13 Underrated European Cities You Should Visit in Your Lifetime
There’s so much more to Europe than the overcrowded cities that most tourists flock to. These overlooked cities are just waiting for you to visit.
Love hiking and outdoor sports? Innsbruck is the ultimate European destination for adventure and recreation year-round. In fact, the town has hosted the Winter Olympic Games twice (in 1964 and 1976). Innsbruck is nestled in a unique location where the mountains meet the valley, and which makes the city feel one with nature. Before your getaway, learn how to pack a light carry-on for a hassle-free trip.
Tucked away in southeastern France, Annecy is a charming, medieval village within the Rhone-Alpes region. It’s known for its crystal-clear blue lake waters, snow-capped mountains, historic markets, and active culture. Biking, hiking, boating, swimming, and even paragliding are all common activities for residents and visitors. Surrounded by the picturesque Alps, visiting Annecy feels like stepping into a fairy tale. Located on the edge of Lake Annecy is Auberge du Père Bise, a famous hotel with 23 rooms and suites owned by Michelin star chef Jean Sulpice and his wife, Magali. The hotel has housed celebrities and politicians from the world over, and it continues be a prime vantage point for lake viewing.
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Want to visit a city that lies at the foot of popular ski mountain Vitosha? Sofia is Bulgaria’s often overlooked, laid-back, culture-filled capital. Offering stunning views of Narodno Sabranie Square and Alexandar Nevski Cathedral, the ultimate luxury hotel InterContinental Sofia helps give travelers a full immersion into this destination. While you’re in Bulgaria, check out the most popular travel destinations in Eastern Europe.