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29 Best Places to Live in Europe for Expats (2023)

Europe is a vast continent with many different cultures and lifestyles. So, where is the best place to live in Europe?

That depends on your priorities and preferences. Some people prefer big cities with all the hustle and bustle, while others prefer smaller towns or villages with a slower pace of life. s

There are also many different climates to choose from, ranging from the mild Mediterranean to the cold and snowy Alps.

And of course, there are different languages spoken all across Europe.

While outdoor enthusiasts may prefer Edinburgh, retirees will love Valencia. Students won’t want to leave Oxford and digital nomads will be obsessed with Belgrade.

So, what is the best place to live in Europe for you? To help you make your decision, we’ve compiled a list of 29 of the best places to live in Europe for expats.

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Where is the Best Place to Live in Europe for Expats?

When it comes to finding the best place to live in Europe, there are many factors to consider.

Each person has different priorities and preferences, so what may be the best place for one person may not be the best for another.

There are many different climates and cultures throughout Europe, so it’s important to find a place that suits your lifestyle.

And of course, if you’re moving to Europe from another continent, you’ll need to consider which language(s) you’re comfortable speaking.

With all of these factors in mind, let’s take a look at 29 of the best places to live in Europe for expats.

Best Places in Europe for American Expats

antwerp at night travels with missy

1. Antwerp, Belgium

The city of Antwerp is often overlooked by some of the more popular Belgian cities such as Brussels or Ghent. 

In fact, Antwerp is a hidden gem for expats. When walking around the quaint streets, visitors will be surprised to hear over 150 languages spoken across the city.

Whilst Brussels may in fact be the heart of Europe, Antwerp proudly and rather quietly attracts people from all over the world to its small port city for a number of reasons.

With plenty of job opportunities found in Europe’s second-largest port and lower rents, Antwerp has flown under the radar for quite some time.

English speakers will rejoice that learning Flemish is not necessary to survive in this city, but like anywhere, very much appreciated by the locals.

Whereas in Brussels, French is spoken throughout the city, in Antwerp, it is incredibly easy to navigate without learning much Flemish. (Flemish is in essence the same as Dutch, just with a much softer accent.)

Living in Belgium does come with a hefty tax hike, but in return, residents see their money go much further.

With one of the highest taxes in the European Union, Belgium is a superb place to live in for excellent health care. Families are incredibly well taken care of with childcare costing a fraction of the price in comparison to the US or Ireland

Apartment rentals in the city center of Antwerp start from €650 for a one-bedroom apartment. Renting is very popular in Belgium and the tenants have a lot of rights. Rental contracts are based on a 3, 6 & 9-year model, and rental prices can only increase 3% per year. 

Antwerp is a small walkable city and owning a bike adds to the charm of getting around this flat city.

With hundreds of years of incredible history, Antwerp has played a central role in wars, the tulip industry, and is now home to the largest Orthodox and Ultra-Orthodox community of the Jewish faith since the end of World War 2.

Its beautiful streets, alleyways, and architecture are visible and highlighted across the entire city.

Beer lovers will rejoice to find a thriving beer culture in the many outdoor cafes and terraces found across the city.

And it wouldn’t be Belgium without incredible and delicious Frituurs and Chocolate shops in abundance!

Submitted by Missy of Travels with Missy

I recommend this Antwerp tour to get to know the city!

amsterdam boat canal

2. Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Among the canals and cobblestone streets of Amsterdam, it’s hard not to fall in love with this city.

And it’s no wonder that so many people from all over the world flock here – whether it’s for the marijuana, endless things to do, or simply because it’s one of the most beautiful and welcoming places in Europe.

Even though it’s a relatively small city, there is an overwhelming number of things to do in Amsterdam.

In fact, you could spend months here and still not see everything!

From the Anne Frank House to the world-renowned Rijksmuseum, there is something for everyone.

And let’s not forget about the food. From stroopwafels to poffertjes, there is no shortage of deliciousness.

Amsterdam is also incredibly welcoming to expats and is considered one of the best places to live in Europe for Americans.

In addition to being an English-speaking city, there is a large international community here. In fact, over 170 different nationalities call Amsterdam home.

While the cost of living here is relatively high, it’s still cheaper than other major cities like London or Paris. And with so much to do, you won’t even notice the extra expense.

Rent in Amsterdam starts at around €1,100 for a one-bedroom apartment in the city center.

Keep in mind that apartments here are small, so if you’re used to spacious American apartments, you may want to consider a larger place outside of the city center.

I recommend this tour of Amsterdam to get to know the city!

Berlin Brandenburg Gate at night

3. Berlin, Germany

Arguably the coolest city in Europe, Berlin is a mecca for artists, musicians, and creative types.

Berlin is the best city to live in Europe for Americans because it is affordable, has a thriving arts and music scene, and is home to a large international community.

In addition to being an English-speaking city, Berlin also has a large number of American expats. This makes it easy for American expats to transition to life in Berlin.

Many American companies are based in the capital city, which can also help you transition into a new life overseas more easily.

The cost of living in Berlin is relatively low, with rent prices starting at around €700 for a one-bedroom apartment in the city center.

Berlin is also the most multi-cultural city for food in Germany.

From Turkish doner kebabs to Vietnamese pho, there is no shortage of deliciousness.

And let’s not forget about the nightlife. Berlin is famous for its nightclubs, which are some of the best in the world.

Americans will be very happy living in this thriving city!

See the best of Berlin on this day tour!

Paris Eiffel Tower with a view from an apartment of someone living in France.

4. Paris, France

One of the best cities to live in Europe is Paris.

This is the capital of France that you can find in the center and north of the country.

It is especially suitable for Americans working abroad.

There are a lot of things to do and see in the city, and this makes living there great as you can have a lot of fun.

For example, you can visit the famous Louvre Museum and see beautiful and interesting works of art. Also, you can see iconic sights, such as the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, the Notre-Dame Cathedral, and the Sacré-Coeur Cathedral.

Besides that, the architecture of the buildings in the city makes the city wonderful to live in as well, as it is beautiful to see.

Paris is great if you love shopping, as you can find major retailers from around the world here, as well as lovely boutique shops. There are beautiful avenues where you can shop, such as the Champs-Élysées, and there are small covered passageways with shops, such as Galerie Vivienne.

