39 Unique Places to Add to Your Europe Bucket List

Updated: Jan 11, 2021

Europe is typically a destination on the top of people's bucket lists! But, it's usually the basics like Paris, Barcelona, London, and Amsterdam. Those are all amazing destinations don't get me wrong, but there is so much more to see in Europe besides the typical tourist destinations. I've made a list of 39 unique places in Europe that either I've visited or is personally on my bucket list as well. Hopefully you'll add some to your bucket list too!


1. Alsace region of France

This region in France is certainly distinct and totally charming! From the capital city of Strasbourg to Colmar and the beautiful villages of Ribeauvillé, Riquewihr, and Eguisheim- there’s tons to see and experience in this part of France.

2. Altay Mountains, Russia

These mountains are tucked away in a remote area of southern Siberia. The area has plenty to keep adventure-seekers entertained, like glacier climbing, white water rafting, and mountain trekking. But even if you're not an adrenaline-junkie, don't fear! You can have a more leisurely experience by relaxing in a traditional Russian steam bath or taking a drive through the incredible scenery.

3. Bohemian Switzerland National Park, Czech Republic

If you love nature & hiking, then make sure to add Bohemian Switzerland National Park to your bucket list! It's only two hours from Prague, and is known for its valleys, sandstone rock formations, and waterfalls. make sure to hike through the lovely pine forest to Pravcická brána- Europe’s largest natural sandstone arch.

4. Bovec, Slovenia

There are 3 main reasons to visit this hidden gem: insanely gorgeous scenery, a plethora of outdoor activities, and lots of history. This gorgeous mountain town has water so clear, you'll want to drink it! (And you actually can!) One of the most popular things to do here is white water kayaking, but you can pretty much do any adrenaline activity: rock climbing, sky diving, trekking... you name it!

Average private hotel room price: $40-100

Average daily spending: $25-40 on food/transportation (depending on your traveling style)

5. Brasov, Romania

Not only is the town itself quaint and charming, but it also is home to 2 of the most popular castles in Transylvania: Peles and Bran. Peles is insanely gorgeous and over-the-top, while Bran is more rustic and rumored to be "Dracula's castle. (Bran is pictured below)

Average hostel dorm price: $9-15/person

Average daily spending: $25-40 on food/transportation (depending on your traveling style)

6. Cliffs of Moher, Ireland

These cliffs are Ireland’s most-visited natural attraction- so definitely not a hidden gem, but seriously one of the most beautiful places I've ever been. They stand at an impressive 214m (702 feet) at their highest point, & stretch for 8 km (5 miles) along the Atlantic coast. An absolute MUST for any bucket list.

7. Cinque Terre, Italy

One of Italy's most scenic spots! Admire the colorful buildings perched on the cliffside that meet the Mediterranean Sea. It's actually 5 towns next to one another so you can take a train or hike from town to town to explore as much of the area as you can. Plan your route to end in Monterosso so you can have a swim in the Mediterranean.

Average private hotel room price: $40-70

Average daily spending: $35-50 on food/transportation (depending on your traveling style)

8. Cordoba, Spain

This magical city gives you a taste of the Muslim influence in Spain. One of the main sights to see is the Great Mosque, with towering domes, marble columns, and gold trimmings. There are also cathedrals, Roman bridges, Roman ruins, mausoleums, and amphitheaters for history buffs to visit. The Old Town of Cordoba is even a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It truly was one of my favorite places I visited in all of Spain- it has so much charm and beauty.

Average hostel dorm price: $20-30/person

Average daily spending: $45-60 on food/transportation (depending on your traveling style)

9. Copehagen, Denmark

Now I'm sure you've heard of this city since it is the capital of Denmark, but maybe it just hasn't been on the top of your bucket list. But it should be! Copenhagen is famous for being the city of fairytales, since it was the home of children's writer Hans C Anderson. It's also known for being one of the happiest cities in the world, its beautiful canals, and it's delicious food.

Average hostel dorm price: $15-25/person

Average daily spending: $45-70 on food/transportation (depending on your traveling style)

10. Dolomites, Italy

This mountain range is absolutely jaw-dropping, and is a hiker's paradise. There are hikes for all ages and ability levels, and if you're not a hiker don't worry, in the summer there are cable cars that will take you to incredible viewpoints. Spend at least 2-3 days here driving the scenic drives, doing some hikes, and just enjoying the ambiance of the mountain scenery.

11. Durbuy, Belgium

Durbuy is an enchanting city filled with winding cobblestone lanes and cozy cottages from the 17th & 18th centuries covered in ivy vines and poppy blooms. After you walk around this tiny, gorgeous town there's still plenty of things to do in the surrounding areas like visit castles, Neolithic monuments and caves!

Average hotel private room price: $45-100

Average daily spending: $35-50 on food/transportation (depending on your traveling style)

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12. Faroe Islands

Faroe Islands is definitely one of those hidden gems that you might not have ever heard of, but once you see pictures you think, "how is this not one of the most visited places in the world?" It's a small groups of islands in between Iceland and the UK that offers stunning views nearly everywhere. Make sure to check out Fossa Waterfall, Gasadualur, and Mulafossur Waterfall (pictured below).

Average private hotel room price: $70-140

Average daily spending: $50-70 on food/transportation (depending on your traveling style)

13. Fjords in Norway

A fjord is a long, narrow, and deep body of water submerged between high cliffs created by glaciers- and Norway is FULL of them. There are so many tours that will take you to visit as many fjords as you can, or of course you can do it all on your own! Make sure you don't miss Geirangerfjord, Nærøyfjord, and Aurlandsfjord.


