The pandemic has changed the way people travel. Gone are the days when top attractions are swarmed with tourists from different attractions. However, the excitement for travel may be regained soon especially with the development of vaccines. For now, here’s an infographic that will take you back to the most popular destinations in Europe that are usually swarmed by tourists.

10 Popular Destinations in Europe that Attract Tourists

10 Popular Destinations in Europe that Attract Tourists


  1. Country: France

Visits in 2018: 86.9 million

For more than a decade, France remains as the world’s most visited country. This can be attributed to the number of attractions in the country that serve as tourist magnets.

Top Attractions:

  • Notre-Dame de Paris 
  • Basilique du Sacré-Coeur 
  • Louvre Museum 
  • Eiffel Tower 
  • Palace of Versailles
  • Centre Pompidou


  1. Country: Spain

Visits in 2018: 82.8 million

Taking the number 2 spot is Spain which also ranks 2nd as the most popular destinations in the world. It is also home to 47 UNESCO world heritage sites.

Top Attractions:

  • The Alhambra and Generalife Gardens
  • Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia and Gaudi Sites
  • The Great Mosque of Cordoba 
  • The Prado and Paseo del Artes
  • San Lorenzo de El Escorial
  • Guggenheim Museum


  1. Country: Italy

Visits in 2018: 61.6 million 

Another country popular among tourists is Italy. It combines history, culture, architecture, natural scenery and even fashion to become 3rd of the most popular European destination.

Top Attractions:

  • Colosseum
  • Sistine Chapel
  • Grand Canal
  • Il Duomo
  • Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • The island of Sicily


  1. Country: Turkey 

Visits in 2018: 45.8 million

Definitely, a top European holiday destination. Turkey’s tourism has significantly increased in the 21st century. It has beautiful coastal regions, Mediterranean seaside resorts, misty mountains and iconic buildings that make\ a trip to the country truly worthwhile.

Top Attractions:

  • Hagia Sophia
  • Goreme Fairy Chimneys
  • Library of Celsus
  • Blue Mosque
  • Oludeniz
  • Mount Nemrut


  1. Country: Germany 

Visits in 2018: 38.9 million

Germany makes it to the top 5 popular destinations in Europe. It gives tourists a different experience with its cultural events and festivals. Berlin has also increased in popularity, particularly among young tourists. Although it lacks beautiful coastlines, Germany has some of the best Christmas markets in Europe.

Top Attractions:

  • Museum Island
  • The Frauenkirche 
  • Medieval Rothenburg
  • Cologne Cathedral
  • Koblenz & the Rhine Valley
  • International Maritime Museum


  1. Country: United Kingdom

Visits in 2018: 36.3 million

With the important role that the United Kingdom played in Europe’s history, it offers places of interests that drive tourists to the country. In the UK, you’ll find iconic structures that were built in different historical periods.

Top Attractions: 

  • Stonehenge
  • The Roman Baths and Georgian City of Bath
  • Canterbury Cathedral 
  • The Cotswolds
  • Warwick Castle 
  • The Stirling Castle


  1. Country: Austria

Visits in 2018: 30.8 million

Art and nature enthusiasts will be treated to a world of attractions in Austria. It has some of the most beautiful castles, ruins, and monuments that date back to the Middle Ages. Apart from those are the Austrian Alps that attract winter sports enthusiasts.

Top Attractions: 

  • Salzburg Old Town
  • Vineyards outside Vienna
  • Lake Attersee
  • Ars Electronica Center
  • The Mountains of Innsbruck
  • Österreichischer Skulpturenpark


  1. Country: Greece

Visits in 2018: 30.1 million

Known as the cradle of Western civilization, Greece has some of the most interesting and significant attractions in Europe. People visiting the country will be treated to a huge selection of the best sights and experiences.

Top Attractions: 

  • The Parthenon
  • The Acropolis Museum
  • The Monasteries of Meteora
  • Santorini
  • Mykonos
  • Delphi


  1. Country: Russia

Visits in 2018: 24.6 million

Russia’s popularity as a tourist destination increased after the FIFA World Championship in Moscow. Aside from being the biggest country in the world, it is also home to some of the most stunning attractions–whether man-made structures or natural wonders!

Top Attractions: 

  • The Saint Basil’s Cathedral 
  • The Hermitage Museum and Kremlin
  • Bolshoi Theatre
  • Lake Baikal
  • Kizhi Island
  • Valley of Geysers


  1. Country: Portugal

Visits in 2018: 22.8 million

Last but not least is Portugal. With a 1,794 km coastline and land border shared only with Spain, you can expect to see amazing destinations in this country. From stunning beaches to old castles and other natural wonders, you won’t run out of places to visit when in Portugal.

Top Attractions: 

  • Lisbon
  • Evora
  • Porto
  • Elvas
  • Parque Natural da Ria Formosa
  • Parque Natural da Serra da Estrela

The most popular destinations in Europe are tourist magnets that are also commonly included in many people’s bucket list. Each has its unique charms and wonders that add up to a one-of-a-kind travel experience.


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