Popular cities like London, Paris, and Rome are spectacular. But if you’re looking for a new adventure, off the typical tourist path, you’ll adore my list of underrated European cities. Let’s explore, darlings!

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Copenhagen, Denmark

A hip city full of rich cultural history and interesting landmarks, you’ll never run out of things to do in Copenhagen. Along with big attractions like the Tivoli Gardens and Amalienborg Castle, Copenhagen is known for its growing culinary successes (Smørrebrød, anyone?) as well as fashion and design. Therefore, almost any place you visit boasts intricate interior design and incredible food to try. On top of all that, the city is one of the most bike-friendly places in the world! So, do most of your sightseeing on bike… even easier than walking!

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Budapest, Hungary

Budapest boasts complex history and beautiful views of the city’s architecture and the Danube River. What’s not to love? Take a dip in one of the large and historic Turkish baths, or visit Fisherman’s Bastion to really take in the beauty of the city. Budapest is a large and affordable city, so you’ll be able to spend a quality amount of time exploring, even on a budget.

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Innsbruck, Austria

Innsbruck is definitely a place to visit if you value nature and the outdoors. This city rests in a valley on the western part of Austria. The Alps tower over the city, giving everyone the most unreal view (see above). There are several attractions that are must sees within the city, like the Imperial Palace and the Alpine Zoo. However, I definitely recommend taking the Hungerburg funicular up the mountains for more breathtaking views of the Alps and the rest of the city.

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The Island of Crete, Greece

Crete is the largest Greek island and the perfect getaway! History fans can travel back in time by visiting ancient ruins of Spinalonga or Knossos. Nature admirers can hike and admire the Samaria and Imbros gorges. Beach bums can enjoy the gorgeous Balos lagoon or the popular Vai beach. No matter where you go on this beautiful island, you will find your new “happy place.”

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Split, Croatia

Split is the second largest city in Croatia but unfortunately often overlooked as a vacation spot. If you’re a fan of Game of Thrones, you probably will see familiar spots… the show is filmed in this spectacular city! The Old Town area of Split recently became a UNESCO world heritage; locals really cherish their history and diverse culture. Explore Diocletian’s Palace built in 4th century AD – not only is it historic, it is surrounded by a variety of shops, restaurants, and bars. Split is also known for its gorgeous beaches off the coast of the Mediterranean and delicious seafood. What more could you ask for in a vacation spot?

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