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Europe has a rich and storied history, and from the sunny shores of the Italian Riviera to the cobblestone streets of Old London, there are endless opportunities for exploration and wonder. Beyond some of the continent's most well-known destinations lie areas a bit off the beaten path that are still ripe for adventure. Here are a few places to consider for your next journey:

Burgos, Spain
A small city located north of Madrid, Burgos is home to gorgeous religious architecture. The Cathedral of Saint Mary of Burgos sits above the city center and is a beautiful destination to begin your journey. From there, wander along the Arlanzon River and enjoy a number of statues and other art installations. Lonely Planet reported that there are also great restaurants and night life venues in Burgos. This makes the city a quaint but exciting place to visit.

Dubrovnik, Croatia
Though Dubrovnik isn't necessarily a hidden gem, it is certainly often overlooked when it comes to planning a European getaway. Located along the cerulean waters of the Adriatic Sea, Dubrovnik is both a great spot to relax and unwind and is equally fantastic for history buffs.
The 16th century walls of Old Town, Dubrovnik's well-preserved city center, are timeless and inspiring. Closer to the water, modern restaurants and opportunities for shopping give the city an extra layer of appeal.

Muhltal, Germany
Located in Southern Germany, Muhltal is home to Castle Frankenstein. According to Atlas Obscura, famous alchemist Johann Konrad Dippel was born in the magnificent building and later went on to tinker with potions, electrical therapies and other experiments. This site is rumored to be the inspiration for Mary Shelley's famous novel Frankenstein.

One of the smallest countries in the world, the 499 acres that make up Monaco are romantic and breathtaking. Opulence and style are in abundance in this independent city-state, which is located along the Mediterranean coast close to where France borders Italy. Get ready for memorable sight-seeing and world-class shopping as you explore this interesting little secret.

Blackpool, England
A fun seaside spot in Northern England, the town boasts one of the most brilliant light displays in the world. The Blackpool Illuminations run from late August through early November, where the entire waterfront is awash with glowing lights. Celebrity appearances, concerts and other events make this all the more exciting. Enjoy Blackpool Pleasure Beach and the famous boardwalk, complete with rides, games and delicious indulgences.

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