25 Secret Small Towns in Europe you MUST Visit

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1. Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic

There’s no other town in the world that I am more fond of than the quaint, charming, fairytale-like town of Cesky Krumlov in southern Bohemia. It’s as if you have stepped into a time warp – small cobblestone roads, bridges every which way you look, and no, there’s no McDonalds! It’s a great short day trip from Prague if you find yourself there but for the best experience, visit Krumlov in the summer season and raft down the Vltavy River.

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2. Colmar, France

Situated in Alsace, Colmar is a unique blend of French and Germany architecture, culture and spirit. It’s as colourful in real life as it looks to be in the photos and is one of France’s true hidden gems.


3. Počitelj, Bosnia & Herzegovina

Located in the hills of scenic Bosnia & Herzegovina lies this magical little town you can enjoy almost all to yourself!

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4. Hallstatt, Austria

The lakeside town of Hallstatt is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has even been dubbed the prettiest lakeside village in the entire world. Whether you visit at summer or winter time, you are sure to fall in love with what will always be one of Europe’s most charming small towns.


5. Bruges, Belgium

Bruges has become incredibly popular for travellers looking to photograph the lego-like houses in the city centre (pictured above). It still remains to be one of Europe’s prettiest little towns, but is now more popular than ever.


6. Bled, Slovenia

There’s much to see and do in Bled, however the greatest attraction is undeniably Lake Bled – one of the world’s most stunning lakes and a favourite for visitors to Slovenia.


7. Bibury, England

This would indeed have to be the most photographed street in the Cotswolds! This small town is filled with old world charm and could very well be the most charming town in England!

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8. Albarracin, Spain

Some would say Albarracin is the most charming village in all of Spain. It’s just a two hour journey from Valencia and a 30 minute train ride from Teruel.

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9. Pucisca, Croatia

 Croatia has well and truly opened itself up to tourism in recent years so it may not be as much a secret as it once was, however a visit to the Dalmation coast once in your life is an absolute must. It’s little gems like Pucisca that explain why!

sintra_cascais_day_trip 10. Sintra, Portugal

 Just a short half day trip from Lisbon is one of the most mystical little towns you will find in Portugal: Sintra! With its own castle located in the foggy hills, this town is a mystery waiting to be discovered.


11. Annecy, France

Annecy is built around a 14th Century Chateau and is arguably more charming than any other French town you will find. The town is also surrounded by the French Alps, making it even more picturesque!

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12. Manarola, Italy

The image says it all – Manarola would have to be one of Italy’s most charming little towns on the coast. But there are so many more! Italy is filled with hidden gems to discover – be sure to take your time in this beautiful country!


13. Ittoqqortoormiit, Greenland

Think it’s difficult to say? It’s just as difficult to get here. This small town in Greenland can only be reched by taking a once-per-week flight from Iceland, then a helicopter ride to this small galacial town in Greenland. But of course, it looks to be worth it!

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14. Reine, Norway

This small fishing village in Norway is SO picturesque – if a picture tells a thousand words, this would have to tell double. Stunning!

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15. Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegovina

 The small town of Mostar in Bosnia & Herzegovina has got to be one of the most underrated destinations in Europe. If you find yourself here, be sure to visit nearby Blagaj – another charmer!


16. Odense, Denmark

 Although it is the third largest city in Denmark, Odense has a small town charm that can’t be found elsewhere in Denmark – a true treasure!

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17. Freiburg, Germany

Freiburg is home to around 230,000 people and is located in the Southwest of Germany – the picture says more than enough.


18. Annecy, France

The first time I stepped foot in Annecy I knew this would be a town I would talk about for years to come. Quaint, charming, and buzzing with excitement in the Spring time!

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19. Ghent, Belgium

Ghent is one of Flanders’ two hidden delights (alongside Bruges). Just a short 20 minute train ride from its’ more popular neighbour, Ghent is equally charming however in a completely different way – be sure to visit to see why!


20. Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana is indeed the capital of Slovenia and thus a city as opposed to a small town, however it simple has to be included due to its’ small town charm – it is one of Europe’s most understated capitals!

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21. Toruń, Poland

Situated in Northern Poland, this is one of the countries’ most charming towns (indeed, there are many of them). If you’re looking to get off the beaten path in Poland and away from popular Warsaw and Krakow, this would be a good place to start.

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22. Rothenberg, Germany

Look familiar? Walt Disney used Rothenberg as the inspiration for his film Pinocchio!


