1) Paris, France
There’s nothing like walking along quintessential Paris with the Eiffel Tower in your backdrop as you bite down on a crunchy croissant. Make your way towards the chic boutiques and stores with your shoes making clicking sounds on the city’s famous cobble stoned pavement. Grab a bite in one of many Michelin Starred restaurants in the area, as you get a taste of true French cuisine. Feast your eyes on world-renowned destinations such as the Louvre Museum, Arc de Triomphe, Orsay Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral, Père Lachaise Cemetery, The Moulin Rouge, and the Sacré-Cœur Basilica.
Travel time Versailles: 12 minutes
2) Versailles, France
A city west-southwest of Paris. It is best known for its breathtaking palace, “Palace of Versailles,” made by Louis XIV in the late 1600s, where the treaty that ended World War I was signed in 1919. It is one of the wealthiest cities near Paris.
Top sites in Versailles: The Royal Chapel.
Travel time to Amsterdam: 4 hours and 28 minutes
3) Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands. It is the country’s biggest city and where the heart of all financial, cultural, and creative matters lie. It’s name comes from “Dam” of the river “Amstel.” It is regarded as the Venice of the North due to its thousands of canals and bridges. This city has something to offer for everyone, whether you’re a party maniac, or a quaint, quiet city fan.
Top sites in Amsterdam: Van Gogh Museum, Rijks Museum, Rembrandt House Museum, Stedelijk Museum, Red Light District, Vondel Park.
Travel time to Berlin: 6 hours and 15 minutes
4) Berlin, Germany
Berlin is the capital city of Germany, and also the largest city in the country. Berlin is most famous for its history, and it shows in their internationalism and tolerance, booming nightlife, its numerous cafés, clubs, pubs, bars, art, and lots of museums, palaces, and historical sites. The architecture in Berlin is rather diverse. Even though it was severely damaged in the last years of World War II and torn apart during the Cold War, Berlin has risen from the ashes and rebuilt itself after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.
Top sites in Berlin: East Side Gallery, Brandenburg Gate, Charlottenburg Palace, Reichstag, Holocaust Memorial, Potsdamer Platz, Kunsthaus Tacheles.
Travel time Prague: 4 hours and 40 minutes
5) Prague, the Czech Republic
This magnificent city of cathedrals, bridges, towers and church domes, shines brightly in the reflection of its famed Vltava River. Barely damaged by WWII, Prague’s medieval centre stands compact with its cobbled lanes, walled courtyards, churches, and Gothic church spires, with the towering 9th century castle in the backdrop. Apart from its historical architecture, Prague is also known for its vibrant energy, and it shows in its music, art, fine dining, and festivals.
Top sites in Prague: Prague Castle, St Vitus’ Cathedral, Kafka House.
Travel time to Salzburg: 4 hours and 40 minutes
6) Salzburg, Austria
Known for the location of the famed “Sound of Music,” and the birthplace of one of the best composers in music, “Mozart,” this city will leave you singing in delight. It is the 4th largest city in Austria and world famous for its baroque architecture. It’s city center is so beautifully well-preserved and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Salzburg means “Salt Fortress”, and comes from the barges carrying salt on the Salzach river, which were subject to tax in the 8th century.
Top sites in Salzburg: Mozart´s Birthplace, Mozart´s Residence, Hohensalzburg Fortress.
Travel time to Füssen: 4 hours and 28 minutes
7) Füssen, Germany
Füssen is a magical town Germany that is famous for the Hohes Schloss and the Neuschwanstein Castle. Some tourists come to see the castles and vacate the city right after without even exploring the beautiful town. This is a great shame for there is a lot more to see in this town. There are enchanting lakes with wonderful views and the “Kalvarienberg” which holds the “Stations of the Cross.”
Top sites in Füssen: Hohenschwangen Castle.
Travel time Venice: 8 hours and 35 minutes
8) Venice, Italy
The romantic charm of Venice hasn’t changed a bit. When you get to the city, you will find out just why Billy Joel insists that Venice is waiting for you. Venice is famous for its architecture and art, not to mention the series of canals that separate the 118 islets in the city.
Top sites in Venice: San Marco Basilica, Piazza San Marco, Rialto Bridge, Campanile (viewing tower).
Travel time to Florence: 2 hours and 5 minutes
9) Florence, Italy
Florence is the capital city of Tuscany. It is world-famous for its rich history. The city was a centre of medieval European trade in the past and is considered the place of origin of the Renaissance. It is nicknamed, “the Athens of the Middle Ages”.
Top sites in Florence: Il Duomo, Ponte Vecchio (bridge), Galileo Museum, Uffizi Gallery.
Travel time Rome: 1 hours and 30 minutes
10) Rome, Italy
Rome is most famous for its architecture which has evolved over time. Most of the buildings in Rome have arches, domes and vaults. The most known building in Rome is the Colosseum–the largest amphitheatre ever built in the Roman Empire, and is capable of seating 60,000 spectators. It was mainly used for gladiator fights.
Top sites in Rome: Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, Pantheon, Roman Forum.
Next: Versailles to Vatican City
Travel time: 10 minutes
11) Vatican City, Italy
Vatican City is considered the smallest country in the world. Bounded by a 2-mile border with Italy, this holy city is an independent city-state that covers roughly one-eighth the size of Central Park in New York. Vatican City headed by entirely by the Pope.
Top sites in the Vatican City: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel, Vatican Gardens, Castel Sant’Angelo.
Travel time Monte Carlo: 6 hours and 50 minutes
12) Monte Carlo, Monaco
Monte Carlo is located on an escarpment along the French Riviera. In it is the world-renowned Place du Casino, the gambling hub which has made Monte Carlo the go-to place to spend your wealth recklessly. It is also where the Hôtel de Paris, the Café de Paris, and the Salle Garnier are located.
Top sites in Monaco: Monaco Grand Prix circuit, Oceanographic Museum, Prince’s Palace, Monaco Cathedral (resting place of Princess Grace of Monaco).
Travel time to Barcelona: 9 hours and 25 minutes
13) Barcelona, Spain
This beautiful city is what European cities are best recognized for–outdoor markets, restaurants, cafes, shops, museums and chapels. It is a great to place stroll around, with its extensive and sophisticated Metro system for more far-away destinations. The centre of town, has a very vintage vibe and the beaches the city was built upon give sun and recreation during the extensive periods of warm weather.
Top sites in Barcelona: Las Ramblas, FC Barcelona’s Nou Camp stadium, Park Güell, Picasso Museum