What do you envision when you think of Europe? Chances are, you have visions of quaint, colorful little villages with cafes, flowers decorating windowsills and cobble-stoned streets.
Next time you are wanting that picture perfect European experience, consider these towns to fulfill not only your SD camera cards but also your European dreams.
Gozo and Malta
Trier is surrounded by vineyards and nestled alongside the Mosel river. Arguably, the oldest city in Germany, it’s history does not disappoint as you view old, Roman Ruins alongside picturesque German Squares. But being so close to France, you will surely get a dose of French influences in the foods and way of life with the locals.
Santorini clings to the cliffs of an ancient volcano as it peers out over the Aegan Sea. Just about every stereotypical picture you see of Greece is, most likely, Santorini. With its white washed buildings snuggled up into the cliff-side with the colorful blue accents of doors and roofs, it is no wonder why this island is postcard worthy. Yet again, a location that you can easily just stop by at (and many people do when on a cruise), but you can also slow down and enjoy all the winding alleys, boutique shops, beaches and stunning views with much more time.
Gimmelwald, Switzerland/ Lauterbrunnen Valley
There is an old saying of, “If heaven is not all it is cracked up to be, take me to Gimmelwald” and it is true! The refreshing sting of unpolluted mountain air in your lungs, cowbells ringing in the distance and sheer faces of towering mountains streaked with hundreds of waterfalls set below a piercing blue sky makes you want to stay in this area of the Swiss Alps forever.
Murano and it’s popular sister island, Burano are perfect getaways from the overcrowded Venice. This island is the ideal spot for lace purchases or simply just a glass of local wine as you watch the locals and tourists alike go about their days. Stay into the evening after all the tourists have headed back to Venice and you are left with peaceful, quiet canals perfect for romantic walks.
Croatia is often overlooked when planning European trips, which is simply a shame, as it should be on everyone’s Travel Dream List! Pltivice National Park’s connecting lake systems, flora and fauna are a geographical phenomenon! With crystal clear lakes, wildlife and overflowing waterfalls it is not hard to find the perfect picture.
The five towns dotted alongside the Italian coast look as if a painter just couldn’t decide what color he loved best. Splashed against the blue ocean below, any of the five Cinque Terra towns is a sight to breathe in. Hiking between the towns is truly an amazing experience!
Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic
Rothenburg is the much more popular, much more touristy sister city of Cesky Krumlov. Still a picture perfect Medieval town, you’ll find plenty of great photo-ops and some of the most traditional German buildings out there, just be ready for other tourists trying to find that same, perfect shot.
There are no shortages of picture perfect locations throughout Europe. What are some of your favorite spots to snap a photo?
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