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Top 10 Most Visited Countries in Europe by Number of Foreign Visitors

Europe is one of the modern continents with high-tech infrastructure and marketing promotions leads to the heavy traffic of foreign tourists. It is easy to roam between different European countries, which are not possible in other continents in terms of connectivity and legal procedures.

Europe has so many beautiful tourist destinations, visited by millions of tourists such as the Eiffel Tower, Big Ben, Tower Bridge and others. In this article, we have compiled a list of the most visited countries in Europe by a number of foreign tourist arrivals according to the World Bank.

1. France – 86.9 million visitors

France is the most visited country in Europe by a number of foreign tourist arrivals. The country attracts 86.9 million foreign visitors each year according to the World Bank. The country is blessed with beautiful and one of the most romantic destinations in the world i.e. Paris.

The city of Paris is also the most visited city in the world. Paris is the center of tourism in the continent. There are lots of popular tourist attractions in France such as the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Alps and the picturesque villages. We can say that, France has no competition with other countries in the number of foreign visitors around the world.

Sea Cliffs, Etretat - France
Sea Cliffs, Etretat – France

2. Spain – 81.8 Million Visitors

Spain is ranked at second position in the list with 81.8 million foreign visitors. Spain boasts the most beautiful urban beaches in the country. Toledo, the epicenter of various religious followers living together peacefully such as the Muslim, Jewish and Christian.

The country is also having one of the unique art museums dedicated to the world famous painter Pablo Picasso. Spain has also so many beautiful tourist attractions such as the Royal Palace of Madrid, Museo Nacional Del Prado, Alhambra, Sagrada Familia and many others.

Plaza Mayor Square Madrid Spain
Plaza Mayor Square Madrid Spain

3. Italy – 58.3 Million Visitors

Italy is not famous for a single thing; the country is the most popular destination for fashion, history, architecture, romance and the food. Italy is ranked at the third position in the list of the most visited countries in Europe with 58.3 million foreign visitors.

The Colosseum in the city of Rome is the most visited tourist attractions in Italy. The country has so many tourist destinations such as Rome, Milan, Naples, Turin and more.

Cinque Terre, Italy
Cinque Terre, Italy

4. United Kingdom – 37.7 Million Visitors

London, the capital of the United Kingdom was the powerhouse of the world in the 20th century. The city has so many historic buildings as well as the modern architecture. London is also one of the most visited cities in the world. Northern Ireland is also known for its European architecture.

The destination is too expensive for the budget travellers around the world. United Kingdom attracts 37.7 million foreign visitors each year.

Trafalgar Square London
Trafalgar Square London

5. Turkey – 37.6 Million Visitors

Turkey is a popular and world famous travel destination, probably dream destination for every traveler. It is the meeting point of the Europe and Asia. Istanbul is a historical destination, no traveler will skip it.

In 2017, Turkey received about 37.6 million travelers, one of the largest in this list. It is one of the most visited countries in Europe.

InterContinental Istanbul
InterContinental Istanbul

6. Germany – 37.5 Million Visitors

Oktoberfest is one of the best times to visit the beautiful Germany. Berlin Wall, Bachfest Leipzig, Wagner Festival and Christmas are the main reasons to visit Germany.

Berlin is the famous destination for cosmopolitan culture, nightlife, historic buildings, art museums and castles. Germany attracts 37.5 million foreign visitors each year.

Berlin
Berlin, Image Source: Berlin-WelcomeCard.de

7. Austria – 29.5 million visitors

Vienna is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, is the capital of Austria. The country is the perfect destination for skiers all around the year. Vienna’s state opera attracts thousands of tourists each year to the country.

The country is also famous for its natural beauty, castles, large palaces and music festivals. Austria attracts 29.5 million foreign visitors each year, which makes it seventh most visited countries in Europe.

Vienna New Years Eve Fireworks
Vienna New Years Eve Fireworks

8. Greece – 27.2 Million Visitors

The home of the Olympic Games, Greece is the ninth most visited countries in Europe. Greece attracts 27.2 million foreign visitors each year due to its historic sites, beautiful beaches and the cosmopolitan culture.

Athens, the capital of Greece is a famous tourist destination in Europe. The country has many popular museums and tourist sites such as the Acropolis, National Archaeological Museum and others.

The Grand Resort Lagonissi, Athens
The Grand Resort Lagonissi, Athens

9. Russia – 24.4 Million Visitors

Russia is one of the largest countries in the world by area. The country is widely known for its cold weather, large open fields, and mysterious cities. The Trans-Siberian Railway is one of the most attractive tourist attractions in the country to discover Russia.

The country has so many war related tourist attractions as well as other historic sites. Russia attracts 24.4 million foreign visitors each year, which makes it sixth most visited countries in Europe.

Grand Kremlin Palace, Moscow - Russia
Grand Kremlin Palace, Moscow – Russia

10. Portugal – 21.2 Million Visitors

Portugal is one of the most visited countries in Europe with 21.2 million visitors in 2017. The capital city Lisbon is a world famous travel destination. There are several things to do in Portugal, from visiting beautiful castles and palaces, visiting old villages, surfing at the sea, and much more.

Lisbon, Portugal
Lisbon, Portugal

Article last re-published on January 23, 2020.

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