From Paris to Amsterdam, Europe's cultural big-hitters are thronged with visitors all year round. But venture off the beaten tourist track and you'll find plenty of cultural gems.

Here are some of our favourites.

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1. Munich, Germany

Often overlooked in favour of the cultural hotspot Berlin, the Bavarian capital has more than 80 museums to explore, including the Lenbachhaus art gallery, which has a striking wing designed by British architect Norman Foster.

You can also check out the magnificent St Luke's church, with its impressive domes.

2. Mons, Belgium

Mons was European Capital of Culture in 2015, and no wonder - it's home to three UNESCO World Heritage locations and events - the baroque-style Belfry, the Neolithic Mines in Spiennes, and the Doudou festival.

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3. Copenhagen, Denmark

The Danish capital doesn’t just have great pastries and the famous Little Mermaid statue; Copenhagen also has great design heritage and is becoming a major player on the fashion scene.

Check out the modern ceramics and vibrant furniture in the city’s interior design stores, and explore Danish fashion brands such as Ganni and Baum und Pferdgarten.

4. Tory Island, Ireland

This windswept isle is located around 15km off the coast of north west Donegal, making it the remotest inhabited island in Ireland. It has a rich cultural heritage, with its own primitive painting scene and talented live traditional musicians.

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5. Aarhus, Denmark

Denmark’s second city came to the cultural forefront in 2017 as European Capital of Culture. Don’t miss the impressive ARoS museum, or its top floor food hall, with stunning views of the city and bay.

6. Londonderry, Northern Ireland

Head to Northern Ireland’s second largest city, Londonderry, to enjoy its blossoming foodie scene. Visit the Walled City Brewery for craft beers and pintxos (tapas-style dishes), and the Warehouse No1 Bistro and Cafe for locally-sourced delights.

Where are your favourite culture spots to visit? Let us know in the Comments section below.