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After having the opportunity to live in Europe this year, I thought it was time to give my thoughts on some of my favourite underrated cities.
Sprawling metropolis’s like London, Berlin & Paris are amazing…
Europe has so much more to offer
There is such a diversity of cities throughout the continent.
Everyone knows about the major ‘postcard’ destinations, but underneath the surface there are so many hidden gems.
Distilling a list down to just 4 cities was always going to be hard but I’ve tried to opt for a broad range and please bear in mind that these are my personal favourites –
Everyone looks for different things on their travels – If you have other favourite hidden gems, please let me know with a comment below!
An old school soviet city full of history & an incredible nightlife
Budapest is one of those cities that isn’t always at the top of everyone’s list – people always talk about Vienna and Prague as ‘must-see’ cities, Budapest just 1 tick over to the east can often be overlooked.
With a rich history stretching back to 1873 and one of the 15 largest cities in Europe, Budapest is a smorgasbord of arts, commerce, tourism & food.
Some of the must-do’s while in this vibrant city that never sleeps include the scheznyi thermal baths, jumping on a Segway and riding up into the hills and of course going to one of the infamous ruin bars and enjoying a night to remember (or not)
A little hidden gem in the centre of Switzerland that I truly believe is the most picturesque place on earth.
Situated at the base of the Swiss Alps and with the “Top of Europe” just a scenic train ride away, there’s always things to do. Having the opportunity to head up and snowboard down the Swiss Alps is a memory I’ll cherish forever.
The view I had the first morning I woke up there really sums it up. I stepped out of my cabin in the meadow and looked straight at a massive waterfall carved out of the mountains that fed a river that flowed directly through the town. Looked out across I saw a deer running through the field and then looked up to my left and saw the imposing Swiss Alps with the snow slowly melting under the warm summer sunshine.
Incredible Russian city that must be added to your bucket list
A difficult decision between St Petersburg & Moscow, Moscow has such a history and you could truly feel a unique energy as you entered into the Motherland. It was a city unlike any other that I’d been to and I’d definitely recommend visiting once in your lifetime.
However – St Petersburg was unique, from the breathtaking architecture, the canals that circled the city and multitude of palaces & museums. A city with an incredibly livable pace of life and generous locals to greet you at every corner.
Before the World Cup I never would have envisioned that I’d have such an affinity for Russia but if you’ve never been, though it’s not often top of people’s places to go I really encourage you to step outside of your comfort zones. You’ll truly be experiencing a hidden gem on the other side of the world.
How could any European list be complete without my favourite city in the world?
After having the opportunity to live in the Maas I truly think it’s paradise.
It’s not the most touristy city in Europe and comparatively doesn’t offer as many distinct sightseeing spots but if you have some spare time in your holiday and would like a change of pace as you take some time to ‘smell the roses’ this little gem in the south of the Netherlands is where you want to go.
A small town of only 100,000 but with historical importance as the location of the signing of the European Union treaty and the Birthplace of the Euro this ancient town truly does feel like a step into another world.
Just a short 15 minute bike ride away from Belgium and located centrally so you can plan your next trip around Europe with ease I’d definitely recommend it.
If you have the chance to go some of my top recommendations would be – ride your bike up to Fort St Peter and watch the sunrise, head to the Markt square and enjoy the classic Dutch dish of fries with ketchup & mayo and finally make sure you head to Defile the best night club in Europe!
Let me know about any other European cities that you loved!
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