Top 10 cities in Europe to visit in your lifetime

Georgina Willcox | 31 January 2024
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Thinking about taking a European city break? Europe has some of the most beautiful cities all with their own distinctive charm, cuisine, culture, history and even some UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Let's uncover some of the best European cities and the top sights they have to offer. 

1. Berlin

Visit Brandenburg Gate

There are many interesting facts about Berlin, the capital city of Germany boasts a rich history and vibrant culture. Some of the top landmarks to see on a Berlin City Break include The Brandenburg Gate, a symbol for peace and unity, remnants of the infamous Berlin Wall and the East Side Galley, a section of the Wall adorned with murals and the Reichstag Building, home to the German Parliament.

2. Prague

Discover Charles Bridge

Known as the "City of a Hundred Spires," a city break in Prague will enchant you with its fairytale-like charm. Wander through the cobblestone streets of Old Town Square, marvel at the intricate architecture of Prague Castle, cross the famous Charles Bridge and see the historic Astronomical Clock. 

3. Rome

See the iconic Rome Colosseum

The Eternal City, Rome, is a living museum of ancient history and architecture. On a Rome City Breaksee the iconic Colosseum, explore the Roman Forum and make a wish at the Trevi Fountain. There are plenty of things to do in Rome and if you have free time then take a day trip to The Vatican City, home to St. Peter's Basilica and the Sistine Chapel. 

4. Vienna

Guided tour of Schonbrunn Palace

There are many reasons to fall in love with Vienna, the opulent capital of Austria is full of grand palaces, musical legacies, culture and art. On a Vienna City Break, learn more about the Habsburg empire with a tour of Schonbrunn Palace, the main summer residence of the royal family, enjoy a slice of Sachertorte or a cup of coffee at a traditional Viennese café or experience a concert at the Vienna State Opera. It's also one of the top places to go for Christmas Markets in Europe as the city becomes even more enchanting during the festive season.

5. Lisbon

Guided tours of Lisbon

Portugal's capital has a fascinating heritage, the city itself is extremely beautiful with its stunning pastel-coloured buildings, neoclassic architecture and mosaic-paved streets. Some of the top sights to see on a Lisbon City Break include Belém Tower and Monument of the Discoveries, both of these landmarks are symbols for the Portuguese Age of Exploration. Also the custard tart pastry Pastel de nata was created here and you'll find plenty of places to sample this tasty treat! Check out our other blog post for further insight on why you need to visit Lisbon.

6. Nice

Guided tours of Nice

Travel to the French Riviera for sunshine, art and Mediterranean cuisine on a relaxing city break in Nice. Unwind on the stunning beaches, stroll along the Promenade des Anglais and explore the Old Town. For a taste of the good life, you can easily take a day trip to Monaco, a glamourous and luxurious destination famous for its Monte Carlo Casino and hosting the annual Grand Prix.

7. Istanbul

Guided tours of Istanbul

There are many top highlights of Istanbul, a place where East meets West. On an Istanbul City Break visit the Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque in the historic Sultanahmet district. Wander through the bustling Grand Bazaar, cruise the Bosphorus, and savour the flavours of Turkish cuisine.

8. Reykjavik

Guided tours of Reykjavik

The world's northernmost capital, a city break in Reykjavik offers a blend of quirky urban landscapes and natural wonders. Relax in the famous Blue Lagoon with its geothermal and therapeutic waters, take the Golden Circle tour to see some of Iceland's famous landmarks like Gullfoss Waterfall. If you visit Iceland at the right time of year and the weather conditions are ideal, there may be a chance to see the magical Northern Lights. 

9. Ljubljana

Guided tours of Ljubljana

The capital of Slovenia and a relatively untouched gem of central Europe. On a Ljubljana City Break, you can wander through the charming old town, visit Ljubljana Castle which offers panoramic views of the city and cross the Dragon Bridge which is adorned with dragon sculptures. It's also easy to take a day trip to Lake Bled, a stunning destination nestled in the Julian Alps of Slovenia. 

10. Krakow

Discover Wawel Castle on guided Krakow tour

Krakow, with its medieval charm, is a city steeped in history and culture. On a Krakow City Break, explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Old Town Square, visit Wawel Castle, the Jewish quarter and sample traditional Polish dishes like Pierogi. It's also possible to take a day trip from Krakow to Auschwitz, one of the most infamous concentration camps operated by the Nazi regime or alternatively we recommend a visit to the Wieliczka Salt Mines.

Our guided city breaks are a fantastic, hassle-free way to discover the wonderful cities of the top European destinations at great-value prices. Don't delay, book your European city break today!

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