Historic cities to visit in Europe

50 cities worth visiting in this lifetime

The 50 cities worth visiting in this lifetime.

From the great ancient capitals to the modern cities of Asia, Europe and America, there are 50 cities you’ll never forget. These 50 cities are worth seeing for the fascination, history and vivid emotions you’ll experience.

1. Venice, Italy

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We couldn’t resist including Venice with its picturesque canals, grandiose basilicas, colorful houses and cozy wine bars. There is no second such place on earth.

2. Seville, Spain

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Photo by Stefi G.

Seville is the jewel of imperial Spain, where tourists can enjoy strolling through the city’s narrow streets with fleur-de-lis, Moorish castles and the famous Spanish tapas.

3. New York, USA

New York City

Photo by Naldo P.

No wonder New York City is often referred to as the “crossroads of the world.” Nowhere else can you find such a mind-blowing concentration of art, culture, cuisine and business.

4. Lhasa, China

Lhasa

Lhasa is the spiritual center of Tibetan Buddhism in the rugged Himalayas. Incense-filled monasteries and palaces lie against a backdrop of magnificent scenery.

5. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro

From the world-famous carnival to the iconic sites, Rio de Janeiro is a source of experiences for all five senses. And it’s home to two of the most famous beaches on Earth!

6. London, England

London

Prestigious museums, famous street markets, and a vibrant financial center contribute to London’s consistent hold as one of the most visited cities in the world.

7. Marrakech, Morocco

Marrakech

Photo by Dan Mirica

You will never forget a visit to the Medina of Marrakech. Endless mazes of streets full of colorful bazaars, stunning architecture and tagines on every corner.

8. Petra, Jordan

Petra

Petra stands out among all the majestic ancient cities of the world. To believe in the existence of these epic, open to the winds of the desert monumental buildings carved into the rocks, you have to see them with your own eyes.

9. Rome, Italy

Rome

Walking around Rome is like exploring a huge open-air museum. No other place on earth holds such an abundance of fine art, cuisine and masses of ancient history as the Eternal City.

10. Varanasi, India

Varanasi

Photo by Gary Asp

Varanasi is one of India’s most sacred cities. Watching the sunrise on the ghats by the banks of the Ganges with the devotees, pilgrims and locals will forever remain in your memory.

11. Florence, Italy

Florence

Photo by Alexandar Pavlovic

Florence is the birthplace of the Renaissance, famous for its incredible collection of art, not to mention its magnificent cathedrals, delicious Tuscan cuisine and rich, enchanting architecture.

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12. Havana, Cuba

Havana

Photo by Nicolaas Kuipers

A stroll through Old Havana will take you back in time to the past, to the atmosphere of majestic prerevolutionary buildings, classic cars and the smell of home cooking mixed with the sea breeze.

13. Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto

Photo by Catman C.

Kyoto was once the capital of Japan and the main residence of the emperors. Elegant tea houses, gardens, and local castles are the best way to experience the true essence of the traditions of the land of the rising sun.

14. Jerusalem, Israel

Jerusalem

Photo by Milutin Milosevic

Jerusalem is a real crossroads of cultures, cuisines and beliefs. The most striking evidence of this can be found in the streets of the Old City, associated with the greatest people and events in history.

15. Paris, France

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Photo by Margarita Cabre

This is the city of lights, which is considered the most romantic place on earth. Here you can get carried away with going to museums and strolling through amazing squares with lots of cozy cafes.

16. Beijing, China

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Beijing is the historical and cultural capital of China, famous for two of the most impressive monumental complexes on Earth: the Forbidden City palace complex and the Great Wall of China.

17. Lalibela, Ethiopia

Lalibela

Photo by Nathan C.

Lalibela is one of Ethiopia’s greatest holy cities, known the world over for its unique and stunning collection of monolithic churches carved right into the rock.

18. Granada, Spain

Granada

Granada is filled with magic from the Alhambra itself to the narrow cobblestone streets of the Albaycin district. Such charm is not to be found even in some of the big cities of Europe.

19. Athens, Greece

Athens

Photo by Esther Loumbardas

Athens Acropolis ranks as one of the most recommended places to visit. But Athens is much more than just ancient ruins. Sun-drenched streets, colorful squares, and incredible museums await.

20. Bagan, Myanmar

Bagan

Here you can experience some of the most beautiful sunrises in the world. Imagine the rolling fog, the first glimmers of light, and the almost endless plain of Bagan’s ancient pagodas.

