Underrated European Cities

Underrated European Cities

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What are the top underrated European cities?

Europe is more than Berlin, Paris, and Rome.  While those cities are undeniably rich in history, culture, and architecture, there are other cities that are just as memorable that often fly under the radar.  Visiting these underrated cities can be as rewarding as hitting the major metropolises. For example:

7. Valencia, Spain

Valencia, the third largest city in Spain, is situated on the Gulf of Valencia close to Ibiza and Palma de Mallorca.  The city features beautiful architecture, historic, winding streets, and incredible cathedrals.  Valencia also includes an exceptional plaza, and numerous famous galleries and museums.  

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6. Porto, Portugal

In 2001 Porto was designated the “European Cultural Capital.”  The city has a reportedly long tradition of art, music, and sports.  It’s home to FC Porto among other football (soccer) teams and also hosts many annual events including the St. John Festival and the Queima das Fitas.

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5. Biarritz, France

Found on the Bay of Biscay, Biarritz is popular with both surfers and tourists.  The yearly Biarritz Surf Festival attracts surfers and surfing fans from across the globe.  Biarritz, situated in French Basque Country, is mere minutes from Spain’ border.

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4. Innsbruck, Austria

The Alpine-located city Innsbruck is famous for hosting the Winter Olympic Games in 1964 and 1976.  It’s a hot spot for climbing, hiking, mountain biking and winter sports. It also features museums, castles, and other historic sites.

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3. Gothenburg, Sweden

Known as a university city (college town), Gothenburg is more than a place to enjoy Scandinavian architecture, cultural history, museums, and sports.  It also hosts some famous festivals such as the Gothenburg International Film Festival, music events such as Metaltown and Way Out West.  

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2. Budapest, Hungary

It’s the capital and largest city in Hungary and yet it’s still often overlooked.   The neo-Gothic Parliament building, Castle Hill, and the entire Castle District are recommended.  A romantic walk along the banks of the historic River Danube is also a prerequisite.

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1. Copenhagen, Denmark

Online sources indicate that the majority of tourists who travel to Europe focus on western and southern Europe.  Yet no one should miss Copenhagen.  Once a Viking fishing village, it features unique architecture, culture, multiple beaches and a rich history too.

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