- Germany’s shrine to David Hasselhoff, Belgium’s Mini Europe theme park, subterranean Swedish art galleries, a floating sanctuary for stray cats and Prague’s museum of dark magic and have been named ‘Europe’s Most Underrated Tourist Attractions’ by Trainline.
- Almost half of Brits (45%) now demand an ‘authentic experience’ whilst on holiday in Continental Europe with 47% of millennial and Gen Z shunning the term ‘tourist’ in favour of ‘traveller’.
- Over a quarter (26%) claimed ‘crowds of tourists’ as their major vacation irritation, followed by overpriced tourist traps (24%) and queues (14%) at more popular attractions.
- The definitive list of The 30 Most Underrated Tourist Attractions in Europe has been curated by author and comedian Danny Wallace in collaboration with Trainline.
00.01 THURSDAY 9 MAY 2019 – Trainline , Europe’s leading train and coach app, have today unveiled the ultimate alternative guide to exploring Europe with 30 of the most overlooked tourist attractions on the continent.
Curated by author and comedian Danny Wallace, the top five most underrated cult attractions include The David Hasselhoff Museum in Berlin, Amsterdam’s Floating Cat Sanctuary, Mini Europe in Brussels, Stockholm’s Underground Art Gallery and Prague’s Museum of Alchemists and Magicians.
Offering an alternative guide for the 45% of Brits now demanding a more ‘authentic’ summer holiday experience, research commissioned by Trainline found that over a quarter (26%) of holidaymakers are reeling against ‘crowds of tourists’, ‘overpriced tourist traps’ (24%) and ‘endless queues’ (14%) followed suit.
What’s more, almost half (47%) of millennials no longer define themselves as ‘tourists’, preferring to identify as ‘travellers’, in comparison to those over the age of fifty-five, with only 16% describing themselves as “travellers”.
Research also found that 51% of Brits find flying and driving the most stressful part of a holiday – with over a quarter (27%) attributing feeling most tense due to flight delays.
To combat the frustrations felt by Brits seeking an authentic cultural experience, booking travel across Europe, and getting off the beaten track, is easier than ever before with the Trainline app, which allows you to plan and book train and coach travel across 45 countries in one app. With so many countries and train and coach companies to navigate, planning your journey and booking your tickets in your own language and currency, using digital tickets, with Trainline makes the experience seamless.
Trainline’s guide to Europe’s hidden gems includes the German -‘Teledisko’ the world’s smallest nightclub housed within a telephone box – and the Swedish ‘The Nose Academy’ a collection of 100 plaster casts of noses from famous Scandinavians.
You can also find your way to the likes of Dresden’s ‘Singing Drainpipes’, ‘The Museum of Broken Relationships’ in Zagreb, or even the ‘Starkenberger Brewery’s Beer Pools’- the world’s only spa in which you can swim in pools holding a staggering 42,000 pints of lager.
Danny Wallace says :
“A lifelong fascination of the unusual, unfamiliar and obscure experiences the world has to offer means that I’ve spent the last decade writing about some of the most incredible places and people I’ve met on my travels – often on long train journeys through the breathtaking landscapes of Europe. Teaming up with Trainline to celebrate Europe’s most overlooked tourist attractions gives me the chance to take the scenic route as we celebrate those amazing places that exist off the beaten track”.
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Top 5 Most Overlooked European Tourist Attractions:
1. The David Hasselhoff Museum (Berlin)
Topping the list, the Berlin-based shrine dedicated to the life and works of ‘The Hoff’ can be found in the basement of the Circus Hostel. A true passion project that pays homage to the cult star courtesy of rare multilingual memorabilia and a semi-naked wall mural of the man himself which once sported ‘strokable chest hair’ that has since been pinched by overzealous fanatics.
2. Floating Cat Sanctuary (Amsterdam)
The world’s only floating animal sanctuary come tourist attraction, this refuge for the cities stray and abandoned cats. With the chance to see, stroke and play with hundreds of cute, sometimes grumpy and often feisty felines that make this houseboat their home, the modern sanctuary was originally the home of the capital’s famous ‘cat lady’ Mrs. v. Weelde.
3. Mini Europe (Brussels)
A one of a kind shrunken wonderland located on the outskirts of Brussels and offers a Lilliputian view of over 350 miniatures that represent the most iconic, important and culturally relevant landmarks across the continent. European Union.
4. Subterranean Art Gallery (Stockholm)
Sometimes referred to as “the world’s longest art gallery” the more than 90 stations that span the underground transport network in the Swedish capital feature an awe-inspiring array of paintings, installations and sculptures. With the subterranean rockface acting as a canvas, this hidden gem offers a truly breathtaking experience beneath the city.
5. Museum of Alchemists and Magicians (Prague)
As a city brimming with history, this amazing museum brings to light the darker side of the Czech capital’s fantastical past. Featuring genuine artefacts and antiquities from alchemists and magician’s past, you can enter the world of some of the most famous dabblers in the dark arts.