Top 20 Cheap Countries in Europe to Visit for Shoestring Travelers

Top 20 Cheap Countries in Europe to Visit for Shoestring Travelers

As an avid shoestring traveler with nuanced tastes, I am always pulled towards countries where I can live large on my small budget. Whether I am looking for a longer stay destination or a weekend break in Europe, I take special note of the prices of hostels or hotels in the main tourist towns and the average prices for drinks and food. Choosing a cheaper destination can save you anywhere between $20-$50 a day on accommodations, drinks, and food. When I begin to look for my next destination I look for beautiful landscapes and architecture to explore on my (rather small) budget. If these cheap countries in Europe aren’t on your list now, add them now – your bank account will thank you.

These destinations are often less popular tourist destinations and some of the hidden gems in Europe which mean more time for me to get to know locals and enjoy less crowded beaches. While I always like to spend a few days in the bigger cities, visiting the less known cities and outdoor-enthusiast destinations is sometimes more gratifying for me, and my wallet. Offering beautiful views of mountains, coastlines, and lakes these destinations are one of a kind and won’t break your budget.

Cheap Countries in Europe to Visit for Budget Travelers

Underrated Countries in Europe

1. Poland

Want to enjoy the very best that Eastern Europe has to offer? Visit Poland. This culturally rich country provides countless hikes for outdoors-lovers and a great nightlife for the night owls. If you want to escape the real world, go on a hike or a camping trip to the Tatra Mountains. Or if you are looking for a city getaway catch the next train to Warsaw or Krakow. Both cities let you absorb the rich history and culture of Poland.


Local Currency: Polish Zloty (conversions: xe.com)
Average food budget per day: 5-10USD
Suggested daily budget: 25-35USD
Accommodation per night: 14-18USD/person

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2. Romania

Planning your cheap European vacation? Be sure to put Cluj, Romania on your list. Not only does this city host great nightlife, but there are a plethora of daytime excursions to nearby towns that are sure to excite you. Visit the Turda Salt Mine, this expansive mine was opened to visitors in the 1990s and provides you with a glimpse into the extensive mining industry in Romania.


Local Currency: Romanian Leu (conversions: xe.com)
Average food budget per day: 15USD
Suggested daily budget: 40-50USD
Accommodation per night: 10-15USD/person

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3. Hungary

When deciding where to travel in Europe, Budapest is an essential. But, there is so much more to Hungary than just Budapest. While Budapest is extremely cheap and should be visited, take a few days to explore Drebecen. In Drebecen you’ll find that food and accommodations are cheaper than Budapest but the views and opportunities to explore are just as stunning as Budapest.


Local Currency: Hungarian Forint (conversions: xe.com)
Average food budget per day: 15USD
Suggested daily budget: 35-45USD
Accommodation per night: 19-25USD/person

Underrated Countries in Europe

4. Slovakia

Slovakia has a myriad of museums and stunning architecture to explore. But, if you’re looking to expand your beer and wine pallet on a budget – Slovakia is your dream come true. Head to the small town of Modra where just about every house has a vineyard. Be sure to check out local distilleries and microbreweries.


Local Currency: Euros (conversions: xe.com)
Average food budget per day: 10-15USD
Suggested daily budget: 30-40USD
Accommodation per night: 20-25USD/person

Underrated Countries in Europe

5. Lithuania

Branching out of Vilnius, go camping on the Curonian Spit. This long sand dune extends into the Baltic Sea and is the perfect place to escape the world. Or, stay in a cottage in Nida – the largest town on the split where you can enjoy the Lithuanian Summer with locals.


Local Currency: Euros (conversions: xe.com)
Average food budget per day: 10-15USD
Suggested daily budget: 30-40USD
Accommodation per night: 16-20USD/person

Cheap Countries in Europe to Visit

6. Greece

Greece can easily be done cheap; you just have to be careful not to fall into the traps! Santorini, arguably one of the top romantic destinations is Europe can be enjoyed on any budget. If you avoid sea-view restaurants and book your hotel or hostel in advance you can explore, swim and dive into this awe-inspiring destination.


Local Currency: Euro (conversions: xe.com)
Average food budget per day: 12-18USD
Suggested daily budget: 45-55USD
Accommodation per night: 22-30USD/person

Underrated Countries in Europe

7. Bulgaria

If you’re looking for cheap countries to visit in Europe, Bulgaria has to be on your list. Beyond Sofia and Sunny Beach, head up to the Rila mountains. Visit the Seven Rila Lakes and stay at one of the numerous mountain lodges that host stunning overlooks of the lakes and mountains for a price that won’t break the bank. Head to the city of Plovdiv for beautiful examples of Roman architecture and visit one of the many cultural museums there.


Local Currency: Bulgarian Lev (conversions: xe.com)
Average food budget per day: 5-10USD
Suggested daily budget: 20-30USD
Accommodation per night: 11-15USD/person

Cheap Countries in Europe to Visit

8. Ukraine

In Ukraine, venture to Lviv – a lovely historic city in the West. From there, you can venture out to the smaller towns and villages next to the Carpathian Mountains. The atmosphere there is impossible to describe. There, you have the chance to be closer to the natural environment around you and enjoy the variety of views available to you. The locals there are extremely welcoming so don’t be afraid to ask for restaurant and accommodation advice.

NOTE: Tourists and travelers are asked to take extra precautions when visiting Ukraine as it is marked as an unsafe travel destionation from June 2016. Plan your route safely!


Local Currency: Ukranian Hryvnia (conversions: xe.com)
Average food budget per day: 3-5USD
Suggested daily budget: 30-40USD
Accommodation per night: 7-15USD/person

Underrated Countries in Europe

9. Montenegro

One of the most beautiful places to visit in the world, the Bay of Kotor is well preserved and accessible to travelers. Situated on Montenegro’s Adriatic coast, Kotor is a perfect place to soak in picturesque views of medieval architecture and the turquoise bay. In Montenegro, you’ll find accommodations and dine relatively cheap compared to many of its Mediterranean neighbors.


