What are the most beautiful cities in Europe for a city trip by plane? We selected our own top 10 most beautiful European cities, which beautiful in spring, summer, autumn and winter. All cities are full of classic sights, ambience and historic splendour. Maybe we give you some ideas for your next city trip!
- Lisbon, Portugal
Lisbon is the capital of Portugal. It is one of the most romantic cities for a city trip, making it the perfect destination to go here with the love of your life. The Portuguese capital extends over seven hills on the north side of the Tagus River. Take a look at the lovely streets in Alfama’s, the historic district in the heart of the city. Admire the medieval architecture of churches and small town squares. Visit the Castelo de São Jorge, which rises high above the city, and greets you by the guitar sounds of musicians that contribute to the romantic appearance of the streets. Be prepared to listen to Fado, Lisbon’s own music style. Lisbon International Airport is 10 kilometers north of the city center. By metro, bus and train you can reach the city easily.
- Zagreb, Croatia
The relaxed Zagreb is the culture and political heart of Croatia. Culture in Zagreb is widely present with a lot of theaters and certainly sixty museums and art galleries. Recommendations are the Museum of Modern Art and the Art Pavilion. Zagreb is also very cheap, for about five euros you can have a good meal here. Explore everything by bike or car. There are countless cycling routes leading you through valleys, villages, castles and rivers. For maps and detailed information visit the website of the tourist center of Zagreb.
- Rome, Italy
Rome is a true open-air museum and, according to many, the most beautiful city in Italy and perhaps also the most beautiful city in Europe. Here you will find the famous Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, Vatican City, the Angels Palace, the Vittorio Emanuele Monument and the Pantheon. Let yourself be overwhelmed by Vatican City! In this small state of the Pope, you can spend days between the most spectacular highlights. St. Peter’s Basilica was by far the largest church in the world. If you climb the giant dome, you have a beautiful view of the city. You can also go to the famous painting “The Creation of Adam” of Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel with your own eyes. Rome has so much to offer. You can stay here for weeks!
4. Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia located in northern Spain, is one of the best beach towns in the world. And that’s no more than just because a few steps away from the center is a mere five kilometers of golden beach on the Mediterranean. Perfect for those who want to combine a citytrip in Barcelona with a beach trip on the Spanish coast! The beach is divided under different names and stretches from the old fishing district of La Barceloneta to the north to Badalona. If you say Barcelona and culture in one breath, you probably think of Gaudí. The Catalan capital is also known for the signature of this Spanish architect, next to the best beach town. Gaudí has influenced Barcelona a lot. The highlight – literally and figuratively – is the huge Basilica of Sagrada Família, located in the center of the city.
- Venice, Italy
If you have already been in Venice, this feeling will usually remain unchanged. Venice is one large monumental romantic open-air museum, where a normal person just can not get enough of it. Although Venice is the most touristy city in Italy – usually a reason to stay away – this city is truly amazing! You are immediately caught by the beauty of the city. Bridges, canals, a maze of small, often dead end streets, canals, gondolas, cheerfully singing their passengers to the city, many old merchant palaces, stately squares like the world famous Piazza San Marco. We have to say that drinking or eating in this square, or actually everywhere in Venice, is very expensive!
6. Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands and is known for its tolerant policies, the canals, museums and many more sights. Nationally and internationally people travel to Amsterdam for these reasons. Take a canal tour, watch the waxes statues in Madame Tussauds or take a city walk along the hotspots. Because everything is so close, you walk quickly from A to B. The center is full of cozy narrow streets where you can have lunch or dinner. In the evening you can taste hundreds of pubs and nightlife nightclubs.
- Istanbul, Turkey
Turkey’s largest city is both European and Asian and was the capital of a powerful empire for centuries. Istanbul is now modern and traditional. More than 13 million people live in Istanbul. It is the most densely populated city in Europe and it is not hard to see why the city has such a great appeal. The fusion of east and west, reflected in the culture, architecture, art and cuisine of Istanbul, is truly unique. Istanbul’s main attraction is the Topkapi Palace, the former Sultan Palace. It is a huge building in which you not only find different museums, but also the former harem. The Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet Mosque), near Hagia Sophia, is the largest mosque of the city. It is the only mosque in the world with six minarets (towers). The mosque is the symbol of the city of Istanbul and very popular with tourists and inhabitants. The mosque thanks its name to the thousands of blue tiles with which the mosque is lined with.
- Prague, Czech Republic
Most of the sights in Prague can be found in the city center. Here is the famous clock of Prague, you will find hundreds of shops and is the central point between Prague Castle, Charles Bridge, Jewish Quarter and the cozy district of Malá Strana. The 520 meter long Charles Bridge, which connects the Old Town and the Malá Strana district, is one of the most famous bridges in the world. Of course, this is due to the beautiful towers at the beginning and end, and through the 30 holy statues. In Prague there are plenty of things to do. But even when the sun goes down, there is enough to do. There is a very large underground scene where you can have a great time!
9. Vienna, Austria
Vienna does not have the most ‘hip’ reputation as a European city trip, but is one of the most beautiful European cities in the classic sense of the word. The city on the Danube is the cultural, political and economic heart of Austria. The rich history is reflected in many beautiful museums and historic buildings. Vienna is also the world center of classical music, and the (former) living and workplace of famous composers like Mozart and Beethoven.
10. Sevilla, Spain
The Andalusian capital of Seville is one of Spain’s finest and most beautiful cities, full of atmospheric squares, beautiful historic buildings, orange trees and delicious tapas. Sevilla is ideally suited for a weekend getaway in autumn, winter or spring. The city has the warmest climate of all of Spain, and even in the winter months it is 16 degrees on average. One of Seville’s most distinctive sights is the fabulous Plaza de España. This oval square is almost 50,000 m2 in size and decorated with painted ceramic tiles, fountains, bridges and baroque arcades. Don’t forget to visit the mighty Catedral & La Giralda (formerly a mosque) and struck through the alleys and squares of the former Jewish Quarter Barrio Santa Cruz, where it sticks to the cozy tapas bar.