There are more cities in Europe than beers your alcoholic uncle drinks in a month. Just like the beers he drinks, some be completely underrated. With the sheer amount of cities on the continent, there is no doubt there will be quite a handful of underrated cities in Europe. From the ones that are in less touristy destinations to the ones that get outshined by their more famous and popular counterpart, here’s a list of the 5 most underrated cities in Europe.
Laying in the west of the country in the region of Tyrol, this mountainous city oozes sex appeal. To put it into better terms, if you were a single city looking for another city on Tinder then you’d be super liking faster than a roadrunner trying to catch the last train of the night. The city’s aesthetics are simply sensational, from the vibrant coloured red buildings to mountainous landscapes. Must-see sights in Innsbruck include the Imperial Palace, the Altstadt (Old Town) and the wonderful Ambras castle. The little sister to the capital Vienna, Innsbruck gets a little less love than its older and more known sister but is still frequently visited with many world-class ski resorts being in the area such as St Anton and Obgergurgl situated in Tyrol. More used as the go-to airport for ski lovers than a city of interest our wee sexy pal Innsbruck is one of Europe’s most underrated cities despite being one of the most beautiful.
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND
A city within the U.K. and on the island of Ireland (let’s stay on the fence), Belfast is one of the UK’s and Western Europe’s most forgotten cities. With Dublin being only 2 hour trip across the border many tourists flock to the capital of Ireland over the capital of Northern Ireland. Mix in London, England and Edinburgh, Scotland being the more go-to touristy cities with the U.K., Belfast gets left alone being that wee city off the mainland that can get a wee bit political and sectarianist; however it is so much more than that. Despite its reputation and stereotypes, Belfast is a fascinating city with its own charm to it. From the moment you step into the city, you’ll be dragged in by this gravitational pull of charm that all single men in a club would die to have. From the very friendly locals who love a bit of craic to the lesser-known history to surrounding scenery (hiya giants causeway hen) and to the fantastic pubs, Belfast is a booming city that needs to be visited. Certainly one of Europe’s underrated cities.
If there was a bet to be held that resulted in you getting kicked in the shins by a kick-boxer in steel toe caps for every person who answered ‘Helsinki’ to the question of name a city in Finland, how messed up do you think your shins be? The answer would be very, more messed up than your emotional pals make up after seeing a puppy die in their arms. Tampere is a heavy underrated city that many people have never heard of. Situated a 2-hour drive north of the capital Helsinki, Tampere is Finlands’ second most populated city and a rather smaller-sized city filled with a lot of industry and saunas. In a city famous for its industrial past, you can see a lot of its industrial nature within the appearance of the city mixed with classic architecture and the classic modern urban buildings. Tampere is also the sauna capital of the world with so many saunas for you to strut about naked in like you’re the naked Victoria’s Secret Models of Tampere.
You know that one girl in high school, who is really pretty but hangs out with the mad goth crew and gets completely overlooked for that reason until they finish high school, that is Ljubljana. A very, very pretty city the capital of Slovenia is somewhat of an overlooked city where many tourists don’t even ponder a thought. Situated right bang in the middle of Europe, Ljubljana is a big city with a lot of personality and culture to match its beauty. Filled with many museums and cultural experiences you’re spoiled for things to do whilst marvelling in the greenery of the city and the stunning architecture. The staple part is Ljubljana Castle overlooking the city and is a huge feature of every visit to the Slovenian capital. An underrated European city in a very underrated European country.
BRNO, CZECHIA (CZECH REPUBLIC)
If Brno had a tinder bio it would be “Hard to pronounce, a little unloved and forgotten, but will please you more than a bacon sandwich on a hangover day”. Like every single Czech city, Brno gets completely outshined by Prague. Now Prague may be a very beautiful city and one of Europe’s best cities, but Brno deserves more love as it’s such an amazing city and heavily underrated. With stunning architecture, great food and points of interest such as Brno Dam, Spilberk Castle, 10-Z Bunker and the Old Town Hall, Brno is a must-visit city on any trip to Czechia. Only a 3-hour train cross country from Prague, a stop off in the city on any backpacking adventure across Europe is not hard to do. One of Europes most underrated cities, and one you have to make a stop off in!