Best Places in Europe, no one knows about
I personally would like to know what people think, since if I go back to Europe, I want to stay away from the big cities, as I have been there and done that.
The town of Dadia is beautiful, there's lots of hiking in the area, there's a wonderfully woodsy and decently priced (by Greek standards) hotel, and you can see all sorts of large birds that are fairly rare.
There's a lot of other good places that are only a few feet from the overcrowded places. In Ireland, I went to visit county Kerry, and by getting just off the popular "Ring of Kerry" onto some smaller roads, the people disappeared, but the terrain was still amazing. Similarly, at Pamukalle, Turkey, there's one path in the middle of the travertine pools packed solid with Russians, but if you take the path above the pools, there's almost no one, and you get better views anyway.
Kovachevitza is amazing - a beautifully preserved mountainside village. Wander through the tobacco fields and you'll stumble onto an ancient Thracian graveyard, devoid of tourists and archaeologists alike. I stopped at the post office to buy stamps so I could mail postcards from Kovachevitza. The postmaster regretfully declined my request, saying she had to save her supply of stamps for locals. A woman who'd been chatting with the postmaster interceded and asked us to follow her to her office ... she thought she had a good supply of stamps and said I could buy some. Later on in the day as my friend described this incident to another villager, the man told my friend that this woman was the Mayor.
Another great spot is CÄ“sis, Latvia. It's a beatiful little town whose jewel is a half-ruined castle. For 1 lett you can tour the part that's standing (the rest is an archaeological dig), climb the tower, descend into the dungeon if you want to. The tour is self-guided and your 1 lett will get you a hardhat and a lantern with a candle so you can find your way around and not suffer concussion as you climb the twisting, cramped stairways in the pitch black.
For the charm and friendliness of a hamlet surrounded by vast fields - and a goofy name to boot - visit Erps-Kwerps, Belgium. If you ever get to Lake Como, Italy, take the funicular rail to the hidden treasure just up the hillside - Brunate. Next time you're in Estonia, get out of Tallinn and see the "real" Estonia in the university town of Tartu (visit the KGB museum there, too). In Finland, check out the world's largest wooden church (painted in a strange gray and white pattern that makes it look like marble) in Kerimaki. Go to Saxony and visit the center of European porcelain manufacturing in Meissen, then take the train from Dresden to KÃ¶nigstein or Bad Schandau and spend a day or two hiking through the spectacular scenery of Saxon Switzerland. Or go further, to the Czech border town of Hrensko, and see the largest natural stone arch in Europe.
What a great place!
I guees its gradually gaining in popularity but its still up there with my favourites!
I found Bertesgaden in the south of germany absolutely beautiful and devoid of large touristy crowds. We went on a tour of the salt mines there and we were the only people who spoke english! Its got beautiful views of the alps, great hiking and skiing. I dont know what else u could ask for
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As for great unknown places - I would have to agree with the person who recommended Annecy in the French Alps. That place was brilliant. There were a few tourists but less than we'd seen in most other places of France. You can do a trip around the area and see 13 different historical sites, mainly including castles, monasteries, and churches. Annecy Lake was beautifully clear and the alps surrounding it gave lots of opportunities for other activities.
Sali in Croatia, mentioned by someone, was also a great spot that was highly recommended to us by some locals. I can't vouch for the lack of tourists there, but it was a cute town.
I really enjoyed the town of Ghent in Belgium, which is a bit less touristed than say Brugges or Brussells. It had all sorts of historical background, plus a really pumping youth nightlife. The people in Belgium were great as well.
I really liked the town of Kotor in Montenegro. It wasn't even in my Europe guidebook but it was so pretty. It is very similar to Dubrovnik in Croatia in looks but with waaaaaay less people. We stayed at this awesome hostel there for 6 euros a night which was a private room with free internet and dinner for 60 cents. It was great!
Although I love Venice it was nice to experience a side of Italy that i had not witnessed before - a town with little or no tourists and locals going about their daily life.
Its a hard thing to find in Western Europe - i spent ages trying to think of great places in England that would qualify and couldnt come up with anything
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