Local Currency: Euros (conversions: xe.com)
Average food budget per day: 10-15USD
Suggested daily budget: 30-40USD
Accommodation per night: 11-15USD/person

Cheap Countries in Europe to Visit

10. Portugal

While accommodations in this country may be a bit pricier than those previously listed, Portugal is without a doubt one of the best cheap destinations in Europe. For adventure and music lovers alike, head to Algarve where you can soak up the coastline in the day and drinking refreshing wines at night.


Local Currency: Euros (conversions: xe.com)
Average food budget per day: 12-15USD
Suggested daily budget: 45-55USD
Accommodation per night: 20-25USD/person

Cheap Countries in Europe to Visit

11. Czech Republic

Why does the Czech Republic land a spot on so many of my lists? Because this country has boundless opportunities for solo travelers and families alike. If you’ve been to Prague, journey out into the other wonderful cities that the Czech Republic has to offer. The romantic town of Český Krumlov is a great destination for a weekend getaway and because it’s out of the hustle and bustle of Prague, your euro will go even farther.


Local Currency: Czech Koruna (conversions: xe.com)
Average food budget per day: 8-12USD
Suggested daily budget: 35-45USD
Accommodation per night: 18-23USD/person

Underrated Countries in Europe

12. Albania

Perfect for a city break – visit the pastel capital city of Tirana. In Albania, you can eat for about 10 euros a day (drinks included!) while taking in the breathtaking architecture. But, a trip to Albania is incomplete without a stop in Saranda to visit the immaculate Blue Eye Spring. You can stay at a hotel with its own private beach and pool, or meet backpackers at the cheaper hostels nearby.


Local Currency: Albanian Lek (conversions: xe.com)
Average food budget per day: 6-10USD
Suggested daily budget: 20-30USD
Accommodation per night: 8-12USD/person

Cheap Countries in Europe to Visit

13. Croatia

For outdoor enthusiasts, travel to the island of Lastovo in Croatia. It’s the youngest nature park and furthermost inhabited island. Far away from the crowds, you can enjoy swimming in crystal clear blue seas during the day and star gazing at night. For city lovers, Zagreb is a perfect city break. Zagreb offers beautiful cathedrals and exceptional nightlife much like the other beautiful Balkan countries you must explore, too. You can also take a day tour to Plitvice Lakes National Park from big cities such as Dubrovnik and Split, as well.


Local Currency: Croatian Kuna (conversions: xe.com)
Average food budget per day: 9-15USD
Suggested daily budget: 30-40USD
Accommodation per night: 17-22USD/person

Cheap Countries in Europe to Visit

14. Turkey

In Istanbul, you can eat like a king for about 5 euros. This not to miss city is rich in culture, nightlife, and excellent foodie. Jump on a plane and make Istanbul your next city break. Wander through the grand bazaar in the morning and spend your afternoon exploring the extravagant blue mosque.


Local Currency: Turkish Lira (conversions: xe.com)
Average food budget per day: 4-10USD
Suggested daily budget: 15-25USD
Accommodation per night: 10-15USD/person

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15. Estonia

Estonia is located in the Baltics and its capital is Tallinn, a beautiful small city with a charming medieval fortress. A UNESCO World Heritage protected site, you’ll get a glimpse of what life used to be including vendors in old clothing, paved streets, and old buildings. A backpackers hub, you can make sure that your budget will do well in Estonia for what it is worth.


Local Currency: Euros (conversions: xe.com)
Average food budget per day: 7-12USD
Suggested daily budget: 25-35USD
Accommodation per night: 11-16USD/person

Underrated Countries in Europe

16. Macedonia

See the picturesque capital city, Skopje from above by visiting the Kale Fortress. Even better: you can get this amazing view of the city for free. Head down to the Old Bazaar if you are looking for to view beautiful mosques and markets. No matter where you end up in Skopje, this capital is sure to impress.


Local Currency: Macedonian Denar (conversions: xe.com)
Average food budget per day: 10-15USD
Suggested daily budget: 35-45USD
Accommodation per night: 22-28USD/person

Underrated Countries in Europe

17. Malta

This island country is full of hidden gems. Starting your trip in the cultural hub of Valletta, you can explore aged marketplaces and beautiful homes. The city is nothing short of beautiful. Head to the “silent city” of Mdina to find the old capital of Malta. Malta boasts cultural hubs and beaches alike, let this be one of your next weekend breaks in Europe.


Local Currency: Euros (conversions: xe.com)
Average food budget per day: 10-15USD
Suggested daily budget: 40-50USD
Accommodation per night: 25-30USD/person

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18. Italy

No, Italy is not the cheapest country in Europe but if you plan your trip well, this destination can be done on a small budget. Cinque Terre is a series of picture-perfect fishing towns. This UNESCO World Heritage site is a perfect place to explore by foot, as cars are banned from the towns, just like Venice – another beautiful place in Italy you must visit (but only in low season!).


Local Currency: Euros (conversions: xe.com)
Average food budget per day: 15-20USD
Suggested daily budget: 55-65USD
Accommodation per night: 30-35USD/person

Cheap Countries in Europe to Visit

19. Kosovo

A bit off the beaten track, Kosovo offers some of the grandest churches in Eastern Europe. It’s no wonder this country is a premier Eastern European destination for Balkan travelers. In Kosovo, you can enjoy macarons and coffee for about a euro – what is better than that? Be sure to spend time in the Ottoman city of Prizren!


Local Currency: Euros (conversions: xe.com)
Average food budget per day: 4-10USD
Suggested daily budget: 30-40USD
Accommodation per night: 22-27USD/person

Cheap Countries in Europe to Visit

20. Latvia

Visit old Riga to get your fill in of oversized churches and cobble lined paths. If you’re an aquatic lover, be sure to spend time in the old harbor town of Andrejsala which has now turned into a top art destination in Europe.

For more information about the places to see and things to do, check out this guide to Latvia for more details!


Local Currency: Euros (conversions: xe.com)
Average food budget per day: 6-10USD
Suggested daily budget: 25-35USD
Accommodation per night: 10-15USD/person

The 16 Most Picturesque Mountain Towns in Europe

The 16 Most Picturesque Mountain Towns in Europe

For many in Europe, a vacation means spending a week in a seaside town, swimming and lying in the sun, and enjoying the freedom from the busy cities (for instance, Paris!) where they work. Luckily, seasides are not the only popular holiday destinations in Europe: travelers and vacationers tend to prefer visiting some mountain towns in Europe, too, next to the traditional seaside chilling. Getting hiking boots and carrying a backpack all day is not for many, but the reward is truly inspiring. Not to mention the unmatched charm of these little towns: it’s impossible to get lost in the streets, locals are friendly and helpful, and you can hear the birds chirping in the trees.