23. Arosa, Switzerland

Arosa will indeed always be a special place to me as it is where I shot the cover of my book, “The World of Wanderlust Story”. The reliatively small town in the Swiss Alps is a hot favourite of the English Royal family, so if it’s good enough for them I’m sure it’s good enough for all of us!

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24. Bergen, Norway

Bergen is arguably Norway’s most charming, picturesque town. Situated on the West Coast of the country, Bergen was established before 1070 AD!


25. Positano, Italy

As one of the most beautiful coastal towns in Italy, Positano is hardly a secret. But this list just wouldn’t be complete without mention of Positano – a colourful, vibrant, cliffside town in the heart of Italy’s Amalfi Coast.

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    Tom Carden
    April 21, 2016 at 10:40 am

    Have been to Manarola, Bruges and Rothenberg – all amazing places! All 5 Cinque Terra towns are like Manarola.
    Need to tick more of these off.

    Agung Jaka
    April 16, 2016 at 8:03 pm

    Its so beautiful place. I love this, expectally Annecy, France ^_^ Thanks.

    April 5, 2016 at 10:03 am

    Cool places

    April 1, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    I would add to your list Lucca in Italy, Tuscany and Savonlinna in Finland 😉

    ps how come there are so many videos in comments ? that’s confusing lol

    March 30, 2016 at 8:36 pm

    Awesome places, got to visit them all.

    March 17, 2016 at 9:00 am

    Hi, I like the post, however I’m kind of disappointed to see that you see Bruges as a town as it is actually a city, it might not seem like it to people from a big cities however in Belgium it’s considered a city with its 117 thousand inhabitants. I love the idea of this post, but I would like to mention it so people are well informed when visiting these places. Cheers.

    Traveling To Indonesia
    March 15, 2016 at 3:49 pm

    so many beautiful places! ! Thank you so much for sharing, it’s very inspiring. Also visit my blog about Travelin to Indonesia, may be useful

    Amber Noora
    March 3, 2016 at 9:01 pm

    Awsome list. Many of them are in my bucketlist especiallyMalta and Gerome.

    February 24, 2016 at 9:14 am

    Great List. Btw you’ve got the picture of Bibury under Slovenia 🙂

    February 18, 2016 at 9:15 pm

    The one in the article is Leavenworth, Washington.

    Mathilde Engen Hammer
    January 26, 2016 at 12:36 am

    I just love your blog! It was so amazing to scroll down and suddenly see my own hometown: Reine, in Lofoten (Norway). I love traveling and I have been many places around the world, but not close to this. It inspires me and gives me energy to travel, and my plan is to study in another country here in Europe. Just wanted to leave this message, cheers from Norway! 🙂

    January 23, 2016 at 4:32 am

    What a great selection of towns….I will definitely visit some of these this year

    Travel Komodo
    January 22, 2016 at 3:53 pm

    Thank you for complete travel information in Europe, it is amazing place as i have been. I would to visit other place on your list

    January 9, 2016 at 4:03 am

    Was a bit surprised Amersfoort wasn’t on the list… But you probably haven’t visited my hometown (yet). It’s right in the middle of the Netherlands, close to all the bigger cities but a lot quirkier and just as beautiful. Lots of buildings from the middle ages…
    Otherwise a great list! Arosa and Annecy are places you remember forever.

    December 17, 2015 at 3:39 am

    Well done! Love this list and all the pics! 😀

    Small Town Washington
    December 8, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    Saving this list. I’m a sucker for small towns. These look wonderful!

    December 7, 2015 at 6:12 pm

    Lovely pictures and very useful for travel to Europe.

    December 6, 2015 at 3:45 am

    There is a Leavenworth in Kansas, Washington, Minnesota, and Indiana. Which state is this town located in?

    December 5, 2015 at 6:45 pm


    November 26, 2015 at 1:18 am

    They all look very romantic to me.

    October 1, 2015 at 7:41 pm

    I agree with you Portuguese man. Portugal has some amazing villages. I especially love Evora, not least for its fabulous bone church with walls and even chandeliers built from real human bones and skulls. Sounds macabre but it’s fascinating once there. A great family day out 🙂

    Seriously, the kids love it

    October 1, 2015 at 6:52 pm

    Its amazing place, and i hope its here

    October 1, 2015 at 6:50 pm

    Wow! This is amazing Place

    September 24, 2015 at 8:11 pm

    Thank you for your article! It really inspired us. I hope you don’t mind we published your list, one by one item, to our Facebook page.

    September 24, 2015 at 12:48 am

    Important message to those reading this blog. Remember the images are above each town that is mentioned. For example for Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic the image is above the town name and information on the town.

