The best capital city in Europe: Paris, Berlin or Oslo?

Nargiz Mammadzade 01 March 2021 0 views 6 min. read
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You probably know the answer to the question "What are the best cities to visit in Europe?" But what are the best cities to live in if you want to move to Europe? Europe cities are always considered the best choice to travel and especially to live compared to other countries.


paris night

Let's start with Paris - undoubtedly one of the best cities in Europe. Paris is the capital of France and the center of the Ile-de-France region. It was founded on the Seine in the middle of the Paris basin. It is located 375 km inland from the mouth of the Seine River flowing into the Channel.

The reason why Paris gained international fame is its neoclassical architectural style and fashion and art shaped by this effect. The original Montmartre or the legendary Champs-Elysees are ideal for a good start tour when you travel to Paris, a busy city with thousands of tourists. For those looking for a fantastic trendy atmosphere, Le Marais, Quartier Latin or the ancient Canal St-Martin would be the right place. Art galleries and museums are the right address for art lovers.

The symbol of Paris, known as the city of fashion and luxury, is the Eiffel Tower. The Louvre Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral, Pantheon, Orsay Museum, Sacre Coeur Basilica, Pompidou Center, and Les Invalides are also some of the most important places to visit during your travel to Paris.

eiffel tower

Compared to other European cities, Paris is a very safe city. It is possible to find accommodation services for all kinds of budgets in the city, which has the world's largest hotels.

In conclusion, it can be said that Paris is not only one of the best European cities to visit, but also one of the best cities to live in.

It is possible to find all examples of French cuisine in restaurants and cafes in Paris. The first thing that comes to mind when it comes to breakfast in Paris is the croissant which is generally consumed with coffee. The foods made with onion soup, snails and mussels are among the most remarkable ones.

In Paris, where the weather is cool in the spring and autumn months and warm and humid in the summers, the weather is generally cold. August and July are the hottest months in the city, while December and February are the coldest months. Summer months may be preferred due to weather and events to travel to Paris, but many shops, restaurants, and private museums may be closed as the French plan their annual holidays in August. Paris is the perfect answer to the question "What are the best cities to visit in Europe?"

tour boats

If we look at education in France, we see that most French universities are among the top 500 universities in the world, and most of them are located in the capital, Paris.

Finally, let's take a close look at the quality of life and see if this is one of the best cities to live in:

Quality of Life Index - 118.20 (High):

1. Purchasing Power Index - 68.62 (Moderate)

2. Safety Index - 46.81 (Moderate)

3. Health Care Index - 79.49 (High)

4. Climate Index - 88.39 (Very High)

5. Cost of Living Index - 95.49 (High)

6. Property Price to Income Ratio - 20.96 (Very High)

7. Traffic Commute Time Index - 40.76 (Moderate)

8. Pollution Index - 64.54 (High)


berlin city

Now, it is time "to travel to Berlin"! It is very hard to choose between Europe cities!

With its historical texture and streets waiting to be discovered, Europe's bohemian spirit Berlin is Germany's capital and largest city. This is one of the leading cultural and political capitals of both Germany and Europe. Today, the city is one of the favorite destinations of thousands of tourists every year with its multicultural and tolerant structure, vibrant nightlife, numerous museums, and art galleries. Berlin is also very organized, an excellent example of German city planning. Although it is the German capital city, its population has not increased significantly and transportation in the city is quite comfortable.

Berlin is one of the greenest and cleanest cities in the world. While wandering around the city, you can feel like you are walking in the forest. This makes it one of the best European cities to visit!


Because of the wars in Berlin, very few artifacts from the Middle Ages remain. In general, it can be said that the historic buildings in the city were badly damaged. However, the buildings that can be restored after the war have been restored in the best way. The most popular place to visit in the city is undoubtedly the Brandenburg Gate. There are also many structures like Alexanderplatz, the Holocaust Monument, and Berlin Cathedral that you must visit when you travel to Berlin.

