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Europe: the land where it’s really too easy to make a travel bucket list. With everything from ancient history to modern art, the food to the people, the landscape to the nightlife, there are so many pretty places to see and things to do. You can go from eating a freshly made crepe on the street to visiting a museum that’s been open for over 500 years in the space of one moment.

Mhm… now that we think about it, this could actually be the hardest part: figuring out how to narrow down all of the top attractions to see in Europe into a single bucket list!

Fortunately, we’ve done some of the legwork for you already. If you’re looking for somewhere cool to go for Christmas or your Europe trip next year, look no further — we’ve carefully selected the very best places to visit in Europe! This handy-dandy guide will help you plan your next trip across your favorite cities in Europe so you can see ALL of its best bits without compromising.

Yeah, we know. You’ll find that some of our list’s submissions can be pretty… touristy. But we’re still talking about the best European attractions, and as such, they’re unmissable! Can you even say you have been to the old continent if you haven’t seen the Colosseum or Westminster Abbey?

Just trust us — this list is a perfect addition if you’re planning your first trip to Europe or looking for new beautiful spots near your home base. From romantic getaways to historical sites and everything in between, these destinations have something for every globetrotter!

#4

Monastery Of The Holy Trinity In Kalampaka, Greece

Monastery Of The Holy Trinity In Kalampaka, Greece

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Been there last year. Worth every penny and the 4 hours train ride from Athens. You may also know the city as Meteora. Easily among the most beautiful and incredible places I've been on. Highly reccomended. I wish I could post pics here for you BP folks.

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Prague Castle In Prague, Czech Republic

Prague Castle In Prague, Czech Republic

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Best place in whole Europe https://alle.travel/en/prague/sights/prague-castle

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Edinburgh Castle In Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh Castle In Edinburgh, Scotland

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Going back here in a few months and the time can’t go by fast enough.

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Interlaken In Switzerland

Interlaken In Switzerland

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Just got back from Switzerland and I’m convinced it’s not a real country. It’s a made up fairytale. It’s too beautiful to be real.

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Neuschwanstein Castle In Bavaria, Germany

Neuschwanstein Castle In Bavaria, Germany

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Agfox
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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Looks like what I imagine Dracula would have for a holiday castle

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#15

Hungarian Parliament Building In Budapest, Hungary

Hungarian Parliament Building In Budapest, Hungary

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#17

The Louvre In France, Paris

The Louvre In France, Paris

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

be aware you may need more than a day if you want to fully view the entire gallery. It is absolutely humongous... also, don't bother with the Mona Lisa, it 99.9% likely WILL be crowded and you WILL NOT be able to get a closer look at it. Instead, I'd go view and admire some of the lesser known artworks rather than the one we can see online/in books etc all the time. xP

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#19

Tivoli Gardens In Copenhagen, Denmark

Tivoli Gardens In Copenhagen, Denmark

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#20

Belém Tower In Lisbon, Portugal

Belém Tower In Lisbon, Portugal

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#22

Parthenon, Acropolis In Athens, Greece

Parthenon, Acropolis In Athens, Greece

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Milan Cathedral In Milan, Italy

Milan Cathedral In Milan, Italy

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

“Alex, I’ll take European Churches for $1000.” “In what European city is the Milan Cathedral located?” “What is Paris?” (American contestant.) (I’m American, so no downvoting allowed.)

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Big Ben In London, United Kingdom

Big Ben In London, United Kingdom

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Originally the Clock tower but renamed to the Elizabeth Tower for the Queens diamond Jubilee, the bell is Big Ben.

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#27

Alhambra In Granada, Spain

Alhambra In Granada, Spain

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Frederiksborg Palace In Hillerød, Denmark

Frederiksborg Palace In Hillerød, Denmark

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Glad this place made the list. This is my area when I’m in Denmark, and it’s a beautiful castle.

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#33

Cologne Cathedral In Cologne, Germany

Cologne Cathedral In Cologne, Germany

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Eiffel Tower In Paris, France

Eiffel Tower In Paris, France

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Hohenschwangau Castle In Bavaria, Germany

Hohenschwangau Castle In Bavaria, Germany

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Just across the street from Neuschwanstein Castle mentioned above. You can visit both in a single day.

#37

Christiania In Copenhagen, Denmark

Christiania In Copenhagen, Denmark

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SeaLouse
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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Got to experience this place during a riot once when dozens of officers raided the hash market. Fun place though. Been stoned here dozens of times.

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#38

Wawel Castle In Cracow, Poland

Wawel Castle In Cracow, Poland

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#39

Schönbrunn Palace In Vienna, Austria

Schönbrunn Palace In Vienna, Austria

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John Dwyer
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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Walk down the gardens to the rear of the waterfall where you can look back at the palace throughthe falling water. Great photo spot.