Another reason why Paris is one of the best cities to live in Europe is that there are restaurants where you can enjoy French cuisine everywhere.

If you want to relax, you can hang out in one of the city’s beautifully-designed parks, such as the Jardin du Luxembourg.

The city has a lot of features that make living in the city very convenient. There are high-quality supermarkets where you can likely buy most of the products you need.

Paris’ public transportation options, such as its metro network, makes it easy to get around in the city!

Living in Paris can be quite expensive if you want to live in a very comfortable way, but there are budget options. On average, a single person can expect to spend about €1900 per month to live in Paris.

Submitted by Dymphe of Dym Abroad

I recommend this tour to get a feel for Paris!

Bern's historic houses sitting along the blue river with an old stone bridge in the middle of the river.

5. Bern, Switzerland

Bern is the capital of Switzerland, located in the western part of the country near Bernese Oberland – one of the most scenic destinations that attracts travelers from all over the world. 

Bern offers a combination of culture and history with its UNESCO-listed Old Town and proximity to some of the best outdoor places in the world.

At the same time, Bern is a cozy city with cobble-stone streets and pedestrian-friendly alleys that offers a small-town feel. 

Bern is also a favorite stop along a classic Swiss itinerary. Besides being famous for its medieval architecture, it is also famous for its fountains with colorful figurines, many of which originated in Swiss folklore and history.

While Bern is not as popular with expats as Zurich, it’s still home to a large international community thanks to the many organizations and foreign embassies in this city. 

Although Bern is not a cheap place to live like the rest of Switzerland, it is not considered as pricey as Zurich, one of the most expensive cities in the world.

You can easily get to Bern by train, as trains are the best way to travel around Switzerland due to their quick speed.

To explore the city, you can simply walk around, as it is very compact. 

When you live in Bern you are never too far from cool things to do. Switzerland is a well-connected country, and all you need to do is get on a train to explore some of the best destinations.

You will find plenty of activities here: from the Bear Park to Rosengarten and Old City Bern, and even swimming in the Aare river in summer, this city offers plenty of exciting activities for expats. Some of the most popular museums in Bern are Zentrum Paul Klee, and Eintstein Museum.

Submitted by Daria of the Discovery Nut

Get to know Bern on this tour!

Best Place to Live in Europe for English Speakers

Lisbon's Alfama street with brightly coloured apartments that you can walk through when you live in Europe.

6. Lisbon, Portugal

Portugal’s capital, Lisbon, is a great destination for expats.

A great thing about this fabulous city is that you still have the benefit of cosmopolitan life, but the city benefits from being substantially smaller and more low-key than other European cities, such as London or Paris.

This means it’s much more affordable in terms of rental prices, and general living costs. It’s also less chaotic.

Expect to pay in the region of about €700-1000 for a private 1 or 2 bedroom (respectively) city centre apartment. If you’re happy to share with others, then you can pay as little as €400 a month for accommodation. 

If you’re based in the city center, then Lisbon has a very affordable public transport system to make it easy to get around.

Of course, you could cycle, although it’s not ideal, as Lisbon is hilly. However, there is a Metro, Bus, and Tram system – not forgetting the incredibly touristy yellow tram on Line 28.

If you want to get outside of the city, there is also a very efficient train network connecting to popular destinations like Sintra and Cascais, or for weekend trips to Porto and Faro.

Although the city attracts all manner of expats, it’s particularly appealing to young professionals due to the lively nightlife and cultural events.

After you’ve finished exploring Lisbon’s top landmarks, head to The Time Out Market, which is a popular hub for locals and tourists. Lisbon also plays host to several film and annual music festivals throughout the year.

You can check the latest listings on the official ‘visit Lisboa’ site.  

One thing that expats worry about when they move abroad, is how well they will integrate. This can be challenging if you don’t speak the local language.

Although the national language of Portugal is Portuguese, on the whole, they speak great English, especially in Lisbon.

This makes it easier for expats to settle in, access legal documentation, and meet locals.

If you’re coming from the UK, you’ll find the weather is phenomenally better.

Lisbon is located on the western side of the Iberian Peninsula on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean.

Flowing through the city is the River Tagus. A short distance from the city, and within easy connections are plenty of nearby beaches, photogenic towns, and top surfing spots. 

Submitted by Becki from Meet Me In Departures

I love this tour of Lisbon!

Budapest Hungary castle across the river with the high bridge in the middle

7. Budapest, Hungary

If you’re looking for the best cities to live in Europe as an expat, Budapest has to feature on top of the list. This magical city is located on the banks of the Danube River in Central Hungary, and it’s home to many historic landmarks.

When you live in Budapest, you can enjoy the spectacular architecture, delicious traditional cuisine, and much more. The city has a vibrant nightlife scene and it’s also an affordable place to live.

There are many reasons why expats choose to live in Budapest.

The city is home to a large international community, and there are plenty of opportunities to meet new people and make friends.

Although Hungarian is known as one of the hardest languages to learn, luckily you can get around by speaking English in most parts of the city.

The cost of living in Budapest is relatively affordable, especially when compared to other cities in Europe. Expats will find that they can live comfortably in the city on a budget of around $1,500 per month. Housing is the biggest expense, but it’s possible to find affordable apartments and houses in the outer districts.

When thinking about the best areas to stay in Budapest, it all comes down to your personal preferences. Some people prefer the historic city center which is the liveliest part of the city (Districts 5, 6, and 7), while others enjoy the quieter neighborhoods (such as District 11 or 13).

Food and transportation are also relatively inexpensive, and there are plenty of restaurants and cafes that offer local cuisine. The city has an excellent public transportation system, and it’s easy to get around without a car.

If you’re thinking of the best cities to live in Europe, be sure to add Budapest to your list of potential destinations. Whether you’re looking for a job or just a change of pace, this vibrant city has something for everyone.

Submitted by Kriszti of She Wanders Abroad

Get to know Budapest on this tour!

Dublin's Temple Bar district with pubs on either side and pennants with the Irish flag colours hanging overhead.

8. Dublin, Ireland

Located on the east coast of Ireland, Dublin is the country’s capital and largest city. The city is home to a population of over 500,000 people, and it’s a popular destination for tourists from all over the world.

Dublin is known for its lively Irish culture, and it’s a great place to experience traditional music and dance. The city is also home to a number of historic landmarks, and it’s a great place to learn about Irish history.