The city, which has become the center of techno music, has a crazy nightlife in the literal sense of the word. Although German cuisine is not a very rich cuisine, it is possible to find restaurants from all over the world since Berlin is a city with many cultures. In addition to French, Italian, and Japanese cuisines, Turkish cuisine is also dominant in Berlin due to its large immigrant population. Eating in Berlin is quite cheap compared to other European cities.

In Berlin, a Northern European city, the air can get cold at any time. In the city where the effects of the oceanic climate are also seen, the continental climate is more dominant. If you are planning to travel to Berlin during the winter months, you should consider the sub-zero weather conditions. In Berlin, which has cold and harsh winters, summer months are also cool and occasionally rainy. As there are few hot and sunny days in Berlin, Germans flock to the parks to sunbathe on such days. Spring and autumn are generally cool but suitable for sightseeing.


Undoubtedly, Germany is an example of a country in the world that is constantly striving to develop its education system. The level of education is always considered one of the best in the world.

When we look at the quality of life, which is very high, Berlin is the most correct answer to the question "What are the best cities to live in Europe?"

Quality of Life Index - 159.72 (Very High):

1. Purchasing Power Index - 87.47 (Moderate)

2. Safety Index - 58.66 (Moderate)

3. Health Care Index - 69.85 (High)

4. Climate Index - 83.35 (Very High)

5. Cost of Living Index - 73.26 (Moderate)

6. Property Price to Income Ratio - 9.90 (Moderate)

7. Traffic Commute Time Index - 33.66 (Low)

8. Pollution Index - 39.41 (Low)


oslo city

We continue with one of the best cities in Europe and especially in Scandinavia - Oslo! Oslo, the capital city of Norway, is the country's largest city with a very high standard of living and with plenty of oxygen.

I think we can all agree that Scandinavian cities are always the perfect choice among Europe cities to answer both of these questions: "What are the best cities to visit in Europe?" and "What are the best cities to live in Europe?"

Since Oslo is a port city, the Port Area is home to must-see places when you travel to Oslo. Many museums, shopping streets, cafes, and restaurants, including the modern Opera House and Akershus District, are places where you can have a good time and enjoy your sightseeing. There are also historical palaces and museums in the city with its green areas, famous sculpture park, modern buildings.


There are many public transportation alternatives in the city where you will not have any problems in terms of transportation, and walks to tourist places are also very enjoyable. Life in Oslo becomes more enjoyable in the touristic period, which is revived with organizations and festivals. Isn't it one of the best European cities to visit?

In Oslo, a city where the Gulf Stream influence is felt, winter is cold and generally snowy. The time interval from July to October is the period when it receives the most rain. The most ideal months to travel to Oslo are June, July, and August, and the average temperature is 20°C.

Many restaurants in Oslo offer delicious tastes of international cuisine as well as local delicacies. Fish meat has a different place in the local cuisine, where the seafood is of great importance because it is a port city. Norwegian Salmon is one of the famous flavors you should try when you travel to Oslo.


The city, which has a very lively nightlife, is home to many nightclubs, bars, discos, and other entertainment venues. You can find many venues that are open until morning, especially when tourism is revitalized. Karl Johans gate is home to fine restaurants and historical venues, as well as the location of popular entertainment venues for nightlife in Oslo.

Oslo with the highest quality of life is one of the best cities to live in all of Europe.

Quality of Life Index - 162.12 (Very High):

1. Purchasing Power Index - 81.57 (Moderate)

2. Safety Index - 65.26 (High)

3. Health Care Index - 75.71 (High)

4. Climate Index - 59.99 (Moderate)

5. Cost of Living Index - 106.91 (High)

6. Property Price to Income Ratio - 10.67 (Moderate)

7. Traffic Commute Time Index - 31.92 (Low)

8. Pollution Index - 24.15 (Low)

In all respects, these cities are indeed among the best cities in Europe and I am sure you will not be disappointed if you choose any of them.

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