When it comes to traveling in Europe people often tend to stick to the same places. They’ll go shopping in Paris, cruise on the canals in Venice or quickly travel from one main city to the other. But what if I told you your holiday to Europe doesn’t have to be so generic? There are so many stunning hidden gems in Europe and some truly unique places still waiting to be discovered!
And yes, I know there are a lot of guides like this out there but none where the author (that’s me!🤪) only shares from personal experience. I think that’s also one of the main strengths from my blog: it’s a personal retelling of my own adventures and not just a compilation of popular things to do. So you can be sure that I’ve visited every single place in this article myself!
Of course I haven’t explored all of the hidden gems that Europe has to offer cause I can imagine that there’s an infinite amount! That’s why this blog post will also be regularly updated and every time I discover a truly unique place it will get a feature here.
- 🇪🇺 28 Hidden Gems & Unique Places in Europe You Should Visit
- 1. The 7 Hidden Trolls – Belgium 🇧🇪
- 2. Hallerbos Forest – Belgium 🇧🇪
- 3. Chateau de Walzin – Belgium 🇧🇪
- 4. Étretat – France 🇫🇷
- 5. Riquewihr – France 🇫🇷
- 6. Lake Eibsee – Germany 🇩🇪
- 7. Berchtesgaden – Germany 🇩🇪
- 8. Burano – Italy 🇮🇹
- 9. Lago Federa- Italy 🇮🇹
- 10. Drachensee – Austria 🇦🇹
- 11. Piburger See – Austria 🇦🇹
- 12. Alpstein – Switzerland 🇨🇭
- 13. Foroglio – Switzerland 🇨🇭
- 14. Kvernufoss – Iceland 🇮🇸
- 15. Kolugljúfur Canyon – Iceland 🇮🇸
- 16. Madeira – Portugal 🇵🇹
- 17. Quinta da Regaleira – Portugal 🇵🇹
- 18. Noordwijkerhout – Netherlands 🇳🇱
- 19. Posbank – Netherlands 🇳🇱
- 20. Tihany – Hungary 🇭🇺
- 21. Lillafüred – Hungary 🇭🇺
- 22. Bory Castle – Hungary 🇭🇺
- 23. Hrensko – Czech Republic 🇨🇿
- 24. Mullerthal – Luxembourg 🇱🇺
- 25. Sunmøre Alps – Norway 🇳🇴 One of my favorite hidden gems in Europe
- 26. Dovrefjell National Park – Norway 🇳🇴
- 27. Dobërdoll – Albania 🇦🇱
- 28. Valletta – Malta 🇲🇹
🇪🇺 28 Hidden Gems & Unique Places in Europe You Should Visit
1. The 7 Hidden Trolls – Belgium 🇧🇪
The 7 Hidden Trolls have become a true phenomenon in Belgium and one of the most popular things to do during the past year in lockdown. These wooden giants were created by the artist Thomas Dambo and can be found at the recreational domain De Schorre in Boom. There are 7 wooden trolls in total and it’s a super fun activity to enjoy with kids or a bunch of friends!
If the name De Schorre rings a bell you’re not mistaken cause this is the exact same place where the insanely popular festival of Tomorrowland takes place every year. And now thanks to the trolls it’s one of the most unique places in Europe that you can visit!
One of the best tips I can give you is to plan your visit early in the morning so you can enjoy your search for the trolls without too many other people around you. In the afternoon the domain gets very crowded and you won’t have a minute to yourself.
🏡 WHERE TO STAY – There are plenty of options! Stay at one of the fancy hotels in Antwerp or opt for a cosy Bed & Breakfast in the charming town of Mechelen.
📖 DISCOVER EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW AND A LOT MORE PHOTOS IN MY DETAILED BLOG POST – WHERE TO FIND THE 7 HIDDEN TROLLS IN BELGIUM, MAP INCLUDED!
2. Hallerbos Forest – Belgium 🇧🇪
The Hallerbos Forest is one of the most magical places in Belgium and once every year its forest floor turns into a beautiful purple carpet of bluebells. This phenomenon usually happens halfway through April and lasts around 2 weeks. If you’re planning your visit to Belgium around this it’s pivotal to keep an eye on Social Media and on the blooming time that year.