If you’re looking for a job, Dublin is a great place to start your search.

The city is home to many multinational companies, and there are plenty of opportunities for English speakers.

The cost of living in Dublin is relatively high, but there are plenty of ways to save money.

Housing is the biggest expense, but it’s possible to find affordable apartments and houses in the outer districts.

Living on the outskirts of the city center or having roommates can significantly lower the average rent cost of €900 for a flat.

Food and transportation are also relatively expensive, but there are plenty of restaurants and cafes that offer local cuisine.

If you’re thinking of moving to Europe, Dublin is a great choice.

The city is full of opportunity, and it’s a great place to live and work without needing to worry about learning a new language – although the accent can sometimes feel hard enough to grasp!

Besides, Ireland is one of the best countries to live in Europe!

I love this Dublin tour!

Madrid, Spain's parliament building with Spanish flags flapping in the wind.

9. Madrid, Spain

As the capital of Europe’s second-most tourist-visited country, Madrid is a great city to live in for those wanting to experience European city life.

It has a population of over 3.2 million, but you wouldn’t necessarily guess this walking around.

Like most large cities, Madrid has the hustle and bustle. But turn down the right street, or live in the right neighborhood, and it can feel like a friendly town.

Madrid is a city of contrasts, and this is the best thing about living in Madrid. It has something for everyone!

If you are looking for hardcore nightlife, Madrid is known for it. But if you prefer outdoor brunch and yoga in the park, you can also have that.

If you are looking for Instagrammable backdrops and trendy fashion, you’ll find no shortage of that. But if you prefer quirky thrift shops and cozy cafes, those are here, too.

If you have no intention to learn Spanish and imagine spending all your time with fellow English-speaking foreigners, you’ll have no trouble doing that. But if you want to fully immerse yourself and rarely hear English, that’s possible, too.

Just choose the right neighborhood and be intentional about activities to meet locals. Try one-on-one language exchanges or taking up hobbies geared towards locals.

Being such a big city, many people move to Madrid from around the country and the world. So it is one of the most expensive cities in Spain.

But the cost of living in Madrid is still quite lower than most North American big cities.

Studios in the center range from €500 – €750, and one-bedrooms range from €600 – €850. For groceries, expect to spend €130 – €180 a month.

But utilities can run up the bill! Especially in winter, gas or electricity alone can be upwards of €100.

The city also has a clean and extensive metro system, meaning you can easily enjoy all the things to do in Madrid.

But if you ever want a change of pace, Madrid’s central location means Spain’s other famous cities like Barelona and Seville are just a couple-hour train ride away.

Submitted by Em of That Travelista

Get a feel for Madrid on this tour!

Best Country in Europe to Live and Work

Statue of a man overlooking the Danube in Belgrade.

10. Belgrade, Serbia

If you’re looking for an affordable country to live and work in Europe, Serbia should be at the top of your list. The cost of living is relatively low, and English is widely spoken throughout the country.

Belgrade, the capital city of Serbia, is a great place to start your search for a job. The city is home to many multinational companies, and there are plenty of opportunities for English speakers.

Housing is the biggest expense, but it’s possible to find affordable apartments and houses in the outer districts. Even still, a one bedroom apartment will only cost about €500 in the city center. So you can easily save money while working as a digital nomad in Belgrade.

Food and transportation are also relatively inexpensive, and there are plenty of restaurants and cafes that offer local cuisine for cheap prices.

The city is also quite safe, and there is a low crime rate.

The people are friendly and welcoming, and there is a thriving expat community. It’s especially popular with digital nomads, as apartments and coworking spaces are readily available.

The weather can be a bit of a challenge, as Belgrade is located in the Balkans and can be quite cold in winter.

But if you’re looking for an affordable and English-friendly city in Europe, Belgrade is a great option.

I love this tour of Belgrade!

Tbilisi township with mountain ranges visible in the distance.

11. Tbilisi, Georgia

If you are after a not very popular city in Europe to relocate to, consider Tbilisi, Georgia’s capital. 

Located under the Caucasus Mountain Range and bordering the Black Sea, Georgia offers stunning landscapes, and all-year-round destinations beg to be explored.

The country’s location in the middle of Europe and Asia enables everyone to be close to both continents, with frequent flights from Tbilisi, Kutaisi, and Batumi. 

What makes Tbilisi one of the best places to live in Europe?

The city is a perfect blend of new and old, with diverse cafes and a vibrant atmosphere. With relatively low prices compared to other cities in Europe and inexpensive cost of living, Tbilisi is becoming an expat and digital nomad destination. 

There are plenty of things to do in Tbilisi, from wandering the winding cobbled streets to dipping into sulfur baths ro admiring some of the fascinating Art-Nouveau architectural gems of the 20th century. 

With its diversity, Tbilisi is great for any person or family, and it’s great for city lovers. However, since the country has plenty of outdoor activities and hiking opportunities, even close to Tbilisi, it is ideal for outdoor lovers too. 

A one-bedroom flat can cost anywhere from $350 to $1500 USD depending on the neighborhood, size, and how fancy the interior is.

Prices are relatively low in the outer districts of Tbilisi.

The most popular and preferred areas are Sololaki, Vera, Vake, and Saburtalo.

Its relatively well-connected public transport with a bus, metro, bus, and minibus (marshrutkas) systems will take you anywhere in the city. 

In addition, Tbilisi has a warm climate; it gets very warm in early spring, extremely hot during summer, and warm again in autumn. It rarely snows in winter, and if it does, it melts by the next day. Heavy rains are also very rare. 

Recommended by Baia from Red Fedora Diary

I recommend this tour to get a feel for Tblisi!

Krakow, Poland's city center with two old buildings on the side of the plaza

12. Krakow, Poland

Krakow, the second-largest city in Poland, is a perfect place for all kinds of expats to live in.

It already has a big international community of students and workers who enjoy living in this beautiful city.

Krakow is home to a few good universities as well as many international companies who are welcoming foreigners so finding a spot to anchor yourself shouldn’t be a problem.

Whether you are young and want to enjoy free-spirited life or you are looking for a place to move with the family, Krakow is a good destination.

Since the city is also very popular among tourists, English is widely spoken there and you shouldn’t have any problems communicating.

