Discover the top 5 most sustainable cities in Europe
Petit port de Monaco, Monte-Carlo, Monaco
Author: Hanna Lina Werner
The lock-down is over for the time being and the sunny weather makes you dream more than ever. Packed with wanderlust, the question now arises which travel destinations should be explored this summer. We show where the next city trip in Europe should definitely lead. The most sustainable cities in Europe are an insider tip.
City trip Europe, but where to? Why not choose a green travel destination
Numerous cities in Europe play a real pioneering role when it comes to sustainability. They inspire their visitors with innovative concepts that pave the way for a more sustainable future. Northern European capitals in particular, such as Stockholm or Copenhagen, are the perfect travel destinations for a sustainable city break. All those who prefer to spend their weekend trip in Mediterranean flair, with lots of sunshine and close to the sea have the chance to experience an exciting mix of breathtaking coastal flair and modern sustainability in Portugal's capital Lisbon or Monaco.
Interesting topic: Climate-friendly travel - offsetting the CO2 balance
The top 5 most sustainable cities for a city trip in Europe
1. Copenhagen - short trip to the world's first CO2-neutral capital
The Danish capital welcomes its guests with a very modern and dynamic atmosphere. No wonder Copenhagen is known as one of the most sustainable cities in Europe. The goal is to be the first by 2025 CO2 neutral To become the capital of the world. It is therefore the perfect destination for a sustainable city trip in Europe.
Copenhagen relies on this when it comes to public transport solar powered Boats and electric buses, so that travelers can definitely get from A to B sustainably. If you want to see as much of the city and the Danish ambience as possible, you can explore the city by bike on perfectly developed bike paths. In addition, Copenhagen is making a name for itself with its growing zero waste movement in the area of waste avoidance. In the LØS Market, zero waste enthusiasts can shop to their hearts' content without packaging.
2. Lisbon - city break in Portugal's green capital
Lisbon is greener than ever and invites its visitors to linger with numerous green oases. 85% of their residents have green spaces for recreation in the immediate vicinity of 300 meters from their place of residence. The Portuguese serenity can also be found in the charismatic capital, making it one of the most popular destinations for city trips in Europe.
City travelers in Lisbon can also get around with electric bicycles or E-scootersthat can be charged at countless charging stations. Sustainability and Shopping are not mutually exclusive. With its numerous fashion boutiques, the LX-Factory offers Vegan and present sustainable brands, the perfect space to shop sustainably.
3. Monaco - city trip full of innovation & sustainable design
While Monaco used to be mainly known for luxury and wealth, the charming coastal city is now making a name for itself in terms of sustainability. Environmentally friendly local transport, with electric shuttle boats and buses powered by biodiesel. An e-bike sharing program also guarantees sustainable mobility during the city trip.
Monaco wants to build an eco-district called “Materra” by 2025, which will only be open to pedestrians and will be characterized by sustainable design and many public parks. To protect endangered coral species, Monaco created artificial reefs using 2017D printers in 3. In "Elsa", the first one that is one hundred percent organic and sustainable Michelin restaurant, travelers can eat healthy and environmentally friendly in a maritime ambience at Monte-Carlo Beach.
4. Ljubljana - sustainable city break with a focus on zero waste
Slovenia's capital Ljubljana is the perfect place for a sustainable city break in Europe. It welcomes your visitors with extremely fresh air and inspires with a clean cityscape. All roads are cleaned with rain or recycled water only, so less drinking water is wasted.
The Slovenian capital was also the first European city to commit to a zero waste target. Zero waste fans can join in on their city trip in Ljubljana Zero waste Automata, for example shampoo Fill into a container you have brought with you. Since 2008, Ljubljana's city center has been completely closed to car traffic. A long stroll in the beautiful heart of the Slovenian city is an absolute must on a short trip to Ljubljana.
5. Stockholm - on the trail of innovative ideas on a short city trip
The Swedish capital delights its guests with a modern Scandinavian atmosphere. Electric city buses or an extremely well-developed network of cycle paths allow not only residents but also holidaymakers to get through the city quickly and green. Stockholm aims to achieve complete climate neutrality by 2045 and is well on the way to achieving this.
Innovative approaches will certainly contribute to the successful achievement of this goal. For example, covering up to 10% of the city's heating requirements through resident data centers. Numerous green areas and a 27 square kilometer park offer enough space to relax in the middle of Stockholm and to recharge your batteries for further sightseeing during the city trip.
Where is the next city trip in Europe going?
Europe's capitals definitely have a lot to offer in terms of sustainability. Due to the diverse concepts and their different geographical locations, everyone will find the right travel destination when planning their next sustainable city trip in Europe. Whether Copenhagen, Stockholm, Lisbon, Monaco or Ljubljana - all of the European capitals have their special charm and present innovative approaches with regard to their sustainability, which are worth discovering on a city trip.