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5 European cities you shouldn’t miss in 2020.

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You’re planning your holiday but don’t know where to go yet? Here are 5 beautiful European cities you should not miss in 2020!

1. Venice

Internationally renowned for its beauty, Venice has been rated many times as the world’s most beautiful city. Italy’s most popular tourist attraction, Venice is visited by approximately 40 million tourists every year, and is one of Europe’s most visited tourist attractions.

Venice is known for its canals, architecture and artwork, and is a major cultural center in Europe. Many beautiful buildings can be found in the city, including Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale in Italian) which is situated in the Piazza San Marco square. While here, make sure to stop by one of the many beautiful cafes and take in the scenery and atmosphere. In the middle of the World Heritage city, the famous Grand Canal can be found, which divides the city in two.

Venice is an amazing city in many different ways, and one of the most remarkable is that no roads are found here. All travel is by boat and walking. A gondola ride on a Venetian canal is something you’ll never forget!

2. Ålesund

Norway’s most beautiful city, Ålesund is located right where the fjords and mountains meets the Atlantic Ocean, in the beautiful Northwestern fjord region in Norway. Ålesund is built in the art-nouveau style, with its buildings counting among the finest architecture in Northern Europe. Many of these buildings can be found along a canal in the middle of the town – Brosundet. All along the canal, the art-nouveau building are stretched out like pearls on a string.

Ålesund is surrounded by what is known as maybe Europe’s most spectacular nature scenery. Close to the city you’ll find many popular tourist attractions, including Geiranger and the Geirangerfjord, Trollstigen and the Sunnmøre Alps (a mountain range in Northwest Norway, which is especially known for its steep and dramatic mountains). A visit to Ålesund is something you won’t forget!

3. Villach

Located in the beautiful Austrian Alps, Villach is good place to visit if you’re keen on exploring the Alps. Close to the town you will find many different ski resorts, including Nassfeld, the biggest ski resort in the Carinthia region in southern Austria. From Villach you can also visit Slovenia, the Carnic Alps in Italy, the Grossglockner alpine road (the highest road in Austria – over 2500 meters) and many other beautiful attractions in the Alps. Villach is also relatively close to other cities, with only 1 hour to Ljubljana in Slovenia, 2.5 hours to Venice in Italy and just under 2 hours to Graz.

4. Warsaw

Rated among the most beautiful cities in Europe, Warsaw is a good place to visit for beautiful architecture. The old town in Warsaw is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and was placed on the list as “an outstanding example of a near total reconstruction of a span of history covering the 13th to the 20th century”. Here you’ll find many of the most beautiful buildings in Poland.

Warsaw also has an entrepreneurial atmosphere, with modern areas full of skyscrapers. Here you will find a bustling nightlife. Grab a slice of pizza at 2am in the morning after a long day before taking an Uber home.

5. Milan

Another beautiful city, Milan is known for its beautiful architecture. Millions of tourists come to visit Milan every year. Here you’ll find the Duomo di Milan Cathedral in the center of the town, one of the most famous buildings in Europe. This huge Cathedral is one of the most visited in the world, and took 600 years to build. Other famous buildings in Milan includes the shopping mall Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, Italy’s oldest shopping mall.

While in Milan, make sure to visit the Sforza Castle which was built in the 15th century by Francesco Sforza, the Duke of Milan. The castle is home to several museums which are worth visiting. On the castle grounds you will also find the Trivulziana Library, which holds Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex Trivulzianus manuscript.

From Milano, you can also visit many different attractions in the Alps. Close by you will find the beautiful Lake Como, a top attraction in the region. You can also take a day-trip to the Swiss Alps and St. Moritz.

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Paul Imanuelsen
Paul Imanuelsen
Paul Imanuelsen is a Swedish photographer, who's particularly fond of travelling and photographing nature sceneries in Europe. Travel editor at Times of Sweden. Paul has also authored several travel books about Norway, Sweden and Ireland.

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