Choose from up to 46 of the best European destinations.
Amsterdam is a top contender in Europe's beauty pageant, it's right up there with Venice and Paris. But Amsterdam will never win it. It's too busy in funky and mellow bars, and 'exploring' life.find out more
After visiting Venice, Ancona may seem a little drab and lacking in things to do. But in reality Italy's largest mid-Adriatic ferry port is pretty interesting. There are two distinct parts to Ancona: the modern sprawl around the train station and the old centre further up the hill.find out more
Surrounded by 4.3km of superbly preserved stone ramparts, this graceful city is the belle of Provence's ball. Famed for its annual performing-arts festival and its fabled bridge, the Pont St-Bénezet (aka the Pont d'Avignon), Avignon is an ideal spot from which to step out into the surrounding region.find out more
Stylish Barcelona is a forward-thinking place, on the cutting edge of art, design and cuisine but with an equally rich past stretching back to Roman days.find out more
Something old, something new. Reminders of Berlin's once-divided past sit side-by-side with its united present – Norman Foster's Reichstag dome, Peter Eisenman's Holocaust Memorial and the iconic Brandenburg Gate are all contained within a few blocks of each other.find out more
One of the planet's most underrated capitals, Bern is fabulous. With the genteel, old soul of a Renaissance man and the heart of a high-flying 21st-century gal, this riverside city is both medieval and modern.find out more
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The new millennium was a major turning point for the city long known as La Belle Au Bois Dormant (Sleeping Beauty). Bolstered by its students and some 2.5 million tourists annually, La Belle Bordeaux now scarcely seems to sleep at all.
Positioned on the Danube River, Bratislava has always been a popular place throughout history, first as an important trading route. With the Ottomans occupying parts of the Hungarian Empire, Bratislava became the capital and coronation town for the Empire and from there it flourished.find out more
Bruges dreamily evokes a world long since gone. In the 14th century, Bruges was one of Europe's leading trade centres. But during the following century, the waterway linking the city to the sea silted up. Despite attempts to build a new canal, Bruges' economic lifeline was gone. Traders and townsfolk abandoned the city, leaving it suspended in time.find out more
Everyone loves Budapest, and for good reason. For the architecture, romance and potent palinka. For the rickety trams and hot springs combined with a sad history, spoken by a beautiful but impenetrable language, and for a people who live life to the fullest.find out more
Crowned by a stunning castle, and centred on an old-town square, ÄŒeský Krumlov's Renaissance and baroque buildings enclose the meandering arc of the Vltava River.
Dresden was famous throughout Europe as 'Florence on the Elbe', owing to the efforts of Italian artists, musicians, actors and master craftsmen who flocked to the court of Augustus the Strong, bestowing countless masterpieces upon the city....
One of the most written about cities in Italy, Florence (Firenze) has a strange effect on visitors. Travellers who normally loathe art galleries queue for hours to get into them....find out more
It’s a true hiker’s, paradise, a rest and relaxation stop, and a great place to sample outdoor sports. Whatever you decide to do here will be an excellent choice.find out more
Innsbruck has hosted the winter Olympics twice: yes, they had the facilities and the snow, but they also had (and still have) the most beautiful backdrop for everyone to enjoy it.find out more
Founded on the legend of a dragon lurking beneath the fairy-tale Wawel Castle that overlooks the bending river; Krakow is definitely one of those cities that has an air of magic to it.find out more
Named after its five tiny villages (Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso), the Unesco-listed Parco Nazionale delle Cinque Terre encompasses some of Italy’s most picturesque and environmentally sensitive coastline.find out more
The moment you lay your eyes on Bled, you will fall head over heels in love with this special place.find out more
We bet that one look at the cypress covered hillsides, the glimmering lake and the beautiful villas will leave you swooningfind out more
Mind boggling beauty mixed with heart pumping adrenalin – Lauterbrunnen is an adventure junkies paradise. But from rosti and rafting to skydiving and shots, whether it's relaxation or exhilaration you're after, Lauterbrunnen has it all.
