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These are the '20 most beautiful cities in Europe' according to Conde Nast Traveler

By Sarah Finnan

January 5, 2020 at 9:52am

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Providing us with endless travel inspiration.

The guys at Conde Nast Traveler have released a list of what they consider to be the '20 most beautiful cities in Europe'.

And we want to visit all of them.

Admitting that “it’s the cities that keep us coming back to the continent again and again”, the list includes destinations in Slovenia, Greece, Belgium, Denmark and Italy to mention but a few.

Classed as ‘European hubs’ and boasting a population of over 100,000 people, each city has enough food, culture and architecture to satisfy any type of trip and any type of traveller.

Prague tops the list – unsurprising seeing as it is consistently voted one of the best cities in the world. Commended for its “striking architecture, hilltop views and charming markets “, visitors are encouraged to head to the Old Town in the early morning to enjoy the sights before the city awakens.

Porto is a close second, ranking for its buildings adorned with colourful tiles and the ornate Lello bookshop (with ties to J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series).

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When you first enter Porto’s Livraria Lello in Portugal, you might think that you’ve entered a church instead of a bookstore. ⁠ ⁠ Opened in 1906, Livraria Lello has been consistently named one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world. Its art nouveau façade hides a beautiful Neo-Gothic interior, with a stained glass ceiling, carved wood paneling, and a breathtaking, curvaceous staircase that stretches across the store. Designed by Xavier Esteves, over the windows can be seen figures painted by José Bielman, representing “Science” and “Art.” Along with a stained glass window bearing a monogram of “Lello and Brother” with their motto Decus in Labore (“Honor in Work”), are plant motifs and geometric shapes.⁠ ⁠ ⁠ 📷 Photo by @ben.pinto, found on @turistaprof

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Bern in Switzerland, Athens in Greece and Florence in Italy featured next to complete the top five.

The full list is as follows:

1. Prague, Czech Republic
2. Porto, Portugal
3. Bern, Switzerland
4. Athens, Greece
5. Florence, Italy
6. Bruges, Belgium
7. Budapest, Hungary
8. Edinburgh, Scotland
9. Innsbruck, Austria
10. Bergen, Norway
11. Paris, France
12. Istanbul, Turkey
13. Copenhagen, Denmark
14. York, England
15. Vienna, Austria
16. Ljubljana, Slovenia
17. Seville, Spain
18. Tallinn, Estonia
19. St. Petersburg, Russia
20. Nuremberg, Germany

If you weren’t itching to go away before, I bet you are now.

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