Smallest Countries in Europe You May Not Have Heard Of


Ever feel overwhelmed by all the travel options in Europe? France, Germany, Italy—they’re all amazing, but sometimes you crave something a little different. Beyond the famous landmarks lies some fascinating microstates, each packing a punch despite their size. Let’s take a look.

Vatican City

Nestled within Rome, Vatican City holds the distinction of being the world’s smallest country. This holy city is the heart of the Catholic Church, and a visit here allows you to marvel at St. Peter’s Square, witness the grandeur of St. Peter’s Basilica, and delve into the rich history of the Vatican Museums.


Synonymous with luxury, glamor, and the thrill of Formula One racing, Monaco is a glimpse into the world of the rich and famous. Monte Carlo, the main district, boasts opulent casinos, swanky hotels, and designer boutiques. 

San Marino

Perched atop a dramatic hilltop overlooking the Italian countryside, San Marino is the world’s oldest republic. Steeped in medieval history, don’t miss fortresses like Guaita and La Cesta, offering stunning views of the surrounding landscape.


A landlocked principality between Switzerland and Austria, Liechtenstein is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Explore the scenic trails that wind through the majestic Alpine mountains, or visit charming villages steeped in tradition.  


Alisa G
Alisa G
Alisa loves exploring new places and learning languages. She enjoys trying new food wherever she goes and then incorporating the flavors into her cooking at home. When she's not traveling, you might catch her soaking up the sun, reading a fashion magazine or book in her backyard.
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