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The power of these mountain towns of Europe is underrated, indeed. They not only ensure the calm and relaxing environment for the stressed-out but also invite us to take a step out of our comfort zones. I can test my limits in a safe environment, yet away from the familiar faces and the setting I’ve grown into.

Going off the trail and avoiding crowded capital cities for a weekend has its magic, especially when all you need is a space to clear your mind. Thankfully, nowadays it is easier to visit these less traveled places by bus or trains, for instance, GoEuro is the travel platform I personally use to find good deals and travel options to any smaller towns and cities in Europe.

By visiting some of these gorgeous towns you will feel the chilly mountain weather on your skin, and you can take a deep breath of the healthy mountain air – it’s no surprise that many come here to cure themselves physically and mentally as well. A little journey to a slower pace environment only benefits your mind, body, and soul.

I love to walk around, enjoying the panorama: it’s a real feast for the eyes. In these enchanting Alpine towns, you can marvel at the centuries-old buildings and architecture as well as go for a trip in the nearby mountain hills. It’s also very easy to meet and team up with fellow travelers here, especially for more challenging trips to see Europe attractions and enjoy the natural beauty away from the hustle and bustle of city life. It’s always the funniest people who end up meeting here, so one is never sure about how the trip will end, sometimes it’s wine-tasting and laughing all evening after a day-long hiking.

These days, when deciding what to see in Europe next time, I always check smaller destinations as well. They are less crowded, more affordable, and have breathtaking panorama you can’t see anywhere else. Also, if you prefer going into the wild now and then, a weekend trip to the Alpine towns might just satisfy your wanderlust as they are perfect to find the most challenging and less-known trails.

PICTURESQUE MOUNTAIN TOWNS IN EUROPE

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1. Wengen, Switzerland

This charming little town is a treasure in the Swiss Alps. Visiting Wengen is not only a journey in space, but in time, too: the timber houses and holiday chalets were built in the belle époque, and the style remained the same ever since. Climbers adore this car-free paradise as they often prepare and relax here between climbing Eiger, one of the toughest mountains of Europe.

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2. Val de Funes, Italy

Especially in the wintertime, this small Italian Alps town is home to the most beautiful winter landscapes. These mountains are so familiar – it’s as if we stepped into an old fairytale. Val de Funes is not only a beauty but as a part of the Dolomites; it’s also protected by the UNESCO World Heritage name.

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3. Olden, Norway

Olden is definitely among the less-known places to see in Europe. The Briksdalsbreen glacier is within an hour long trip from Olden, so it’s no wonder that the curious ones already discovered it as a perfect place to get on a cruise. The natural beauty of the surrounding glacier and national park might be one of the most scenic places in Europe.

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4. Vik I Myrdal, Iceland

This village is the largest settlement in the South of the Icelandic mainland. It’s no wonder it’s constantly buzzing with tourists as well: Vik I Myrdal is not only a key service point in coastal trips between Iceland’s attractions, but also has a marvelous black pebble beach coast with scenic cliffs and basalt columns. This cute little town has a lot of surprises, that’s for sure!

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5. Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy

Also located in the Dolomitic Alps, Cortina is famous for its winter sports paradise. The ski resorts and winter homes make this town a second home to quite a few aristocrats in Europe. Not only for the exciting social scene, but also for the unforgettable townscapes, Cortina is one of the most beloved holiday destinations in Europe.

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6. Torla, Spain

The best choice when you need to relax, and you’re unsure about where to travel in Europe. Torla is known for its peaceful and quiet streets and mountain views, with green trees and birds chirping everywhere. For the brave, however, Torla offers mountaineering and hill walking activities as well. Moreover, if you are determined, this is the place to pass the Pyrenees and across the mountain frontier to France. Whether you are a nature lover or a hardcore hiker and climber, you can’t miss out on Torla in the summer.

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7. Bled, Slovenia

Bled is one of those pretty places in the world everyone’s heard about but only a few have seen. The Lake Bled with an island, the dream-like scenery and naturally peaceful and divine atmosphere of this place make it truly magnetic. For history-lovers, it has a great chance to visit the Bled Castle as well, and the more adventurous travelers can take a trip to the Vintgar gorge. The wooden bridges and the crystal clear water bring everyone in the mood of escaping urban life for a while.

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8. Selfoss, Iceland

As part of the Golden Circle, Selfoss is not only among the best mountain towns but is also a key point in Icelandic trips to discover the natural beauty of the mainland. The Selfoss Geyser and the Kerid Crater are in the nearby. The Golden Circle trips are on the bucket list of many travelers, not only for the unique geologic formations but also for the marvelous scenery.

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9. Hallstatt, Austria

Hallstatt, this wonderful little Austrian town is, without a doubt, one of the most picturesque places in Europe. A well-known holiday resort, loved by the most exhausted and most stressed-out businessmen and leaders in Europe, the village of Hallstatt remains a quiet and peaceful place for those who prefer tranquillity during their holiday. The landscape has a wonderful effect on the soul: the reflection of the town on the Hallstatt Lake, with the mountains in the background, soothes and heals everyone.

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10. Rougon, France

You won’t find Rougon among the most sought-after places to see in Europe, yet it’s one of the strange and beautiful places that worth a day. This tiny village has only a few streets, so no one gets lost by only wandering around. In Rougon, travelers often go out hiking in the mountainous area. Here they are likely to meet vultures, too – a famous resident colony of the birds is one of the attractions of the place.

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11. Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne deserves the love that comes from all directions to this charming Swiss town. As many European towns, Lucerne has preserved its medieval parts, so the historic architecture and town squares make everyone feel like they’re coming home. A home to many museums and monuments, Lucerne attracts many culture-lovers and travelers who are looking for a tiny Swiss town among the highest European mountains.

