It’s the continent we know best, but we can’t wait to continue exploring places to see in Europe ! There is a huge variety of attractions that combine a fascinating history, breathtaking landscapes and architectural wonders . We present you the 35 essential places to see in Europe at a tourist level.

 35 ESSENTIAL PLACES TO SEE IN EUROPE

1. Sacred Family and works of Gaudi

We start at home! As Barcelonans that we are, we have seen the Sagrada Familia many times and it never ceases to amaze us. Gaudi ‘s masterpiece is this still unfinished modernist-style basilica. Its construction began in 1882 and continues more than a century later after decades full of obstacles. When completed, it will be the tallest church in the world thanks to its 170-meter towers .

It is impressive on the outside, but its interior, full of stained glass windows, is even more beautiful. An essential visit to do in Barcelona . Nor should you miss the other works of the modernist genius in the Catalan capital: Casa Batllo and La Pedrera are the most famous.

what to see in Europe Sagrada Familia

2. Alhambra of Granada

We go to the south of Spain to find our favorite monument. The Alhambra is a complex of palaces, gardens and fortifications built over three centuries during the Middle Ages . It began as the main enclave of the Nasrid Kingdom and ended up hosting the Castilian court after the reconquest. It is considered the best example of Islamic art in the West.

It is essential to reserve the ticket for the Alhambra in advance because there is a limited capacity to preserve the enclosure. We tell you all the ways to get tickets for the Alhambra . The Alhambra takes center stage, but the city of Granada as a whole is also beautiful.

3. Algarve

This region in the south of Portugal has infinite postcard landscapes. Its beaches hidden under dramatic rocky cliffs are beautiful. Natural arches, caves, natural parks full of peace where you can watch birds, charming towns, delicious food… you can find all of this in this region. As you can see, apart from beautiful beaches, there are many other things to see and do in the Algarve .

what to see in Europe Algarve

4. Blue Lagoon not Malta

Who needs to go to the Caribbean having this wonder in Europe? Malta’s Blue Lagoon is a cove with deep turquoise water . It is located on the small island of Comino, which can be easily reached by boat from Malta . Don’t settle for just the Blue Lagoon, we recommend exploring the entire island on foot to discover some of Malta’s best beaches .

Blue Lagoon Malta

5. Eiffel Tower, the most famous monument to see in Europe

There is no better known monument to see in Europe (even in the world!). The Eiffel Tower is a true Parisian icon. It is hard to believe that when it was built the Parisians did not like it at all and the intention was to leave it installed only temporarily during the Universal Exposition of 1889. We will tell you a lot of curiosities about the Eiffel Tower and we also recommend the best hotels with views of the monument ! perfect for a romantic getaway!

6. Alsace, a fairytale region to see in Europe

We are still in France to talk about Alsace. It is a region historically disputed with Germany, so there is a lot of cultural mix with elements from both countries. The villages of Alsace are characterized by their colorful houses with half-timbered facades . They are very popular especially in December, since the best Christmas markets in the world are held there. Don’t miss the city of Strasbourg , the capital of Alsace.

what to see in europe

7. London, one of the most beautiful cities to see in Europe

We consider London to be the quintessential European city . It’s huge and has absolutely everything (except good weather). It has some of the best museums in the world, parks that are ideal for strolling, residential neighborhoods with houses to dream of, and renowned monuments such as Big Ben or the Palace of Westminster. You could spend years in London to really get to know her.

8. Scottish Highlands and Isle of Skye

Scotland is an essential country to see in Europe for nature lovers . The Highlands are practically wild territory with amazing green landscapes. We recommend you rent a car and get lost on its movie roads until you reach the Isle of Skye.

Isla Skye

9. Cliffs of Moher, one of the most spectacular places to see in Europe

Ireland is also dyed green. In fact, many people have doubts between visiting Scotland or Ireland . We loved both countries, so we wouldn’t know how to choose.

On the west coast of the so-called Emerald Isle are the Cliffs of Moher . They are abrupt falls of up to 200 meters high with tremendous views of the Atlantic Ocean.

