When we think of Europe, beau­ti­ful cities like Paris, Rome and Lon­don come to mind. These cap­i­tals are syn­ony­mous with a trip to Europe for many. In fact, the jour­ney should not end there — there are many beau­ti­ful cities that are less known, but no less attrac­tive. Here you can always explore some­thing new — East, West, Cen­ter of Europe, the Baltics, the Balka­ns … The list is end­less. Here is a list of the most beau­ti­ful cities in Europe accord­ing to tourists’ rat­ings.

beautiful cities in europe

Entry relat­ed to place: Europe


It may sound like a cliché, but Paris will always be the most beau­ti­ful city in Europe. No mat­ter how many oth­er cities we vis­it, we still return to the City of Lights and look at it with sur­prise and fear. Walk­ing through the city streets at night is like no oth­er Euro­pean cap­i­tal.


A lot of peo­ple don’t like Venice, but that’s because they nev­er stayed long enough. Cruise ships and bus­es arrive and depart much faster than their pas­sen­gers have a chance to real­ly explore Venice. Try to spend at least a week here, get lost in its back alleys, take a gon­do­la ride through the canals and enjoy a glass of wine in peace on the bistro ter­race.


Budapest is one of the most beau­ti­ful cities in Europe, as well as the most beau­ti­ful city by the water. Walk along the Chain Bridge to expe­ri­ence the beau­ty of Buda and Pest as they look at each oth­er across the Danube.


If you decide to take a trip to this beau­ti­ful city, you will not be dis­ap­point­ed. It is always crowd­ed with tourists, but if you get off the main tourist trails, you can always find a qui­et and cozy place. Just wake up ear­ly in the morn­ing and walk around the city and see the real Prague. Tourists rarely start their tours before 9:00 am, which gives them plen­ty of time to explore the stun­ning archi­tec­ture in seclu­sion.

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Flo­rence is tru­ly a city of art. Lit­er­al­ly on every cor­ner you will come across sculp­tures and mas­ter­piece archi­tec­ture. This is a city where you can walk slow­ly and enjoy every build­ing you look at. The Duo­mo Cathe­dral ris­es proud­ly in the cen­ter of the city, and the end­less cob­bled streets inter­twine with each oth­er, mak­ing it easy to get lost. Flo­rence is with­out a doubt the most beau­ti­ful city in Europe.

San Marino

San Mari­no is a city and an inde­pen­dent repub­lic in the mid­dle of Italy. It sits high on a hill offer­ing the most beau­ti­ful view you can ever see. It over­looks the Ital­ian Apen­nines, reveal­ing the beau­ty of Tus­cany. San Mari­no is the old­est sur­viv­ing sov­er­eign state in the world, known as the Serene Repub­lic.


Bern in Switzer­land is a UNESCO World Her­itage Site and the polit­i­cal cen­ter of Switzer­land. In fact, this beau­ti­ful Euro­pean city does not look like a polit­i­cal cen­ter at all, but rather cre­at­ed for a serene life, walk­ing and shop­ping. Even look­ing at his pho­to, it becomes clear why he was on this list.


The more you vis­it Barcelona, ​​the more you fall in love with it. Many are not fans of Gaudí’s work at first, but when they get to know him a lit­tle more, they fall in love with this inno­v­a­tive, col­or­ful and play­ful archi­tec­ture. With a beau­ti­ful coast­line, qui­et parks and a bustling city cen­tre, Barcelona is def­i­nite­ly one of the most beau­ti­ful cities in Europe.


Bologna should def­i­nite­ly be includ­ed in your Euro­pean trav­el itin­er­ary. The city is as beau­ti­ful as Rome and Flo­rence, but much more calm and com­fort­able. Here you can feel the local ener­gy and atmos­phere, which is easy to feel and appre­ci­ate. Bologna even has the tallest lean­ing tow­er in all of Italy, sur­pass­ing even that of Pisa.

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Istan­bul is a city with two faces, one part of it is in the east and the oth­er in the west. It is this exot­ic com­bi­na­tion that makes it so spe­cial. Mosque spiers dot Istan­bul’s sky­line as far as the eye can see. This huge city is easy to explore on foot and the best views are from the Gala­ta Tow­er. Here you will under­stand why Istan­bul is called one of the most beau­ti­ful cities in Europe.


Brus­sels Square is one of the most beau­ti­ful in all of Europe, and the city itself is filled with his­to­ry and charm. Hav­ing been here once, it is impos­si­ble to for­get all this beau­ty, and you want to come back again and again.


It will hard­ly sur­prise any­one that Lon­don is includ­ed in the list of the most beau­ti­ful cities in Europe. Its his­to­ry, cul­ture, tra­di­tions and sights are unique in their essence, which attracts mil­lions of tourists from all over the world.


Rome is a city whose sights con­tain great Roman his­to­ry. Ancient ruins are inter­twined with mod­ern archi­tec­ture, adding some spe­cial aura to the city. This is one of the most beau­ti­ful cities not only in Europe, but through­out the world.

Czech krumlov

This is one of the most beau­ti­ful cities you can vis­it in Europe. Locat­ed a few hours dri­ve from Prague, Krumlov is famous for its his­tor­i­cal cen­ter, as if descend­ed from the pages of a col­or­ful fairy tale book.

Of course, it is dif­fi­cult to choose the most beau­ti­ful of hun­dreds of Euro­pean cities, as they are all beau­ti­ful in their own way. This time we lim­it­ed our­selves to 14 cities, but soon we will con­tin­ue this list sep­a­rate­ly for each of the Euro­pean coun­tries. In the mean­time, you can admire the most beau­ti­ful cities in the world in a sep­a­rate arti­cle.

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