There are so many underrated and brilliant places to visit in Europe, but the next few definitely stand out from the rest and you will soon see why. It is possible to fly directly from the following U.S. cities to any of these wonderful places with no stopovers!
Västerås, Sweden from Chicago, U.S.
Västerås is the 6th largest city in Sweden and known for starting the popular clothing brand H&M in 1947. There are many historical sites to explore around Västerås. Anundshög is a must-visit for anyone interested in history, especially Nordic Viking history. Anundshög is a prehistoric burial mound and is also the largest burial mound in Sweden. The burial ground spreads over 210 feet in diameter and some of them are up to 30 feet tall.
Bruges, Belgium from New York, U.S
Bruges is a heavily populated city in Belgium with many canals webbing its way throughout the city. Taking a boat ride is one of the best ways to explore this city. For those of you who enjoy medieval castles, you are in luck! There are many castles available to explore in the surrounding area of Bruges. One castle specifically, Loppem Castle, is very fascinating as it has a garden maze which was built to entertain the children living in the castle.
Helsinki, Finland from New York, U.S.
Helsinki is the capital city of Finland and also known to be its most populated city. Not only is the city beautiful and can be explored via numerous tours, but there are also many activities to do in and around Helsinki itself. Suomenlinna, also known as the “Fortress of Finland”, is a World Heritage Site 20 minutes away from Helsinki. Suomenlinna is a sea fortress built in 1748 and extends over 8 islands! These islands, and many other islands that surround Finland can be explored by taking a ferry.
Alpbach, Austria from Los Angeles, U.S.
In Alpbach, do not expect to sleep in concrete houses or hotels but in authentic wooden houses! It is known as “the most beautiful village in Austria” and with good reason. There are gorgeous houses and mountains as far as the eye can see. There are many things to do in Alpbach such as hiking, cycling, mountain biking, skiing and much more.
Nice, France from New York, U.S.
Nice in France has something for everyone – from beautiful beaches to some of the best fine dining experiences. It is also where the Lascaris Palace is located. They have many musical instruments on display for the public to observe and the architecture is breath-taking, to say the least.
Munich, Germany from Boston, U.S.
In Munich, there are many churches with fascinating histories and architecture to visit. Some of the churches include the Theatine Church, Frauenkirche, Asam Church and St Peter’s church to mention but a few. There are also many museums to explore like the BMW museum where car lovers can look at vintage cars, turbines, motorcycles, and much more.
Zurich, Switzerland from Washington D.C., U.S.
One of the best activities to do in Zurich is to go to Lake Zurich- you can even take a boat! There are also many places to have a picnic on the bank of the lake and even some hiking trails. Another fun activity to do here, if you are brave enough, is to paraglide from Uetliberg Mountain. The mountain is about 3000 feet above sea level. If you want to indulge in some history of Zurich, you can go and visit Old Town. There are many museums and other attractions to see here.