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Most-Visited Cities in Europe

What are the 21 cities in Europe that received the most international visitors, pre-Covid?
According to Euromonitor, 2019 report
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Last updated: March 5, 2021
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Visitors
City
19.2 m
London
17.6 m
Paris
13.4 m
Istanbul
10.1 m
Rome
8.95 m
Prague
8.34 m
Amsterdam
6.71 m
Barcelona
Visitors
City
6.48 m
Milan
6.41 m
Vienna
5.96 m
Berlin
5.73 m
Athens
5.51 m
Moscow
5.50 m
Venice
5.44 m
Madrid
Visitors
City
5.21 m
Dublin
5.06 m
Florence
4.07 m
Munich
4.00 m
St. Petersburg
3.94 m
Brussels
3.83 m
Budapest
3.54 m
Lisbon
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Level 76
Mar 5, 2021
No Vatican?

No Frankfurt with all its business visitors?

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Level 68
Mar 5, 2021
Yeah, would be interesting to know the numbers for the Vatican. I mean how many people really visit Rome without visiting Vatican City as well?
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Level 77
Mar 5, 2021
International visitors are usually defined by people spending a night in hotel accomodation. Not many hotels in the Vatican!
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Level 76
Mar 7, 2021
In my experience... a lot of people. Rome has many returning visitors, but everyone tends to visit Vatican only once. Unless you're particularly religious or with someone new to the place.
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Level 76
Mar 19, 2021
I didn't go into the Vatican until about my 8th trip to Rome
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Level 66
Mar 22, 2021
You came to Rome 7 times without entering St Peter's square, St Peter's church or the Vatican Museums? Or Santa Maria Maggiore or San Giovanni?
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Level 76
Apr 3, 2021
Correct - I did want to see the Vatican but I didn't want to give them any money. Eventually, someone I went to Rome with really wanted to go inside and it was just the 2 of us so I agreed to go in with them.

To be fair, I'd been in St Peter's Square several times so had technically been in the country of Vatican City, but I hadn't actually gone inside the building

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Level 69
Mar 5, 2021
I guess Vatican could be considered a part of the metropolian region. ;-) But what about transborder traffic e.g. for Aachen-Maastricht-Liege?!
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Level 81
Mar 5, 2021
Same, do they spend the night?
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Level 60
Mar 5, 2021
I tried Vatican and Frankfurt. I also thought maybe Naples, Zurich, Belgrade, Copenhagen and some more French and British cities but I guess not.
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Level 66
Mar 22, 2021
I think when talking about cities, the Vatican should be considered part of Rome. The Pope denotes his address Urbi et Orbi, that is to urbs (referring to the city Rome)
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Level 60
Mar 6, 2021
People are really missing something special ignoring the Nordic
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Level 72
Mar 6, 2021
I think that for most people the Nordic countries are quite expensive. I live in Germany and even for the German standard Finland, Denmark, Norway and Sweden are everything but cheap.
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Level 76
Mar 7, 2021
Here's my tip to the Nordic countries: Take a tent.

See freedom to roam. Includes an opportunity to some amount of free food, as well, if it's the season (berries, mushrooms). Denmark has stricter rules 'cause they're special.

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Level 63
Aug 30, 2021
Stockholm is a lovely city but as a fellow German I agree: Really expensive. There are beautiful sights but I didn't know most of them before preparing my vacation. Unlike sights that everyone knows like the colloseum in Rome or the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
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Level 71
Mar 22, 2021
Also, while I've heard many beautiful things about the nature in Scandanavia (especially Norway's fjords), I think tourists traveling to big cities in Europe tend to be more interested in cultural/artistic attractions. Scandanavia has less of that compared to places like France and Italy, and what they do have isn't as well known. I can name several major tourist attractions in London, Paris, Istanbul, and Rome, but nothing stands out to me in Oslo or Stockholm.
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Level 69
Mar 22, 2021
If you ever find yourself there... Stockholm is a fairly quiet city, but lovely just to potter around. The Vasa Museum is wonderful. Oslo is nice too, and has a wonderful Viking ship museum. On a fine day go and see the Vigelund sculptures in the park.

I love going to the Scandinavian cities - plenty to see and do, and far fewer tourists!