14. Gelmerbahn Roller Coaster, Switzerland

The ultimate Alpine roller coaster built in 1926. Do I even need to say more? Just watch the video below and I'm sure you'll want to add this awesome experience to your bucket list.


15. Giethoorn, Netherlands

A fairytale city truly come to life! This charming, quaint town has no roads or cars at all! But how? They only travel via row boats through the various canals weaving throughout the town. This city truly is a storybook come to life with its dreamlike tranquility, idyllic waterways, and pretty thatched-roof farmhouses shrouded in greenery.

Train from Amsterdam: Amsterdam Zuid - Steenwijk - Blauwe Hand in Giethoorn (2 hours)

Average hotel private room price: $45-100

Average daily spending: $45-60 on food/transportation (depending on your traveling style)

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16. Hallstatt, Austria

This city truly looks like it was ripped off a postcard! It's considered the showpiece for Alpine Austria. It's often referred to as the the single most beautiful town in the country because it's filled with ivy-clad terraces and half-timbered chalets that reflect off the shimmering Hallstätter See.

Train from Vienna: Vienna Central - Attnang-Puchheim, Bahnhof - Hallstatt (4 hours)

Average hotel private room price: $65-130

Average daily spending: $65-80 on food/transportation (depending on your traveling style)

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17. Innsbruck, Austria

A true alpine gem, this city really has it all: colorful buildings, gorgeous architecture, and plenty of winter activities. It has world-renowned ski resorts and hosts winter sports competitions often. This town has a quaint charm that will capture your heart!

Train from Vienna: Wien Hauptbahnhof - Innsbruck, Stazione di Innsbruck Centrale (4 hours & 15 min)

Average hotel private room price: $100-180

Average daily spending: $55-70 on food/transportation (depending on your traveling style)

18. Isle of the Skye, Scotland

This area of Scotland is known for its its rugged landscapes, picturesque fishing villages and medieval castles. Make sure to hike the Quiraing while you're there! It's a 4.5 mile hike, where you'll just be completely surrounded by vivd greenery and gorgeous landscape views all around you. But there's a reason it's so green- it rains ALL the time. So try to check the weather before you embark on your hike, and bring rain gear just in case!

19. Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, Finland

Truly a one-of-a-kind experience to stay in glass igloos and sleep under the northern lights in Saariselka, Finland. The northern lights season is from around the end of August to the end of April, so if you're willing to spend the money (around $300/night depending on your dates) it's definitely worth adding to your bucket list!

20. Krka National Park, Croatia

This beautiful national park is known for its dramatic gorges, valleys, and waterfalls. It's a great place to relax, swim, and soak in the gorgeous views all around you.


21. Lagos, Portugal

A beachy city on the south coast of Portugal, known for it's beautiful views and relaxed vibes. Be ready for turquoise waters, rugged coastlines, and perfect weather year-round.

Average hostel dorm price: $11-25/person

Average daily spending: $35-50 on food/transportation (depending on your traveling style)

22. Lake Como, Italy

This romantic city is nestled at the foot of the Alps and gives you a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. It is regarded as one of the most beautiful and picturesque places in Lombardy. Explore the expensive resort town of Bellagio, the quaint town of Varenna, and take a cruise on the lake to see all the beautiful villas.

Average private hotel room price: $50-90

Average daily spending: $50-70 on food/transportation (depending on your traveling style)

23. Mont Saint-Michel, France

This is a magical island topped by a gravity-defying medieval monastery, just one kilometer off the country's north-western coast. For centuries this was one of Europe's major pilgrimage destinations, and this holy island is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site!

Average private hotel room price: $140-160

Average daily spending: $35-50 on food/transportation (depending on your traveling style)

24. Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Maybe you've seen the gorgeous photo of the Ottoman old bridge hanging above the turquoise waters of the Neretva river? Well, that's Mostar! It landed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2005. Make sure to climb up to the minaret of Koskin-Mehmed Pasha’s Mosque for a great view of the city!

Average hostel dorm price: $6-12/person

Average daily spending: $25-40 on food/transportation (depending on your traveling style)

25. Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany

This fairytale-like castle in Schwangau, Germany is definitely a top bucket list item- at least for me! It's what Walt Disney modeled the Disney castle after, how cool is that? It looks absolutely fake perched on the top of a hill surrounded by greenery and a river.


26. Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

Walk on boardwalks on top of turquoise waters and past waterfalls that make you feel like you're in a fairytale land. It's one of the most popular parks in the country, so try to go earlier or later in the day (not right in the middle) to experience less crowds.

27. Prague, Czech Republic

Now this is definitely not a hidden gem or some unique off-the-beaten-path spot... it's the capital of the Czech Republic and one of the most visited city in all of Europe! But I had to put it on here because when I was living here I truly fell in love. They call it Disneyland for adults because it's truly just a fairytale walking around with the gorgeous architecture, plethora of parks, and insane amounts of beer. What more could you want? Read more on my blog.

Average hostel dorm price: $7-15/person

Average daily spending: $35-50 on food/transportation (depending on your traveling style)

28. Riga, Latvia

This gorgeous capital city is a must-see for any first-time Baltic travelers. Its labyrinthine Old Town area is considered one of the most beautiful in all of Europe. The cobblestone streets, unique architecture, and Daugava River views make this a hidden gem that most people don't think to add to their bucket list, but definitely should!

Average hostel dorm price: $5-12/person

Average daily spending: $25-40 on food/transportation (depending on your traveling style)