Underrated European Travel Destinations

One of the most sought out travel destinations is Europe. Despite its small size, its pull for travelers is unmatched around the world. If you are the kind of traveler who looks for destinations that are starting to get the buzz right now, the overlooked places that are ready to be found are what this list will be focusing on. Here are some of the top European travel destinations.

Porto and Douro Valley, Portugal

One of the most vibrant Portuguese destinations, Porto has emerged as a vibrant arts capital. The cities bohemian art scene is the gallery-lined Rua Miguel Bombarda. Big museums such as the Museu de Arte Contemporanea in Parque de Serravles host some of the most cutting-edge exhibitions in the world. The popular Casa da Musica keeps the music going year around with live performances, and free outdoor concerts during the summer months.

Just outside of Porto is the Douro Valley, which is a beautiful region with steep hillsides covered in some of Portugal’s most celebrated vineyards, with river cruises and some scenic train rides, that make great day trips.

Budapest, Hungary

The old city is home to some the most beautiful unrenovated buildings and wild places capes. With a view of the past always around, the retro chic hotels like the former prime minister’s residence Brody House is a must stay at. Budapest has been long famed for its thermal baths, old fashioned coffee shops, and restaurants that serve simple Hungarian fare called etkezdek’s.

Northern Iceland

A traveler’s destination with a huge word-of-mouth following, Iceland is becoming one of the most sought after travel destinations period. With affordability and an arts culture full of music, writers, and hot springs, people seem to be coming in flocks. With no shortage of dramatic geysers, lava fields, and towering waterfalls, the surge in popularity is backed up. Also, if you want to check out the Northern Lights, Iceland has a better light show than even the more northern parts of Scandinavia.

Bern, Switzerland

Considered by many to be the most underrated capital city on the continent, Bern offers a little something for everyone. Bern has a nice blend of old and modern, with some edginess thrown in as well. World Heritage sites like Einstein’s former house are accessible to visit. Arts boutiques, bars, and cutting-edge locavore cuisine is what you can expect while in Bern. The Buskers Street Music Festival is great for the budget traveler, with the festival being free and lining the streets of Bern.

Originally published at annestrebinger.org.