Even though it’s almost winter in Australia, I know summer is coming for the rest of you… Which means it’s time to think about your next vacation! Although Australia is beautiful, I’m definitely missing Europe, so I thought I’d write about some of the top European cities to visit. Europe is a vast place, with many countries and fabulous cities to explore.
You probably already have many of the more well-known cities on your bucket list, but I thought I would share with you some of my top picks for the perfect European adventure. Who knows it might entice you to book an escape to one of these places yourself.
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London, England is by far one of the most populated capital cities in Europe, and for good reason. There is so much to see and do there. You have some of the best shopping around, fabulous attractions such as Buckingham Palace and the London Eye, as well as Big Ben and Westminster. I also think it’s a nice place to go with the big royal wedding coming up!
Beside royalty and loads of historical places to visit, London also has some of the best restaurants and vibrant bars in the world. It really is a city with loads going on. If you go, I definitely recommend going for a longer period of time because there is seriously TONS to do. I also recommend having a higher budget and booking one of those hop on-hop off bus tickets (it’s definitely worth it in this city).
I’m thinking of writing a post on the must-sees and must-eats in London soon — let me know if you’d like to see my recommendations.
Now… you all know I love Barcelona –it was my home for a good two years. So I can go on and on about Barcelona — but in the simplest way possible — you HAVE to see it. Maybe you want a city with the coast, with culture, where they speak a beautiful language, etc. This city has something for everyone.
Football (soccer) lovers will enjoy visiting the Nou Camp where FC Barcelona is based, and shopping lovers will enjoy getting lost in the streets of endless boutiques and stores. And in the summertime… it’s the perfect weather to wear summer clothes and relax on the beach (but not in Barceloneta).
Read more about How to Tourist like a Local in Barcelona!
What about the city of love? Paris is the most romantic European city — so seeing it is a must (and there’s no need to wait for your soul mate). It’s perfect for couples, groups of friends, and for families. There’s a lot to see and do, and you can find great places to stay at, such as the Courtyard Paris Boulogne. Ooo la la!
With a ton of artwork, museums, and beautiful spots like the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, and even Disneyland Paris, you can have a ton of fun. It’s also easy to get around thanks to the subway and trains, so there is no excuse when it comes to exploring this city.
Although Budapest is probably not high up on your bucket list, it is certainly one of the best and underrated European cities (AND one of my favorites!). There is the vibrant city that is filled with bars and restaurants, and then you have the quaint old town which has a great museum and other places to explore. The city is one of the cleanest I have been to (besides Luxembourg) and also feels super safe. On top of all that, it’s one of the cheaper cities in Europe (compared to London and Paris), has DELICIOUS food and awesome nightlife. I would definitely add it to your bucket list if it’s not on there yet. I can’t wait to go back!
Finally…there’s Prague in the Czech Republic. It’s a smaller city with lots of history, and even though it’s more well-known for its Old Town Square, there’s a lot more going on. They have some Jewish monuments, awesome festivals and markets, as well as a cool labyrinth. Right in the heart of the historic region, you’ll also find beautiful architecture and gothic churches. If you’re already in Budapest, you might as well stop by Prague and check it out for yourself.
Which are your favorite European cities?
Every country in Europe is beautiful in its own way — and I definitely recommend visiting all the countries if you can. (I’m still working on that!) I’m assuming once I visit Greece, that will also be on my lists, but as of now, these are my top European cities and I can’t wait to add more!
Let me know which cities you enjoyed visiting or that have stolen your heart.