European Experiences

Are your European destinations becoming a little too predictable? If you keep picking the most popular places—like Paris, Rome, and Prague—it might be time to check some of the smaller cities. Here are four European cities where you’ll find fewer crowds and more unique experiences.

Photo: Josep Renalias (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Photo: Josep Renalias (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons
Bruges: Instead of busy Brussels, cruise the canals, climb the belfry, see the Flemish artwork, and fall in love with the capital of West Flanders.

Photo: Columbus Monte-Carlo
Photo: Columbus Monte-Carlo

Fontvieille: In lieu of expensive Monte Carlo, see vintage cars, go shopping in a funky flea market, and eat risotto and drink rosé wine along the waterfront in Monaco.

Photo: Kurhaus Cademario Hotel & SPA
Photo: Kurhaus Cademario Hotel & SPA

Lugano: Skip Zürich and Geneva to enjoy the perfect combination of Switzerland and Italy—gelato and wine plus lakes and chocolate—in the country’s sunniest spot.

Photo: Hotel Monte Mulini
Photo: Hotel Monte Mulini

Rovinj: Let the crowds have Dubrovnik, Hvar, and Split in southern Croatia, while you tour the basilica, taste olive oil, eat fresh seafood, and enjoy your waterfront room on the Istrian peninsula.

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