    September 8, 2015 at 9:23 pm

    Such a lovely wrap up of so many wonderful places. I’ve been lucky enough to visit many but still so more to see. It’s so hard I think to pick a list of faves when there are so many beautiful places in the world.

    September 4, 2015 at 5:06 am

    Wow! This is amazing! I am so jealous that you have been to all these places! You are truly inspiring!

    August 30, 2015 at 9:51 am

    leopoldshagen and straalsund in germany.

    Anne | Girl Chasing Sunshine
    August 29, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    This is one lovely list! I hope to make it to Cesky Krumlov this year! <3

    August 28, 2015 at 8:08 pm

    Thanks for posting nice list. I’ve also visited few of this places, but I give my preferences to more ancient places. One of them I have visited recently and that deeply impressed me is a Niemodlin Castle (Poland). wich was closed and forgotten for proximately 25 years. It has very interesting story around it there is lots of stuff going on .Apparently there was 10 truck of gold hidden in the castle and some time ago they ever discover new secret tunnels.
    You can read more about history and also find some pictures and video on the main website

    Julius / Traveltipy
    August 24, 2015 at 10:48 pm

    Nice towns, you will find much more such towns in Europe so you can continue with adding more and more towns here on the list 🙂 I think you end up with more than 100.

    Portuguese Man
    August 19, 2015 at 3:02 am

    I wonder why haven’t you included any portuguese cities in this list. 🙁 We have so many small towns that are marvellous. Sintra, Coimbra, Évora…

    August 2, 2015 at 9:14 pm

    amazing list!! I am so happy I found this on your web! 🙂 I am living in Czech Republic right now, Cesky Krumlov is a fairy tale city! 🙂 thanks for all your inspiration, I will do my best to apply your advice on my blog Happy world exploring everyone!

    August 1, 2015 at 11:26 pm

    She didn’t. The image is first then the location name, idiot!

    Blog di Viaggi
    August 1, 2015 at 5:38 pm

    I love this countries 🙂 // Thank’s for sharing with us

    Abdullah Akbar
    July 31, 2015 at 4:47 am

    I am planning to visit Ljubljana, Slovenia in winters with my friends.. I hope its a good experience..

    July 28, 2015 at 6:26 pm

    Cappadocia is the place on the pictures under FREIBURG. Pamukkale is in Cappadocia.

    July 20, 2015 at 1:18 am

    I love this well thought out list, i am going to Europe at the end of the day and very excited to try add a few of these small little towns on my list. They would be very different from visiting the main tourist cities x

    July 15, 2015 at 8:33 pm

    I love these kinds of posts so much! Europe is such a great place to explore, I’ve definitely added a few more destinations to my to-see list.

    July 15, 2015 at 5:10 am

    What an amazing list. Thank you so much. I’ve only managed 2 of these destinations so far and I have to say both Hallstatt, Austria and Goreme, Turkey are amazing for very different reasons. I can’t wait to visit more of the places on your list. So little time, so many beautiful places 🙂

    Summer Winds
    July 2, 2015 at 1:46 am

    Freidburg Germany looks like another planet 🙂 Keep up the good work I love your blog.

    With love from Branson, Missouri ,


    June 14, 2015 at 1:12 am

    I really like this list! There are so many beautiful towns in Europe, and it is hard to do a list which doesn’t exclude thousands of worth visiting cities. I have been to a lot of the cities in this list and a lot more, and your choices are really satisfying! Great job!

    Erkut OZEN
    June 2, 2015 at 5:03 am

    This is amazing and great list!

    Emma Bail
    May 29, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    Hey Brooke,

    Its a most beautiful post i ever read. Thank you so much for sharing.I hope i can visit at least any of this place in my Life. I would love to suggest one awesome travel platform to find some more amazing places in the world. It will surely helpful for all the readers and travelers of your awesome blog.

    Greetings from …

    May 23, 2015 at 8:09 am

    Thanks for sharing – I absolutely adored Eze Village in France – it’s beautiful! And everyone should once go to Annecy – it’s magical!
    Thanks for including Freiburg! I just moved here and I absolutely love it, you feel at home instantly!

    May 23, 2015 at 7:48 am

    Thanks great post keep going

    May 19, 2015 at 8:57 pm

    In Toruń try famous in here gingerbread. Delicious.

    April 29, 2015 at 9:59 pm

    Love the list! Been to Mostar and will def. visit Marsaxlokk in Malta this May! 🙂 Great blog!

    Interlaken sightseeing tours
    April 27, 2015 at 10:40 pm

    Definitely, these places are truly amazing and requires to be visited once in lifetime.

