Europe is full of outstanding travel. From the cheap and cheerful stops to the grand and extravagant, Europe has it all. However most tourist each year land in the same places and wear down an already beaten path. Paris, Madrid, Berlin, Amsterdam to name a few of these giant tourist traps. Fair enough, these destinations are amazing places. However, it does leave us with whole unexplored areas. Getting to these places and exploring these hidden gems is exciting stuff. They are diverse in what they have to offer so you should spend some time checking them out.

Let us give you the lowdown on a selection of lesser travelled locations.

1. Kotor, Montenegro

This stunning country declared its independence in 2006. You can forgive even the most seasoned of travellers for not knowing the what Montenegro has to offer. Kotor is a coastal town which borders the Adriatic Sea. Travellers can expect to be transported back in time as they touch down. The entire city is now a UNESCO world heritage site. You will get lost in the middle age vibe of this hidden gem as you wander through museums, cafes, squares and churches. This is one you won’t want to miss.

2. San Marino

This one might not be being visited because it’s so small on the map. San Marino clocks in at a tiny 60 square kilometres! Ok there might not be much to do in such a small place, so most visitors will only stay overnight. Castles, basilicas, squares and delicious food can be experienced here all in one day. Take the chance, you won’t regret it.

3. Chisinau, Moldova

Chisinau is the capital of Moldova and is one of the least travels cities in Europe. Travel here is little difficult thanks to it being stuck between Ukraine and Romania but don’t let that throw you. You can really get one up on your buddies by ticking this one off the bucket list. You can check out some very cool communist style architecture if that sort of thing interests you. The area is also renowned for its wineries!

4. Hamburg, Germany

Hamburg is an often forgotten German city. Travelling here is easy so you should definitely add it to your European itinerary. The city has a proud history displayed throughout its many museums. It is built on a river which connects it to the North Sea meaning there is plenty of delicious seafood to try also! Hamburg is Germany’s wealthiest too. There is a large shopping district to enjoy because of it. Wrap all this up with stunning architecture and a youthful bar and nightclub scene, Hamburg is a European city you need to get to.

5. Galway, Ireland

Most people who travel to Ireland like to settle into Dublin. The college town isn’t overly big but has a great bohemian vibe. Walking around it is hard not see quirky shops and coffee shops as well as street performers. It also has some excellent pubs where you can enjoy traditional Irish music and a pint of Guinness. During the summer you can enjoy the arts festival, which adds comedy, theatre and dance to an already eclectic mix in Galway.

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6. Vilnius, Lithuania

Most people hit Prague or Budapest when moving around this area. Vilnius was the European capital of culture in 2009 has a lot to offer and remains relatively cheap. Any history enthusiasts should add this to their plans. The city shows of plenty of elegant baroque architecture including theatres and squares. Such is the extent of the baroque features it is another UNESCO world heritage site. Once here go check out of the most exciting sites, not only here, but in Europe is the Hill of Crosses in Šiauliai. This site is one to make your jaw drop in awe- there are literally thousand of crosses staked into the ground!


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