5 European Places You Might Have Missed

Stunning views from Scuol

First-time visitors to Europe usually focus on visiting major cities like Paris, Barcelona and London, which is definitely a good idea since they’re awesome and popular for a reason.

But if you have a little bit of space in your itinerary to include some lesser known places, if only for a few days, then here are some that we really recommend…

Scuol, Switzerland

Scuol is a tiny village in one of Switzerland’s most beautiful areas called Graubünden.

Thanks to centuries of isolation, many things have remain unchanged, and the locals make a big effort to preserve their old traditions and way of life.

To give you an idea, children in Scuol only speak Romansch (an ancient local language only found in this area) until they’re 10 years old before they start to learn Swiss German.

Surrounded by steep mountains and nature, the chocolate box houses and cobblestoned streets of Scuol and nearby villages are irresistible – best of all, it’s a great place to visit at any time of the year!

Bled, Slovenia

Gorgeous views from Bled

Set below a mountain with a cliff-clinging castle, and next to a turquoise crystal clear lake with a legendary church on an island, Bled is as close to a fairytale place as we have ever seen.

Although the town itself is very small, there is a lot to do in the area, and don’t forget to ring the bell in the church on the island – it supposedly brings you good luck!

An impressive travel photo from Zagreb

Zagreb, Croatia

Croatia is becoming more and more popular as a beach destination, but few people seem to leave the coastline and explore the country’s inland, including Zagreb, the capital city.

From the local farmers market, a medieval old town and an awesome pub street, Zagreb has a little bit of everything, and the friendly locals make the experience even better.

We found Zagreb to be full of quirkiness and beauty, from the 12 o’clock cannon shoot and extravagant changing of the guards, to the most beautiful cemetery in Europe.

Street scene from Sighisoara

Sighisoara, Romania

Romania is a country we would love to see more of, and the small town Sighisoara is as cute as it gets.

This tiny colorful village in Transylvania is one of the best preserved medieval villages in Europe and is declared a World Heritage Site.

With misty clouds slowly moving over the hills and dark forests, the scenery is one you could imagine vampires would live in. After all, Sighisoara is the birthplace of Dracula…

Scenic town views from Begamo

Bergamo, Italy

Italy has so many beautiful cities and we are far from finished exploring the country, but so far a city we’ve been to that doesn’t get enough credit is Bergamo in Lombardy.

With a spectacular view, beautiful old architecture, cute tavernas, squares and cobbled streets, the “Upper Town” is a very romantic place – and the food also happens to be some of the best we’ve had in Italy!

I hope you found these tips useful and that you take the opportunity to visit some of these places next time you travel to Europe!

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  1. Been to Bled (missed ringing the bell though) and Zagreb, and had to skip Sighisoara (because I missed ANOTHER bus) and Bergamo (I lived in Milan for a year and routinely caught flights from Bergamo… Just never got to see the city. Idiot me!). Guess I need to go back 😉

  2. says: maxim

    the polish cities of kracow and wroclaw are really top on my list. being an asian, those cities mesmerized me, in their architecture, culture and nightlife!

  3. Thanks for the great tips! I just started a travel blog that chronicles my use of travel social networks through random chance! I plan on taking your tips and putting them to great use! I hope that as many people you have commenting here will see my blog!

  4. says: Victoria

    Bled in Slovenia was my number 1 destination on a European adventure in 2010. Magnificent scenery, friendly people and wonderful food, what more could you ask for? The others on your list look well worthwhile, I look forward to checking them out!

  5. says: Fida

    You sure have chosen some of the most beautiful spots. And of course, I am happy to see that you like Scuol/Schuls in my home canton of Graubünden 🙂 I love Bergamo, and I think it gets way too little credit…

  6. says: Fida

    You sure have chosen some of the most beautiful spots. And of course, I like to see that you like Scuol/Schuls in my home Canton of Graubünden 🙂 And as you, I am fascinated by Bergamo and I think it gets way too little recognition.

  7. says: George

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  8. says: Sam Jones

    Will definitely check out Bergamo! It’s hard to choose interesting destinations when all the major tourist traps have the most information about them in the first place. Ah well, cheers!

  9. says: Andrew

    I’ve been to and quite liked Zagreb. I’ve heard of the part of Switzerland that speaks Romansch, but never been there. Will even have to look up exactly where it is.

    Europe is definitely a place with very established tourist lanes that get pounded a lot. There is nearly nowhere that is off the track, but a lot that is underrated. I actually think most of Germany is underrated in favor of warmer areas to the south.

  10. Bergamo is a wonderful little town. Ryanair fly into Bergamo instead of Milan, so it’s actually the first place I visited in Italy and it was a great introduction to the country. I spent a day there just wandering the streets, admiring the views and drinking hot chocolate. I’d definitely recommend it!

  11. says: Pernilla

    Thank you for putting some more light on a few lesser known places. I have not been to any of them yet, put I’ll definitely keep them in mind on my next Europe trip since they seems well worth visiting.

  12. says: Maria

    Croatia is popping up everywhere over the last couple of years. Seems like an excellent destination. Love all the suggestions you listed here. Kudos