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12. Canazei, Italy

Canazei is the center of the ski-resort paradises in the Val di Fassa, and it has a key position in the Sella Ronda ski circuit, too. The most spectacular and challenging mountains of Europe are all easily accessible from Canazei, but the small village itself has a heartwarming panorama, especially with the snowy tops and evening lights.

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13. Covadonga, Spain

One of the less known yet fabulous mountain towns in Europe, Covadonga is located in the Asturias, Spain’s natural paradise. The town is home to the Sanctuary of Covadonga, a group of monuments that give a particular medieval touch to the streets and local landscape. The impressive sights as the Basilica and the Holy Cave attract not only the religious but lovers of history and culture as well.

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14. Annecy, France

Embedded in a mountain setting, Annecy is among the best mountain towns in the Alps. Rich in culture and history, Annecy is a beloved tourist destination and holiday resort in the South of France. You can wander around in the street and canals of Annecy, and you couldn’t leave it without feeling immersed in the lovely traditional French old town feeling. The castle, the markets and the flowers in the balconies never fail to amaze any traveler looking for a vibrant Alpine town.

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15. Innsbruck, Austria

Innsbruck is a capital in many ways: officially, it’s the center of Tirol, but Innsbruck also earned the “capital of the Alps” name, for a reason. With its world-known sights, signature scenery and architecture, Innsbruck is one of the best places to visit in Europe when it comes to mountain holidays. The city offers great opportunities for those who love alpine sports, but the old town has a pleasant atmosphere as well for those who prefer relaxing.

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16. Lecco, Italy

Lecco is one of the most popular waterfront mountain towns in Europe. The panorama with the mountainous scenery inspires many travelers to take walking trips to enjoy the view along Lake Como’s shore. The romantic old town with its belltower is a signature look of the area, and it also has charming cafés and restaurants that set the evening vibes high.

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The 20 Underrated Countries in Europe to Visit on Your Next Trip!

The 20 Underrated Countries in Europe to Visit on Your Next Trip!

We’ve all been there. After ogling at macaroons in France and drinking your way through a pitcher of Sangria in Barcelona, you begin to feel like there must be something more to this continent, right? You’re certainly correct. Made up of 50 countries, Europe is a treasure chest of travel opportunities. Travel to these underrated countries in Europe and you are bound to discover stunning landscapes, beautiful architectures, and cultures.

When deciding where to travel in Europe, I always encourage my friends to branch out because I know that paradise always mean breaking out of my comfort zone and exploring new places. Europe is a large continent with so many countries and cultures to explore, take the opportunity to explore all of them! From the snowcapped mountains of Serbia to cliff jumping in Montenegro, it’s time expand the horizons! On a side note, if you’re the ultimate romantic, fall in love with these countries and be swoon over by their beauty.

These countries offer you a chance to dive in and explore new cultures, foods, and cities. You are sure to fall in love with the wineries, folk dancing, and seaside towns. Plus, many of these countries are some of the cheapest places to travel in Europe, so your wallet will thank you.

THE UNDERRATED COUNTRIES IN EUROPE

Underrated Countries in Europe

1. Poland

Poland hosts better food and tastier drinks in comparison to its Germanic neighbor. For a step into the past, visit the culture old capital of Poland, Krakow. Among backpackers, Krakow is rivaled as one of the most beautiful places to visit in the world because of the beautiful town square, architecture, and Wawel Castle. From pierogis to cobblestone roads, Poland will steal your heart.

Underrated Countries in Europe

2. Andorra

Not only is Andorra one of the coolest countries to visit for political science nerds, but the country offers some of the best skiing in Europe. If you’re a winter sports lover, be sure to check out this country for a great winter getaway. Looking for an adventure? Jump into a 4-wheel drive vehicle and head up the mountains for romantic views of the mountain range that makes up Andorra.

Underrated Countries in Europe

3. Montenegro

If Montenegro’s emerald water doesn’t tug at your heart strings, the mountains dotted with orange-rooftops certainly will. If you’re looking for the best of both worlds, visit Budva where you can explore the aged town in the day and head into town to enjoy the nightlife. If you’re visiting Eastern Europe in the Summer be sure to check out Budva’s Summer Music Festival that highlights Mediterranean music.

Underrated Countries in Europe

4. Bulgaria

Choose from dipping your toes in the Black Sea to running through fields upon fields of golden sunflowers. Bulgaria offers some of the most stunning landscapes in Europe. Because it is a cheap country to visit in Europe, Bulgaria is the perfect spot for a weekend getaway or extended vacation. Beyond the beautiful beaches, you can head to the Northwest region of Bulgaria to see Flintstones in real life. Seriously, the rock formations in Belogradchik look like they popped out of the cartoon.

Underrated Countries in Europe

5. Malta

If you’re a beach bum, Malta will be your paradise. The island country off the coast of Italy offers a perfect combination of lagoons, snorkeling, cliff jumping and sunbathing to make you never want to leave. You can easily rent a car and make Malta your perfect Summer road trip. There are also tons of beautiful design hotels and resorts you can stay at for a much deserved holiday!

Underrated Countries in Europe

6. Hungary

For me, Hungary was the perfect introduction into Eastern Europe. The capital is often called the Paris of Eastern Europe and for a good reason. Budapest is a mere 10-euro bus ride from Prague making Budapest a perfect excursion on your next vacation.

Underrated Countries in Europe

7. Bosnia and Herzegovina

As one of the most affordable and beautiful countries in Europe Bosnia and Herzegovina is one of the best places to visit in Eastern Europe. After visiting the picturesque capital, Sarajevo, head to Mostar to check out the iconic bridge, Stari Most where you can catch bridge jumpers and picnickers alike.

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8. Moldova

Often overlooked, this young nation is slowly gaining attention from travelers and backpackers alike because of its beautiful and unspoiled countryside nature and, surprisingly, its wine. Modova is a budget friendly destination that is indeed an off-the-beaten-track place to visit for those who are looking for a relaxed travel experience.

Underrated Countries in Europe

9. Macedonia

Home of some of the finest comfort food in Europe, Macedonia maintains beautiful mountains and lakes – perfect for outdoors lovers. Take a trip to Lake Ohrid, a gigantic lake that sits below the snowcapped mountains of Macedonia or you can peruse the Old Bazaar in Skopje. No matter what you decide to do, Macedonia will steal your heart.

Underrated Countries in Europe

10. Austria

Yes, we all visit Vienna as a stopover after Prague, but I believe Austria is worthy of more than just a stopover! The Alps are some of the most inspiring mountains in the world. Austria has a plethora of ski resorts and hostels at half of the price of their Swiss neighbors. So spend a day or two in Vienna and then head out to enjoy the picturesque Alps.

Underrated Countries in Europe

11. Cyprus

This small island country hosts a plethora of beachside destinations and ancient sites that are sure to inspire you. If you’re a castle lover, visit St. Hilarion Castle which sits among the mountains on the coast. If you’re looking to hang out at the beach with a drink in your hand, head over to Larnaca on Cyprus’ southeast coast.

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12. Slovenia

Be in awe and fall in love with Slovenia’s quaint small towns, beautiful wineyards, and friendly locals. With all its graciousness, you must one day stumble upon this gorgeous country and inhale its positive energy! Slovenia’s most iconic destination is Lake Bled, whereas a baroque chapel on a island gives it a dramatic fairytale like view. This underrated country in Europe is gaining much attention and it is only a matter of time till the world raves about Slovenia.

Underrated Countries in Europe

13. Albania

The Albanian Riviera is unbeatable. From international music festivals to the seaside, it’s a perfect place to getaway for the weekend. Head to the capital city of Tirana for an 18th-century mosque and opera house. Albania is an extremely cheap country to visit in Europe, so it’s perfect for backpackers!

Underrated Countries in Europe

14. Estonia

Estonia offers one of the most authentic experiences in Baltic culture. If you’re a history and culture buff, check out Tallinn where it’s old town charm has been maintained for centuries. Estonia is renowned for its world-class nature – if you’re a hiker be sure to check out some of Estonia’s beautiful forests.

Underrated Countries in Europe

15. Lithuania

Lithuania sometimes feels like fairyland – its forests paired with the charming small towns make any traveler feel comfortable and welcomed. In Vilnius, you can find a plethora of inexpensive things to do in old town, or just join in on the vibrant nightlife. If you’re looking to get out of the city, you’re in luck. Lithuania has immaculate national parks that are practically untouched so if you’re ready to get outdoors, make Lithuania your next getaway.

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16. Romania

You must know Dracula, right? But do you know that his castle is situated in Romania? Yes, indeed, you’ll find some of the most interesting and fascinating castles in Europe in this underrated country, Romania. Bran castle is the iconic structure that inspired the tale of Dracula and is a popular must-see for those who are visiting Romania. Apart from all these, the land of rocky mountains and hills will certainly give you tons of stories and tales to tell.

Underrated Countries in Europe

17. Slovakia

The capital, Bratislava is an easy to navigate capital, perfect for backpackers. Bratislava feels like it came out of a picture book and its Old Town is a great place to spend your afternoon people watching or conversing with locals. Plus, Slovakia is a great stopover if you are making your way from Prague to Budapest.

Underrated Countries in Europe

18. Finland

As the host of the air guitar world championship, Finland is a country of great diversity and culture. Ready for an adventure? You can go ice or rock climbing in Helsinki and enjoy Finland’s natural beauty. Devil’s Rock is a short drive from the city center and is sure to raise your adrenaline. Helskini has a plethora of cultural archives and historical museums in addition to its great nightlife and growing food and restaurant culture. No matter what you love to do, Finland has something for you – even lavish Nordic design hotels and superb architectural masterpieces.

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19. Lichtenstein

This mountainous country nestled between Austria and Switzerland is a perfect place to visit if you’re looking for a quaint holiday spot. The beautiful modern art museum, contuse gives tourists a taste of the depth of culture in Lichtenstein. You can also tour a vineyard and do wine tastings while peering up at the Alps above you. Cool, right?

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20. Belarus

This landlocked country is often overlooked, but I believe it is possibly the most underrated country in all of Europe. From the elaborate palaces to cheap accommodations, Belarus is a perfect vacation for travel junkies. Visit the Orthodox church just outside of Minsk if you are looking for a break from modern city life. For a day trip, you can head over to Mir Castle or Nesvizh Palace. This UNESCO heritage sites are perfect if you are looking to dive deeper into Belarus’ history and culture.


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Top 5 Places to Visit in Nicaragua for Surfing

Top 5 Places to Visit in Nicaragua for Surfing

Nicaragua is quickly becoming the newest surf destination. In fact, there are many places to visit in Nicaragua, and the country offers some of the best beaches for surfing.

The country is known to have over 300 days of offshore winds, and this is because of Lake Managua, a lake with an impressive 64 kilometers long and 26 kilometers wide! The lake is so big, that it consistently moves the wind from the Caribbean side to the Pacific side, creating the perfect waves for surfers to visit Nicaragua.

I’ve spent a majority of the past four winters surfing in this country, and I can honestly say it has always been fun! Many of the spots are located in small fishing villages (there are some fishers that let you catch your fish!) thus its remoteness can be difficult for travelers to visit, but not impossible. In my opinion, however, this is a good thing as it only attracts people who want to experience an adventure and leaves most of the waves uncrowded.

That said, there are many other better-known spots for surfing in Nicaragua like Colorados and Popoyo, but my absolute favorite is the lesser-known surfing spots in Nicaragua that are just as fun, if not better.

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El Transíto

I have called this little fishing village my Nicaraguan home for the past four winters. This place is a gem. It’s not very touristy and has some of the most consistent fun waves all year long throwing out lefts and rights.

Most accommodations like SOLID Surf & Adventure, Free Spirit Hostel, and Surf Hostel Nicaragua are located right on the beach with at least three spots you can check while sitting and having your morning coffee.

The spot is a beach break that works best mid to high tide. March through October is known as the bigger wave season for the more experienced surfer. However, the waves are always fun, even in the smaller wave season, it’s at least waist to chest high and offshore. You’ll be surfing with more locals and fishermen than tourists.

El Transíto is a quiet town with friendly locals and not much to do but surf, unless you happen to be there for holidays like Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day when everyone in town goes out and dances and celebrates.

In my opinion, this makes it one of the best beaches to visit in Nicaragua, whether you’re an experienced surfer or someone who just wants to learn, this spot has it all.