The list of things to do in Krakow is really long and will keep you busy for months with all the possibilities.

Since Krakow is one of the oldest and most important cities in Poland you will find there numerous historical monuments and attractions as well as interesting museums.

Krakow is also an unofficial cultural capital of Poland, offering a variety of events. The food scene is pretty incredible here too and you will have many options for eating out with cuisine from all over the world.

Krakow’s nightlife is well-known too, and the areas of Kazimierz and Podgorze are alive until late at night or even early morning.

While Krakow itself is interesting, the city is also a good base for day trips around. This can be especially appealing to those who enjoy nature as Krakow is surrounded by various mountain ranges, making them a perfect weekend getaway.

The prices in Krakow are pretty affordable in comparison with the rest of Europe and the standard of just about everything, from services to food, is really high.

And if you would like to travel something a bit further away for your holidays, Krakow is well-connected with the rest of Poland and the local airport offers flights to numerous destinations all over Europe as well as direct flights to the US. 

Submitted by Kamila of My Wanderlust

I love this tour of Krakow’s salt mines!

Istanbul's blue mosque at sunset with pink skies and birds flying.

13. Istanbul, Turkey

Located in the northwestern corner of Turkey and straddling the continents of Europe and Asia, Istanbul is a dynamic and cosmopolitan city that is perfect for English-speaking expats and remote workers.

With a low cost of living, great nightlife, and incredible food scene, it’s a fantastic place to live for any expat. 

There are plenty of wonderful and affordable Turkish restaurants everywhere in Istanbul but the city’s cultural diversity means that you’ll also easily find restaurants from all over the world.

Additionally, Istanbul is known for its awesome cafe culture: Turks are passionate about tea and coffee and so everywhere you look you’ll find tea houses and trendy artisanal coffee shops.

This makes the city perfect for remote workers because you’re bound to find cute cafes with decent WiFi in any neighbourhood. 

Expats looking for opportunities to socialize will love Istanbul for its buzzing social scene.

Yabangee, a community for English speakers and foreigners in Turkey, regularly holds a wide range of events from club nights, pub quizzes, and stand-up comedy to picnics in the park, and language exchanges.

Istanbul also has a great nightlife scene with something to suit everyone with late-night cafes, restaurants and bars in most neighbourhoods.

English is widely spoken in Istanbul, however, Turkish people really appreciate it when foreigners learn their language, so a few Turkish words go a long way!

If you’re interested in learning Turkish you’ll find plenty of highly accredited schools across the city offering affordable language courses. 

Expats coming from the EU or the US will find the cost of living in Istanbul to be inexpensive. On average, a one-bedroom apartment in areas such as Şişli and Beşiktaş (around 30 minutes away from the central tourist hub) costs in the range of $400 – $700 USD per month.  

Deciding where to stay in Istanbul can be a challenge as the city is huge.

Generally the further away from the city center and tourist areas you go, the cheaper rental prices become.

As Istanbul has an excellent and efficient public transport system with metro, buses, trams, and ferries taking you anywhere you need to go, living outside the city center isn’t a problem.

Most visitors to Istanbul enter on a 90-day visa and if you fall in love with the city, then good news, applying for a longer-term residence permit (for a minimum of six months and with renewals up to a year or more) is a straightforward process.

Submitted by Sasha of Mog and Dog Travels

I love this Istanbul tour

Frankfurt city skyline from the water at sunrise

14. Frankfurt, Germany

Frankfurt is a major financial hub in Germany and is also the fifth-largest city in the country.

It’s located in the state of Hesse in the west-central part of the country and is known for its skyline which features several iconic skyscrapers.

The city is also home to the European Central Bank and the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.

Although Frankfurt is a major business city, it’s also a great place to live for families and young professionals.

The city has a vibrant nightlife scene with plenty of clubs, bars, and restaurants to keep you entertained.

And if you’re looking for something more cultural, there are also many museums and art galleries to explore.

Frankfurt is also a great place to learn German as there are many language schools in the city. Additionally, English is widely spoken which makes it easier for expats to settle in.

The cost of living in Frankfurt is relatively high but this is to be expected given its status as a major financial hub. Rent for a 1 bedroom apartment is on average €950.

However, there are still ways to save money such as by using public transportation and cooking at home.

There are many different neighborhoods to choose from when deciding where to stay in Frankfurt.

If you want to be in the heart of the action then the Altstadt (Old Town) is a good choice. This neighborhood is also home to many of the city’s tourist attractions.

If you’re looking for a more residential area then consider Sachsenhausen which is located across the river from the Altstadt.

This tour helped me get to know Frankfurt

Best Places to Study Abroad in Europe

Prague's red roofed buildings with the castle in the distance

15. Prague, Czech Republic

Looking for an affordable, adventurous place to live in Europe?

Prague is the perfect place for both students and those working abroad!

The Czech capital, located roughly in the center of the country, is home to a huge expat population studying, raising kids, and working abroad.

Why do so many people love Prague?

It’s an affordable destination located in the centre of Europe with beautiful surroundings, great food, and a laid-back, family-centric culture.

In the Czech Republic, people love to spend time outdoors, with family, and with friends over a glass of beer.

Adventurous expats love Prague because there’s plenty of unexplored areas outside of Prague that beckon to those looking to step off the beaten path. 

Unlike other European countries, Prague offers a plethora of opportunities for expats, as many companies (like Microsoft, Amazon and Facebook) have large offices in the capital.

In fact, Prague is known for its bustling tech scene.

Plus, if you speak and work in English, you will take home a significantly larger income than those working in Czech environments.

With low expenses, many expats find they can make a very comfortable income with plenty of money left over for discretionary spending. 

In addition, the country has some of the most affordable higher education opportunities for foreigners, with many colleges offering degrees for a couple thousand Euros a year.

Prague universities offer degrees in medicine, engineering, law, and more, for a much more reasonable price tag.

Many students will spend a semester abroad here, leading to a diverse population. 

Living in Prague is affordable, too: the food in Prague is cheap, housing often costs a fraction of what it would cost elsewhere, and things like public transit are affordable. You can easily live on $1,500 USD a month, all expenses considered. 

Submitted by Samantha of Undiscovered Path Home

I love this Prague tour!

the University of Oxford's historic library

16. Oxford, United Kingdom

There are few places in the world more synonymous with academia than Oxford. The city is not only home to one of the most prestigious universities in the world, but also a hotbed for start-ups and young businesses. 

