Traveling the world is one of the favorite activities of millions of people. The attractions are many, both for those who prefer sports tourism, cultural tourism, or for those interested in exploring the main cities of the planet. Have you ever wondered which European cities welcome the greatest number of tourists every year?
The great European cities offer all kinds of attractions for the most varied types of tourists, they are rich in history, art but also in entertainment and periodic events that attract visitors from all over the world.
Italy has always been a popular destination for tourists and defends itself well, with three cities (Venice, Milan and Rome) appearing in the top 25 positions. Here she is Ranking of the 25 most visited cities in Europe.
NB: The ranking is based on the latest report provided by Euromonitor, and may be subject to changes. Therefore, we invite you to report any corrections to be made via comments.
25 - Krakow, Poland: 2.937.200 visitors
If you believe the legends, Krakow was born from the defeat of a dragon. Despite the legend, it is true that a mythological atmosphere reigns in the streets of the city.
Wawel Castle is a major attraction, while towering churches, impressive museums and the vast Rynek Glowny are in the historic center. the largest market square in all of Europe.
In the first Jewish quarter, Kazimierz, the still standing synagogues reflect the tragedy of the Second World War, just as its lively squares and alleys symbolize st century renewal.
23 - Brussels, Belgium: 3.074.100 visitors
The charming capital of Belgium it is a historic and trendy city, bureaucratic but at the same time bizarre, extremely multicultural.
Behind all of this is an urban landscape that swings from majestic to eccentric. You can see the facades of buildings in Art Nouveau and royal buildings of the nineteenth century, which contrast with the medieval core of Brussels where there is the Grand Place, one of the most beautiful squares in the world.
21 - Lisbon, Portugal: 3.790.500 visitors
Lisbon is a fascinating city, full of history, where the sun shines 290 days a year and where the temperature rarely drops below 15 degrees. Here the tourist can feel safe wandering through the alleys of the center both day and night.
Let yourself be enchanted by the excellent traditional cuisine at the numerous restaurants for all tastes, budgets and needs. Lisbon it is an authentic city, where traditions and ancient history mix with a lively cultural entertainment and hi-tech innovation.
20 - St. Petersburg, Russia: 3.996.000 visitors
From the priceless treasures of the famous Hermitage Museum to the palaces and works of art of the Russian Museum, this city is truly spoiled for choice.
Then there is the historical corner: Catherine the Great, Peter the Great and the last Russian tsars left their mark about this great city, as well as the great Russian writers such as Dostoevsky and Pushkin. Finally, the nightlife of St. Petersburg is legendary and the locals are famous for being much more relaxed than the citizens of the capital Moscow.
19 - Budapest, Hungary: 4.004.400 visitors
Often referred to as "little Paris", Budapest is famous for monuments that tell its millennial history. The capital of Hungary is divided into two areas - Buda and Pest - which extend along the two banks of the Danube and represent two different aspects of the city.
Buda and its historic Castle are made up of medieval streets and houses, museums, caves and Roman ruins. The most dynamic part, Pest, boasts the largest Parliament building in Europe, great streets for riverside walks, flea markets, bookstores, antique shops and delicious cafes.
18 - Munich, Germany: 4.036.700 visitors
Munich has a thousand faces, from that of the affluent to that of Mediterranean-style outdoor cafes, to that of beer flowing in rivers and overflows with huge mugs. A trip to this city is very popular, statistics show, in fact, that more and more visitors choose it as a destination, especially during the period of the famous Oktoberfest.
17 - Florence, Italy: 5.015.400 visitors
Here is the first of the Italian cities in this Top 25. What about Florence? Even visiting it several times you would never be able to see everything. The "cradle of the Renaissance" is one of the main attractions for foreign tourists who intend to visit our beautiful country.
Firenze she is magnetic, romantic and busy. The center, which can be covered on foot, wins over its guests with its palaces, with cafes and restaurants where you can enjoy the best Italian food. The city is also a perfect destination for luxury shopping.
15 - Dublin, Ireland: 5.185.000 visitors
Dublin is a city on a human scale, which welcomes many visitors - especially young people - every year. It is a fairly small city and is also suitable for a weekend or a few days stay. It is located at the mouth of the River Liffey and is also remembered for being the birthplace of literary geniuses such as Oscar Wilde, Jonathan Swift, James Joyce and Samuel Beckett. Founded by some Viking peoples more than ten centuries ago, is a city rich in history and culture, but also entertainment!
It is certainly known for its very high concentration of pubs and clubs, which makes it virtually impossible to go out without knowing what to do, especially in the evening!
14 - Moscow, Russia: 5.404.500 visitors
It is thought that the origins of this city date back to more than eight and a half centuries ago, the first references to Moscow date back to 1147. It was founded by the prince of Suzdal Yuri Dolgorukiy on the broad bend of the Moskva River. From its humble beginnings (it was initially a hunting village) it has steadily grown to become a fortress city, then to become the nerve center of the whole great Russian nation.
Its beautiful architecture boasts real symbols such as the Kremlin, Red Square and St. Basil's Cathedral. Moscow it is one of the largest cities in the world, has grown rapidly in recent decades and, as a result, includes affluent neighborhoods surrounding a relatively compact historic center filled with the undeniable charm of ancient architecture.
13 - Venice, Italy: 5.406.800 visitors
Venice is one of the Italian cities present in this Top 25 that is literally invaded by tourists in every season. On the other hand it is a unique city of its kind! Its particular conformation, where the roads are not made of asphalt but of water channels, remains etched in the memory and in the heart of every visitor.
