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With over 2,000 European destinations to choose from you might think, where do I even start? At GoEuro our goal is to make travel easy and we wanted to help undecided travelers find the best European destinations. Based on the popularity of our Beer Price Index, Accommodation Index and Fun City Ranking, we know how much rankings can help when it comes to planning the perfect holiday. This time around, we teamed up with HomeToGo and combined all these factors to create the ultimate guide to European cities. Each city has been ranked on the following criteria: day activities, nightlife, accommodation, food and drink, and transport.

What are the top European Destinations?

By carefully examining and combining the various criteria, 100 top European destinations stood out ahead of all the others. We went further and identified the 10 best in five different categories as well as the most convenient European cities for Americans looking to travel in Europe. Finally, you can find a calendar of events for 2017 with the best suggestions of where to go in each month. Click the icons below and start planning your Europe trip today.

But what do people look for in a European destination? We believe that depends on the individual. This study ranked the top 100 European destinations into five categories: day activities, nightlife, food and drink, accommodation and public transport. The best combination of these deciding factors resulted in the overall best European destination of 2017 - Barcelona.

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Top 100 European Destinations

Feel free to customize your ideal European destination using the table below. You can click on each category to sort the ranking and start planning your next Europe trip.

The total score per city is based on a total of 100 points. Take a look at the sources below.

3 Top European Destinations for American Travelers in 2017

What are our suggestions? Based on internal GoEuro data, we selected 3 cities in Europe that combine the best destination scores and the lowest prices. Cologne has recently become one of the most popular destinations for Americans traveling in Europe.

Bruges has also become quite popular with American tourists, receiving 5-star destination reviews. Bruges is particularly beautiful at Christmas and also one of the most popular European cities in 2017.

And finally, who doesn’t dream of a few days in the Irish capital? Dublin is massively popular destination for travelers flying from North America. Why not take a weekend and explore the city before continuing on to continental Europe?


10 Top European Destinations with the Best Activities and Attractions

#1 Attractions and Activities: London

A Europe trip is the perfect time to get cultured. If sightseeing and museum hopping at the top of your list then look no further. This study researched which European city offers the most activities including tours, attractions, and shopping opportunities.

Scoring full points, London grabs the top spot as the best European destination for culture. Whether you want to indulge in cultural attractions or do some shopping, London is the perfect European city for you. Paris comes in at a close second only because the city is smaller and has slightly fewer attractions. However, the City of Light is still full of things to do. Paris’ architecturally beautiful shopping galleries, famous art galleries, and world-famous landmarks guarantee that no tourist will ever be bored while visiting the city.

Rank City Rating out of 5
1 London 5
2 Paris 4.9
3 Rome 4.8
4 Prague 4.7
5 Barcelona 4.6
6 Istanbul 4.3
7 Moscow 4.1
8 Madrid 3.9
9 Berlin 3.6
10 St. Petersburg 3.6

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10 Top European Destinations with the Best Nightlife

Rank City Rating out of 5
1 Berlin 5
2 Krakow 4.9
3 Barcelona 4.8
4 Kiev 4.7
5 Madrid 4.6
6 Sarajevo 4.5
7 Seville 4.5
8 Valencia 4.5
9 Wrocław 4.4
10 Coimbra 4.3
#1 Nightlife: Berlin

Europe has so many world-famous party cities that it can be difficult to know where to begin. When push comes to shove, which European destinations have the best nightlife? The results are calculated by comparing the number of bar/clubs in each city, each city's the last call time, and the average price of a beer.

Berlin offers over 500 nightlife venues for party seekers. With 24-hour bars/clubs and an average beer costing less than €5 it’s no wonder Americans love traveling to the German capital. Although Krakow’s nightlife scene has a limited number of venues, the bars never close if there are people inside. If you’re looking for a midnight snack while out on the town, head to ‘Kiełbaski z Nyski’ - a legendary old car which sells the best sausages in town!

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10 Top European Destinations with the Best Accommodation

#1 Best Value Accommodation: Kiev

Plenty of European travel deals come as inclusive flight and hotel packages. But did you know that by booking your own transport and accommodation you'll have more flexibility on your trip while also saving money?

The price and availability of accommodation are often deciding factors for choosing to visit a city in Europe. Most travelers don’t want to fork out a fortune on accommodation even if they're only staying for a few days.

Accommodation prices depend on the city’s popularity and the amount of available accommodation. This is why you won't see big European capitals like London, Paris or Rome on our list.

