Europe gets more than 500 million tourists every year, accounting for 50% of tourists all over the world. From the cultural attractions of France to the stunning German architecture and the never-ending supply of historic sights in Italy, European countries have so much to offer that it can often get overwhelming for tourists to decide which places to visit and which to leave out. If you find yourself in a similar situation don’t worry, here is a list that includes some of the more underrated tourist spots along with some of the most famous tourist attractions in all of Europe that you should add to your bucket list.
The capital and the largest city of the Hungary, Budapest is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Despite getting hundreds of thousands of tourists from all over the world, Budapest to this day remains one of the most underrated tourist attractions in Europe. The city is so big in size that despite the massive influx of tourists you will hardly ever find it overcrowded.
Previously ruled by the Huns and the Ottomans, the Hungarians took over this city in the ninth century and inherited some of the most exquisite architecture the world has ever seen.
Home to the museum of fine arts that has a massive collection of over 10,000 works and many other historic churches, palaces, and parliament buildings, Budapest is considered a hub of art, culture, and architecture.
Lisbon is the capital of Portugal and is the biggest city in the whole country. With a population of more than 2 million people that accounts for almost 20% of the entire country's population, Lisbon is Europe's 10th most populous urban area.
Located along the Atlantic coast, Lisbon lies in the western Iberian peninsula on the Atlantic Ocean and River Tagus. The location of the city made it ground zero for 15th and 16th-century explorers to sail foreign water and explore uncharted land. You can see a massive influence of the golden age of discovery in the Lisbon culture and heritage.
On your visit to Lison, you can explore the narrow streets of the old quarter, take a stroll along the riverbank, or spend a day at the lush green parks and gardens. Another major tourist attraction is the Belem Tower, which is a 16th-century fortress on the north bank of the Tagus river. You should also make sure that you spare a day to visit the Sao Jorge Castle which is a remnant of Moorish architecture from the eighth century.
Located in the Konavle region, to the southeast of Dubrovnik, Croatia, Cavtat is known as the Tuscany of Croatia. A mere 18 km away from the famous Dubrovnik, Cavtat is often overshadowed by its more famous neighboring cities; however, every visitor would agree that it is one of the most picturesque and charming towns in all of Croatia.
It is most famous for its old town center that is home to some of the best cafes and restaurants in the area. Its palm tree-lined waterfront makes for a view that is worth seeing.
The city is known for its laid-back, fun, and peaceful vibe away from all the hustle and bustle of Dubrovnik. So if you're looking to spend some time away from the noisy and bustling city life and want to have some private time to yourself or with your partner, this is the place to be.
Whenever people plan on taking a Mediterranean vacation, they generally think of countries like Italy, Croatia, or Greece. Although all of these places are great tourist spots, the bitter reality is that more often than not you will find these places overcrowded. Valletta the capital of Malta; however, is relatively less famous amongst the travelers. Even though it gets a lot of tourists during the peak season, Valletta still feels like a relatively uncharted land for travelers.
The city spreads over a mere 122 square miles of land and is a big UNESCO world heritage site. Protected by historic fortification the city is home to lush green gardens, historic churches, baroque palaces, and piazzas.
One of the most interesting things about Valletta is its diverse culture. Having been ruled by the Arabs, Spanish, Germans, and the French, Valletta draws influence from many different cultures and has some of the friendliest locals you will find in all of Europe.
The capital of the Netherlands, Amsterdam, draws in hundreds of thousands of tourists throughout the year and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in all of Europe. It is home to more than 40 museums, tons of theaters, many universities, and research centers.
More importantly, the city has been able to preserve many houses that date back to the 16th century; a space of 2,000 acres is home to more than 6,500 buildings built in concentric circles. The city consists of 90 small islands that are dissected by more than 150 canals and linked to each other with more than 1200 bridges.
Home to the Rijksmuseum, Rembrandt’s house, and the van Gogh museum, Amsterdam draws many art and history enthusiasts from all over the world. If you feel tired during a day of exploring through the small islands of Amsterdam, you can take a break and try Holland's famous beer at the Heineken Brewery.