Are you a serious travel junky who is already planning their big travel adventure of 2019? Well, you’re in luck, because next year brings amazing new destinations that will attract plenty of travelers, especially those who would like to avoid the hustle and bustle of capitals! So, if you want to stay ahead of the traveling trends, here’s a little guide that will help you through the best European Non-Capital cities you must visit in 2019.
Lyon is a perfect travel destination for all foodies and culinary aficionados! Even though it’s usually overlooked because of its size (it has less than 500,000 citizens) and its distance from the capital, it still makes a perfect weekend destination. Lyon is a city with a long history, breathtaking architecture and plenty of greenery. It’s also full of art with its Musée Miniature, Musée Gadagne, Gallo-Roman Museum, Musée des Beaux-Arts and others. But, if you don’t want to spend your vacation time indoors, take a walk through Lyon and you’ll come across many amazing murals painted all over the city. Finish your day with a superb dinner and a quality glass of local Syrah!
If you want to have a European adventure full of excitement, life and vibrancy, check out Hamburg! It’s the second largest city in Germany and its biggest port city. The city is blessed with the gorgeous Elbe River that runs through it, and it also has a big 160-hectare lake right at the city center! During the warmer months, people flock to the water for various water sports, picnics or simply to enjoy a beer at one of the surrounding cafes!
Thanks to its unique geographical position, Hamburg is both historically significant AND cosmopolitan—it’s perfect for all travelers who want to see what else Germany has to offer besides Berlin!
From the urban Mecca that is Hamburg, we came to one peaceful, romantic and picturesque city in Belgium. Bruges is definitely one of Europe’s best-preserved medieval cities with plenty of original houses, cobbled streets and bridges. The city center is tiny, but it’s also full of museums, cafes, restaurants and candy shops. But, the best thing about Bruges is its canals, which will gently lull you and pull you back to some simpler and more relaxing times.
Forget about cars, planes and trains and book your ticket to Bruges on a romantic barge! Companies like trusted Barge Travel Connection will ensure you experience smooth sailing to your destination and see many interesting towns and landscapes on your way. As you know, traveling is all about the journey, not the destination, but with Bruges and barges, you’ll experience both in the best possible light!
There’s a good reason why Venice is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world. This city is miraculously built on water, intersected with canals and then connected with more than 400 bridges. It’s really something special when it comes to architecture, art, festivals and luxury! This little city is PACKED with stores from alternative jewelry shops to best Italian high-fashion brands. There’s truly something for everyone!
The City of Gaudi is always popular and full of people and events! Barna is also a city of contrasts where you can see dark, Gothic facades next to Gaudi’s modernist houses and parks. Make sure to take a walk down La Rambla, Barcelona’s most iconic street, and splurge some money on mouthwatering Iberian ham, fresh fruit and aromatic spices at La Boquería food market! You’ll love every second of this city, no matter which time you choose to visit it.
Croatia’s most exclusive destination, Dubrovnik, is really a treat for all senses! Once it was a home to one of the world’s biggest merchant naval fleets, but Dubrovnik of today is a place of relaxation, leisure and entertainment, not trade. Make sure to chill at pedestrian-only Old Town surrounded by medieval forts! You’ll also get to catch a glimpse of the Game of Thrones filming locations and even recreate Cersei’s “Walk of Shame” down the Jesuit Staircase!
As you can see, not all attractions in Europe are connected to the capitals! These six amazing European cities will show you that the Old Continent is really an ever-giving destination to all tourists, so make sure to explore even its lesser-known parts. All in all, you’re bound to fall in love with Europe and its non-capitals, so expect to you’ll be coming back!