Top European destinations for 2020: the alternative list you are waiting for

Matka Canyon in Macedonia ©dudlajzov/stock.adobe.com

The list you were all waiting for is here.  And it contains some mind-blowing ideas for your itineraries in Europe.

2020 is here and we are all busy putting together new incredible experiences for our guests.

There are plenty of things to see and do in Europe that are still not crazy crowded and offer a different glimpse on the Old Continent. In order to help you choosing new and exciting adventures for your itineraries we have put together a list of off-beaten destinations and experiences that will definitely amaze your clients.

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Aerial view old town, Tallinn, Estonia
Aerial view old town, Tallinn, Estonia ©Kavalenkava/stock.adobe.com

 

1. Tallin, Estonia: This beautiful city has been a meeting point for various cultures and people since the time of the Vikings. Visit the Medieval Old Town, declared UNESCO World Heritage Site, and climb the Town Hall’s tower to a 34-metre-high belfry balcony with views over the city. World-class yet affordable restaurants are tucked away on its cobblestone streets. The bohemian and art district, Kalamaja, is also worth exploring.

 

San Marino, medieval tower on a rocky cliff and panoramic view of Romagna
San Marino, medieval tower on a rocky cliff ©stevanzz/stock.adobe.com

2. Republic of San Marino: 61 squares metres in total, one of the smallest countries in the world, but so much to offer to visitors. Experience a walk in the past visiting one of the medieval fortresses on Mount Titano, and enjoy the breath-taking view on the Italian hills from the city main square.

 

Olomouc - Czech Republic
Holy Trinity Column, Olomouc ©larairimeeva/stock.adobe.com

3. Olomouc, Czech Republic: An easy stop on the way from Prague to Krakow, Olomouc offers some incredible Baroque monuments, dominated by the Holy Trinity Column, a UNESCO Heritage site. The beauty of the old town is second only to Prague. It is an unmissable destination in your discovery of the off-beaten gems in Europe.

 

Archaeological Museum of Macedonia and Stone Bridge in downtown of Skopje
Archaeological Museum of Macedonia and Stone Bridge in Skopje ©andrii_lutsyk/stock.adobe.com

4. Skopje, North Macedonia: A city in the heart of the Balkans with a 2000 years tradition. Skopje would fascinate you with its impressive fortress, cultural and historical monuments, and archaeological sites. The unique Matka Canyon is home to the oldest artificial lake in the country, several monasteries and 10 different caves, listed as one of the top 77 natural sites in the world in the new 7 wanders of nature project.

 

The Kraemerbruecke with its historic houses in Erfurt, Germany, at dusk
The Kraemerbruecke with its historic houses in Erfurt ©elxeneize/stock.adobe.com

5. Erfurt, Germany: Known as the city of flowers and for its links to Martin Luther, Erfurt is a little gem in the hearth of Germany. It offers different architectural and cultural attractions, which would make everyone happy. From the romantic Gothic Old Town and Cathedral to the many medieval treasures to explore. Not to be missed are the Old Synagogue (among the best preserved medieval synagogues in Europe) and the Merchants’ Bridge, one of the longer European bridges with residential houses.

Panoramic view over Dracula medieval Castle Bran in autumn season, the most visited tourist attraction of Brasov, Transylvania, Romania
Panoramic view over Dracula medieval Castle Bran ©Balate Dorin/stock.adobe.com

6. Transylvania, Romania: Probably one of the most fascinating regions in all Europe, it is known for the famous Bran Castle and its association with the Count Dracula. Transylvania has got so much to offer: Europe’s best-preserved medieval towns, like Brasok, Simiu and Sighisoara, stunning castles and fortresses, UNESCO protected fortified churches, colourful centuries-old traditions and several natural wonders. Everything you need for an amazing experience in Eastern Europe.

 

Bench at Bohinj Lake in Slovenia
View on Bohinj Lake in Slovenia ©Roman Babakin/stock.adobe.com

7. Julian Alps, Slovenia: Slovenia is definitely the country to visit in 2020. The Julian Alps are holiday heaven for nature and hiking lovers. Prepare to be amazed by mountain picks, postcard charming lakes and aquamarine-coloured rivers. Triglav National Park offers different accessible hiking routes for everybody, which can be combined with a visit to the lovely shores of Lake Bohinj.

 

Cremona Cathedral, Lombardy, Italy
Cremona Cathedral ©Karol Kozłowski/stock.adobe.com

8. Cremona, Italy: Considered the Italian capital of music, Cremona is well worth a visit during your itinerary to Northern Italy for its beautiful architecture. Conveniently located on the way from Milan to Venice, the history of this town is linked to the legendary Antonio Stradivari, world-famous violin maker. He crafted over 1000 instruments in an 80-year career, and today you can admire his best work in the Museo del Violino. Do not forget to try the delicious Italian torrone!

 

Northern lights dancing over calm lake in Abisko national park
Northern lights dancing over the Abisko national park ©Conny Sjostrom/stock.adobe.com

9. Abisko, Sweden: One of the best spots in the world to admire Northern Lights. Located in the northern part of the country, just 1 hour and a half from Kiruna, the Abisko Aurora Sky Station is the perfect location for a magic evening. An expert guide will answer all your questions, while waiting to spot the Aurora. Upgrade the evening and book a delicious meal prepared by one of the Sky Station’s professional chefs in their exclusive restaurants.

 

Bastion Bridge in Saxonia near Dresden
Bastei Bridge in the Saxon Switzerland ©andiz275/stock.adobe.com

10. Saxon Switzerland, Germany: Located in the Free State of Saxony, eastern Germany, just 30 kilometres from Dresden, this region offers one of the most incredible landscapes in Europe. Around 400 km² of marked hiking-trails and paths are available to visitors, among unique flora and fauna. Some exceptional panoramic view points can also be found in the National Park, like the Bastei Bridge, a unique rock formation just above the Elba River.

 

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