20 cozy European towns most tourists don’t know about
Apart from the famous resorts and popular tourist destinations, there are quite a few well-hidden corners of the world. They are no less enchanting and ready to offer visitors a perfect holiday experience than any other well-known residence.
With this article, Bright Side will show you where to go if you’re looking for a delightful and leisurely vacation.
Český Krumlov, Czech Republic
The charming town of Český Krumlov is hiding in the South Bohemia region of the Czech Republic. Through the years, visitors have been enjoying a captivating fairytale-like atmosphere of paved streets, gingerbread-like houses, and bridges to play hide and seek in. A day trip to this place, especially during the warmer months, will turn into a very exciting adventure.
Colmar, located in the Alsace region of France, offers a unique blend of French and German architecture, culture, and spirit. It is as colorful in the flesh as it is in photographs. Colmar can be quite rightly called one of the hidden gems of France.
Cute and playful, full of true Maltese spirit, the town of Marsaxlokk is, in fact, the most important fishing village in the country.
Lovable Hallstatt, a small picturesque town in Austria, was determined by UNESCO as a World Heritage site worth to being preserved. It is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful villages in Austria, nested between a towering mountain and a glassy lake. Whether you choose to visit Hallstatt during the summer or winter, you will surely fall in love with its quiet charm.
The Slovenian city of Bled is full of nice little nooks, but its most notable landmark is the famous Lake Bled, which has been called one of the prettiest lakes in the world.
This place is filled with Old World charm and is rightfully considered to be the most wonderful town in England. In the photo, you can see one of the Bibury streets that are especially popular for photographers and tourists.
Just a two-hour drive from Valencia, or a 30-minute train ride from Teruel, and you will reach the lovely Spanish village of Albarracín. An unforgettable journey worth taking!
Although Croatia until recently hasn’t been a lure for tourists, its popularity is now growing rapidly worldwide. Take special notice of the town called ’Pučišća’, located on the Adriatic coast. What’s so special about it? The answer to your question will probably be found out after seeing the place with your own eyes. A hint: its beauty will rock your world.
Annecy was built around an XVI century castle. Streets here are filled with an indescribable charm of antiquity, and the French Alps surrounding the town complement the picturesque setting perfectly.
This picture speaks for itself. Looking at it, how can you not agree that Manarola, a tiny coastal town, is wonderful?! Italy is full of similar unexpected tourist gems. All you need is a bit more time to have a look around, and you will find a constellation of Manarola-like towns.
Think the name is difficult to say? Practice shows it’s just as difficult to get there. Ittoqqortoormiit can only be reached by taking a once-per-week flight from Iceland to the coast of Greenland, and then a helicopter ride. But then again, this place looks like it’s worth the effort!
The small fishing village of Reine looks like a watercolor landscape that suddenly came alive. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a single photo of Reine is worth twice more.
Although Odense is the third largest city in Denmark, it has a small town charm that can’t be found anywhere else in the country. A true treasure!
Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
Perhaps this beautiful picture will speak for itself. Why spoil the view with all the talking? Just a fun fact for the road: Freiburg, a city in the Southwest of Germany that has over a thousand years of history, is a home to about 230,000 people.
This incredible ancient city was first built by the Romans and was literally carved into the hard rock.
Exquisitely elegant Ghent is one of Flanders’ hidden delights, alongside Bruges. Albeit less famous than its neighbour, Ghent is equally charming — in a completely different way. It is hard to explain, so if you ever find yourself in these parts, maybe take a short train ride from Bruges and see it with your own eyes.
For those who are looking to get off the beaten track in Poland and away from ever-popular Warsaw and Krakow, quiet Toruń would be a good place to start. Situated in the northern Poland, it offers a simple, homely cosiness.
Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany
Looks familiar? Plönlein, a famously picturesque corner in Rothenburg, inspired the animators of Walt Disney’s animated film ’Pinocchio’.
The relatively small town in the Swiss Alps is a favorite of the British Royal Family. So if Arosa is good enough for them, it will surely be good enough for us tourists.
Situated on the West Coast of the country, Bergen was established before 1070 AD. With its dollhouse-like cabins, this city enchants Norwegians and tourists alike.
Based on materials from flytothesky