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1 month in Europe: the Alternative Tour
Looking to see another side of Europe? This 1-month itinerary skips over some of the big names to show you lesser travelled but equally cool cities. For all those who want to truly experience the diversity Europe has to offer - these are the places to go!
Ghent is as beautiful as nearby Bruges, but has fewer tourists. Check out the St. Bavo Cathedral.
The large student population is a guarantee for lively evenings in medieval Ghent.
Art and music are everywhere during the Gentse Feesten, a spectacular 10-day festival held in July.
Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Amsterdam's hip younger brother has a futuristic skyline that's unique in the Netherlands.
Modern architecture landmarks include the Erasmus bridge and the brand new Market Hall.
The nightlife is truly excellent, with a variety of underground clubs and live music venues.
Leipzig is one of Germany's coolest cities and its creative vibe has earned it the nickname New Berlin.
Enjoy architectural variety and check out St. Nicholas Church, where Bach used to play the organ.
Visit nearby Colditz Castle, a famous World War II prison that's been partly converted into a hostel.
Warsaw is a city on the rise, with a rich art scene, some great cuisine and an undeniably cool vibe.
Check out the Warsaw Uprising Museum to learn about the tragic near-obliteration of the city in 1944.
- In the up-and-coming Praga district, factories have been turned into clubs, restaurants and art galleries.
Budapest is a city of great beauty, split in two by the Danube river. Visit Buda Castle for the best views of the city.
Enjoy the laid-back atmosphere of ruin bars, housed in abandoned buildings. Look for them in District 7.
Had a long night in the bars? Head to the Széchenyi thermal baths for a day of swimming and relaxing.
Belgrade is gritty and rough around the edges, but also full of creativity and with an amazing nightlife.
The floating river clubs are the place to go, whether you prefer live music or all-night techno.
Visit Kalemegdan Park and watch the Danube and Sava rivers meet from the top of Belgrade Fortress.
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Sarajevo is known as the Jerusalem of Europe, a crossroads where East and West have met for centuries.
Have a cup of Bosnian coffee at the historic Bascarsija bazaar, dating back to the early Ottoman empire.
The city's greatest assets are its hospitable people. Let them tell you all about Sarajevo's fascinating history.
Zagreb is a lovely small capital with a youthful atmosphere and plenty of good bars and restaurants.
Start your day by getting some fresh fruit at Dolac Market, a recognizable sea of red umbrellas.
Visit the unique Museum of Broken Relationships - it'll make you laugh and cry at the same time.
Bologna is a city of great beauty, offering medieval churches, long porticoes and hidden canals.
The University of Bologna is the crown jewel of this lively student city, dating back to the year 1088.
Climb to the top of Asinelli Tower, the highest tower in Italy, for an amazing view of Bologna.
Lyon is the gastronomical capital of France, where great food and wine can be found in abundance.
Culture and history are everywhere, from the ancient Roman theatre to the futuristic Musée de Confluence.
Go to the top of Fourvière Hill for the best view of Lyon and to visit the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière.
What pass should I get for one month in Europe?
The ideal rail pass for one month in Europe is the Interrail Global Pass. With this Interrail Pass, you can travel in up to 33 European countries.