    April 26, 2015 at 3:00 am

    Very, Very Nice!!!

    April 17, 2015 at 1:13 am

    The little Luzern? very nice article!

    Mat N
    April 12, 2015 at 9:26 pm

    Also; Ullapoool in Scotland, Dinkelsbuhl in Germany, Portmerion in Wales, Utrecht in the Netherlands.

    April 11, 2015 at 7:36 pm

    You missed Riga!

    Trevor Barre
    April 5, 2015 at 10:29 am

    great list thanks

    April 4, 2015 at 6:49 pm

    Nice top 25! We love Europe! It has beautiful history and amazing architecture! And you can find many nice terraces, which makes a city alive!

    April 4, 2015 at 4:23 am

    Great list! I won’t be too far from Mostar next week, might have to go visit 🙂 shared!

    Elizabeth Glykofrydis
    April 4, 2015 at 2:42 am

    i cant believe Greece isn’t on here

    portal vinç
    April 4, 2015 at 12:40 am

    I’ve driven through it many time and have had to stop to take photos!

    April 3, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    Rovinj is a perfection!

    March 31, 2015 at 12:59 am

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    March 18, 2015 at 7:46 am

    Albarracin, Spain I like this place and decided to go this summer vaacation.

    March 15, 2015 at 1:13 am

    Without Ohrid, Macedonia this is shitlees list bye

    March 12, 2015 at 8:26 pm

    The pictures look great, and I’m sure the locations are wonderfull, but a few updates on the “Norwegian” destinations:
    #1. Bergen is the 2. largest city in Norway, it might not be big compared to London, but for us Norwegians it’s a large city.
    #2. Reine is not a city. It is a location in “Lofoten”, wich is a group of islands, this group of islands have two small cities – Svolvær and Leknes. As of 2013 Reine had 307 residents, 307!!! That could hardly even be called a small town…

    February 27, 2015 at 12:23 am

    You omitted to say that in Odense you will find the Hans Christian Andersen museum. Not a great loss: I found it tedious, filled with items such as “a desk similar to the one that HCA might have used.”

    Yen "daBeachBum" Phan @ Marginal Boundaries
    February 3, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    more to add to my bucket list. now that the euro is dropping, stretch the dollar a bit.

    January 27, 2015 at 12:27 am

    Amazing list!
    I just made a list of my own about the cutest little towns in Germany. You should definitely include some of the villages there in your next list, like Quedlinburg or Wernigerode – they are incredibly pretty!

    January 13, 2015 at 9:30 pm

    Ah, I’m so happy you keep mentioning Norwegian cities in your posts! Bergen is absolutely stunning. I’ve never been to Reine, though.
    Greenland is definitely on my list.
    If you are ever in the Netherlands, Sneek is a very cute city in the province of Friesland. Just a little tip 🙂

    Anna Szoke
    January 4, 2015 at 8:38 am

    An idea for your 2015 travels…
    I remember you loved Budapest, if you plan to return to Hungary one day do not skip the opportunity to visit Szentendre. It’s a little town close to Budapest (20 km to the north easy to reach with public transportation) famous for it’s mediterranean vibe, filled with art – they call it the city of painters – and history. It’s such a little gem which worth a visit. And once you there – best in summer – you must try the ice cream at Margerita (close to the main square). I hope you will have the chance one day to see it, I lived there for 15 years and I have a lot of great memories about the place. 🙂

    December 19, 2014 at 11:12 am

    You should also check more Croatian cities such as Dubrovnik, Motovun, Trogir and Rovinj.

    Tony Burton
    December 12, 2014 at 11:46 pm

    I believe you are forgetting a lot here. For example, there are quite some places in Germany on a Mosel River. Also in Austria and especially Slovenia, just when you wrote about Bled and allow me to quote you: “the greatest attraction is undeniably Lake Bled – one of the world’s most stunning lakes and a favorite for visitors to Slovenia”. Have you ever been in Bohiny lake – 4 times bigger than Bled lake? The most magnificent and more attractive than Bled. There are 2 waterfalls, as the only source of water coming inside and on the end River Sava starts. It is longer, cleaner and with a depth of 130ft! Sourrounded with mountains ( Julian Alps ). I have been swimming one time at Lake Bled and the Hotel pipe which is going from a hotel into the lake and to the other side broke and you can’t imagine what kind of things came up on the surface. Bohinj lake changes whole water 4 times per year, when Bled lake does one time per 4 years.

    Also there are some nice places, such as Pirran, Ptuy and in Croatia you have Dubrovnik.

    Please have a good run over those countries and you will see what you have missed.


