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15 Great European Cities You Never Thought to Visit

Summer is coming and we have no doubt you’re already thinking about your next holiday. If you haven’t yet made any plans to get away, then perhaps this article can help you. Most people just choose the top tourist spots for their holiday. But why not try something new this summer?

Today, we compiled a list of 15 of the most beautiful yet underrated cities in Europe. You definitely should visit these places before they become too mainstream.

01. Bruges, Belgium

Great European Cities You Never Thought to Visit

Gingerbread-like houses, picture-perfect romantic streets connected by arched bridges, and the expansive network of canals are what make Bruges ’the Venice of the North.’ Many people consider it one of the most beautiful cities in Europe and we willingly agree with them.

02. Sintra, Portugal

Great European Cities You Never Thought to Visit

Amazingly bright and unusual, Sintra will make you believe that you’ve stepped into a fairy tale. With its pompous colorful castles and exotic gardens, this city is not to be missed.

03. Brasov, Romania

Great European Cities You Never Thought to Visit

People don’t call Brasov ’The Pearl of Transylvania’ for nothing. Hidden somewhere in a valley between snow-capped mountains, it is a perfect place for those who like to unravel the secrets of ancient towns. Brasov looks like a city frozen in medieval times. Centuries-old fortresses, old houses with tiled roofs, and the clock tower chiming every hour create the atmosphere of peace and calm.

04. Gdansk, Poland

Great European Cities You Never Thought to Visit

This old city sitting on the shores of the Baltic Sea has a unique atmosphere. From dozens of cozy coffee shops to numerous museums, fairs, and exhibitions, everyone will find something special for themselves here.

05. Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Great European Cities You Never Thought to Visit

The old bridge was the structure that divided the city into two parts — the Bosnian and the Croatian. Now Mostar is a unique place where eastern and western civilizations and cultures meet. This is felt not only in the architecture but also in the national cuisine and local traditions.

06. Bled, Slovenia

Great European Cities You Never Thought to Visit

Bled is located at the foot of the Julian Alps, on the shores of one of the most picturesque lakes in the world. It is almost a meditative moment seeing the smooth surface of the lake in the early morning, with the mountain scenery reflected in the still water.

07. Novi Sad, Serbia

Great European Cities You Never Thought to Visit

Known for its numerous museums, galleries, and monuments, it is no wonder Novi Sad is considered the cultural capital of Serbia. The symbol of Novi Sad is Petrovaradin Fortress, and it offers stunning views over the city and the Danube. You won’t regret your time spent in this charming town with colorful houses.

08. Koman, Albania

Great European Cities You Never Thought to Visit

This unremarkable town is worth stopping at only in order to see the natural beauty of Komani lake. Azure water, picturesque shores covered with greenery — it seems you can’t find a more amazing place!

09. Ronda, Spain

Great European Cities You Never Thought to Visit

This unique centuries-old city seems to be hovering over the precipice. It is wonderful to get lost in the town’s old streets while enjoying its unique atmosphere.

10. Český Krumlov, Czech Republic

Great European Cities You Never Thought to Visit

With its fabulous atmosphere of paved roads and bridges, lovely houses, and hospitable people, it’s little wonder that this charming small city captivates the hearts of a great majority of its visitors.

11. Annecy, France

Great European Cities You Never Thought to Visit

Time seems to stand still in this small town which is located on the shore of a lake. Take the opportunity to go on a walking tour around the town, and don’t forget to visit the old castle.

12. Porto, Portugal

Great European Cities You Never Thought to Visit

The lively and cheerful atmosphere of the former capital of Portugal will charge you with energy and excitement. If you like the hustle and bustle of big cities, this place is just for you.

13. Bergamo, Italy

Great European Cities You Never Thought to Visit

What makes Bergamo unique is that you can spend hours exploring its narrow ancient streets. And after a walking tour, make sure to visit one of the local restaurants…they have 250 types of pizza to choose from!

14. Bordeaux, France

Great European Cities You Never Thought to Visit

This majestic city will make you enjoy its peaceful atmosphere. Sipping a glass of fine wine, you will learn how to enjoy every moment of your life.

15. Albarracin, Spain

Great European Cities You Never Thought to Visit

Standing on the rocky ledges, this pink city looks like a fairy tale kingdom. Visit Albarracin and get lost in its narrow streets where time seems to stand still. It is an amazing experience.

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