Not only is Oxford an ideal place to pursue your studies, but it’s also a great place to live.

The city has a wide range of cultural attractions, from museums and art galleries to live music venues and theatre productions.

Oxford is also home to a number of parks and green spaces, perfect for relaxing or getting some exercise. 

It’s well-located in the south of England, so you can take a bus or train to London and other beautiful cities for day trips.

The cost of living in Oxford can be high, but there are ways to cut costs. Many students live in shared accommodation, which can be cheaper than renting a place on your own. There are also a number of supermarkets and budget-friendly restaurants in the city. 

Tuition costs are far less expensive than in America, even with international student fees. You’ll find a full degree at a university in Oxford will cost about the same as one year at a major university in the United States.

After you graduate, there are plenty of opportunities for work in Oxford. There are often job openings in a wide range of industries.

If you’re looking for a place to live that combines academia with a lively city vibe, Oxford is a perfect choice. 

I loved this tour to get to know Oxford!

Cluj-Napoca's city center in Romania with expats wandering the square.

17. Cluj-Napoca, Romania

By far the best city in Europe to live for students and IT workers alike is Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Students will love the vibrant nightlife of the city, the multicultural ambiance, and the plethora of activities to partake in, both in and around the city itself.

With over five colleges and universities in Cluj-Napoca, and degree programs in a myriad of languages, it won’t be hard to find a passionate course of study. 

For IT professionals, Cluj-Napoca is booming.

It’s even earned itself the nickname of ‘Little Silicon Valley’.

Regardless of your area of expertise, IT workers will find extensive networking events, job opportunities, and like-minded individuals with whom to spend their time.

It doesn’t hurt that the internet connectivity in Romania is among the best in Europe!

Any expat who moves to Cluj-Napoca, Romania will fall in love with this lively city.

There are a number of day trips from Cluj, as it is affectionately referred to by its residents.

Try hiking in the Apuseni Mountains or taking a day trip from Cluj-Napoca to Turda Salt Mine, a unique underground wonderland. 

Most people under the age of 45 speak English in Cluj.

Given its extensive history and territory politics, you’ll find a huge number of ethnic Hungarians here as well. Romanians are keen to share their language with you and eager to practice yours. 

Cluj-Napoca is also an extremely safe city. It consistently ranks as one of the safest cities in the region, with a low crime index.

It’s even safe for solo females to be out alone after dark. 

Finally, as if there weren’t enough reasons to pack up and move to Cluj, the cost of living is very good when compared with Western Europe.

Admittedly, in Romania, it is one of the most expensive cities in which to live. However, when comparing it with places outside of Romania, it still pales in comparison to UK and US cost of living.

Submitted by Jade of The Migrant Yogi

I recommend this tour of Cluj-Napoca!

Groningen GroteMarkt EHynes

18. Groningen, The Netherlands

Groningen is one of the most northern cities in The Netherlands, about a 2-hour drive or train trip from Amsterdam.

This small city has a long history of being an important trade center, in fact, there are mentions of Groningen as far back as the year 1040. 

Although much of the city was destroyed during World War II, Groningen has beautiful architecture that reflects the city’s long history.

When wandering the center of Groningen, you’re treated to views of beautiful old architecture like The Martini Tower (“Martinitoren” in Dutch), which is the oldest and the tallest church steeple in the city of Groningen. 

With more than 50,000 students (25% of the population) and two universities, Groningen is one of the best cities for studying in the Netherlands and Europe.

There’s a strong community of Dutch students as well as expat students that are in the city on exchange.

As a result, the city has tons of student housing, services, and student-oriented events.

Cost of living is reasonable compared to other Dutch cities, with student dormitories available through the universities. 

All of The Netherlands is known for being bicycle-centric, but Groningen is truly unique in this department.

The city is designed for cyclists, so much so that personal vehicles cannot be driven in the city center. It’s only possible to get around by public bus or bicycle.

As a result, 61% of all trips in Groningen are made by bicycle.

For expat students, getting around by bike is a great way to not only be part of the local culture, but save on transportation costs! 

Finally, Groningen is well located for exploring other regions of The Netherlands and Europe.

It’s just a few hours by train to other Dutch cities like Rotterdam, Utrecht, and Amsterdam.

By bus, it’s possible to travel to various German cities that are just on the other side of the border.

Or, it’s possible to catch a flight at local Airport Eelde to other European cities. 

Submitted by Erin of Pina Travels

Get to know Groningen on this local tour!

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The waterfront with sandy beaches at Truro Cornwall.

19. Truro, Cornwall

Truro is England’s most south-westerly city and the only one to be found in the county of Cornwall.  

The city has a population of just 20,000 and the city itself is actually part of the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It averages 1745 hours of sunshine a year.  

Truro is an excellent city to be based in if you like the outdoors and a slower pace of life.

 Truro doesn’t have the crowds that summer brings to Cornwall, but you can be on a glorious Cornish beach very quickly.  

The closest beach, at Trelissick Gardens, is less than 5 miles away and is reachable on public transport.   

The average price of a house there is just over £350,000, which makes it, for Cornwall, very affordable. Rent for a one-bedroom apartment is around £560 a month.  

The city has great transport links – with a bus and train station, along with regular services to and from other parts of England as well as within the county.  

These transit links make it a good place to live for the environmentally conscious.  

Hikers, walkers, and water sports lovers will be in their element! It’s just a short train ride to Falmouth where you can take to the water, or join the South West Coast Path.  

Truro is also famous for gardens, the weather pattern here means that you’ll find some of the best gardens both in the city and nearby

Submitted by Sarah of Cornwall’s Best

Get to know Cornwall on this tour!

Arthur's seat in Edinburgh overlooking the historic European city

20. Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh is an obvious choice for anyone looking to live in Europe.

The Scottish capital has been voted the most desirable city to live in the UK for several years in a row, and it’s easy to see why. The city has something for everyone, whether you’re looking for vibrant nightlife, stunning architecture, or rich history. 

Edinburgh is a relatively small city, but it packs a punch when it comes to entertainment.

The city center is home to a variety of bars and clubs, as well as some of the best restaurants in Scotland.

If you’re looking for a more laid-back evening, there are plenty of pubs and cafes to choose from.

