Discover the top five countries in Europe you may never have visited, with our list of interesting countries that may have flown under your radar…
France, Italy and Spain are some of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. However, did you know that there are several less well known, but just as beautiful destinations in Europe that a lot fewer tourists visit?
Instead of following massive crowds, why not pick one of these alternative destinations for your next Europe trip? Here’s our list of the top five countries in Europe you may never have visited before…
1 – Lithuania
Lithuania offers a number of attractive destinations for visitors. Explore this magical country and you’ll discover a place filled with natural beauty. Here are some ideas for a trip to Lithuania.
Lithuania’s capital, Vilnius, is one of the oldest cities in Europe. You can enjoy a bus tour of the city or take a walking tour, but whatever you choose, you’ll get to see some beautiful old buildings. It’s a history lover’s dream! Vilnius also offers exciting nightlife and top restaurants that offer both the international and local dishes.
Take a trip to Trakai
Close to Vilnius lies Trakai, a beautiful lake resort. Dating back to the 13th century, Trakai is often a nice choice for a day trip, especially for tourists who want to go out and into nature.
Explore Kaunas – Lithuania’s second city
Both Keri and Karis have visited Kaunas in recent years. Lithuania’s second largest city also has its own beautiful old town, and several beautiful hisotrical buildings to visit. It’s also known for its wide selection of museums, including a couple of particularly quirky finds, such as the Devil Museum.
2 – Slovenia
Second on our list of the best overlooked Europe destinations is Slovenia. This mountainous country is located in central Europe and is known for its natural beauty. There are several popular short breaks in Slovenia you should consider, including the following…
Triglav Hiking Experience
One of the commonly visited areas is Slovenia is Triglav National Park. From short walks to technical treks, this area has the choicest scenery for the hikers as you walk alongside the beautiful Soca River and look over to the Julian Alps.
The small city of Ljubljana is Slovenia’s capital, and well worth a visit in its own right. However, one of the country’s most popular sites has become Lake Bled. Truly Insta-worthy, it was even nominated as one of the seven new wonders of the world!
It’s easy to take a day trip to Lake Bled from Ljubljana and you can pop over to the beautiful island via traditional rowing boat to visit the castle and historic church – ringing its bell is supposed to make all your wishes come true!
3 – Poland
Poland is one of the cheapest countries to visit in Europe. Now’s the time to visit cities like Warsaw, Gdansk and Krakow before the crowds get too big as Poland’s attracting thousands of first-time visitors every month. Away from the cities, there are plenty of other amazing places to explore.
Sail around the Great Masurian Lakes
Towards the Northeastern part of Poland, lie the great Masurian Lakes – Poland’s ‘Lake District’. Characterided by rolling hills and forest, there are several quaint towns and farms to travel through. Of course, with over 15% of the region covered by water, it’s also a great destination for a sailing holiday!
Go adventuring in the Carpathian Mountains
In the far south of Poland is the Carpathian Mountains, a great hiking destination. The Karkonosze range in the southwest is an ideal location for mountain biking. For ski fans, Zakopane is located at the foot of the Tatras, and another great place to visit.
Visit Lublin’s old town
The historic Old Town in Lublin is something really special. The contrast between the old and the new makes it unique as it’s also filled with modern bars, cafés, and restaurants. Don’t forget to visit Zamość too. It’s an hour drive South East of Lublin and considered was designed to be the ‘perfect city’.
4 – Montenegro
This Balkan country is another overlooked European destination. The mountainous country offers epic scenery and cute little villages – oh, and it’s home to the Casino Royale!
Nightlife in the country’s capital
Podgorica is Montenegro’s capital and offers exciting nightlife for visitors. Locals and visitors mix in the bars and clubs while you can savour local delicacies in some of the city’s finest restaurants.
Rugged Durmitor National Park
Awarded UNESCO World Natural Heritage status, Durmitor National Park features various hidden gems. From the high peaks and glacial landscapes through to its dense pine forest, the park has become a top spot for nature lovers.
5 – Romania
Southeast of Europe, you will find the beautiful country of Romania, which features stunning mountains and classical old towns.
Romania’s most beautiful castle
Peles Castle is located at the base of the Carpathian Mountains. Built in the late 19th century, it is considered a great Romanian engineering masterpiece. The castle has a distinctly German character and it is one of the most exquisite castles in Europe.
Delve into Romania’s tumultuous past
Even Romania’s capital isn’t overrun by tourists, but it’s a hugely engaging city if history’s your thing. When Keri visited, she took part in an Ashes of Communism walking tour, where she learnt about the city’s violent revolution back in the 80s and saw with her own eyes the scars it still bears – bullet holes still mark several of the city’s must beautiful buildings…
The Top Five Countries in Europe You May Never Have Visited
These five countries are actually among the cheapest travel destinations in Europe, but as you can see, that’s not just the reason to book a trip to any of them! Each offers gorgeous countryside, interesting cities and heaps of history. Go book that trip right now!
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