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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Osijek, Croatia( Milan Babić / Croatian Tourist Board )
Osijek is a quiet, handsome town of about 115,000. Though hardly as popular a tourist destination as Croatia's Adriatic coast, it has an 18th century fortress, the Museum of Slavonia, plentiful parks and a riverfront promenade. Nearby is Kopacki Rit, a nature preserve beloved by bird-watchers that's at the confluence of the Drava and Danube rivers.
-- Susan Spano
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Pictured: Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul.