The 20 BEST Underrated Countries in Europe to Visit


Explore deep the culture and traditions and check out some of these underrated countries in Europe to inspire your next travels!

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 still means 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 to 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.

 

Top 20 Underrated Countries in Europe

Poland, Underrated Countries in Europe
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Poland

Poland hosts better food and tastier drinks in comparison to its Germanic neighbor. For a step into the past, visit the old culture capital of Poland, Krakow.

Among backpackers, Krakow and Warsaw are 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.

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Andorra
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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.

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Montenegro
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Montenegro

If Montenegro’s emerald water doesn’t tug at your heartstrings, 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.

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Bulgaria
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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 an affordable country 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.

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Malta, Italy
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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 a holiday!

Read also: Things to do, Day trips, and Castles to visit in Malta

Hungary
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Hungary

For me, Hungary was the perfect introduction to 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 it a perfect excursion on your next vacation.

Also, read our guide about the top castles in Hungary and as well day trips outside of Budapest.

Bosnia and Herzegovina
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Bosnia and Herzegovina

As one of the most affordable and underrated 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. Or, if you like, check out the castles around the country.

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Moldova
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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.

Moldova 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.

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Macedonia
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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.

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Austria
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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.

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Cyprus
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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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Slovenia
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Slovenia

Be in awe and fall in love with Slovenia‘s quaint small towns, beautiful vineyards, castles, 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 an island gives it a dramatic fairytale-like view.

This one of the underrated countries in Europe is gaining much attention, and it is only a matter of time until the world raves about Slovenia.

Also, read more about Slovenia’s capital, Ljubljana and its surrounding cities.

Albanian Riviera
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Albania

The Albanian Riviera is unbeatable. From international music festivals to the seaside, it’s a perfect place to get away 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!

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Estonia
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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.

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Lithuania
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Lithuania

Lithuania sometimes feels like a 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 the 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.

Also, check out the stunning castles around the country. They are worth the visit!

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Romania
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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.

Check out more castles in Romania and as well the top things to do in Bucharest while you’re here.

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Slovakia
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Slovakia

The capital, Bratislava, is an easy to navigate capital, perfect for backpackers. Bratislava feels like it came out of a picture book, and it’s 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.

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Finland
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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. Helsinki 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.

If you’re visiting during the winter season, you might even witness the stunning Aurora Borealis and if you’re visiting in Summer, the midnight sun!

Read also: Castles in Finland and Islands in Finland

Lichtenstein
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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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Belarus
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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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45 thoughts on “The 20 BEST Underrated Countries in Europe to Visit”

    • Totally depends on who is reading the post, to be honest. Before coming to Europe, I did not know much about these countries thus me finding them underrated. There are still quite a bit of the population who needs to know the existence of these places 🙂

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  1. I love love love this article! So many fantastic places to add to my never-ending bucket list. I dipped my toe in Eastern Europe back in the mid-nineties when I went interrailing and your post is definitely making me want to go back there to explore further. Will be saving this to Pinterest!

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  2. Cool list – I’d love to explore more of Eastern Europe! Montenegro, Bosnia and Serbia in particular 🙂 Glad to see my home country Austria on the list too – definitely agree! Too many people visit only Vienna and miss the rest!

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  3. Like I needed MORE things on my must-see list xD So many pretty castles and coastlines! I don’t think I’ll ever run out of places to see in Europe…

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  4. Hey Amber,
    What a lovely list. I run a glamping hotel in the Philippines and have had guests from a few places but one that interested me after a conversation with a couple was Portugal. I’m sure it’s overlooked by it’s neighbor Spain but there seems to be great scenery, great food and wine, and lovely people.
    Cheers,

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  5. We’re visiting Poland and Hungary this summer! I’m so excited. There are so many places on this list that I want to visit and can’t wait to someday. Great list! Thanks for sharing.

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  6. Perfect timing! We are taking part in the £200 long weekend challenge but it’s tough as we spent the summer in most of Europe’s ‘cheaper’ countries. You’ve given me a few more ideas, will be back with questions!

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      • It is! Flights are covered so it would be £200 for accommodation, food and cultural activities. Looking for somewhere that is budget friendly, has enough things to do for two full days, not too far from the airport (as transfer will come out of budget). It’ll be in the summer so hopefully weather would be on our side for a trip a near by lake/beach. I love cities with a mix a nature/history. You know I love a wine but wouldn’t make partying a sole reason for visiting somewhere for just two days.

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        Malta, Moldova, Macedonia, Albania, Estonia, Lithuania?

        Thanks superstar!!

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  7. Thanks for making my long bucket list even longer! 😉 I’m visiting Switzerland in August and we’re going to do a quick day trip into Lichtenstein 🙂

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    • I’m not going to apologize for this, Bri! My bucket list is also just getting longer every day as I discover new places to visit. I do blame the wanderlusting fellow bloggers who keeps on inspiring me everyday 🙂 Life is short, the world is small, so much to discover! Happy travels, love 🙂

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  8. Thank you for opening my eyes to all of the cool places we need to go! My husband and I really like to travel to places that are off the beaten trail. We’re going to Finland, Estonia, and Russia this summer and can’t wait to hit the rest on this list!

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  9. Yes, I ~*love*~ this! I’m thinking about a cheeky three-month trip around a few of these places while I’m freelancing (might as well jump on the location-free digital nomad bandwagon rather than work at home in my jammies, right?). So beautiful and so cheap as well! Poland has been on my list since forever. Thanks for sharing! The photos are gorgeous too.

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  10. I love this post! Europe really is such a small continent but there’s so much to see. I love Romania and Montenegro, visiting Slovenia for the first time in August too!

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  11. I love this article! There are so many places on here I haven’t been to yet and would love to go. Your photo in Cyprus looks amazing!

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  12. I love this list! This is my Europe bucketlist all complied into one! I’ve only been to Romania so far but it has quickly become my favourite country!!!

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  13. Stunning pictures 🙂 On the 20 countries you described, I’ve visited only… 3 of them (Hungary, Malta & Finland). I fully agree with you, Europe is a large continent with so many countries and cultures to explore. I really enjoyed to travel in Spain, Italy (especially the Dolomites), Germany, Switzerland & France (many regions) as well,,,

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      • Hi, Shilpa! Almost all of these countries have efficient public transport namely: Finland, Estonia, and BiH. However, countries like Malta, for instance, have buses that come and go all the time at certain times of the day and although there’s a time schedule, the bus almost never come on time but they do come often 🙂

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  14. Super helpful post, and gorgeous photos! Europe is on my bucket list, but I haven’t managed to narrow down the specific countries. This post definitely helped, thanks! 🙂

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  15. What a great selection! I have pointed out Andorra to myself, never really thought of visiting that tiny country, but your picture looks awesome. Too bad Ukraine haven’t made it to this list, but it is also worth a visit.

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