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The New Europe Decoder

From secluded beaches to hip café culture, enchanting Eastern Europe packs off-the-beaten-track experiences for travelers. Once locked behind the Iron Curtain, these five countries offer fresh takes on the Old World.

8 Under-the-Radar European Islands

Europe presents many reasons to hop off the storied continent.

Inside the Pope’s Vatican

For one week this September, Pope Francis will trade umbrella pines and St. Peter’s Basilica for New York skyscrapers and D.C.’s Capitol dome. But though Catholics look forward to his trip to the U.S., a Roman holiday to the Vatican remains the best way to get close to the pope.

Insider’s Guide to Lake Como

Italy’s third largest water body and one of Europe’s deepest, Lake Como has drawn vacationers for two millennia with its lucent waters, mountain landscapes, and Mediterranean climate. Visitors today enjoy lakeside parks, historic villas, and shopping in one of the world’s silk-design capitals. Here’s a brief primer on how to make the most of your time in this magical region.

Touring Europe by Motor Home

Heather Greenwood Davis is “National Geographic Traveler” magazine’s family travel advocate, guru, and soothsayer. Here’s her latest advice.

Travel Trivia: The Sistine Chapel

Michelangelo’s frescoes, painted in bright colors to be visible from the floor, took four years, tormenting the artist, who penned a poem complaining of his aching spine. Completing the ceiling in 1512, he returned 24 years later to paint the “Last Judgment” on the altar wall. Here are a few more fun facts about this High Renaissance masterpiece.

The Best of the Cornish Riviera

Falmouth sits in the center of the “Cornish Riviera,” England’s charming southwestern coastline, and the port is its lifeblood. Here are four ways to experience this seaside gem.

East Meets West in Berlin

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It’s difficult to imagine what this city was like in the early 1960s, when the 87-mile-long Berlin Wall was intact and bristling with barbed wire and gun emplacements. Today, the wall has essentially been shattered into tiny bits, now scattered as souvenirs around the world.

Living History in Athens

Any child who has taken basic world history classes knows about Athens and its indelible contribution to Western civilization. But studying a place and its heritage is far different from actually being there.

The Power of Train Travel

Whether I’m whizzing down to Washington, D.C. or wending my way through Wallonia, traveling by train is by far my favorite mode of transport — especially when I’m in Europe.

Issue Insider: On Newsstands Now

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National Geographic Traveler’s February/March issue is on newsstands now. Find out what’s inside…

The Radar: Travel Lately

The Radar: The top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories from the Web #NGTradar. Check back on the blog on Wednesdays for our roundups.