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9 incredible European cities that tourists overlook

The Independent Logo By Julia Buckley of The Independent | Slide 1 of 9: Facade of the 'Titanic Belfast' visitor attraction and monument to Belfast's maritime heritage.

Belfast, Northern Ireland

Poor Belfast often plays second fiddle to its Guinness-peddling neighbour south of the border, but it’s transformed within the past decade and is now far more than a gateway to the Giant’s Causeway. It has culture – September to November sees back-to-back festivals and Restaurant Week, while there are music festivals in summer – a growing food scene that proudly sports Michelin-starred fare, and in-depth tours of both the city's political murals and expanding street art scene. Plus there’s Titanic Belfast, of course, which was named best European attraction at the World Travel Awards.

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