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With so many fantastic European cities to explore, it can be hard to narrow down where to go. And truly, you could just throw a dart on a map of Europe and begin exploring and find magic wherever you go. But if you want some direction, I’ve compiled a list of the best European cities, as selected by the well-traveled Travelocity Gnational Gnomads. Which European city piques your wanderlust? 

Make this the winter you head out on that European vacation you’ve been dreaming about! To get you started, check out these incredible European cities (listed in no particular order). In other words, we love them all!

6 European Cities to Explore This Winter

Lisbon, Portugal

European Cities to Explore This Winter

Lisbon, Portugal – Photo Credit: Kirsten Maxwell of Kids are a Trip

Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, is Gnomad Kirsten Maxwell’s favorite destination. She says Lisbon is one place not to miss on a visit to Europe.

“Not only is it relatively inexpensive compared to its neighbors, the people are welcoming, the architecture is beautiful and the food is delicious. The city has beaches, a castle, shopping and copious amounts of sunshine. Those looking for the perfect city getaway will love everything about this gem on the Iberian Peninsula,” Maxwell says.

Prague, Czech Republic

European Cities to Explore This Winter

Prague, Czech Republic – Photo Credit: Mike Shubic, of Mike’s Road Trip

Gnomad Mike Shubic is all about Prague. He says the Czech Republic is one of his favorite countries in all of Europe and the crown jewel of Prague should be on everyone’s bucket list.

“This UNESCO World Heritage city consists of large-scale palaces and ecclesiastical buildings of various architectural styles. See everything from Romanesque buildings that date to the 10th century through Gothic modifications into the 14th. It really is an extraordinary city to explore,” he says.

Beyond the history and architecture, he adds, “Prague also has world-class lodging, museums, theaters and international fine-dining restaurants. What makes the Czech Republic even more appealing, is that compared to North America and Western Europe, it’s still quite affordable.”

Florence, Italy

European Cities to Explore This Winter

Florence, Italy – Photo Credit: Eric Stoen of Travel Babbo

Florence is Gnomad Eric Stoen’s favorite city, not just in Europe but in the entire world. He says Florence draws him back multiple times every year. Typically solo.

“I love walking around the city at sunrise to experience the art, history and architecture without anyone else around. The restaurants are always amazing, and the climb up to Piazzale Michelangelo for sunset never disappoints,” he says. Also, he recommends exploring Boboli Gardens and the Stibbert Museum.

“And even though you’ll see the Ponte Vecchio during the day, head back again after dinner. One of my favorite things to do is to sit on the ancient stone steps and enjoy the live music with the Arno below reflecting the lights of the city,” he says.

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Ava Roxanne Stritt of Spa Travel Gal is an official Travelocity Gnomad. Gnational Gnomads is an exclusive group of high-profile travel and lifestyle experts who offer tips and inspiration on behalf of Travelocity. Travelocity compensates authors for their writings appearing on this site; such compensation may include travel and other costs.