Are you looking for a beautiful yet underrated European holiday, well look no further! Here are 5 European holidays to add to your bucket list.
1. Genoa, Italy
The birthplace of Christopher Columbus Genoa was a shipbuilding centre and is still now a working city. Many people will mistake its working city grubbiness as ugly but it’s not its authentic beauty. Moody and atmospheric with tall, old buildings and narrow, winding streets. History is alive in Genoa and nonewhere more so than in the old town which was granted a place on the World Heritage List UNESCO in 2006. A city not primed and polished for tourism it has stayed true to itself Genoa is true ‘of the beaten track gem’ and a place you have to visit if you love the lesser known.
2. Utrecht, Holland
Utrecht is known as a student city with a large population of single young people. This results in a booming nightlife with many places to have a quick meal, some drinks or a dance. Most of the city’s historical sights – wharves, churches and monuments – are concentrated in a relatively small area that makes up the old town centre. This means that a full day and a good pair of walking shoes is all you need to cover most of the main sights. A trip to Utrecht really is a whirlwind adventure and so much fun!
3. Bergen, Norway
Bergen is the type of place you’re going to fall in love with a first sight. Seven rounded lush mountains, pastel wood houses, the historic wharf, winding cobblestone streets, and hanseatic relics all make it a place of enchantment. Don’t let the 240 days a year of rain but you off coming, just bring a rain coat! If you’re short on cash you can climb mountains and go on the most gorgeous walks for free. But if you have some money to spend, going on a fjord cruise. The nature is breath-taking there are waterfalls everywhere you look, and if you’re feeling brave you should climb the Stoltzekleiven staircase.
4. Bremen, Germany
Bremen is a picturesque city which is happily situated along both sides of the river Weser. With over 1200 years of history to explore, amble through the twisting lanes filled with quaint shops and cafes, making sure to stop at the UNESCO World Heritage listed Town Hall, hailed as the best in Europe. It has the most amazing park with a gigantic rowing lake, a rare breed sanctuary, and a gorgeous cafe where you can sit and drink Aperol Spritz. You can climb to the top of the cathedral spire for a great view of the city, and Bremen is where they brew Becks beer, so you can do a fun brewery tour too.
5. Gothenburg, Sweden
Once passed aside as an average port city Gothenburg is now one of Europe’s most sought after weekend break destinations. Its coast and islands have a good ferry service, a big amusement park, a science center, and good shopping. There’s botanical gardens and a nature museum with a stuffed whale. It has lots of coffee shops and you will need to have fika at least once or twice every day.