60 Amazing Photos of 30 Most Beautiful European Cities

Europe, in particular ancient Greece, is the birthplace of Western culture. The Western Roman Empire, The Renaissance, The Industrial Revolution, The World War II and countless other interactions between the many countries in this world second-smallest continent created such diverse mix of classical beauty, awesome architectures, historical ruins with modern living of arts and cultures.

Almost all European cities offers to some degree of classic beauty with their very own unique amazing historical stories. We have selected 30 commonly considered most beautiful cities and have searched for 60 awesome photos of these cities in this blog post. As usual, we have crated a custom google map to let us take a bird eye view of the geographic location of these cities. The map is located at the very end of this post.

Please enjoy the 60 awesome photos and a brief description of key high lights of the cities.

Nice, France

Nice, capital of the French Riviera, was founded by the Greeks and later a retreat for 19th-century Europe’s elite. The city today is a nice balance between the old-world decadence with modern urban energy. Nice is renowed for its food and art works in museums.

Nice, France Source: https://flic.kr/p/sRVAZT

Place Massena, Nice, France Source: https://flic.kr/p/tbeiZ4

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, capital of the Czech Republic, is bisected by the Vltava River. Nicknamed “the City of a Hundred Spires,” it's known for its Old Town Square, the heart of its historic core, with colorful baroque buildings, Gothic churches and the medieval Astronomical Clock and popular shows. The Charles Bridge is lined with 30 statues of saints is a landmark for Prague.

Old Town Square, Prague, Czech Republic Source: https://flic.kr/p/dUCAg1
Charles Bridge, Prague, Czech Republic. Source: https://flic.kr/p/dnfiXo


Amsterdam is the Netherlands’ capital, has a rather strong artistic heritage. It has an extensive system of canal system surrounded by narrow houses and 400km of cycle paths.  Its Museum District houses works by Rembrandt and Vermeer at the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum and modern art at the Stedelijk.
Amsterdam,Germany Source: https://flic.kr/p/7xLH5f
Anna frank Amsterdam house, Amsterdam, Germany Source: https://flic.kr/p/8KsKqB

London, United Kingdom

London, England’s capital, set on the River Thames, is a 21st-century city with history stretching back to Roman times. It is also the biggest city in Europe. It has an extensive collection of classic architecture. The Houses of Parliament, the iconic ‘Big Ben’ clock tower and Westminster Abbey, site of British monarch coronations are all world famous landmarks for the city.

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Cityscape of London, United Kingdom https://flic.kr/p/qoSFZm

Birmingham, United Kingdom

Birmingham is a major city in England’s West Midlands region. It use to be a manufacturing powerhouse in the Industrial Revolution-era and have left many landmarks to remind us of its history. It’s also home to an extensive network of canals, many of which radiate from Sherborne Wharf and are lined with trendy cafes and bars. The Victorian Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is known for pre-Raphaelite masterpieces located in the center of the city.
Selfridges Building, Birmingham, United Kingdom Source: https://flic.kr/p/bqcXjv
Magistrates' Courts  Victoria Law Courts, Birmingham, United Kingdom, https://flic.kr/p/6wvy41

Porto, Portugal

Porto is a coastal city in northwest Portugal. It is best known for its stately bridges and Port wine production. In the medieval Ribeira (riverside) district, narrow cobbled streets wind past merchants’ houses and cafes offer a great expereience for tourist. São Francisco church is known for its lavish baroque interior with ornate gilded carvings. The palatial 19th-century Palácio de Bolsawas built to impress potential European investors.

Porto, Portugal Source: https://flic.kr/p/h244Z8

The Luís Bridge. Porto, Portugal Source: https://flic.kr/p/7ZrZqt

Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon, Portugal capital, is a coastal city known for its cafe culture and soulful Fado music. It is also a city built on hill offering a great slopping array of houses and building. São Jorge Castle, Tagus Estuary and the Ponte 25 de Abril suspension bridge are many popular tourist spots. Nearby, the National Azulejo Museum displays 5 centuries of decorative ceramic tiles.

