Europe is a fabulous, bustling continent, full of culture, quirkiness and charisma. It is home to many extraordinary countries with fantastic cities that you simply cannot miss out on.
Europe and Asia meet in Istanbul, this year's #3 Travelers' Choice Destination in the World, where breathtaking ancient architecture coexists with modern restaurants and nightlife. The city's mosques, bazaars, and hammams (Turkish baths) could keep you happily occupied for your entire trip. Start with the awe-inspiring Sultan Ahmet Camii (Blue Mosque), visible from many points of the city. Stroll the Galata Bridge and stop by the Miniaturk Park to see its tiny artifacts. The Grand Bazaar has thousands of shops to browse, while the Egyptian Bazaar is a fragrant trove of spices and fruits.
10. Berlin, Germany.
This city has been underrated because of the disputes Germany has had, but rest assured, the city is one not to be missed. The hot summers and freezing cold winters attract many a tourist but the city itself is the main attraction. From the Berlin Wall to the Brandenburg Gate, the story of Germany is beautifully carved into the architecture of this marvellous city. The nightlife is a big hit with tourists as well, causing quite a stir across Europe. Berlin is simply unmissable for travellers of all ages.
9. Copenhagen, Denmark.
The Danish capital is definitely a great destination for the typical traveller. The old style city is beautiful, complete with a picturesque coastal view of the quaint little city, renowned worldwide for its beauty, tranquility and serenity. Copenhagen is bursting full of gorgeous gardens and intriguing castles, but it is the historical mysteries the really puts this city on the map. The Danes are home to some fantastic museums, monuments and architectural delights to interest everyone. From The Little Mermaid to the Nyhavn, Copenhagen is not to be overlooked.
8. London, England.
The British capital is an energetic, hyper active city, full of lights and laughter. You can enjoy shopping experiences that are unforgettable with the likes of Oxford Street fulfilling all your dreams. Buckingham Palace is a fab view for all the monarchy lovers while the Tower of London is a great place for anyone wanting a frightening history class. The traditional English food with afternoon tea is a hilarious experience for any foreign traveller. From the fashion industry to the blissful reality that is London, you will be sure to love your English adventure.
7. Athens, Greece.
This beautiful city is a superb city for any new traveler. It hosts a wide range of things to do, especially if you love history, like me. From the Parthenon to the Acropolis, the ancient Greeks were centuries ahead of their time and their wondrous architecture still stands today. Tours of the city are common as well with taxis and shuttle buses being the main means of transport. For the more traditional travelers, there is a wide range of stunning beaches to visit and soak up the sun. Greece is a travelers must.
6. Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
The Dutch capital is bursting full of character, charm and beauty. From cycles along the colourful streets to a ride along the canal, it truly is a gorgeous city. You can explore wonders such as the Anne Frank House to the Vondelpark and beyond. This vibrant, quirky city has to be a hit with any traveller. The Rijksmuseum is a fantastic opportunity to submerse yourself in an interesting history lesson while the Artis Zoo is fantastic experience for everyone. Amsterdam is top of the class in best European cities.
5. Dublin, Ireland.
The Irish capital is a fantastic city, full of fun and laughter. It is full of exciting things to do, especially for the pub-goers from hundreds of puns to a tour around the Guinness factory. The streets are packed full of vibrant music from buskers and is stuffed full of great items for all the family. The city hosts lots of fabulous restaurants for you to enjoy which a classy view of the River Liffey. The Irish will charm you into one of the best holidays of your life.
4. Paris, France.
This marvellous city has been a hit in Europe for centuries. From the towering Eiffel Tower, to the Louvre to the Arc de Triomphe, Paris is a city full of surprises around every corner. The French are famed for this fabulous food and womanising attitude and is a must for anybody wanting to go on a romantic break. Sitting on the river Seine, Paris is one of the most breath-taking cities Europe has on display, and it must be a first on your European road trip.
3. Budapest, Hungary.
The Hungarian capital has become increasingly popular in recent years, with its natural charm and historical significance making it a must for any interested traveller. The old city vibe is swarming in this magical city. From historical buildings and museums to fun tours on bicycles and Segways, there’s a side to Budapest that everyone can explore. It has been made very prominent to in recent times after George Ezra’s hit song ‘Budapest’. The many speciality museums are becoming a hit with travellers as you can now explore what it was like living in a Jewish country during World War Two. This marvellous city has so much to offer and has to be a must in everyone’s bucket list.
2. Rome, Italy.
Italy’s capital is home to some of the most brilliant wonders Europe has to offer from fantastic food to amazing architectural wonders to the cheeky Italian charm, there is a Rome for everybody. Rome has been cited as they most beautiful European city, which also hosts the world’s smallest nation, the Vatican City. From the amazing Colosseum and Pantheon to the many churches and tours, this city is a place you have to visit.
1. Kraków, Poland.
Poland’s hidden gem is one of the greatest cities ever to appear. This amazing city is a must for any traveller, of all ages. From the dazzling Main Square, complete with St. Mary’s Basilica to the enormous shopping malls, it truly is spectacular. The quaint little streets offer many fun items and there are tours in the city and to places like the notorious Nazi camp, Auschwitz. This astonishing city is one of the best Europe has to offer with its vibrant personality and illustrated history. Kraków, in one word, is majestic.