19. Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic
Though there are over 14,000 residents in Český Krumlov, tourists outnumber them in the summertime. There’s a reason people flock to this Czech city; it’s absolutely stunning.
Český Krumlov is full of Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque styled structures. Though the city has seen hard times, it has now been restored to it’s a original beauty, and it’s quite a sight to see.
18. Sintra, Portugal
28km from Lisbon sits the beautiful city of Sintra. This colorful place in Portugal is home to the Portuguese Royal Palace, Castle of the Moors, Quinta da Regaleira, and the Pena National Palace.
These intricate structures make Sintra, Portugal one of the most beautiful cities for you to visit in Europe. Every building is completely unique, and full of character. We’re just lucky that all these beautiful buildings are located in one place.
17. Meteora, Greece
In Greek, Meteora literally translates to “middle of the sky,” or “suspended in air.” A city in the sky is exactly what you’ll find when you visit Meteora, Greece. On top of a number of rock pinnacles sit Greek monasteries, one of the biggest collections in Greece.
You simply have to see this beautiful city. If you truly want to experience and feel connected with the city, go for a hiking tour, or if you’re adventurous enough, try rock climbing.
16. Malmö, Sweden
Capital of Skåne County, Malmö is a must-see in Sweden. The architecture in this city is a very interesting combination of old and new. The Sankt Petri Church, the oldest structure in the city, was built in the early 14th century. Buildings like the Turning Torso show off Malmö’s more recent architecture style.
Take the two-and-a-half hour Malmö Walking Tour while you’re there so you can see all the highlights of this beautiful city. Then, check out Davidshallstorg for an upscale shopping and dining experience.
15. Edinburgh, Scotland
It’s not the second most popular city in Scotland for nothing. The city sits on a landscape built by ancient volcanic activity, and has had quite an interesting history since then. Edinburgh is full of history, but has been made modern in exactly the right ways.
Want to feel like you’re in a fairytale? Go see the Edinburgh Castle and the Craigmillar Castle. To get the best view of the city, go to Camera Obscura, which allows you a 360-degree view of the city.
14. Pucisca, Croatia
Some say that Pucisca is the most beautiful village in Croatia, and it’s pretty hard to argue with that statement. The perfectly blue water, green surroundings, and white stone buildings make everything about this town crisp and tropical.
The beaches in Pucisca are a true treat, and the perfect place to admire the entire village from. Though Croatia is full of beautiful cities, nothing can compare to Pucisca.
13. Qaqortoq, Greenland
Qaqortoq is a town full of color, which makes it very fun to look at. Even though it’s the biggest town in Southern Greenland, the locals say that it’s best seen on foot. But you won’t mind walking around with so many beautiful sights to see.
If you aren’t afraid of the cold, perhaps you can take a swim in the nearby hot springs. Though it may be freezing outside, the water in this spring usually sits at about 38 degrees Celsius, or 100 fahrenheit.
12. Bath, England
Just a short drive from the ever popular London, Bath is a city you must visit if you’re in England. The city was named for the Roman Bath that occupies the center, which you can still visit while you’re there.
In addition to the ancient Roman Bath, you will also find beautiful structures and elite shopping. Though you’ll feel like you’ve taken quite a step into the past when walking around Bath, you’ll find that these building are filled with high-end, modern businesses.
11. Annecy, France
A town built around a 14th century chateau is obviously going to be beautiful, which is exactly what Annecy is. Aside from beauty, this town has plenty of adventures for you to enjoy like hangliding, rowing, and hiking.
One of the must see parts of Annecy is the Palais de l’Isle. It was originally a castle, but has since been a courthouse, mint, jail, and now is a museum. Make sure you check it out while you’re there.
10. St Davids, Wales
Wales is a beautiful country, but unfortunately it is often overlooked. One of the most beautiful parts of Wales is St Davids, home to the beautiful cathedral of the same name that you can visit for free.
You can also sign up for wildlife watching boat trips. As for lodging, you can choose from some upscale hotels, like the Grove Hotel, or a number of bed & breakfasts.
9. Inistioge, Ireland
Many films have been shot in Inistioge, and it’s not hard to see why, since the scenery is perfectly green and beautiful. The town is very small, so you shouldn’t have any problem seeing everything Inistioge has to offer.
You won’t be able to leave without seeing the famous bridge that goes over the River Nore, which is very pretty. You should also take some time to check out the restored gardens at Woodstock Estate.
8. Burgos, Spain
The Spanish Gothic architecture in Burgos is reason alone to visit. The Burgos Cathedral, which was consecrated in 1260, is an absolute must see. It is also on the route of the Camino de Santiago, or Way of St. James, a pilgrimage that thousands of people take year after year for a number of different reasons.
Burgos isn’t a tourist attraction, but that just means that you won’t be fighting the crowds to see the beautiful sights. If you can stomach it, you should try eating morcilla, or blood sausage, while you’re there. Some say Burgos has the best in all of Spain.
7. Reine, Norway
You might not think of a fishing village as an ideal vacation spot, but Reine, Norway will totally change your mind. This tiny town, with a population around 300, is an extremely beautiful place to visit.
Get a taste for the town by going fishing, kayaking, or doing some whale watching. Or you could simply stare, because the scenery here is unlike anywhere else in the world.
6. Copenhagen, Denmark
For a bigger city with more of a small town feeling, check out Copenhagen. There are plenty of exciting things to do, like visiting the two oldest amusement parks in the world. There are also so many beautiful things to look at.
You can also count on some of the finest dining in Copenhagen. After all, they currently have 15 Michelin-starred restaurants. Also, make sure you order something from a Pølsevogn, or sausage wagon, which is their version of street food.
5. Wengen, Switzerland
Located at the foot of the Jungfrau Mountain range, Wengen is a great skiing destination, as well as a hiking and biking spot for summer. Who wouldn’t want to take on these beautiful mountains?
In addition to outdoor activities, there are plenty of local shops to explore, and bakeries that you won’t want to miss. Of course, you’ll also want to find some swiss cheese while you’re there. Check out the Bernerhof Hotel for dining, and order the fondue.
4. Cologne, Germany
There’s no shortage of beautiful towns in Germany, and one of those towns is Cologne. You’ll see insanely old, gorgeous architecture, like the Cologne Cathedral. But the old structures are beautifully juxtaposed with modern ones.
There are plenty of museums to visit in Cologne, and a good selection of traditional cuisine. Of course, if you’re in Germany, you need to get some German beer. It’d almost be a waste of a trip if you didn’t.
3. Manarola, Italy
Talk about beauty. The colorful cliffside of Manarola is absolutely breathtaking. The contrasting colors of the buildings and the water, and the way it looks lit up at night is a very beautiful sight to see.
You’ll want to spend as much time as possible exploring the town, but there are also hiking trails that lead to nearby towns that you should check out. You’ll never find another place quite like this cliffside town.
2. Hallstatt, Austria
They say imitation if the highest form of flattery, and Hallstatt knows what that feels like; this city is so beautiful that a replica was built in China in 2012. It’s not hard to see why someone would want to have their own version of Hallstatt, because it’s absolutely stunning.
In Hallstatt, you don’t have to choose mountains or water, you get both. It is also thought to be the oldest village that’s still inhabited in Europe. If we found somewhere this beautiful to live, we’d never leave either.
1. Colmar, France
Colmar is a medieval city that still possesses that magical feeling hundreds of years later. The buildings in the old town region of Colmar are beautiful and unique, and you need to take a stroll beside the Lauch River.
Walking around Colmar feels like living in a fairytale. It’s romantic, and there are plenty of shops and architecture to enjoy. Fatten up on some of their amazing pastries while your there.