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The Smallest Countries in Europe

Posted by Sandra Thomas-Comenole on Aug 10, 2022 1:02:00 PM
Some of the best experiences in Europe are visiting the quaint little towns or smaller cities, but what about the small countries.  Add a stop in Luxembourg on your way from Paris to Frankfurt, take a day tour of Vatican City on your trip to Rome or hop over to the small island country of Malta on your next trip to Europe with this short list of the Smallest Countries in Europe!

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Believed to have been created by Charlemagne, but the history of the region dates back to prehistoric times. Andorra is nestled between France and Spain on the Iberian Peninsula. It is the 6th smallest state in Europe, but it is still a popular hit with tourism seeing an estimated 10.2 million visitors annually..

How to visit Andorra? Add a stopover in Andorra to your trip to Spain and France.


Bordered by Germany, France and Belgium, Luxembourg is one of the smallest sovereign states in Europe. The capital city of Luxembourg is Luxembourg. Not only is the city of Luxembourg one fo the four institutional seats of the European Union, it is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to the exceptional preservation of the vast fortifications and historic quarters.
How to visit Luxembourg? Luxembourg's central location makes it an easy stop when traveling in the Benelux region of Europe or stop here between Paris and Frankfurt!


Inhabited since 5900 BC, Malta is a small island country that packs a lot of history including three UNESCO World Heritage Sites Saflieni Hypogeum, Valletta and seven megalithic temples which are some of the oldest free-standing structures in the world. Malta is located in the center of the Mediterranean, 50 miles south of Sicily, giving it a year-round warmer climate.

How to visit Malta? Malta is an island country in the middle of the Mediterranean. Add a stay in Malta to any European itinerary, combine it with a trip to Sicily or stay here for a week to take in more sites. 

Vatican City

Vatican City is an independent city-state in the middle of Rome, Italy. Uncover great artistic masterpieces of the Vatican in the Sistine Chapel, Vatican Museum and St. Peter's Basilica.

How to visit Vatican City? Vatican City is located in Rome. Add a day tour of Vatican City on your next trip to Italy!

San Marino

San Marino is a mountainous country dominated by the Apennine mountain range of central Italy and the capital of Monte Titano is perched high above the surrounding countryside. The three castles of Monte Titano are unmistakable landmarks of breathtaking beauty.

How to visit San Marino? Travel to San Marino on your next trip to Italy. 


Travel to Monaco, the most densely populated principality in the world and the world's second-smallest independent territory with a population of just over 30,000 within an area of 1.2 miles. It has more millionaires per capita than any other region. Monaco's exceptional location, between mountain and sea, its gardens, its athletic and cultural events make it the ideal destination for an unforgettable vacation.

How to visit Monaco? Monaco is located in the south of France and close to the borders of Switzerland and Italy. Take a day trip from Nice or combine Monaco with your travels to Paris, Geneva or Milan.


Montenegro stands on the edge between the east and the west. Travelers to Montenegro will find that different civilizations have left their marks on this beautiful country. The rich cultural heritage of Montenegro tells its story through Roman floor mosaics, Illyrian gray castles, Venetian stony walls, vibrantly painted Orthodox monasteries, ornamental Catholic churches, modest and minimalistic mosque minarets and plain socialist style buildings.

How to visit Montenegro? Add Montenegro onto your trip to Croatia or Greece!


Europe's fourth-smallest country, Liechtenstein is located in the upper Rhine Valley of the European Alps between Austria and Switzerland. In winter, the mountain slopes are well suited to winter sports. The principality has orchards with leafy meadows and a long tradition of viticulture. Most wines produced here are made from the classically Germanic Riesling, Gewurztraminer and Gruner Veltliner and the Burgundian duo Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

How to visit Lichtenstein? Stop in Lichtenstein when traveling between Austria, Germany and Switzerland.


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