    Tiana Taylor
    December 12, 2014 at 10:45 am

    been to 8 of them! great list!

    December 12, 2014 at 3:40 am

    Thanks for this post! I’m adding a few to my calendar as we speak! Also Larnaca in Cyprus is worth a visit – even if it’s just to see the flamingos!

    Run For The Hills
    December 11, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    Some really cute towns here! I love Eze! A must if you’re visiting Nice!

    Kanika Sabharwal
    December 3, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    thanks for such a nice information. these places are truly amazing and requires to be visited once in lifetime.

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    November 27, 2014 at 9:45 am

    Visit out new site! Great

    November 27, 2014 at 8:27 am

    Nice list! However I would also add omitted literally everywhere and not mentioned in ANY guide book about Europe one of the coziest and most beautiful little towns: Ksamil, mountainous Girokaster and Berat – the town of 1000 windows. All of them in Albania – last undiscovered and so beautiful country in Europe!

    November 24, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    Phew – thank goodness my Town isn’t there ….. hate Tourists ha ha :p

    jawad mehmood
    November 23, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    such a beautiful places i would like to be there

    November 17, 2014 at 10:27 pm

    Ljubljana as small town…well as you said in the post. But I would not put it on this list anyway because it does not correspond to the title. As capital city it is not such a secret! 🙂

    November 17, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    How about this town called MATERA in South of Italy?

    November 12, 2014 at 11:25 pm

    We’ve been in quite a few… so that we feel sort of “kindred spirits” with you, and trust your guidance to discover new ones. Great work, great pics. Thank-you 🙂

    Marcello Marchioli
    November 11, 2014 at 11:27 pm

    Great list – I knew Cesky Krumlov would be number one as soon as I read the title of the article. I’ve only been to 3 of the 25 on this list but it’s always most memorable to visit the less frequented places and then tell your friends about them.

    Bjarni Gunnarsson
    November 5, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    Most of the “small-towns” are big cities to us…coming from very small towns and villages in Iceland. So…I would say…somebody choosing the nice small towns in an article like this (which I like…all of them)…has not seen enough of the small towns and villages of the world to put up a show like this! I am willing to welcome the author to our place of Dalvík in north Iceland to show him/her what we have to offer!

    Curt Remington
    November 5, 2014 at 8:34 am

    As a Washingtonian, I appreciated the last one on the list, Leavenworth, WA. We had a great family get-together there this spring, however a trip to one of the European vacations would have been better yet.

    Ardhendu Dey
    November 4, 2014 at 6:55 pm

    It is very nice and informative article for the individuals. Great job, keep posting. I am expecting your kind attention for my post also, which is related to travel

    October 13, 2014 at 10:26 pm

    Mostar is indeed very beautiful and a place that is full of history.

    Make sure it’s spelt Rothenburg instead of Rothenberg. 🙂

    October 7, 2014 at 9:18 am

    I was really looking forward to checking out this list… but was pretty disappointed.

    Come on… in what world are Brugges, Cesky Krumlov, Bled, Colmar, Bibury etc secrets? They’re lovely places but over-ridden with tourists. None of the places on this list could be describes as secrets… and many (as the writer states) aren’t even villages. He’s even got a capital in there.

    Its actually pretty lazy journalism because there really are lots of (more or less) hidden jems out there all over Europe.

    September 25, 2014 at 11:53 pm

    I would like to add Civita di Bagnoregio in Italy (near Orvieto)… but if you plan to visit, do not delay. This tiny town is atop a plateau with crumbling sides.

    Tom @ Waegook Tom
    September 20, 2014 at 12:40 am

    Bruges, Goreme, Bled and Ljubljana certainly aren’t secrets – each one has a thriving tourism industry! Goreme is well worth a visit still though, it’s almost otherworldly.

    Ghent, Bergen and Freiburg have been on my radar for a while, and Reine looks absolutely stunning, so picturesque! I’ve only heard good things about Mostar, and Colmar is also on my list, as I’ve heard that it’s absolutely magical at Christmas.

    Emma Lindsey Rose
    September 19, 2014 at 7:46 am

    Wow, some great inspiration here. I’ve been to Goreme and can’t recommend it enough, it’s almost like being on another planet.

    September 13, 2014 at 10:06 pm

    Great article. I have visited half of the cities on the list. Mostar in Bosnia is the loveliest by far.

    Jen Seligmann
    September 8, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    It’s so nice to see someone mention Annecy. I found it to be one of the loveliest little towns in Europe and it is just drop dead gorgeous on a sunny day hanging out by the lake. Besides Annecy these all look amazing and I’ve added a few new places to my must visit list.

