Curious about how popular your country is as a holiday destination? Or maybe you’re in need of some holiday inspiration of your own – you can’t decide which city to visit. Well, we’ve got the 10 most visited cities in Europe right here.
With more people now living in urban areas than not, the rise of the city has been powerful. Today, there are 33 megacities. These are cities with more than 10 million people living in them. Not only that, by 2030 there will be six more.
Euromonitor International’s city arrivals research covers over 600 cities, showing the most popular destinations across the world in 2018. (Here are the top 10 most visited countries if you need that info).
Top 10 most visited cities in Europe
1. London, England (19,827.8 million yearly visitors)
Big Ben, the London Eye, Buckingham Palace and means London stays front and centre. For the cheapest flights check Ryanair into Stansted and easyJet into Gatwick, for long haul check British Airways into Heathrow.
Where to stay in London?
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2. Paris, France (15,834.2 million)
The City Of Love will continue to be one of the world’s most loved holiday destinations. Its biggest attractions? The Eiffel Tower and great cuisine.
How to get around Paris:
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3. Rome, Italy (9,531.6 million)
Drink incredible wine, see the Vatican and the Colosseum in Italy’s must-visit city.
4. Prague, Czech Republic (8,806.7 million)
Nicknamed “the City of a Hundred Spires,” Prague is an affordable option for many young travellers. It’s a popular stop on the Interrail route.
5. Amsterdam, Netherlands (7,848.0 million)
A wonderful city to explore – by bike, tram or foot – Amsterdam is a consistently popular choice.
6. Barcelona, Spain (6,530.1 million)
Home to Gaudi’s iconic works of art, a scenic beachfront and cosy tapas bars, it’s no wonder why Barcelona appeals to so many people.
7. Milan, Italy (6,347.9 million)
The stylish fashion capital has incredible cathedrals, green city parks and a thriving food and drink scene. You’ll be back again and again.
8. Vienna – Austria (6,067.1 million)
Vienna is a charming city, where legendary figures such as Mozart, Beethoven and Sigmund Freud all called home. It’s a perfect place to spend a few days.
9. Venice, Italy (5,316.4 million)
Venice is a stunning city of shaded Piazzas, romantic boat trips through the canals and luxurious hotels.
10. Madrid, Spain (5,275.2 million)
Spain’s central capital is known for its rich collection of European art and elegant streets. It’s a fun city for a weekend break and has an amazing foodie scene.
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