Lesser Known Gems in Europe

Lesser Known Gems in Europe


You’re ready to go to Europe, but you don’t want to go to the same places that everyone else goes to. There are many cities and destinations all across Europe that will still give visitors a sense of the history, and sense of the people in Europe but those places don’t have to be Rome, London, and Paris, although those are wonderful cities to visit too. Let Royal Holiday get you to your destination, or be your spot to begin a tour of some of the hidden gems of Europe. These six cities in Europe may not be at the top many North American’s places to visit, but that is just because they aren’t at the top of the news as often, but these cities are still wonderful.

Genoa, Italy: “What news of Genoa?” The bard once asked in his play, The Merchant of Venice. The answer is that there is a great deal in Genoa. Genoa is an ancient, hilly city with old winding streets, colorful buildings, and a great old port. The old port, Port Antico has palm tree-lined streets that lead to old-timey cafes and an aquarium. Genoa is the kind of city that is easy to sit at a street side café and imagine that you’re back in the 1600’s, or it’s easy to expect James Bond to come screeching to a stop any second. The history, the see, and people make Genoa a great place to visit to learn more about the Italian and European way of life.

Basel, Switzerland: Basel is a beautiful old city that sits right on the Rhine. Basel is a great place to visit because not only can you spend time relaxing there, but while there you would be close to Germany and France too. One of the great things about Basel that people who love history and art enjoy about this city is that it has the largest per capita number of museums in all of Europe. Also, Basel is the home of the Munster, a red sandstone structure that is one of the foremost late-Romanesque and early Gothic buildings in that part of Europe. There are also many different buildings in Basel that were designed by some of the most renowned architects throughout history.

Split, Croatia: The second largest city in Croatia, Split is found along the eastern shore of the Adriatic Sea. Although not always well known to North Americans, Split is a popular tourist destination for many Europeans. Split became prominent around 650 AD, but it was already at least several centuries old at that time. Split has a well-known Archaeological Museum, and several other museums and galleries. One of the main attractions for Split is its location next to the Adriatic. During June, July, and August the average high temperature is 80.1, 85.6, and 85.1 degrees Fahrenheit.

Torun, Poland: This is a great old city with wonderful architecture and memorable design everywhere a visitor turns. Many people in Europe don’t want to go to the overcrowded Krakow and Warsaw find Torun a welcome alternative. Torun is the birthplace of Copernicus, and the city was founded by Teutonic Knights. Visitors can still visit the Teutonic Knight’s Castle, and the town in the old town market has been designated as one of the most beautiful places in the world.

Rhodes, Greece: If you visit Rhodes, for the rest of your life when you think of blue ocean water, this the place you’ll think of. Rhodes is the former home of one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Colossus of Rhodes. Rhodes has famous sites like the Grand Master’s Palace, the Acropolis of Rhodes, the Mosque of Suleiman the Magnificent, as well as a great number of Gothic buildings and the harbor recently dredged to reveal many medieval shipwrecks.

Maastricht, The Netherlands: Maastricht is a beautiful, university city that combines a sense of youthful enthusiasm and sophistication. There are two main squares in the city; one is known for cathedrals and bars while the other is the home of the town hall. Maastricht is also known for its historical fortification of walls, as well as an intricate network of underground tunnels. The only city with more national heritage sites in the Netherlands is Amsterdam.

Europe has many great and famous places to visit. Royal Holiday can help get guests to those places, and we can also get you close while you go out on your adventure. Don’t spend all of your time going to the obvious places in Europe or you will run the risk of missing out on some great sites and some great history. Don’t be afraid to research and find the place that you think will meet all of your needs. Paris, London, and Berlin are great places to visit, but they are not the only places to go so you can find architecture, art, and thousands of years of history. Let Royal Holiday help you find some hidden gems on “the continent.”

These six cities in Europe may not be at the top many North American’s places to visit, but that is just because they aren’t at the top of the news as often, but these cities are still wonderful.




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