Iconic European Cities to Explore

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Iconic European Cities to Explore Source : nationalgeographic.com Music : IL DIVO Author : Beatrice Vaisman

SAN MARINO, SAN MARINO The Guaita fortress is the oldest of the three towers constructed on Monte Titano that overlooks the capital of San Marino. PHOTOGRAPH BY XINHUA NEWS AGENCY, REDUX:

SAN MARINO, SAN MARINO The Guaita fortress is the oldest of the three towers constructed on Monte Titano that overlooks the capital of  San Marino . PHOTOGRAPH BY XINHUA NEWS AGENCY, REDUX

GRANADA, SPAIN In the southern Andalusia region, Granada contains grand examples of medieval architecture from the Moorish occupation, especially the Alhambra fortress overlooking the entire city. PHOTOGRAPH BY PASCAL SAEZ, VWPICS, REDUX:

GRANADA, SPAIN In the southern Andalusia region,  Granada  contains grand examples of medieval architecture from the Moorish occupation, especially the Alhambra fortress overlooking the entire city. PHOTOGRAPH BY PASCAL SAEZ, VWPICS, REDUX

DUBLIN, IRELAND Drinking in history, the Irish capital is home to a medieval castle, cobblestone streets, and the 12th-century Saint Patrick’s Cathedral. PHOTOGRAPH BY TIM THOMPSON, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CREATIVE:

DUBLIN, IRELAND Drinking in history, the  Irish  capital is home to a medieval castle, cobblestone streets, and the 12th-century Saint Patrick’s Cathedral. PHOTOGRAPH BY TIM THOMPSON, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CREATIVE

VENICE, ITALY Built on more than 100 small islands in a lagoon in the Adriatic Sea, Venice is best explored by gondola. PHOTOGRAPH BY SCOTT S. WARREN, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CREATIVE:

VENICE, ITALY Built on more than 100 small islands in a lagoon in the Adriatic Sea,  Venice  is best explored by gondola. PHOTOGRAPH BY SCOTT S. WARREN, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CREATIVE

PARIS, FRANCE Paris is instantly recognizable with monument-lined boulevards, classic sidwalk cafés, and world renowned museums. PHOTOGRAPH BY JOEL SARTORE, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CREATIVE:

PARIS, FRANCE Paris  is instantly recognizable with monument-lined boulevards, classic sidwalk cafés, and world renowned museums. PHOTOGRAPH BY JOEL SARTORE, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CREATIVE

FLORENCE, ITALY One of the world’s top art hubs, Florence is considered the birthplace of the Renaissance. PHOTOGRAPH BY DAVE YODER, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CREATIVE:

FLORENCE, ITALY One of the world’s top art hubs,  Florence  is considered the birthplace of the Renaissance. PHOTOGRAPH BY DAVE YODER, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CREATIVE

ROME, ITALYA mix of ancient ruins, awe-inspiring art, and vibrant streets, Rome is one of the world's most visited cities. PHOTOGRAPH BY DAVE YODER, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CREATIVE:

ROME, ITALY A mix of ancient ruins, awe-inspiring art, and vibrant streets,  Rome  is one of the world's most visited cities. PHOTOGRAPH BY DAVE YODER, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CREATIVE

BARCELONA, SPAIN Barcelona is famous for architecture by Antoni Gaudi, the renowned architect and face of Catalan modernism. PHOTOGRAPH BY SIMON ROBERTS, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CREATIVE:

BARCELONA, SPAIN Barcelona  is famous for architecture by Antoni Gaudi, the renowned architect and face of Catalan modernism. PHOTOGRAPH BY SIMON ROBERTS, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CREATIVE

HELSINKI, FINLAND Helsinki's central avenue, Mannerheimintie, holds the epic National Museum, Parliament House, and contemporary art museum, Kiasma. PHOTOGRAPH BY GONZALEZ, LAIF, REDUX:

HELSINKI, FINLAND Helsinki 's central avenue, Mannerheimintie , holds the epic National Museum, Parliament House, and contemporary art museum, Kiasma . PHOTOGRAPH BY GONZALEZ, LAIF, REDUX

BRUGES, BELGIUM The canals and cobblestone streets of Bruges overflow with charm. PHOTOGRAPH BY JORDI BUSQUE, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CREATIVE:

BRUGES, BELGIUM The canals and cobblestone streets of  Bruges  overflow with charm. PHOTOGRAPH BY JORDI BUSQUE, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CREATIVE

MADRID, SPAIN This historical residence of the king of Spain sits just outside the Spanish capital, Madrid. PHOTOGRAPH BY JOE PETERSBURGER, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CREATIVE:

MADRID, SPAIN This historical residence of the king of Spain sits just outside the Spanish capital,  Madrid. PHOTOGRAPH BY JOE PETERSBURGER, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CREATIVE

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY Bisected by the Danube, the city of Budapest offers a Castle Hill across the river from the House of Parliament, third largest in the world. PHOTOGRAPH BY CHRISTOPHER HILL, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CREATIVE:

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY Bisected by the Danube, the city of  Budapest  offers a Castle Hill across the river from the House of Parliament, third largest in the world. PHOTOGRAPH BY CHRISTOPHER HILL, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CREATIVE

VIENNA, AUSTRIA The imperial capital of Austria, Vienna's cityscape is characterised by an abundance of Baroque buildings. PHOTOGRAPH BY LUCAS VALLECILLOS, VWPICS, REDUX:

VIENNA, AUSTRIA The imperial capital of Austria,  Vienna 's cityscape is characterised by an abundance of Baroque buildings. PHOTOGRAPH BY LUCAS VALLECILLOS, VWPICS, REDUX