Lisbon, Portugal Source: https://flic.kr/p/pjTGzY
Museo da cerveja, Lisbon, Portugal Source: https://flic.kr/p/AjoYtX

Madrid, Spain

Madrid, Spain's central capital, is a city of elegant boulevards and expansive, manicured parks such as the Buen Retiro. It’s renowned for its rich repositories of European art. The Prado Museum’s works by Goya, Velázquez and other Spanish masters are just a small sample of the vast collection of master art pieces. The heart of old Hapsburg Madrid is the portico-lined Plaza Mayor. Nearby the plaza is the baroque Royal Palace and Armory for displaying historic weaponry.

Plaza Mayor, Madrid, Spain Source: https://flic.kr/p/eUm5n3
CBA building (Círculo de Bellas Artes), Madrid, Spain Source: https://flic.kr/p/5QXEN6

Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona, the cosmopolitan capital of Spain’s Catalonia region, is defined by quirky art and architecture, imaginative food and vibrant street life. I has many medieval architectures in the mazelike Gothic Quarter. Sagrada Família church the central Boqueria market, ranges from fine dining to tiny tapas bars are popular tourist spots.

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View from Mont Juic, Barcelona, Spain Source: https//flic.kr/p/8YRYMz

Vienna, Austria

Vienna is the capital of Austria. It lives and breath artistic and intellectual legacy with residents including Mozart, Beethoven and Sigmund Freud. The city is also known for its Imperial palaces, including Schönbrunn, the Habsburgs’ summer residence.

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Karlskirche Church, Vienna, Australia https://flic.kr/p/awWEW

Venice, Italy

The enchanting Venice is the capital of northern Italy’s Veneto region. It is built on more than 100 small islands in a marshy lagoon in the Adriatic Sea. There are no cars or roadways, just canals and boats. The Grand Canal snakes through the city, which is filled with innumerable narrow, mazelike alleys and small squares.

Ferrovia, Venice, Italy, https://flic.kr/p/nBQwT1

Gondolas, Venice, Italy https://flic.kr/p/nBQwT1

Paris, France

Paris, France's capital, is a major European city and a global center for art, fashion, gastronomy and culture. Its picturesque 19th-century cityscape is crisscrossed by wide boulevards and the River Seine. Beyond such landmarks as the Eiffel Tower and the 12th-century, Gothic Notre-Dame cathedral, the city is known for its cafe culture, and designer boutiques along the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré. If you are into shopping for luxury items, Paris is always the place to go!

Bateaux Mouches, Paris, France Source: https://flic.kr/p/oWmFWV

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Seville, Spain

Seville is the capital of southern Spain’s Andalusia region.  The Triana neighborhood is known for the famous  flamenco dance. The Alcázar castle complex, built during the Moorish Almohad dynasty, and its 18th-century Plaza de Toros de la Real Maestranza bullring is one of the famous landmarks. The massive Gothic cathedral is the site of Christopher Columbus’s tomb and a famous minaret turned belltower, the Giralda.

Cathedral Church, Seville Source:https://flic.krp//8PDrtb

Plaza de España de Sevilla, Spain Source: https://flic.kr/p/6wASV4

Florence, Italy

Florence is the birthplace of the Renaissance and home to masterpieces of art and architecture. One of its most iconic sites is the Florence Cathedral, with its terra-cotta-tiled dome engineered by Brunelleschi and bell tower designed by Giotto.

Forence, Italy Source: https://flic.kr/p/9ghJpc

S.Maria Novella Source: https://flic.krp/q/JmLF7

Brussels, Belgium

Brussels is Belgium’s capital and home to the headquarters of the European Union. The city also offers much entertainment for its visitors. The ornate Grand-Place at the heart of the city has shops and cafes inside 17th-century guildhouses. The intricate Gothic Hôtel de Ville (town hall) has a unique and distinctive bell tower. The 19th-century Maison du Roi houses the Musée de la Ville de Bruxelles history museum is a great place to site see as well.

