4 Towns And Small Cities Of Europe That Will Awaken Your Imagination
The list of extraordinary places in Europe is huge, however, today, we will introduce you to the ones you need to know if you want to have a general view of the continent. Let’s check them out!
Our journey to the dreamy small cities of Europe starts from the North and, more specifically, from the “Athens of the North,” as the locals call it. Edinburgh, with its imposing medieval buildings, welcomes you to the mystery. Arriving in the special city with the creepy stories of murders and ghosts, you will meet cobbled streets, narrow passages, dazzling churches, and huge buildings with more than ten floors dating from the 16th and 17th centuries. There will be statues of great personalities, such as the classical economist Adam Smith to Alexander The Great. Her, you can write your own story in the medieval city, as J. K. Rowling sat at one of the coffee tables and wrote whole adventurous stories about Harry Potter. Experience the Old City. Starting from the main Royal Mile walkway, go through Mary King’s alley. Find yourself on the colorful Victoria Street. Get lost in the historic Grassmarket area to Waverley train station. Then, put on the most comfortable shoes and climb the Castle. Every day (except Sunday) at 13:00, you can listen to The One O’clock Gun, which first started in 1861. It was the cue for ships to begin the journey across the oceans. Visit circus lane, where there used to be the stables of the mansions which today have been converted into very expensive houses. Get lost in the secret gardens of Dunbar’s Close Garden and enjoy the authentic taste of Scotch whisky.
Hallstatt, the beautiful princess of Austria, opens the list of the most impressive towns in Europe. It became very famous among nature travelers since its location makes it very idyllic. It is surrounded by fir trees and built amphitheatrically at the foot of the Alps and next to the shores of Lake Hallstättersee, where it owes its name. The permanent inhabitants (around 1000) have to boast that it is one of the oldest settlements in Europe. This is the reason why it is declared a protected place by Unesco. The relatively small Austrian town is located between Salzburg and Graz.
There are plenty of chalets with fireplaces and stone streets that invite you to take a walk on the lake. Impressive caves such as the ice cave with the underground frozen lake and the salt mine, perhaps the most important hot spot in the area, are only some of the attractions. Boat on the lake of the same name, and tour with professional photographers for the best photo of your life. It takes an hour to get around the town, and it will leave you speechless with its seductive architecture. If you ever find yourself in Austria, do not miss a visit to Hallstatt.
The trek to the world’s most impressive small towns continues with enthusiasm for alternative cities. Greece could not be excluded from the list. Hundreds of small miracles, far from the noise of the big cities, fascinate tourists. Next is the beautiful Ioannina with the true hidden stories that flow through Lake Pamvotis endlessly through the centuries. The lake that has been standing proudly for 20,000 years embraces the city of Ioannina. The meeting place for the endless walks of young and old lovers around the lake. The appointment of young people to start their excursions to the shops, bars, and ouzo bars inside the Castle. Coffees under the trees or food by the lake are some of the countless experiences that Pamvotida offers to the locals and visitors. In the city, you can admire the special art of the silversmiths of Ioannina. The courthouse and the Archaeological Museum built by Aris Konstantinidis in Litharitsia Park are of great interest. Take a tour of the 8th Division founded in 1879, the imposing town hall of 1938, and the Bank of Greece. Upload stories to social media in Veli Mosque. Finally, the cave of Perama is the ultimate must-see.
Our journey to the earthly paradises of the small towns of the world ends with the French town of Colmar. Synonym for romance and lovers. This little French town is near the border with Germany. Once you arrive, you feel that the city comes from a fairytale by Hans Christian Andersen. Start your walk in the cobbled streets and the colorful buildings with flowers on the windows. Discover the city by taking a boat trip to France’s special Little Venice with its idyllic-romantic canals. The famous city is located between the well-known French wine route of Alsace. It is worth exploring the wineries of the region and tasting varieties of the best wines in the world, accompanying them with Roquefort. Get lost in every alley you are in and walk over the bridges that connect the two sides of the city. Live the fairytale while you are here before your return to reality.
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