5. WARSAW – This is one of the only capital cities in Europe where it doesn’t get as much attention from tourists as other cities in its country. Warsaw is a bit of a hidden gem when you compare it to other cities such as Kraków and Gdansk. The great thing about Warsaw is that it offers something a bit more unique than other Polish cities, it still retains its gorgeous medieval town and its stunning square that we so often associate with Polish cities, but with Warsaw, you also get a new town with modern buildings and outstanding skyscrapers. My favorite thing about this city though is that there is a Soviet vibe in its old town, especially with the Royal castle, and that’s something different to most European cities. It has also been named as one of Europe’s safest cities for 2020.
FAVORITE ATTRACTION: Royal castle.
WHY VISIT: Budget friendly, Off the tourist trail, Unique to other European cities.
4. LONDON – London can make anyone’s best city list no matter what year. It doesn’t matter how long you stay or how many times you visit, you will always keep finding new and exciting ways to enjoy yourself. It has world-class attractions such as Buckingham Palace, The Tower Of London, and the British Museum but you can also find numerous hidden gems around the city with the likes of Little Venice or Kyoto Park. Some people have this idea of London being extremely expensive, and yes it can be if you’re fine dining in the West End and taking a taxi back to your 4/5 star hotel, but if you do even a tiny bit of research you will find London to be extremely affordable! It has countless free museums, my favorite being the Natural history museum, you can easily find lunch for under a fiver and because public transport is so good, you never need to get a taxi anywhere.
FAVORITE ATTRACTION: Camden market.
WHY VISIT: Top attractions, Hidden gems, Food/Drink.
3. PRAGUE – Anyone who has been here will say the same as me, you must visit here! When you arrive in this central European city you start to feel as if you have been dropped into a Disney movie with its narrow winding streets, the beautiful cobblestone streets, and its gorgeous architecture tucked inside a Medieval town. Its must-see sights such as Charles Bridge and the Astorminical clock make you feel as if you stepped foot into a time machine. For nature lovers, you can walk 20 minutes from the city center and feel as if you are lost in the middle of a forest. What I loved even more than the amazing attractions here was uncovering the hidden gems and experiencing the real Czech culture. It really is hard to criticize visiting Prague in any way.
FAVORITE ATTRACTION: Letna Park.
WHY VISIT: Budget friendly, Arcitechture, Beer.
2. ZAKOPANE – The second Polish city to make this list. For me, this is up there with the biggest hidden gems in Europe and chances are if you are not from Poland you will have never heard of this place. This small city is located 2 hours south of Kraków near the border with Slovakia and it absolutely blew my breath away. I have never seen or experienced somewhere like this in my lifetime, the streets are lined with wooden log cabins and cozy restaurants inside. If you visit during winter you will find a magical market that would put Scrooge himself in the Christmas spirit. Going skiing and sledding isn’t even the number one thing to experience here, its the Christmas market hundreds of meters up Mount Gubalowka looking down as the city is lit up with lights and decorations.
FAVORITE ATTRACTION: Christmas market on Mount Gubalowka.
WHY VISIT: A unique city, Budget friendly, Outdoor activties.
1. VERONA – This northern Italian city is sandwiched between the two well-known cities of Milan and Venice. Since Italy has got so many amazing cities, the city of love can sometimes be forgotten about. There is so much that I love about this city and one of them being its not so much a hidden gem where you won’t find much to do there but it’s also not a major city with the likes of Rome being overrun by tourists, it’s somewhere in between so you can experience the amazing Italian culture without being trampled on by tourists. As a city it is great, it has famous sights such as Juliet’s Balcony and the Verona Arena, it also has an amazing food scene with the best cuisine in the world. What makes this my favorite city though is the fact if you do want to get away from the pretty city life, you can hop on a train and in 10 minutes you will be in Lake Garda having a refreshing swim.
FAVORITE ATTRACTION: Market at Piazza Delle Erbe.
WHY VISIT: Beauty, Food, Outdoor activites.
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