I'm not a big fan of crowds but many sights in Europe I wish to see are popular. Very popular. And overrun with tourists during the day.
On my current trip, I visited two places that were completely different during the day and during the night.
Colmar and Carcassonne are tourist meccas during the day. Crowds reminding me of subway trains at rush hour and tacky souvenir shops are the norm.
But at night, when the daytrippers leave, these places change. I was able to walk around the towns by myself often not seeing another person or just hearing footsteps in the distance. I could imagine what it was like to walk down the cobblestone streets when tour buses, cruise ships or snow globes weren't even a thought.
Venice is another place that changes at night. Once the daytrippers leave, the locals come out and the ambiance changes.
Then you see the real cities. You won't find this in any guideboo or something that gets checked off on a "must see" list. It has to be experienced.
Are there any places in Europe you have found to give you the same experience?