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Gorgeous Getaway Locations

Gorgeous Getaway Locations

It’s always such a chore choosing the next holiday destination, but fear not – we have rounded up eight lesser-known, but just as beautiful, European getaway locations.

The cities that we have chosen are picturesque havens with stunning scenery; whether it’s their historical and architectural influence or flaunting nature at its finest, here are the getaway locations that you need to know about...

Bergen, Norway

Situated on the south-west coast of Norway, Bergen is a city surrounded by mountains and fjords. The Sognefjord or Sognefjorden, nicknamed the King of the Fjords, is the largest and deepest fjord in Norway, located just a short distance from the city. Beautiful features of Bergen include its colourful wooden houses and scenic trails, which lead up the Fløyen Mountain where you will find breathtaking panoramic views.

Tallinn, Estonia

Capital of Estonia, Tallinn is located on the Baltic Sea, A cultural hub with cobblestoned streets, cafés, shops and a number of Medieval defensive walls, such as Long leg Gate Tower, Nun’s Tower, Stable Tower, Hellemen Tower, Fat Margaret, as well as Kiek in de Kök. The Gothic city has a number of stand-out features such as the town hall and St. Nicholas' Church, a 13th-century landmark exhibiting ecclesiastical art.

Ljubljana, Slovenia

Slovenia’s capital, Ljubljana, is known for its vast amount of lush green space and natural habitats such as Tivoli Park. The meandering Ljubljanica River is decorated with a number of local cafés and is the dividing line between the old town and its new commercial area. The old town of Ljubljana illustrates Baroque, Renaissance and Art Nouveau architectural influence. Due to Slovenia being situated between Italy and Austria its cities demonstrate a fusion of cultures.

Innsbruck, Austria

Innsbruck, Austria is the capital of its western state of Tyrol. The city is known as being a destination for winter sports, decorated with trams, making movement around the city quick, efficient and cheap. Innsbruck is situated in the centre of the Alps and is known for its Imperial and modern architecture. A perfect destination for the crisp winter months as well as for mountaineering in warmer seasons.

Perugia, Italy

The capital of the Umbria region, Perugia is known for its historic defensive walls around its city centre. Medieval features include the Priori Palace which exhibits regional art from the 13th century onward. The beautiful Umbrian city has a history that spans many eras, allowing multiple influences to be identified through its architecture and art. The city wall and arch are Etruscan; the sixth-century Sant'Angelo church was built on top of a Roman temple, and the town's cathedral displays both Gothic and Renaissance features.

Annecy, France

The alpine town of Annecy is the home of Lake Annecy, the river which feeds into the Thiou River. The Vieille Ville old tow, has cobbled streets, canals and pastel-coloured houses. The Château d’Annecy is a medieval feature that houses a museum with historical and religious artefacts and art. The Château previously held residence to the Counts of Geneva and now contains a natural history exhibition. The picturesque town features the Palais de l’Isle’s, a fairytale-looking structure from the 12th century.

Lucerne, Switzerland

The ancient town of Lucerne is a beautiful destination. The city’s centre is home to one of Europe’s oldest covered bridges, historic houses which line the streets and the unique KKL concert hall and art gallery. Another stand-out feature is the mountainous cableways, which take individuals up the Pilatus, Stanserhorn or Rigi mountains for breathtaking views. The town is located on Lake Lucerne, embedded within an impressive mountainous panorama. The breathtaking lakeside is the perfect setting for tourists looking for an exceptional experience.

Kutna Hora, Czech Republic

Kutná Hora is known for its Gothic St. Barbara's Church with medieval frescoes and flying buttresses. The medieval fairytale-esque city also houses Sedlec Ossuary, a chapel embellished with human skeletons. The historical city became the seat of Wenceslas II’s royal mint in 1308, producing silver groschen which is now at the heart of its heritage. Gems include its replica medieval mine, St James’s church and the Cathedral of Our Lady. This city is sure to produce an unparalleled and extraordinary experience.