15 Most Beautiful European Towns You Need To Check Out ASAP
Europe is perhaps the most beautiful continent in the world, but it’s not just about the city life or the big museums, or even the historical monuments. Rural Europe is the most stunning Europe, and if you’ve skipped the rusticity of the continent while you were there, it’s time to go back.
This pedestrian-only town is not just the cleanest, and the quietest city in Croatia, but it was also where the HBO hit Game of Thrones was shot. After GoT’s success, Dubrovnik started attracting so many tourists, that the city had to limit the entry of outsiders. The city has very limited vehicles, and thus has almost no pollution and has been recognized as a UNESCO world heritage site.
This city in the north-eastern city shares a border with Germany and has still retained most of its medieval architecture. It’s located in Alsace, which is steeped in beauty and culture. Stepping into Colmar feels like stepping into a page of your history books, as the city is modern and yet extremely classic in its infrastructure.
The Beligian city of Bruges is perhaps the most stunning European cities you will ever find. From mason walls, to canals, to heritage buildings, this city has everything. It has been Hollywood’s favourite Euro city for shooting and vacations, and it’s time you give it a try.
Bergen is known for its fjords, which are majestic cliffs created by glaciers. It’s also one of the oldest European cities and is surrounded by the most beautiful mountains. Most people go up to bergen for its magnificent hiking trails, which will lead you to the most picturesque parts of Norway.
The cliff-side town of Positano, is Italy’s undiscovered marvel. You possibly won’t find this city on a tour guide or any website, but you must visit Positano if you are in Italy. It houses the dome of Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta, which is one of the oldest architectural wonders of Europe.
Greece is known for its coastal towns, but we bet you’ve never heard of Oia, which is located in Santorini. This town also has white-painted houses you see in most Greek cities, giving it an ethereal look. Oia also has a rich naval history and has the famous and one of the oldest maritime museums.
Annecy is an alpine town, known for its all-patel township. Not only is it really medieval in sight, but also has a very rich heritage. It also houses the most famous and expensive religious art and is sort of a cultural retreat.
Ronda os perhaps one of the very few mountain-top cities in the world. It’s not just historic, but is also a very important landmark of Spanish culture. It has about 35,000 inhabitants, and has the iconic 18th century bullring, which is a major tourist attraction.
One of the most supremely exotic European towns, Bled is located at the foothills of the Alps. It runs along the glacial Bled lak, which makes the town every traveller’s fantasy destination. The Bled castle has a history of its own and houses a museum about the town’s history.
Hallstatt is an Austrian lakeside town and and a UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site. It is famous for its crystal clear lakes and salt factories, which bear a historic significance to this town. It also houses 16th century alpine style buildings, which have survived for centuries, and make this town a rustic gem.
Possibly the most vibrant European village there is, Zalipie is as ancient as it is colourful. Unlike other European medieval village, Zalipie is extremely colour-coordinated and almost entirely painted. It looks like a page out of a postcard or calendar. Its canals and cottages and of course the beautiful spring flowers make this town an adorable Polish getaway and you must check it out.
The Portugese town of Sintra is as luxurious as it is culturally relevant to Portugese history. Located near Lisbon, Sintra has been a royal foothold for a long time, and you can still find the majestic castles in the town. In fact, the Sintra National Palace is the most dramatic European castle you’ll see.
The German town of Bartholoma lies near Bavaria, and enjoys an indulgent Romanian culture. The St. Bartholomew’s Church is one of the prettiest lakeside churches you’ll see. The city itself is delightfully quaint and away from all the big city madness.
14Civita di Bagnoregio, Italy
Civita is so steeped in Italian tradition and heritage, that this town must feature on your bucket list. It was found more than 2,500 years ago, and the Renaissance architecture of the town is to die for. It is almost as if this town stopped moving with time. AT one time it became known as ‘The Dying Town,’ but has recently seen a surge of tourism.
Meissen is not very big, and that only works in its favour. The German town is as peaceful as it is historic. It is home to the Albrechtsburg castle and the Gothic Meissen Cathedral. The town is a complete study in Gothic architecture and craftsmanship and has the most stunning cathedrals.