Europe is probably one of the most popular continents to visit in the world. Blessed with mountains, lakes, rivers, cities and towns filled with architecture, and rich art and culture, Europe offers something for every type of traveler. Its popular destinations like London, Paris, Amsterdam and Rome are leading tourism hubs of the world but the continent is so vast that there are still many beautiful, overlooked destinations which are relatively untouched and still easy to travel to. In case you want to avoid the heavily visited and touristy cities of Europe, check out the amazing lesser known travel destinations in Europe!
Aachen lies on the borders of Germany, Belgium and Netherlands, and is renowned for its beautiful natural landscapes. The source of the city’s fame lies in the Aachen waters – natural hot springs that are heated by the Eifel volcanoes. The city’s rich cultural heritages are very well preserved and are carefully restored, successfully preserving the city’s charm. Check out the beautiful Old Town with its picturesque alleys and houses, and is dotted with quaint cafes and restaurants. Do visit the Cathedral of Aachen, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Italian city of Bologna is a place where history, culture, cuisine and music combine to create a culturally rich city which is often overlooked by other Italian giants like Milan, Florence and Rome. However, Bologna stands tall with its reputation of producing world-class musicians like Farinelli, Rossini and Mozart. Its university is the oldest in the Europe. The cuisine is refined and certainly competes with the likes of Tuscany and Naples, while automobile giants like Lamborghini, Ducati and Ferrari are all based in Bologna. The city was named as “Creative City of Music” in 2006 for its top-notch music program.
Colmar is a beautiful city and is considered as the capital of the Alsace Wines in France. This charming city lies close to the Germany and Switzerland border. Known as “the Little Venice”, Colmar has a rich history that is well documented by its five museums and its colorful houses and canals dotted with flower beds, which are a true delight. It has a fascinating ambience with wonderful cafes, restaurants, idyllic villages and an annual Wine Fair that is held in the month of August. Colmar is the birthplace of renowned sculptor Bartholdi, the designer of the famous Statue of Liberty of New York.
Dresden, located in the Saxony state of Germany, is a city of technology, education and innovation. Known as ‘Florence of the Elbe’, Dresden is renowned for its amazing architecture, especially the stunning Dresden Frauenkirche, The Zwinger and The Semperoper. The city has a vibrant youthful outlook due to the presence of several top collages and institutions along with rich treasures of art. The scenic Elbe River is still the centre of attraction of Dresden. Today, the city effectively combines innovation and technology with its rich traditions.
Gothenburg, Sweden’s second largest city is located on the west coast with an archipelago. The city has its own distinct identity, culture and language. Blessed with stunning natural landscapes and top-class entertainment, Gothenburg is the certainly a vibrant city with a considerable student population. Take a ride on the blue and white trams, one of the city’s icons. See the beautiful old city Haga and the bohemian Linnegatan. Enjoy delicious seafood, desserts and the fine café and restaurant scene.
The capital of Alps, Innsbruck is a city renowned for its scenic beauty, classy hotels and charming cafes and restaurants. Located on the banks of River Inn, Innsbruck is also the gateway to the snow-capped mountains of Alps that are easily accessible with a wonderful cable car service. The city centre is filled with elegant alfresco cafes, museums and wonderful cultural heritages. It has several amazing imperial heritage buildings, picturesque lakes and scenic hiking trails.
Sorrento is yet another wonderful Italian town that you must visit. Located on the coast of Bay of Naples, Sorrento is blessed with amazing landscape featuring hills, deep valleys and clifftop communities. Rich cultural heritages, wonderful cuisine and scenic landscape make it a true paradise. Even the air in Sorrento has the scent of oranges, lemons and olives that grow in plenty in this beautiful Italian town.