Lonely Planet Writer

Top 10 eco-friendly capitals in Europe

A new study from comparethemarket has ranked  Europe’s capitals on ten green factors to reveal the continent’s most eco-friendly capital cities. From low levels of air pollution to vast green spaces, discover in this gallery the capital cities leading the way when it comes to their eco-friendliness.

1. Vienna, Austria.  
The city has the best cycling infrastructure with 1300 km of cycle paths.  Image: Christian Thür/500px
1. Vienna, Austria. The city has the best cycling infrastructure with 1300 km of cycle paths. Image: Christian Thür/500px
2. Bern, Switzerland.  Known to be one of the  healthiest places to live, thanks to its abundance of green spaces, lack of congestion  and fresh Alpine water. Image: Ingolf Pompe / LOOK-foto
2. Bern, Switzerland. Known to be one of the healthiest places to live, thanks to its abundance of green spaces, lack of congestion and fresh Alpine water. Image: Ingolf Pompe / LOOK-foto
3. Helsinki.  The Finnish capital has long been at the forefront of environmental planning.  Image:  Scanrail1/Shutterstock
3. Helsinki. The Finnish capital has long been at the forefront of environmental planning. Image: Scanrail1/Shutterstock
4. Stockholm, Sweden. Surrounded by woodland and perched on the water, Stockholm was the first-ever recipient of the European Green Capital Award.  Image: GettyImages/fotoVoyager
4. Stockholm, Sweden. Surrounded by woodland and perched on the water, Stockholm was the first-ever recipient of the European Green Capital Award. Image: GettyImages/fotoVoyager
5. Copenhagen, Denmark.   The Danish city has always tried to limit its carbon footprint and scores especially highly for its lack of congestion, low CO2 emissions, quality of life and public transport  Image: William87/Getty Images
5. Copenhagen, Denmark. The Danish city has always tried to limit its carbon footprint and scores especially highly for its lack of congestion, low CO2 emissions, quality of life and public transport Image: William87/Getty Images
6. Amsterdam,  The Dutch city scored a low level on congestion, mainly thanks to so many getting around on bicycle. Image: Rudmer Zwerver/Shutterstock
6. Amsterdam, The Dutch city scored a low level on congestion, mainly thanks to so many getting around on bicycle. Image: Rudmer Zwerver/Shutterstock
7. Oslo, Norway.  The new neighbourhood of Vulkan, on a former industrial site by the river Akerselva, has been cited for being a model of eco-friendly city planning. Image: Shutterstock
7. Oslo, Norway. The new neighbourhood of Vulkan, on a former industrial site by the river Akerselva, has been cited for being a model of eco-friendly city planning. Image: Shutterstock
8. Luxembourg City.  Almost one third of the city is given over to landscaped green spaces. Image: Shtterstock
8. Luxembourg City. Almost one third of the city is given over to landscaped green spaces. Image: Shtterstock
9. Berlin, Germany. The city has more than 400 electric car-charging points and four hydrogen refuelling stations leading the way for alternative forms of transport.  Image: Alexander Spatari/Getty Images
9. Berlin, Germany. The city has more than 400 electric car-charging points and four hydrogen refuelling stations leading the way for alternative forms of transport. Image: Alexander Spatari/Getty Images
10. Ljubljana, By next year the Slovenian capital intends that public transport, non-motorised traffic and private vehicles should account for a third of all transport. Image: Matej Kastelic/500px
10. Ljubljana, By next year the Slovenian capital intends that public transport, non-motorised traffic and private vehicles should account for a third of all transport. Image: Matej Kastelic/500px