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Punta Miramar

A twenty-minute drive down the bumpy dirt road from El Transíto, this left point break has a steep and fast take off and barrels over rock. This spot works best on the incoming tide and is the spot to be when a big south swell rolls through. As with any point break the paddle out is relatively easy. When it’s smaller, there are a couple of spots on the inside that are fun.

Punta Miramar is a bit more of a town than El Transíto and sees a few more tourists as there are a handful of surf camps located in the area.

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Meat Grinders/Hemorrhoids

This world-class spot is for experienced and advanced surfers only as it barrels over a shallow reef. It’s a left that is super fast and hollow. This wave is best to get to by boat as it’s located in front of a private golf resort (Gran Pacifica) that charges per board if you drive and park there.

In the five weeks, I taught yoga at this resort, Rob Machado and Sterling Spencer came through to surf this wave. If you find yourself in over your head at this wave, you can surf the beach break a little further up the beach, known as Asuchillo. The wave in this area still barrels but is less intimidating, and this Nicaragua beach is often empty as there is barely a town around, just the resort, so pack your lunch!

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Playa Maderas

Located in San Juan del Sur, this surfing spot in Nicaragua is a great place to learn, as there are a lot of surf schools around the area. This area’s waves also offers both lefts and rights and is fun for more advanced surfers as well.

For another beach break, the waves in this area are best on a medium to high tide, and though it may get a little crowded by Nicaraguan standards, there are always waves for everyone to enjoy.

Any of the hostels located in San Juan del Sur offers daily shuttles to this beach. If you’re looking for a fun night out, San Juan del Sur has plenty of fun restaurants and bars to hang out, or if you’re up for it, for dancing, too!

The area is also infamous for Sunday Funday; it is an all day hostel bar crawl that ultimately leaves the waves empty on Monday mornings.

San Juan del Sur is a fun place to visit in Nicaragua if you’re looking to party with some surfing on the side, as it offers plenty of parties and plenty of surf spots. However, we wary that you have to commute quite a bit using the shuttles to different places!

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Playa Hermosa

Also located in San Juan del Sur, this is another beach in Nicaragua that offers waves for both lefts and rights with plenty of room to spread out. Rarely crowded, the waves are perfect for any level of surfing and works best on a mid to high tide.

Playa Hermosa Eco Lodge is located right in front of the break and is 100% owned and run by Nicaraguans. The lodge works with solar power and is involved in turtle rescue.

Fun FactPlaya Hermosa is the Nicaragua beach where the hit show Survivor was filmed in 2010!

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Other Places to visit in Nicaragua

If you get surfed out, there are plenty of other places to visit in Nicaragua. So what is there to do and what is there to see other than surfing? Nineteen of Nicaragua’s volcanoes are active. Among the most popular to visit are Masaya, Mombacho, and Cerro Negro.

Masaya is an active volcano and is always spitting out sulfur dioxide, and it last erupted in January of 2016 and is also Nicaragua’s first national park.

Mombacho is also an active volcano although it hasn’t erupted since 1570. It is also located on another nature reserve with amazing hikes where you can see all kinds of wildlife; you can also zip line over a coffee farm, just to add up some excitement to your trip to Nicaragua.

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My favorite, however, is Cerro Negro, yet another active volcano. The last time this volcano erupted was in 1999. Cerro Negro differs from the other volcanoes in Nicaragua because of its black gravel from old lava flowsand the best part, you sled down the “slopes”! There is one trail that you hike up with a sled type board and a backpack containing a suit, goggles, and gloves. Once you get to the top, you sled all the way down to the bottom.

Besides Managua (the capital of Nicaragua), Granada, and Leon are two fun cities to visit. Granada is charming with a lot of interesting architecture. Leon is more of a backpacker town with good cafes and restaurants and a fun nightlife. These cities also have a rich history, being involved in the Nicaraguan Revolution that ended in 1989.

There are many things to do in Nicaragua and is an amazing country for anyone seeking an adventure whether it’s for soul seeking or to just surf, for me, I found both in this beautiful country.


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30 Most Inspiring Travel Quotes to Fuel Your Desire for Misadventures

30 Most Inspiring Travel Quotes to Fuel Your Desire for Misadventures

Aren’t we all a sucker for inspiring travel quotes?

I know I am! There was a point in my life whereas I live by them. Whenever I read a book and find inspiring and encouraging quotes, I write them on a piece of paper, plaster it on my wall, and read it for daily inspiration – because why not.

The world might find people who let their lives be moved by colorful and positive words written by ordinary people a tad pretentious but I beg you not to change, I say – let words swoon you! People who let creative energy run through their veins are often the ones you’ll see with a smile on their faces. Don’t change. Stay positive and do let powerful words be the core of you.

Let these inspiring travel quotes fuel your desire for an adventure.

Not everyone has the courage to step out of their comfort world to travel the world, some need a little push or encouragement, and that is one of the many reasons why I created this blog space. To inspire and fuel your desire for travel.

I do believe that traveling is for everyone, a little different idea from one person to another but with one initial goal in mind – to experience new things. We all travel the world because we want to see new places, taste new flavors, learn new cultures, be away from the norms, and many other reasons. But we all have that one desire indeed and we’re hungry for it. Adventure.

Wondering where to start? Well, somewhere is better than nowhere.

For instance, are you a romantic? Then make it a goal to visit some of Europe’s romantic destinations, for example. Perhaps you’re an art fanatic, then make it a goal to visit some of the cities in the world with the most stunning architecture and be overwhelmed by their beauty!

Out of budget? Don’t worry! There are tons of countries in the world that will certainly stretch your budget without getting broke. There’s even tons of beautiful small towns around the world you can visit, or walk the same roads the great writers who wrote some of the inspiring travel quotes in this post once strolled by. Truthfuly, it is an endless journey. You just have to seriously start somewhere.

Mind over matter. Don’t think too much!

I was in your position once and though many things in life made me start traveling, looking for motivation to just do it is NOT one of them. Guys, motivation is seriously just an excuse for the lazies, when you see something, when you get inspired, when you want to achieve your goals, just go and do it!

