Just about everyone knows that London, Paris, Rome, Madrid, and Berlin are amazing cities rich with beautiful architecture, unparalleled history, amazing culture and much more. However, Europe is rich with many other wonderful cities that tend to go a little unnoticed when it comes to tourism. Travelling to a slightly more obscure city can be as great of an experience or better than experiencing the hustle and bustle of the noisy metropolis. Here are 5 of TGC's favourites.
5. Heidelberg, Germany
Located in the valley of the Odenwald Mountains and on the banks of the River Neckar, Heidelberg is a picturesque and romantic German city. Heidelberg Castle is the most notable landmark in the city. The city is also known for its historic “old town,” the Philosopher’s Walk up the nearby mountains, many historic churches and the University of Heidelberg.
4. Bruges, Belgium
While Bruges has become more of a destination since the release of the film In Bruges in 2008, the city still lies in the shadows of Antwerp and Brussels when it comes to Belgian destinations. This historic port city is best known for its medieval architecture and numerous canals and sometimes dubbed “The Venice of the North.” Michelangelo’s Madonna and Child sculpture is located in Bruges.
Ferrara is famous for being surrounded by over nine kilometres of ancient walls. The city also contains palaces dating back to the 14th and 15th centuries, amazing cathedrals and broad streets perfect for strolling through and taking in the sights. Ferrara has also been home to many writers, artists and musicians throughout its rich history.
2. Valencia, Spain
Valencia is the third largest city in Spain, located right on the Gulf of Valencia and in close proximity to Palma de Mallorca and Ibiza. The city’s historic winding streets, incredible architecture and amazing cathedrals make it a great destination. Valencia is also home to an enormous plaza and many famous museums and galleries.
1. Wells, United Kingdom
Sat on the Somerset Levels in the middle of the Mendip Hills, Wells is the perfect tourist destination for anyone visiting the south west of the UK. Its spectacular cathedral and picturesque High Street makes this smallest city in England with a population of just over 10,000 one of the most desirable places in this part of the country. You're never far from a major city here as Bristol and Bath are only 30 miles away, or you could hop over the border and enjoy a night in the Welsh capital, Cardiff.