Europe is full of magical small towns and picturesque villages. These small towns in Europe are off the beaten path and will make you feel like you’ve stepped straight into a postcard. They are filled to the brim with history, character, and authentic local culture. Now that you’ve acquainted yourself with the big cities, it’s time to 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. Nestled on the Meuse River, Dinant is colorful and dreamy, with remains of its medieval past revealed in the magnificent Dinant Citadel.
With emerald green water, an idyllic island, and a stunning castle, Bled is renowned for being breathtakingly beautiful. Add to that its awe-inspiring backdrop of the Alpine mountains, and you can understand why 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 set atop the breathtaking and legendary 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, Rothenburg’s narrow cobbled streets are made for strolling. As you walk around, you can’t help but admire its colorful timbered houses and the perfectly preserved medieval wall which surrounds the town. Walking through Rothenburg is like stepping back in time to a medieval world – in fact, Rothenburg is considered to be German’s best-preserved medieval city and one of the most charming towns in Europe. It’s as if time stood still in this enchanting village!
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Colmar is the capital of the Alsace wine region and a truly magical and colorful town, complete with delightful canals and lush blossoms. When you travel to France, you can explore this storybook town in a small boat and stop for lunch at the tiny cafes while admiring the narrow streets and picturesque little churches.
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This UNESCO World Heritage Site is fairytale- like in its beauty. Cesky Krumlov is a medieval town full of 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 for 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 why it must be part of your Italy itinerary. These five tiny villages embody Italy at its very best – the scenery, the wine, and the history. The oldest of the villages, Manarola, is surrounded by vineyards and a deep blue ocean. Pink and yellow houses descend the cliffs towards the little harbor, and the view is simply majestic.
Bibury, Cotswold valley, England
Charming Bibury looks like a postcard with its rows of old cozy cottages, a picturesque old church, and 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. There are no roads to take you around – only sailing on the village’s many canals or cycling, crossing the canals on one of its many bridges. Known as the “Dutch Venice,” the village shines in bright colors, adorned in blooming flowers and boasting charming traditional houses.
With a view of the snowy Alps, this majestic old town with quaint pastel houses and a pure turquoise lake will take your breath away. This idyllic small town has everything you need for an enchanted getaway.
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A pueblo blanco (white village) dramatically perched on a cliff, this stunning town offers a breathtaking view of whitewashed houses built on the ridge and historic steep streets, chapels, and castles.
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Albarracin 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.
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 clear water is serene, and the magnificent mountains rise high above the lake. The village’s natural beauty is straight out of a storybook.
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