Europe's Hidden Gems: The 20 Most Underrated Places To Visit

20 underrated places to visit in Europe

Europe, with its rich history, diverse cultures, and breathtaking landscapes, is a traveler's paradise. While iconic destinations like Paris, Rome, and London often steal the spotlight, there are numerous hidden gems scattered across the continent waiting to be discovered. From charming medieval towns to pristine natural wonders, Europe offers plenty of underrated destinations that promise unforgettable experiences. Here's a list of the 20 most underrated places to visit in Europe, each deserving of a spot on your travel itinerary.

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Lake Bled, SloveniaFreepik

Bled, Slovenia 

Set against the backdrop of the Julian Alps, Lake Bled is a picture-perfect destination that exudes natural beauty and serenity. Visitors can explore the fairy-tale island with its iconic church, hike to the medieval castle perched on a cliff, or simply relax by the tranquil waters.

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Tallinn, Estonia 

Estonia's capital city is a treasure trove of medieval architecture and Nordic beauty. Explore the cobblestone streets of the Old Town, where Gothic spires and ancient city walls transport you back in time. Climb Toompea Hill for panoramic views of the city and the Baltic Sea beyond.

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Cityscape of Porto, PortugalFreepik

Porto, Portugal 

With its winding streets, tiled facades, and scenic riverside views, Porto captivates visitors with its old-world charm. Wander through the historic Ribeira district, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and sample the city's renowned port wine in one of the local cellars.

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Related: Portugal Travel Guide: Everything You Need To Know

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Bologna, Italy 

Often overshadowed by its more famous Italian counterparts, Bologna is a city that delights visitors with its rich history, vibrant culture, and culinary delights. Known as "La Dotta" (the learned) for its prestigious university, "La Grassa" (the fat) for its delectable cuisine, and "La Rossa" (the red) for its terracotta rooftops, Bologna offers a fascinating blend of tradition and modernity.

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Related: Italy Travel Guide: Everything You Need To Know

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Bratislava, Slovakia 

Nestled along the Danube River, Bratislava enchants visitors with its fairytale-like charm and rich history. Explore the cobbled streets of the Old Town, adorned with colorful buildings and quaint cafes. Don't miss the iconic Bratislava Castle, offering panoramic views of the cityscape below.

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Houses along a canal in Bruges, BelgiumFreepik

Bruges, Belgium 

Nestled in the heart of Flanders, Bruges is a postcard-perfect city renowned for its well-preserved medieval architecture, tranquil canals, and cobblestone streets. Visitors can explore its charming squares, visit the historic Belfry Tower, and indulge in delicious Belgian chocolate.

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Ronda, Spain 

Perched dramatically atop a towering gorge, Ronda is a picturesque town in Andalusia that offers breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside. Its rich history, Moorish influence, and scenic landscapes make it a hidden gem worth exploring.

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Related: Spain Travel Guide: Everything You Need To Know

Hallstat Austria, bordered by a lake and mountainsFreepik

Hallstatt, Austria 

Nestled on the shores of Lake Hallstatt and surrounded by the Austrian Alps, Hallstatt is a picture-perfect village straight out of a storybook. Visitors can wander its narrow streets, explore ancient salt mines, and soak in the stunning alpine scenery.

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Aerial view of Brasov, RomaniaFreepik

Brasov, Romania 

Nestled in the heart of Transylvania, Brasov is a captivating city surrounded by the Carpathian Mountains. Its medieval charm, with cobblestone streets and Gothic architecture, offers a glimpse into Romania's rich history and folklore. Visitors can explore the imposing Bran Castle, delve into local legends, and take in panoramic views from the towering Black Church.

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Traditional houses and mountains in Bergen, NorwayUnsplash

Bergen, Norway 

Surrounded by majestic fjords and colorful wooden houses, Bergen is a scenic coastal city that serves as the gateway to Norway's stunning natural wonders. Visitors can explore its historic harbor, ride the funicular to Mount Fløyen, and sample fresh seafood at the bustling fish market.

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Town, mountains, and a waterfall in Lauterbrunnen Valley, SwitzerlandUnsplash

Lauterbrunnen Valley, Switzerland 

Tucked away in the Swiss Alps, Lauterbrunnen Valley is a hidden paradise of cascading waterfalls, verdant meadows, and snow-capped peaks. Visitors can hike, ski, or simply marvel at the awe-inspiring natural beauty of this alpine wonderland.

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Related: Switzerland Travel Guide: Everything You Need To Know

Buildings along the waterfront in Gdańsk, PolandFreepik

Gdańsk, Poland 

With its colorful facades, historic shipyards, and bustling waterfront, Gdansk is a hidden gem on Poland's Baltic coast. Visitors can stroll along the Royal Way, explore the medieval Old Town, and learn about the city's rich maritime history.

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Aerial view of Kotor, MontenegroFreepik

Kotor, Montenegro 

Nestled between towering mountains and a tranquil bay, Kotor is a hidden gem on the Adriatic coast, renowned for its well-preserved medieval architecture and stunning scenery. Visitors can wander its maze-like streets, climb to the top of the ancient city walls, and soak in the panoramic views.

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Ancient fortifications in Valletta, MaltaFreepik

Valletta, Malta 

The fortified city of Valletta is a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its rich history, stunning architecture, and vibrant cultural scene. Visitors can wander through its narrow streets, admire Baroque palaces and churches, and soak in the Mediterranean charm of this enchanting capital.

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Paddleboats in Verdon Gorge, FranceFreepik

Verdon Gorge, France 

Often referred to as the "Grand Canyon of Europe," the Verdon Gorge is a natural wonderland of towering cliffs, turquoise waters, and lush greenery. Visitors can hike along its scenic trails, paddle through its emerald waters, or simply marvel at the breathtaking vistas.

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Related: France Travel Guide: Everything You Need To Know

Plaza with a fountain in Valencia, SpainFreepik

Valencia, Spain 

Known for its futuristic architecture, sandy beaches, and vibrant cultural scene, Valencia offers a blend of tradition and modernity. Visit the futuristic City of Arts and Sciences, stroll through the historic city center, and savor authentic paella overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.

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Šibenik, Croatia 

Tucked away on Croatia's Dalmatian Coast, Šibenik enchants visitors with its medieval architecture and coastal beauty. Marvel at the intricate stonework of St. James Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and soak up the sun on the nearby beaches of the Adriatic Sea.

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Related: Croatia Travel Guide: Everything You Need To Know

Ruins of Urquhart Castle in Inverness, ScotlandUnsplash

Inverness, Scotland 

Gateway to the Scottish Highlands, Inverness is a picturesque city surrounded by rugged landscapes and ancient history. Explore the ruins of Urquhart Castle overlooking Loch Ness, embark on a scenic drive along the North Coast 500 route, and immerse yourself in the region's rich Gaelic culture.

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Related: UK Travel Guide: Everything You Need To Know

Aerial view of Plovdiv, BulgariaFreepik

Plovdiv, Bulgaria 

One of Europe's oldest continuously inhabited cities, Plovdiv is a hidden gem in the heart of Bulgaria known for its ancient ruins, charming old town, and vibrant arts scene. Visitors can explore its Roman amphitheater, stroll along its cobblestone streets, and discover why Plovdiv is a cultural capital of Europe.

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Aerial view of Riga, LatviaFreepik

Riga, Latvia 

The capital of Latvia, Riga, is a vibrant metropolis renowned for its captivating architecture and dynamic cultural scene. Explore the medieval Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, wander through the Art Nouveau district, and soak up the city's lively atmosphere.

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