That’s why I created this list of inspiring travel quotes to INSPIRE you to get out there and be awesome. However, don’t wait till you find the right travel quote to get you started, read all of them and absorb the positive energy and good vibes – let it swoon you and then GO. Keep dreaming, y’all but never forget to work hard to achieve your dreams because I know I will and with the help of little inspiration, we all will.

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1. “All travel has its advantages. If the passenger visits better countries, he may learn to improve his own. And if fortune carries him to worse, he may learn to enjoy it.” – Samuel Johnson

2. “Without new experiences, something inside of us sleeps. The sleeper must awaken.” – Frank Herbert

3. “The man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready.” – Henry David Thoreau

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4. “The use of traveling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are.” – Samuel Johnson

5. “Our happiest moments as tourists always seem to come when we stumble upon one thing while in pursuit of something else.” – Lawrence Block

6. “Stuff your eyes with wonder, live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.” – Ray Bradbury

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7. “Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” – Miriam Beard

8. “One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller

9. “Your true traveler finds boredom rather agreeable than painful. It is the symbol of his liberty-his excessive freedom. He accepts his boredom, when it comes, not merely philosophically, but almost with pleasure.” – Aldous Huxley

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10. “To awaken alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.” – Freya Stark

11. “Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you have travelled.” – Mohammed

12. “All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveller is unaware.” – Martin Buber

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13. “All that is gold does not glitter; just as not all those who wander are lost.” – JRR Tolkien

14. “Like all great travellers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.” – Benjamin Disraeli

15. “We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” – Jawaharlal Nehru

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16. “Once a year, go somewhere you have never been before.” – Dalai Lama

17. “Travel makes a wise man better, and a fool worse.” – Thomas Fuller

18. “Great things are done when men and mountains meet.” – William Blake

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19. “To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.” – Bill Bryson

20. “If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness and fears.” – Cesare Paves

21. “Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” – Andre Gide

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22. “There are no foreign lands. It is the traveller only who is foreign.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

23. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

24. “A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.” – Tim Cahill

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25. “It is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters in the end.” – Ursula K. Le Guin

26. “Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

27. “Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.”– Greg Anderson

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28. “We travel, some of us forever, to seek other places, other lives, other souls.” – Anais Nin

29. “All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.” – Martin Buber

30. “A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.” – John Steinbeck


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16 European Cities With The Most Stunning Architecture Designs

16 European Cities With The Most Stunning Architecture Designs

Europe is a wonderland of opportunities, from the warm and inviting patisseries of Southern France to the crunch of snow on mountain hikes, I am always finding new reasons to fall in love with European cities. In every city I visit, one of the first things I do is walk around the center city to understand the culture and designs of the cityscape. I’ll be the first to admit that I’m no architecture buff but as an avid traveler and absorber of all things beautiful – these aged cities give me goose bumps.

From cobblestone roads to Gaudí architecture, Europe offers some of the widest diversity of architecture in the world. It is often challenging to wrap your mind around just how these buildings came to be; many of the sights we cherish today have survived global wars, domestic turmoil, and empire rule. Because of its rich cultural and architectural history, Europe is a wonderland for design lovers and photographers alike.

Europe offers some of the fascinating city sightseeing in the world. Soaking in the architecture of European cities gives you the opportunity to dig deeper into the culture and history of the towns you’re visiting. So, whether you’re a European architecture junkie or just looking to wander through small streets and peer out of beautiful window sills, these cities have something unique and beautiful to offer you.

16 European Cities With The Most Stunning Architecture Designs

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1. Vienna, Austria

Vienna’s historic city center is renowned for its ability to intertwine modern and traditional architecture in a harmonious and stunning way. Just off the Danube canal, you’ll find St. Stephen’s Cathedral – a jaw-dropping example of Gothic architecture. Head closer to the city center, and Hofburg Palace will greet you. Bring a picnic and enjoy the view of this stunning example of European architecture from the Hofburg Gardens.

Of course, a trip to Vienna is not complete without a stop at the Schönbrunn Palace and Gardens. Plan to spend an afternoon at the Palace, exploring the museum and exploring the palace grounds.

2. Toledo, Spain

If Toledo isn’t on your list of weekend breaks in Europe – add it now. This ancient city located just south of Madrid is picture perfect, easy to navigate and offers some of the most interesting examples of traditional architecture in Europe. As a UNESCO world heritage, Toledo hosts over 2,000 years of history. Its architecture is reflective of its extensive history. With the three major world religions have all laid claims to the city, it’s certainly not one to miss if you love religious architecture.

3. Stockholm, Sweden

Of the world’s very first twisting skyscraper and surrounded by water, Stockholm offers some of Europe’s most diverse architectural landscapes. Unlike many other European cities, Swedish architecture has been widely preserved because of the city escaped destruction from war. Beyond the elaborate Gripsholm castle and Drottningholm Palace Stockholm is packed with traditionally painted homes and businesses that deserve a second look. You can easily book a photo tour to explore the architectural diversity, or you can map out your tour.

4. Barcelona, Spain

While Barcelona is one of the best places to visit in Europe for nightlife, it also offers unbeatable architecture. As the birthplace of Antoni Gaudí, Barcelona attracts flocks of travelers each year to embrace its stunning architecture. Be sure to book your tickets in advance to enjoy Sagrada Familia – as Barcelona’s architectural centerpiece; the unfinished Sagrada Familia was Gaudí’s interpretation of late Gothic architecture, Catalan Modernism, and Art Nouveau. Other treats in Barcelona include Park Güell and Casa Batlló. Not to mention, apart from these, there’s plenty of fun things to do in Barcelona!

READ: A Barcelona Travelogue

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5. Rome, Italy

Where do I even begin? The ancient city of Rome is packed with (you guessed it) Roman ruins, fountains, churches, and squares that will not disappoint. As a cradle of culture, Rome offers of most breath-taking views of Roman architecture. Notably, the Colosseum, Pantheon, and St. Peter’s Basilica are not to be missed. A fall afternoon in Rome can feel like a step into the past, take a stroll through the Roman roads or make a wish at the Trevi fountain. No matter where you end up in Rome, you will be surrounded by world class architecture.

