Explore Europe’s Most Charming Cities
When you think of Europe, usually an image of a postcard-worthy town dripping in old-world charm comes to mind. Cobblestone streets, medieval churches, and crumbling castles are all characteristics that make these towns so captivating! If you’re seeking true European charm on your next vacation, we’ve found it—from the breathtaking beauty of the Swiss Alps to the rolling hills of Tuscany, you’re going to fall in love with these five European cities. Read on to find out everything you need to know about these enchanting destinations plus how to get there…
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1. Rothenburg, Germany
In the idyllic farming region of Bavaria, Germany lies the quaint town of Rothenburg. Complete with Germany’s best preserved medieval wall and tower, this town is straight out of a fairy tale! The Town Hall building was built over 800 years ago, and is still used for concerts today. Climb the Town Hall tower for the best views of the town and surrounding area. Also not to be missed is the picturesque ‘Little Square’, which is comprised of traditional half-timbered buildings that will make you feel like you’ve been transported to the 13th century!
Tip: There are several Rothenburgs in Germany, so be sure you are going to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, on the Tauber River.
2. Siena, Italy
Siena is nestled in the heart of Tuscany’s endless rolling hills and a prime example of an Italian ‘hill town’. The city is built around the Piazza del Campo, which is the historic city center and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Siena is filled with Gothic architecture dating back to the 12th and 15th centuries that make it a real masterpiece! If you see one thing in Siena, make it the Duomo of Santa Maria Assunta. This church is truly impressive and features incredible marblework and statues by the great Michelangelo! Wander the narrow city streets and you’ll be drawn in by bustling cafes and museums filled with beautiful frescoes. Don’t forget to stop and grab a glass of Chianti wine!
3. Grindelwald, Switzerland
This little Swiss town is surrounded by majestic mountains on each side that make for a truly dramatic backdrop. The village exudes traditional Swiss Alps charm and is filled with adorable houses, shops, and rustic cottages dotting the surrounding hillsides. In the wintertime, it’s a ski-lovers paradise with tons of snow activities, and in the summertime it’s perfect for nature lovers to hike through the lush green countryside. No matter what season you visit, there’s nothing like settling in with some Swiss cheese fondue and admiring the views from this postcard-perfect alpine town!
4. Salzburg, Austria
Divided into ‘New’ and ‘Old’, the allure and charm of Salzburg lies in its Old Town, which features stunning Baroque churches and medieval architecture. Movie buffs will love wandering around the different landmarks from The Sound of Music—when walking along the Salzach River, it’s hard not to break into song! Music aficionados will be thrilled to explore the city where Mozart was born. Visitors can tour his home and even visit the church where he played the organ! From the beautiful riverfront to the magical clifftop fortress, this incredibly preserved, historic city will make you feel like you’re stepping back in time.
5. Bruges, Belgium
In Bruges you’ll find a picturesque city intertwined with dreamy canals and quaint buildings that look like they belong in a storybook. Ornate, historic homes line the canals where you’ll find beautiful white swans amidst swaying willow trees. Market squares filled with shops, cafes, and friendly Belgian locals just add to the charm of this fascinating city! Be sure to see the 14th century City Hall and its jaw dropping architecture that any history buff will love. Although most people travel here to see the charming sights, travelers also delight in the food and drink! Belgium is known for its world-famous chocolate and beer, which is just one more reason to love Bruges.
These captivating European gems are well worth a spot on your bucket list. There is history and culture bursting at the seams of each of these destinations, and it’s easy to fall under the spell of their charm!
With well-known tour companies like Globus, you’re sure to have the vacation of a lifetime. You’ll be able to see some of the most fascinating destinations in Europe, all planned with the expertise of knowledgeable guides who will show you the sights like a local. Book an incredible tour to experience the wonder of these cities now!