Steve McKenna discovers the charms of European cities that lie slightly off the beaten tourist trail.
While the big cities –London, Rome, Paris et al –may lure travellers to Europe, it’s often the smaller destinations that linger most in the memory. Packed with charm, history and culture, these three pocket-sized gems from Norway, Germany and Austria offer a fresh, invigorating perspective on the Old Continent.
If leisurely wanders are more your thing, head to Bakklandet, Trondheim’s idyllic old town. Best leave heels in your suitcase, as cobblestones snake through this neighbourhood on the river’s east bank, where colourful timber wharf warehouses and homes have been converted into Scandi-chic cafes, galleries and boutiques
For postcard-perfect sights, it’s hard to trump the Old Town Hall. Sporting a facade laced with decorative frescoes, this 15th-century landmark graces an islet in the Regnitz River and can be reached via two arched stone bridges.