Grand Place, Brussels, Belgium Source:https://flic.kr/p/amzyq1

The Brussels 2014 Flower Carpet on the Grand Place - By Night, Brussels, Belgium Source: https://flic.kr/p/oRQWDp

Berlin, Germany

Berlin, Germany’s capital and cultural center, dates to the 13th century. It has grown out of the the Cold War and has become a center for art scene, nightlife and modern architecture. The  Holocaust Memorial and the Berlin Wall's graffitied remains, however, remind us of it's old difficult time. Today its 18th-century Brandenburg Gate has become an iconic symbol of reunification.

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Konzerthaus, Berlin, Germany Source: https://flic.kr/p/papD54

Hamburg, Germany

Hamburg, a major port city in northern Germany, is connected to the North Sea by the Elbe River. It is one of the world busiest ports. It's crossed by hundreds of canals, and also contains large areas of parkland. Its central Jungfernstieg boulevard connects the Altstadt (old town) and the Neustadt, passing Binnenalster lake, dotted with boats and surrounded by cafes and restaurants. Don't forget to dive into a great meal of Oysters and traditional Aalsuppe (soup) which are local specialties.

Hamburg Rathaus (City Hall), Hamburg, Germany Source:https://flic.kr/p/fTrXqL

Wandrahmfleet Canal, Hafencity, Hamburg, Germany Source: https://flic.kr/p/jbBuKX

Munich, Germany

Munich, the capital of Bavaria, offers tourists large collection of centuries-old buildings and numerous museums for site seeing. The city is known for its annual Oktoberfest celebration and cavernous beer halls. In the walkable Old Town, Marienplatz is a central square containing landmarks.
Parish Church of St Luke and St John the Baptist Parish Church, Munich, Germany https://flic.kr/p/o7ZUR8

The Bavarian State Chancellery, Munich, Germany https://flic.kr/p/oPErzM

Dublin, Ireland

Dublin, capital of the Republic of Ireland, is on Ireland’s east coast at the mouth of the River Liffey. Medieval buildings include 13th-century Dublin Castle and imposing St. Patrick’s Cathedral, founded in 1191 are tourist landmarks. Experience Dublin's cultural to Irish Film Institute in the Temple Bar area at the riverside. Main shopping area is in Grafton Street, where local buskers are plentiful to make shopping more fun.

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The Liffey river, Dublin, Ireland Source https://flic.kr/p/nKFor6

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh, Scotland's capital, has a medieval Old Town and an elegant Georgian New Town, with gardens and neoclassical buildings. Both Old and New Town are enlisted as World's Heritage Sites. Edinburgh Castle, home to Scotland’s crown jewels and the Stone of Destiny, was traditionally used in the coronation of Scottish rulers. There are plenty of other medieval structures to welcome travellers' visits.
Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh, United Kingdom Source:https://flic.kr/p/6syuzN

View from Calton Hill, Edinburgh, United Kingdom Source: https://flic.kr/p/vtFNQN

Warsaw, Poland

Warsaw is the capital city of Poland. Warsaw has been through rather violate history in World War II and was beaten severely.  However, after the WWII, the city has faithfully restore its pre-war appearance. Today, the city is Poland's cultural hub with thriving nightlife filled with both classical and underground music. Classic structures like Gothic churches and neoclassical palaces to Soviet-era blocks and modern skyscrapers together give Warsaw a full texture of a tasteful classic city with modern life.

Old Town, Warsaw, Poland Source:https://flic.kr/p/d2g77J

Warsaw, Poland Source:https://flic.kr/p/v8FdcA

Krakow, Poland

Krakow, a southern Poland city found in the 7th century, located near the border of the Czech Republic, is known for its well-preserved medieval core and Jewish quarter. The Planty Park and the remnants of the city's medieval walls wrap around the Old Town area. The area is the centre of the stately Rynek Glówny (market square), site of Cloth Hall, a Renaissance-era trading outpost, and St. Mary’s Basilica, a 14th-century Gothic church. The Oskar Schindler Factory is one must-see for someone to seek a piece of the world war history of Poland.