This year for instance the bluebells were a little more than a week late due to the cold weather in April. If April is a warm month they’ll be in full bloom around the 18th of April.
Hallerbos Forest is located 20 minutes from Brussels and there’s plenty of parking space available if you’re going by car.
Important to know is that you can’t go in between the bluebells! You have to stay on the walking paths cause every single time that you step on a bluebell it will never grow back!
🏡 WHERE TO STAY – Stay at one of the luxurious hotels in the heart of Brussels or at a cosy Bed & Breakfast in Halle.
📖 DISCOVER EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ON VISITING HALLERBOS FOREST INCLUDING A LOT MORE DETAILS & PHOTOS – HALLERBOS FOREST, A TRAVEL GUIDE TO THE BLUE FOREST IN BELGIUM.
3. Chateau de Walzin – Belgium 🇧🇪
Chateau de Walzin, also known as Walzin Castle, is one of those hidden gems in Europe that you have to see to believe. It’s located close to Dinant and a must visit in the area.
There are several ways to visit this unique place in Europe: you can go on a beautiful hike which will also take you to the magical chateau de Vêves and the Furfooz park or you can simply drive to the parking lot closest to the castle! Another fun idea is to hire a kayak and go down the river Lesse. You can rent your kayak at Dinant Evasion from April 2021.
The castle itself can’t be visited cause it’s private property but that shouldn’t stop you from putting this magical place on your itinerary.
🏡 WHERE TO STAY – You can stay at one of these beautiful castles and feel like a princess for a day at either Domaine de Ronchinne or Le Château de Namur. Or you can opt for a truly unique and original stay at one of these two hotels: Aqualodge Hôtel Insolite or Le Cocon.
📖 DISCOVER EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT CHATEAU DE WALZIN INCLUDING A LOT MORE DETAILS AND PHOTOS – CHATEAU DE WALZIN, A COMPLETE TRAVEL GUIDE.
🇧🇪 FOR MORE HIDDEN GEMS IN BELGIUM CHECK OUT MY DETAILED GUIDE – 26 HIDDEN GEMS AND UNIQUE PLACES IN BELGIUM YOU HAVE TO SEE TO BELIEVE
4. Étretat – France 🇫🇷
Étretat is a small town on the north coast of France and the perfect place for a weekend getaway. Besides being one of the cutest coastal cities in France it is mostly known for its enormous chalky white cliffs. It comes as no surprise that one of the top things to do in Étretat is to walk along these stunning cliffs. Some of them even go up as high as 90 meters!
For many years it has inspired artist from all over the world and it’s also the setting of Arsène Lupin, the novel and tv show about the gentleman burglar. Two further reasons to visit Étretat are its 18-hole golf course on one cliff and gardens on the other. Both of them offer stunning views over the town and seaside.
Le Jardin d’Étretat, a beautiful Asian-inspired garden, is a must visit if you love either Impressionism or contemporary art. This garden will leave you with Alice in Wonderland vibes and offers one of the most stunning views over the white cliffs.
🏡 WHERE TO STAY – Stay at one of these beautiful accommodation in the heart of Étretat or offering spectacular views over the seaside cliffs.
5. Riquewihr – France 🇫🇷
Riquewihr is one of the cutest towns in entire France and a wonderful hidden gem in Europe. The most popular time to visit is during Christmas season when every building is pretty much drenched in Christmas decorations. This fairytale town in France is as tiny as can be but in spite of that it still served as the inspiration of Belle’s village in the Disney ‘Beauty & The Beast’.
Although most people come to France to visit either Paris, the Provence or its popular South coast, the Alsace region is definitely worth a visit. Besides Riquewihr you’ll be driving among vineyards, castles on top of hills and plenty of other cute towns such as Colmar and Eguisheim.
Riquewihr can be easily explored as part of a road trip through France and the region of Alsace is located close to the border of Germany. So if you want you can even hop over and explore some fairy tale towns there as well.
For visiting Riquewihr itself you won’t need more than a couple of hours but make sure to visit la Féerie de Noël, one of the cutest and most beautiful Christmas shops in entire France!
🏡 WHERE TO STAY – There are several options but I would opt for staying in one of these cute traditional houses such as Les Gîtes Coeur de Vigne or Hôtel le Saint Nicolas. If this is not your style and you want a little more luxury you’ll love Le B. Cottage or Le B. VINTAGE.
