The Best European Cities To Visit For First Timers

Planning a trip to Europe can be quite overwhelming, especially if it’s your first time here. There’s so much to see and do, and no time is really enough. Do you choose to go island hopping in Greece? Eat tapas in Spain? Go shopping in London? Or maybe stroll around the streets of Paris? So here are some good tips on where to start when visiting this fabulous continent.



Barcelona is one of my all-time favorite places to visit. It’s such a vibrant city, has great food, friendly locals, and a lot of things to do and see. It’s a great place to go if you want a little of everything, nice weather, culture, food, nightlife, parks, museums, and there’s a lot of beautiful places around – perfect for a lot of day trips or weekend getaways if you have more time. It’s also not too expensive, making it more than perfect for anyone backpacking or travelling on a budget.


Romantic, cute, hip, beautiful, and charming. You don’t need an itinerary for visiting Amsterdam, simply stroll around, walk along the canal, view the beautiful buildings, and enjoy the city.



Who hasn’t dreamed about visiting Paris? Strolling the streets of Montmartre, having a picknick in front of the Eiffel Tower, drinking wine at a café, or walking along the seine? No trip to Europe is complete without a stop in Paris, the city of love, and even though one of the more expensive place, it has to be experienced.


Prague is a very popular destination for European travel, and for good reason. The architecture alone is a good reason to visit, but if you need more than that walking along Charles Bridge, exploring the Old Town Square, Prague Castel, or the cozy beer gardens are other good reasons!



Having spent almost a year living i London, it will always have a piece of my heart. It’s too big to ever be “done” with, and there’s always new places to explore and discover. All areas are so different, and there really is something for everyone. Go shopping around Oxford Street, go dancing in Mayfair, hunt for vintage finds in Shoreditch, or simply stroll around Notting Hill and admire the beauty.


The capital of Austria and the cultural hub for all things Austrian, cafe culture, a dedication to the Opera, impressive art collections, and stunning architecture. See St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the Museum of Fine Arts, or simply spend your time eating apple strudel!



Pizza anyone? Pasta? Gelato? I really can’t wait to go back to Rome, the culture, the beauty, the food, the history. Rome is really one of the most amazing places to visit in Europe, and it should definitely be on your list!


Berlin is edgy and ever-changing, new expats are joining the culture hub all the time, and the city has truly become an innovative hub for young people, collectives, and start-ups. It’s one of the cooler cities in Europe, with a lot of history, and a never-ending list of things to explore!



Not the cheapest place, not the warmest place, and not the most cliché place to visit in Europe. However, it is beautiful. Stockholm offers (especially in the summer) a lof of things to do, take a boat trip around the archipelago, stroll around Gamla Stan, see the view from Slussen, and eat delicious food at one of the many great restaurants.

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  • Reply FabioRosado September 24, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    I’ve been to 5 of these places and I agree with you. They are definitely some of the best European cities to visit if you are a first time traveller. I got very surprised with Amsterdam and fell in love with the city so it’s good to see it in the list 😀

  • Reply Emma February 15, 2017 at 9:22 pm

    I live in London and am ashamed to say I’ve not been to most of these. I’ve done Stockholm and and briefly Barcelona but I’d love to se Rome, Prague and Amsterdam. Edinburgh is a fabulous one too!

  • Reply terri February 17, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    Berlin and Stockholm are cities I’ve always wanted to visit, they just look so picturesque, Amsterdam too!! I’ve lived just outside London my whole life, and even now I can’t say I’ve done everything there, there’s just so much to do and see.

  • Reply neha February 18, 2017 at 5:50 am

    Excited. I am headed to Amsterdam in a few months and I am a first timer as well 🙂 Thanks for the list, will see if can visit some more

  • Reply Leticia February 19, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    Yes this is so true! I want to properly visit these places, I live near London and been to Paris but planning a trip to Amsterdam and hopefully the rest! ☺️

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