5 underrated places to visit in Europe

 Well hello to you my reader chums! With the world opening back up and travelling starting to become a little more mainstream again, I know a lot of us are dreaming about where to go next (especially me.) Adventure is wherever you look and Europe is a continent with plenty to explore from one country or city to the next, and to me, I always feel at home there.

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I'm lucky that I've been able to travel around a lot of Europe, however, there are still many destinations I'm yet to see, and can't wait until I'm about to experience them. Whether you're uncertain about where to go next in Europe or would love to visit somewhere new, here are 5 underrated places to visit in Europe.

Siena, Tuscany

Tuscany is my favourite region in Italy and a place I've been dreaming of owning a summer home in since I was about 8 years old. When I went there a few years ago, all the dreams I had about it came into reality and I fell in love with it over and over again. Tuscany is a region with many to offer for everyone, whether you'd love to dabble into the buzzing atmosphere of Florence, go on a vineyard tour, or explore the many quaint towns.

Siena Italy

I love all of Tuscany and would love to explore every single town within the region at some point as the beauty there is something out of this world and holds a place in my heart. One of my favourite places in Tuscany was Siena, a city in central Tuscany. Siena is renowned for its medieval buildings and the famous Piazza del Campo and for me, I loved it for its charming streets, authentic restaurants, and general old-school vibe.

Siena isn't huge and you can easily experience all the best bits in 2 days, however, it's a charming city to stay and set up base, and embrace the true Italian vibes. Plus, it's a quieter base to explore the wonders of other dreamy locations in Tuscany, including Florence, Pisa, and Lucca. And, I especially loved Siena as it was only 20 minutes bus ride to the gorgeous MonteriggioniMonteriggioni is a hidden gem and not spoken about enough - there isn't much there, but it has a charm about it like no other place in Italy. And, the food there is some of the best I've ever had - with views that'll leave you dreaming for days.

Krakow, Poland

I didn't think I'd love Krakow as much as I did until I arrived. It's one of those cities I've always wanted to visit because I'm a complete history nerd and I had heard many good things prior to my visit, but it lived up to every expectation and more.

Krakow Poland

Krakow is a city with more going on than first meets the eye and a hub of gorgeous architecture, historical significance, and an old town with a unique charm about it and friendly folk wherever you turn. The city always had more and more things to do, wherever I looked and I especially loved the old town. It was a hub for quirky places to dine, drink, and unique shops which I adored.

The city of Krakow is also very cheap for a weekend away that I couldn't actually believe how little everything costs, especially food, drink, and transport. The budget-friendly price tag is ideal if you'd love a cheap getaway with affordable accommodation and a non-stop fun experience.

Copenhagen, Denmark

I have too many good things to say about Copenhagen. It's one of those cities I fell in love with straight away with its hippy, modern and sustainable vibe. I wouldn't say Copenhagen isn't well known, but it's not a lot of people's first pick when you compare it with the popularity of Paris and Barcelona for example.

Copenhagen Denmark

Copenhagen is a city I love to revisit because it had a happy and peppy atmosphere wherever you looked with colourful buildings, exciting sights to see, friendly locals, and unique things to do everywhere I went. Staying away from the central part of Copenhagen also gave me a sense of authenticity for the city with its hipster bars and shops, and I loved that as it was basically me in a city.

It may be a little pricier than most cities but it can be easily done on a budget and is worth it in my opinion. Also, you have to go and see Nyhaven Harbour and get the iconic photo with the colourful buildings shadowing the river. It's a gorgeous location for a few days and a taste of a different culture - and has some cool places to stay.

Cologne, Germany

When many think of Germany, their first places that come to mind are its capital Berlin or Frankfurt but Cologne had a charm about it that I really loved. Located in western Germany and known as the warmest city in the country, Cologne offers sweeping river views, medieval buildings, and has an incredible market at Christmas time.

Cologne Germany

Cologne isn't short of things to do with a river ideal for dreamy or romantic walks, a grand cathedral offering stunning views of the city, the famous Lindt museum, and a shopping scene you'll fall in love with that there is something for everyone. Plus, Germany is only a short plane ride away from the UK and accommodation is easily affordable.

Kent, England

In a travel post about overseas locations, I'm not one to mention the UK as I don't really view it as jetting off somewhere as it's home. However, the UK is part of Europe and I think the pandemic has taught us the beauty of what's on our doorstep, and how we can enjoy a staycation as much as an overseas adventure.

