These cities almost don't require an introduction: they're woven into our collective culture, from novels to movies to historical tales, and they're all well worth the journey to get there.
Paris, being one of the most visited cities on the globe, is at the top of many Europe bucket lists, as well as travel bucket lists in general.
It is one of the best cities to visit in Europe, with the iconic Eiffel Tower, the world's largest art museum at the Louvre (not to mention the hundreds of other incredible museums in Paris), legendary cuisine, and plenty of other highlights like Notre Dame, Montmartre, and the beloved banks of the Seine.
Kate Storm in a grey dress stands on Paris's Rue de l'Universite, with the Eiffel Tower in the background.
The capital of the United Kingdom and formerly the seat of the world's most powerful empire is jam-packed with a fascinating history and famous landmarks.
London, on the other hand, has a very contemporary feel to it, enabling tourists to create an amazing London bucket list that includes historical sites like the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, and Trafalgar Square, as well as the busy Theatre District (London has one of the best theatre scenes in the world).
Plus, for millennials like us, London is home to the Warner Bros Studio London where you can experience the Harry Potter Studio Tour and a slew of other Harry Potter-themed attractions–not to mention a plethora of Harry Potter-themed goods and souvenirs!
From across the river, Big Ben and Parliament may be viewed. London is without a doubt one of Europe's finest places to visit.
It's a tight call, but we consider Rome to be our ultimate favorite city in the world on the majority of days.
With every street explored and landmark admired, Rome, dubbed the Eternal City, has a fascinating quality impressing upon you its durability, constancy, and strength.
Exploring Rome, and peeling back its layers one by one, can easily be a lifelong project. Home to icons like the Colosseum and Trevi Fountain as well as equally impressive spots that are nearly devoid of tourists, exploring Rome and peeling back its layers one by one can easily be a lifelong project.
4. Winter in Barcelona
Beaches, Gaudi, and the Gothic Quarter: a one-of-a-kind and intriguing combination. Barcelona is a popular starting point for European travels, and it's easy to understand why, with its vibrant districts, seaside setting, and totally distinctive architecture.
Of course, Barcelona's most renowned structure, the church La Sagrada Familia, is still unfinished: work started in 1882 and is expected to be completed in 2026!
With its magnificent architecture, most of which dates from the Dutch Golden Age in the 17th century, and its many canals, visiting Amsterdam can sometimes seem like visiting a city of extremes.
Regardless matter whatever section of the city appeals to you, Amsterdam is well worth a visit: as one of Europe's most popular tourist destinations and one of the world's most distinctive cities, Amsterdam lives up to its reputation as a fascinating and wonderfully beautiful destination.
A bridge may be seen to the right of the picture, which is a canal in Amsterdam.
Venice is without a doubt one of the most distinctive towns in the world–so it's no surprise that it's also one of Europe's finest places to visit!
Venice's very existence is extraordinary. Venice's geography is unlike anywhere else, consisting of 118 islands connected by 150 canals and 400 footbridges.
It's 13th-century peak can still be felt in certain places today, including its gilded cathedral, ornate palaces, and beautiful bridges. Once a powerful empire that controlled the seas all the way to Crete and held the title of the wealthiest city in Europe, Venice's 13th-century peak can still be felt in certain places today, including its gilded cathedral, ornate palaces, and gorgeous bridges.
In Venice, Italy, a girl in a striped outfit stands in front of the Rialto Bridge.
It have been known by various names throughout the course of its more than 2500-year history, and it is now regarded as one of the most distinctive cities in the world.
Istanbul, with one of the oldest and most complex histories of any of these European cities, is officially only half European: one half of the city is on the European continent, while the other half is in Asia, accessible by a short boat trip over the Bosphorus Strait.
Top things to do in Istanbul include visiting the magnificent Hagia Sophia, shopping in the Grand Bazaar and Spice Market, appreciating the Blue Mosque, and taking in the views from the top of the Galata Tower.