Where to travel in Europe? Looking beyond Paris, London or Rome? Here’s some ideas for you! Check out my list of 20 stunning hidden towns in Europe you MUST visit. From Colmar in France to Goreme in Turkey discover a selection of unknown treasures in Europe.
1. Alberobello, Italy
Situated in Puglia in southern Italy Alberobello is famous for its trulli, white, cone – roofed houses. This charming little houses make up one of the 51 UNESCO Heritage Sites in Italy.
2. Colmar, France
This fairytale place is one of the Europe’s most colorful and vibrant towns and a true hidden gem of France. With its network of canals and bridges, Colmar is known as the Little Venice of France.
3. Rothenburg, Germany
Rothenburg is a romantic medieval town in the district of Ansbach of Mittelfranken. Once it was one of the largest towns in Germany, today it’s country’s best – preserved medieval walled town and certainly one of the most magical places in Germany.
Did you know? Walt Disney used Rothenburg as the inspiration for his movie Pinocchio.
4. Bruges, Belgium
Jaw dropping architecture, narrow streets, romantic canals, picturesque market squares, towers and historic churches… Bruges simply has it all! You’ll fall immediately under its spell and charm.
5. Český Krumlov
Situated on the banks of the Vltava river, Český Krumlov is a pearl of Renaissance architecture and real hidden treasure of the Czech Republic. If you plan your visit to Prague don’t miss this small, charming Czech gem.
6. Gdansk, Poland
Gdansk is one of the Poland’s most beautiful and oldest cities with a history going back a thousand years. Don’t miss this colorful Baltic pearl.
7. Berat, Albania
Located in south – central Albania this ‘Museum City’ is undoubtedly a highlight of visiting Albania. It’s a rare example of an architectural character typical of the Ottoman period.
8. Bibury, England
William Morris called Bibury ‘the most beautiful village in England’ and it is certainly the most charming one. Arlington Row (on the picture), a row of weavers cottages built of local stone next to the river Coln, is the most photographed street in Bibury, and you can see why!
9. Bled, Slovenia
Sheltered by picturesque mountains, this fascinating symbol of whole Slovenia is one of the Europe’s most stunning lakes and a must see attraction if you are planing your visit in southern central Europe.
10. San Gimignano, Italy
This pretty medieval hill ‘Town of Fine Towers’ is located in the most beautiful province in Italy, ‘under the Tuscan sun’. Surrounded by beautiful endless, green fields San Gimignano has unique, old vibe that will send you back in time.
11. Dinant, Belgium
Just over an hour’s drive from Brussels you’ll find this beautiful small town. The citadel on a high rock overlooking the town which sparkles along the Meuse River. Dinant is one of those places you fall in love with at first sight.
12. Hallstatt, Austria
Located between Salzburg and Graz, this ‘Pearl of Austria’ is a small town of breathtaking views and one of the most important Austrian tourist attraction. Hallstatt is also known for its World’s First Salt Mine and the stunning salt caves.
Did you know? The village Hallstatt is such spectacular place that even the Chinese have created a copy of the ancient salt mine village.
13. Rocamadour, France
This beautiful and dramatic setting of the village, climbing up a cliff side, is built on the site of a shrine to a Madonna and today is a popular destination for pilgrims and tourists alike.
Did you know? Rocamadour is one of the Grand Sites of France, some of the most spectacular and scenic highlights in France.
14. Reine, Lofoten, Norway
Situated on Norway’s Lofoten Islands, Reine is definitely one of the world’s most beautiful fishing villages with an estimated population of just about 300! Don’t you wish to run off to Norway immediately when you see this stunning beauty?
15. Göreme, Cappadocia
Göreme is a town in the heart of Cappadocia, a historical region of Turkey. It’s famous for its ‘fairy chimney’ rock formations, and cave houses in the valley walls. It is definitely one of the most spectacular places in whole Europe. Cappadocia is known around the world as one of the best places to fly with hot air balloons. Don’t miss it!
16. Ronda, Spain
Located about 100 kilometres west of the city of Málaga, Ronda is a place that captivates all who see it. The canyon, through which the Guadalevin River runs, divides the old city and the new city of Ronda. The view from the New Bridge is stunning! Not to be missed if you plan to visit Andalucia.
17. Kalambaka, Greece
Located in the north-west of the Thessaly region in Greece, Kalambaka is the base town to visit spectacular Meteora Monasteries, perched on top of the extraordinarily formed rock pinnacles. One of the most unreal places I have seen so far! The picture says it all, right?
18. Lucerne, Switzerland
Chapel bridge, well-preserved medieval old town, elegant historic buildings, stunning lake and mountains in addition, Lucerne has it all!
19. Rovinj, Croatia
This small town in Istria is just one of the many beautiful places in my lovely Croatia. Rovinj will seduce you and you will fall in love immediately. I love its colors, old charm, peacefulness and vibe. Amazing!
20. Giethoorn, Netherlands
Giethoorn, also known as “the Venice of Holland” or the “Venice of the North”, is a beautiful fairytale village in the Netherlands. There are no cars or roads here; tourists leave them out of the village and have to travel by water or on foot over the scenic wooden bridges. Simply amazing!