The 25 Most Visited Cities in Europe - Official Ranking 2021

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Which are the most visited cities in Europe in 2021?

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, as well as for those interested in exploring the main cities of the planet. Have you ever wondered which European cities receive the highest 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 it fares well, with three cities (Venice, Milan and Rome) appearing in the top 25. Here is her 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 change. Therefore, we invite you to report any corrections through comments.



25 - Krakow, Poland: 2,937,200 visitors

If you believe in 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 imposing churches, impressive museums and the vast Rynek Glowny are located 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 World War II, and its lively squares and alleys symbolize the renewal of the 21st century.



23 - Brussels, Belgium: 3,074,100 visitors

The charming capital of Belgium is a historic and fashionable city, bureaucratic but at the same time strange, extremely multicultural.
Behind all this is a cityscape that goes from majestic to eccentric. You can see the facades of Art Nouveau buildings and royal buildings of the nineteenth century, which contrast with the medieval core of Brussels where the Grand Place, one of the most beautiful squares in the world, is located.

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 of the numerous restaurants for all tastes, budgets and needs. Lisbon is an authentic city, where traditions and ancient history blend with lively cultural entertainment and high-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 has many options to choose from.
Then there is the historical corner: Catherine the Great, Peter the Great and the last Russian Tsars left their mark on this great city, as well as on the great Russian writers such as Dostoevsky and Pushkin. Finally, St. Petersburg's nightlife 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 the monuments that tell of its millennia-long history. Hungary's capital is divided into two areas, Buda and Pest, which stretch along both 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, has the largest parliament building in Europe, excellent streets for walks along the river, flea markets, bookstores, antique stores and delicious cafes.

18 - Munich, Germany: 4,036,700 visitors

Munich has a thousand faces, from the wealthy to the Mediterranean-style open-air cafes, beer flowing in rivers and overflowing 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 will never be able to see it all. 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 explored on foot, conquers 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 receives 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, it is a city rich in history and culture, but also entertainment!
It is undoubtedly known for its very high concentration of pubs and nightclubs, which makes it practically impossible to go out without knowing what to do, especially at night!

14 - Moscow, Russia: 5.404.500 visitors

The origins of this city are believed to date back more than eight and a half centuries, with the earliest references to Moscow dating back to 1147. It was founded by the Suzdal prince Yuri Dolgorukiy on the wide meander of the Moskva River. From its humble beginnings (initially a hunting village) it has steadily grown into a fortress city and then into the nerve center of the entire great Russian nation.
Its beautiful architecture features royal symbols such as the Kremlin, Red Square and St. Basil's Cathedral. One of the largest cities in the world, Moscow has grown rapidly in recent decades and, as a result, includes thriving 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 all seasons. 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 canals, remains engraved in the memory and in the heart of every visitor.
The beauty of the multitude of monuments and works of art captivates tourists, as does 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, which its citizens will transmit to the visitor. It 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 major 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 Reina Sofia National Art Center, which also has important works by Picasso, Joan Miro and Salvador Dali.

11 - Berlin, Germany: 5.770.900 visitors

Berlin is a young, unpredictable and extravagant destination. It is a modern city, full of nightclubs and entertainment, where you can appreciate the varied street food, fashion, art, design and music. All this makes Berlin a true cultural capital. The symbol of the city is the Brandenburg Gate, which represents the former division of the two Germanies and the subsequent reunion.
Although little remains of the original, there are numerous references to World War II and the subsequent division. Emblematic 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, lovers of Viennese tradition carefully preserve the memories of that period. Past artistic glories are revived by the cultural legacy left by brilliant personalities such as Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Strauss and Gustav Klimt. Visitors today discover a city with a special grace and a very uniform architectural character that distinguishes it from other capitals.

9 - Milan, Italy: 6,513,000 visitors

Home of the Italian stock exchange, industrial powerhouse and internationally accepted arbiter of fashion and design, Milan is a bustling metropolis.
The great Gothic cathedral, the Duomo, stands in the center of what was once a Roman imperial capital, and expresses the love of beauty and strength that still drives the city today. Its strengths are collections of ancient and modern art, unrivaled shopping opportunities, one of the largest fair complexes in Europe, a vibrant nightlife, the prestige of the Teatro alla Scala, the sign of Leonardo da Vinci's genius, an almost religious addiction to soccer, and endless possibilities to 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 task. The Barrio Gótico (the Gothic Quarter) and Las 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 without trying the local dishes in a restaurant in the center or in the great market.

7 - Amsterdam, Netherlands: 8,476,600 visitors

With its world-famous canals and museums, Amsterdam welcomes millions of visitors every season. The historic center makes it one of the most romantic and beautiful cities in Europe: canal cruises are an alternative, captivating and different way to visit the city. Amsterdam is also a city of tolerance for diversity, as well as enjoying all the benefits of a great center: rich culture, lively nightlife, international restaurants, efficient public transportation.
On top of that, it is also relatively quiet and, largely thanks to its wide canals, has very little road traffic. On the other hand, try the thrill of cycling, joining the stream of hundreds of citizens who use it every day!

6 - Prague, Czech Republic: 9,038,900 visitors

The Old Town Hall with Prague's famous astronomical clock, the winding streets of the Jewish quarter, already known to those who have read the novels of Franz Kafka, immersed in the legend of the Golem, the cafes that just by looking at them invite you to come in 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.
Charles Bridge is a majestic Gothic bridge and St. Nicholas Church in Mala Strana is the most beautiful Baroque church in Prague.
The city presents itself changing, romantic and successful, ancient and modern, but above all cosmopolitan in every aspect.

5 - Rome, Italy: 9.703.200 visitors

What about Rome 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 steps of Piazza di Spagna, the Sistine Chapel ... and leave with its blue skies and sunsets along the Tiber in their hearts.

2 - Paris, France: 16,863,500 visitors

How many marriage proposals or declarations of love have been declared in the light of the Eiffel Tower?
The best of European history and culture is condensed in this city, and visitors can enjoy incredible sights such as the Louvre Museum, but also choose to lose themselves in fascinating neighborhoods such as Montmartre or the Marais. The city offers the ultimate in romance along the Seine, with some truly picturesque views, manicured gardens and many outdoor bistros.

1 - London, United Kingdom: 20.715.900 visitors

The city of London has been the most visited City in Europe in 2021. The capital of England looks like a huge 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 no doubt appreciate Hyde Park.
A visit to Buckingham Palace is a must, perhaps during the changing of the guard. Shopping is available at Piccadilly Circus, as well as at Harrods and Camden Town.


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