    September 8, 2014 at 10:52 am

    Hi. Thats great list however Goreme’s picture should below 🙂

    September 3, 2014 at 6:59 am

    Yeah Neuschwanstein is a castle but the location the villages the nature around is exceptional <3

    mislav zoranic
    September 2, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    Beautiful places. I have visited Ljubljana and Mostar. There are hundreds of such amazing towns across Europe. Neuswanstain is maybe more a castle but it is breathtaking. Also Bad Wimpfen in Germany.
    If you want to see more about Mostar from the list and nearby Blagaj watch

    ~ Carmen ~
    September 2, 2014 at 7:06 am

    These are so stunning. It’s given me such inspiration to save up & go traveling. I’ve been to several of these countries but never the city you listed. I must give these a go. :]

    September 2, 2014 at 5:14 am

    So many nice places to visit and enjoy the life. I hope I wil live long enough to see them all on this list… and more. Mostar is the first place I will travel to, definitely! Some friend of mine have been there last year and they told me that the atmosphere there, the hospitality of people and the food are exceptional! Ans after that, probably more palces on this list… Thx for sharing.

    August 29, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    Well, I think there’s a mistake with 2 pictures… The one assigned to Freiburg belongs to Göreme and viceversa.

    August 26, 2014 at 12:40 am

    Beautiful little towns that really showcase those countries! Great way to get off the beaten path.

    August 24, 2014 at 6:17 am

    Oh, and I almost completely forgot, please include Giethoorn to your next list, it is the most captivating town in the Netherlands

    Tee @ Rotten One
    August 22, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    Just returned from Hallstatt, actually! Such a beautiful city. Check out the photos I took of it here

    Paul Naranjo
    August 22, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    Having lived in several countries on the continent, I can personally recommend Dokkum, Friesland , in the Netherlands; Bassano del Grappa and Asolo in northern Italy and Frigiliana, Andalucia, Spain. Btw, lovely blog.

    August 22, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    I’ve visided Reine in Norway. Really really nice place. I was thinking to retire there as I really like the place!

    August 21, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    Oh Gerome! Need. To. Visit.

    Rahul Malik
    August 21, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    Ohhhh….Wow….really beautiful places! I want to see every single one! Thank you very much for sharing, it is inspiring.

    Charles Wolf
    August 21, 2014 at 5:01 am

    Just rent a car and drive around in Europe, you’ll come across dozens of picturesque places not listed here — just too many to mention them all. I particularly like Salisbury in England, Dingle in Ireland, Marostica in Italy, Meteora in Greece, Aachen in Germany, Utrecht in Holland, Aarhus in Denmark, but I’m probably leaving off dozens more. Just go, and try to stay away from the mostly crowded, polluted and expensive capital cities.

    Clara Ingewati
    August 20, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    oooh i luv this post…

    August 20, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    I’m afraid USA is not in Europe 🙂
    Nice post though

    Danhostel Ribe
    August 20, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    Nice towns – but didn’t you forget the town Ribe in Denmark.

    Bakeca Incontri Roma
    August 20, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    Brugge is really amazing!

    D. R. Ransdell
    August 20, 2014 at 7:33 am

    I’ve only been to 6 of these towns! But now I’ve got more to go on. Here are some details about Annecy.

    Chanel | Cultural Xplorer
    August 19, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    Nice! The small town of Eze France looks particularly beautiful!

    Yuliadon Sakti
    August 19, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    It’s a very beautiful place, and this could be an option for your tour in Europe. Who knows …

    Charlotte Francis
    August 18, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    Great post. And, as a Brit who once lived in the Cotswolds, great to see Bibury on the list!

    Madeline Fedmont
    August 17, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    Love your list. I personally love Lausanne, Switzerland. It’s not a big city but it’s so beautiful.


    August 17, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    Just love small little towns that are not tourist traps out of the 25 how many of these have paragliding site I know the one in France is a big destination for us Paraflyers My last two are from golden bc and Valle de bravo

    August 17, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    Mostar looks spectacular and I really would love to travel back to Turkey again. I now have a few more towns to add to my list!

    August 16, 2014 at 11:18 pm

    You should write something about Ohrid, amazing city in Republic of Macedonia!

    August 16, 2014 at 10:53 pm

    It’s awesome to see Slovenia on this kind of lists. :3 and I’d like to visit all these pretty places some day. :3

    August 16, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    I always love to travel.This post helps me to select a place to travel.And wonderful photo.