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6. Lake Eibsee – Germany 🇩🇪
Lake Eibsee is one of the most beautiful lakes in entire Germany and one of the most unique places to visit in Europe. Located in Bavaria, in the South of Germany, this emerald green lake is a true marvel due to its surrounding landscapes. You can find it at the foot of the Zugspitze, the highest mountain in Germany and completely surrounded by larches.
One of the top things to do at lake Eibsee is to simply walk around it. It’s an easy 1,5 hour hike that will dazzle you the entire time. What makes lake Eibsee extra special are the small islands in the centre of it and on a clear day you’ll be greeted by a picture perfect reflection of the surrounding landscape.
After hiking around you can sit down and relax at the terrace of the Eibsee hotel and enjoy a nice beer and a true Bavarian meal. All while overlooking the stunning lake Eibsee in all its glory.
Other fun things to do in the area are going up to the top of the Zugspitze with the cable car, hike around Garmisch – Partenkirchen or hike up to the Seebensee and Drachensee right across the border.
🏡 WHERE TO STAY – Stay at the beautiful Eibsee Hotel and wake up with a view over Lake Eibsee or stay at my personal favourite Romantik Alpenhotel Waxenstein and ask for one of the room with a balcony view over the Zugspitze.
📖 DISCOVER EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT VISITING LAKE EIBSEE INCLUDING A LOT MORE DETAILS AND PHOTOS – EIBSEE LAKE TRAVEL GUIDE
7. Berchtesgaden – Germany 🇩🇪
The beautiful region of Berchtesgaden is also located in Bavaria so I guess it’s easy to see why this area is my absolute favourite in Germany. Berchtesgaden is one of those hidden gems in Europe that will blow you away as soon as you arrive.
The small town of Berchtesgaden isn’t much but its surrounding landscapes, that’s what it’s all about! Some of the top things to do are going on a boat ride on the Königssee and hike around lake Obersee. The entire time you’ll be surrounded by stunning mountain ranges and out of this world landscapes.
If you love a little more adventure one of the best things to do is to hike up to the top of the Watzmann! It’s a strenuous hike but the views definitely make up for it! The Watzmann is one of the highest mountains in Germany so make sure to bring your hiking shoes with you!
Berchtesgaden is in fact a true hikers paradise and if it’s your first time visiting you definitely want to stay 4 nights. Most places are easily accessed by public transport but it is the ideal place to include in a road trip through Germany!
🏡 WHERE TO STAY – There are two fabulous hotels in Berchtesgaden! One of them is the modern and luxurious Kempinski Berchtesgaden, the other one is the more authentic but also luxurious Berghotel Rehlegg.
📖 DISCOVER THE ULTIMATE BERCHTESGADEN ITINERARY INCLUDING A LOT MORE DETAILS AND PHOTOS – THE BEST 3 DAY BERCHTESGADEN ITINERARY.
8. Burano – Italy 🇮🇹
When most people visit Venice they don’t even bother visiting the other small islands of Murano or Burano. And it’s a shame cause especially Burano, with its rainbow colored streets is a stunning place to see. This beautiful little island is famous for its colorful fisherman’s houses and it’s laid back restaurants where you’ll eat seafood fresh from the lagoon.
The easiest way to reach Burano is to take Vaporetto number 12 from Fondamenta Nove (in Cannaregio). It departs every 30 minutes and first makes a stop at Murano before arriving to Burano. The ride takes around 45 minutes but along the way you will pass the cemetery island of San Michele, Murano, Torcello and small islands in the lagoon. Not to forget the view you get from Venice when departing is absolutely incredible.
One of Burano’s specialities is the fabrication of lace and did you know it can take up to a month to finish one single tablecloth? One of the other things you have to do on a day trip to Burano is try the delicious seafood! You will eat better on Burano than in any other place in Venice.
🏡 WHERE TO STAY – When visiting Burano it’s best to do it as a day trip from Venice. Stay at one of the most beautiful palazzo hotels or stay at one of these stunning apartments in the heart of Venice.
