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Most Visited Countries in Europe

Europe covers about 6.8% of Earth’s land surface with its 3,900,000 square miles area. When it comes to tourism, the continent has almost an unmanageable amount of attractions located in many different well-developed countries. Cultures and histories have shaped the face of Europe: Renaissance art, WWII museums, Athens’ democracy, cathedrals, and so much more.

The landscape is as fascinating as it can get with iconic landmarks, world heritage sites, coastlines, and beaches. Perhaps all countries in Europe are great tourist destinations, but 10 most visited ones are as follows.


1. France

In 2013, France was sitting at the top of the list as the most visited country in the world, not only in Europe. Maybe Paris is the biggest attraction, but the country also has equally astonishing cities such as Lyon, Bordeaux, Toulouse, and Strasbourg. No less than 37 UNESCO World Heritage Sites are in the country as well. The ski resorts, beach resorts, and rural regions are not to be missed at the same time.

Most popular destinations in France include:

  • Eiffel Tower
  • Mont St Michel
  • Chamonix Action
  • The Three Corniches
  • D-Day Beaches
  • Provencal Markets
  • Alsatian Wine Route
  • Hilltop Villages
  • Pont Du Gard
  • Dune Du Pilat
  • Carnac Megalights

Iconic landmarks and architectures of France are world-class forms of art known all over the world. People and their traditions are fine examples of European cultures in general. After all, France is one world’s top destinations; about 85 million of people come to France every year to experience the country’s wealth of galleries, museums, foods, and cultural treats.


2. Spain

Coming close in second place is Spain. In 2016, more than 75 million people visited the country; it was the fourth consecutive year that Spain was the third most visited country in the world. As a matter of fact, the World Tourism Organization is located in Madrid.

Some of the best attractions in Spain include:

  • Barcelona
  • Madrid nightlife
  • Picos De Europa
  • The Alhambra
  • La Sagrada Familia
  • Cordoba’s Mezquita
  • Beaches of Menorcha

Spain is like a crossroad of different European civilizations. As a result, the country has everything you expect from European travel. It is a center of education, commerce, entertainment, fashion, sports, arts, and science. Madrid and Barcelona are the dominating force, but wonders are all around outside of those two big cities.


3. Italy

Most people visit Italy to get a glimpse of its wealth of cultures, cuisines, history, arts, fashion, and of course beautiful landscapes. Monuments and museums stand alongside range of mountains and coastline, offering both casual and adventurous trips at the same time.

Best attractions in Italy include:

  • Rome
  • Venice
  • Tuscany
  • Amalfi Coast
  • Dolomites
  • Sardinian Shores
  • Cinque Terre
  • Mount Etna

Italy has 50 UNESCO World Heritage Sites; this is more than any other country in the world. Another good thing is that some sites actually include entire cities such as Verona, Ferrara, Matera, Pompeii, Vicenza, Siena, and more. The city of Ravenna alone has 8 internationally recognized sites. You can almost say that exploring the whole country actually is the ultimate destination in Europe.


4. Turkey

The largest city in Turkey, Istanbul, has quite a lot of attractions. Its rich history as the capital of Byzantine and Ottoman Empire makes the city a must-visit, even if you don’t plan to explore other parts of Turkey.

That being said, Turkey attractions that are not to be missed include:

  • Cappadocia
  • Ephesus
  • Aya Sofya
  • Gallipoli Peninsula
  • Hamams
  • Beaches of Kalkan
  • Kackar Mountains

Main focus of tourism in Turkey is on the variety of historical sites. People come here to witness the remnants of world’s great empires; in additions, the seaside resorts in Mediterranean and Aegean coasts offers more relaxing luxurious atmospheres.


5. Germany

Compared to most other countries in Europe (and the world), Germany had started its tourism industry long before everybody understood what it was all about. Starting from late 18th centuries, major cities such as Dresden, Weimar, Berlin, and Munich have been popular for their education and recreation qualities.

Major attractions in Germany include:

  • Berlin
  • Oktoberfest
  • Schloss Neuschwanstein
  • The Black Forest
  • Cologne Cathedral

All over Germany, you’ll come across big cities which had been in existence before the New World was found. The landscapes have changed, of course, but the reminiscent of days gone by are still here. History has shaped Germany to a great extent; World War II along with Hitler and the Holocaust always do come to mind, but Germany has moved forward now. It is a safe, independent, modern, civilized, comfortable country to spend your holiday.


6. England

The biggest destination in England is London, particularly the Tower of London. England makes one of the best representations of world’s history starting from Stonehenge all the way forward to Beetham Towers. The architectural styles of England are proofs of the nation’s prominent engineering industry and cultures.

Must visit places in England include:

  • Stonehenge
  • Lake District
  • The Cotswolds
  • Hadrian’s Wall
  • Liverpool Museums
  • Peak District
  • Canterbury Cathedral

King Arthur’s legendary sites, places of the past and present monarchs, the green landscape, and scepter-minded atmosphere blend beautifully with modern cities inside bigger cities, space-age architectures, and civilized educated people. Many even consider England the most eccentric place on Earth.


7. Russia

Since the late USSR times, the tourism industry in Russia has been in good growth progress. Cultural heritage and variety of natural landscapes have made Russia popular among travelers. There are 23 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Russia; more places are put under Tentative List as well.

Some of the best attractions of Russia are as follows:

  • Red Square of Kremlin
  • The Hermitage
  • Lake Baikal
  • Olkhon Island
  • Caucasus Mountain
  • Golden Horn Bay
  • Solovetsky Island

Exploring Russia is always a thrilling experience. Arts are dynamic and liberals, while the countryside is pristine, calm, and tranquil. If you have not been in Russia before, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the welcoming attitudes of its well-educated hospitable warm people.


8. Austria

The Waltz, Cathedral, and wine pubs are always the highlights during any visit to Austria, especially Vienna. Once you get out of the cities, the natural landscape seduces you with thrilling adventures all the way to off-grid corners of the country.

Some popular attractions of Austria include:

  • Hohe Tavern National Park
  • Impreial Palaces of Vienna
  • The Alps
  • Festung Hohensalzburg
  • Krimmler Wasserfalle
  • Innsbruck

If you really think about it, the journey inside Austria to explore its wilderness through off-beaten paths actually is the real attraction. Perhaps there is no other country which can deliver such interesting mixture and easy accessibility of outdoor adventures and city tourism at the same time.


9. Greece

The landscape of Greece is decorated with coastlines, beaches, and many islands; the life and people are surrounded by rich cultures and history. Greece is an accumulation of tourist attractions in almost all parts of the area.

Some of the best destinations in Greece include:

  • Meteora
  • Delphi
  • Easter Festivities
  • Santorini
  • Samaria Gorge
  • Smuggler’s Cove


10. Poland

In Poland, there is only quality tourism. There is no place for mediocrity during your visit to iconic monuments, mountains, beaches and the journey to explore the country’s history.

Some of the best tourist destinations in Poland are:

  • Great Masurian Lakes
  • Baltic Beaches
  • Malbork Castle
  • Bialowieza National Park
  • Tatras

Once you get away from the big cities of Poland, much of the country still has the sense of unspoiled remoteness. While the vast majority of land areas are flat, Poland has good range of low mountains which offer easy solitary getaway. History of World War II is an inevitable impression, and now you can see a lot of monuments and museum to remember the tearing timeline almost everywhere in the country.


With so many countries to explore and places to visit, you are either struck by bewilderment or confused by the diversity during your time in Europe. It is a continent for world-class entertainment, educations, developments, civilizations, celebrations, unbeatable cuisines, and unforgettable adventures.

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