Five Hidden Architectural Gems in Europe

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Bran Castle has close ties to the legend of Dracula - Photo: bugaboy00

European cities have so much history and culture, with much of this reflected in the stunning architecture found across the continent. The likes of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Eiffel Tower or the Coliseum are some of the most famous buildings in Europe and receive thousands of visitors every year, but just a little off the beaten track there are numerous architectural gems just waiting to be explored. Here are five favourites, so have a look and get planning your trip!

Bran Castle

Visiting Transylvania in search of Dracula may not sound like the most relaxing of trips, but those holidaying in the up and coming ski resorts in Romania should make the trip to Bran Castle. Built into the rock face, locals will have you believe this is the castle once home to the most famous vampire of all. Seen from miles around, the architectural splendour can really be appreciated once you hike up to the castle gates.


The medieval town of Bruges in Belgium is renowned as one of the best architectural gems in Europe. For those in the know Bruges certainly isn’t hidden, but for many Britons it’s often overlooked in favour of more popular destinations like Prague and Budapest. So why not buck the trend and head to Bruges?


Just a short trip outside the Spanish capital of Madrid, Segovia is an absolute gem and a must for any tourists in that area of Europe. Here you’ll find a fairytale castle and a Roman aqueduct. The latter is said to have been built between the second half of the 1st Century AD and the early years of the 2nd Century, during the reign of either Emperor Vespasian or Nerva. For those culture vultures with an interest in Roman history this is well worth a visit.


The Polish city of Krakow is one of the most intriguing cities to visit anywhere in Europe, particularly for its 17th Century Baroque architecture. There are countless pieces of sublime human craft to find here with perhaps the standout gem being the Bielany Monastery.

With so much waiting to be explored in Europe you should make sure you start planning your trip today. Keep checking the best deals for flights and accommodation, stay focussed on the currency exchange rates, and before you know it you’ll be there at the lowest cost possible. Then all you’ll need to think about is the breathtaking architecture presented to you!


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