    August 16, 2014 at 4:00 am

    You have to come and see Girona! in Catalonia (Spain).
    You’ll LOVE it! 🙂


    Jules Mariette
    August 16, 2014 at 2:14 am

    WOW! Amazing little places you discovered there! And wonderful pictures.

    Wrote about my travel-experiences yesterday, maybe you wanna check it out! 🙂

    xx from AUSTRIA.

    Charles McCool
    August 15, 2014 at 11:23 pm

    Must? Well, dang. Guess I better visit them all, then. Such a great list. Thank you.

    August 15, 2014 at 11:04 pm

    Hey. Really nice photos and cities.
    I think Sighisoara, Romania, a small medieval city should be on your next list.

    Keep up the good work 🙂

    August 15, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    Only been to one, Bruges! Greenland is high on my list!
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    jim de nooij
    August 15, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    i missed Riquewihr in France (Elzas)

    August 15, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    Nice list, although Göreme is in the Asian side of Turkey. 😉 And on the other hand, I’m surprised you didn’t include locations from other European countries (such as Dingle, Ireland or other small villages in Portugal or Greece – but these would maybe not be considered “secret” anymore. 🙂

    August 15, 2014 at 7:03 am

    I cant belive Consett, UK is not on there it is surely the best town in the world. very charming.

    August 15, 2014 at 2:18 am

    Haha this is so funny! I am living near Rothenburg and spend half a year in Odense for my semester abroad. Both cities are really nice but no places I would like to live in 🙂

    August 14, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    Great places, sure wanna visit there. i will share this in my site here:

    August 14, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    Great selection but you missed one. 😀 Setenil de las Bodegas in Spain is truly fascinating…

    August 14, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    Definitely going to be adding all of these places onto my bucket list! I’ve heard so much about Colmar – it looks just like a fairy tale! 🙂 x

    Rafael Atomulesei
    August 14, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    How can you not mention the historic town of Sighisoara??

    August 14, 2014 at 10:13 am

    Wow, I have never heard of any of these places! Now, I want to go to norway!

    August 14, 2014 at 8:25 am

    I was in Bled en Ljubljana this summer and i loved it!

    August 14, 2014 at 8:20 am

    Wow, these places all look amazingly beautiful 🙂

    August 14, 2014 at 3:49 am

    I live in Czech Republic, but I’ve never been in Cesky Krumlov. It looks wonderful, though. I have to pay a visit 🙂

    August 14, 2014 at 2:41 am

    The picture with nr.13 is Tasiilaq not Ittoqqortoormiit.

    August 13, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    Beautiful! May I just note that #22 is called Rothenburg, not Rothenberg 😉

    August 13, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    Wonderful pictures and spectacular places. I’m italian and the only place I’ve visited are Manarola, one of the “Five Lands”, and Bergen, in Norway.


    August 13, 2014 at 3:51 pm


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    August 13, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    So many beautiful little places! I’ve been to one third of them, and I definitely recommend Göreme, Reine (close to where I live here in Norway), Mostar, Bergen and Manarola. 😀

    Soon I’m going to Slovenia, so I really can’t wait to visit Ljubljana and Bled – the latter looks like something from a fairy tale!

    Bucket List Bums
    August 13, 2014 at 4:30 am

    Heading to Croatia in a couple of weeks, will try to include Pucisca – thanks for the tip. Also, LOVE Gent. And traveling to Goreme when we are in Turkey next year. Great list, Brooke!

    Laura Gorshe
    August 13, 2014 at 3:54 am

    Waw amazing! I really like this post, because I’m usually visiting only more known places.. so this is great information! And since I’m from Slovenia, I’m very happy that you recommended Bled and Ljubljana 🙂

    August 12, 2014 at 11:38 pm

    Oh God, so many more places to add to my travel list now. I had the pleasure of living just twenty or so minutes away from Annecy in Chambéry a couple of years ago on my year abroad.

    August 12, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    looks like you only visit the south of germany.
    you should add münster (nrw, germany) it is one of the most beautiful places in germany. Also many cities in the west end north of germany are totally beautiful! Groningen and Leeuwarden in the north of the Netherlands are so cute places.
    And in my opinion people in the North of Germany are so much nicer and more cool as in the south 😉 (i live there, haha)

    August 12, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    Great list. I really like to visit the rather smaller towns in a new country as it resembles the culture usually quite well, opposed to the cities that rely in tourism.

    August 12, 2014 at 5:32 am

    I am sorry but it seems that the picture 17 and 18 are interchanged! I really like the list though =)

    Leslie Perlera
    August 12, 2014 at 1:43 am

    This list is amazing! I’ll be sure to visit #7 while I’m in London! Thank you for this.