📖 DISCOVER ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT VISITING BURANO INCLUDING A LOT MORE DETAILS AND PHOTOS – THE BEST DAY TRIP FROM VENICE, THE PERFECT DAY IN BURANO
9. Lago Federa- Italy 🇮🇹
A visit to Lago Federa, also known as lake Federa, might not be immediately on your radar when planning a trip to the Dolomites, but it should be! Especially if you’re visiting this part of Italy in October you should make time to visit this more unknown spot in the Dolomites!
It’s one of the most beautiful lakes in the Dolomites and is surrounded by larches and during October these trees turn all shades of yellow and orange. I can assure you this is such a beautiful hike and you’ll be amazed by some of the views! The hike to Lago Federa is part of the famous Croda da Lago hike, which is one of the best hikes in the Dolomites. So if you have a full day planned to visit Lago di Federa I really recommend doing the full loop (11.3 km).
Other things to do in the Cortina area are driving the Passo Giau or hike to Lago della Beste and Lago Limides.
🏡 WHERE TO STAY – The closest town to Lago Federa is Cortina d’Ampezzo but other good options to stay are Misurina, Sesto and Dobbiaco.
📖 DISCOVER ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT VISITING THIS BEAUTIFUL LAKE INCLUDING A LOT MORE DETAILS AND PHOTOS – LAGO FEDERA, A BEAUTIFUL DAY HIKE IN THE DOLOMITES.
10. Drachensee – Austria 🇦🇹
The Drachensee is one of the most beautiful lakes in Austria but to reach it you’ll have to do a ton of climbing! The hiking route to the Drachensee starts at the Ehrwald cable car and from here you have two options: either you take the cable car up or you also hike up the first part. It’s a pretty steep trail but it does come with some very rewarding views!
After reaching the cable car stop you’ll first encounter another beautiful lake called Seebensee. The trail towards the Seebensee is wide, flat and easy and comes with a big crowd during the day. To reach the Drachensee you’ll have to hike past the Seebensee and start hiking upwards. It’s a tough climb but I promise you it’s worth it! At the top you’ll find the Coburger Hütte which is the perfect place to enjoy a refreshing drink or a local meal.
🏡 WHERE TO STAY – There’s nothing as rewarding as coming back from a strenuous hike and relaxing at a wonderful hotel. You can do so at the wonderful spa of the PURE Resort and the Romantik Hotel Spielmann.
📖 FOR MORE TIPS MAKE SURE TO READ MY DETAILED GUIDE ON THE TOP THINGS TO DO IN THE AREA AROUND THE ZUGSPITZE.
11. Piburger See – Austria 🇦🇹
The Piburger See is a true hidden gem in Europe cause before I visited I had never even seen a photo of this beautiful lake! It’s nestles within the mountains near Sölden and the perfect place to enjoy an afternoon stroll. The trail is easy and pretty flat and even if you have no stamina at all you’ll love this gorgeous walk!
At the other side of the lake you’ll find a local restaurant and there’s also a boat rental for during the Summer months!
This area is mostly known for the world famous wellness hotel the Aquadome, which is only 15 minutes driving from the lake. A little further down the road you’ll also find a bunch of cable cars leading up into the mountains and to the 007 Elements James Bond museum.
🏡 WHERE TO STAY – One of the coolest places to stay close to the Piburger See and actually in all of Austria is the Aquadome Hotel.
12. Alpstein – Switzerland 🇨🇭
The Alpstein mountain range in Switzerland is one of those places that you have to see for yourself to actually believe it. And if I had to be completely honest, this was my favourite area that I visited in entire Switzerland. It’s still off the radar from mass tourism and most of the traills you’ll pretty much have all to yourself.
There are a couple of stunning places here but the ones you surely can’t miss are:
- Schäfler: Endless mountain peaks that will make you feel like you’re in a scene from Lord of the Rings or Game of Thrones.
- Aescher-Wildkirchli: The coolest mountain hut ever on the edge of a cliff.
- Seealpsee: A stunning mountain lake with an arrow head mountain in the back.
- Saxer Lücke: The best place in Alpstein to watch the sunset!
- Fälensee: A beautiful mountain lake surrounded by mountains on almost every side.
🏡 WHERE TO STAY – You can make your stay extra special by staying at Gasthaus Bären Schlatt which offers a view over the mountains and Appenzell town.
