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6 Postcard-perfect European Villages Straight Out of a Fairy Tale

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Vernazza

A multi-coloured gem Vernazza tucked into the Ligurian coastline, it has long been lauded as the most beautiful of the five villages. Vernazza has a natural harbor surrounded by dramatic cliffs with the ruins of a castle and tower. Standing tall above the harbor is the church of Santa Margherita D’Antiochia with it’s unusual octagonal campanile – bell tower. If you happen to be there at noon, listen out for the sound of harbour church bells rolling, Have a stroll through the village and enjoy an ice cream.

 

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Hallstatt, Austria

It’s a charming little lake village with vibrant houses.
Find the iconic viewpoint in Hallstatt. Go there to take a photo or just admire the stunning view. It’s located on Gosaumühlstrasse, an easy 5-minute walk from the central square. Hallstatt is tiny, however there are a few hotels in the town centre. Make sure to go up the Salzberg mountain and visit the salt mine. One of the most interesting places to visit in Hallstatt is definitely the “Beinhaus” – translated the bone house next to the cemetery.For a different view of Hallstatt, go above the rooftops, once up, there’s a walking path above the rooftops where you can look down on the lake and buildings below. In small shops you can buy all sorts of gifts and souvenirs but also art works and crafts.

 

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Banska Stiavnica, Slovakia

It’s a beautiful medieval town in the central part of Slovakia, used to be Europe’s richest gold and silver deposit with the nickname “Silver Town.” The beating heart of Stiavnica has it all: colourful pastel houses, inter-linked romantic streets, cutest little shops, and also magnificent monuments.Two places worth mentioning for their very pretty interior were the Divná Pani Caffé and the 4Sochy cafe, both on the town’s main street.

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Sintra, Portugal

Sintra is a Portuguese gem that you really can’t miss, located just a little distance from the capital Lisbon. Pena Palace offers plenty to see. Gentle walking trails lead right through the forest and gardens, bringing you to beautiful spots like the Chalet of the Countess of Edla and the scenic viewpoint by the Cruz Alta cross.

 

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Kaysersberg, France

Located northeast of Colmar is the charming village of Kaysersberg. This charming town on the Alsace Wine Route is bustling with colorful half-timber houses painted in pastel colours and provincial buildings that house boutiques, bakeries and wine houses. In 2017, Kaysersberg was named France’s favorite village.

 

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