In 1911, Italian thief Vincenzo Peruggia stole the painting of the Mona Lisa by simply unhooking it from the wall. But now, there are rooms designed for crowd control in Europe. Barriers and glass covers, or many security guards – are the prevention measures to avoid an up-close view of the art exhibited. The population is rising, and so is the crowd that wants to visit the “famous destinations.” Do you know that Paris gets 32 million visitors in a year? Imagine the large gathering squeezing up against each other! However, the big crowd is a disturbance for people looking forward to a relaxing yet enjoyable family vacation.
We bring you the list of less crowded cities in Europe that is equally amazing:
1. Lyon, France
Take a step back from Paris, and visit another attractive city of Lyon. In winters, the cold and dry city offers you gorgeous river-fronts, medieval streets, and beautiful cozy cafés, and you wouldn’t even find much of a tourist crowd.
2. Bologna, Italy
Venice in Italy is overwhelmed by tourists, but Bologna maintains its red-brick old town culture. Numerous markets are decorated in December and January, especially lit up during Christmas and New Year holidays.
3. Valencia, Spain
With only about 2 million visitors in a year, Valencia witnesses a lesser crowd than Barcelona. The charm of the city remains in contemporary architecture, science museums, aquariums, and opera houses. If you are looking forward to roaming around in markets, it is a suitable destination.
4. Frankfurt, Germany
Book your tickets for Frankfurt instead of Berlin, and avoid the tourist crowd. Only because the name isn’t that famous doesn’t sideline the fact that Frankfurt still offers dining options, exciting nightlife, and museums!
5. Galway, Ireland
Ireland witnesses delightful winter mornings, as the skies are clear and the sunshine is pleasant. The charm, fresh air, and energetic zeal of its city, Galway – knows no bound. Indulge in delicious seafood eateries and go shopping in antique shops when you are here. Around New Year, many exciting events occur by the people of Galway, which you can enjoy.
6. Tornio, Finland and Haparanda, Sweden
On the border of Finland and Sweden, New Year is celebrated twice! The two countries have separate time zones, so Tornio and Haparanda, despite being in the same location, experience the magnificent view of fireworks two times in the night. Enjoy the happening parties with live music, and experience euphoria.
7. Vilnius, Lithuania
The local crowd gathers at Cathedral Square to welcome the New Year. Vilnius, also a budget-friendly location, is an ultimate destination for people who want to avoid packed cities like Paris, London, Berlin, etc.
8. Bratislava, Slovakia
The small city of Bratislava in Slovakia offers you the opportunity to experience the best New Year’s Eve celebrations, starting with fireworks over Bratislava castle, which will also reflect in the Danube river. Great music in concerts and yummy cocktails – the event is a treat to watch and replete with enjoyment.
9. Zagreb, Croatia
Zagreb, the capital of Croatia, offers an opportunity for an affordable vacation. Be it the coffee downtown or a picnic in Maksimir Park – even the little things provide joy and relaxation in the enchanting city. The city is vibrant, and even more so on New Year.
10. Riga, Latvia
Since the days of the Soviet Union, Latvia has observed strong traditions around the New Year. At the Dome Square, the crowd is served with hot wine and enjoy the brilliant music played by noted musicians. Clubs here are affordable so that everyone can enjoy the night!