The Most Beautiful Small Towns in Europe – Part 1

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If you are tired of big and crowded cities and you are looking for a peaceful and romantic vacation, than you should go to Europe and visit small but charming towns. From North to South and form snowy mountains to Mediterranean beaches you can experience an amazing dream vacation. In this post we will show you: Cinque Terre, Hallstatt, Colmar, Portofino and Český Krumlov.

All of these 5 small towns will relax you and make you feel like you are in a fairy tail. Here are few photos of each town to encourage you to visit. [UPDATE: Part 2 of the series has also been published, covering 5 more small European towns.]

Cinque Terre, Italy

Cinque Terre is located in the Italian Riviera in the Liguria region. Cinque Terre consists of five villages: Monsterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. Each of the villages are similar but every one has its own specific charm.


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Hallstatt, Austria

Hallstatt is located in upper Austria in the Salzkammergut region near Hallstatter Lake. Both winter and summer are nice to visit Hallstatt.


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Colmar, France

Colmar is located the Alsace region in north-eastern France. Through history it was alternately part of France and Germany until, finally after World War II it become part of France. Its buildings have both German and French architecture influence.


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Portofino, Italy

Portofino is an Italian fishing town in the Genoa region on the Italian Riviera. Town is placed around a small harbor. It is a popular modern tourist destination.


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Český Krumlov, Czech Republic

Český Krumlov is a small town located in the South Bohemian Region in the Czech Republic. It is not a well know touristic destination, but it will inspire you almost as much as Prague. In Český Krumlov is an old castle that is part a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


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  1. Krystal K.

    February 8, 2014 at 10:31 am

    Beautiful photos! Some of my best experiences traveling through Europe have been in small towns. You've definitely inspired me to visit these towns, thank you for the great post!

  2. The Caffeinated Day Tripper

    February 13, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    This is a wonderful post. Very much enjoyed! The photographers are very talented.

  3. worldtrippinit

    February 16, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    Loved the photos and places chosen! I've really wanting to visit Hallstatt, it's gorgeous.

  4. Elle

    February 17, 2014 at 6:18 am

    Cinque Terre is not actually just one town, it's five small towns. Cinque Terre is a rugged portion of coast on the Italian Riviera and is composed of five villages: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. The one that is on your picture isRiomaggiore 🙂 I have been to all five, and they are wonderful!!

  5. Nell

    February 21, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    Europe never fails to amaze me ! 😀

  6. Deman

    April 7, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    I fell in love with a small Italian (officially not part of Italy, though) city. Ever heard of San Marino? It’s a lovely place in a not so touristy region of Emilia Romagna.

  7. Mirko

    August 13, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    Amazing post! i love Italy, 5 terre is wonderful and the place that you should add to this post is the Island of Capri, so romantic and gorgeous, the food is amazing and people are so friendly!

  8. Ashley

    November 7, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    Enchanting! I’d love to visit them all.

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