6 Cities in Europe You May Not Think About

Rotterdam, Holland

Why it’s great: Skyscrapers and boat taxis

When you should go: Spring. Warm weather.

What you should do: Rotterdam as a ton of museums some of which focus on German occupation during WWII. Also, The Euromast

Belfast, Northern Ireland

Why it’s great: So. Much. History.

When you should go: How about do NOT go in July and August. Things get a little hairy in Belfast sometimes….

What you should do: Black Taxi Cab Tour and Titanic Museum

Stirling, Scotland

Why it’s great: Small town with winding roads and a giant castle on a rock. Does it get much better than that?

When you should go: The summer! It’s beautiful! And warm! And the students are away (it’s a college town).

What you should do: The Wallace Monument, Battle of Bannockburn, Stirling Bridge, and Stirling Castle

Interlaken, Switzerland

Why it’s great: Adventure town at the foothills of the Alps

When you should go: Depends on what type of activities you like! Great for year-round travel!! They have snow stuff for the winter and canyoning in the river in the summer. It really is perfect year-round!

What you should do: Skiing, paragliding, canyoning, hiking, yodeling, exploring, snow boarding, etc.

Tromsø, Norway

Why it’s great: Um, it’s in the Arctic Circle? Soooo.. Literally the top of the world.

When you should go: December-February (high season) for the Northern Lights and June-July for the Midnight Sun

What you should do: Winter – dog sledding, chase the Northern Lights, ski, snow board. Summer – Midnight Sun Marathon, hiking, boating

Malmö, Sweden

Why it’s great: Right across the bay from Copenhagen, has the tallest building in Sweden, and the biggest mall in Northern Europe

When you should go: Summer is nice and warm while winter is nice and cold. It’s a toss up.

What you should do: Emporia, the beach, and Copenhagen

24 thoughts on “6 Cities in Europe You May Not Think About

  1. Please dont just come to Northern Ireland to see the relics of our tainted past, and a big building about a ship that sunk. Go North (for example) and see Carrick-a-rede, Bienevenagh, Downhill, Gortmore, Dunseverick Grassland walk, Portbradden, and the host of beautiful places that has brought shows like Game of Thrones here for four seasons already.

    1. Oh I am so sorry! That’s not what I meant by that at all! I love the North! I was just references purely Belfast. No, some of the most beautiful places in all of Ireland are in the North. I love it there.

      1. No I didnt think you did, dont worry. It just seems sometimes (reading through the NI Tripadvisor forum for example) that people coming here only ever mention 3 things, the murals (which i have to say the majority of us hate), the Titanic Quarter (about a big ship that sunk over a century ago) and The Giants Causeway (which is beautiful but almost all of the North Coast is). I started my own site purely to post a few pictures of the hundreds of places worth checking out that rarely get a mention. With a car, its possible to see almost anywhere in NI (from any starting point) in a maximum of 120mins. The country (well this Northern part) is relatively small. I guess its a little ironic now that the thing which kept people away from here for decades is now one of the major things that people come to see (black taxi tours of the sectarian murals) but like i said, most decent thinking people living here would like to take a brush and paint and wipe those out forever. But without doubt, its great seeing visitor figures soar, so as trip reports like your own (which is fantastic) get posted, hopefully more will come here and find out for themselves whats been hidden for so long. Miles of beaches without a soul around, ancient history as old 3000bc, a shore where you can search for hours for fossils in rocks (and pick them up), numerous castles, and hikes that take you past caves, waterfalls, crashing waves, and harbours that have been on a TV show which the world has heard of. And really, weve only just started opening our doors 😀 😉

  2. Great list! Belfast is fine in August, just not around the 12th of July (maybe the week before and the week after) but truthfully if you’re not Irish or English it isn’t really an issue at all anyhow!

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