Secret and Stunning Places Around Europe To Put On Your Bucket List Part One

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The Most Beautiful Places in Europe

There are so many stunning places to visit in Europe that I just can’t get over it. Every time I think I’ve found the prettiest place, I find a new one. Just for a little travel inspiration, I’ve decided to list some of the places I find to be the most beautiful on this continent. There is no order, no countdown. They all are gorgeous, and there is plenty more. I limited myself to one site per country and have only started out with ten total, but to be honest that’s just craziness since there are plenty amazing places throughout these countries, so stay tuned for more.

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The first one is in Switzerland, one of my favorite countries in Europe filled with gorgeous vistas, jagged peaks, rushing  rivers, and pastoral farm lands. I could have picked just about any place, like Gruyeres or Lake Geneva, but instead I chose the Swiss side of the Rhine Falls. Close to the water’s edge, the roar and spray of the falls reaches you and it’s not only an arresting visual, but is also a treat for the ears. You can just feel the stress leaving your body as you listen and watch. You can visit the falls from either the German or Swiss side and both provide you an amazing view.

Trogir, Croatia

The entire Dalmatian coast in this southern European destination is beautiful, but for some reason I really fell in love with this view of UNESCO World Heritage Site of Trogir. There is something about a harbor and a marble-white city that makes my heart sing, and there are many places like this. Some are better known, and highly visited, like Split or Dubrovnik, but some are a little more secret and quiet, like the surprising city of Sibenik, another one of my favorites.

Yorkshire Dales, England

England is a beautiful country that I don’t think many tourists get to see much of, except London and it’s castles and towers, as well as Canterbury with its impressive cathedral, but there is so much more. Sedbergh in the Yorkshire Dales with this brick viaduct is also one of the places that I love to think about living one day. The rolling hills, farm fields, high hedges, all speak to me of a peaceful co-existence with nature. We stayed here for a full week a couple of summers ago, and I just know that I would find so much inspiration living in a place as beautiful as this. I can’t wait to go back.

Monte Carlo, Monaco

I couldn’t help but add to the list of beautiful places, Monte Carlo in Monaco. With its hilltop castle, harbor filled with everything from small sailboats to luxury yachts, along with the fortune of being located on the Mediterranean coast, makes it one of the prettiest cities in Europe that I’ve been able to visit. However, Monte Carlo is one of the most expensive places to go as well, so we combined our visit with the Menton Lemon Festival in nearby France. We did splurge and spend the night, but you can easily visit on a day trip and enjoy the views, food, and fun with no problem.

Kinderdijk, Netherlands

The Netherlands is another place you can go to find un-paralleled beauty. It has windmills, canals, bridges, art museums, bikes, and flowers galore to gawk at continually. The towns and cities are filled with gabled, brick houses that line the canals and just beckon you in for a cup of coffee. Maybe because I lived in this small, intriguing country for a couple of years, but I just love it and its idyllic views.

Gaudari Pass, Georgia

Then there is Georgia! Wow! We couldn’t get enough of the stunning Caucasus mountains, still covered in snow, and glistening in the sun. After a weekend in its capital city of Tbilisi, we took a fantastic road trip around the country and were rewarded with gorgeous view after gorgeous view.

Segovia, Spain

Spain is another country that is filled with stunning places. The entire Iberian peninsula is full of olive groves, hilltop cities, castles, cathedrals, and beauty. We found so many secret and not-so secret spots to fall in love with, and it propels us into returning again and again. Segovia, with its gigantic Roman aquaduct and beautiful Alcazar tops our list of some of the most amazing cities in Spain, as well as in all of Europe. Yet another place I could easily live and be inspired by on a daily basis.

The Blue Eye, Albania

And then there’s Albania! Where? You ask. Albania. Tucked in the south of Europe, I don’t think there are many people who have been or have even heard of this country. It’s definitely a hidden gem. Just take a look at the turquoise water found at a spot called “the blue eye.” Just a dot on the map, we’d not even heard about it until we were driving by and saw a sign. We pulled over, parked and found the most amazing little pond, bubbling up with stunningly clear water. Discovering it was one of those serendipitous travel moments that I will never forget. We’d already been blown out of the water by many of the other stops on our Albanian road trip, like Butrint and Berat, and here was another “b” to add to the list.