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6. Bordeaux, France

Wine country it is, but Bordeaux hosts unrivaled examples of architecture design in Europe. As the biggest city in the Aquitaine region of France, Bordeaux is one of the best holiday destinations in Europe. Not to be missed is the expansive Place de la Bourse – this palace served Louis XV and is now the perfect location to take in all of Bordeaux’s beauty. Just opposite of the Palace is the Miroir d’Eau, a beautiful example of landscape architecture. Other masterpieces in Bordeaux include the Grand Theatre and the Cathedral Saint Andre.

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7. Budapest, Hungary

Often coined as the Paris of Eastern Europe, Budapest is amongst the gorgeous cities in Europe. If Budapest is not on your places to visit in Europe, put it on your list now. Throughout Budapest, you’ll see Art Nouveau architectural styles, a blend of styles that point to Hungary’s eastern heritage. Additionally, a trip will not complete without a day spent lounging in the thermal baths in Budapest. Be sure to block out some time to sit back and enjoy the Baroque and Turkish architecture of these buildings while relaxing in the heated baths. But, not even the baths can compare with the views of the Budapest Parliament building from across the river. Be sure to walk along the Chain Bridge, built in the 1800s the bridge connects Buda and Pest to catch great views of both parts of the city. Walk further to soak in the views from Buda castle.

READ: 15 Awesome Things To Do in Budapest You Should NOT Miss

16 European cities with the most stunning architecture design vienna

8. Athens, Greece

Of course, this list would be incomplete without Athens. As the birthplace of democracy, Athens provides the most stunning examples of ancient Greek architecture in the world. The 2004 Olympics ensured that Athens would become one of the most travel-friendly cities in the world. The cities rich history is spoken through the great ancient Greek architecture seen throughout the city. While in Athens, you can’t miss the Parthenon on Acropolis Hill – built in 448 BC, the Parthenon represents the enduring nature of Athens culture and society. Other must do’s include the ancient Greek theater, the Greek parliament located in the center of the city, and of course, Temple of Olympian Zeus.

16 European cities with the most stunning architecture design vienna

9. Prague, Czech Republic

Maybe it’s because I love cities situated on rivers or maybe it’s because Prague pulls on my heart strings, but either way – Prague is one of the best holiday destinations in Europe for a weekend break or a week-long break from society (check out this Prague travel guide for more information!). If you want a taste of architecture in Europe, Prague brings together some of the best that European cities have to offer. Prague gives you the best of Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance-Baroque and Rococo styles with sprinklings of Communist Era architecture, and postmodern architecture that came after the fall of the communist regime. After observing the architectural masterpiece that is the Clock Tower in old town square, walk across the Charles River for beautiful views of Prague Castle. The castle offers some of the most beautiful views of Prague’s red-roofed homes. Of course, I could go on and on about the plethora of architectural must-sees in Prague but if I had to give you three – Church of our Lady Victorious, Dancing House, and St. Vitus Cathedral are must-dos.

16 European cities with the most stunning architecture design vienna

10. Berlin, Germany

Berlin should hold a special place is any history and architecture lovers heart. As a city that was once divided the city’s architecture represents this long-lasting scar and is a history enthusiast’s paradise. If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to experience the different elements of Berlin’s architecture, check out Museum Island via footpaths and then head over to the Reichstag building to see a 360-degree view of the city. The new Reichstag building deeply contrasts the old building – it was built in this way to be representative of unified Germany after the Berlin Wall fell. Berlin is a great city to explore by foot, take some time to talk to Berlin natives to understand the area of Berlin that you are exploring. Berlin is filled with little-known architectural gems, and those are yours to find!

16 European cities with the most stunning architecture design vienna

11. Strasbourg, France

As one of the seats of the European Union, Strasburg is a multi-faceted city outfitted with gothic style bridges and dotted with modern and post-modern styles. For a beautiful example of gothic architecture, head over to Strasbourg Cathedral and admire the large astronomical clock. If you’re looking for examples of modern European architecture, be sure to check out the Strasbourg Museum of Modern Art and the European Union building. Strasbourg is best seen on a bike while biking through Strasbourg you can enjoy the beautiful Alsace architecture along the river and check out the gorgeous marketplaces.

16 European cities with the most stunning architecture design vienna

12. Venice, Italy

Venice is perhaps one of the most romantic cities in Europe. Just wondering through the city can provide you with glimpses of European architecture that you’re not likely to see anywhere else. See the city by gondola by riding through the small canals to get a perfect look at Venetian Gothic architecture. Exploring Venice by foot? Be sure to check out Saint Mark’s Basilica, and spend the afternoon in the beautiful Peggy Guggenheim museum. Venice is small enough to catch these architectural gems in a few days, so let Venice be one of your city breaks in Europe.

READ: Venice Travel Experience

16 European cities with the most stunning architecture design vienna

13. London, England

It is often said that the world is at your fingertips in London. Architecturally speaking this sentiment rings true. From modern skyscrapers roaring into the clouds above to ornate cathedrals, no single architectural style defines London. To get an accurate skyline view of all the styles London has to offer, book your spot on the London Eye.

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16 European cities with the most stunning architecture design vienna

14. Paris, France

It is easy to get lost in the beauty of Paris. As the birthplace of Gothic architecture, you are bound to fall in love with the enchanting city. Paris offers a multitude of architectural styles outside of its renowned Gothic style including heavy influences of Art Nouveau and Belle Époque styles. From the Paris Opera House to the Notre Dame Cathedral, you can’t help but fall in love with Paris.

16 European cities with the most stunning architecture design vienna

15. Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam is renowned for its canal houses and boat homes. Along the river, you’ll find the picturesque homes that have now been converted into museums, hotels, and offices. Amsterdam is easily seen by bike, an excellent way to see the canal district and Renaissance architecture that makes Amsterdam so stunning.

16 European cities with the most stunning architecture design vienna

16. Florence, Italy

One of my favorite European cities is Florence, Italy. As the capital of Tuscany, Florence offers masterpieces of ancient Greek and Roman styles, Gothic architecture and Renaissance styles. Journey through the past in this culturally and historically rich Italian city that represents the best of European architecture. Along with the Basilica of San Lorenzo, the breathtaking Florence Cathedral is not to be missed.


16 European cities with the most stunning architecture design
16 European cities with the most stunning architecture design
16 European cities with the most stunning architecture design

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