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10 Top Little-Know Destinations in Europe

Wanderlust September 26, 2017 By Vincent

Europe has many attractions dotted throughout, with various cultures and countries all jostling for attention and most people aware of the top attractions in capitals such as London, Paris, and Rome but there are some real cultural treats to be found outside of these. Unknown corners of the continent can offer up a far more intimate travel experience with fewer thronging crowds to get through and a sidestepping of rampant commercialism. Here are Europe's 10 Best Hidden Destinations.

1. Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany

On the very edge of the famed Black Forest, this city sits in the shadow of the tree-covered hill of Schlossberg. Mountain bike trails lead down from the hills into the valley whilst road cyclists can make the most of the gloriously flat roads along the Dreisam river. Home to one of the oldest churches in Europe with the Münster cathedral, its history is beautifully in tune with its picturesque setting.

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Not too far from the Swiss border, it is quite possible to do a day trip from Zurich or Basel.

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2. Sibiu, Romania

Constructed in the middle ages by German settlers, Sibiu brings together a set of different cultures from Romania, Germany, and Hungary. Another cyclist friendly city, it is a mix of medieval charm and lush parkland inside one of Europe's best kept fortified citadels.

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The Cibin River runs right by Sibiu and it is the former capital of Transylvania.

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3. Odense, Denmark

Birthplace of the fairy tale creator Hans Christian Andersen, the city pays homage to him with many a statue and museum proclaiming his influence and even has a public bench with many of his characters carved into it.

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The third largest city in Denmark, Odense has plenty of wonderful restaurants and galleries to visit and is designed with pedestrians and cyclists in mind. A coastal city on the island of Funen where it has been the capital for over 1000 years.

4. Vézelay, France

A UNESCO world heritage site, predominantly because if its Romanesque Basilica of St. Magdalene, Vézelay Abbey which is a stunning church that dates all the way back to the 11th century.

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A hilltop town in the French countryside it is often covered in geraniums during summer which can be fully enjoyed from the many independent cafes throughout the Cure Valley which more often than not will serve the locally grown white wines. 

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5. Pilsen, Czech Republic

In part, heavily industrialized what with it being the home of Skoda Motorworks and Pilsner beer, Pilsen still holds some spectacular architecture and scenery around its gardens, museums, and galleries.

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Not too far from Prague, it often gets unfairly by-passed by those heading straight for the Czech capital.

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