Europe is a continent overflowing with beautiful rich European cities, but these ten largely unexpected locations are surprisingly wealthy places to visit. 

It’s quite understandable our obsession with the old world. Europe has had a centuries-long presence in the world. Europe has now become a hot place to reach and find its origins while experiencing the continent’s cultural extravagance. It can be really glamorous in Europe. Big hitters such as Paris, Berlin, or Milan. Not nur, but young people searching for the hottest parties worldwide, European countries make a perfect romantic destination.

We live in a state of insecurity with today’s political climate, which makes exploring this magnificent Continent all the more important.

Here’s our list of 10 rich European cities you probably haven’t heard of before.

Bruges, Belgium

Burges, Belgium

We start with Bruges, kicking off our list. Bruges has a rich culture only waiting to be discovered, like other obscure rich European cities. In Belgium, this small town has more chateaux than any other state in the world per square inch.

You could visit this place to pay tribute to the French friends’ place of birth if that’s not enough for you. In Belgium and not in the Americas, French Fries or ‘Frites.’ In Bruges, they are also a local delicacy.

Katowice, Poland

Rich European Cities

Katowice is Poland’s 11th largest city after becoming part of the UNESCO network as a City of Music back in 2015. With a GDP of 122 billion dollars, it’s no surprise that Katowice has supported industry, science, trade, and transport in the financial infrastructure.

Katowice is a major Polish capital and the 16th most financially powerful City in the whole EU (by GDP). Katowice has also been a great trip to the ends of the Intel Extreme Masters videogame competition for players of all ages.

Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain

Spain, Rich european cities

Spain is widely linked to Ibiza and Barcelona. Still, there isn’t just a furious party and sandy beaches in this gorgeous country. The region provides some of the European Union’s most fascinating architectural attractions.

Vitoria-Gasteiz has been ranked as the second-largest city in Spain. The European Eco Capital was also honored in 2012 because of its many green areas. In 300 meters from open green fields, the whole population of Vitoria Gasteiz is an ideal getaway from its everyday gridlock.

Karlsruhe, Germany


Europe’s cultural richness is caused by the proximity of different communities. Germany must be part of your Euro tour if it is a culture you are looking for. We will urge you to take the road less traveled to Karlsruhe instead of traveling on a conventional road with Rich European cities such as Berlin and Stuttgart.

Karlsruhe is known for its art and culture and hosts the “Fest,” which lasts three days and is an annual open-air festival. Karlsruhe already has a highly-skilled public infrastructure at 137 billion dollars in GDP.

Heilbronn, Germany


Heilbronn has succeeded, because of its quaint charm, in adding another German entry to this list. Contrary to other German options, Heilbronn provides the essentials European small-town atmosphere that is just what you need when looking for sanctuary from the hustle of city life.

This is not to suggest that Heilbronn is one of the rich European cities and a fantasy town. It is a popular economic hub ensuring its inhabitants always enjoy all the opportunities they need. The wine industry is still booming, and if you want relief from your daily city grind, then Heilbronn would be useful.

Rotterdam, Netherlands

Rotterdam, rich European cities

Amsterdam is an obligatory destination for all to visit. While Rotterdam is the second-largest city in the Netherlands, Rotterdam has the same GDP of 320 billion dollars as Amsterdam.

Rotterdam will be the ideal spot for you if you want to enjoy your luxury and a relaxing stop in the Netherlands. The Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum can be a leisure time to try delicacies that the very own Chinese city in Rotterdam has to sell or go shopping at Kruiskade Street.

Groningen, Netherlands


Our second Netherlands entry is in Groningen, which in the North of the Netherlands is the biggest city. Groningen is 950 years old and part of the urban area of Groningen-Assen, where almost a half million people are living. Groningen’s society is very rich and alternative.

The immense student population of Groningen helps to preserve an influential craft, music, and theatre scene for a small community. The city is also the host of the so-called International cycling film festival in its charming and strange Dutch fashion, an annual celebration for bicycle-related films.

Rhine-Ruhr, Germany

rhine ruhr, germany

Germany has over 10 million inhabitants, and Rhine-Ruhr is the main metropolitan area in Germany. With its GDP of 485 billion, Rhine-Ruhr is very well suited for public infrastructure. The district covers 2806 km2 and includes large cities such as Cologne and Dusseldorf.

Many UNESCO World Heritage sites in the city and more than 12 million visitors are drawn per year. Every year, the Rhine-Ruhr is the home of a number of European football clubs and cultural and sports activities. Are you in the region? Check the Comedy Festival in Cologne.

Lyon, France

Lyon, France

France must provide much more than just the Eiffel Tower, and baguettes, as romantic as Paris can be. Enter Lyon, the country’s third-biggest city. Lyon is one of France’s leading economic bodies and one of the rich European cities in the world.

There are also several architectural and historical sites in Lyon, which UNESCO has recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Lyon’s diverse culinary history is a significant highlight. Lyon is a must-visit destination for you if you enjoy cooking. It is renowned as the French capital for gastronomy.

Turin, Italy

Turin, Itlay

Some of you will know Turin, while others will only equate Italy with Rome, Venice, Milan, and Florence. Turin is not only one of the rich European cities in Italy but also a hotspot for gastronomic delights.

It is plain to see why Turin’s economy flourishes with a GDP per capita in its $75,000 ballpark. Torino also houses some of the most popular car names that make Turin a Mecca for gearheads worldwide: Alfa Romeo, Fiat, and Lancia.