5 Intriguing European Towns to Explore in 2017

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Five Interesting European Towns Waiting to be Discovered

Planning your itinerary for a European holiday can be difficult because of the seemingly endless list of places that you can visit. Whether you would like a relaxed holiday or be physically active, there is a unique destination off the beaten path that is perfect for every traveler, including these five fascinating European towns listed below.

Bled, Slovenia

Slovenia may not be a popular destination, but it is definitely worth exploring, specifically Bled. While there are many things to do and attractions to see, one of the best is Lake Bled, which has gained reputation as one of the best in the world. This stunning town has a spectacular backdrop that is sure to leave you in awe.

Whether you are visiting during the summer or winter, regardless if you want to discover food or go on a sightseeing, there is a long list of attractions that will give you a grand time. Seeing the Bled Castle, hiking along Mt. Stol, and visiting the Vintgra Gorge are just some of the activities that you should include in your itinerary.

Editor’s Note: Slovenia has been on my radar for a long time now, especially with some of my Shadows of Africa colleagues calling the nation home.

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Image courtesy of Riccardo Cuppini

Puglia, Italy

This underrated Italian town is one of many Italian towns that has been overshadowed, but really deserves respect. One of the most lovely and unusual things about this region is the accommodation. You can stay in an authentic trulli, which is a traditional hut style building with a cone shaped roof. If you are looking for something a little more luxurious, you can stay in a renovated trulli, which combines historic architecture with modern amenities.

Among other attractions, one that you should not miss is the Basilica di San Nicola, which is considered as one of the first Norman churches in the country. Santuario di San Michele is another religious sanctuary that you should visit. For a discovery of archeological treasures, on the other hand, Museo de Faggiano is a must-see, as well as Museo Nazionale Archeologico di Taranto. Your visit in Puglia will not be complete without sampling some of the best and authentic Italian dishes. Paglionico Vini e Cucina, a casual tavern, is one place that is recommended by foodies.

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Colmar, France

As many would say, visiting France without seeing Paris is a crime. After all, it is home of the world-renowned Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, and so much more. The only problem with Paris is that you’ll be contending with everybody else who wants to see it for themselves.

If you want a less crowded destination Colmar should be on your radar. It is located on the border of France and Germany, which basically explains why it is an amalgamation of the architecture of the two countries.

This is a colorful town that is popular among travelers who do not want to see what everybody else has seen. One of its most popular attractions is Musee d’Unterlinden, which houses a vast collection of medieval artifacts.

Other attractions that are worth seeing include Place de la Cathedrale, Ancien Corps de Garde, and Maison Adolph.

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Czesky Krumlov, Czech Republic

When you talk about the Czech Republic, Prague is probably what most people would mention. If you want a different but equally memorable experience, be sure to head to Czesky Krumlov.

Situated along the Vltava River, it has a character and beauty that is hard to rival. It has a wide collection of Renaissance buildings that are adorned with intricate art. There is also a lot of picturesque castles, with one of the most popular being the Czesky Krumlov Castle, which once served as home to the aristocratic rulers of the time.

For those who would like to satiate their curiosity and embark on a journey of discovery, the Museum Fotoatelier Seidel should be visited. It is also a good place to give your stomach a treat. Some of the mouthwatering foods that you should try include dumplings and pork knuckle.

Czesky Krumlov
Image courtesy of Iln Judy.

Klosters, Switzerland

This alpine resort village in Switzerland is sure to provide you with a mesmerizing experience. It exudes an air of romanticism, which also makes this town the ideal place to take that special someone.

There are plenty of stunning vacation rentals in Klosters to choose from. Around the area, there are different cycling routes that will be perfect for both beginners and experts. If you love hiking, on the other hand, there are also safe paths that you can explore on your own.

For those who are traveling with children, on the other hand, two of the most popular attractions are Davos Kirchner Museum and Madrisa Kinderland. St Jacobs, a church that is believed to have been built in 1492, will also be worth checking out.

If you are visiting during the winter, be sure to try the Gotsschnabahn cable car. The Madrisa Ski region is also a popular spot, especially for novices at skiing.

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  • Molly

    Kismet Dao in Brasov, Romania was brilliant and one of my favorite places when I backpacked. Also, I would put Sophia, Bulgaria and Budapest, Hungary on that list!

  • Dinernest203

    If I will given a chance to have some Venture in Europe, I would like to spent it on Venice 🙂 and also I want to try the Rhine river cruises in Europe.

  • Romania is great! Also Ukraine and Moldova – both highly recommended if you are looking for a different kind of Euro trip. 

    • Hoping to create an alternate European itinerary for next September. Definitely looking to include some off the beaten track options.

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  • I have been backpacking around Europe – not to show off or anything, haha – but I’ve still only been to one of these places: Denmark. It was great – a little bit expensive though – and you’ll love it there.

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  • Anonymous

    Ohhh, that Slovenian view is amazing!  Eastern Europe is definitely on my list for my next Euro visit, whenever that may be!
    Iceland is on there too, as well as the former Yugoslavias….each of them.
    Some day!

    • Slovenia has fascinated me ever since I started chatting with my good friend Eva about a potential visit a few years ago. I had no idea it was so beautiful until she educated me.

      I wanted to include the former Yugoslav states in my list, but most of them are already fairly popular spots. Definitely on my ‘to visit’ list though.

    • I’m really keen to maybe visit eastern Europe next year on my way to my mate’s wedding in London. Any tips?

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