10. Circular route through Iceland

Iceland is known as the land of ice and fire. Its unique combination of volcanic landscapes, waterfalls , thermal baths and practically deserted roads make it a wonderful island to take a road trip. We were lucky to see the Northern Lights . We tell you when is the best time to travel to Iceland according to the weather and your preferences, every month has its own!

Iceland what to see in Europe

11. Norwegian fjords, one of the most spectacular places to see in Europe

One of our biggest travel dreams is to take a cruise through the Norwegian fjords. We were able to visit some of the best fjords in Norway on excursions from Bergen and fell completely in love with the calm of the place. The landscapes are brutal, whether you see them from the boat or if you dare to take a walk to have a panoramic view from above. We went up to the pulpit and, despite the bad weather, we enjoyed ourselves like children.

12. Neuschwanstein Castle

Did you know that this Bavarian castle inspired Walt Disney to create the castle for Sleeping Beauty? This marvel is the most photographed building in Germany , it is truly a fairytale! Perched high on a hill above the pretty village of Fussen, it has lovely views of the landscape.

What to see in Europe Neuschwanstein castle


13. Matterhorn

Switzerland is one of our favorite countries in the whole world. It has countless mountains where you can go up by cable car to have an excellent panoramic view. Paradoxically, it is not easy to reach the most iconic peak. The Matterhorn (in German) or Cervino (in Italian) has a very characteristic pyramid shape. It is on the beautiful town of Zermatt , where tranquility is breathed.

Matterhorn what to see in Europe

14. Colosseum in Rome

The Colosseum in Rome is the only wonder of the modern world that you can see in Europe. This amphitheater has 20 centuries of history , which is said quickly! It has hosted gladiator fights, animals, plays and has even been a quarry. Now he sees thousands of tourists pass by each day, marveling at this masterpiece.

15. Vatican City

Within Rome you can visit two different countries: Italy and the Vatican. The seat of the Catholic Church has a truly impressive historical and cultural heritage. Therefore, the Vatican Museums are a must-see whether you are religious or not. Who would want to miss the brilliant Sistine Chapel or Michelangelo’s Pieta ?

16. Cinque Terre

Five towns full of color that conquer everyone who visits them. That is Cinque Terre. The houses are piled up on the cliff and there are small coves with dozens of boats. And it is that, although now the area is alive with tourism, they have historically been fishing villages. We tell you how to get to Cinque Terre from various Italian cities .

Cinque Terre what to see in Europe

17. Tuscany

This region of Italy is one of the most photogenic in Europe. Its undulating hills covered with vegetation and small towns look like a postcard. It is ideal for a quiet vacation in a rustic setting. San Gimignano, Lucca or Montepulciano are the best known towns in Tuscany.

what to see in Europe Tuscany Montepulciano

18. The Dolomites

To finish with the Italian wonders to see in Europe we go to the Dolomites. This mountainous region in northern Italy is perfect all year round. In winter it is a paradise for skiers, while in summer the Dolomites are ideal for hiking in search of the best views of the mountains. Do not miss the beautiful lakes with crystal clear water in the region. Lago Carezza and Lago di Braies are the most popular.

19. Plitvice Lakes

The national parks of the United States are very famous. But in Europe there are also absolutely magical spaces created by nature. The Plitvice Lakes in Croatia are a series of 16 greenish-hued lakes surrounded by lush vegetation . There are wooden walkways creating various routes to explore the enclosure on foot.

Plitvice Croatia what to see in Europe

20. Santorini and Cyclades islands

The Greek islands are one of the best summer destinations. Its beaches with turquoise water, the towns with white houses and blue domes, good weather, delicious cuisine… Greece has it all! Santorini is the most famous island because it has it all. It is the typical place that you see in a photo a thousand times and you do not expect it to be so beautiful in reality, but it still manages to surprise you.

Santorini que ver en Europa

21. Parliament of Hungary

Budapest seems to us one of the most romantic cities to see in Europe. Taking a boat trip on the Danube is an incredible experience. On the banks of the river is the Hungarian Parliament, a gigantic neo-Gothic construction that leaves you speechless.

Parliament of Budapest

22. Auschwitz, an impressive place to see in Europe

We have learned a lot traveling, and not always through the most beautiful experiences. The Auschwitz concentration camp is a visit as tough as it is necessary to get to know the darkest parts of the 20th century.

