From its languages, to its culture, to its topography, Europe is a diverse and varied continent. Thankfully, because of those differences tourists are left with a wealth of visiting options. In this list of the best European destinations we have assembled the best places to visit in Europe.
Whether you are looking for a tried and true favorite or are looking for something more off the beaten path, there is sure to be a European destination on this list that speaks to you. And thankfully, many of these destinations are just a short hop, skip, and a jump away from each other, so if you have the time you can visit more than one!
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List of the Best European Destinations
Located in southeast Germany, Bavaria is the largest of Germany’s states. Full of European history, the region is picturesque and scenic. Popular attractions include Nuremberg, Munich, and Neuschwanstein Castle. The Danube is also easily accessible, and traditional, local beers are easily attainable.
Easily accessible, Brussels has been nicknamed ‘The European Village’ because of its plethora of museums, parks, walks, and restaurants. The Grand Place (along with its amazing flower carpet) is a popular attraction as are the chocolates and beers.
Paris is the most visited city in the world for good reason – it has something for everyone. Well-known sites include Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, and the Seine, but the food and café culture are the real stars of the show. The City of Lights is not to be missed if you are anywhere in western Europe.
Featuring picturesque canals and stylish Danish design, the city of Copenhagen is a walkable (and bikable!) city. Popular sites include the amusement park Tivoli, the free town of Christiania, and the many palaces and castles in the region. Noma, the best restaurant in the world (as determined by the British Restaurant Magazine) for 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2014 is also located in Copenhagen.
The capital of Hungary, Budapest is full of UNESCO World Heritage sites. Trinity Square, the Mathias Church, and the Buda Castle district are all popular sites. Interestingly, Budapest is also rich in thermal springs, making the area great for health and wellness.
Making up the southern portion of Spain, the region of Andalusia is home to popular and historic cities like Cordoba and Seville. Gastronomy lovers will find their home here and the warm weather and picturesque villages add to the charm and appeal of the area.
Saint Petersburg, Russia
Rich in history and culture, the city of Saint Petersburg has one of the best opera and ballet scenes in the world. Extravagant palaces, a bustling nightlife, and renowned museums add to the appeal of the city. For a unique European experience, St. Petersburg is a must-see.
Home to cities such as Florence, Pisa, and Lucca the area of Tuscany in northwestern Italy is often photographed for its rolling hills and vineyards. In addition to hills and vineyards, however, the area also boasts a number of cultural attractions, including Renaissance palaces, da Vinci and Michelangelo masterpieces, and the famous leaning Tower of Pisa.
A fortress city, Valetta’s grid of narrow streets showcase some of Europe’s best art and architecture, all while being surrounded by the blue waters of the Mediterranean. Quaint shops and fascinating museums add to the appeal of Valetta, and the rural outskirts of the city are the perfect place to see charming villages.
Prague, Czech Republic
The city of a hundred spires, Prague is a feast for the senses. Ancient and modern at once, some of Prague’s most visited attractions include the Old Town Hall, the Charles Bridge, and the Palace Gardens. Get your camera ready, because there stunning photo ops around every corner in Prague.
Best European Destinations Conclusion
If you are planning a trip to Europe we would suggest trying to squeeze as many of these destinations into your trip as you can. Our goal with this list was to provide some great options throughout Europe that would hopefully allow you to be close enough to at least visit a couple of these amazing destinations.
Have you been to one of these places? We would love to hear your feedback in the comments below!