Not a fan of the bustling crowds, the overpriced museum tickets or the line at the Louvre? Here are three European cities that are beautiful, and with plenty to offer and less time spent waiting in a queue; you won’t feel as if you’ve missed out on anything.
Located close to the border of the Czech Republic, Dresden is a city boasting beautiful architecture. Once a city fallen victim to a series of bombings, Dresden is now home to stunning museums, art galleries and churches. Though it is a busy city, the majority of the attractions are free and tourism is partial despite it being quite a popular location between Berlin and Prague.
When in Dresden:
See: The Green Vault at the Zwinger Palace in the city centre
Eat: Try German currywurst at Curry & Co or at a street vendor store and try every German beer possible. Dark ales are the smoothest.
Sleep: The Lollis Homestay hostel is the perfect place to stay when in Dresden. Each room has a different theme with its own bathroom and the staff are super friendly and helpful.
Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic
A quaint little city in the Bohemian sector of the Czech Republic, Hradec Kralove is best known for its international theatre festival held every year in June. The city centre is home to one of the most prominent buildings, the Gothic Church of the Holy Spirit. With its exposed bricks and steeping red roof, it’s no wonder that the church is a marvel in the centre of the city.
When in Hradec Kralove:
See: The view of the city from the White Tower in the city square. From the view you can notice the buildings from the renaissance period. Alternatively, visit the Zuzkov Gardens for to relax away and go back in time just outside the city square.
Eat: Meat of choice with knedliky (bread dumplings). These dumplings are served on the side of every meal and are sliced and then steamed, use to soak up stock and sauce.
Sleep: Boromeum residence apartments offer a range of room options at good prices. Linen is included and the apartments are located close to the city and facilities.
Formed in 1279, Happsalu is well known for its location on the west coast of Estonia and is renowned for romantic wooden houses and spa retreats. Estonia is one of the cheapest countries in Europe to visit, so make the most of it by seeing the seaside and spoiling yourself with a traditional mud bath.
When in Haapsalu:
See: The Haapsalu Bishops Castle, which was established in the 13th century and is one of the best preserved castles in Estonia. Alternatively, spend your day at a spa at Spa Laine, located on the edge of Vaike Viik.
Eat: With Swedish, Russian and German influence, Estonia has a range of different foods to try. The most popular dessert is called Kissel, a sweet fruit based sop which is served either hot or cold.
Sleep: The Vanalinna Hostel is located in the heart of the old town of Happsalu, close to all facilities and the coast. It also has a bar, pool and bowling!