Lesser-Known European Cities for Tourists to Visit

Utrecht, Netherlands


Licensed with the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), Kevin Weinress serves as an agent for players signed with First Wave Sports Marketing, based in Los Angeles, California. For work and for leisure, Kevin Weinress has traveled extensively and one of his favorite regions to visit is Europe.

London, Paris, and Rome rank among the top tourist destinations in Europe, but beyond these major cities, the continent offers a nearly limitless list of towns and villages for visitors to explore. When planning your next vacation, consider these five lesser-known European cities.

1. Utrecht, Netherlands

The city of Utrecht provides a look into the history of the Netherlands, with medieval canals and architecture from the 13th century. Currently undergoing an urban renewal, it is expected that Utrecht will soon thrive as a tourist town, making now an even better time to go.

2. Lodz, Poland

For individuals interested in a large city with a small-town feel, Lodz delivers. Visitors will find a wide selection of museums, boutiques, and restaurants.

3. Gothenburg, Sweden

Situated on the coast, Gothenburg offers an appealing landscape of late-century canals and neoclassical architecture. It is home to the Feskekorka fish market and the Gothenburg Museum of Art.

4. Kotor, Montenegro

In Kotor, guests walk along marbled lanes from restaurants to hotels, and the surrounding mountainside makes for a secluded experience. St. Tryphon’s Cathedral and ninth century walls foster a historic atmosphere.

5. Bergen, Norway

Bergen actually qualifies as one of the largest cities in the area, but it also serves as a winter retreat lit by the northern lights. Wharfs, fjords, and mountains all contribute to the inspiring nature of the city.