13. Foroglio – Switzerland 🇨🇭
Foroglia is a small town in the heart of Ticino, in the South of Switzerland. It’s hidden between the mountains and a true hidden gem in Europe. Foroglio is one of the many stone villages in the Maggia valley in Ticino and I consider it to be one of the most beautiful villages in Switzerland.
But what makes Foroglio truly special is the spectacular waterfall in the background which makes the entire place look like a fairy tale town. Make sure to walk down to take a closer look at the waterfall and go for a little swing between the trees. After exploring you can enjoy a drink or meal at La Froda and you can even stay as a guest in some of these stone houses.
🏡 WHERE TO STAY – The area around Foroglio was one of my favorites to drive through and I know you’ll have an amazing time staying here! Try Pensione Boschetto and stay in one of the prettiest towns in ticino!
14. Kvernufoss – Iceland 🇮🇸
Iceland is my favourite country to explore in the entire world and Kvernufoss is one of those hidden gems in Europe that you should visit as soon as possible! Every year this stunning waterfall gets more and more popular but for now it’s still pretty quiet when you’re visiting it.
To get to Kvernufoss you have to park at the Skogar Museum close to Skogafoss and located right next to the ring road (R1). From here walk to the right and you’ll see a small ladder going over a fence. To reach Kvernufoss you need to climb across it and walk into the canyon.
What makes Kvernufoss extra special is that you can also walk behind this waterfall!
🏡 WHERE TO STAY – The town of Vik is only 30 minutes driving away and close to a lot of other beautiful places such as Reynisfara beach, Skogafoss, Dirholaey and Seljalandsfoss.
15. Kolugljúfur Canyon – Iceland 🇮🇸
This beautiful canyon in Iceland is one of my favorite places in the entire world! You’ll find it after driving 20 minutes on a little side road of the ring road (R1) but trust me when I say that it’s absolutely worth the detour! It’s located in the North West of Iceland which means that it won’t be overcrowded by tourists.
📖 WHERE TO STAY – The town of Akureyri is known as the Northern capital of Iceland and offers a ton of good accommodations.
📖 FOR MORE ICELAND INSPO MAKE SURE TO CHECK OUT MY ICELAND TRAVEL GUIDES
16. Madeira – Portugal 🇵🇹
The island of Madeira blew me away from the moment we arrived! They really don’t call it the Hawaï of Europe for nothing. Madeira is one of the most breathtaking places when it comes to nature. From moon like landscapes to lush forests and mountains that will make you feel like you’ve set foot on Hawaï. This island is a dream come true for anyone who loves to be outdoors!
Secondly, Madeira is known for it’s amazing hikes and if you don’t calculate in enough time you will have to skip a lot of them. This would be a terrible waste since some hikes are considered to be part of the most beautiful hikes in the world.
🏡 WHERE TO STAY – I chose Funchal as a base because of it’s proximity to the airport. I had a wonderful stay at Sé Boutique Hotel and you can read my full hotel review here.
📖 DISCOVER THE ISLAND OF MADEIRA THROUGH THESE 6 BEAUTIFUL HIKES IN MADEIRA OR THIS 7 DAY ROAD TRIP ITINERARY!
17. Quinta da Regaleira – Portugal 🇵🇹
Quinta da Regaleira is located in Sintra, close to the city of Lisbon and a very popular day trip among tourists. However almost all of them flock to the colorful Peña Palace and they skip the equally wonderful Quinta da Regaleira.
A ticket to the palace costs €6 and you’ll be rewarded by lush gardens, a well that comes straight from a fairytale and hidden passageways.
🏡 WHERE TO STAY – I stayed at LX Boutique Hotel and The Lumiares Hotel & Spa during my city trip in Lisbon
📖 DISCOVER ALL OF THE BEST THINGS TO DO AND WHERE TO EAT IN THIS DETAILED LISBON TRAVEL GUIDE.
18. Noordwijkerhout – Netherlands 🇳🇱
Tulip season in the Netherlands! It’s one of the most popular times and every year thousands of people travel to the Netherlands to see this phenomenon. But 90% of them only visit the world famous Keukenhof.In the meantime you actually see the most beautiful fields if you rent a bicycle and drive from Voorhout to Noordwijkerhout.
When planning a trip to visit the tulip fields in Holland there are a few things to take into consideration.
