Who hasn’t heard of Paris, Rome or Brussels?! Wonderful European capitals with rich culture and history!
Did you know, however, that there are many underrated cities around Europe that can easily compete with these “well known” destinations?
During the last years, I had the chance to visit many parts of Europe. This continent clearly has a lot to offer in terms of tourism and travel! Unfortunately, many amazing European cities are not being noticed due to lack of marketing and publicity, even though they are excellent travel destinations!
Stepping inside these cities is like going on an adventure to discover and chart an unknown place.
Here are 5 of the best, underrated places I visited in Europe and in which I made fascinating stories.
The second you set foot in Prague, you feel as if you teleported to a different era. The mysteries and legends of this city can be seen and felt through the various castles, and monuments. Prague has a lot to offer depending on the taste of every visitor. Should it be culture that you like or history, partying or just wandering around, Czech’s capital has got you covered.
The city is perfect for a night walk where you can admire its beauty, and reflect on all the old tales surrounding it.
Prague was one of the best solo traveling experiences I had. I participated in amazing pub crawls, tried one of the best beers in the world, learned how to “beer pong” (it’s not as easy as it seems), visited awesome castles, and most importantly made worldwide friends through the Czech inn hostel where I stayed!
Make sure to check my blog post: Prague: legends and tales of the night!
One thing should be clear: Budapest is an amazing city! I went there in summer 2016 and was stunned by what this city has to offer. If you give her the chance, Hungary’s capital will blow your mind!
If you are a culture lover, you will be well served. Make sure to check all the historical buildings, bridges and the amazing stories behind each one of them. As for partying, it has one of the best night lives in Europe! I couldn’t resist going out for drinks or partying every night of my stay there!
The thermal springs baths are a must when in Budapest! The city is very well known for these baths that go as far back as the 16th centuries. You should consider spending a whole day to make the most of them. It is an experience not to be missed!
In 2010 I decided to spend new year’s eve in Copenhagen. This is how I discovered how beautiful this city is. The Danish people are very sociable and nice, they like to welcome and help travelers. In winter the Danish capital is breathtaking with all the white parks and frozen lakes.
Once there, do not miss the Tivoli gardens, little mermaid statue, and the national museum and get to know the stories they hide!
Renting a bike and wandering around the city is a very beautiful experience. Copenhagen is one of the most bike-friendly cities in the world.
I am really lucky that it was one of the first cities I visited in Europe and still carry great memories from the time I spent there!
Ah Lisbon! the city that took my heart away! Portugal’s capital was the first city I travel to all alone. The second I set foot there, I knew I made the right choice. I smile whenever I remember the time spent there.
Wandering around the city at night brought me great joy. Lisbon is very charming and has many interesting historical areas to visit such as Belem, Alfama district, and the coach museum that holds amazing ancient “coaches” (old automobiles).
When in Lisbon, make sure to visit Sintra, the amazing town that is a world heritage site. Do not miss a trip to Cabo Da Roca, the westernmost extent of mainland Portugal with a breathtaking view towards the ocean!
Check out my article on my trip to Lisbon: How I fell in love with Lisbon!
Bruges in a UNESCO world heritage site that is a must to all those searching to explore a small but rich town in Belgium. Bruges is awesome to explore by day as it is by night. By day you will get to see all the chocolate shops, people riding bikes and tourists wandering around. At night, you will enjoy the silence, walking around the small lit streets.
Bruges has amazing scenery all around it and once there you should not miss the chance to rent a bike and visit neighboring towns. Damme is a very beautiful town, about an hour by bike from Bruges. The trail is amazing, as it is flat, surrounded by trees, and next to a canal.
Bruges and its surrounding are worth the visit if you want to spend a calm weekend and enjoy your time! Check out my blog post on how I spent 24 hours in charming Bruges.
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