There are so many stunning places on this earth that have not yet been discovered by mass tourism, even in Europe. You can find plenty of cities and regions that are definitely worth a visit – despite the increasing tourism or expensive price card. Nature lovers in particular should grab this opportunity and plan a visit before everyone else does!
Latvia is still one of Europe’s best kept secret. Even though Riga – the capital – has been announced as the European Capital of Culture 2014. It’s still a cheap destination and especially backpackers can survive on an ultra low budget in Latvia. Instead of good old Rome, London or Paris, Riga makes for the perfect city trip. Besides Riga, there are plenty of other undiscovered cities you can visit in Latvia, such as Cesis, Sigulda, Bauska and Kuldiga. These are historic places and most of them are surrounded by beautiful nature.
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This is the “expensive” destination on our list, but worth every penny! The famous fjords of Norway can be found along the west coast. Including the best known fjords Geirangerfjord, Hardangerfjord and Lysefjord. However, don’t forget to pay a visit to the coast. You won’t get enough of the beautiful areas alongside the Norwegian coast. Other tourist attractions you shouldn’t skip during your journey through Norway are the Preikestolen – also known as Pulpit Rock, – North Cape, the ice hotels and a husky tour.
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Iceland might not be the first country you would think of, but a visit can turn into a magical experience. In Iceland you’ll find geysers, glaciers and of course the Northern Lights! The must-sees you simply shouldn’t miss while you are there are: the Blue Lagoon, Jökulsárlón, Gullfoss, Geysir, Dettifoss, Mývatn, Látrabjarg and Thingvellir. If seeing the Northern Lights is on your wishlist, you should travel to North Iceland during the winter.
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How about a trip to Poland? It’s not expensive and there’s so much you can do! Go to the cities of Warsaw, Kraków, Gdańsk, Malbork or the old town of Torún. All of them have their own history and must-sees. Located near Kraków is concentration camp Auschwitz, a confrontational visit bound to make a lasting impression. Poland is also the place to be if you are interested in nature. In Wieliczka you’ll find the oldest salt mines of the world. The oldest and best kept primary forest Białowieża is situated near the border and in the Masurian area you can see the most beautiful forests and lakes.
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Croatia is a versatile country, perfect for everyone who enjoys the finer things in life – for a true Bon Vivant. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Croatia is getting more and more popular. Not only can you enjoy the most wonderful natural parks, there are also many historical sights and nice medieval cities. For example the Veliki Tabor Castle, the Palace of Diocletianus in Split, towns Pula and Dvigrad and the city of Dubrovnik. Do you rather spent your time in nature? Then you can’t skip Plitvice Lakes, Risnjak and Krka National Parks.
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