Whether you go for canals or coffeehouses, the Flower Market or the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam will captivate you.
Athens is basking in the afterglow of the 2004 Olympic Games that brought new roads, new museums, and a new self-confidence to the country as the Olympics went off without a hitch.
A Gothic and Modernist marvel on the Mediterranean Sea, Barcelona is quirky, cosmopolitan and effortlessly cool.
It's history may be dark, but with its field of new skyscrapers, hip clubs, and fashion boutiques, postmillennium Berlin has recast itself as the Continent's capital of cool.
Budapest now boasts fourteen budget airlines flying from destinations throughout Europe. With this, the hotel and tourism industries have blossomed.
Cannes's glitzy image is embodied by its Film Festival, but a tamer city charms all year round.
Like Mighty Mouse, Denmark may be small but it packs a powerful punch. Its capital, Copenhagen, seems to be the seat of everything Danish - artistic, financial, and political.
Behind all those sturdy, grey columns is the real, modern, Euro-Dublin - an affluent place filled with trendy coffee shops, five-star restaurants, and expensive designer boutiques.
Earthy yet stylish, and casually cosmopolitan, Edinburgh is as proud of its medieval cobbled alleyways as its famous edgy Fringe Festival.
Botticelli, Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci all left their mark on Florence, the cradle of the Renaissance and Tuscany's alfresco museum.
Cosmopolitan and bustling, Goethe's hometown flanking the River Main is the undisputed financial powerhouse of Germany.
Geneva is an international city, belonging to the world with its 250 international organizations based here, such as the European headquarters for the UN.
Helsinki is one of the most vibrant and prosperous cities in the world, with one of the highest standards of living and the world's highest literacy rate.
More than Ottoman minarets and beguiling bazaars, Turkey's cultural capital is also fashionable and progressive.
Bathed in pure Atlantic light, crowned by the storybook St. George's Castle and straddling seven hills, Lisbon is one of Europe's most visually striking capitals.
London never seems to get tired. It's perhaps the greatest paradox of a city with a history spanning two millennia that it stays forever young and energetic.
The old and the new contrast vividly in Madrid, where narrow cobbled lanes and 17th-century chapels border modern boulevards and gleaming skyscrapers.
An intoxicating mix of the latest fashion trends and world-class art and culture, Milan appeals to fashionistas, art lovers, socialites and opera buffs alike.
Fueled by oil money from the "black gold" of the North Sea, Oslo today is permeated with a Nordic joie de vivre in contrast to its staid, dull reputation of yesteryear.
Paris is unique in that it is a major global city that it manages to synthesize the rhythms of village life with those of a cosmopolitan world capital.
Conflicts past and present give Prague an eclectic energy. The atmosphere continually reminds us that monarchs and dictators have tried to possess it for 1,000 years.
It's impossible to see all of the temples and monuments of Rome, so begin with the Pantheon, the Colosseum and St. Peter's Basilica and see how far you get.
Venice is one of the most spectacular cities ever conceived, but if you want to see it, you'd better hurry: the Adriatic Sea could devastate it within this century!
Vienna is a city of music, cafes, waltzes, parks, pastries, and wine, a true cosmopolitan center, where different nationalities have fused their cultural identities to produce the Viennese.
Among the most beautiful cities in all of Europe, Zurich is both large enough to offer all amenities to its visitors and small enough for you to discover on your own.