23. Cyprus, one of the most unknown places to see in Europe

Cyprus is a small island touching the Turkish coast, just barely entering Europe! It seems to us one of the least known paradises of the continent. It has great beaches with very clean water and an enviable cultural heritage. Due to its strategic position, it has been a highly disputed territory over the centuries. In fact, currently a part of the island belongs to Turkey and another to the United Kingdom.

Cyprus what to see in Europe

24. Acropolis, a historical place to see in Europe

The Acropolis of Athens was the religious center of the city during the 1st century BC. On a small hill above the city the most important temples were concentrated. The Parthenon is dedicated to the goddess Athena and usually takes all the limelight. But there are many other impressive monuments to see in the Acropolis such as the Erechtheion, the temple of Athena Nike or the odeon . A little piece of living history!

25. Black Forest

There are many charming places to see in Germany . But none surpasses the mountainous region in the southwest of the country, where the Black Forest is located. The lush vegetation hides trails to enter the natural environment, waterfalls, old farms and small towns that inspired the Grimm brothers to create their stories.

26. Red Square

Russia is the largest country in Europe, so we could not forget to include some of its attractions. Red Square is the heart of Moscow . There is the impressive Saint Basil’s Cathedral, Lenin’s mausoleum, the Moscow Kremlin or the GUM shopping arcades, among other attractions.

Moscow cathedral what to see in Europe

27. Cologne Cathedral

Cologne Cathedral is one of the greatest architectural gems to see in Europe. In fact, it is the most visited monument in Germany. Construction began in 1248 and was not finished until six centuries later. So you can get an idea of ​​its size. It became the tallest building in the world in 1880 and it is really amazing to see its size in first person. We tell you curiosities about the Cologne Cathedral so that you can get to know it in depth.

28. Lago Bled

Slovenia is a perfect country for those who enjoy outdoor activities. It is small, but it has many mountains for excursions. One of the most visited places is Lake Bled, famous for having an island with a church right in the middle . Go ahead and rent a boat and row around this beautiful lake.

Lago Bled

29. Venice

There is little to say about the world’s most famous floating city. Venice is a work of art in a city version. Taking a gondola ride through its canals is the most idyllic way to discover it, but simply walking through its narrow alleys is a pleasure. San Marco Square is the most impressive place in the city with the Campanile and the Basilica. We give you practical advice for traveling to Venice , you will see that it is not just any city!

30. Amsterdam

From the original Venice we went to what is known as the Venice of the North. Amsterdam also has canals. But there are not hundreds of gondolas there, but bicycles! It is the most popular method of transportation in the Netherlands and the best way to explore the charming streets of its capital. Its narrow brown brick facades are beautiful.

31. Brandenburg Gate

Berlin is a city that every history lover should visit . Its turbulent past is still very present in places like the Berlin Wall, the Holocaust Memorial or the Brandenburg Gate. But the city has been reborn to become home to many, many artists . Soak up history and a great atmosphere in the German capital.

32. Tower of Pisa, a very popular monument to see in Europe

It doesn’t have the fame of the Eiffel Tower, but it’s not far behind either! In the small Italian city of Pisa there is a tower that was built in 1173 as a bell tower for the city’s cathedral , but over the centuries it has leaned. In fact, it has to be restored periodically to avoid collapse. Take the opportunity to visit this Romanesque jewel before it’s too late!

33. Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba

Near the Alhambra in Granada you can visit another wonderful Islamic construction . The Cordoba mosque was converted into a cathedral after the Reconquest. It is a unique temple in the West with an architecture that attracts a lot of attention. It has dozens of arches that support the columns spread throughout the space.

34. Charles Bridge

Prague has a magical air that is perfect for a romantic getaway. The Charles Bridge spans the Vltava River, which separates the Old Town from Prague Castle . Both areas are beautiful, as are the views from the bridge itself. It’s a great place to watch the sunset over Prague.

Charles Bridge Prague

35. Imperial Palaces of Vienna

We finish our list of essential places to see in Europe in style. Vienna is an imperial city with lots of palaces where the Habsburgs spent their time in all kinds of luxuries. Schonbrunn Palace is the most famous, but you shouldn’t miss the Hofburg and Belvedere either.

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