    August 11, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    Ljubljana is so underrated, it’s so awesome and with not so many tourists. DEF a must!

    Clipping Path Outsource
    August 11, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    The list is fine/great.
    The 10. Eze, France and 9. Pucisca, Croatia is absolutely cute.

    August 11, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    these places are like those you find in story books

    August 11, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    Great list! European countries are all so different to one another you could easily add another 25 to this list! x

    August 11, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    I so love your destination advices! (Have you been to all of them?)


    August 11, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    Have you ever been to Sweden? I guess you have but I haven´t seen you written anything about it and it would be fun to see what you think about this cold but charming country 😀

    Sara @ Simply Sara Travel
    August 11, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    Great post and beautiful pictures! I’m dying to get to Cesky Krumlov – it looks gorgeous! And I love that Torun made the list! Such a cute little town in Poland 🙂

    Pia Marlene
    August 11, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    Thanks for those “secret” tips! Beautiful blog btw

    August 11, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    Thanks a lot! Your tips are really good, I have especially often been to Colmar in France and Hallstadt in Austria and both are enjoying places 🙂
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

    August 11, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    I would highly recommend you to visit more places in the Netherlands. Though I’m not sure, I think that you’ve only visited Amsterdam. I love that city, but the Netherlands have so much more to offer!!
    I see you are charmed by the Belgium cities Brugge and Gent. I live in the Netherlands very close to the Belgium border in the city called Maastricht. This is a small city but with great buildings and history!! It is argued to be the oldest city in the Netherlands and the place is extremely photogenic! Also, the surroundings are amazing. If you want to do a hike or cycle, this is the place to be!! Consider coming here one day, I’m sure you fall in love with everything.
    You can also easily combine it with other citytrips. It’s only a 2hour drive from Amsterdam (or go by train!) and Utrecht, only 30 minutes to Liege (Belgium) or Aachen (Germany) and more nearby places! Paris is only 4 hours driving from Maastricht.

    August 11, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    So many beautiful places. Makes you wanna travel and see them all. I have been to a few of the places you mention here, but I would love to see them all. My favourite is Manarola, the whole Cinque Terre is just beautiful. Ah and Norway of course, my home 😉 Great post 🙂

    August 11, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    My favorite post from World of Wanderlust!
    Love love little towns! <3
    Thanks for the recommendations!

    August 11, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    OMG, I haven’t been to any of those cities. They look so gorgeous. I cannot decide which one looks the most amazing 😉

    August 11, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    Amazing, inspirational list list! Quite a lot of intriguing places, especially Bibury and that unpronounceable places in Greenland!

    I would also add Suzdal in Russia, one of the foremost historial towns in Russia with countless stunning churches:

    August 11, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    Thank you for including Leavenworth! We love our little village here in Washington state!

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    August 11, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    Such a amazing places. thanks for posting nice list.

    August 11, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    Thanks for sharing this! Even tough I’m from Europe, I’ve only been to 3 places of the list. Will definitely write down the others!
    Also, I know it’s not in Europe, but if you get the chance.. Visit Tofino and Telegraph Cove on Vancouver Island in Canada. These places are amazing and the nature there is breathtaking. For the best experience, go whale watching in Telegraph Cove. When I was there back in 2010 (September), we saw 2 killer whale families come together and play together while a sound recorder was in the water.. I had tears in my eyes, so beautiful to hear them and see them so close!


    Michelle | Lights Camera Travel
    August 11, 2014 at 11:26 am

    Thank you for the inspiration, Brooke! Looks like you are missing Europe a little…? Love that included Leavenworth too!

    Betty J. Ogburn
    August 11, 2014 at 10:07 am

    …YAY for Albarracín!!…I’m quite partial to Spain (esp. considering that I’ll be moving there in about a month), so it’s nice to see a Spanish pueblo on your list–even moreso because it’s in Aragón (my future home region)!!…

    Betty J. Ogburn (The Pumpkin’s Head)

    Amber Primdahl
    August 11, 2014 at 10:05 am

    Such beautiful places! I want to visit every single one! Thank you very much for sharing, it’s very inspiring.

    Thomas Parsons
    August 11, 2014 at 8:59 am

    Fab post Brooke! (I may use this as a list to check off!) Glad to see Bibury on the list, I’ve driven through it many time and have had to stop to take photos!

    August 11, 2014 at 8:50 am

    I love this list. I’ve been to a few of this places but #12 looks awesome. Next time you should include Regensburg, Germany. That’s a cute place as well.

    Greetings from Los Angeles