First things first, you need to plan out which flowers you would like to see in bloom. Starting end of march the first flowers will go in bloom namely the narcissus. All of the fields will turn to yellow and a hint of orange can already be seen. After the narcissus the hyacints will start to blossom and show different shades of pink, purple and even white.
It isn’t until half of april that the first tulips will start to show their colours. So if you are solely interested in seeing tulips, half of april might be a little too early in the season and I would advise you to wait until the end of april since at the very beginning of the season there’s also is a big floral parade that can cause a lot of disturbance regarding traffic.
🏡 WHERE TO STAY – The best place to stay if you’re spending a weekend in this area is either Noordwijkerhout or Lisse. Another option is to visit the flower fields as part of a day trip from Amsterdam.
📖 DISCOVER EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE MOST BEAUTIFUL FLOWER FIELDS IN THE NETHERLANDS AND THEIR BLOOMING TIME.
19. Posbank – Netherlands 🇳🇱
The heather fields in the Netherlands are a true sight to behold! Once every year the national park Veluwezoom turns into a beautiful purple haze. This location is truly special in the Netherlands cause for most part the country is pretty much as flat as a pancake. But not here! The rolling hills at the national park add an extra perspective to its purple carpet and it ‘s the ideal place to go for a morning walk.
Besides spotting the stunning heather fields you can also spot a lot of wildlife at the national park, especially in the early morning. The most famous look out point is called Posbank and you can actually reach it by car. But one very important detail is that you can’t drive up before sunrise or drive down after sunset! It’s during these twilight moments that the wildlife is roaming around and chances are high you could hit a deer crossing the road.
🏡 WHERE TO STAY – The closest cities to Posbank are Arnhem and Apeldoorn.
📖 DON’T MISS MY FULL GUIDE ON VISITING THE HEATER FEALDS INCLUDING A LOT MORE DETAILS & PHOTOS – POSBANK, THE MOST BEAUTIFUL HEATHER FIELDS IN THE NETHERLANDS.
20. Tihany – Hungary 🇭🇺
Tihany is a small town on the northern shore of lake Balaton and is part of the Balaton Uplands. It’s one of the most picturesque towns around the lake Balaton and is famous for its annual lavender festival.
Tihany is the perfect place for a romantic walk alongside the lake and is actually a volcanic peninsula.
🏡 WHERE TO STAY – The town of Tihany is a beautiful place to stay and from here you can discover other places around lake Balaton as well.
📖 DISCOVER ALL OF THE BEST DAY TRIPS FROM BUDAPEST IN HUNGARY.
21. Lillafüred – Hungary 🇭🇺
Hidden away in a forest near Eger you can find this picturesque little town. If you plan on renting out a car in Hungary and if you’re into photography than this is the place for you. From Eger it takes about 90 minutes but the drive itself is an experience on it’s own since most of it is straight through the Bükk National Park. We were even so lucky to spot a deer and a fox on our way back.
Besides taking the perfect Instagram shot you can also turn on your more adventurous side. Right before you enter the town you will find an enormous adventure park hidden away in the forest where your inner Jane or Tarzan can come to life. Or maybe you prefer exploring one of the three caves here, filled with stalactites and stalagmites. For the best shot of the castle though you need to rent out one of the little boats and go out on the Lake Hamori.
🏡 WHERE TO STAY – If you want to explore the area I advise you to stay in Eger or book a night at the majestical Palotaszallo.
📖 DISCOVER THE 5 BEST PLACES TO VISIT IN HUNGARY.
22. Bory Castle – Hungary 🇭🇺
The beautiful castle of Bory-vàr is located in Székesfehérvár, a small town close to Budapest. What makes this castle so special is that it was completely self-built by the Hungarian architect and sculptor Jeno Bory. He built the castle between 1923 and 1959 with the help of several of his students.
Almost the entire castle is open to visitors and guests are allowed to walk freely among the towers and gardens.
The castle is open to the public every day from 9am until 5pm (March 5th – October 27th) and from 9 am until 4pm (October 27th – November 11th) From November 12th until March 4th the castle is closed for their winter break.
Székesfehérvár is around 60 km from Budapest and is located between the Hungarian capital and the Balaton lake.
🏡 WHERE TO STAY – You can either visit the castle of Bory-vàr. asa day trip from Budapest or stay in the area ofSzékesfehérvár.
