Small town in Europe are great places for taking amazing travel images, enjoying architectural photography and natural landscapes. If you were to ask me what my favorite town was, I would have a very hard time giving you an answer as each city, town and village is so unique and special & no two are the same!
BUT I would have to say that my favorite town are the ones bursting with color that make it look like a rainbow exploded over the whole town, like artist’s canvas come to life.
1. Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic
Cesky Krumlov is a small medieval town almost completely unchanged as it as almost completely forgotten about, therefore, preserving it’s unique appearance. The city grew around the 13th century Gothic castle perched above the town and is encircled by the Vltava River. By far, one of the most interesting town to visit if you feel like stepping back to a long time gone.
2. Colmar, France
Situated in Alsace, Colmar is a unique blend of French & Germany architecture, culture and spirit. It’s as colourful in real life as it looks to be in the photos and is one of France’s true hidden germs. You can also name it as fairy tale town. It is also the wine capital of the region.
3. Marsaxlokk, Malta
Marsaxlokk is located around the natural harbour, home to the traditional Maltese fishing boats knows as Luzzus (heavy, wooden fishing boats painted bright blue, yellow, red and decorated with a set of eyes – a style said to date back to the Phoenicians). The ambience is so unique as the sea is full of the luzzus. Nowhere else on the island can you see such as concentration of colours so vivid and bright, that brighten the entire harbor.
4. Bibury, England
Bibury is situated in the Gloucestershire Cotswolds on the River Coln 9 miles from the market town of Burford. The village was once described by William Morris as ” the most beautiful village in the Cotswolds”, with a group of ancient cottages with steeply pitched roofs dating back to the 16th Century.
Think it’s difficult to say? It is just as difficult to get there. This small town in Greenland can only reached by taking a once-per-week flight from Iceland, then a helicopter ride to this small glacial town in Greenland. But of course, it definitely looks to be worth it.
6. Reine, Norway
The breathtaking village of Reine is located on the island of Moskenesoya on northen Norway’s Lofoten archipelago. Withe red & white fishermen’s hut dotting the shoreline and surrounding peaks of granite shooting out of the Reinefjorden, the village has earned a reputation as ” the most beautiful place in the world”.
If a picture tells a thousand words, this would have to tell double. Stunning!!
7. Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegovina
The small town of Mostar in Bosnia & Herzegovina, well knows for the Iconic Star Most (Old Bridge), a reconstructed medieval arched bridge. A narrow staircase leads up to the Koski Mehmed-Pasha Mosque minaret for panoramic city view. If you find yourself here, be sure to visit nearby Blagaj – another charmer!
8. Odense, Denmark
Although it is the third largest city in Denmark, Odense has a small town charm that can’t be found elsewhere in Denmark – a true treasure!
Odense is very cute, with very quaint, old-fashioned streets, and a lot of H.C. Andersen commemoration. There were fairly tale motifs all over the place and it gives the city a lot of charm.
9. Freiburg, Germany
Freiburg has more to offer than friendly faces alone, including one of Germany’s pretties old quarters, with its characteristic bachle – the narrow channels of water that run alongside the pavements. Add to that a wealth of culture and history, lots of cafes and cosy bars, delicious regional food and scenic surroundings. What’s more, the overall atmosphere is easygoing, laid-back and more carefree than most. It’s almost – in a word – Mediterranean. Experience it for yourself with a stroll through the old quarter overlooked by the 116-metre-tall spire of the stunning minster, one of the Germany most beautiful religious buildings.
10. Hallstatt, Austria
Hallstatt is a small village, clinging to the side of a mountain, hugging the edges of the pristine Halstatter Sea, a true definition of European fairly tale charm! Whether you visit at summer or winter time, you are sure to fall in love with what will always be one of Europe’s most charming small towns.
The lakeside town of Hallstatt is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has even been dubbed the prettiest lakeside village in the entire world.
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