5 Great Under-the-Radar Places in EuropePosted on 01/27/2019
Palais de Tokyo in Paris
There’s no arguing Paris is one of the top cities in the world for art. If you’re looking for a great alternative to the Louvre, be sure to check out the Palais de Tokyo. This spacious building is dedicated to modern and contemporary art exhibitions, plus houses two of the most buzzed about restaurants in the City of Light – Monsieur Bleu and Les Grands Verres.
London’s Highgate Cemetery
For a unique way to enjoy some peace and quiet next time you’re visiting London, check out Highgate Cemetery, the most famous of the city’s Magnificent Seven Victorian cemeteries. The cemetery’s flora and fauna create a beautiful atmosphere and here you’ll find some of the finest funerary architecture in the country, including the grave of Karl Marx.
Bike Riding the Appian Way in Rome
South of the Aurelian Walls, the traditional boundaries of Rome, begins one of the oldest and most important roads in the world: the Appian Way. Begun in 312 BC, parts of the road are still used today by cars, pedestrians, and especially bicyclists. Rent bikes at the Parco Regionale dell'Appia Antica office and pedal past Christian catacombs, Roman tombs, and the distant arches of the Claudian Aqueduct.
Vienna’s Austrian National Library
The Österreichische Nationalbibliothek (Austrian National Library) is a breathtaking baroque masterpiece, finished in 1726. Formerly the court library to the Hapsburgs, it is one of the world’s major libraries, with an extraordinary collection that dates back to the 14th century. The current collection contains around 2.5 million books!
Barcelona’s Calder Mercury Fountain
A beautiful but toxic fountain of mercury, the Calder Mercury Fountain is a nod to Spain’s mercury mines in Almadén which produced some 250,000 metric tons of mercury over nearly two millennia of operation. American sculptor Alexander Calder was commissioned to build this graceful fountain which, instead of water, would pump pure mercury.