The beauty of the multitude of monuments and works of art captivates the tourist, as well as Piazza San Marco with its famous Basilica, the beating heart of the city.
12 - Madrid, Spain: 5.512.600 visitors
Madrid is a city full of passion, the one that its citizens will pass on to visitors. IS a modern and cosmopolitan metropolis but, at the same time, there is a great cultural and artistic heritage.
Culture and art, in fact, play a primary role in this city, where there are 73 museums, including the Prado Museum, one of the most important art galleries in the world, and the Centro Nacional de Arte Reina Sofía which it also boasts important works by Picasso, Joan Miró and Salvador Dalí.
11 - Berlin, Germany: 5.770.900 visitors
Berlin is a young, unpredictable, extravagant destination. It is a modern city, full of clubs and entertainment, where you can appreciate the various street food, fashion, art, design and music. All this makes Berlin a real cultural capital. The symbol of the city is the Brandenburg Gate, which represents the old division of the two Germanys and the subsequent reunion.
Although little of the original remains, there are numerous references to the Second World War and the subsequent division. Emblematic they are the remains of the famous Wall, the Reichstad, Checkpoint Charlie and the Holocaust Memorial.
10 - Vienna, Austria: 6.303.800 visitors
It is one of the great European capitals, and was for centuries the land of the Habsburg rulers of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Today the memories of that period are carefully preserved by lovers of the Viennese tradition. Past artistic glories are revived thanks to the cultural heritage left by brilliant personalities such as Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Strauss and Gustav Klimt. Visitors today find out a city with a special grace and a very uniform architectural character, which distinguishes it from other capitals.
9 - Milan, Italy: 6.513.000 visitors
Headquarters of the Italian stock exchange, industrial power and internationally accepted arbiter of fashion and design, Milan is a seething metropolis.
The great Gothic cathedral, the Duomo, sits at the center of what was once a Roman imperial capital, and expresses the love for beauty and strength that still drives the city today. Its strengths are the collections of ancient and modern art, the unparalleled shopping possibility, one of the largest trade fair complexes in Europe, a vibrant nightlife, the prestige of the Teatro alla Scala, the sign of the genius of Leonardo da Vinci, an almost religious addiction to football and infinite possibilities of eat the best of Italian and Lombard cuisine.
8 - Barcelona, Spain: 6.726.000 visitors
Barcelona has a rich heritage, both culturally and historically. Barcelona has so many attractions that choosing which ones to mention is no easy feat. The Barrio Gótico (the Gothic quarter) and the Ramblas are the ideal places to stroll and enjoy the stalls and street performers. The Sagrada Familia Cathedral, visible from practically every point of the city, is one of the most representative monuments of Barcelona.
No visit to Barcelona can be considered complete if you don't try the local dishes in some restaurant in the center or at the large market.
7 - Amsterdam, The Netherlands: 8.476.600 visitors
With its canals and world-famous museums, Amsterdam welcomes millions of visitors every season. The historic center makes it one of the most romantic and beautiful cities in Europe: cruises along its canals are an alternative, captivating and different way to visit the city. Amsterdam is also a city of diversity tolerance, as well as enjoying all the benefits of a great center: rich culture, lively nightlife, international restaurants, efficient public transport.
On top of that, it's also relatively quiet, and largely thanks to its wide canals, it has very little road traffic. On the other hand, try the thrill of cycling it, joining the flow of hundreds of citizens who use it every day!
6 - Prague, Czech Republic: 9.038.900 visitors
The Old Town Hall with the famous Prague astronomical clock, the winding streets of the Jewish quarter, already known by those who have read the novels of Franz Kafka, immersed in the legend of the Golem, the cafes that just look at them invite you to enter and sit down, the boutiques, cruises on the Vltava… These are just some of the attractions that make Prague one of the most visited cities in the world.
The Charles Bridge is a majestic Gothic bridge and the St. Nicholas Church in Mala Strana is the most beautiful Baroque church in Prague.
The city presents itself as changeable, romantic and successful, ancient and modern, but above all cosmopolitan in all respects.
5 - Rome, Italy: 9.703.200 visitors
What about Rome, which has not yet been said? An open-air museum, they defined it, and how can this claim be denied? What is universally considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world - if not the most beautiful - is the Eternal City, Caput Mundi, the city of "La dolce vita" ... Tourists come for the Colosseum, Piazza Navona, the Pantheon, the Trevi Fountain, the Vatican Museums, the staircase of Piazza di Spagna, the Sistine Chapel… and they leave with its blue sky and the sunsets along the Tiber in the heart.
2 - Paris, France: 16.863.500 visitors
How many marriage proposals or declarations of love have been declaimed in the light of the Eiffel Tower?
The best of European history and culture is condensed in this city, whoever visits it can enjoy amazing places of interest like the Louvre Museum but also decide to get lost in fascinating neighborhoods like Montmartre or the Marais. The city offers the ultimate in romance along the Seine, with some truly picturesque views, its manicured gardens and plenty of outdoor bistros.
1 - London, UK: 20.715.900 visitors
The capital of England looks like an immense metropolis and offers a lot to the visitor, which is why it is at the top of this ranking. The British Museum, with free admission, is a fascinating place where numerous archaeological finds are preserved, including the famous Rosetta Stone. Westminster Abbey is London's historic cathedral, but those who love green walks will undoubtedly appreciate Hyde Park.
A visit to Buckingham Palace is a must, perhaps during the changing of the guard. In Piccadilly Circus you can go shopping, as well as at Harrods and Camden Town.