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Backpacking through Europe is a right of passage--and an adventure--that many young adults embark upon. When you're backpacking Europe, there are many different countries, cities, and cultures to explore. Going backpacking in Europe is a great way to burst out of your comfort zone and make important personal discoveries. One of the best ways to become more aware of the world around you is to backpack Europe. Too often, people get stuck in the comfort of their everyday lives. They become focused solely on what is immediately near them, and completely forget about the whole wide world, waiting for them just outside of their backyards.


The historically rich continent of Europe has so many great cities to see and learn from. You may wonder, where should I begin my travels? Visiting a variety of European cities can help give you a better idea of how the rest of the world lives. Each new place that you visit will give you a unique, intangible gift that you can carry with you for the rest of your life. 

 Be sure to vote for your favorite European city to backpack, and feel free to add any countries we may have left out! 

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London is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best European Cities for Backpacking
London England - London is located in England, and was originally founded by Roman citizens looking to expand their territory. It is a leading global power house in arts, commerce, education, entertainment, fashion, finance, healthcare, media, ...

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Edinburgh is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best European Cities for Backpacking
Edinburgh Scotland - Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland. It is best known for being the place where J.K. Rowling first sat down to pen Harry Potter in a little coffee shop called the Elephant House. 

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Berlin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best European Cities for Backpacking
Berlin Germany - Berlin is Germany's capital, as well as its largest city. It is known for being one of the leaders in LGBT-friendly culture, as well as for their cuisine, education, healthcare, and innovative technology. 

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Barcelona is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best European Cities for Backpacking
Barcelona Spain - Barcelona is the capital city of the Catalonian community in Spain. There are many amazing sites to see in Barcelona, including Antoni Gaudì's Sagrada Famìlia, and the Museu Picasso. 

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Amsterdam is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best European Cities for Backpacking
Amsterdam Netherlands - Amsterdam is the Dutch capital in the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The city is known for their progressive thinking, their active bicycling culture, and their beautiful canals and architecture. 

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Budapest is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best European Cities for Backpacking
Budapest Central Hungary - Budapest is the capital and largest city of Hungary. It was originally settled by the Celts in 1 A.D., and is now one of the top cities in the world for music, film, theatre, dance, and visual art. Budapest is known best by ...

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Madrid is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best European Cities for Backpacking
Madrid Spain - Madrid is the capital and largest city of Spain. Although Madrid is very modern, it has managed to preserve the original feel and look of its many historic neighborhoods and streets. It is known for the Bluen Retiro Park, the La ...

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Tallinn is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best European Cities for Backpacking
Tallinn Estonia - Tallinn is the capital and largest city of Estonia. It is one of the top 10 digital cities in the world. The Tallinn Passenger Port is one of the busiest cruise destinations in the Baltic Sea. 32% of Estonia's population lives ...

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Hamburg is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best European Cities for Backpacking
Hamburg Germany - Hamburg is the second largest city in Germany, and has a rich history that dates back to 2nd century C.E. 

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Munich is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best European Cities for Backpacking
Munich Germany - Munich is the capital and largest city in the state of Bavaria, located in Germany. It is home to the Hofbräuhaus, the most famous beer hall in the world, as well as Oktoberfest. 

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Bratislava is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best European Cities for Backpacking
Bratislava Slovakia - Bratislava is the capital of Slovakia, and is home to around 500,000 people. It is the political, economical, and cultural centre of Slovakia. 

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Prague is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best European Cities for Backpacking
Prague Czech Republic - Prague is the capital city of the Czech Republic. It was founded during the Gothic and Renaissance eras, and was the seat for two Holy Roman Emperors. Because Prague suffered very little damage during WWII, the original ...

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Ibiza Town is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best European Cities for Backpacking
Ibiza Spain - Ibiza is an island off the coast of Spain in the Mediterranean Sea. It has become famous for the increase of nightlife and electronic music associated with the island. 

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Copenhagen is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best European Cities for Backpacking
Copenhagen Denmark - Copenhagen is the capital of Denmark, as well as the cultural, economical, and governmental centre of the country. 

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Sofia is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best European Cities for Backpacking
Sofia Bulgaria - Sofia is the largest city in Bulgaria with a population of about 1.3 million people. The performing arts, such as theater, music, and dance, are very popular in Sofia. 

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Lisbon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best European Cities for Backpacking
Lisbon Portugal - Lisbon is the capital and largest city of Portugal, and the 11th most populated urban area in the European Union. It is considered to be a global city because of its importance in finance, commerce, media, entertainment, arts, ...

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Riga is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best European Cities for Backpacking
Riga Latvia - Riga is the capital and largest city of Latvia. It is well-known for its Art Nouveau / Jugendstil architecture and 19th century wooden architecture. 

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Tuscany is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best European Cities for Backpacking
Tuscany Italy - Tuscany is a region in central Italy known for its landscapes, traditions, history, artistic legacy, and influence on high culture. 

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Vienna is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best European Cities for Backpacking
Vienna Austria - Vienna is known as the City of Music, and for good reason. Not only is it the capital of Austria, it is also the birthplace of Franz Schubert and Johann Strauss. Other famous musicians like Mozart, Beethoven, and Haydn ...

