9 Overlooked European Cities You Have to Visit Before You Die

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with traveling to much-visited and adored cities like Barcelona, Venice, or Florence. After all, we’d be remiss in suggesting that any city on the planet could replace the romance of or the storied history of Athens. But for the traveler who’s simply on the market for something a little more , there are plenty of lesser-known cities in Europe to explore.

Half the fun of travel is discovery anyway, don’t you think? If you want to escape the tourist crowds, we suggest going off the beaten track a little and exploring some —or you could choose some of the . We’ve been doing some matchmaking, so book a flight to one of these nine that will satisfy your taste for beauty, adventure, culture, and then some.

Aside from the obvious choices, these are also some of the best cities to visit in Europe.