15 FAIRY TALE TOWNS IN EUROPE
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There is no doubt that the most charming fairy tale towns are in Europe. Medieval castles and half timbered homes are the perfect getaway when you need a break. They are postcard perfect and can transport you into another time. The ideal time to visit them would be the winter. They all have Christmas markets and you will not believe that you are in a modern age anymore. But this is only my personal opinion. You can visit whenever you can, just make sure to go at least once to one of these fairy tale towns which are a delight to one`s eyes.
I will start the list with my favourite fairy tale town Rothenburg ob der Tauber. This is one of the most charming small towns not only in Europe but in the whole world! You need at least one day to explore those cobblestone streets. And the best part is that this town is easily reachable from Nuremberg, Munich and Stuttgart. You can see the whole town from the Town Hall Tower, but I would suggest you to visit in the morning before the tourist set in.
Some people think that Meissen is a city that resembles Prague a lot. Maybe because of the red roofs, or because of the 15th century castle on the top of the town, either way it is well worth the visit. This is one of the oldest towns in Saxony with a culture that is uniquely German. This town is known for its porcelain production that dates back in the 16th century and it is still going on. If you want to learn something about the town`s history then you should definitely check out the Meissen Porcelain Museum.
Lake Bled is one of the most romantic and picturesque places in Slovenia. In the middle of the lake there is a small island, which is Slovenia`s only island, with the Assumption of Mary Church. You can get to the island with a traditional wooden boat called pletnas. The legend tells that if you hear the bells of the church they will make your wishes come true. Every Christmas there is an event that tells the story of the sunken bells that were sent from the pope to an inconsolable widow. So, no matter if you are looking for a romantic getaway, sports activity or a relaxation holiday, you must visit Lake Bled.
Read more: Lake Bled, Slovenia`s Hidden Gem
Gent is another of the radar medieval small town in Belgium. This is the third most populous city in Belgium but tourists have just discover this hidden pearl recently. Besides strolling the city and admiring the street art, another great place that is worth the visit is the Blanco Gallery among all the other art spaces that are popping out in the city.
Annecy is a small town in the southeast France that has many things to offer, from swimming in the lake to taking in the beauty of the place. You can do so many things once you are there. You can visit the Pont des Amours if you are traveling with your significant other. The legend says that if you kiss each other on the bridge you will be happy and together forever. I am a bit skeptic about this yet it is a nice sight. Explore some of the many churches there or simply spend a day at the beach.
Colmar is a small, beautiful and historical city in the Alsace region in France. The town is also known as “A Little Venice” because there is an area in the town that is crossed by canals. One of the most visited places here is The Unterlinden Museum and the Gothic- style church St Martin`s Church. The city is beautiful during the day but even more magical during the night, so just find a cozy corner, order a wine and watch the world go by.
Mallag is a town that is situated on the north west coast of Scotland. This is a remote fishing port that many people find like a great place to relax. There are many things that you can do here but I would suggest you the Circular Walk and see the Mallag harbor from above.
Hallstatt is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is very popular with the tourist. Before the 19th century the only way to get to this magical town was by boat or mountain trail. There are so many places to see in Hallstatt but on top of my list is the Kalvarienberg Church which is located on the Kalvarienberg mountain where you have a stunning view of the town and the lake. And if you want to learn about the history of Hallstatt then you should head to the Museum.
Cesky Krumlov is a magnificent Czech town that might not be as impressive as Prague is but it is definitely worth the visit. All the significant attractions are in the historic center so you do not have to run from one place to another. What you can do is, enjoy each place you discover and spend as much time as you want. I would advise you to visit the Hluboka Castle and Czechia`s only Baroque theater which is located in the Cesky Krumlov Castle.
Sintra is not yet another beautiful destination but it is one of the most alluring cities that you can visit. There is something for everyone here. You can chase the waves or indulge in the sun at the nearby coast, or experience the mysery of the Quinta da Regaleria. One of the most famous landmark in SIntra is the Pena Palace which was designed by Portugal`s King Fernando II. These multicolored towers are categorized as UNESCO World Heritage Site.
There are many beautiful villages in England but none of them is anything like Bibury. This village will give you a unique experience of honey colored cottages surrounded by unspoiled nature. Bibury is just a short drive from Oxfordshire. Fans of the romantic comedy Bridget Jones`s Diaries would like to visit the place because some of the scenes were shot in Bibury.
Reine is a very small fishing village that draws many tourists. Most people are impressed with the serenity this place offers with its calm blue waters and idyllic colored houses. Reine is considered one of the most charming small towns in Norway. It is located on the island of Moskenesoya.
There is not even one person that has not heard of the Cinque Terre in Italy. Five small fishing villages, that tourists usually visit in one hike which starts in Riomaggiore. Forgive me for being so harsh, that is wrong on so many levels. You need to spend more time in this magical place. It is beautiful when it is hot, it is beautiful when it is cloudy, and you want to be there from dawn till dusk.
One of the most photogenic towns on the Amalfi Coast in Italy is Positano. It is only 20 minutes from Sorrento and 75 minutes from Naples. You can visit the city in a day trip or you can stay longer, but bear in mind that it is one of the most expensive cities with luxurious hotels on the Amalfi Coast. Even Spiaggia Grande is one of the longest and most beautiful beaches which attract celebrities.
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Cong, also known as “The Quiet Man” county, is a small picturesque village in Ireland. A stroll through this tranquil village is like a stroll through the history of Ireland. Starting with the monastery which was built by Turlach O`Connor, the High King of Ireland and finishing on the plain of Moytura in cross, famous for the battle between ancient tribes of Ireland.
So, find a cheap flight on TripAdvisor and book your ticket today to one of these magical places and see it for yourself because as the Asian Proverb goes it is always: “Better to see something once than to hear about it a thousand times.”
Where to stay while in Europe
If you are planning a trip to one of these beautiful places you can check availability on Booking.com since this is the best and the most reliable website that I always use for finding accommodation.
Another great option is to rent a place through Airbnb. You can find great rooms and apartments since there are a lot of great options. You can use this code to get $27 free AirBnb credit.
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