Kent coast

There are many incredible places in the UK to fill your staycation boots, however, as someone from Kent, this year has made me realise how beautiful the county is. Whether you'd love a beach staycation and want to explore the bays of Thanet or the pebbly paradise of Whitstable, dabble into city life in Canterbury, go shopping in Tunbridge Wells, The Pantiles or learn your history at Dover Castle, the activity list is endless. The Garden of England as Kent is known as has something for the country lover, beach bum, or city goer - and has many accommodation options to choose from.

I hope you enjoyed this post. What's your favourite underrated location in Europe?

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49 comments

  1. I havent been to any of these places but Copenhagan and Krakow are definitely on my list! Thanks for sharing this post :)

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  2. I've been to Pisa and Lucca but never made it to Siena, sadly, although I WILL visit one day! And Kent has been on my bucket list for ages as well, as a gardener I feel I need to see why it's known as the Garden of England! x

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    1. I adore Lucca!! I hope you can visit one day and come to Kent too xx

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  3. I really want to visit Germany soon! Thank you for this list Della, very helpful x

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  4. Siena is the only one I haven't heard people talk about, so I'm definitely going to add that to my list for future travels. Nice suggestions!

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  5. I love Europe, those romantic, cobbled stone streets. Hope to visit these places!

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  6. Copenhagen has been on my to visit list for so long! I can't wait to finally visit!

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  7. I've been to Kent many times but that's it from this list! Copenhagen reaaaally appeals to me, I hope I get to visit one day!

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  8. I love visiting Europe and definitely want to return when we can do so safely again! I love Italy particularly, but there is so many beautiful cities you’ve highlighted here that I’m still to discover. Thanks for sharing.

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  9. Some beautiful places to visit! Copenhagen has been on my travel to-do list for ages, it just looks lovely and calm there! x

    Lucy | www.lucymary.co.uk

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  10. This post reminded me of how much I have missed traveling. Krakow and Copenhagen are both in my list when I feel safe to start traveling again. Thank you!

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    1. Ah I miss it too! I hope you're able to visit soon xx

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  11. Great suggestions! I visited Krakow a few years ago and absolutely loved it, and I really want to visit all of these other places, too! Italy in particular has always been near the top of my bucket list, so I'll have to add Siena. Thanks for sharing x

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  12. These are some interesting places that I wouldn't think of straight away when thinking of somewhere to go. I've never been to Italy and Tuscany sounds amazing.

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  13. There are so many amazing place to visit in this post. Krakow and Cologne are on my list to travel to. I would love to Cologne at Christmas time. Thank you for sharing this post.

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  14. I must confess, given my absolute love of Tuscany after reading Frances Mayes' memoirs, I cannot believe any part of it can be underrated! In my mind it is beautiful and rolling and freshly scented, elegant and inviting. I love that you include Siena on your list among the charm of Kent, the seaside snap of Copenhagen, and the curiosity of Cologne.

    Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I'm with you there, I think it's forgotten about compared to Florence! xx

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  15. These are all such beautiful locations. I can’t wait to travel again. I’d love to visit Siena, Tuscany! Thanks for sharing!

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  16. I haven't been to any of these places, other than Kent, but Tuscany is SO high on my list! I've visited Italy a few times and loved it - plus heard so many good things about Tuscany specifically x

    mia // https://beautiful-inspiring-creative-life.com/

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  17. Goodness but Tuscany and Copenhagen seem like places I could certainly fall in love with. I really hope to visit some time in the near future. Really informative post!

    Lauren // www.cko-coolkidsonly.blogspot.com

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  18. I used to work with some guys from Krakow and they always used to show me their photos of home. Since then, I've always wanted to go!
    Rosie

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  19. I can't believe I've never been to any of these places before! I'm going to have to add them to my list and visit next time I'm in Europe :)

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  20. I’ve been to Tuscany long time ago. It was quite lovely. I wish I can travel to Europe again. Serious, I miss traveling overseas. Thank you for sharing this cool post.

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  21. These sound amazing! I've always liked the idea of Tuscany...

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  22. I will keep these in mind when I go to Europe. Last year was planning to go to Poland but couldn't.

    Fransic - https://www.querianson.com

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  23. What a great list of places! I'd love to visit some of these. There's a city in Germany called Saarbrucken which I LOVE. I used to live about 40 mins on the train from it when I lived in France!

    Corinne x

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    1. Thanks so much! Ooh I haven't heard of Saarbrucken x

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  24. I would love to visit Europe one day! These look like such wonderful places, they would definitely be on my list.

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  25. Love this! I really want to visit Copenhagen too! It looks so lovely! Thanks for sharing x

    Lynn | https://www.lynnmumbingmejia.com

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