The 7 most visited cities in Europe

European countries are full of vibrant cities bursting with culture and scenic landscapes, ranging from the countryside of France and Italy to Spain. With so many beautiful places boasting natural wonders and must-see sights, it comes as no surprise that deciding which spots to visit in Europe can be difficult.

  1. Paris

The City of Light draws millions of visitors every year with its unforgettable ambiance. Of course, the divine cuisine and vast art collections deserve some of the credit as well. The gentle River Seine rambles through the city.

Containing world-class museums, fashion, cuisine, and an atmosphere all its own, Paris is also a city of “many splendors,” as Ernest Hemingway recalled in his memoir, “A Moveable Feast.” Visit the beloved Musée d’Orsay, shop the biggest designers on the Champs Élysées, hit the boutiques in Le Marais, take in the view atop the Eiffel Tower, or even plan a day trip to Versailles Palace. But don’t miss out on the simple pleasure of meandering through the marvelous arrondissements (districts) or snacking on street crepes either.

  1. Rome

Rome, the city of seven hills, enjoyed a mythic beginning. Whether it’s the mystery of nearby Vatican City or the ghosts of the Colosseum, an afternoon caffè on Piazza Navona, or a piled-high plate of pasta at a trattoria, Rome is sure to enchant.

Rome, Italy’s capital city, Rome is also known for a history that dates back to the eras of Octavian, Julius Caesar and Hadrian, among others. Left behind are structures like the Pantheon, the Roman Forum and dozens of churches, among other historic gems. Art enthusiasts will relish the trove of art housed at the Vatican Museums, and foodies will enjoy the splendid Italian fare, not to mention the gelato.

  1. Zurich

Located south of Zurich, Bern, and Basel, the Swiss Alps are a haven for winter sports enthusiasts. While skiing, hiking, and snowboarding tend to dominate this region, you’ll also discover quaint towns, serene lakes, and gorgeous scenery that can be experienced year-round. Luxury mountain resorts are available throughout the region as well, making it a playground for all sorts of travelers. Additionally, no trip to the Swiss Alps would be complete without indulging in some warm, gooey cheese fondue and melt-in-your-mouth Swiss chocolate.

  1. Barcelona

Barcelona contains both the authentically historic and the wildly bizarre.

And while the beach lures locals and visitors in droves, it’s the cosmopolitan city that really dazzles. Much of the activity revolves around the Ciutat Vella (or Old City), a series of narrow streets and alleys packed with restaurants, cafes, and nightclubs, and the home of Las Ramblas—the wide, tree-lined thoroughfare that’s long been the hub of the city.

Just as unmissable are Antoni Gaudí’s masterpieces; the architect, famous for his distinctive Catalan art nouveau style, was the brains behind the city’s wavy, whimsical creations, from Casa Milà and Casa Batlló to La Sagrada Família. Beyond Gaudí’s influential mark, you’ll find an eclectic shopping scene, a slew of museums, plenty of parks, and exquisite food and wine.

  1. Prague

A prosperous and bustling city, Prague now attracts more tourists than ever. Today, its storied churches, narrow streets, daunting hilltop castle, and statue-lined bridges create the scene of an urban fairy tale.

Once overlooked in favor of its flashier neighbors to the west, Prague was a hidden gem. But the city couldn’t keep its marvels a secret for too long—now, it’s a haven for travelers seeking awe-inspiring experiences at affordable prices. Even today, top attractions, including the famous Charles Bridge and the historic Prague Castle, offer free admission, and many hotels offer rooms at a fraction of the cost of other European cities.

  1. Venice

Venice is enchanting. Yes, that may be cliché to say, but once you see the city on the water for yourself, you’ll surely agree. Step out of the Santa Lucia train station, and the breathtaking Grand Canal will soon greet you. The Gallerie dell’Accademia hangs works by Titian, Veronese, and other famed Venetians, and the Teatro La Fenice puts on some world-renowned operas. You can also travel to nearby islands like Lido for the beach, Murano for the well-known glass, and Burano for its lace.

  1. Zakopane

Zakopane is a town located in the extreme south of Poland, near the border with Slovakia. It lies in the valley between the Tatra Mountains and Gubałówka Hill. Zakopane is located 85 km south of the district capital Kraków, and from there it can be reached by train or bus (see info below). The population of Zakopane is about 28, 000 people.

In the winter, thousands arrive in Zakopane to ski, especially around Christmas and in February. The best snow conditions are between January and late April, though sometimes Kasprowy Wierch is open for skiing into early May. The most popular spots are Kasprowy Wierch, Nosal, and Gubałówka Hill. The Polish Ski Resort of Zakopane has direct access to 16 individual pistes, served by 20 ski lifts.

Guldana Yelubay


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