In Europe, 76 destinations off the beaten path
Looking beyond Rome, Paris or London? Consider Europe's lesser-known destinations, such as Monschau, Germany, a town so quaint you can hardly believe it isn't a theme park or San Marino, one of Europe's oldest and smallest countries (drive through it slowly).
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Kladska, Czech Republic( Google Maps )
The village of Kladska in the western Czech Republic isn't included in most guidebooks. It's barely more than a handful of houses on a bend in the road about five miles northwest of the spa town of Marianske Lazne, perhaps better known as Marienbad. It has a restaurant, hotel and paths leading into a boggy wetland, all surrounded by thick woods.
I passed through last month while visiting Marienbad and its sister spa Karlovy Vary, or Karlsbad. The little hamlet in the Slavkov Forest has lodged in my mind as one of those off-the-beaten-track discoveries that makes travel worthwhile.
-- Susan Spano
Read more: A Bohemian village off the beaten track in the Czech Republic
Pictured: A satellite image of Kladska.