My Favorite ‘Popular’ European Cities

my favorite 'popular' european cities - the cathedral in florence
[The Cathedral of Florence, aka The Duomo, is absolutely gorgeous]
So, by ‘popular’, I mean the cities you’re most likely to go to on your first whirlwind European tour, i.e. Rome, Barcelona, London, etc. Those cities you’d have to be living under a rock a la Patrick from Spongebob to not know about.

This list is all just my personal opinion, and keep in mind that I definitely based the list off of my experiences, too. That said, here are my favorites (along with some I’d like to visit):

FLORENCE MEANS EATING GELATO 3X PER DAY

view of the city of florence, italy at sunset from the piazzale michelangelo
[Florence being its beautiful damn self – overlook on the way up to the Piazzale Michelangelo]

Ughhhh Florence is just sooo pretty. Even though it’s still so touristy (and I’m not a fan of touristy) it’s still 100% worth going to. Just try to go during the low or shoulder season!

Definitely go to the top of the Duomo and go to Piazzale Michelangelo!

PRAGUE IS LIKE A MAGICAL FAIRYTALE

Overlooking the city of Prague with lots of orange rooftops and trees
[Overlook of the city on the walk up to the Prague Castle – aren’t city overlooks just the best? And totally worth the sweat, tears, and various obscenities to get to the top]
Prague is so cute and pretty and lovely and CHEAP. Although we had the most rude encounters in Prague (But we also met lots of lovely people, too! It seemed people were either really nice or really rude), I would gladly go back. The architecture and views of the city are just absolutely stunning.

AMSTERDAM IS A BEAUTIFUL CLASSIC

Bikes lining a canal in Amsterdam
[A picture of a canal in Amsterdam? Groundbreaking…]

Amsterdam is so pretty! The tall, wiry buildings; the abundance of bikes; its walkability; among other thingsΒ make this city one of my favorites.

Definitely visit the Tulip Museum! One of my unexpectedly favorite things I did while there. Although should I really be surprised? I’m what I like to call a flower fiend. Whatever the hell that means. I just really like flowers, okay!

LONDON IS SO VERY LONDON

Girl standing at a red telephone booth in London
[Would it really be London without this quintessentially basic tourist pic? I think not]
They have cool accents, free museums, a fun transportation system, and lots of my favorite weather (rain). What more could I have asked for?

I’D GLADLY MOVE TO COPENHAGEN

Nyhavn and its canals and colorful buildings in Copenhagen in winter
[Nyhavn is probably the most photographed area in Copenhagen]
I just went to Copenhagen in January 2018, and I loved it! I really enjoyed Stockholm, too, but wouldn’t say I LOVED it. I’d like to give it another chance, though, and check it out again in the summer.

But Copenhagen – it exceeded my expectations! The buildings are so pretty, it’s so walkable, everyone is so fashionable and nice – I could go on and on.

View of Florence's orange rooftops from the top of the Duomo
[Views of Florence from the Duomo – yes, it is TOTALLY worth the 463 steps to get to the top, although beware! It can be SUPER windy]
I tend to gravitate towards the smaller, ‘pretty’ cities. I am much more about how a city looks than its energy, if that makes sense. I mean, energy is important, too, but I’m the type of person where I feel more inspired if my surroundings are beautiful and charming.

Ugh, I’m sure I sound so basic, but it’s the truth! I also tend to prefer smaller cities, as bigger ones can be a bit overwhelming for me (#introvert) and I love when I can just walk everywhere and don’t have to deal with public transportation (although public transportation in Europe is pretty freaking amazing).

Foreign money from around the world
[CHECK IT – from left we’ve got European Euros, British Pounds, American Dollars, and Czech Koruna]
Other ‘popular’ European cities I really want to see:
Budapest
Talinn
Lisbon
Dubrovnik
Reykjavik
Istanbul (Did you know that Istanbul is separated over two continents?? Part of it lies in Asia, and part of it in Europe!).

 

Tulip Museum in Amsterdam
[The Tulip Museum in Amsterdam is my fave]
I still have so much exploring to do!! Ugh. Am I even qualified to write this list? Idk, man. But I did it anyways? Because I’ll do anything to get to talk about my travels? #desperate

I absolutely love European cities – each one has its own ‘flavor’ so to speak, and I cannot say enough good things about their public transportation systems!! SO much better than here in the states.

There’s also just so much history, and I love the different styles of the buildings. It’s so different from the US, where everything feels so modernized. I’ll 1000000% be going back to stare at more pretty places.

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