Planning a trip with a group of friends can be incredibly stressful. But the right destination offers something to please everyone in a group.
To find out where travellers are going on holiday with their friends, the trip planning and booking website RoutePerfect.com pulled data for the most popular European cities based on 900,000 bookings made either on or through the site.
From party destinations that are home to some of the world’s best beer, to more laid-back cities known for their cafes and museums, here are the top 11 cities in the ranking:
11. Madrid, Spain — By day, visit the Prado Museum, which offers a variety of fine European art to suit everyone’s taste, or hop on a bike tour for a unique way to see the city’s sights, including Plaza Mayor and the Royal Palace. By night, share some tapas at La Casa del Abuelo, a well-known tavern that’s been around since 1906, followed by a flamenco show.
10. Vienna, Austria — The world’s unofficial opera capital, Vienna is the perfect place to visit with a group of friends who are into music. Splurge on tickets for the opera at a gorgeous venue like the Vienna State Opera (pictured below) for an unforgettable experience.
9. Munich, Germany — If you often meet your friends for a beer, take your next pub date to Munich, where you can find some of the world’s best beer halls and breweries. If you’re looking to party, visit during Oktoberfest, or if you’d rather stay away from the crowds, go on a tour of the city’s “Big Six” breweries including Löwenbräu and Hofbräuhaus.
8. Venice, Italy — Squeeze your friends onto a gondola and take it in turns to steer your way under old bridges and past gorgeous buildings like St. Mark’s Basilica and Ca’ D’Oro. If your group’s really into architecture, plan your trip to coincide with the city’s annual Architecture Biennale.
7. Berlin, Germany — Speaking of architecture, the German capital is full of unusually designed buildings like the Reichstag and the Berlin Philharmonic concert hall. If your friends are more into street art, there’s plenty of that too — especially around the streets of Kreuzberg, a once run-down neighbourhood that’s become a trendy place to go out.
6. London, UK — The British capital is full of fun things to do in a group, especially in hip, bar-heavy areas like Shoreditch. For a fancier night out, go for drinks at Sky Garden, a bar filled with plants at the top of the Walkie Talkie skyscraper. At over 500-feet, the view across the River Thames is spectacular.
5. Prague, Czech Republic — The Czech capital is best seen on foot, so make sure you visit with friends who won’t mind walking. A lot. Climb the stairs of the Powder Tower for a picturesque view of central Prague, walk across the Charles Bridge, and make sure you visit the castle. Along the way, you’ll meander through winding cobbled roads and, though there are a lot of steps, the view at the top is worth it.
4. Barcelona, Spain — Barcelona is teeming with culture, so make sure you visit with arty friends who will appreciate all the city has to offer. Explore Gaudi’s famously incomplete masterpiece La Sagrada Familia and take a picnic to Park Guell to admire more of his work. Santa Maria de Montserrat, a monastery on the side of the Montserrat mountain, just outside of the city, is also worth the hike.
3. Amsterdam, Netherlands — When in Amsterdam, head to Bloemenmarkt, a floating flower market, for a colourful, flower-filled experience, and pick up a caramel Stroopwafel from one of the many food stalls at Albert Cuypmarkt market. If your group is more into beer than dessert, plan a tour of the Heineken brewery.
2. Paris, France — For those who prefer sweets, the French capital is full of cafes and patisseries offering delicious pastries, crepes, cakes, and macarons. To work off dessert, enjoy some shopping at one of the world’s most beautiful department stores at Galeries Lafayette, or roam the streets of Le Marais to see some gorgeous old architecture.
1. Rome, Italy — Rome is a culture nerd’s paradise, home to remarkable architecture like the Trevi Fountain and the Colosseum. As well as looking at crumbling architecture, visit the stunning landscaped gardens at Villa Borghese for a more off-beat experience.