Europe’s population of over 740 million people is scattered all over the Old Continent’s 10,180,000 square kilometres. Within them, centuries of history can be seen at every turn. You’ve of course heard of the ancient city of Rome, founded in 753 BC, as well as romantic 2000-year-old Paris. But there are some incredible places in Europe you probably haven’t heard of, but should really visit. Here are 10 of them:
1. Lake Bled, Slovenia
Located in the northwestern region of Slovenia, the lake will surely take your breath away. For some, it is regarded as the most romantic lake in the world and an absolute must when visiting the country. Once there, we recommend taking a boat ride in the traditional Pletna boat to the island located in the middle of the lake.
2. Sirmione, Italy
The enchanting town of Sirmione is one of the most popular places to go to on Lake Garda. Regarded as “the pearl of the islands and peninsulas”, Sirmione is renowned for the healing properties of its thermal waters.
3. Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Although many tourists fled to the coastlines of Croatia and Montengro, make sure to include this place when embarking on your Balkan adventure. This Bosnian town is famous for its 16th century, Ottoman-style bridge; a symbol of the coexistence between cultural diversities.
4. Èze, France
This beautiful medieval village is located on the French Riviera and although you may know the likes of Cannes and Nice, if you want to get the best viewpoint in town, then stroll up to the Exotic Gardens – that‘s the place to go.
5. Lausanne, Switzerland
Considered the cultural centre of Switzerland, this beautiful lakeside Swiss town is smaller but livelier than it’s better-known neighbour, Geneva. Built on three hills and surrounded by vineyard-covered slopes, Lausanne is dominated by the cathedral, an outstanding early Gothic structure.
6. San Marino
Never heard of San Marino? Don’t worry, many haven‘t. The 5th smallest country in the world, which is surrounded by Italy’s Emilia-Romagna, is a must for lovers of picturesque landscapes.
7. Hallstatt, Austria
For many, this small Austrian town of Hallstatt is regarded as the most beautiful in Europe. This World Heritage site, situated on Lake Hallstatt, is known for having the oldest salt mine in the world. Spend time discovering the spectacular cave world and be sure to take a picturesque boat ride on the lake.
8. Kutna Hora, Czech Republic
This Czech city is only an hour from Prague, but known for something quite bizarre! The town is home to the “Bone Church”, or Sedlec Ossuary, with the bones of up to 40,000 people inside.
9. Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany
So you’ve heard of Munich and Berlin, but I’m pretty sure you’ve not heard of Rothenburg ob der Tauber. This German town is considered the most perfectly preserved medieval town in Europe and definitely worth a visit the next time you’re in Germany.
10. Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
There is so much to see and do in Croatia, but the Plitvice Lakes National Park should be right up there on your bucket list! This UNESCO Heritage Site is famous for its breathtaking views, natural beauty, and stunning collection of lakes.
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