it and still not see everything. There are many visually stunning art museums, churches, archaeological sites and ruins that you can visit, making it one of the most fascinating as well as one of the most beautiful cities to visit in Europe. As well as the landmarks, the streets are equally picturesque, and there are many enchanting side streets for you to discover as you wander round this elegant city. If you ever decide to visit Italy you must put Rome as a priority on your itinerary.
Prague | Czech Republic
Prague is a charming and visually pleasing european city which is home to red-roofed buildings, gothic churches, huge bridges and numerous cobbled streets. It has earned the nickname, ‘the city of a hundred spires’ due to its many towers and spires, however it is now estimated that there are at least five hundred of these, which has led to many people calling Prague ‘the golden city of five hundred spires’. Prague is considered a magical place by many locals and tourists due to its variety of historical buildings, sculptures and monuments that are from a range of different centuries. There is also the stunning Old Town Square which has remained virtually untouched since the 10th century and features ancient buildings and churches, including the elegant tower of the Town Hall with its world famous astronomical clock.
Budapest | Hungary
Budapest is the capital city of Hungary and is one of the most beautiful cities to visit in Europe, which is by the water. Budapest is split into two by the historic Danube River and you can cross between Buda and Pest, the western and eastern sides of Budapest, using the iconic Chain Bridge which was built in 1849. The reason this capital city is classed as beautiful is because of its enchanting castles including Castillo Vajdahunyad and the popular Romanesque style Matthias church, as well as great museums, pretty squares and many other breathtaking sights. One of the most attractive places in Budapest is called the Fisherman’s Bastion and is located around Matthias church. It is a terrace in neo-Gothic and neo-Romanesque style which is a popular place to get a panorama of the entire city so you can admire its wonderful views.