10 Top Picturesque European towns



The town in the gallery below looks like stepping out from a fairy tale.  From the romantic town of Burano, Italy, to the breathtaking fortifications of Colmar, France, these beautiful towns are all full of historical charm.

1. Burano, Italy

The fun town Burano is actually a small island in Venice Lagoon in northern Italy.

9 Picturesque European townsBurano is actually a small island in Venice Lagoon / ph: instagram@beautiful_italy__

 Legend has it that fishermen living in the town paint their houses in bright colors so they can see their houses from the boats.

2. Colmar, France

 Colmar is a charming historic town dating back to the 9th century. It is dubbed "Little Venice" due to its waterways.

 The beautiful town displays a variety of architectural styles, including German Gothic and French neoclassical architecture.

3. Hallstatt, Austria

9 Picturesque European townsHallsatt is one of Austria's oldest settlements./ ph: instagram@thatglobevibe

Dating back to the 5th century BC, Hallsatt is one of Austria's oldest settlements.

4. Historical Center of Brugge, Belgium

 A picturesque Gothic town in the Belgian Flemish region, the town is also recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 Medieval town showcasing Gothic brick structures and monumental churches, suggesting that the town was once a center of commerce and culture.

5. Old town of Ibiza, Spain

 Overlooking the Mediterranean is the beautiful old town of Ibiza.  The town consists of three main areas: Dalt Vila, Sa Penya and La Marina.  The Roman ruins of Dalt Mansion serve as the epicenter of Ibiza's Old Town.  Its main attractions are Ibiza Castle and its famous city walls.

6. Old Quarter Amsterdam, Netherlands

 Amsterdam's old town has been recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site for its historical importance and unique beauty.  The town is made up of a network of linked channels and is known for its outstanding architecture.

 The houses on the canal in Amsterdam are quirky houses, narrow structures, varying in size, style and design.  Amsterdam's original plan was to turn it into a port city.

7. Sintra, Portugal

9 Picturesque European townsThe fairy-tale town of Sintra / ph: instagram@raw_portugal

The fairy-tale town of Sintra has captivated and attracted visitors for centuries.  Since its inception, Pena Palace has been the town's main attraction.

8. Bibury, England

 Bibury, a historic village thought to date back to 1086, looks like a storybook and is often considered the most beautiful village in England.

9. Annecy, France

 The stunning town of Annecy has long been considered one of the most romantic places on Earth.  Nestled in the French Alps, Annecy is just 35 km from Geneva.

 One of the town's main features is a restored castle, believed to be an old prison, nestled in the middle of a canal. 

10. Bled, Slovenia

9 Picturesque European townsBled Castle / ph: instagram@explorebalkan_

Nestled in the mountains is the lovely town of Bled.  One of its main attractions, Bled Castle, is located in the middle of Lake Bled.  In 1004, King Henry II of Germany presented Bled to Bishop Brixen. 

10 Top Picturesque European towns

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