15 Underrated Destinations in Central Europe to Consider Visiting; Darren Yeoh; Tripzilla

Czech Republic – Gardens and Castle at Kroměříž

Plenty of hidden gems lie in Central Europe, away from the spotlight of touristy cities. Here are some of them in countries such as Switzerland, Austria and Czech Republic.

Quick question! Which places come to mind when you hear the words ‘Holiday’ and ‘Europe’? London? Paris, perhaps? Or maybe the romantic city of Rome? I’m not surprised. After all, those are probably the most famous destinations in Europe and have been for quite a while.

But while all these mainstream destinations certainly have their own charms, there are plenty of other places in Europe which are just as attractive and fun! And I think it’s about time these hidden gems are unearthed and brought to centre stage!

So today, we’ll be looking at 15 underrated destinations in Central Europe which are well worth a visit!

Switzerland

1. Geneva

The second most populous city in Switzerland is often overlooked for more popular destinations like Zurich and Luzern when it comes to tourism but Geneva certainly has plenty to offer!

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The 11 Best Travel Destinations You’ve (Probably) Never Heard Of; Laura Itzkowitz; Architectural Digest

Czech Republic – Historic Centre of Český Krumlov

AD circled the globe to discover the world’s most under-the-radar, wanderlust-worthy locales—before everybody else does

You don’t need us to tell you the world is a big place. Though it seems like we’re getting ever more connected, there are still plenty of opportunities to get off the grid. Itching to dive deeper into Argentina’s gaucho country, Italy’s under-the-radar ski towns, Japan’s most incredible art site, or Thailand’s unspoiled beaches? These 11 destinations you probably haven’t heard of should be next on your bucket list.

Naoshima, Japan

Located four hours from Tokyo by train, Naoshima is far from Japan’s typical tourist circuit, but this cluster of islands in the Seto Inland Sea draws hardcore art aficionados trekking out to see Yayoi Kusama’s polka-dotted pumpkin, James Turrell’s Open Sky installation, and an art space by Walter De Maria at the Benesse Art Site Naoshima. The Benesse Foundation is responsible for revitalizing this cluster of once-polluted islands with contemporary art.

Bormio, Italy

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Romantic Locations To Celebrate The Day Of Love And Wine; World Inside Pictures

Czech Republic – Historic Centre of Prague

Are you planning to make a romantic getaway to run a little from everyday problems and chaos? Valentine’s day is perfect for such a occasion. If you are bored from the monotonous everyday check up this romantic locations that we have selected for you to celebrate the day of the love and the wine.

1. Aix-les-Bains France

Aix-les-Bains is one of our suggestions for you. With its characteristic and exceptional natural environment it will offer you some breathtaking panoramic viewpoints that you will keep in your heart forever. Placed on the coast of Le Bourget Lake, the biggest natural lake in France, this place is a real paradise on the Earth.

2. Bergen

Norway If you are more for a historical trip to a place that is full with history and tradition, then Bergen, Norway is ideal for you. Do you already imagine long walks hand in hand with your love, up and down Bergen’s cobbled streets, surrounded with small wooden houses and flowers gardens? Don’t wait and make your walk to remember in Bergen right now.

3. Brussels Belgium

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Unesco to develop tourism sustainability tool for World Heritage sites; Tom Anstey; Attractions Management

Czech Republic – Historic Centre of Prague

Unesco has committed to improving tourism management at World Heritage sites by announcing the development of a new tool for sustainability issues.

An expert panel met at Unesco’s Paris headquarters earlier this month (15-16 January) to discuss the creation of the new tourism and visitor management tool – a self-assessment process designed for tourism stakeholders to better manage World Heritage sites.

According to Unesco, the tool will allow them to rapidly and efficiently assess how well tourism is managed, using a set of sustainability indicators created by the panel.

By helping site managers establish a tourism management baseline, the tool will support proactive management of tourism, with the aim of promoting tourism strategies, planning and management frameworks that protect heritage values, engage a broad set of stakeholders and empower local communities in and around World Heritage sites.

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Surprisingly romantic spots that will set your heart aflutter; Wendy O’Dea; USA Today

Czech Republic – Historic Centre of Český Krumlov

Are you eager to hit the road with a new love or rekindle the spark with your long-term partner? It’s important for couples to take time away, but don’t feel you have to travel to Paris or Rome to make it romantic. There are endless destinations that can be both romantic and adventurous. Here are 10 that we think Cupid would approve.

It was December in Manhattan: a truly magical time to be in New York – some might say the most magical time, especially for couples.

