The 24 European Cities With The Prettiest Homes For A Mini-Break

These picturesque travel destinations will give you inspo for your own home, too.

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As travel continues to open up, our wanderlust grows and when we do hop on a plane or train, we want to be greeted by picture postcard scenes at our destination.

That goes for city breaks as much as beach holidays. How many times has a weekend in Europe left you wanting to bring a little bit of Paris or Rome home with you? One of the main reasons we travel in the first place is to feel inspired.

This is why, when compiling a list of the prettiest European travel destinations, the team at Uswitch.com decided to use an interesting measure: the volume of dedicated moodboards on Pinterest for each city or town.

So, whether you’re planning a mini-break or are simply indulging in a scroll to inspire your own domestic dreams, these are the cities worth a close look, based on their picture-inspo popularity alone.

1. Paris, France

The classic Paris skyline and the Eiffel Tower
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The classic Paris skyline and the Eiffel Tower

2. Berlin, Germany

A modern apartment building in downtown Berlin
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A modern apartment building in downtown Berlin

3. Amsterdam, Netherlands

Ancient merchant's houses in Amsterdam's city centre
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Ancient merchant's houses in Amsterdam's city centre

4. Athens, Greece

Residential Athens from above
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Residential Athens from above

5. Venice, Italy

A Venetian canal, gondolier free, for now.
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A Venetian canal, gondolier free, for now.

6. Barcelona, Spain

A calming Barcelona apartment scene
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A calming Barcelona apartment scene

7. Rome, Italy

An ally in Rome's ancient Trastevere district
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An ally in Rome's ancient Trastevere district

8. Dublin, Ireland

Painted front doors on Georgian houses in Dublin's Merrion Square
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Painted front doors on Georgian houses in Dublin's Merrion Square

9. Florence, Italy

Apartments above the arch of the famous Ponto Vecchio in Florence
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Apartments above the arch of the famous Ponto Vecchio in Florence

9. Edinburgh, Scotland (tied)

Quaint houses overlooking Ramsay Garden in the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town
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Quaint houses overlooking Ramsay Garden in the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town

10. Vienna, Austria

Hundertwasserhaus, a designer apartment block in Vienna.
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Hundertwasserhaus, a designer apartment block in Vienna.

11. Santorini, Greece

Houses in Santorini's most famously picturesque spot of Oia
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Houses in Santorini's most famously picturesque spot of Oia

12. Copenhagen, Denmark

The historic roofs of Lyngbyvejskvarteret in Copenhagen
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The historic roofs of Lyngbyvejskvarteret in Copenhagen

13. Warsaw, Poland

Warsaw's old town with more modern towers in the distance
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Warsaw's old town with more modern towers in the distance

14. Lisbon, Portugal

An amazing Lisbon facade featuring traditional azulejo tilework
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An amazing Lisbon facade featuring traditional azulejo tilework

14. Munich, Germany (tied)

An ivy-clad frontage in Baaderstrasse, Munich
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An ivy-clad frontage in Baaderstrasse, Munich

15. Istanbul, Turkey

The colourful houses of the Balat neighbourhood in Istanbul
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The colourful houses of the Balat neighbourhood in Istanbul

16. Moscow, Russia

Modern Moscow apartment buildings
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Modern Moscow apartment buildings

16. Stockholm, Sweden (tied)

Painted artwork on a house in Place Södermalm, Stockholm
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Painted artwork on a house in Place Södermalm, Stockholm

17. Zurich, Switzerland

The Limmat river And Zurich city centre at night
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The Limmat river And Zurich city centre at night

18. Budapest, Hungary

An Art Nouveau facade of a former bank, now apartments, in the old town of Pest, Budapest
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An Art Nouveau facade of a former bank, now apartments, in the old town of Pest, Budapest

18. Helsinki, Finland (tied)

Traditional wooden house in Helsinki's botanical garden
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Traditional wooden house in Helsinki's botanical garden

19. St. Petersburg, Russia

Skyline of sunny St. Petersburg with Troitsky cathedral in the background
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Skyline of sunny St. Petersburg with Troitsky cathedral in the background

20. Mykonos, Greece

The Little Venice area of Horta on Mykonos in the Cyclades islands
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The Little Venice area of Horta on Mykonos in the Cyclades islands

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