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  1. This is such a great list! I’ve been to many, but still have a few left on my bucket list. Of those I’ve experienced first-hand, I’d say that Amsterdam and Budapest are the most beautiful. I sooooo loved my time in each of them!

  2. Great list!! I’ve been to quite a lot of them and love how they are all beautiful but in different ways with different vibes and architecture. For us we just loved Copenhagen, such a lovely city but our favourite from this list has to be Budapest! Another addition for us would be Sarajevo and Mostar in Bosnia and Bled and ljubljana in Slovenia.

  3. Wow that’s some compilation! I have been to only 2 out of the 20 listed here and I feel so ashamed. But I would love to tick off the other 18. I would like to add Krakow to this list though, it’s so underrated!

  4. Such a great list! We’ve been to handful on your list most recently being Brugge. We absolutely loved this beautiful medieval city. We would love to visit Venice someday. We’ve been to the Venice Canals in Venice, California which is a small scale replica of the real Venice, which I’m sure is just a tiny slice of what the real Venice has to offer.

  5. You certainly lined up the classic places to visit in Europe. We tend to prefer the smaller cities though as they are less obvious, and less crowded, and every bit as stunning. Regensburg in Germany for example, is incredibly beautiful and sitting on the Danube makes for an amazing place to visit. As you point out, you just can’t go wrong with most places in Europe.

    • Yes the smaller places are beautiful as well. I would love to visit some smaller places in the coming year to make a new list!

  6. This is a great list and includes lots of places that have been on my bucket list for a while. I’m finally going back to Europe next year so will be able to cross of even more. My problem is that I love Paris so much that I keep wanting to go back!

  7. I love your inclusion of some well-known capitals as well as some smaller towns. Having read your posts featuring Amsterdam, I totally agree that it is stunning despite having never been (yet)! I loved Santorini as well. The architecture in Oia is unlike anywhere else in the world. Great post, thanks for the European travel inspiration!

  8. Despite fairly extensive travels in Europe, I’ve somehow only been to 6 of these cities. You’ve included a really diverse set of places! I guess I have 14 more to put on the list. You always have the most stunning photos – I get so much wanderlust from your guides!

  9. great selections of cities, though i wouldn’t include Reykjavik in there, as much as i loved Iceland Reykjavik wasnt pretty at all. Anyway great article

  10. Great list, Sam! Thanks for sharing. Venice is definitely up there, but it was great to see you include other, lesser known/visited cities and countries like Belgrade and Kotor! Hidden beauty in everything… sometimes we just have to look for it, right? I think Innsbruck, Austria is another great one… if you haven’t checked it out yet, I’d highly recommend it!


    • Thank you! I like both popular and off the beaten track. I’ve been hearing a lot about Innsbruck and guess I have to add it to my list now!

  11. Not even one Spanish city, wow! It’s surprising, being Spain the 2nd most visited country in the whole world, right after France.

    • I LOVE Spain! I want to make a part two to this post since I wasn’t able to fit all the most beautiful 🙂

  12. Not a German city either 😉 but travel and where you can and will travel is highly subjective and therefore everyone’s Top 20 will be different. Have been to some of the cities you list and some of them are insanely beautiful. We are lucky here in Europe that in a relatively small area, places can be so diverse

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