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Slovenia’s capital has been voted as one of Europe's greenest and most liveable cities more than once. In summer, cafes are set up along the lush river bank and the jewel box city really pops open and comes alive.find out more
Recipe for a gorgeous Swiss city: take a cobalt lake ringed by mountains of myth, add a medieval old town and sprinkle with covered bridges, sunny plazas, candy coloured houses and waterfront promenades.
Madrid may not have the effortless elegance of European capitals like Paris or Rome, but it has a raw energy that is infectious. Explore the old streets of the centre, relax in the plazas, soak up the culture....find out more
What is it about Milan? Is it the soaring gothic cathedral? The furiously fashionable arcades? Maybe it’s the fast-paced lifestyles of its inhabitants? Whatever it is; it’s awesome and you’re sure to remember it.find out more
Munich (München) is truly the capital of all things Bavarian. It's a heady mix of world class museums, historic sites, cosmopolitan shopping, exhausting nightlife, trendy restaurants, roaring beer halls, vast parks and, of course, Oktoberfest.find out more
Nice is the Côte d'Azur's most cosmopolitan city. It's a heady mix of old and new, ethnic and domestic, sunshine and smog: strollers, skaters, beach-bums, and business people jostle for position along the beachfront.....
Olomouc was the Czech Republic’s best kept secret for years, but it’s emerging slowly. Once the powerful capital of the Great Moravian Empire, Olomouc is now the capital of the Moravian region with a thrilling history.find out more
Perched atop a dramatic clifftop of ancient volcanic rock, with the Umbrian countryside sprawling in all directions below, Orvieto is everything an Italian hill town should be; quiet and peaceful, with shady, jasmine-scented cafés and squares just waiting for you to take a seat and soak up the atmosphere......find out more
What can be said about the sexy, sophisticated City of Lights that hasn't already been said a thousand times before?find out more
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It's Prague's perfect irony. You are lured by the past, but compelled to linger by the present and the future.find out more
An epic, monumental metropolis, Rome has been in the spotlight for close on 3,000 years....
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The joke 'if it's baroque, don't fix it' is a perfect maxim for Salzburg; the tranquil Old Town burrowed in below steep hills looks as much as it did when Mozart lived here 250 years ago.....
Stylish San Sebastián (Donostia in Basque) has the air of an upscale resort, complete with an idyllic location on the shell-shaped Bahía de la Concha. The natural setting – crystalline waters, a flawless beach, green hills on all sides....
According to legend, Siena was founded by the sons of Remus, although it was the Middle Ages that heralded the city's golden age. Between the 13th and 15th centuries, painters of the Sienese School produced significant works of art....
Wandering the streets of Old Town Split will make you feel as if you have been transported back in time, to when the Romans settled along the shores of Dalmatia.find out more
Hemmed in by vine-covered hills and full of greenery, Stuttgart is a haven for its residents, who enjoy a high quality of life. For tourists, its a peaceful city with some fascinating museums.
Hovering somewhere between the style of Paris and the conservative sturdiness of central France, Tours is one of the principal cities of the Loire Valley. It's a smart, solidly bourgeois kind of place, filled with wide 18th-century boulevards, parks.....find out more
Valencia is where paella first simmered over a wood fire. It's a vibrant, friendly, mildly chaotic place with two outstanding fine-arts museums, an accessible old quarter, Europe's newest cultural and scientific complex – and an exciting nightlife scene.
Arriving in Venice is like stepping into a surreal never-never land. Where most cities have car-choked roads and impenetrable one-way systems, Venice has gondolas, vaporetti sestieri (water buses) and a labyrinthine network of canals.....find out more
Vienna is a city that straddles both the past and present with ease. No other city effortlessly combines a rich history that has left behind such remarkable gifts....
Zadar is a beautiful seaside town that captivates the attention. With its historic old town paved by the Romans, squares with medieval churches and buzzing cafes, all surrounded by a 16th century Venetian fortress, everyone who has been through has left their mark.find out more
Zagreb offers the best of Eastern and Western Europe with elegant Austro-Hungarian buildings, tasty restaurants, fashionable boutique shops, scruffy pubs and pumping lakeside clubs.find out more