9 Underrated European Cities Everyone Should Visit

Bratislava, Slovakia

This Danube River city boasts a hilltop fairy-tale castle, 14th-century cathedral, cobbled streets, and ornate palaces, blending historic charm with fascinating communist-era architecture and modern neighborhoods.

Bucharest, Romania

Highlights include the colossal Palace of Parliament, performances at the gorgeous Romanian Athenaeum, and relaxing in the pretty Ci_migiu Gardens, amidst a city of bustling beer halls, hip coffee shops, and Art Nouveau villas.

Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

Known for its grand palace and quaint, cobbled streets, this capital surrounded by forest-clad valleys and vineyards is a gourmet's paradise, with numerous Michelin-starred restaurants.

Riga, Latvia

With its UNESCO-listed medieval old town, regenerated riverside, and a diverse restaurant scene, Riga offers a rich mix of medieval, Gothic, Baroque, and Art Nouveau buildings, best viewed from the spire of St Peter's Church.

Belgrade, Serbia

Energetic and vibrant, Belgrade features legendary summer barge parties, a creative community, designer hotels, an ancient citadel, and regenerated riverside districts, making it a hip destination on the Danube River.

Vienna, Austria

Famous for art and culture, Vienna houses the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna State Opera, St Stephen's Cathedral, Baroque palaces, and beautiful Art Nouveau coffee houses, with winter markets adding festive charm.

Vilnius, Lithuania

Boasting the largest medieval old town in central and eastern Europe, Vilnius offers historic churches, parks, squares, bars, and cafés, with panoramic views from Gediminas' Tower and lively scenes in Cathedral Square.

Sofia, Bulgaria

Bulgaria's capital, dominated by St Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, features stunning architecture, museums, galleries, lively nightlife, and green spaces like Borisova Gradina, best explored on foot.

Valletta, Malta

This sun-drenched Mediterranean capital is perfect for a weekend break with its lavish palazzos, centuries-old churches like St John's Co-Cathedral, and panoramic views from the Upper Barrakka Gardens over the Grand Harbour.