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Off the beaten track: A guide to all the European countries you might have missed

by yang

Here are 5 of Europe’s lesser-known gems you won’t want to miss

Europe is no stranger to holidaymakers – in fact, tourism accounts for around 10 per cent of the EU’s GDP. And countries like France, Spain and Italy often top the list of the world’s most popular tourist destinations.

1.Romania: For that fairytale feeling

Best known for its association with Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Romania is a land of rugged mountain peaks, fairytale castles with towering spires and medieval towns that seem unchanged by time.

2.Liechtenstein: For quiet mountain exploration

This tiny country is nestled in the mountains between Switzerland and Austria.

Being so small, it has no airport of its own, but access by road or rail from surrounding countries is a breeze. Despite this, it’s the least visited country in Europe.

Once you get there, there are plenty of places to ski without the usual tourist crowds, as well as hiking and biking trails to explore.

3,Slovenia: For outdoor adventurers

Nestled between Italy, Austria, Hungary and Croatia, Slovenia is an undiscovered outdoorsman’s dream.

From skiing the snow-capped peaks of the Julian Alps and hiking through pristine forests to exploring the magical underground caverns of the vast Postojna Cave, the opportunities for adventure are endless.

And with glistening lakes, majestic waterfalls and flowing turquoise rivers to admire, the views are unforgettable.

4.Estonia: For a relaxed getaway

With a population of just 1.3 million, Estonia is one of the least densely populated countries in Europe and has flown under the radar when it comes to mass tourism.

Its capital, Tallinn, is an enticing mix of medieval streets, modern business districts and seaside promenades, while the rest of the country is around 50 per cent forest, making it easy to escape the hustle and bustle and find some solitude.

5.Luxembourg: For a unique cityscape

Tiny, landlocked Luxembourg is often overlooked in favour of its more famous neighbours France and Germany, but its fairytale capital, medieval castles and picturesque villages make it well worth a visit.

Despite its small size, there’s plenty of nature to explore, with well-maintained cycling and walking trails criss-crossing the wooded hills and vineyard lined valleys.

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