European Capitals You Must Visit at Least Once

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There is a reason why most people place European capitals on their wish lists! Each and every capital city in Europe presents an intriguing combination of rich history, mesmerizing architecture, friendly people, tasty food, incredible nightlife, exquisite artwork, and many more. No matter which city you decide to visit, be sure that you will fall in love as soon as you arrive. You will fall in love not with another person but with small pathways, quirky stores, flowery balconies, and roads leading to the beach. Or, who knows – maybe you do fall in love with a local too! So, what are you waiting for? Pack your bag, buy that ticket and start exploring! But, if you don’t know where to go first, we got you! We prepared a list of European capitals you must visit at least once! Thus, keep on reading.

London, England

Without a doubt, one of the European capitals you must visit at least once is London – the capital of England! This capital is host to several million tourists every year. Some tourists see the fantastic London architecture, some learn about the United Kingdom’s rich history, and some just want to have fun in a city full of posh shops and restaurants.

The best way to experience all of the things mentioned above is to hop on a New Routemaster – a double-decker bus that will take you to all of London’s hotspots and allow you to take some Insta-worthy photos. For instance, it will take you to the Tower of London, Big Ben, Tower Bridge, Buckingham Palace, St Paul’s Cathedral, and many more.

Moreover, when it comes to London, we have to give you some essential tips for essential travel – get yourself an umbrella as soon as you arrive. Rain is a common sight here, so if you don’t want to be disturbed by it, have a small umbrella by your side at all times.

A picture of Big Ben and London Bridge.
London will forever be one of the European capitals you must visit at least once.

Paris, France

Welcome to the City of Light. Or, let us say, welcome to the City of Love and one of the best European destinations for singles! Just like London, Paris is also one of the European Capitals you must visit at least once in your life! Or, if you are really lucky, visit it a couple of times as one trip is not enough to see everything this beautiful city has to offer.

Some of the sights you simply can’t miss out on while in Paris are Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum, Arc de Triumph, Place de la Concorde, etc. But, don’t just look at these sights – learn about them! Find a tour guide who will explain these sights’ role in history. Moreover, while here, don’t forget to sit in one of those famous Parisian cafes and order an espresso and a chocolate croissant. And, check out the street vendors and buy a beret too!

Also, don’t hesitate to visit Paris in winter! The city lights will leave you breathless! And, when you get tired of all the walking and exploring the city, why not go to some of the famous ski resorts in and around Paris, such as Montmartre or Les Trois Vallées. Trust us, there are many reasons for a ski trip to Europe, that is, to Paris and France, but we will leave it up to you to find out. 

A view of Eiffel Tower in Paris.
Going to Paris must be on your bucket list!

Rome, Italy 

Ahh, Italy! There is not a person in this world who wouldn’t like to visit this sunny county where everything smells like pasta and wine and where everybody wants to be your friend. But, to understand the true spirit of Italy, one must go to its capital – Rome. Rome is, above all, a city telling Roman Empire’s history. You can see that when through the Roman Colosseum, Vatican City, Pantheon, the Spanish Steps, etc. And you can see that when just walking through the streets of Rome.

We assure you – once you start exploring the city, you will get an instant wish to move here. And why wouldn’t you? Just hire movers and let them relocate you. If you want to avoid stress when packing, the key is starting early. But, we wouldn’t worry about stress here – Rome is just naturally peaceful. 

Moreover, movers are not the only ones who can help you relocate – Trevi Fountain also can. Namely, it is believed that if you toss one coin into this fountain, you are destined to return to the Eternal City (Rome). And, if you want to return and also find the love of your life here, you must toss two coins. So, be careful what you wish for!

Trevi Fountain in Rome.
One thing is for sure – you will want to come back to Rome!

Athens, Greece 

We simply cannot talk about the European capitals you must visit at least once without mentioning Athens – the capital of Greece. Athens is, without any doubt, the oldest capital of the world. Historical landmarks stretched throughout the city for as long as the eye can see. Acropolis, Parthenon, Plaka, Herod Atticus Odeon, Panathenaic Stadium, Agora, etc., are just some of the must-see places in Athens. 

Moreover, while here, don’t forget to go to one of the many museums and galleries. This is where you will be able to learn the most about Greek history and culture. And, when you get tired of all the sightseeing (which will doubt will happen), sit in some local greek restaurant and try some authentic food and drinks. The Greeks will welcome you with amazing hospitality and, if you are lucky enough, they may play some music or let you break some plates to celebrate your trip. 

There are many European capitals you must visit at least once. We mentioned just four of them, but you already know that there are many more with visiting. So, do your own research. Maybe you will find a capital that suits your preferences more. But don’t hesitate to visit the ones we mentioned either – they are on top of all traveler’s lists for a reason. 

11 thoughts on “European Capitals You Must Visit at Least Once

  1. bournemouthgirl July 11, 2022 / 10:39 am

    I love London, I live a 2-3 hours train journey from London and I still haven’t experienced everything it has to offer. The activities and places to visit feel limitless!
    Paris is somewhere I would love to visit. Me and my partner are hoping to visit! Thank you for your other suggestions too!

    Lauren – bournemouthgirl

    • markstraveljournal July 11, 2022 / 12:54 pm

      I love London too and need to get back there. Paris is definitely worth the trip too. Thanks for the comments.

  2. Molly | Transatlantic Notes July 12, 2022 / 8:52 am

    I haven’t been to Paris yet and have only done a brief (airport) stopover in Athens so these are the two I should really experience at some point. Thanks for sharing this (love to see London on this list)!

    • markstraveljournal July 12, 2022 / 2:23 pm

      All 3 destinations you mention are great for sure. Thanks for reading.

  3. Fadima Mooneira July 16, 2022 / 9:13 am

    Yay!!! I have visited 3/4 from this list ~ London, Paris, Rome. I need to visit Athens in the future. And I want to visit London again.

  4. Caroline July 16, 2022 / 12:31 pm

    I would love to visit Rome, I have been to Italy once which was the northenest part and loved it so would really like to visit another place. I have also been to Paris twice, both were school/club trips so I would love to go on my own/with a friend so I could explore the quieter/more authentic side 🙂

  5. readandreviewit1 July 16, 2022 / 1:01 pm

    This is such a great list! I love London and Paris has been on my list for as long as I can remember – I’m really hoping I can finally visit this year! Thank you so much for sharing.

  6. Charity July 16, 2022 / 7:50 pm

    I’ve never been to any of these European capital before. But I would love to go sometime! Thanks so much for sharing all about them!

  7. Jaya Avendel July 17, 2022 / 4:34 pm

    You have highlighted four stunning European capitals I want to visit! While London and France come first for me, Athens and Rome are close seconds for me. 🙂

  8. Mind and Body Intertwined July 18, 2022 / 2:36 am

    I love all of these cities! They have such a special character to them. I think London is my favorite from this list, but Greece in general is one of my most beloved countries so it’s hard to choose!

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