It’s so clichéd to want to visit Paris, London, or Rome whenever planning a voyage to Europe. However, there are many other wonderful and less crowded European cities out there to experience. A recent survey just came out listing nine less popular European cities that are totally worth planning a trip around. While these cities may not have as much cachet as other European cities, they do offer authentic cultural experiences far away from the hordes of tourists.
For those traveling to Germany, perhaps instead of going to Berlin you could plan to explore Munich. Munich is a wonderful metropolis with plenty of wonderful cultural gems to marvel over. First, everyone in Munich must see the beautiful English Garden, one of the prettiest and largest gardens in all of Germany. You can also take in the whole city from the top of the Olympiapark tower. For those who love churches, Munich has many to take in, including St. Peter’s Church, Asam’s Church, and the Theatine Church of St. Cajetan.
Another interesting entry into this list is Zürich, Switzerland. Most people assume that Zürich is only for old fogies involved in finance, but most visitors here are pleasantly surprised to find this grand Swiss city has a lot of spunk. While most people traveling to Switzerland head to the capital city of Bern, Zürich is full of energy and dynamism, especially with its youthful art scene and its 500-plus bars.
Instead of visiting Madrid or Barcelona, this new study suggests taking a stop in Valencia on your next trip to Spain. Valencia is the third-largest city in Spain, which means it is far easier to navigate than the more popular Spanish tourist traps. Valencia’s Mercado Central will give you all the flavors of a true Spanish market without the overpowering crowds. Anyone who wants to experience the “Old World” will be satisfied with Valencia’s Church of San Nicolas, and those interested in the “New Age” will just fall in love with Valencia’s unique City of the Arts and Sciences museum.
The other cities that made this list include Budapest, Hungary; Antwerp, Belgium; Zagreb, Croatia; Helsinki, Finland; Riga, Latvia; and Marseille, France. Most of these cities are well-known only to more experienced European adventurers. So, be sure to take a peek at all of these suggested travel locations before finalizing your next trip to Europe.