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5 European destinations you probably haven't considered

By Stephanie Nuzzo September 29, 2016

Planning a trip to Europe? Consider adding these slightly lesser-known (but no less gorgeous) destinations to your list

While the likes of Paris, Venice and Berlin always make for a memorable travel experience, they can become packed full of tourists during peak periods. If you’re looking to break up a tourist-laden Europe trip with a few alternative (and possibly quieter) destinations, take a peek at the below!

1. GIETHOORN, HOLLAND

Known as the ‘Venice of the North’ due to its many canals, this charming Dutch town is filled with quaint bike trails and thatched-roof houses, almost resembling a scene from a fairy tale. Hop on a boat and explore the magical waterways of beautiful Giethoorn.  

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2. POTSDAM, GERMANY

This UNESCO World Heritage site is a popular day trip for tourists visiting Berlin. Potsdam is filled with striking gardens and palaces, all of which are worth a visit. Get lost in this German city’s colourful streets; you won’t be sorry!

3. BIBIONE, ITALY

Need a break from the crowds in Venice? Give the beachside town of Bibione a try. Filled with restaurants and bars, this town by the water is perfect for a sunny escape.  

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4. STRASBOURG, FRANCE

A French city with German nuances, Strasbourg is an enchanting medieval town filled with character. This UNESCO World Heritage city is famed for its colourful, crooked houses and winding canals.    

5. AUXERRE, FRANCE

Cobbled pathways, Gothic churches and - you guessed it - Medieval houses are the main attractions for lovely Auxerre. Hire a canal boat and set off through this historic town in Burgundy. 

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Looking for the ideal way to see these European gems? Take a look at Le Boat and their selection of self-drive canal and river boats. You can captain your own boat at your own pace with no previous experience required and for a limited time, they are offering discounted prices for 2017 holidays. Hop onboard and start living your dream holiday!

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