Europe is filled with popular tourist attractions such as the Eiffel Tower, the Colosseum and the Big Ben. However, there are also plenty of hidden gems that are waiting to be explored. Here are ten hidden gems to visit in Europe that are worth adding to your travel itinerary.
1. Cesky Krumlov – Czech Republic
The castle city Cesky Krumlov is one of the Czech Republic’s finest mediaeval sites. It is one of the most picturesque towns in Europe. Just wander the streets of this beautiful city on your own, explore the sights, museums and galleries.
2. Rila Monastery – Bulgaria
Rila Monastery is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is located in the mountains of Bulgaria. It is a place that keeps 1000 years of history. The monastery was founded in the 10th century and is known for its impressive frescoes and icons. It is precious not only with its beauty, it still keeps a large part of Bulgarian history and culture.
3. Matera – Italy
Matera is a city in southern Italy that is known for its ancient cave dwellings. The Sassi di Matera or the cave houses are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and offer a glimpse into the past. Visitors can explore the city’s narrow streets and enjoy the local cuisine.
4. Plitvice Lakes National Park – Croatia
The Plitvice Lakes is the oldest and the largest national park in the Republic of Croatia. The exceptional natural beauty of this area has always attracted nature lovers. It is known for its cascading lakes and waterfalls which are surrounded by lush forests.
5. Hallstatt – Austria
Hallstatt is a picture perfect town that is located in the Austrian Alps. Visit and discover this truly unique culture with such a history all in a breath-taking mountain setting.
The village Hallstatt is absolutely an unbelievably spectacular place.
6. Sintra – Portugal
Sintra is a magnificent town of marvelous historic mansions, fairytale like castles and palaces, all set against the backdrop of lush hills.
The town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is filled with stunning architecture and gardens.
7. Bergen – Norway
Bergen is located on the west coast of Norway in the heart of the fjords. As a UNESCO World Heritage City and a European City of Culture the Bergen region has the ideal combination of nature, culture and exciting urban life all year around.
8. Girona – Spain
Girona, located in Catalonia, Spain, sits between Barcelona and Costa Brava. It’s a gorgeous place to visit, with medieval walls, narrow winding city streets, and one of the best preserved Jewish Quarters in Europe.
The city’s old town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and offers a glimpse into the past.
9. Wroclaw – Poland
Wroclaw is a city that is located in southwestern Poland. With an idyllic location on the Odra River, the venerable city comprises 12 islands, 130 bridges and verdant riverside parks. The beautifully preserved Cathedral Island is a treat for lovers of Gothic architecture.
10. Dubrovnik – Croatia
Dubrovnik is a city that is located on the Adriatic Sea and is known for its medieval architecture and stunning sea views. It really is a stunning city with an amazing Old Town, which became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979.
The city is famously described as “the pearl of the Adriatic”.