Cities in Europe: 6 underrated cities you should visit is written by Stefan Slothuus
Underrated cities in Europe
In this guide to cities in Europe, we have ignored the famous big cities like Paris, London, Berlin og Madrid. Of course, they are all worth a visit in their own way. Instead, we focus on the medium-sized cities, which may be a little more unknown, but have a lot to offer.
We start by being inspired by more than a hundred thousand readers of the American magazine Condé Nast Traveler, which ranks their three favorites. Next, here at the editorial office, we will present our bids for three other European cities, which should be added must-see-listen.
Basel - The cultural stronghold of Switzerland
The Swiss city is right where France, Germany og Switzerland meet. Therefore, it is possibly best known as a staging post between these countries when traveling. However, it is a shame as the city has a lot to offer in itself.
Basel is the country's cultural stronghold with its many museums and theaters. And then it is a joy to move around in the charming cobbled alleys, where the Rhine idyllically winds through the city.
Lucerne - Swiss aesthetics and magnificent mountains
We stay in the Swiss idyll and move into the middle of the country where Lucerne is located.
Lucerne is somewhat smaller than Basel, but is almost the image of the classic Swiss aesthetic. The architecture is distinctive with its colorful style that mixes the historic and modern.
It is also seen by Europe's oldest covered bridge, the Kapellbrücke. Here you can cross Lake Lucerne and the mouth of the river Reuss, which is the link between the old and new district.
The city is also located at the foot of the mighty Alps, which can be seen from there. Therefore, it is also a popular starting point for expeditions in the mountains.
Salzburg - Home of Mozart
We are still in the German-speaking part of Europe, where Salzburg is indispensable. Here at the editorial office, we are also enthusiastic about Austria, which is a magnet for Danish ski enthusiasts. But Austria is definitely worth a visit in the sunnier months of the year, which is why Salzburg is in our city guide.
The city is home to Mozart and the immortal Oscar-winning musical Sound of Music. Therefore, it is also a popular destination for musical and cultural connoisseurs. In addition, the city is surrounded by beautiful nature and sights that are worth all the money.
Not far from Salzburg you will find St Johann in Salzburg, which with its beautiful nature and landscape is also worth a visit.
Cities in Europe - The editorial staff recommends
The other favorites on their city guide are German Cologne, Italian Florence and Venice, Portuguese Porto, Scottish Edinburgh, Swedish Stockholm and Spanish Sevilla. Below are our bids for overlooked destinations.
Vilnius - A capital full of history
Our first contribution to our own city guide is Lithuania capital, Vilnius. A really nice city with an exciting history. It is also especially suitable if the wallet is not completely filled up, as the city generally has friendly prices - even at its otherwise surprisingly good restaurants.
Take a look back in time at the Genocide Museum in the former KGB headquarters, or stroll around the city's cozy alleys with its many churches and other historical monuments.
Aix-en-Provence - French charm and culture
We could not make this list without including a city from diverse France, which is a travel mecca for everyone. The choice fell on the Provencal city of Aix-en-Provence. The Romans loved the city in its time, and so do both locals and tourists now.
The whole atmosphere of the city oozes Provencal culture with its wine, olive oil, cheese, architecture and music. A definite opposite to the otherwise common everyday life in stress and hustle. Therefore, it is an optimal destination if you need to get completely down to gear with good food and drink. A clear recommendation from here.
Ghent - One of the ancient cities of the Middle Ages in Europe
The last city in our city guide is Ghent. Belgium is generally an overlooked travel country. Where Brussels and the French-speaking region of Wallonia may be a bit trivial and at times uncharming, there is certainly something to catch up on in the northern Flemish part of the country.
Here you will find Ghent, which is located between two perhaps more famous destinations: Antwerp and Bruges. Ghent has a charming soul with architecture that testifies to an ancient and historic city.
Where in the Middle Ages it was Europe's second largest city, today it is much more modern than that. The many young residents of the city's large university create a lively atmosphere. You can therefore find many hip shops, cocktail bars and pubs, where there is especially a wealth of good local Belgian beers.
If you approach the cozy old harbor in the city center, your mouth runs in the water of the countless waffle houses - surrounded by historical monuments and churches. So you get all the best from an otherwise divided nation.
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