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#44

Leaning Tower Of Pisa In Pisa, Italy

Leaning Tower Of Pisa In Pisa, Italy

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Somebody grab that thing! (But on a more serious Note, I have been to see this and I just have to say that it is leaning way, way, way more than it looks in photos. I refused to walk under it…)

#45

Hagia Sophia In Istanbul, Turkey

Hagia Sophia In Istanbul, Turkey

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#47

The Matterhorn Mountain In Switzerland, Zermatt

The Matterhorn Mountain In Switzerland, Zermatt

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Saw the Matterhorn from over a hundred miles away while flying from Frankfurt to Malaga, Spain. One of the two highest peaks in the Alps.

#49

St Paul's Cathedral In London, England

St Paul's Cathedral In London, England

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Robert Trebor
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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

See, up there, atop the dome? It's called "the Lantern" and the view from the gallery outside is WOW!

#50

Hagia Sophia In Thessaloniki, Greece

Hagia Sophia In Thessaloniki, Greece

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Tower Bridge In London, United Kingdom

Tower Bridge In London, United Kingdom

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Google the Times the bridge is being opened and go up to the walkways where you can look straight down through the glass walkway.

#53

Tower Of London In London, United Kingdom

Tower Of London In London, United Kingdom

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

“For the win… In which European city is the Tower of London located?” “Ummm…”

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#54

Rijksmuseum In Amsterdam, Netherlands

Rijksmuseum In Amsterdam, Netherlands

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#55

Palace Of Versailles In Versailles, France

Palace Of Versailles In Versailles, France

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Helena
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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The history of the weird sht that went down in that place rivals the architecture.

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#56

Karlskirche In Vienna, Austria

Karlskirche In Vienna, Austria

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#58

Reichstag Building In Berlin, Germany

Reichstag Building In Berlin, Germany

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1 year ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If you look at the walls you can still see bullet holes from WW2. They weren't deliberately covered up

#59

Rouen Cathedral In Rouen, France

Rouen Cathedral In Rouen, France

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I’m a bit unreligious, but I do so love religious architecture. Doesn’t even matter what religion. It’s like someone gave out pencils and paper to a bunch artists/architects/engineers and said “Go nuts. Here’s some shrooms if you need them. “

#60

Moritzburg Castle In Saxony, Germany

Moritzburg Castle In Saxony, Germany

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Pisa Cathedral In Pisa, Italy

Pisa Cathedral In Pisa, Italy

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

(Photo must have been taken with a fish eye lens, that building on the right looks crooked.)

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#65

Park Güell In Barcelona, Spain

Park Güell In Barcelona, Spain

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Tale a tram ride up as it on a steep hill.Great views of the city and loads of features by Gaudi.

#67

Piazza San Marco In Venice, Italy

Piazza San Marco In Venice, Italy

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Robert Trebor
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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That is actually the Doge's Palace, and the Piazetta leading to the Piazza, which is beyond the tower.

#68

The British Museum In London, United Kingdom

The British Museum In London, United Kingdom

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Heroes Square In Budapest, Hungary

Heroes Square In Budapest, Hungary

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Not really that exciting. Visit if nearby but not worth a special trip.

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#73

Buckingham Palace In City Of Westminster, London, United Kingdom

Buckingham Palace In City Of Westminster, London, United Kingdom

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#75

Belvedere Museum In Vienna, Austria

Belvedere Museum In Vienna, Austria

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#76

Canterbury Cathedral In Canterbury, United Kingdom

Canterbury Cathedral In Canterbury, United Kingdom

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Victoria And Albert Museum In London, England

Victoria And Albert Museum In London, England

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Don't forget museums are free to visit in England. Some private exhibitions are payable.

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#78

Kunsthistorisches Museum In Vienna, Austria

Kunsthistorisches Museum In Vienna, Austria

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Piazza Navona In Rome, Italy

Piazza Navona In Rome, Italy

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#80

The Little Mermaid Statue In Copenhagen, Denmark

The Little Mermaid Statue In Copenhagen, Denmark

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Champs-Élysées In Paris, France

Champs-Élysées In Paris, France

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Panthéon In Paris, France

Panthéon In Paris, France

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Neumarkt In Dresden, Germany

Neumarkt In Dresden, Germany

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Red Light District In Amsterdam, Netherlands

Red Light District In Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Cathy
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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I would say the canals of Amsterdam, not especially the red light district 😐

#86

Westminster Abbey In The City Of Westminster, London, England

Westminster Abbey In The City Of Westminster, London, England

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St. Vitus Cathedral In Prague, Czech Republic

St. Vitus Cathedral In Prague, Czech Republic

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Took over 500 years to build! Not because it's that complex but because we're slow

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The Basilica Of Sacré Coeur De Montmartre In Paris, France

The Basilica Of Sacré Coeur De Montmartre In Paris, France

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Karlsruhe Palace In Karlsruhe, Germany

Karlsruhe Palace In Karlsruhe, Germany

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Chartres Cathedral In Chartes, France

Chartres Cathedral In Chartes, France