From the enchanting architecture of Barcelona to the breathtaking canals of Venice, Europe features picturesque sights like no other. We’ve rounded up some of the most photogenic European cities, inspired by favorite Instagram moments.
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Although Amsterdam may have gotten its recent fame for other reasons, its canals are what truly make it a remarkable place. Meandering the city’s streets and bridges is best done on a bike.
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Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí has filled Barcelona with some of the most unique and whimsical structures in the world. The enchanting Park Güell, which overlooks the city, is a particular treat to explore.
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Stunning architecture, narrow waterways, and iconic gondolas make Venice a magical floating city like no other. Its Grand Canal, Piazza San Marco, and Saint Mark’s Basilica are must-sees.
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The Bavarian town of Rothenburg is a well-preserved medieval gem that feels like the perfect setting for a fairy tale. Visiting its annual Christmas market will give you a chance to experience the town in its most festive, illuminated splendor.
Prague, Czech Republic
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One of the most popular destinations in Central Europe, Prague is famous for its colorful Old Town Square, statue-lined Charles Bridge, and medieval castle complex—and, more recently, its party scene.
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With awe-inspiring statues and fountains at every turn—not to mention the infamous Colosseum and other antiquities—Rome is one of the best cities to explore on foot. Plus, it’s full of Italian charm and culinary treasures.
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Latvia’s capital has been called the “Pearl of the Baltics” for good reason: Riga is a thriving cultural hub, full of impressive gothic and art-nouveau architecture.
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Scotland’s capital may be the historical gem of the British Isles, with a stunning skyline marked by the hilltop Edinburgh Castle that overlooks the city. Wander the streets of its medieval Old Town and stop in for a pint at one of the traditional pubs—they’re full of Scottish charm and character.
The massive stone walls that rise from the Adriatic Sea and encircle Dubrovnik’s Old Town are what make this city a particularly scenic place.
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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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Set in the deep gorges of two rivers, Luxembourg City’s old town is a fortified masterpiece full of hidden nooks to explore. This dramatic landscape shows an extraordinary fusion of history, modernity, and natural surroundings.
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The “City of Love,” with its world-famous landmarks and Seine River, is as charming in person as it is on postcards. Believe the hype: Paris will steal your heart.
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Spread across both banks of the Danube River, Budapest is famous for its impressive Buda Castle Quarter, Fisherman’s Bastion, Parliament building, and many other striking architectural landmarks.
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Located on the island of Santorini, Oia is renowned for its whitewashed buildings that cover the steep hillsides overlooking the Aegean—their blue rooftops mirroring the color of the sea.
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