10 Most Beautiful and Underrated Cities in Europe

It’s no secret that Paris, Rome, Barcelona and Berlin are amazing cities rich with beautiful architecture, unparalleled history, amazing culture and much more. However, Europe is rich with many other wonderful cities that tend to fly a little under the radar of the average tourist. Traveling to a slightly more obscure city can be as great of an experience as hitting the capitals and bustling metropolises. Here are 10 of our favorites:

10. Heidelberg, Germany

Heidelberg Germany
Heidelberg, Germany

Located in the valley of the Odenwald Mountains and on the banks of the River Neckar, Heidelberg is a picturesque and romantic German city. Heidelberg Castle is the most notable landmark in the city. The city is also known for its historic “old town,” the Philosopher’s Walk up the nearby mountains, many historic churches and the University of Heidelberg.

9. Bruges, Belgium

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Bruges, Belgium

While Bruges has become more of a destination since the release of the film In Bruges in 2008, the city still lies in the shadows of Antwerp and Brussels when it comes to Belgian destinations. This historic port city is best known for its medieval architecture and numerous canals and sometimes dubbed “The Venice of the North.” Michelangelo’s Madonna and Child sculpture is located in Bruges.

8. Ferrara, Italy

Ferrara Italy
Ferrara, Italy

Ferrara is famous for being surrounded by over nine kilometers of ancient walls. The city also contains palaces dating back to the 14th and 15th centuries, amazing cathedrals and broad streets perfect for strolling through and taking in the sights. Ferrara has also been home to many writers, artists and musicians throughout its rich history.

7. Valencia, Spain

Valencia is the third largest city in Spain, located right on the Gulf of Valencia and in close proximity to Palma de Mallorca and Ibiza. The city’s historic winding streets, incredible architecture and amazing cathedrals make it a great destination. Valencia is also home to an enormous plaza and many famous museums and galleries.
Valencia Spain

6. Porto, Portugal

Porto shared the title as European Cultural Capital in 2001 for good reason. The city is home to numerous festivals throughout the year, such as St. John (late June) and Queima das Fitas (early May). Porto also has a long tradition in music, art and athletics, and is home to FC Porto among other football (soccer) clubs.
Porto Portugal

5. Biarritz, France

Located on the Bay of Biscay, Biarritz is a vibrant seaside city popular with tourists and surfers. The annual Biarritz Surf Festival attracts surfers and fans from all over the world. Biarritz is also located in French Basque Country and just minutes from the border of Spain.
Biarritz France

4. Innsbruck, Austria

Innsbruck is unique in that it hosted the Winter Olympic Games twice (both in 1964 and 1976). The Alpine location makes Innsbruck a hot sport for winter sports as well as hiking, climbing and mountain biking during the summer months. Innsbruck is also home to many museums, castles and historic sites.
Innsbruck, Austria

3. Gothenburg, Sweden

Gothenburg is known as a large university city and is home to cool festivals including the Gothenburg International Film Festival and music festivals Way Out West and Metaltown. The city is known for its rich Scandinavian architecture, museums, sports and rich cultural history.
Gothenburg, Sweden

2. Budapest, Hungary

Although Budapest is the largest city and capital of Hungary, it’s still often overlooked on the itineraries of many tourists. The neo-Gothic Parliament building is a must-see, as are Castle Hill and the Castle District. No trip to Budapest is complete without a stroll down the banks of the historic River Danube.
Budapest

1. Copenhagen, Denmark

While most tourists tend to stick to southern and western Europe, Copenhagen is a destination not to be missed. With historic roots going back to its early days as a Viking fishing village, the sights and architecture are a unique treasure to behold. There are also many beaches surround the city that are a little known secret to add to any great summer vacation.
Copenhagan Denmark

City of Love: 10 Romantic Ideas for Your Trip to Paris

Paris is synonymous with romance. The two words go hand in hand just like lovers down the banks of the lovely Seine. Paris provides the perfect backdrop for rekindling romance or igniting passion in couples from around the world. Experience romance that can only be found in Paris by visiting these ten places where romance overflows like a freshly popped bottle of Dom Perignon.

1. Pont des Arts 

Known as one of the most breathtaking and romantic views in the entire world, the Pont des Arts offers panoramic views of famous Paris sights like the Louvre, Ile de la Cite, and Notre Dame. With the colors of the river Seine dancing in the twilight, this is the perfect place to stare in amazement at the beauty of your lover’s eyes.

Pont des Arts Paris
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2. Jardins du Trocadero

A kiss atop the Eiffel Tower is undoubtedly romantic, but there is no need to wait until you reach the top. Find a cozy spot in the Trocadero Gardens, snuggle up to a magnificent view of the Eiffel Tower at the top of the hour when it comes to life for ten minutes, and engage in a passionate kiss. Don’t be surprised if you’re not the only couple finding romance in this well-known “make out” location.

Jardins du Trocadero Paris

3. Pont-Marie

Legend has it that anyone who kisses under the “bridge of lovers” and makes a wish for eternal love will have their wish granted. You can take a riverboat up the Seine and ensure your love will last a lifetime by kissing your loved one under the Pont-Marie.

Pont-Marie Paris

4. Parc des Buttes-Chaumont

Complete with dramatic cliffs, waterfalls, and grottos, this vast Parisian park provides an idyllic setting for a romantic kiss. Climb up to the cabin that overlooks the forested landscape of the park and prepare yourself for a memorable kiss on a cliff that overlooks the Paris skyline.

Parc des Buttes-Chaumont Paris

5. Laperouse

This elegant and extremely romantic restaurant situated on the Seine has a history of romantic liaisons. The private dining salons, complete with plush red velvet couches, offer a romantic escape where you can indulge in a decadent French feast and whatever else you please. The maître d’ will leave you in complete privacy until you summon him by pulling a cord. It doesn’t get much more romantic than that.

Romantic Dinner

6. Wall of Love

Whisper sweet nothings into your lover’s ear at Le mur des je t’aime, where thousands of lovers have done so in the past. The Wall of Love is a beautiful mural that pays homage to the notion of love and romance. The mural features the words “I Love You” inscribed in over 300 languages and red slashes that symbolize broken hearts.

Wall of Love Paris

7. De Medici Fountain at the Luxembourg Gardens

Escape the hustle and bustle of the popular Luxembourg Gardens by stealing away to the forested alcove that houses the Medici Fountain. Surrounded by untamed trees and beautiful foliage, the private Medici Fountain is a lush and private oasis that provides the perfect backdrop for a passionate embrace.

De Medici Fountain at the Luxembourg Gardens Paris

8. Hotel de Ville

Here, you can recreate the famous Kiss on the Sidewalk that helped establish Paris as the City of Love. This iconic photo can be found for sale throughout Paris, but why not make your own. Simply grab a seat at the sidewalk table that is located directly under the letter “C” at the Hotel de Ville Café and engage in a passionate kiss that will be remembered forever.

Hotel de Ville Paris
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9. Musee Carnavalet

This famous Parisian property has a history that is steeped in romance, love, and intrigue. According to local legend, you should indulge in romantic activities in the private hallways or secluded gardens of this elegant estate and soak up the undeniable passion that the decadent mansion has witnessed over the last 500 years.

Musee Carnavalet Paris
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10. Tuileries Gardens

Located outside of the famous Louvre, the Tuileries Gardens have been a rendezvous point for lovers throughout history. During the 18th century, Parisians would mourn rainy days, because the gardens would be locked up, ruining the encounters they had planned for the day. Today, you can hold hands at a Tuileries outdoor café and take a romantic stroll through the gardens that lead to the Champs-Elysees.

Tuileries Gardens Paris