One of the continents which offers so much to explore, and experience is Europe, but if you have already been to those must-visit cities such as Paris, London, Rome, or Barcelona, why don’t you try out these incredible yet underappreciated European towns?
They offer a unique, thrilling chance to experience different cultures, tastes, and sites without the high costs and crowded conditions. Feels good, isn’t it? These lovely yet underrated European cities are bound to win your heart with their breathtaking scenery and exquisite architecture.
Maastricht, a university town on the southernmost point of the Netherlands, is notable for its architecture from the Middle Ages and vibrant cultural scene. This little Dutch village is surprisingly powerful, surrounded by historical landmarks, parks, museums, and much more. It is positioned on the Maas River, close to the borders with Germany and Belgium. Its two magnificent town squares – Vrijthof and Markt – are home to enticing food stalls, eccentric cafés, and majestic cathedrals.
Arles is a beguiling entryway into the Camargue thanks to its Roman relics, shady squares, and abundance of Camarguais culture. This town in southern France is best known for its connection to the famous painter Vincent Van Gogh. Perched along the Rhône River, it was formerly a tiny Roman town and still has original structures from that era, including the Arles Amphitheater, which is still in use. Numerous paintings by Van Gogh portray the bustling metropolis and the colourful countryside.
This tiny city is one of the most underrated in Europe; however, nowadays, it is teeming with fascinating sights to explore. Krakow offers it all, including towering churches, ghost tours, historical castles, and bustling marketplaces, making Krakow an exciting city. The city also offers free walking tours by locals, the perfect way to explore Krakow.
Longyearbyen, sometimes regarded as the world’s most northerly town, is renowned for its breathtaking scenery and enormous glaciers. There aren’t any notable structures or expansive museums, but if you are someone into desserts, it is worth a visit to witness several old, deserted settlements (like Pyramiden) and even cross the Polar Circle to see the Northern Lights.
Estonia, a Baltic country between Russia and Latvia, is a hidden treasure. Tallinn, the nation’s capital, is one of Europe’s most underappreciated towns. It is renowned for its enchanting Old Town, which gives the impression that you’ve travelled back to the fourteenth century. Explore its impressive churches, bustling markets, and many more.
York is an excellent place for history enthusiasts to visit because it was first inhabited by the Romans and, subsequently, the Vikings for many years. The ancient Romans established York, a fortified city in northeastern England. It is home to the Jorvik Viking Centre – a captivating museum – and to the magnificent York Minster, a massive Gothic church built in the 13th century that includes two working bell towers and mediaeval stained glass.
Ghent, sometimes overshadowed by the larger Belgian towns, such as Brussels and Antwerp, is widespread and best recognised for being the “vegetarian capital of the world.” This little, tiny town is home to numerous fascinating museums, fabulous churches, gorgeous castles, and other structures with beautiful, detailed architecture.
Ljubljana, the capital city of Slovenia, is the ideal location to explore the new Eastern Europe. The Ljubljanica River, which splits the city, has quaint stores and cafés around its banks. Don’t miss seeing the Ljubljana Castle on the hills and the unusual Tromostovje bridge that crosses the river close to the central square.
Split, a thriving beach city, one of Croatia‘s biggest, is still a carefree Mediterranean paradise. It’s neither a city like Zagreb nor a historical time capsule like Dubrovnik, but it is a hidden gem in the land of Croatia. Visit the Diocletian’s Palace and the Cathedral of St. Domnius to see old Roman ruins, travel to Marjan National Park, or unwind at Katelet Beach and the neighbouring island of Hvar.
Zell am See, Austria
This stunning mountain town near Lake Zell in the Austrian Alps is well-known for its fantastic hiking paths and ski slopes. Those who enjoy outdoor activities would love it here. Behold the vistas of the Kitzsteinhorn (mountain in Austria) in all its glory from the Gipfelwelt 3000 platform (view deck). Don’t miss visiting the striking tower of the historic St. Hippolyte Church.
Eguisheim in France‘s Alsace region is one of the nation’s most gorgeous towns, despite sometimes being overshadowed by the bigger (but equally scenic) Colmar. The lovely pastel-coloured half-timbered homes and flowery window boxes line its tiny streets. Located along the Alsace Wine Trail, the village holds an annual Stork Festival every August.
Visit these amazing, underrated cities of Europe to discover the infamous sites, cultures, traditions and fashion. It is never a bad idea to explore more or the unknown!