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Rome is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best European Cities for Backpacking
Rome Italy - Rome is the capital of Italy, located in the region of Lanzio. Legend has it that Rome was founded by two brothers, Romulus and Remus, who were suckled by a she-wolf and raised to build the city. Rome's history spans a time ...

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Athens is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best European Cities for Backpacking
Athens Greece - Athens, Greece, is one of the world's oldest cities, and is known as the birthplace of democracy. It is home to the original Olympic Games, and was the first place to employ a center for the arts, education, and philosophical ...

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Venice is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best European Cities for Backpacking
Venice Italy - Venice, Italy is made up of 118 small islands separated by canals. It is known for being one of the most beautiful and romantic cities in the world. Venice is home to many great works of art, St. Mark's Basilica, and the Piazza ...

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Florence is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best European Cities for Backpacking
Florence Italy - Florence is located in Tuscany, Italy, and is considered the birthplace of the Renaissance. It is ranked as one of the top 50 fashion capitals of the world, and is well-known for its beautiful art museums, galleries, and ...

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Naples is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best European Cities for Backpacking
Naples Italy - Naples is the capital of the Campania region in Italy. It was originally ruled by Greece, but became Roman territory during the Punic Wars. For decades, Naples held on to their Greek language and history while expanding the city ...

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Dublin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best European Cities for Backpacking
Dublin Ireland - Dublin is the capital and largest city of Ireland. Ireland became the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage. Originally a Viking Settlement, Dublin is now home to many art museums, pubs, restaurants, and ...

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Crete is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best European Cities for Backpacking
Crete Greece - Crete is the largest and most populous of the Greek Islands. It is a popular destination for honeymooners, holiday travelers, and vacationers alike due to its natural beauty. 

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Bruges is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best European Cities for Backpacking
Bruges Brussels - The city of Bruges looks like something out of a fairytale. The combination of the beautiful architecture and the ever-flowing canals looks like it was born from a Hans Christian Anderson story. Located in Belgium, Bruges has ...

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Santa Cruz de Tenerife is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best European Cities for Backpacking
Santa Cruz de Tenerife Spain

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Bucharest is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best European Cities for Backpacking
Bucharest Romania - Bucharest is located in Romania, and is known for being the cultural, financial, and industrial centre of the country. It is home to the largest Parliament building in the world, as well as beautiful architecture, art museums, ...

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Istanbul is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best European Cities for Backpacking
Istanbul Turkey - Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey. The most unique thing about Istanbul, is that it is a transcontinental city in Eurasia, with it's commercial and historical side in Europe, and about 1/3 of its population in Asia. The ...

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Ljubljana is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best European Cities for Backpacking
stpavel added Ljubljana Slovenia

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Kiev is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best European Cities for Backpacking
Kiev Ukraine - Kiev is the capital and largest city of Ukraine. It is an important industrial, scientific, educational, and cultural centre of Eastern Europe.

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Moscow is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best European Cities for Backpacking
Moscow Europe - Moscow is the capital city and most populous federal subject of Russia. It is home to amazing architectural achievements, such as the Ostankino Tower (the tallest free-standing structure in Europe), Mercury City Tower (the ...

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St. Petersburg is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best European Cities for Backpacking
St. Petersburg Russia - Located on the Neva River in Russia, St. Petersburg is lauded as the historical capital and second largest city. It is home to the Hermitage museum, the Mariinsky Theater, and many famous authors, such as Pushkin, Gogol, and ...

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Paris is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best European Cities for Backpacking
Paris France - Ah, Paris. The City of Love. Located in France, and well-known for it's art museums, macarons, and stinky, delicious cheeses, Paris is a must-visit for anyone backpacking in Europe. There are tons of amazing sights to see, like ...

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Normandy is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best European Cities for Backpacking
Normandy France - Normandy is located in France, and is best-known as the site of D-Day during WWII. Many amazing cheeses and wines come out of this region, such as Camembert cheese and fermented cider. 

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Belgrade is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best European Cities for Backpacking
Belgrade Serbia - Belgrade is the capital and largest city in Serbia. It's name translates to mean "White City," and is home to over 1.65 million people in its metro area. Belgrade hosts many festivals, including book festivals, music ...

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Zagreb is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best European Cities for Backpacking
Zagreb Croatia - Zagreb is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Croatia. It lies 400 feet above sea level, and is home to approximately 800,000 people. It is considered a consolidated city-country in Croatia. 

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Reykjavik is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best European Cities for Backpacking
Reykjavik Iceland - Reykjavik is the capital and largest city of Iceland. The city grew from a small trading town with no urban development to a center for commerce, population, and government. It is one of the cleanest, greenest cities in the ...

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Split, Croatia is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best European Cities for Backpacking
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Kraków is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best European Cities for Backpacking
Kraków Poland - Krak ów is the second largest city in Poland. It is known for its performing arts, music, tourism, and sports. 

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Warsaw is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best European Cities for Backpacking
Warsaw Poland - Warsaw is the capital and largest city of Poland. It is known for tourist attractions such as the Warsaw Old Town Quarter, the Royal Castle, Market Square, and the Barbican.