21. Kathmandu, Nepal

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For many, Kathmandu is the gateway to the majestic Himalayas. It is one of the most colorful cities on earth, populated by ascetic sadhus and monks in saffron robes, chanting cultic prayers.

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22. Vatican City

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The Vatican is a city-state and the center of the Roman Catholic Church. Even if you are a non-religious tourist, one look at the columns and dome of St. Peter’s Square is enough to take your breath away.

23. Lisbon, Portugal

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Photo by Maria Roco

Lisbon really does have it all: sun, sea and an enchantingly decadent atmosphere along with colorful urban neighborhoods like Chiado and Alfama.

24. Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo

Photo by Teruo Araya

Once in Tokyo, you’ll feel transported to the future. This glittering metropolis of 13,000,000 residents has become a Mecca for shopaholics, foodies, and partygoers. And yet it still has room for peaceful gardens and shrines.

25. Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul

In this city the East meets the West. Istanbul with its thousands of years of history, monumental mosques and bustling bazaars is more relevant than ever.

26. Hoi An, Vietnam

Hoi An

Photo by Tuan Do

Hội An is a historic Vietnamese port and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This unique old city reflects Japanese, Vietnamese and European influences. Oh, and the local cuisine is something to behold.

27. Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam

Photo by Victor Laken

Amsterdam has one of the highest quality of life scores in the world. This fact attracts millions of tourists, fascinated by its famous Red Light District and the stunning Van Gogh Museum.

28. Luxor, Egypt

Luxor

Luxor is the most beautiful of the ancient cities of Egypt. It is located on the banks of the Nile near the cities of Karnak and Thebes and not far from the Valley of the Kings, making it a must-see if you love history.

29. Berlin, Germany

Berlin

Few cities have played such an important role in modern history as Berlin. Plus its legendary nightclubs and lively restaurants make the German capital one of the most interesting cities in modern Europe.

30. Jaipur, India

Jaipur

Jaipur is the capital of the state of Rajasthan with spectacular palaces and gardens. This major city is part of India’s famous “Golden Triangle” along with Agra (location of the Taj Mahal) and Delhi.

31. Lyon, France

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The ancient part of Lyon is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the history of the city goes back to Roman times. Try to visit it during the “Festival of Lights” (Fête des Lumières), when the cathedrals, gardens and streets are lit by thousands of lights.

32. Iya, Greece

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Iya is the most famous town on the Greek island of Santorini. Its magnificent white and blue houses cascading down to the sea look like they came off a postcard!

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33. Siem Reap, Cambodia

Siem Reap

Most travelers rush to this country to visit the stunning ancient complex of Angkor Wat, but Siem Reap with its laid-back bohemian tourism energy and delicious food is also worth your attention.

34. Vienna, Austria

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Vienna is a majestic imperial city with beautiful palaces, manicured gardens and elegant cafes. It has been recognized more than once as one of the most livable cities in the world – just the cherry on the cake.

35. Cusco, Peru

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In addition to being the main starting point for those wanting to explore the Andes and Machu Picchu, the World Heritage city of Cusco is full of historic temples, monasteries and magnificent colonial houses.

36. Cartagena, Colombia

Cartagena

The colonial city of Cartagena on the Caribbean coast of Colombia has a history of explorers, pirates and kings. The old city is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is as charming as you can imagine.

37. Zanzibar, Tanzania

Zanzibar

Zanzibar is one of Africa’s most popular ancient cities, famous for its white sandy beaches and the mix of African, Arab and Portuguese culture in the historic Stone City district.

38. Mexico City, Mexico

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Photo by Juan Pablo Tellez Giron Gual

A delightful mix of sights, sounds and colors awaits you in Mexico City. A city of over 20 million people, beautiful colonial architecture, close proximity to ruins and solid cuisine.

39. Singapore

Singapore

Photo by Graciela Barraza

Whether on vacation or on a business trip, while in Singapore, be sure to visit its Little India neighborhood. Here you’ll find some of the best street food in the world.

40. Las Vegas, USA

Las Vegas

Photo by Ethan Ledbetter

Sin City is a favorite destination for Americans and tourists from all over the world. The place with the incomparable combination of fine hotels, famous restaurants, and major casinos. Viva Las Vegas!

41. Samarkand, Uzbekistan.

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Photo by Anuradha Yalamanchili.