📖 DISCOVER ALL OF THE BEST DAY TRIPS FROM BUDAPEST IN HUNGARY.
23. Hrensko – Czech Republic 🇨🇿
Hrensko is a small town in the Czech Republic and is located right across the border with Germany. And when I say small, I really mean it. Can you believe that only 275 people actually live in Hrensko? But this also means peace and quiet. Especially cause Hrensko is not on a lot of tourists radar! Imagine a beautiful morning walk through what pretty much looks like an enchanted forest and there is literally no one else around for hours! Sounds pretty good right?
🏡 WHERE TO STAY – If you don’t want to stay in Hrensko itself I strongly advice you to stay at Forester Park Resort (U Forta). It’s located in the middle of nature, it’s cheap, they serve good breakfast AND it’s 2 minutes walking to the hiking trails!
📖 DISCOVER ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW TO PLAN THE PERFECT WEEKEND IN HRENSKO.
24. Mullerthal – Luxembourg 🇱🇺
When you’re talking about waterfalls most people immediately think about either Iceland or Bali, certainly not Luxemburg! But I kid you not, this beautiful waterfall is located in one of the smallest countries and makes for the perfect day trip from Brussels.
Besides visiting the Schiessentümpel waterfall make sure to also pay a visit to Kuelscheier for a spectacular hike and Kallektuffquell. And while you’re at it why not end your day in the beautiful town of Vianden and have dinner overlooking the beautiful castle!
🏡 WHERE TO STAY – The stunning town of Vianden is the perfect place to spend the night after a busy day of hiking.
25. Sunmøre Alps – Norway 🇳🇴 One of my favorite hidden gems in Europe
If there’s one place in Norway that should be added to your itinerary it’s the Sunmøre Alps in the West Fjords. With their jagged peaks and countless hiking trails they’re one of those hidden gems in Europe that are simply too good to be true.
One day you’ll be climbing up a mountain and the next you can go on a boat cruise through the fjords. One of the most popular and beautiful hiking trails is the one leading up to Mount Saksa. You won’t be the only one on the trail but you will be rewarded with one. ofthe most breathtaking views in Norway!
🏡 WHERE TO STAY – If you’re exploring the Sunmøre Alps for a couple of days I advise you to stay at either Øye or Sæbø.
📖 DISCOVER THE MOST BEAUTIFUL HIKING TRAILS IN NORWAY IN MY DETAILED HIKING GUIDE.
26. Dovrefjell National Park – Norway 🇳🇴
Dovrefjell–Sunndalsfjella National Park is a National Park in Norway and it offers many activities for outdoor recreation. It’s one of Norway’s most iconic mountain areas and is a place which has shaped Norwegian identity for thousands of years. Besides that it’s home to a lot of wildlife such as the wild reindeer, musk oxen and the arctic fox.
🏡 WHERE TO STAY – The closest campsite to the musk ox trail head is the Magalaupe Camping in Oppdal. From here it’s only 5 minutes driving to the parking lot and you’re good to go and spot some musk oxen!
📖 DISCOVER ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT PLANNING THE PERFECT TRIP TO DOVREFJELL NATIONAL PARK AND TO INCREASE YOUR CHANCE TO SEE A MUSK OX IN NORWAY.
27. Dobërdoll – Albania 🇦🇱
Dobërdoll in Albania truly is a hidden gem in Europe and the only way to reach this magical place is on foot. It’s part of the famous Balkan Trail and only one steep ascent away from the 3 land point of Montenegro, Kosovo and Albania.
Dobërdoll is one of those places where you truly feel disconnected from the world and well the epic 360° views also don’t hurt.
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28. Valletta – Malta 🇲🇹
Malta is one of the most beautiful islands in the Mediterranean Sea and is located between the island of Sicily and the North Coast of Africa. An added bonus is that it isn’t yet on the radar of mainstream tourism so apart from the blistering hot summer months you’ll find a tranquil atmosphere on the island. And to be fair, not many people even know where Malta is exactly.
🏡 WHERE TO STAY – I stayed at the wonderful Phoenicia Malta and I absolutely recommend you to do the same. It is ideally located right at the entrance of Valletta which means you’ll be able to do everything on foot and places like Sliema and Kalkara are only a short boat ride away.
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