The city is also home to a number of festivals throughout the year, including the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Edinburgh International Festival. 

When it comes to architecture, Edinburgh is second to none. The city is home to a number of historic buildings, including Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

The Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it’s easy to see why. The winding streets and traditional buildings are a photographer’s dream. 

Edinburgh is a great city for outdoor enthusiasts.

There are plenty of parks and gardens to explore, and the city is located close to some of the most beautiful countryside in Scotland.

Hikers, walkers, and cyclists will be spoiled for choice, with miles of trails to explore.

Edinburgh is also well connected to other parts of Scotland and the UK, making it a great base for exploring the rest of the country.

If you’re looking for a city with plenty to do outdoors, Edinburgh is a perfect choice. It has something for everyone, and you’ll never find yourself bored.

Check out my favourite Edinburgh tour!

Ljubljana main streets passing through historic buildings with locals and expats walking around.

21. Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana is Slovenia’s green capital and the biggest city in the country.

The prestigious title of European Green Capital in 2016 was awarded to Ljubljana. The award is given by the European Commission to the city that has met the highest environmental standards and is committed to achieving aspirations to promote environmental protection and sustainable development.

Aside from being a green city, there are a bunch of cultural areas, big parks, opera, theaters, great food, and amazing nightlife.

Living here costs around €600 to €1000 a month, which includes renting a flat (around €400 a month), plus taxes and going out.

But why is living in Ljubljana perfect for those who love to do outdoor activities?

Because you can visit Smartna gora and climb to the top (664 meters high) in half an hour or an hour, depending on the route taken.

From there you can have a splendid view of the Kamnik and Julian Alps.

Another interesting activity is kayaking on the Ljubljanica River. It is also possible to do stand up paddle and ride a boat.

The river is very calm and is 41 kilometers long. 

While staying at Ljubljana, try to relax in a park called Tivoli park, which is Ljubljana’s largest green space. This is a lovely spot to “escape the city” with a fish pond, botanical gardens, and tree-lined walking paths.

You can also visit the Metelkova Mesto, an artistic area where you can have an Instagrammable picture of the graffiti walls.

You can also go and visit the Castle of Ljubljana, and make sure to bring your camera to snap the picture-perfect view of the nearby towns and even the Kamnik-Savinja Alps.

If you want to chill and just stroll around, Ljubljana has Prešeren Trg Square for you to enjoy. It is in the central town square in honor of a poet named France Prešeren, who is known for his sonnets and is among the great romantic poets of Europe.

Of course, that is not all; you can go shopping at the BTC City. It has over 450 shops offering thousands of brands of various products from clothes down to gadgets. You can find unique boutiques and Slovenian high-street brands.

All in all, if you are in search of a place to settle down in Europe, with both city life and a touch of nature, Ljubljana is perfect for you!

 Submitted by Leo of Safari Nomad

Get to know the food of Ljubljana on this tour!

Summer scene in Innsbruck looking through trees at the town and the alps in the background.

22. Innsbruck, Austria

Anyone who is thinking of moving to Europe and who loves the outdoors should put Innsbruck in western Austria at the top of their list.

With around 130,000 inhabitants the capital of the Austrian province of Tyrol is big enough to include a substantial mountain playground for its residents, but not so large that it becomes impersonal. 

The Innsbruck city limits take in the Karwendel range of mountains to the north and the ski resort of Igls to the south, and the Innsbruck residents only have to tip their head back on a shopping trip in the town center to check out the conditions on the nearest peaks.

There is no shortage of things to do in Innsbruck in your spare time.

It seems like every Innsbruck household has a mountain bike and ski touring equipment in the basement, just ready to head out onto the trail when the working day is finished.

Innsbruck is a very young and cosmopolitan city.

The nearly 30,000 students at the University of Innsbruck are almost evenly split between those from Austria and students from other countries. The separate Medical University also attracts young staff from the neighboring South Tyrol province of Italy and the state of Bavaria in Germany.

This student population – plus the summer and winter tourists attracted by the nearby mountains – means that there is a good mix of restaurants, cultural events, and nightlife in Innsbruck.

Even the formerly seedy Bogenmeile area under the railway arches is currently being spruced up to house trendy start-up bars and businesses.

Of course, there is a downside to all these attractions.

The high proportion of students in the population means that accommodation in Innsbruck can be tough to find and expensive to buy or rent when it is available.

A recent news report spoke of students paying up to €700 a month for a room in a shared house. It also stated that living costs in the Tyrol in general, and Innsbruck in particular, are appreciably higher than the Austrian average.

But those who can afford it will understand the reasons that Innsbruck regularly features in the top listings of desirable small cities in the world when they are looking down on their new home from the peace and quiet of a mountain bike trail or a ski slope.

Submitted by Steve of Austria Direct

Get to know Innsbruck on this tour!

Best Cities to Live in Europe for Families

Amelia, Italy's pink and yellow buildings alongside small Italian city streets.

23. Amelia, Italy

Lovers of Italian culture might think there are many cities to move to long-term in Italy.

Yet few places are comparable to southern Umbria in terms of quality of life. 

Amelia is a city of ancient origins (it has existed since at least the 12th century B.C.) and stands on a hill with an enchanting view of the surrounding nature.

A community of English-speaking expats has been forming here in the last 10 years, driven by the food and the good air, and by prices that are much more affordable than the nearby Tuscany. 

Amelia is off the beaten path of local and international tourism, yet offers important historical landmarks and authentic food.

Walking through the streets of the city you can see several Renaissance palaces, remains of Roman baths, and medieval churches.

Those who choose to live here love to be surrounded by ancient architecture, a quiet pace of life, creative silence.

For about €500 per month, you can rent a 100 sqm apartment with frescoed ceilings in the historic center of the city!

To buy fruits, vegetables, cheeses and meats you can turn to both supermarkets and direct producers that abound in the nearby countryside.

To enter the historical center you have to cross the polygonal walls built more than 2,000 years ago, even before Rome was founded, by a mysterious civilization known as “Pelasgi”.

Bistros and restaurants like “Il Baronetto” prepare food with local products and serve it on panoramic terraces that are never crowded.

Amelia is suitable for expats 35 and older, artists, or those moving with the whole family.

The location and public transportation make it possible to live here even if you work in Rome, which is 95 km away. With a local bus and train, you can reach the capital in about an hour.

