Top 10 Places to Visit in Europe

The approaching summer holidays provide a perfect excuse to get away for a weekend (or longer). With all of the incredible cities in Europe, it can be hard to narrow down the options. Here are 10 of Verge’s must-see recommendations to pick where to take your next trip around Europe, in no particular order:

Paris, France

Looking beyond the iconic Eiffel Tower, the City of Lights is a hub for fashion, food, and beautiful architecture. Join the crowd viewing the Mona Lisa at the Louvre, then climb the over 400 steps of the Notre-Dame Cathedral to get an amazing view of the city. Don’t leave the city without trying an authentic French coffee and croissant.

 

London, England

With tons of unique neighborhoods to explore, as well as must-see landmarks like Big Ben, the Tower Bridge and Trafalgar Square, it’s easy to spend days in London without seeing everything you want to. Take a walk outside of Buckingham and Kensington Palaces to pretend you’re royalty, and go to the West End to catch a show after. Go up in the London Eye to see panoramic view of the city (there’s even a discounted student price).

Rome, Italy

Choosing just one city to visit in Italy is nearly impossible, but especially if you are a history lover, you can’t go wrong with a trip to Rome. After filling up on some of the world’s best pasta and gelato, visit the Colosseum to see where gladiators once fought, and go to the Sistine Chapel to gaze up at Michaelangelo’s famous painted ceiling. Don’t forget to bring some coins so you can make a wish at the Trevi Fountain.

Geneva, Switzerland

Geneva is the perfect place to go for stunning views. You can see the Swiss Alps, and gaze out on Lake Geneva while watching the Jet d’Eau spray water 140m into the sky. Interested in human rights? Visit the Palais des Nations to see the European headquarters of the United Nations.

Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen is one of the most bike-friendly cities in the world, so once you arrive, grab a set of wheels and go for a cycle around the city. Go for a stroll, or a boat ride, along the Nyhavn canal to see the iconic colorful buildings. You can also visit the Tivoli Gardens, one of the oldest amusement parks in the world, for shows and rides.

 

Cinque Terre, Italy

Cinque Terre is a perfect destination for travelers who love to hike, and who love to eat. You can spend a day hiking between the five towns that make up a trail along the coast of Northwest Italy, stopping for amazing food at each town. On the hike, you will see stunning colorful homes and buildings along the coast.

Dublin, Ireland

One of the things Dublin is known for is the Guinness Storehouse, where you can go to pour the perfect pint. Want to avoid the crowds? Grab a pint at another one of the hundreds of pubs in Dublin. If you’re not into beer, consider going to one of the many museums in Dublin, including one of the ones at the Dublin Castle, the Kilmainham Gaol, or the National Gallery of Ireland.

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague is another amazing place to go to see beautiful architecture and colorful buildings. Explore Old Town Square to see vendors and street performers, then cross the the Charles Bridge for a view of the Vltava River. Before you leave, snap a photo in front of the famous John Lennon wall.

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam is a vibrant, versatile city. You can visit the notorious Red Light District to notable art museums including the Van Gogh Museum, the Stedelijik Museum and the Rijksmuseum, as well as take a walk along some of the beautiful waterways. If you’re interested in World War II history, stop by Anne Frank’s House to see where she wrote her famous diary.

Barcelona, Spain

Some of the best attractions in Barcelona are architectural works by Antoni Gaudí, including the Sagrada Família, a massive and impressive church, and the Park Güell, a park system made up of gardens, and colorful buildings and stone structures. If you want to soak up some sun, you can head to the beach after going to the Mercat de la Boqueria, a large public market where you can find some incredible fresh food.