Krakow, Poland Source: https://flic.kr/p/dJ6iLX

St. Mary's basilica, Krakow, Poland Source:https://flic.kr/p/e7E8D5

Budapest, Hungary

Hungary’s capital Budapest is most famous for the River Danube and the 19th-century Chain Bridge, St. Stephen's Basilica. The Budapest History Museum traces life from Roman times onwards is situated in the Old Town area. Go to Trinity Square to see the 13th-century Matthias Church and the turrets of the Fishermen’s Bastion. Budapest has a mix to of western and eastern European culture.

Millennium Monument, Budapest, Hungry Source:https://flic.kr/p/c7KoKJ

Parliment of Budapest, Hungry https://flic.kr/p/djcHQP

Split, Croatia

Split, a town on Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast, is known for its beaches and many Roman's ruins. The Diocletian's Palace, fortresslike complex at its center, was erected by the Roman emperor in the 4th century. Diocletian's Palace, Ivan Meštrović Gallery and Cathedral of Saint Domnius are good tourist spots to visit.

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Rome, Italy

Italy’s capital Rome is a cosmopolitan city with nearly 3,000 years of globally influential art, architecture and culture on display. It's most famous for its ancient ruins such as the Roman Forum and the Colosseum, which remind us of the power of the former Roman Empire. The headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church, boasts St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museums are must-see spots.

The Colosseum, Rome, Italy Source: https://flic.kr/p/e7M5Qx

The Saint Peter dome view from the Gianicolo hill, Rome, Italy Source: https://flic.kr/p/5eLRAK

Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul is a city in Turkey that straddles Europe and Asia across the Bosphorus Strait. The Old City reflects cultural influences of the many empires that once ruled here. Enjoy the chariot races  in the open-air Roman-era Hippodrome in  in the  Sultanahmet district. was for centuries the site of chariot races. The Byzantine Hagia Sophia features a soaring dome and Christian mosaics structure.
the main square Istanbu, Turkey Source: https://flic.kr/p/djcHw4

Gran baazar, Istanbu, Turkey Source:https://flic.kr/p/dBdaCQ

Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik, Iceland’s coastal capital, is renowned for the late-night clubs and bars in its compact center. It's home to the National and Saga museums tell the stories of Iceland’s Viking history. The Hallgrimskirkja church and rotating Perlan glass dome let tourist a panorama views of the sea and nearby hills. The geothermal Blue Lagoon spa is a world famous and distinctive resort captures lots of photos of tourist.

Reykjavik, Iceland Source: https://flic.kr/p/bKzWG

Sunship, Reykjavik, Iceland Source:https://flic.kr/p/QKtgC

Milan, Italy

Milan, a metropolis in Italy's northern Lombardy region, is a global capital of fashion and design. As a financial hub, it is the national stock exchange for italy. With fashion and finance in one body, it’s the place to go for high-end dining and shopping. The Gothic Duomo di Milano cathedral and the Santa Maria delle Grazie convent with the Leonardo da Vinci’s fresco “The Last Supper” inside show demonstrate Milan as a leading hub of art and culture.

Cathedral, Milan, Italy Source: https://flic.kr/p/oct5C1

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Palermo, Italy

Palermo is an urban melting pot characterized by history and culture so diverse that it often feels conflicted. With a history dating back to 734 BC, we are not surprise to see a wide range of architectural styles, from Arabian domes to baroque buildings, and enjoy delicious cuisine that spans a variety of origins. Visit the Palace of the Normans, the Palatine Chapel and the church of St. John of the Hermits to feel the classic architectures and visit the Galleria d’Arte Moderna (the “GAM”) for art and music. Go to the Teatro Massimo for The Salinas or an opera or ballet show.

Cathedral Church, Palermo, Italy Source:https://flic.kr/p/atYi6e

Cathedral Church, Palermo, Italy Source: https://flic.kr/p/hXLUtz

Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen, Denmark’s capital, The royal family’s Amalienborg Palace, the  Christiansborg parliament building and the Renaissance Rosenborg Castle makes Copenhagen a classical beauty in Europe. Tivoli Garden is the reason someone calls Copenhagen the one of the most beautiful cities in Europe.

Apartment building 8-Tallet, Copenhagen, Denmark Source: https://flic.kr/p/zeBcxt

Harbor in Copehagen, Denmark Source: https://flic.kr/p/axUgpU

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