Using a specific methodology, Wanderu calculated the density of culturally important sites across European cities to determine which places pack the most cultured cities in Europe.
Their sample size consisted of every city in Europe with a population of more than 300,000
The Most Cultured Cities in Europe
Passing the finish line at #1 is Florence, Italy’s Renaissance gem. To give you just a taste of Florence’s remarkable numbers, the (relatively) small city of less than 400,000 boasts more than 130 museums — among them, the Accademia Gallery, where you can see Michelangelo’s famous sculpture of David in his birthday suit.
Lisbon, Portugal earns runner-up status with 29 universities (the most per capita of any city we considered) and, in general, is home to a wealth of cultural riches. But you don’t need a Ph.D to appreciate all it has to offer: Among those riches is the Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, a gorgeous monastery in the late Gothic style, where explorer Vasco de Gama (the first European to reach India by sea) is entombed.
Southern Italy’s largest city, Naples is famous for its intoxicating mix of Old World charm and modern grit. This is one of the oldest cities in Europe.
Prague, Czech Praha, city, capital of the Czech Republic. Lying at the heart of Europe, it is one of the continent’s finest cities and the major Czech economic and cultural centre. The city has a rich architectural heritage that reflects both the uncertain currents of history in Bohemia and an urban life extending back more than 1,000 years.
Perhaps the biggest surprise of the top 10: Tallinn, Estonia, clocks in above Paris, France. For a city of its relatively humble size, Tallinn has a truly shocking number of museums (103!). To see how Estonians lived in the 18th and 19th centuries, visit the Eesti Vabaohumuuseum (Open Air Museum).
You’ll be able to wander around the grounds and view historic architecture, while learning about the old ways of life in a truly serene setting.