The Cities

So you ask, what cities should I visit? Maybe you have talked with people and heard the stories of their visits and this has stirred your curiosity and imagination. Through the years you have read or heard about historical events and want to see and experience the actual place where these events occured. You may be curious about your family’s ancestors and where they came from before immigrating to America. Depending on your interests, some cities may become more attractive for you to visit. Read about what they have to offer and you will come away with a few favorites to put on your list.

When one thinks of cities in Europe, these are most likely the names that roll off people’s lips first. These are some of Europe’s most visited as well as, interesting and famous cities. They are absolutely a must to see when visiting a particular country. They typically are the largest and in most instances the capitol of a country. Most at one time or even now, served as the centers of commerce, education and cultural of their regions or countries. In some cases some were the political home of great empires that held dominion across Europe and the world. Their rich history, culture and attractions make them the reason why they are visited more than any of the others. 

Europe’s Iconic Cities…

These cities should always be at the top of anyone’s to see list but, there are many more worth visiting. In fact some travelers find others cities more interesting for multiple reasons. Go to our Other Classical Cities page for a comprehensive list and suggestions. There are also smaller towns and villages where time has seemed to stand still for several centuries.

Find your city of interests on the list and click on the information links. The cities listed here have their own city page with detailed information:

The Acropolis
Sagrada Familia
The Reichstag’s dome

The Atomium
Hungary’s Parliament
Nyhavn Canal
Temple Bar area
St. Giles
View of the Duomo
Hagia Sophia
Wawel Castle
Bica Tram
Tower Bridge across the Thames
Parque del Retiro
The Duomo & Galleria Vittorio Emanuele
Rathaus Glockenspiel
Basilica Sacré Coeur
Castle hill on the Valtava
The Forum
Gamla Stan
The Grand Canal
Schönbrunn Palace


Bridge over the Nekar river in Heidelberg

Other Classical Cities

With so many wonderful cities spread across Europe it is very difficult to decide which to visit and which ones to miss. While these European cities may not always rank high on a travels wish list, they should to be given some serious consideration for a number of reasons.

Great European Neighborhoods

While there are many of the world famous tourists sites to see amongst Europe’s cities these are also the home to millions of people. Over the centuries neighborhoods within these cities have developed their own unique identities. A visit to these areas will reflect a culture and ambiance of the city you won’t experience by just visiting the famous tourists sites.

St. Christopher’s Place, Marylebone
Honfleur harbor

Old World Europe

Want to feel like you’re back a few centuries then visit and walk among the old towns of Europe. Some of these historic areas have been spared the severe damaged from the impact of wars, especially WW II. Others have painstakingly rebuilt brick by brick as they once where. Many of the structures are centuries old and retain their graceful age an appearance. 

Capitals of Culture

One can not emphasize exactly how much culture Europe has to offer. Europe’s ages of humanism, realism, creativity and exploration pulled Europe out of the dark ages and the rest of the world and human civilization into the modern age.

The streets of Mont St. Michel
Annual Tourists Arrivals by City…
City, Country2016201720182019World
🇬🇧 London, England, UK19,05919,82819,23319,5593
🇫🇷 Paris, France13,92615,83417,56019,0876
🇹🇷 Istanbul, Turkey9,21810,73013,43314,71510
🇮🇹 Rome, Italy9,3539,53110,06510,31716
🇨🇿 Prague, Czechia8,2008,8068,9489,15022
🇳🇱 Amsterdam, Netherlands6,8987,8488,3548,83525
🇪🇸 Barcelona, Spain6,5156,2886,7147,01633
🇮🇹 Milan, Italy6,1756,3476,4816,60435
🇦🇹 Vienna, Austria5,8676,1866,4106,63437
🇩🇪 Berlin, Germany5,5595,6275,9596,19541
🇬🇷 Athens, Greece4,5264,7975,7286,30143
🇷🇺 Moscow, Russia4,5714,8005,5105,96945
🇮🇹 Venice, Italy5,2125,3165,5025,59046
🇪🇸 Madrid, Spain5,1315,2735,4405,59747
🇮🇪 Dublin, Ireland4,8104,9865,2135,46250
🇮🇹 Florence, Italy4,8444,9415,0595,12551
🇩🇪 Munich, Germany3,3893,8294,0664,20556
🇷🇺 St. Petersburg, Russia2,8403,6003,9964,45759
🇧🇪 Brussels, Belgium2,5113,4303,9424,27660
🇭🇺 Budapest, Hungary3,5113,6543,8224,02562
🇵🇹 Lisbon, Portugal3,1363,5223,5393,63963
🇬🇷 Heraklion, Greece2,8853,1473,3713,03466
🇩🇰 Copenhagen, Denmark2,8872,9633,0693,18571
🇵🇱 Kraków, Poland2,6502,8002,8502,91074
🇵🇱 Warsaw, Poland2,7332,6302,7322,98083
🇩🇪 Frankfurt am Main, Germany2,4062,4962,6362,72887
🇸🇪 Stockholm, Sweden2,3272,4732,6042,72188
🇫🇷 Nice, France2,1642,3272,4662,58292
🇵🇹 Porto, Portugal1,9692,2322,3412,49196
🇬🇷 Rhodes, Greece2,0912,1782,3372,41497
Cities in Europe by international arrivals for 2017, 2018 & 2019 in the millions. Sources are consulting firm Euromonitor for the top 100 cities in the world.
 City, CountryPopulation City, CountryPopulation
1🇹🇷 Istanbul, Turkey14,025,64621🇨🇿 Prague, Czechia1,259,079
2🇷🇺 Moscow, Russia11,503,50122🇧🇬 Sofia, Bulgaria1,228,282
3🇬🇧 London, United Kingdom8,538,68923🇷🇺 Kazan, Russia1,176,000
4🇷🇺 St. Petersburg, Russia5,191,69024🇷🇺 Samara, Russia1,172,000
5🇩🇪 Berlin, Germany3,562,16625🇷🇸 Belgrade, Serbia1,166,763
6🇪🇸 Madrid,Spain3,165,23526🇧🇪 Brussels, Belgium1,171,828
7🇮🇹 Rome, Italy2,761,47727🇷🇺Rostov-on-Don, Russia1,104,000
8🇺🇦 Kiev, Ukraine2,848,59728🇬🇧 Birmingham, United Kingdom1,092,330
9🇫🇷 Paris, France2,241,34629🇩🇪 Cologne, Germany1,007,119
10🇧🇾 Minsk, Belarus1,949,40030🇷🇺 Volgograd, Russia 1,019,0001,019,000
11🇷🇴 Bucharest, Romania1,924,42531🇷🇺 Perm, Russia1,014,000
12🇦🇹 Vienna, Austria1,805,68132🇷🇺 Voronezh, Russia1,004,000
13🇩🇪Hamburg, Germany1,758,44833🇺🇦 Odessa, Ukraine999,359
14🇭🇺 Budapest, Hungary1,754,00034🇮🇹 Naples, Italy989,111
15🇵🇱 Warsaw, Poland1,735,42035🇺🇦 Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine982,969
16🇪🇸 Barcelona, Spain1,602,38636🇸🇪 Stockholm, Sweden921,504
17🇺🇦 Kharkiv, Ukraine1,431,56537🇳🇱 Amsterdam, Netherlands834,119
18🇩🇪 Munich, Germany1,407,83638🇪🇸 Valencia, Spain809,267
19🇮🇹 Milan, Italy1,339,97539🇭🇷 Zagreb, Croatia792,875
20🇷🇺 Nizhny Novgorod, Russia1,260,00040🇵🇱 Kraków, Poland761,900