The 17 Most Drop-Dead Gorgeous Places in Europe

“Europe is hideous,” said no one ever. Still, some spots stand above the rest. So whether you’re planning your next trip or just daydreaming, here are the 17 absolute most beautiful spots on the whole damn continent.

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Kirkjufell, Iceland

This otherworldly mountain is set in the tiny town of Grundarfjörður on Iceland’s western peninsula. Just imagine seeing the Northern Lights from here.

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Sintra, Portugal

Just outside the capital city, Lisbon, the Moorish town of Sintra is built into the mountains. Think: pastel mansions, lush gardens and turreted castles overlooking the Atlantic sea.

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Ronda, Spain

Hope you don’t have a fear of heights if you’re planning to visit this ancient Andalucían city, which spans an enormous gorge.

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Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany

This 19th-century Bavarian palace was the inspiration for Disney’s famous Sleeping Beauty castle.

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Santorini, Greece

From the whitewashed buildings and sparkling blue Aegean Sea to the magenta bougainvillea, this romantic Greek island was born to be Instagrammed with #nofilter.

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Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

If we had to guess, we’d say this Croatian park is probably what heaven looks like.

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The Cliffs Of Moher, Ireland

This incredible site in County Cork on Ireland’s west coast runs for about five miles, soaring as high as 700 feet above the sea.

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Castle Combe, England

Want English charm? You’ll get English charm in this adorable 14th-century Cotswold village.

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Hallstatt, Austria

BRB, moving to this medieval mountain village.    

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Reine, Norway

We have a feeling the Scandanavian term hygge was born on Norway’s Lofoten Islands.

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Navagio Beach, Greece

Hello, gorgeous. This secluded cove on the Greek island of Zakynthos is nicknamed "shipwreck beach," and is accessible only by boat.

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The Grand Canal, Venice

Grab a gondola and float down this Venetian waterway, surrounded by opulent Renaissance palazzi.

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Giverny, France

Located just outside of Paris, Monet’s garden is as pretty as an impressionist picture…which explains why it inspired the “Water Lilies” series.

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Bruges, Belgium

Come for the beer and chocolate. Stay for the enchanting, medieval eye candy.

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Praia Da Marinha, Portugal

It takes a bit of a hike to reach the small, velvet-sandy cove, but a dip in the crystal water is well worth the trek.

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Positano, Italy

Italy’s Amalfi Coast might just be the most romantic spot on the planet. Case in point: The cliffside town of Positano, with its crayola-colored houses and wild flowers cascading down toward the glistening Tyrrhenian Sea.

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Preikestolen, Norway

Those with a fear of heights need not apply. 

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