Europe's Most Charming Towns
You'll often find that one of the biggest draws to Europe is its old world charm. The cobblestone streets and quaint homes remind you of something you'd find in a fairytale. So bring your camera and check out Europe's most charming towns!
1. Bibury, England
This quintessential town is nestled in the countryside of England. Home to the most photographed cottages in England, Bibury has no shortage of charm.
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2. Rocamadour, France
Located in south-western France, Rocamadour is sure to leave you breathless. While most commonly visited as a pilgrimage destination, there is plenty of history and charm to go around.
(source: wikimedia.org & frenchmomentsblog.com)
3. Giethoorn, Netherlands
Quaint homes, canals, and stunning scenery does not even begin to describe the views of this little town. Be sure to put this on your list the next time you're in the Netherlands!
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4. Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic
Lassoed by the Vlata River, this Bohemian town will have you thinking you stepped right into a storybook. Between the cobblestone streets and the bears (yes, real bears) that dwell in one of the castle courtyards, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is a must-see.
5. Rothenburg, Germany
This medieval town in the Bavaria region of Germany is just as idyllic as you can imagine. With views over the Tauber River, this town is sure to leave you wanting more.
(source: www.barloga.com & muskingum.edu)
6. Hallstatt, Austria
Nestled between snowcapped mountains and a pristine lake, Hallstatt is the definition of quaint. Home to what many consider the world's first salt mine, this pastel-colored town offers an experience to second to none.
(source: edgoodfellow.com & wikipedia.org)
7. Positano, Italy
This picturesque town on the Almafi Coast has views that cannot be beat. Turquoise waters, bougainvillea climbing up the buildings, and the colorful scenery will have you thinking you stepped right into a painting. Positano is charming in every way.
8. Gruyeres, Switzerland
This alpine Swiss town has just as much charm as it does cheese (which is a lot). From the scenery to the food, the medieval town of Gruyeres is a destination in Switzerland drawing food lovers from all over the world.
(source: laruebouteille.files.wordpress.com & wikimedia.org)
9. Annecy, France
This town in Eastern France looks as though it popped right out of a storybook. Flower covered bridges, cobblestone streets, and snowcapped mountains in the background is just the beginning to this seemingly perfect French town.
10. Reine, Norway
Reine, a seemingly, simple fishing village in Norway has much more to offer than just fishing. Kayaking, whale watching, and spotting the Aurora Borealis are just some of the adventures you'll discover while relaxing in Reine. Be sure to check out this spectacular Norwegian town.
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11. Freiburg, Germany
Freiburg is hidden in the southwestern region of Germany and often referred to as the “Jewel of the Black Forest.” This quaint town boasts of vineyards and good weather to match.
(source: ucdavisabroad.com & virtualtourist.com)
12. Colmar, France
This Northeastern French Town just might be the most enchanting town in France. Complete with fairytale cottages, flowery waterways, and good wine- Colmar is sure to leave you breathless.
(source: thefairtaletraveler.com & mostbeautifulplacesintheworld.org)
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