The David Hasselhoff Museum has been named Europe's most overlooked tourism attraction
The David Hasselhoff Museum has been named Europe's most overlooked tourism attraction

The 30 most underrated tourist attractions in Europe

The list includes the Museum of Broken Relationships in Zagreb and the world’s smallest restaurant

Cathy Adams
Thursday 09 May 2019 09:17

Forget the Eiffel Tower and the Tower of London – Europe’s most underrated tourist attractions have been revealed.

The David Hasselhoff Museum in Berlin, a shrine dedicated to the Baywatch star, was named the most overlooked tourist attraction by Trainline.

Amsterdam’s Floating Cat Sanctuary came in second place. The attraction is a refuge for the Dutch capital’s stray and abandoned cats.

Brussels’ Mini Europe, Stockholm’s Underground Art Gallery and Prague’s Museum of Alchemists and Magicians rounded off the top five of overlooked attractions, which were chosen by comedian Danny Wallace.

Research commissioned by the train booking site found that more than a quarter of UK holidaymakers wanted to escape crowded tourist attractions when abroad.

More of Europe’s off-the-beaten-path attractions include the Museum of Broken Relationships in Zagreb, Croatia; the smallest restaurant in the world in Vacone, Italy; and the singing drain pipes in Dresden, Germany.

“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,” said Danny Wallace.

“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.”

The top 30 most overlooked European tourist attractions

  1. The David Hasselhoff Museum, Berlin, Germany

  2. Floating Cat Sanctuary, Amsterdam, Netherlands

  3. Mini Europe, Brussels, Belgium

  4. Subterranean Art Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden

  5. Museum of Alchemists and Magicians, Prague, Czech Republic

  6. The Nose Academy, Lund, Sweden

  7. Design Panoptikum, Berlin, Germany

  8. Équihen-Plage, Normandy, France

  9. The Cube Houses, Rotterdam, Netherlands

  10. Starkenberger Brewery’s Beer Pools, Imst-Pitztal, Austria

  11. Chip Museum, Brussels, Belgium

  12. Museum of Miniatures, Prague, Czech Republic

  13. Portugal dos Pequenitos, Coimbra, Portugal

  14. Museum of Snoring, Alfeld, Germany

  15. La Maison Picassiette, Chartres, France

  16. Solo Per Due, Rieti, Italy

  17. Liquidrom, Berlin, Germany

  18. Kunsthofpassage Singing Drain Pipes, Dresden, Germany

  19. The Abba Museum, Stockholm, Sweden

  20. Teledisko, Berlin, Germany

  21. Pastimes Museum, Rossiglione, Italy

  22. Österreichischer Skulpturenpark, Graz, Austria

  23. Electric Ladyland, Amsterdam, Netherlands

  24. Toy Museum, Brussels, Belgium

  25. Montjuïc Cactus Park, Barcelona, Spain

  26. The Flipper Museum, Budapest, Hungary

  27. Museum of Broken Relationships, Zagreb, Croatia

  28. Alkmaar Cheese Market, Alkmaar, Netherlands

  29. Rio Tinto, Almeria, Spain

  30. The House of Galimard, Grasse, France

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