Europe, often referred to as the Old Continent, undeniably attracts the bulk of the tourists visiting every year with its rich history and famous cities. You’ll most likely go to Rome and Paris before you make your way to some little-known, but equally stunning, suburb.
The urban lure deprives you of the magnificent experience a picturesque, less-crowded and peaceful European countryside and shorelines offer. Their natural beauty surpasses even the most amazing engineering projects.
Some of the villages on the list are in countries that are notoriously known for their nature, such as Ireland, and others are located in places you may have heard very little about, like Bosna and Herzegovina. Regardless of what you know about a nation, there is nothing like backcountry life.
When you plan your next vacation, consider exploring Europe’s secret off the beaten path gems. It will be a worthwhile and unique experience.
1. FREUDENBERG, GERMANY
You don’t have to go in Munich during Oktoberfest to experience authentic German culture. This much less-crowded place in North Rhine-Westphalia with its famous half-timbered houses in a medieval design will certainly make you feel as if you are starring in a fairytale. Hikers will be most pleased because they have about 100 miles of natural trails to choose from.
2. ČESKÝ KRUMLOV, CZECH REPUBLIC
Český Krumlov is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. If you want to experience authentic Czech culture and architecture, visit this small village. It’s most famous building is the Český Krumlov castle, which was built in the 13th century. Most other structures, including cafes and bars, are in renaissance and baroque styles. The village was largely left untouched even during Communist times.