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Level 53
Mar 25, 2021
Yeah, Stockholm is one of the prettiest cities in Europe.
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Level 30
Mar 6, 2021
Istanbul is in europe?? lol
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Level 68
Mar 7, 2021
em, yes
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Level 61
Mar 22, 2021
famously so
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Level 50
Mar 28, 2021
Have you ever studied European history at all?! Of course Istanbul is a European city - indeed it's one of the most important cities in European history!
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Level 62
Jun 1, 2021
I would not agree to that. The most important city in european history? I guess you are living there or you are turkish person.
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Level 64
Aug 15, 2021
He did say 'one of the most important cities', not 'the most important city'. And yeah, I agree with him. Between being called Byzantium, Constantinople and Istanbul, it has done more to influence Europe than most other European cities have.
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Level 55
Mar 9, 2022
McCoy it is probably top 3 most important from eastern roman empire and ottomans, macedonia, istanbul.constantinople is very important.
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Level 85
Mar 8, 2021
A bit surprising that Prague is ahead of Amsterdam and Barcelona. I can't even imagine that many people in the old part of town. Is that a fairly recent development?
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Level 69
Mar 15, 2021
Amsterdam is much much more expensive than Prague, which is why Prague entices stag party groups as the beer is so cheap compared to most of Europe
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Level 67
Mar 22, 2021
The beer is also a lot better than in Amsterdam...
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Level 77
Mar 8, 2021
Is there a link to the source data? I'd be interested in reading more about it.
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Level 59
Mar 22, 2021
Surprised Palma in Mallorca isn't there
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Level 26
Mar 22, 2021
I can't believe I missed Amsterdam-
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Level 67
Mar 22, 2021
Visited 15 out of the 21. Madrid, Moscow, Milan, Budapest, Saint-Petersburg and Florence, here I come (well, in a few years, when and if we can travel again...).
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Level 51
Mar 22, 2021
Feeling stupid for missing Prague, which is in my top to go list.
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Level 77
Mar 22, 2021
I've been to 12 of these 21 (since I was 14).
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Level 45
Mar 22, 2021
I missed Lisbon... and I have lived there!
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Level 64
Aug 15, 2021
I was really surprised it only just made it onto the list. I was expecting it to be top-ten, and for Porto to also make an appearance on the list. I guess tourists really are sleeping on Portugal...
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Level 55
Mar 22, 2021
Turkey is considered to be part of Asia
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Level 47
Jun 29, 2021
Istanbul is in Europe.
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Level 80
Sep 15, 2022
Well, half of it is.
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Level 55
Mar 22, 2021
I don't know why we count Istanbul as Europe. Europe is not a real geological continent, but a cultural continent. And culturally, Istanbul is certainly not European.
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Level 74
Mar 22, 2021
While everyone loves debating whether Australia is a continent or an island, Europe, being of similar size and really just a large peninsula off Asia, escapes the same debate.

Convention has it that Europe is a continent with it eastern border the Urals and the Caucasus. A large part of Istanbul is west of this "border" so it can legitimately claim to be "European". And Europe is very diverse culturally...Turkey could claim to be more similar culturally to other Mediterranean countries like Greece than it is to say Iran

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Level 64
Aug 15, 2021
It's true that the border between Europe and Asia is a fuzzy one, but there is arguably no point where it is clearer than at the Bosphorus, and Istanbul (or most of it, at least, including the city centre) is west of that.
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Level 67
Mar 24, 2021
Historically, Istanbul (or Constantinople) was the capital of the Roman Empire and the most-populated Greek city for most of known History. If we're not going by geography, that's got to count for something!
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Level 53
Mar 25, 2021
Istanbul is literally famous for being half European.
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Level 55
Mar 9, 2022
the worlds borders are far off of culture lol
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Level 31
Mar 22, 2021
im sorry istambul!
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Level 62
Mar 22, 2021
Oh godammit, Istanbul is not in Europe, for god's sake!
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Level 39
Mar 25, 2021
half of the city is on the European side
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Level 50
Mar 28, 2021
Did you ever study European history at school?! Of course Istanbul is a European city - indeed it's one of the most important cities in European history!
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Level 47
Jun 29, 2021
have you never seen a world map before
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Level 55
Mar 9, 2022
it is, its on the mainland european continent its not bordering regular turkey so yeah it is european
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Level 66
Mar 27, 2021
I was smart enough to remember Istanbul was in Europe, but was dumb enough to forget VENICE! 20/21
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Level 58
Dec 22, 2022
Edinburgh should be on here