Living in the center of Italy, it is easy to reach in a few hours both the snow-capped mountains of the Apennines and the sunny beaches of Lazio, Tuscany, Marche, and Abruzzo.

Submitted by Annalisa of Travel Connect Experience

Aix-En-Provence in France's historic piazza with expats dining outside.

24. Aix-En-Provence, France

Aix-en-Provence is a lively university town in the south of France. It is a perfect place for all types of expats but ideal for families.

Aix boasts a vibrant international expat community and getting around with only English is possible.

Aix has many attributes and the types of expat families that are drawn to this once capital of Provence are often those with careers in academia, artists, as well as retirees, and digital nomads.

What these expats have in common is the love of the laid-back French lifestyle, culture, and the Mediterranean sun.

Farmers’ markets, art, and music festivals abound. The town is peppered with lively cafés and restaurants which makes the vibe in Aix very happening. 

Historically, Aix-en-Provence has been an important cultural and arts center. As a result, some of the best schools in Provence are located in and around Aix.

In some of the private schools, education is almost entirely in English. Excellent hybrid French-English programs are available in several public and private schools.

Digital nomad parents are drawn to one of the more attractive features of the French school system: frequent school holidays.

Besides a two-month summer break, French kids get four 2-week breaks during the school year, roughly every six weeks.

This is ideal for those expat families who wish to travel around Europe. 

Combine the vibrant culture of Aix-en-Provence with the frequency of the school holidays and add to that the proximity of Aix to amazing destinations, and you have an ideal city for expats!

Aix is a half-hour by car from the second-largest city in France, Marseille. Mediterranean beaches are about as far and the closest ski resorts in the Alps are a 90-minute drive.

Italy and Spain are just a few hours’ drive, and the Marseille airport will take you to major international cities.

And distant Paris is made closer thanks to TGV – a bullet train that will get you to the capital of France in three hours.

All this awesomeness comes with a price tag. Aix-en-Provence is on the pricier side to live in, but it is worth every penny.

Submitted by Bea of Pack Your Bags

I recommend this tour in Provence!

Best Places to Retire in Europe

Malta's seaside overlook from the historic battlements in Valletta.

25. Valletta, Malta

Malta is a small island country in the Mediterranean Sea.

The island is renowned for its unspoiled sandy beaches, all-year-round warm climate, historic towns, and delicious local cuisines.

There are very few countries in Europe where English is widely spoken or used as an official language.

English speaking expats will find it very helpful to communicate as Malta has two official languages – Maltese and English. 88% of the population speak English.

One of the best cities in Malta, which is particularly excellent for the expats, is the capital city, Valletta.

The fortified city of Valletta is one of the main tourist attractions in Malta. It’s also a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Although this city is a few centuries old, you are never too far from modern amenities.

The cost of living here is much lower when compared to other capital cities in Europe, including all of your rent, food, and utilities. You could live on a budget of $2,000 USD a month for two people.

Also, Malta is very well-connected with other European cities with plenty of budget airlines.

With a low-tax rate, affordable living, good healthcare system, and an English-speaking population, this sun-soaked Mediterranean island is an excellent place to call home.

The cost of renting a fully furnished modern apartment is significantly lower than the other European countries.

When moving to a new country, healthcare plays an important part. Malta has good public and private healthcare systems in place.

Also, the crime rate here is low. So, Valletta is a safe city to live in.

Malta hosts many colorful local festivals throughout the year.

From prehistoric temples to vibrant fishing villages, historic towns to wineries, Malta has so much to offer.

You can enjoy an array of outdoor adventure activities around the island, like diving, swimming, cliff jumping or kayaking on the clear turquoise water.

All in all, Malta is a beautiful country to consider if you are thinking about moving to Europe.

Submitted by Moumita of Chasing the Long Road

Get to know Valletta on this walking tour!

Retirees walking along the crosswalk in Valencia in front of the old buildings

26. Valencia, Spain

Valencia is Spain’s third-largest city, located on the Mediterranean coast about a four-hour drive south of Barcelona.

With its large park running all around the city center, its beautiful sandy beaches, and good weather almost all year round, it’s not hard to understand why Valencia is one of the best cities to live in Europe.

Add to that the fact that Valencia is a lot cheaper than Barcelona and Madrid – plus less overrun by tourists – and you’ll understand why the city is becoming a favorite for many.

You can rent a two or three-bedroom apartment for well under €1,000.

It’s also not uncommon for expats to rent a room, if you are on a smaller budget.

Groceries and eating out are both very inexpensive, and there are free events organized in different parts of the city almost every day.

The city attracts a lot of European expats, because it’s easy to move here as a European. But, more and more Americans moving to Spain also choose Valencia.

As a non-European expat, you can apply for a non-lucrative visa.

Student visas and temporarily arriving to teach English are also popular ways to move to Valencia.

The job market isn’t the best in Valencia, making the city a favorite for students, expats who work remotely and for retirees.

Did you know that Valencia is the birthplace of paella?

You’ll have to try some authentic paella when you decide to move here!

And there is a lot more to do in Valencia.

The city offers a great selection of bars and restaurants, all sorts of cultural events happening around the city any time of year, and Valencia is home to the famous Spanish landmark, the City of Arts and Sciences.

For outdoor lovers, there are many hiking opportunities around the city plus beautiful coastal towns to explore.

And in winter you could even start your day driving to a nearby ski resort, while still making it back in time for an early evening drink on the beach!

Submitted by Sanne of Spend Life Traveling

Learn the streets of Valencia on this tour!

Dubvronik's historic walled city center with orange terracotta routes and the clear blue sea.

27. Dubrovnik, Croatia

Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe and for good reason. The clear turquoise waters, medieval walled city of Dubrovnik, and lush islands make it a perfect destination for a summer vacation.

But Dubrovnik is not just a summer playground, it’s an excellent place to live.

The city has a population of just over 40,000 people and is small enough that you can easily walk or bike everywhere.

There is also a good bus system that connects Dubrovnik to the rest of Croatia.

The cost of living in Dubrovnik is relatively low, especially when compared to other European cities. You can find a one-bedroom apartment in the city center for under $800 USD per month.

And, while Croatia is not a member of the European Union, it is part of the Schengen Area, so Europeans can live and work here without a visa.