Rank City Rating out of 5
1 Kiev 5
2 Zagreb 5
3 Budapest 5
4 Siena 5
5 Sarajevo 4.9
6 Coimbra 4.9
7 Pilsen 4.6
8 Riga 4.5
9 Sofia 4.5
10 Bucharest 4.3

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10 Top European Destinations with the Best Food and Drink

Rank City Rating out of 5
1 Barcelona 5
2 Madrid 5
3 Paris 4.9
4 Rome 4.9
5 London 4.8
6 Istanbul 4.6
7 Berlin 4.6
8 Milan 4.1
9 Prague 4
10 Lisbon 3
#1 Food and Drinks: Barcelona

Most people like to treat themselves to the finer things in life while on holiday. However, with so many exotic cuisines and delicacies, picking the best city in Europe for food and drink can be a tall task.

We calculated the average cost and quality of a meal for each city in Europe. Barcelona and Madrid, Spain's two largest cities, top our list as the best European destinations for food and drink. What does that tell us about European travelers? That fresh tapas and sweet sangria remain tourist favorites.

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10 Top European Destinations with the Best Public Transportation

#1 Public Transportation: Bucharest

People often forget to consider the cost of transportation while exploring a city. If you want to minimize transportation costs, you should avoid popular European destinations like Venice and Zurich. If you’re looking for a cheap city to visit, why not consider exploring Europe’s Eastern capitals?

Bucharest tops our list of cities in Europe with the cheapest public transportation with a taxi costing 55 cents per kilometer on average. A one-way ticket on Kiev’s public transport costs approximately 0.14 cents per journey. Ukraine's capital is full of beautiful architecture and incredible history- perfect for hosting Eurovision in 2017.

Rank City Rating out of 5
1 Bucharest 5
2 Sofia 5
3 Kiev 4.9
4 Sarajevo 4.9
5 Gdansk 4.2
6 Wrocław 4
7 Krakow 3.9
8 Istanbul 3.8
9 Pilsen 3.7
10 Antalya 3.6

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Popular Events in European Destinations in 2017

Location Special event Date
Aarhus, Denmark European Capital of Culture Entire year
Kiev, Ukraine Eurovision Song Festival 13 May
Cardiff, United Kingdom UEFA Champions League Final 3 June
Wrocław, Poland World Games 20-30 July

With 2017 on the horizon, there is no time like the present to start planning your next Europe trip. Love Eurovision? Head to host city Kiev, Ukraine, ranked 13th in our European Destinations Index. The city is known for its cheap transport and accommodation which you can check out above.

Are you more of a sports fan? Wrocław, one of the best cities in Europe for accommodation and nightlife, will be hosting this year’s World Games from the 20th - 30th of July. Soccer fans will be glad to know that Cardiff in the United Kingdom is gearing up to host the UEFA Champions League Final on June 3rd.

Popular Events in Top European Destinations in 2017


Top European Destinations



The criteria used to weigh and classify cities in each country are as follows in order of importance:

  • Nightlife: Based on the approximate number of bars/clubs, their closing time and the average beer price. All the information was gathered from the GoEuro Beer Price Index, TripAdvisor, ResidentAdvisor, TimeOut, The Culture Trip, Numbeo, Telegraph and tourism board websites.
  • Day Activities: Includes the approximate amount of activities and clothing shops along with the average shopping price, taking into consideration the average price between one pair of jeans and one summer dress in a chain store, based on Tripadvisor and Numbeo data.
  • Food and Drinks: Average price between a meal in an inexpensive restaurant and a meal in a mid-range restaurant. This is along with the average price of a coke and the approximate number of restaurants per city based on Tripadvisor and Numbeo data.
  • Accommodation: The average price of accommodation based on the price per person and per night and the approximate amount of accommodations per city based on Hometogo data. The prices of vacation rentals for max. 6 people were calculated on a basis of more than 800,000 bookings made via HomeToGo meta-search engine between October 2015 and September 2016.
  • Public Transport: Based on the average price of public transport including one-way ticket and average taxi costs, including the starting price and one-kilometer ride, taken from Numbeo data.
  • Total score: The final calculation includes other factors such as the Climate Index, Pollution Index, Safety Index, Purchasing Power Index, Health Care Index, Cost of Living Index, property price to income ratio, and Traffic and Commute Time Index based on Numbeo data. Along with these elements, a deduction of the overall score has been applied to those countries where a visa is required. These factors have been integrated into the final calculation but are not displayed in the ranking table.

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