12 Unconventional European Cities To Visit

While it’s still a dream to go to popular destinations like London and Paris, there is also a certain charm to going to unconventional European cities.

Plus, these lesser-known cities are less touristy which allows for a more authentic feel of the place. Another advantage is that these cities can be less pricey when it comes to expenses.

Check out our own list of unconventional European cities to visit… and see if any of these might be perfect for your next travel destination.

Ghent, Belgium

Ghent is a true gem in the Flanders region of Belgium. Lonely Planet calls it “the best-kept secret of Europe”.

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Ghent, Belgium - unconventional European cities

Budapest, Hungary

A city in a stunning natural setting with a rich architectural and historical heritage. Offering an unmatched combination of culture, fine cuisine, and thermal baths. A city on either side of the majestic Danube: Buda, with its romantic streets and alleyways; and Pest, an effervescent cultural center.

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Budapest, Hungary - unconventional European cities

Isle of Skye, Scotland

Skye is one of the top locations in Scotland to visit. It is famous for its scenery and landscapes that will take your breath away. The Island has a rich History covering many topics, such as Dinosaur Fossils, Clan Warfare, Highland Clearances, and the infamous ‘Bonnie Prince Charlie’ and the Jacobite Rebellion.

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Isle of Skye - unconventional European cities

Leipzig, Germany

There are a lot of things to see in Leipzig historic buildings, tall towers, and sites steeped in history.

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Leipzig, Germany - unconventional European cities

Lofoten Islands, Norway

Lofoten is an excellent fishing destination with spectacular natural attractions such as the northern lights and the midnight sun, and small villages off the beaten track. Kayak between the islands, go fishing for the catch of your life

or look for sea eagles soaring in the sky.

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Lofoten Islands, Norway - unconventional European cities

Kraków, Poland

Kraków’s history spans a millennium. It was the seat of Polish kings and the capital of the country, developing into one of the key European metropolitan centers. The Old Town is an exceptional treasury of works of art. With traces of history and heritage representing nearly all architectural styles, from the early Middle Ages to contemporary times.

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Kraków, Poland - unconventional European cities

Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavík is so much more than just a destination; it’s a place of exciting possibilities surrounded by incredible landscapes. Where countless adventures beckon and a host of natural wonders await.

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Reykjavik, Iceland - unconventional European cities

Segovia, Spain

Segovia is a city full of ancient history, which origin dates back to Celtiberian tribes, who built it on a craggy rock made of limestone. The height of the cliff is over 1000 meters above sea level.

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Segovia, Spain - unconventional European cities

Freetown Christiania, Denmark

Freetown Christiania is a green and car-free neighborhood in Copenhagen. Best known for its autonomous inhabitants’ different way of life. Established in 1971 by a group of hippies who occupied some abandoned military barracks on the site, and developed their own set of society rules – completely independent of the Danish government.

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Freetown Christiania, Denmark - unconventional European cities

Sofia, Bulgaria

Founded seven thousand years ago, Sofia is the second oldest city in Europe. It had several names in the course of history and the remnants of the old cities are still seen today.

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Sofia, Bulgaria - unconventional European cities

Gothenburg, Sweden

Gothenburg is full of flourishing gardens, historic sites, buildings, beautiful churches and magnificent museums where you can see works by world famous artists.

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Gothenburg, Sweden - unconventional European cities

Killarney, Ireland

Brim full of history, heritage, activities, and world class hospitality. Killarney has a population of enthusiastic and welcoming people.

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Killarney, Ireland - unconventional European cities

Have you had a chance to visit any of these places? What did you think? Were they everything you’ve hoped for?

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