One of the best parts of traveling is exploring side streets and hidden alleys, getting a taste for the adventures off-the-beaten-path. While Europe might be more well-known for its iconic cities like Rome, Barcelona and Dublin, these seven hidden gems deserve some exploration of their own—making it the perfect opportunity to find some peace, quiet, and perfect landscapes.
This stunning Croatian coastal city’s landscapes offer a mystical escape from reality. Climb up to the top of Marjan Hill to grab a beer from the bar and soak in the panoramic views of Split Harbor.
See the sites for yourself on a tour of Split
Explore the eclectic capital of Romania as you learn about its communist history and take in the elaborate, ornate architecture that spans the decades. After a day full of exploring (which should include a visit to the second-largest building in the world, Ceausescu’s Palace), head to the pedestrian-only area of Lipscani for great restaurants and nightlife—the perfect spot to try a glass of Romanian wine.
Dive deeper into Romanian culture on a trip to Bucharest
Full of Flemish charm, Antwerp features an intriguing mix of Gothic, Renaissance and, modern architecture. Don’t miss a visit to the Kloosterstraat, an area full of antiques and vintage markets perfect for finding a well-worn souvenir.
Add an Antwerp tour excursion to your Belgium itinerary
Home to the majestic Alhambra, the last Moorish stronghold in Spain, Granada is full of surprises. A visit to the Arab baths is a relaxing way to spend an afternoon before catching a flamenco show in one of the ancient gypsy caves of the Albaicín.
Witness Spain’s beauty on a Granada visit
Prague, Czech Republic
Known for a vibrant beer culture and fairytale castles, Prague is one of the most interesting places in Eastern Europe. After visiting the Lennon Wall, rest your feet at one of the quaint cafes surrounding the Charles Bridge, where you’ll be treated to a moment of calm amid beautiful views.
Explore the Czech capital on a Prague tour
A visit to Vienna must include a piece of the world-famous Sachertorte, the perfect fuel for exploring the many ring roads that surround the Danube River.
Choose your tour of Vienna
Just like you’d imagine, Edinburgh is the epitome of medieval times, featuring ancient castles, endless green landscapes, and picturesque villages. Harry Potter fans can’t miss a stop at the Elephant House, the coffee shop where J.K. Rowling penned the famous novels. She supposedly sat toward the back of the cafe that overlooks George Heriot’s school, supposedly the building that inspired Hogwarts.
Experience Scotland’s charm on a visit to Edinburgh
What’s your favorite hidden gem in Europe? Tell us in the comments!