Updated: Jun 15, 2021
When it comes to Europe, there are certainly a lot of hidden gems worth seeing, a lot of cities that might not be as popular as we would like but still are worth seeing, however, if you are planning on visiting Europe for the very first time, there are a few cities that you should consider visiting before you decide to explore more of this continent, in today's article, I will bring you what I think are the most important cities in Europe to visit if you decide to go for the first time.
10. Amsterdam Netherlands:
The Netherlands is, without any doubt, one of the most impressive countries in Europe, famous for its tulips, cheese, bikes, and mills, but is also a country with gorgeous cities, the most popular one being Amsterdam. This city takes the concept of nightlife to a whole different level. When you visit Amsterdam, you'll be wowed by the proposal of life the people here have, the freedom that gives the city a youthful environment that will captivate everyone that visits it. A city surrounded by canals that has a lot of history on it, as well as a unique nightlife, among the museums you'll find here, is the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh museum (Highly recommended!) and the Anne Frank house (Which if you go, take into account that you'll find long waiting lines here). There are plenty of activities one can do while in Amsterdam, from biking around the city to discover their unique gastronomy and going to all of their incredible museums. Regardless of what you decide to do, how old you might be, there is something for everyone here!
9. Berlin Germany
This is not your average cosmopolitan city; this historical city was renewed entirely by the end of the second world war and divided during the cold war, this city screams history all over it, so for those history fans out there like me, there is plenty of things to see, from the many historical museums to the incredible landmarks like the Brandenburg Gate to the Memorial to the murdered Jews of Europe (Although, if you go to the memorial, please keep in mind that this is, in fact, a very significant monument, not a playground, so be respectful). But not only is this a place for those searching for museums, but this city also offers a very vivid nightlife for those who enjoy the late nights. So make sure to visit this unique city on your next trip to Europe!
8. Vienna Austria
There are only a few cities in the world that embrace the present and their past as well as Vienna does, here you'll find palaces, mesmerizing gardens, the famous Opera (Which you should go and see at least one night) and thousands of cafes you won't want to miss, this city is extraordinary, and I'm sure it takes a special place in the heart of everyone who has visited it. The architecture here is just breathtaking, every corner you see is beautiful, and I must say, in my opinion, this is one of the prettiest cities in all Europe. If you want to read more about Vienna, check our article where we give you more details of this city https://www.heartofhollywoodmagazine.com/post/a-weekend-in-vienna
7. Prague Czech Republic
A city recognized as UNESCO cultural patrimony, Prague is a must if you ever go to Europe; no matter what time of the year you decide to visit this gorgeous city, you'll always find how enchanting this city is. The best way to get to know the city is by walking through it, getting to know the spectacular old town, Prague Castle, which is the most ancient and big castle in Europe, and the Charles Bridge (probably the most seen landmark of Prague) a city that many people consider the most beautiful city in Europe, should be on your bucket list.
6. Helsinki Finland
If I had to choose my favorite European country, I would definitely say Finland, a country with too many things to explore, that if I made a list, it would be eternal, so let's start with their capital city Helsinki. This seaside city is unique compared to all the other big cities of Europe, beginning with the fact that there are a lot of green areas that surround the urban areas, so if you get tired of the big city environment, then you can walk a little bit you'll find yourself in a forest. Completed with the unique Nordic culture, this is a fantastic city to go to, that has a lot to offer, including a laid-back rhythm which makes the town easily approachable, during summer you'll find a lot of concerts and festivals taking place here as well as other recreational activities, and don't forget, if you ever find yourself in Finland try their saunas, I promise you, you won't regret it.
5. Paris France
A favorite among many travelers and a basic if you ever go to Europe, Paris, a city whose list of activities is endless, it has about 130+ museums, 200+ theaters, ongoing clubs, libraries, and restaurants, so it is safe to say, that this city has something to offer to all kind of tourists. Among the most popular is, of course, the Eiffel Tower, which is the landmark of this gorgeous city as well as the Louvre museum; if you go there for the first time, these attractions are a must, but they're way more things to do than just that, and the best way to discover this is by taking a walk through the city, by doing this you'll be able to find beautiful parks, cafes, and restaurants with exquisite food.
4. Copenhagen Denmark
Given the title of the happiest city in the world, it is easy to see why Copenhagen is perfect for those looking for a mixture of royal history and modern architecture; here, there are plenty of activities you'll be able to do, like seeing the botanical garden, walking through Nyhavn, take a bike tour, or visiting the famous little mermaid statue.
3. Rome Italy
What's not to love about Rome? The food, the architecture, the history, the art, this city is a traveler favorite for many reasons and a must if you go to Europe for the first time. Beauty is something you'll find in every corner here, the Colleseum, The Trevi Fountain, The Pantheon, The Roman Forum, The Spanish Steps, among many other touristic attractions. The youthful environment combined with a traditional Italian environment is perfect for the tourist who chooses to visit this beautiful capital city of Italy. You'll find one of the best gastronomies in Europe here. Also, you'll find the Vatican city that is a must, mainly because here lays the Sixtine chapel that is one of the best things you'll see in your lifetime.
2. Madrid, Spain
Madrid has to be one of the best places to go in Europe and one of the most visited capital cities in the world. This city has a lot to offer, from the most delicious gastronomy to the most vivid nightlife, this city is worth visiting. If you go to Europe for the first time, you have to make a stop here to admire the many things here, like the Prado Museum, La plaza mayor, La Puerta de Alcala, The Royal Palace, Parque el Retiro, among other great attractions. The environment here is different than most cities; it is a more relaxed environment without feeling like you're in one of the most important capitals of Europe. Spain is for sure a country you should visit at least once in your life, and Madrid should always be your first stop.
There is so much to see, so much to admire in this city that it would be almost impossible to list all of the things available to do here, but one thing is for sure if you go to Europe you can't miss going to this cosmopolitan city! You can enjoy walking by their beautiful streets or even hop on a touristic bus to sightseeing the city. The most seen places you should go are Buckingham Palace, The big ben (although right now is under restoration, it will open again in 2022), the national gallery, and if you go during Christmas time, the Christmas market. Oxford Street is also a must, as this is the most commercial street in the city and you'll probably find incredible places to drink tea here, you should also go to London Bridge, a significant landmark in the UK. There are several walking tours offered in this city that you can take, including tours about different films made in the town, like a Jack the Ripper tour, of course, a Harry Potter Tour (which by the way, the Harry Potter Studios are not too far from the city), there is a Downtown Abbey tour, or a Rock and Roll tour (As we know, many rock legends come from here). My recommendation is to take your time in this city, as there are plenty of things to do here that are worth seeing but make sure to take an umbrella with you, as you never know when you'll need it.
Before you leave, tell us which is the city you would love to visit the most, or which city in Europe did we miss on this list?
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