Europe is full of magical small towns and little picturesque villages. These small towns are off the beaten path and will make you feel like you’ve stepped straight into a postcard. These towns are filled to the brim with history, character and authentic local culture. Now that you’ve acquainted yourself with the big cities, it’s about time you get to know the real heart. Prepare for the trip of a lifetime through the best small towns in Europe!
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This charming town is one of Belgium’s most picturesque towns. Nestled on the Meuse River, Dinant is colorful and dreamy, with remains of its medieval past manifested in the magnificent Dinant’s Citadel
Emerald green water, idyllic island, and a stunning castle, Bled is renowned for being breathtakingly beautiful. With an awe – inspiring backdrop of the Alpine mountains, Bled is one of the world’s most talked about small towns and a bustling attraction, but don’t worry, it is still as quaint and serene as ever.
This tiny village is sat atop the breathtaking and legendry Geiranger fjord. Stunning crystal blue waters, majestic and steep mountains and gushing waterfalls create the quintessential Norwegian experience.
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A magical village that feels like a Bavarian fairytale. Rothenberg’s little cobbled streets are made for strolling, and you can walk around and admire its colorful timbered houses and the perfectly preserved wall surrounding the town. Walking this town is like walking into a medieval world and Rothenburg is considered to be Germany’s best-preserved medieval city, and certainly one of the best small towns in Europe. It’s as if time stood still in this enchanting village!
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Colmar is the capital of Alsace Wine Region and is truly magical and colorful, complete with enchanting canals and lush blossoms. When you travel to France, you can explore this story book town in a small boat and stop for lunch at the tiny cafes, while admiring the narrow streets and picturesque small churches.
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This Unesco World Heritage site is a fairy tale beauty. Cesky Krumlov is a medieval town full of small cobblestone streets, bridges and a magnificent castle with Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque elements.
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Situated between two clear blue lakes, Interlaken is the perfect place for visitors on a relaxing vacation, as well as the thrill seekers among us. You can spend your time in Interlaken admiring the stunning scenery, the majestic Alps, the blue lakes, and some of the most beautiful nature in the world.
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Cinque Terre is one of the most iconic travel destinations in the world and that’s exactly why it’s a must when planning your Italy itinerary. The five tiny villages embody Italy at its very best. The scenery, the wine, the history. The oldest of the five villages, Manarola, is surrounded by vineyards and a deep blue ocean. Pink and yellow houses gradually descend the cliffs towards the little harbor and the view is simply majestic.
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Charming Bidbury looks like a postcard. Rows of old Cozy cottages, a picturesque old church and a river that flows through the city. This small town is warm and enchanting, with vivid colors and a magical feel.
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This dreamy town is charming beyond words. No roads, only Cycling and sailing at one of the many canals in the village, or crossing over one of its many bridges. Known as “Dutch Venice”, the village shines in bright colors, adorned in blooming flowers and boasts traditional houses.
With a view to the Snowy Alps, a majestic old town with quint pastel houses and a pure turquoise water lake This idyllic small town has everything you need for an enchanted getaway.
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A pueblo blanco (white village) dramatically located on a cliff. This stunning town offers a breathtaking view of whitewashed houses built on a sheer rock and historic steep streets, chapels and castles.
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Albarracín can certainly be considered one of the best small towns in Europe- or at the very least, one of the most beautiful villages in Spain. Just picture walking through the narrow cobbled streets and marveling at all of the exquisite medieval architecture.
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Austria’s crown jewel and one of the world’s most beautiful lakeside villages, Hallstatt is a dream come true. The houses are pastel colored, the water are serene and the magnificent mountains rise above the lake. The village’s natural beauty is straight out of a story book.
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