Europe is filled with picturesque towns that will make you feel like you are inside a fairy-tale storybook. These towns have attracted many travelers and tourists from all over the world. With stunning attractions, colorful houses and scenic landscapes; the towns are steeped in old-world charm that will fascinate you. In these towns, people take things slow and enjoy life to the fullest.
If you are planning your next vacation, you should probably visit one of these fairy-tale and picturesque towns to visit in Europe:
Hamnøy is a picturesque small fishing town, located in the beautiful archipelago Lofoten in Northern Norway. The town is postcard perfect and it’s filled with traditional red cottages, which rest on wooden piles in front of the elevated mountains. If you visit the town during the winter season, you’ll have the opportunity to witness the fairy-tale northern lights, with incredible colors blinking across the Arctic sky. During the summer, you can enjoy a romantic picnic under the midnight sun. You can get to Hamnøy by taking a flight to Bodø and take a ferry to the town. You can take a car ride from Bodø to Hamnøy and enjoy the beautiful coastal roads.
Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany
Located in the Franconia region of Bavaria, Rothenburg is one of the most popular destinations along Romantic Road, a scenic driving route in Southern Germany. The town is well-known for its beautiful timbered houses, historical festivals, street performances and Christmas market. When you visit during the winter, you can explore the Christmas market and shop for souvenirs. The medieval old town attracts tourists from all over the world every year.
Located at the foot of the mountain ranges Karawanken and the Julian Alps, Bled is one of the most popular tourist destinations in northern Slovenia. The town is filled with scenic landscapes, elevated mountains, stunning emerald lake and a wide range of stunning attractions. There are a wide range of exciting activities to indulge in, such as riding, mountain climbing, hiking and golfing.
The old town of Annecy blends art with glorious architectures. The town features charming canals, enchanting bridges, flower-decorated banks and stunning houses with vibrant frontages. Due to its narrow pedestrian streets and stunning canals, the town is nicknamed the “Savoyard Venice”. Located near the Swiss border, Annecy is surrounded by ski resorts and alpine peaks, which are perhaps the most enchanting places to visit during the summer. During your visit, you should take a bike ride in the mountains, enjoy a glass of wine at one of the bars near the canal while you enjoy the scenery or take a boat tour on Lake Annecy.
Hallstatt is recognized as one of the most picturesque towns in Europe. The World Heritage site is a small town with an interesting history. Situated on the lake, Hallstatt has been in existence since the Iron age and owes its subsistence to the rich deposit of salt in the mountain of Hallstatt. The town features a wide range of stunning attractions including the oldest salt mine in the world. Enjoy a romantic boat ride on Lake Hallstatt, take a trip to the neighboring Obertraun and enjoy a wide range of exciting activities. You can get to Hallstatt by taking a train or bus from Salzburg, one of the largest cities in Austria.
Gásadalur, Faroe Islands
The Faroe Islands are fairy-like and magical due to their dramatic location. Gásadalur is fairy-tale and picturesque town located situated on the west side of Vágar, Faroe Islands. The town lies in a valley, which is surrounded by the highest mountains of Vágar. Since a tunnel was built through the mountains in 2004, the town has become a top visited town in the Faroe Islands. In fact, you can now drive from Vágar to Gásadalur via the island bridges. The trip takes about an hour. When you visit Gásadalur during the summer, you may likely see puffins on the road.