8 underexplored but very beautiful countries in Europe

8 underexplored but very beautiful countries in Europe

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Okay, let’s face it: Europe isn’t exactly an unknown destination for travelers. For its relatively small size, it has a tantalizing mix of great architecture, yummy food, and natural beauty. It really is no wonder that many decide to make the trip over. However, the crowds can be enough to dissuade any would-be visitor. Paris is the most visited city on Earth. It’s hard to take a selfie without anyone in the background in Venice. And good luck getting a moment alone in London!
 
If you’re planning an epic trip around the continent, why not try veering away from the usual suspects? I’m not telling you to avoid the crowd favorites — they’re popular for a reason — but by deciding to visit other parts of Europe, you’ll have an experience that’ll definitely differ from the tried and tested! Here are some suggestions for you to consider:

 

8. Liechtenstein

Balzers village, Liechtenstein
Balzers village, Liechtenstein

 

Tiny Liechtenstein has less than 40,000 people, but is home to amazing mountain views. Its capital of Vaduz has a lovely castle, a highlight of visitors to the principality. If you’d like to do some cycling or hiking without the crowds, then this country may be just what you’re looking for.

 

Vaduz, Liechtenstein
Vaduz, Liechtenstein

 

Liechtenstein is a great stop for those who have just come from Switzerland, as it uses the same currency. If you’d also like to get the country’s “passport stamp”, then go for it. After all, how many people have been to Liechtenstein?

 

7. Slovenia

Bled Lake, Slovenia
Bled Lake, Slovenia

 

Despite its small size, Slovenia offers would-be visitors anything they could ever wish for — mountains that offer wonderful skiing, beaches to enjoy, and incredible architecture to gawk at. Half of Slovenia is still forested, showing its commitment to preserving natural resources.

 

Lake Bohinj, Slovenia
Lake Bohinj, Slovenia

 

Ljubljana, Slovenia
Ljubljana, Slovenia

 

Predjama Castle, Slovenia
Predjama Castle, Slovenia

 

Have coffee at one of Ljubljana’s cafes as you gaze up at its imposing castle, looming over the Slovenian capital. Visit the caves the country is famous for, Postojna and Škocjan — the latter is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Don’t forget to stop by Bled — its gorgeous lake, cliff side castle, and picturesque island church are second to none.

 

6. Serbia

Canyon of Drina river, Serbia
Canyon of Drina river, Serbia

 

Serbia holds a lot of history — its capital, Belgrade, used to be the capital of Yugoslavia. Its former leader, Tito, is also buried here. You’ll be impressed by Belgrade’s nightlife, which comes at a fraction of the cost of Western Europe.

 

Knez Mihailova Street in Belgrade, Serbia
Knez Mihailova Street in Belgrade, Serbia

 

Meanders at rocky river Uvac gorge, Serbia
Meanders at rocky river Uvac gorge, Serbia

 

Did you know that the famous scientist, Nikola Tesla, was Serbian? He doesn’t only have a museum dedicated to him here — he’s also found on their 100 dinar bill. Visit the Hungarian-influenced region of Vojvodina, with the border town of Subotica displaying gorgeous art nouveau buildings. If you’re ready to head down south, stop by Niš, the birthplace of the Roman Emperor Constantine. Serbia is definitely worthy of your time!

 

 

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5. Ukraine

Maidan square, Kiev, Ukraine
Maidan Square, Kiev, Ukraine

 

One of Europe’s largest countries is, ironically, underexplored. It hasn’t been getting a lot of great praise in the media, but Ukraine will leave visitors spellbound. Brush up on your Cyrillic before you visit — it’ll be a fun adventure as you try to decipher signs.

 

Waterfall in a Carpathian mountains, Ukraine
Waterfall in a Carpathian mountains, Ukraine

 

Tunnel of Love, Klevan, Ukraine
Tunnel of Love, Klevan, Ukraine

 

The Ukrainian capital of Kiev is stunning, with its beautiful churches and stately buildings. Maybe you want to take a day trip to Chernobyl, infamous for the nuclear disaster decades ago. You’ll wonder if you’re still in Ukraine if you pop by beautiful Lviv, which has all the charm of central Europe, but almost no tourists. Don’t forget to try some borscht, the national soup!