Yet, as I walked through Rockefeller Center with a special someone, romance was the furthest thing from my mind. Throngs of people pulsing through midtown hardly put me in the mood for love. You know where we went instead?  Brooklyn!

The surprisingly appealing stay in Brooklyn (see below) made me consider other unexpected romantic destinations. Sure, Paris, Rome and Hawaii are popular for a couple’s getaway, but true adventurers don’t want the predictable.

Here are 10 other options that have the potential to take your romance to the next level.

Brooklyn, New York

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Kroměříž: the Palace of Bishops and Filmmakers; Jan Velinger; Radio Prague

Czech Republic – Gardens and Castle at Kroměříž

There is a Palace in Moravia like none other. You will find it in Kroměříž not far from the banks of the Morava river. What used to be a summer representative residence of the bishops and archbishops of nearby Olomouc, became a favorite film location. Inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage list, Kroměříž is a „must see” for all travelers in eastern Czechia.

Maybe you’ve seen the movie: it is a late 18th century. A darkened palace in Vienna on a cold winter evening. We can hear an elderly man, composer Salieri, calling the name of his rival Mozart, confessing to killing him. Then there are strange ominous sounds from the locked composer’s chamber.

As two servants break in using force, they find bleeding Salieri who evidently tried to cut his own throat. They rush the old man along the streets.

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Charming Czech Republic; Pepper Teehankee; Philippine Star

Czech Republic – Historic Centre of Prague

After our three glorious days in Poland, our group took a short flight headed to the last leg of our Central Europe  journey — Czech Republic. It was 18 years ago when I last visited this country so I was excited to once again experience its sights and sounds.

Upon arrival at the Prague airport,  we were immediately transported to Karlovy Vary, also known as Carlsbad, the second most visited spot in the Czech Republic (after Prague). This town boasts imposing colonnades, exclusive spa buildings and a wonderful layout in the heart of a forested valley.

The spa town is the best known part of the West Bohemian Spa Triangle. This is where some of the most prominent figures from the European artistic and cultural circles have indulged in treatments.

Our hotel in Karlovy Vary, Hotel Imperial, looks like a chateau on a hill.

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Czech Republic: Cars, castles and communism: things to know about the country; AFP

Czech Republic – Historic Centre of Prague

Here are five things to know about the central European country of 10.6 million people that kicks off a two-round presidential election on Friday.

The Czech Republic emerged from four decades behind the Iron Curtain to become a member of the European Union and one of Europe’s tourist hotspots.

Here are five things to know about the central European country of 10.6 million people that kicks off a two-round presidential election on Friday.

Prague, an architectural gem

Its capital is a popular tourist magnet, boasting a picturesque historic centre that entered the UNESCO heritage list in 1992.

Under the dominating Prague Castle, the old town — which is split by the Vltava river — is rich in architectural jewels, Renaissance and Baroque palaces, Gothic cathedrals and art deco buildings that illustrate its 1,000-year history.

Every year millions of tourists cross the Vltava on Charles Bridge.

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10 Day Trips From Prague That You Can Easily Take; Laura Bronner; That Backpacker

Czech Republic – Historic Centre of Český Krumlov

While there are plenty of sights and activities to keep you busy in Prague, a trip to the city should definitely include a few excursions to the surrounding region. From charming towns to quaint villages, and medieval castles to breweries, there’s plenty to see and do just a short ride from the capital, so make sure you get away and enjoy some of these amazing day trips from Prague.

Day trips from Prague

1. Cesky Krumlov

While it’s definitely worth more than a day trip, the historic city of Cesky Krumlov is a must see when you come to the Czech Republic. If you’re only going to be staying in Prague, make sure you plan a day trip to explore the castle and wander down the tiny little side streets.

The orange roofs make it seriously picturesque.

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18 Off the Beaten Path Places to Visit in 2018; Make Time To See The World

Czech Republic – Holy Trinity Column in Olomouc

Love travel and want to get off the typical tourist trail? These destinations are for you! With hidden gems in Europe, Asia, The America’s and Oceania, find you new favorite place in our list of Off The Beaten Path Places to Visit in 2018!

It’s that time of year again folks! The New Year means lots of inspirational travel posts to kick start your wanderlust. And I’m sure by now you’ve seen your fair share of the ‘best places to visit in 2018’ articles. You know the ones, packed full of destination that everyone visits and are firmly on the tourist trail.  But this one is different. There is a great big wide world out there with hundreds of amazing places to visit that nobody really hears about and so we’ve decided to round up the best of them in our guide.

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