5 GREAT PLACES TO GO IN EUROPE THAT YOU MIGHT NOT THINK OF FIRST

These are some glorious choices

 

 

When you think of the best places to travel in Europe, what comes to mind? Paris? Rome? Amsterdam? All perfectly brilliant locations to choose but there’s so much more to Europe. Statistics suggest almost half (43%) of travelers are now looking for less crowded destinations. We’re not quite sure why the majority of people want to go to more crowded places…

 

Here are five superb places to visit that are not the usual choices.

 

 

 

 

Lyon, France

 

Paris is one of the most touted tourist destinations in Europe. About 32 million individuals travel there each year. In contrast, only about 6 million people visit Lyon, France. Which is a staggering shame! If you’re looking for hidden gems in Europe, then this is one. In Lyon, you’ll find a riverfront city full of quiet cafes, and perhaps the best food in France! This is where most of modern French cuisine was developed, which Daniel Boulud, for one, brought to the US.

 

There’s also plenty of shopping. You’ll experience exquisite medieval architecture, surrounding awesome countryside and wine country, and the nearby French Alps. The French Alps and French wine? If we were doctors (and who’s to say we’re not), that would be a prescription.

 

 

 

The Hague Netherlands

The Hague, a blend of old and new

 

 

 

The Hague, The Netherlands

 

Would you call yourself politically progressive? If so, visit The Hague! This city is well-known for its dedication to social justice and friendly locals, and its War Crimes Tribunals. What’s more fun than a War Crime Tribunal? Not much! And not only does the city have a golden beach, but chic clubs, too. They pride themselves on having some of the best vegetarian cafes. If you’re looking for a laid-back destination, this is where to go. It’s not Amsterdam, but it has its own unique charm and history and, as long as you’re not a war criminal — you’re not, right? — then you should have a great time.

 

 

 

 

Northern Ireland

 

For spectacular scenery, experience the breathtaking views in Northern Ireland, which has a gorgeous coastline, but also beautiful forest parks. And you can enjoy these sights while participating in some of your favorite hobbies, like hiking, camping, or golf. Take a look at this golf trip if you’re interested in golfing with a majestic view! Go on.

 

And Belfast, after decades of conflict, has incredibly and wonderfully emerged as one of Europe’s most fun and vibrant cities.

 

 

 

 

The Ore Mountains, Saxony

 

If you are passionate about Christmas — technically, in some traditions, it’s not over until Feb 2nd., on Candlemas — you’ll love this quaint, Christmas-themed town in Saxony, in the Ore mountains. Here you’ll find the magic of winter around every corner. You’ll also get to experience some mining traditions first-hand — probably a first, right? Have you ever gone to a concert in an underground cave before? Well now live performing is back, more or less, this is something to check out!

 

 

 

 

Frankfurt, Germany

 

Are you a history buff or into a city with an abundant nightlife? If so, check out Frankfurt. It’s not just a big airport, or annual book festival…

 

Here, you’ll find plenty of museums to view one-of-a-kind Renaissance art, top-quality restaurants, and parks. And, when they are back, you can experience some wonderful outdoor summer festivals. There’s plenty of shopping and nighttime activities, too. Zeil street is considered one of the prime shopping areas in Germany. And there’s a vibrant food scene happening there now.

 

These interesting places aren’t the top-trending destinations. Which is  a plus on so many levels! But, despite their lack of hype, they’re sure to provide all the excitement you’re looking for.