Many travellers have European cities on their bucket lists but with so many wonderful places to see, it can be difficult to narrow the list down, at least for the first time. The best time of year to start your tour is summer as it offers the optimal weather conditions that will enable you to make the most of your journey.
The journey around Europe is commonly easy with short flights and train rides, with lots of breaks you can take at various cities along the way immersing yourself in the local culture. There are also lots of destinations to choose from depending on your goals – whether you’re a foodie and want to eat your way through the continent, or you wish to enjoy a history and culture-packed tour.
Whatever the case may be, here are several top destinations you must see on your next trip to Europe.
Paris is the ultimate European city and the best place to start. It’s the IT city where all the greatest events, fashions and trends happen first. Wherever you go, all around you’ll see cultivation, sophistication and prestige. It’s an amazing city comprising of numerous little villages and neighbourhoods bursting with their own charm and vibe, quirky shops, lovely cafes and bakeries, great restaurants and cosy little hotels. For those with a curious heart and a wandering spirit, this city offers an abundance of culture, art, fashion and gastronomy. And it doesn’t ask for your age – it only exists for you to try whatever your heart desires!
Vienna is among those European cities that managed to preserve its centuries-long fascinating history. With its admirable musical heritage, palaces, and art collections, Vienna is one of the richest cultural regions of the country.
In addition to its numerous museums, there are many impressive palaces to see – the Hofburg, the official residence of every Austrian President, the Schönbrunn Palace, established in the 18th century characterised by its large number of rooms and apartments, some of which were housed by Empress Maria Theresa, and the Belvedere Palace which consists of two Baroque buildings. You shouldn’t miss visiting the Kunsthistorisches Museum, St. Stephen’s Cathedral, and the Vienna State Opera House.
The Mediterranean coast is one of the most famous seaside regions with rich historic and cultural heritage, and amazing cities that attract millions of visitors each year. Dubrovnik in Croatia is considered to be one of the most exquisite ones. With a warm southern climate, crystal-clear light blue sea, charming coves and bays, and the historic Old Town district, this place is a must-visit city.
Dubrovnik’s old city walls are a true tourist mecca, particularly for fervent fans of Game of Thrones since one part of the city was featured in the series. The city walls were built in the 10th century to defend the city from invaders, and have been modified through time. After seeing the old town, head down to Stradun, a picturesque avenue, where you can take long walks, and enjoy many cafes and restaurants with delicious foods and drinks.
In the south of the Mediterranean, there’s a dreamy little country called Montenegro with a gorgeous bay of Kotor. This little town has become one of the European must-see destinations but at the same time, it has managed to retain its authenticity and charm. Located only 10 minutes from Tivat airport, it appeals to different personalities – to nature lovers, keen athletes and enthusiasts who love outdoor sports and water adventures, lovers of history and culture, foodies, couples and families with kids.
All summer long there are interesting things to see, but if you come at the end of August, you’ll be able to enjoy the colourful costumed boats parade going from Muo to Dobrota. And if you’re looking to find out about the city’s cultural and historic heritage, head to the old town of Kotor, the baroque city of Perast and the island of Our lady of the rocks.
Commonly overshadowed by Berlin, Munich is often seen only as the home of Oktoberfest, but there’s a lot more to see and do in Bavaria’s capital. In addition to many beautiful sights and museums in the city, it’s a perfect starting point for exploring southern Germany and the Alpine lakes. Whether you’re looking to simply relax with a pint of locally brewed beer, or enjoy music at a festival, Munich has something to offer to everyone.
One of the best ways to see the city is by taking the Munich city sightseeing tours that will take you to see the famous city square Marienplatz, the incredible New City Hall’s Glockenspiel, to do some shopping at Maximilianstrasse or Theatinerstrasse with luxury shops, and Sendlinger Strasse with unique boutiques, and the unavoidable beer halls and beer gardens.
At the eastern edge of Europe, there’s the historic city of Istanbul, the gate to Asia. The change of scenery here is striking, from the staggering architecture of the Byzantine basilica of Aya Sofya with its gold mosaics, tall columns and iconic dome to the impressive Topkapi Palace in the Old City, once the official residence of Ottoman sultans.
Don’t miss the chance to visit the Grand Bazaar, one of the oldest and largest covered markets in the world. And at the end of the day, after you’ve soaked up all the history, explore the modern side of the city, with its vibrant nightlife and incredible local delicacies.
Located in a panoramic spot overlooking the sea, Edinburgh is one of the most beautiful cities in the United Kingdom. Equally magical and moody, the city’s Gothic churches, the Edinburgh castle and Georgian buildings are spread imposingly atop rocky hills and rugged cliffs.
The best time to visit is in August during the Fringe, the world’s largest arts and culture festival. With the long history of art, literature, philosophy, and science, this is the time when the city is completely taken over by theatre, music and comedy.
Situated across the Oresund Strait from Malmo in Sweden, the history, heritage, and culture of Copenhagen are inseparable from the water that surrounds it.
Throughout history, the city’s strategic location has transformed a small sleepy fishing village into the cool, and trendy city of today. Its most recognizable sight and the main attraction is Nyhavn, its 17th-century waterfront. Surrounded by colourful townhouses, the canal harbours numerous historic wooden ships with charming cafes and alfresco terraces. The best way to enjoy them all is by taking a sightseeing cruise around the picturesque canals. Moreover, the city’s museums are also worth a visit due to their extensive and impressive collection of Viking artefacts and artworks.
With travel restrictions easing up and this list of amazing European destinations, it’s time you pack up your bags and start your next adventure!