5 Underrated Cities for Your Eurotrip
There are always cities on a trip that simply get passed by for lack of time, interest, money, really it could be any number of reasons. However, some of these cities hold secret treasures for travelers of all sorts. Whether you’re a wayward backpacker, a nomadic soul, or a luxury lounger, here are five cities you should never pass over on a trip.
1. Bruges, Belgium
Thinking of Belgium, the first thing that probably comes to mind is waffles, or chocolate, or Brussels, all of which are fairly strong choices. However, a city that is often overlooked, to the west of the capital city, is Bruges. Yes, the city made famous in American culture from a movie starring Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson, and it has quite a lot to offer travelers with a true sense of wanderlust. You can grab a pint at any local restaurant, tour and do a tasting at the Beer Museum, or just walk the streets and marvel at the unique architecture. And if you’re really feeling the spirit of Colin Farrell takeover, take a tour of the Belfry of Bruges, maybe you’ll even find a little gold in one of the many hidden treasure chambers!
2. Edinburgh, Scotland
Tucked up in the north of Scotland, Edinburgh is a treasure trove of sights, sounds, and smells for any travel lover or history buff. Take a tour of Edinburgh Castle, which sits upon a hill overlooking the coast to defend against any oncoming ships. Walk through the winding cobblestone streets as you waft in the smells of haggis and blood pudding cooking in the many local restaurants, which will tickle the fancy of any adventurous foodie. Or simply take in one of the many street performances, with authentic Scottish bagpipes and kilt, to satisfy even the faintest sense of heritage in one’s soul. Edinburgh is a place of intrigue and mystery, with folklore and tales of pirates, all just waiting to be discovered.
3. Frankfurt, Germany
Located near the center of Germany, Frankfurt is typically a stopover on most flights to and from Europe. However, with the city’s history and unique style, Frankfurt is definitely not to be missed. In the city centre you can grab a bratwurst and beer, or take a tour around some of the many historic World War II sights. If you’re in for more of an artsy vibe, visit the Städel Museum, which holds some of Germany’s most important cultural art in one prime location. Then after visiting a few more museums to stoke those artistic flames, stop by a local pub to try some Rippchen, a traditional German dish with cooked pork, sauerkraut, and potatoes.
4. Trieste, Italy
In my mind, all of Italy should be on everyone’s bucket list to see, but if you only have a few days, there are a few places other than the tourist centers (Rome, Milan, Venice, and Florence) that you should see. One of these places is Trieste, a coastal town in the far northeast of Italy (almost on the border of Slovenia and Croatia). With it’s beautiful seaport views, it’s super-local feel, and a seafood menu that is simply to die for, Trieste offers travelers of any kind a once in a lifetime experience of true Italian culture. It is worth it alone just to go see the Piazza Unità d’Italia, one of Europe’s largest seaports, where boats of all shapes and sizes will come to dock for a few days. And if that’s not enough for you, Trieste also is home to multiple historic and beautiful churches, as well as a medieval area with tons of history.
5. Marseille, France
It may not be the first place you think of when you hear “France”, but the city of Marseille is actually one of the country’s largest areas, with a completely different style to that of the capital. Located along the south coast of France, Marseille offers tourists and travelers a unique take on French-African culture. With restaurants providing fresh twists on both traditional French and North African dishes, the food alone will have you wishing for more time in this French paradise. And if you’re looking to discover the swashbuckler within, visit the Château d’If, made famous by Alexander Dumas’s novel “The Count of Monte Cristo“. And before you leave this beautiful coastal city, make sure you take a walk up to La Corniche, a short hike with many historical views along the city’s coast.