Konigsee, Germany

I have to say, water does play a huge role in my loving a landscape, especially when that water is as beautiful as it is in Lake Konigsee. For a real treat, visit in the fall to watch the Konigsee cows coming home across the water on special built wooden boats. Germany is another country that is jam-packed with stunning vistas, some of the most beautiful places to see in Europe. We love being able to go to places like this on a weekend jaunt, because Bavaria is full of such attractions.

Kotor, Montenegro

And our last landscape to drool over for this week is the Bay of Kotor in Montenegro. Up until maybe the last five years or so, I would say this was truly a secret place to go. It still retains a lot of its charm, even though there are busloads of tourists visiting it every summer. We went in April, though, and pretty much had the place to ourselves. I think Montenegro is definitely a country that requires another visit or two, especially when it ranks up there as one of the pretties places to see in Europe.

Which of these first ten places in Europe would you like to add to your bucket list?  Don’t forget to stay tuned for next week when we show you ten more as well.

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Corinne Vail is a world traveler, writer, photographer, speaker, and teacher. Looking for the quirky and unusual as well as the best food around the world, she has traveled all her life. She’s lived in Turkey, England, Germany, Japan, South Korea, and the Netherlands and visited over 90 countries with her family. Learn more about Corinne and Reflections Enroute on the About page.

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  1. We’ve just added Yorkshire Dales, Gaudari Pass and Konigsee to our bucket list. They look like places off the beaten track that we’d surely enjoy, thank you!

  2. The Netherlands have been on my list for a long time. Reading your post only solidifies some of the reasons I already have jotted down 🙂

  3. So many of these are on my bucket list! Konigsee, Germany is one I haven’t heard of, but I may just add it to my list. Hoping to go to Europe next summer to explore more of it! Great list. 🙂

  4. We love finding places off the beaten track. Albania and Montenegro are definitely on our list of places to visit on our camper tour of Europe. The blue eye looks like the perfect wild swimming spot!

  5. This article just continues to prove that there are still so many places I need to see. As much of Europe as I have travelled, it is such a big place that I don’t think I can ever cover it all (coming from Australia, where I can only do 6 or so weeks at a time). I’m proud of what I’ve seen, but oh there is so much more. All of these places are stunning!

    1. Kerri, I live in Germany currently, and I have a hard time getting to all of it. It surprises me every time I hear of someplace new that I need to get to. We try, though. Europe is such a gorgeous continent and there is so much to see and do.

  6. We love Europe for the diversity in beauty. We have not yet been to any of these, but they all look spectacular!

  7. The central French Pyrenees are a stunningly beautiful and yet relatively undiscovered mountainous area which deserves to be explored by anybody that appreciates a touch of authenticity in their travels. They’re also much better value than the Alps and really deserve to be on your list!

      1. My pleasure! We are based in the central Pyrenees, away from the honeypot and more touristy areas of the Pyrenees such as Gavarnie and Lourdes. The possibilities for landscape photography are endless here, naturellement 😀

  8. The only one I’ve been to on this list is Segovia! ALl of them look beautiful, I’m going to bookmark this for the future. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  9. This is an awesome list so far! I’ve hardly seen any of these (with the exception of the Military Road and Gudauri Pass in Georgia on our way up to Stepantsminda). I’d really like to see a lot of Albania, Kotor, and Trogir, though, they all look amazing! I had better plan a trip over to Konigsee soon, too… it’s so close and I’ve seen so many beautiful pictures of those mountains pouring into that lake that I’m surprised I haven’t been there yet. It actually reminds me a lot of Lake Bohinj in the Triglav National Park of Slovenia, another beautiful alpine lake that I would highly recommend! 🙂 Great list, Corinne!

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