In 1911, Italian thief Vincenzo Peruggia stole the painting of 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 crowd squeezing up against each other! This however, is a disturbance for people looking forward for a relaxing, yet enjoyable family vacation. We bring you the list of less crowded cities in Europe, that are equally amazing:
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 tourist crowd.
Venice in Italy is overwhelmed by tourists, but Bologna maintains its red-brick old town culture. Numerous markets are set up in the months of December and January, especially lit up during the holidays of Christmas and New Year.
With only about 2 million visitors in a year, Valencia witnesses lesser crowd than Barcelona. The charm of the city remains in contemporary architecture, science museum, aquarium and opera house. If you are looking forward to roam around in markets, it is a suitable destination.
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 great dining options, exciting nightlife and museums!
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 for shopping in antique shops when you are here. Around New Year, many exciting events are planned by the people of Galway which you can enjoy.
Tornio, Finland and Haparanda, Sweden
On the border of Finland and Sweden, New Year’s is celebrated twice! The two countries have a separate time zones, so Tornio and Haparanda despite being on the same location, experience the magnificent view of fireworks two times in the night. Enjoy the happening parties with live music, and experience euphoria.
The local crowd gathers at the Cathedral Square to welcome the New Year. Vilnius, also being a budget-friendly location, is an ultimate destination for people who want to avoid the packed cities like Paris, London, Berlin etc.
The small historical city of Bratislava in Slovakia offers you the opportunity to experience 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 eve will definitely be a night to remember.
The capital of Croatia, Zagreb offers an opportunity for affordable vacation. Be it the coffee downtown or a picnic in the 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.
Since the days of the Soviet Union, Latvia observes strong traditions around the New Year. At the Dome Square, the crowd is served hot wine, while the stage is lit with musicians playing brilliant music. Clubs here are good on your pocket, so everyone can enjoy the night!