PRIZREN, KOSOVO Kosovo's cultural capital Prizren holds Ottoman-era architecture on the slopes of the Šar Mountains. PHOTOGRAPH BY MIMOZA GASHI, EYEEM, GETTY:

PRIZREN, KOSOVO Kosovo 's cultural capital Prizren holds Ottoman-era architecture on the slopes of the Šar Mountains. PHOTOGRAPH BY MIMOZA GASHI, EYEEM, GETTY

LONDON, ENGLAND One of the world's most visited cities, London packs plenty to see, like the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, and the iconic Big Ben clock tower. PHOTOGRAPH BY JEFF MAURITZEN, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CREATIVE:

LONDON, ENGLAND One of the world's most visited cities,  London  packs plenty to see, like the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, and the iconic Big Ben clock tower. PHOTOGRAPH BY JEFF MAURITZEN, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CREATIVE

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK The historic center of Copenhagen contains Frederiksstaden, an 18th-century Rococo district, home to the royal family’s Amalienborg Palace. PHOTOGRAPH BY STEPHEN ST. JOHN:

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK The historic center of  Copenhagen  contains Frederiksstaden , an 18th-century Rococo district, home to the royal family’s Amalienborg Palace. PHOTOGRAPH BY STEPHEN ST. JOHN

PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC Nicknamed “the City of a Hundred Spires,” Prague is known for its Old Town Square with colorful baroque buildings, Gothic churches, and a medieval astronomical clock. PHOTOGRAPH BY PHIL SCHERMEISTER, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CREATIVE:

PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC Nicknamed “the City of a Hundred Spires,”  Prague  is known for its Old Town Square with colorful baroque buildings, Gothic churches, and a medieval astronomical clock. PHOTOGRAPH BY PHIL SCHERMEISTER, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CREATIVE

MOSTAR, BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA A UNESCO World Heritage Site dating to the Ottoman empire, the reconstructed Old Bridge and Old City of Mostar is a symbol of reconciliation and coexistence of the diversity in Bosnia and Herzegovina. PHOTOGRAPH BY OLIVER TJADEN, LAIF, REDUX:

MOSTAR, BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA A UNESCO World Heritage Site dating to the Ottoman empire, the reconstructed Old Bridge and Old City of Mostar is a symbol of reconciliation and coexistence of the diversity in  Bosnia and Herzegovina . PHOTOGRAPH BY OLIVER TJADEN, LAIF, REDUX

BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA Bratislava's castle–dating to the 9th century but rebuilt in the 1800s–hovers over a pastel-colored old town on the banks of the Danube river. PHOTOGRAPH BY TOMA BABOVIC, LAIF, REDUX:

BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA Bratislava 's castle–dating to the 9th century but rebuilt in the 1800s–hovers over a pastel-colored old town on the banks of the Danube river. PHOTOGRAPH BY TOMA BABOVIC, LAIF, REDUX

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN The Swedish capital contains one of the best-preserved, medieval old towns of Europe, dating to the 13th century. PHOTOGRAPH BY JONATHAN IRISH, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CREATIVE:

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN The  Swedish  capital contains one of the best-preserved, medieval old towns of Europe, dating to the 13th century. PHOTOGRAPH BY JONATHAN IRISH, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CREATIVE

TALLINN, ESTONIA A 15th-century defensive tower guards the Old Town, a UNESCO site, in the cultural hub of Estonia. PHOTOGRAPH BY JAN-PETER BOENING, ZENIT, LAIF,REDUX:

TALLINN, ESTONIA A 15th-century defensive tower guards the Old Town, a UNESCO site, in the cultural hub of  Estonia . PHOTOGRAPH BY JAN-PETER BOENING, ZENIT, LAIF,REDUX

VATICAN CITY Officially a city-state within Rome, the Vatican centers around the domed Saint Peter’s Basilica and Piazza San Pietro, plus many of Italy’s most celebrated masterpieces can be found in the massive Vatican Museums. PHOTOGRAPH BY ROBERT HARDING, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CREATIVE:

VATICAN CITY Officially a city-state within Rome, the Vatican centers around the domed Saint Peter’s Basilica and Piazza San Pietro , plus many of Italy’s most celebrated masterpieces can be found in the massive Vatican Museums. PHOTOGRAPH BY ROBERT HARDING, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CREATIVE

PORTO, PORTUGAL Known for port wine, coastal Porto offers picturesque bridges, a medieval riverside district, and narrow cobblestone streets. PHOTOGRAPH BY ALEX SABERI, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CREATIVE:

PORTO, PORTUGAL Known for port wine, coastal  Porto  offers picturesque bridges, a medieval riverside district, and narrow cobblestone streets. PHOTOGRAPH BY ALEX SABERI, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CREATIVE

KRAKOW, POLAND Saint Mary's Basilica and the Sukiennice Cloth Hall line the rynek in Krakow, one of the largest medieval town squares in Europe. PHOTOGRAPH BY LUCAS VALLECILLOS, VWPICS, REDUX:

KRAKOW, POLAND Saint Mary's Basilica and the Sukiennice Cloth Hall line the  rynek  in  Krakow , one of the largest medieval town squares in Europe. PHOTOGRAPH BY LUCAS VALLECILLOS, VWPICS, REDUX

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS Built on an elaborate canal system, Amsterdam is home to the Van Gogh Museum, works by Rembrandt and Vermeer at the Rijksmuseum, and modern art at the Stedelijk. PHOTOGRAPH BY PATRICK VAN KATWIJK, HOLLANDSE HOOGTE, REDUX:

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS Built on an elaborate canal system,  Amsterdam  is home to the Van Gogh Museum, works by Rembrandt and Vermeer at the Rijksmuseum, and modern art at the Stedelijk . PHOTOGRAPH BY PATRICK VAN KATWIJK, HOLLANDSE HOOGTE, REDUX

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