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7 European Countries to Visit that Are Off the Beaten Path

Europe tops the charts of continents with some of the most popular tourist destinations. Countries like Germany, France and Spain instantly pop to mind when you think of tourism in Europe. But do you know that there are lesser known European countries that are also great tourist destinations?

Most of these countries are small, or affected by adverse weather conditions, or have suffered terrible calamities in the past, but that doesn’t make them any less appealing as tourist destinations. Here are seven unique European countries you should seriously consider visiting:

Unique European Countries

  1. Estonia

Estonia, which once formed part of the Soviet Union, is now only beginning to attract the attention of tourists. Travelers are now appreciating the raw, unspoiled beauty that this country has to offer.

The country’s capital, Tallinn, is a must- visit whenever you are in the country. The Toompea Hills that surround it are some of the most scenic and climbing them can prove to be a great adventure.

The country is also blessed with many lush forests, particularly in Tartu, south of the country. Rocky beaches and beautiful lakes also form a vast part of the country’s water bodies. There are also lots of other attractions which make this country a great destination.

  1. Albania

Albania may be a small country, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in beauty. The long coastline and beautiful beaches are trademark attractions of the country.

Ottoman architecture also adds to the ancient beauty of the country. But what also sets Albania apart from other countries is its booming music culture. By visiting the country you will definitely enjoy yourself.

  1. Latvia

This little known country is also one you should aim at visiting. Each of its many towns has something unique to offer tourists.

Take for instance the somewhat small town of Kuldiga. It is acknowledged by visitors and locals alike as the country’s most romantic town.

You can also engage in various activities in this country, such as bob- sleighing. There are also various parks to visit such as the famous Gauja National Park.

  1. Armenia

Armenia boasts a rich history and a beautiful landscape. Its national symbol is Mt. Ararat, which is a much cherished natural feature in the country.

The country was the first to declare Christianity as it national religion. The mountain is particularly important as it is mentioned in the Bible. It is the mountain where Noah’s Ark landed.

The Yerevan City is a must- visit when you are in the country. Also, make a point of visiting the numerous beautiful monasteries that dot the country.

  1. Serbia

Serbia has something for everyone: whether you like having fun in cities or simply spending time in quiet rural areas. If your idea of a perfect destination is a city with a booming nightlife and a lot of music, then Belgrade, the country’s capital, is a must- visit for you.

Alternatively, you can also visit the lovely countryside for some peace and quiet. You should also explore the country’s various parks and fortresses: you will not be disappointed.

  1. Iceland

Given that it is almost always freezing in Iceland, you would be well advised to visit during summer. On the downside however, it is always extremely crowded during summer so you may not enjoy your vacation to the fullest.

There are a lot of attractions in Iceland. You can see the beautiful rugged landscape if you explore the interior of the country.

  1. Belarus

Belarus may not be on your bucket list of places to visit but it sure should be. This little known country is bursting with plenty of Mother Nature’s beauty.

The landlocked country has plenty of forests. In fact, they make up nearly 40% of the country. Visiting the various forests will give you a chance to see wildlife, even some rare animal species.

Minsk, the country’s capital, is also abounding with attractions. There are dancing lights and water fountains almost everywhere you go. You can also learn rich history lessons from the National Museum located in the capital.

Although these unusual European countries may not be riding a wave of popularity, they are still worth a visit. The next time you are looking for a European travel destination, pick any of them. You will not be disappointed because these countries offer an opportunity to discover the best of Europe.