Samarkand is the ancient city of the Great Silk Road. Its mosaic and monumental Registan Square with its madrassahs of Ulugbek, Sher-Dor and Tillya-Kari is one of the world’s most beautiful examples of Islamic architecture.

42. Sydney, Australia

Sydney

Photo by Khurshed Marolia

Sydney, with its iconic opera house and famous beaches, perfectly blends nature’s divas with urban amenities. It is undoubtedly one of the greatest cities on earth.

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43. San Francisco, California

San Francisco

Photo by Michael Perry

We couldn’t forget about San Francisco. This city with its historic buildings, nearby natural parks, and great food is the undisputed star of the American West Coast.

44. Mont Saint-Michel, France

Mont Saint Michel

More than three million visitors a year can attest that the local sights leave the most romantic memories, for example, the spire of Mont Saint-Michel Abbey towering over the tranquil Normandy coastline.

45. Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik

Photo by Feray Umut

The centuries-old walled city-fortress of Dubrovnik is the pearl of the Adriatic and one of the most picturesque regions in all of Europe.

46. Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok

Photo by Pramod Kanakath

From peaceful temples to exotic markets to raucous nightclubs, Bangkok has something to offer everyone. It has become so popular that in 2013 it beat London as the most visited city!

47. Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires

Photo by Frank Plamann

Buenos Aires is often called the Paris of South America. It is a city with wide avenues in the center, colorful houses and tango clubs in the La Boca area. Buenos Aires is a place for fun.

48. Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala

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Photo by Roberto Destarac

Magical is the word that best describes the city of Antigua Guatemala. Here travelers can explore the ruins of colonial churches and monasteries or dip into a bohemian café, all under the watchful gaze of three watchful volcanoes towering on the horizon.

49. Prague, Czech Republic

Prague

Photo by Jaromir Tretina

A mix of rich history, stunning architecture, and hearty cuisine makes Prague one of the most visited cities in the world. It is definitely worth a visit to experience the spirit of Central Europe.

50. Budapest, Hungary

Budapest

Photo by O. Mehes

The countless empires that have ruled Budapest over the years have left their mark on this city that many consider to be the most beautiful in Europe. Add to that the bustling nightlife and the many thermal springs and you have a great trip guaranteed.

Historic cities to visit in Europe

In fact, it is not necessary to go to the most popular vacation destinations to choose a travel destination. You can visit historic cities where you can not only relax, but also learn a lot. In this article we will talk about those cities in Europe, where you need to visit at least once in your life every tourist.

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Florence

Florence is the cultural capital and historical city of Europe. It combines both medieval beauty and incredible romance. The historic center of the city has been preserved in its original form since the 15th century. The theme of the Middle Ages is the most important, because Florence is considered the birthplace of the Renaissance. Florence is the financial and commercial center of Europe. And also this city is very beautiful and boasts delicious food.

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Florence

Rome

Rome is the third Italian city that is considered a diamond in any tour guide’s collection . This city is majestic, which is why it is also called an open-air museum. It has everything that European civilization can boast.

Paris

Surely, no one would argue that Paris is the most romantic city in the world. And also this city is the most often visited, because it combines elegance, grandeur and luxury. It is enough to visit this city once in order to feel all the beauty.

Prague

This historic city has already 1100 years of existence, so it is a cultural heritage and attracts a large number of tourists. Here you can see the Gothic architecture, a large number of ancient sites, brewery houses. Interest in this city will never fade, so it still attracts a large number of tourists.

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Prague

Amsterdam

This city is the most important port of Europe , and its beauty reflects all the uniqueness and unique flavor. This city is famous for its nightlife and many festivals for creative people.

Bruges

This city is very beautiful and fabulous and is located in the northwestern part of Belgium. It got its popularity thanks to the movie . Here you can admire the medieval architecture, visit the church of Virgin Mary, get to street concerts, visit art galleries, and various culinary festivals. That’s why this city is perfect for those who appreciate aesthetics and are gourmands.

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Bruges

Budapest

Budapest is the capital of Hungary and combines antiquity and modernity. Also, the city is a gold mine of the best hotels in Europe, so you should not worry about the place, if you decide to visit this city.

Lisbon

Lisbon is the jewel of Portugal , and the most beautiful city in the world. It has incredible architecture, a lot of different monuments, museums, embankments, narrow streets and squares. And also a large number of fountains, which can not boast any other city.

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Lisbon

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