There are plenty of things to do in Dubrovnik, especially if you love the outdoors. The city is surrounded by hiking trails and there are many beaches nearby to relax on in the summer.

Dubrovnik is also a great place for water sports like kayaking, sailing, and windsurfing.

In the winter, you can take day trips to some of Croatia’s world-class ski resorts or enjoy the festive holiday atmosphere in Dubrovnik.

If you’re looking for a small city with a Mediterranean climate, good food, and plenty of things to do, Dubrovnik should be at the top of your list of European cities to live in.

I loved this tour to get to know Dubrovnik!

Puerto de la Cruz's palm trees and greenery.

28. Puerto De La Cruz, Tenerife

Puerto de la Cruz is a charming city and resort in Tenerife that is famous for its wonderful climate.

The city was included in the list of places with the best climate in the world. For many years, Europeans have been choosing Puerto de la Cruz as a vacation and relocation destination because of its revitalizing climate. 

This city is not like the typical resorts of Tenerife, such as Las Americas and Adeje, where you will hardly meet any Spaniards.

Puerto de la Cruz, despite its popularity among tourists, has maintained its authenticity. Spaniards still live here, and expats blend into the local lifestyle. 

Puerto de la Cruz is home to thousands of expats from Northern Europe, Germany, England, and France. 

Puerto de la Cruz is perfect for outdoor enthusiasts, as the city has several beaches where people can relax, swim, or practice surfing and other water sports.

In addition, the city will also appeal to fans of hiking – they can go hiking in the picturesque valleys, hills, mountains, and of course to the volcano Teide. 

Residents love spending time at Puerto de la Cruz’s central beach, surrounded by palm trees. 

When the waves are too strong, locals and expats often prefer to swim in the seawater pools of the Lago Martianez entertainment complex, located right on the ocean.

Puerto de la Cruz is considered one of the most picturesque cities in Tenerife. There is a botanical garden (Jardin Botanico) with five thousand species of plants and a garden of orchids (Jardin Sitio Litre) for wonderful walks.

The largest and most famous zoo in the Canary archipelago, Loro Parque, is located in the western part of the city.

The city’s architectural landscape is a mixture of multi-story houses, old mansions in the Canarian style, and modern residential complexes. Real estate in Puerto de la Cruz costs on average €2,000-3,000 per square meter. 

Among foreigners living in Puerto de la Cruz, middle-aged expats are the most common, as there is little entertainment for young people in the city.

The largest group of expats in Puerto de la Cruz are retirees from Germany and England, attracted by the climate and the relative cheapness of life. 

But, at the same time, many families with children also choose Puerto de la Cruz to relocate. 

Puerto de la Cruz is home to The Yeoward School – the Upper School of the British School of Tenerife, where children from England can continue their education without too much stress after the move. 

The Lower School of the British School of Tenerife is located in the nearby town of La Orotava, and the Middle School is located in Los Realejos, which is also close to Puerto de la Cruz. 

Puerto de la Cruz is suitable for anyone who loves tranquility, beautiful nature, delicious and inexpensive food, and awesome weather all year round. 

Submitted by Alejandra of Tenerife-Is

Explore the sea on this whale watching tour in Tenerife!

Golden hour over the countryside and vineyards of Tuscany, Italy.

29. Tuscany, Italy

The picturesque rolling hills of Tuscany are some of the most popular tourist destinations in Italy. And it’s no wonder why – with its cypress-lined roads, medieval villages, and vineyards as far as the eye can see, Tuscany is truly a postcard-perfect region.

But Tuscany isn’t just a pretty face. It’s also home to some of the best food and wine in the world. And with lively cities like Florence and Siena, there’s no shortage of things to do.

Those looking to live in Italy will very easily get to live out their Italian dream in Tuscany.

Whether you’re looking for a relaxing beach vacation or a cultural city break, Tuscany has something for everyone. And with its central location in Italy, it’s the perfect base to explore the rest of the country.

If you’re thinking of making the move to Tuscany, you’ll be happy to know that it’s one of the most welcoming regions in Italy for expats. With a large expat community and plenty of English-speakers, you’ll have no trouble settling in.

Rent in Tuscany is higher than nearby small towns. It’s become a popular place for expats, so expect to pay between $650-950 per month. However, you won’t mind when you are buying local produce for cheap and living in the gorgeous Mediterranean warmth.

If you’re a retiree looking for a sunny place to spend your golden years, Tuscany is the perfect choice. The picturesque rolling hills and medieval villages are a sight to behold, and the locals are warm and welcoming.

I recommend this tour to get to know Tuscany!

Travel Insurance for Living in Europe as an Expat

If you’re an expat living in Europe, you’ll want to make sure you have the best possible travel insurance. Safety Wing is one of the best providers of travel insurance for expats, and they offer a variety of plans that will suit your needs.

Some of the things you’ll want to consider when choosing a travel insurance plan include:

– Coverage for your home country

– Coverage for your host country

– Coverage for medical expenses

– Coverage for lost or stolen items

– Coverage for trip cancellation or interruption

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Conclusion: The Best Place to Live in Europe

There are many wonderful places to live in Europe, each with its own unique charms.

Whether you’re looking for a city with a Mediterranean climate, good food, and plenty of things to do, or a small town with a world-class ski resort nearby, you’ll find your dream city.

While living abroad can be challenging, finding the best place to live in Europe doesn’t have to be. With a little research, you can find the perfect place for you and your family.

This list should get you started on deciding the best country to move to for your needs.

You can find out more by taking by Which Country Should You Move To Quiz!

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Which European city has the best quality of life?

There are many factors that contribute to the quality of life in a city, and what is considered best may vary from person to person. However, some cities that are often cited as having good quality of life include Vienna, Zurich, and Geneva.

What is the cheapest city to live in Europe?

Prague is often considered to be one of the most affordable cities in Europe.

What are the safest European countries to live in?

There are many safe countries to live in Europe, including Finland, Norway, Iceland, and Denmark.

Where in Europe has the best quality of life?

The best countries in Europe for a high quality of life are Germany, Norway, and Switzerland. If you’re looking for the best cities in Europe to live in, Berlin, Munich, and Hamburg rank highly on lists.

What is the best place to live in Europe for 6 months?

There are many great places to live in Europe for 6 months, but some of the best include Barcelona, Spain; Paris, France; and Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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