We can say and confirm that Europe has many of the most beautiful and most historic villages in the world. Medieval villages that have perfectly preserved its historic center, fairytale villages located on the banks of lakes, on mountain tops, on cliffs bathed by the Mediterranean Sea or surrounded by nature, which we are sure, would surprise you.
We, as a popular travel blog, have made a selection of what we believe. There are 25 essential towns to visit in Europe, in which all could be included in routes by car or public transport that you make in the country. Let’s have a look.
Hallstatt the most beautiful village on the banks of a lake and one of the most essential villages to visit in Europe. The views of the town with the lake from both sides are breathtaking, especially if you are lucky enough to visit it in winter, at which time the chances of seeing it with snow increase. One of the best places to see in Austria without any doubt and is much appreciated by popular travel blogs.
On a route through Austria, we recommend you stay in the neighboring town of Obertraun, much cheaper than Hallstatt and located a few kilometers away.
Touring the town will not take you more than 2 or 3 hours, taking it with tranquility, and above all, enjoying the atmosphere and tranquility. Do not forget to climb to the top of the town, where the famous Hallstatt ossuary is located.
On a car route through Alsace, Eguisheim is a mandatory stop. It was declared the most beautiful town in France in 2013 and is one of the most visited villages in the country. The streets of the historic center are distributed in the form of concentric circles and next to their colorful half-timbered houses, they form a fairytale town.
Manarola, one of the five wonders of Cinque Terre. Located on the Italian coast between cliffs and vineyards, it is the most photogenic town in this area. Its colorful houses are famous for virtually everyone. You can arrive by train from La Spezia, travel through the different villages by train, but above all, take a boat tour, to have a unique perspective of the different villages, and especially Manarola, which looks spectacular, during the day and at night, when the town lights up.
Oia has the best sunset in the world and is one of the most incredible villages to visit in Europe. Located on the edge of a cliff and bathed by the Mediterranean Sea, it belongs to the island of Santorini, of volcanic origin. Strolling through the cobbled streets with their white and blue houses until you reach an old mill to watch the sunset, is one of the moments you will remember for a lifetime.
Lauterbrunnen is a town and a Swiss commune that encompasses towns as beautiful as Murren. It is located in the Lauterbrunnen Valley, one of the most beautiful landscapes we have seen in the trips we have made, with its 72 waterfalls.
Located between the great rocky mountains of the Alps and near the lakes of the Interlaken area, it is perfect for hiking and climbing, without forgetting its wooden houses, typical of this area, and surrounded by alpine meadows that will make you fall in love.