If you’re traveling to Europe for a vacation, chances are you don’t really have much time to hit anything other than the highlights. Walking along the Seine in Paris, or scoping out the Colosseum by night in Rome are all good choices, but unfortunately most of the other tourists in the city have the same idea.
If you want to get away from the crowds, you’ll have to head somewhere that’s a little more off the beaten path. The cities that we’ve found for you today are all beautiful and have plenty of historical and cultural atmosphere – but you’ll never see them crammed with visitors. Here are a few of Europe’s most underrated cities.
12. Heidelberg, Germany
Heidelberg, in southern Germany, is an ancient university town that’s a favorite day trip destination for tourists, but has never taken off as a destination on its own. It’s hard to understand why people would only want to spend a day here – there’s so much to see!
Schloss Heidelberg is the central attraction – a Medieval castle that sits on a prominent spot above the river, looming over the town. The castle is home to a yearly summer theater festival, which is a no-brainer if you love the arts. The old part of Heidelberg is home to many beautiful town squares, like Karlsplatz and the Kornmarkt.