 

4. Hungary

Budapest, Hungary
Budapest, Hungary

 

If you’d like a linguistic challenge, you might want to visit Hungary. Their language is pretty much unrelated to the country’s neighbors. If you’re wondering whether crossing the border from Austria was worth it, the sight of the Hungarian capital’s numerous bridges, which connect Buda to Pest over the Danube River, will give you the answer.

 

Budapest, Hungary
Budapest, Hungary

 

Courtyard of Szechenyi Baths, Budapest, Hungary
Courtyard of Szechenyi Baths, Budapest, Hungary

 

You may also want to take a trip to Eger, home of the famous Bull’s Blood wine. How about taking a dip in Lake Balaton, or what locals refer to as the “Hungarian sea”? Don’t forget to hop on Budapest’s Metro 1 — it’s the oldest metro system in continental Europe.

 

3. Lithuania

Sunset in the Klaipeda port, Lithuania
Sunset in the Klaipeda port, Lithuania

 

The southernmost of the Baltic States holds many delights for travelers who make the trip. Its capital, Vilnius, is chock full of lovely baroque architecture. Don’t forget to drop by the self-declared “Republic” of Užupis, home to great cafes and artists. Read up on their constitution, translated into several languages.

 

8 underexplored but very beautiful countries in Europe
View of the old town and downtown of Vilnius, Lithuania

 

Colorful sunset at a famous public marine berth in resort city of Palanga, Lithuania
Colorful sunset at a famous public marine berth in resort city of Palanga, Lithuania

 

Trakai castle in Lithuania
Trakai castle in Lithuania

 

Trakai Castle is also worth visiting; it’s picturesque and an easy day trip from Vilnius. Why not stop by the Hill of Crosses? There are thousands of them, in different shapes and sizes. It’s not something you see every day.

 

2. Albania

Gjipe beach with rocks and river in Albania
Gjipe beach with rocks and river in Albania

 

If you enjoy mountain scenery, Albania will take your breath away. If you love to soak up the sun, this country’s beaches will have half the crowds compared to neighboring Greece. Tirana’s National History Museum will show you a lot of artifacts from Albania’s past as part of the Roman Empire. If you’re looking for something a little more recent, don’t forget to drop by the UNESCO-listed Ottoman towns of Berat and Gjirokastra.

 

Historic City of Berat in Albania
Historic City of Berat in Albania

 

Berat, Albania
Berat, Albania

 

National landmark spring Blue Eye in Albania
National landmark spring Blue Eye in Albania

 

Saranda’s City Port, Albania
Saranda’s City Port, Albania

 

Berat, the “town of a thousand windows”, has a museum that showcases typical Ottoman life in the 18th century. Gjirokastra, on the other hand, is home to one of the biggest castles in the Balkans. Now is the time to visit Albania, before everyone finds out how wonderful it is.

 

1. Malta

Blue lagoon at Comino island, Malta
Blue lagoon at Comino island, Malta

 

If you’re asking yourself if Malta is worth the extra flight or ferry ride, the short answer is YES. You’ll constantly see the intermingling of outside influences on Malta. From neighboring Italy, to northern Africa, to the United Kingdom — all of them have made Maltese culture and architecture unique.

 

The ancient walls of Valletta, Malta
The ancient walls of Valletta, Malta

 

Valletta, Malta
Valletta, Malta

 

Typical Narrow Street in the City Valetta, Malta
Typical Narrow Street in the City Valetta, Malta

 

Popeye Village, Malta
Popeye Village, Malta

 

Plan visits to prehistoric wonders like the Hypogeum, made up of burial chambers carved entirely out of rock. See proof of how Malta is predominantly Catholic through its numerous cathedrals and festas. Love the water? You’re never too far from it in Malta. Don’t forget to visit the set of the live-action movie Popeye — both children and kids at heart will love it!

 
 
 

 

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