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5 alternatives to Amsterdam

Amsterdam, with its iconic canals, vibrant cultural scene, and bustling nightlife, is often a top choice for travelers seeking the quintessence of a European city. However, if you're looking to explore beyond the well-trodden path, there are numerous other destinations that offer similar charms but with their unique twists. From the storybook appeal of Bruges to the trendy vibes of Ghent, the cycling haven of Copenhagen, the understated cool of Leipzig, to the sophisticated allure of Antwerp, each city offers a distinct experience that rivals Amsterdam's appeal.Let's dive into what makes each of these cities a must-visit for those looking to expand their European travel horizons.


Honestly, guys, Bruges is like all that you like about Amsterdam, but on a smaller, cuter scale. It's got canals, cobblestone streets, ridiculously quaint squares, and, guess what? Chocolate. Like a lot. Belgium chocolate - need I say more? Plus, there are horse-drawn carriage rides, if you're into that adorable activities. And, pro-tip: climb the Belfort tower. It's like a gazillion steps, but trust me, the view from the top? Worth every single struggle.

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So, like, Ghent is only half an hour from Bruges, but it’s got a whole different energy. It's way less touristy and a bit more raw, you know? Ghent is full of trendy restaurants and stylish boutiques that you would not want to miss out on if you're any bit a foodie or fashionista (or both). And like, if you're into history, there is Gravensteen castle right in the middle of the city. It's like you're in a medieval Instagrammable fairytale.

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If you're into the whole biking culture thing, Copenhagen is your city. Seriously, they take their bike lanes very, very seriously there. It's also like ridiculously pretty, with cobbled streets, colourful houses (hello, picture-perfect Nyhavn), and some of the best pastries (try the Danish pastry). And then there’s Tivoli Gardens, which is basically the best of any worlds – it's a garden, an amusement park, a dining place, ALL IN ONE. Yes, please.

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So, Antwerp is like small but sophisticated, you got it all. Architecture, like eye-candy stuff, with guildhouses and the Cathedral of Our Lady - it’s just ‘wow’. And then there's the fashion - they have a whole district dedicated to that, can you imagine? But wait can we talk about the cherry on top? That’s right, waffles, my friends. Belgian waffles. I think we can all agree, that's a game changer.

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I think Leipzig is kind of like a secret tip, which is fab because who doesn't love being in on a secret, right? It’s this vibrant place with all sorts of cool and interesting corners. You got street art, unexpected boutiques, hipster cafes, you name it. I mean, they have a 'Karli' (short for Karl-Liebknecht-Straße) – a street literally so cool, it got itself a nickname.

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