Fairytale Cities in Europe

Welcome to the magical world of Fairytale Cities in Europe! 

European cities feel like they’ve jumped out of a storybook, with cobblestone streets, charming buildings, and a rich history. Imagine wandering through narrow streets with colourful flowers, passing by castles from the past. Just enjoying the lively atmosphere of market squares… 

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Hallstatt, Austria

Hallstatt is a charming and picturesque village located in the Salzkammergut region of Austria. It has a stunning Alpine scenery and well-preserved historic architecture. It is also on the shores of the Hallstätter See (Lake Hallstatt). All these make it one of the fairytale cities in Europe.

The history of Hallstatt dates back to prehistoric times, and it is known for its rich salt mining heritage. The village is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can explore its history in the Hallstatt Museum.

Hallstatt’s Christmas market, held during the holiday season, is a festive attraction featuring traditional crafts, local food, and a magical atmosphere. You may want to add Hallstatt to your Christmas travel wishlist.

Sintra, Portugal

Sintra is a delightful town in the hills of Serra de Sintra. Rich in history, it houses charming palaces like the vibrant Pena Palace and the Moorish Castle. Sintra offers not only historical gems but also nature trails and scenic landscapes. Explore Cabo da Roca nearby, where you can stand at the westernmost point of continental Europe and soak in stunning ocean views.

Its proximity to Lisbon makes Sintra a favoured spot for day-trippers. If Lisbon is your next destination, check out the Lisbon Travel Guide.

Gruyères, Switzerland

Gruyères, in the Fribourg canton of Switzerland, is celebrated for its medieval architecture. Also, the Gruyère cheese is a great option for cheese lovers. This distinctive Swiss cheese is crafted using traditional methods and local milk, resulting in its unique and flavorful profile. 

Château de Gruyères is a medieval castle dating back to the 13th century. Perched on a hill, the castle provides a breathtaking panoramic view. It also houses a museum delving into the rich history of the region. Thanks to its great landscapes, it is amongst the fairytale cities in Europe. 

Edinburgh, Scotland

Let’s add a little bit of darkness…

Edinburgh is the capital city of Scotland and one of its 32 council areas. It is in the southeastern part of the country, on the southern shore of the Firth of Forth. Key features include the iconic Edinburgh Castle, the world’s largest arts festival, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and the historic Royal Mile. If it’s a rainy day in Edinburgh (highly possible), you get “the main character” energy. 

Its museums, galleries, and theatres, including the National Museum of Scotland and the Scottish National Gallery, contribute to the city’s cultural vibrancy.

Colmar, France

Explore “Little Venice,” with charming canals winding between colourful houses and flowers, evoking the enchanting waterways of Venice.

In Colmar, find the impressive Colmar Cathedral, a Gothic masterpiece boasting intricate sculptures and a tower with panoramic views. Don’t skip the Unterlinden Museum, housed in a former convent, displaying a wealth of art. It has Matthias Grünewald’s renowned Isenheim Altarpiece.

And lastly, visit the Bartholdi Museum, celebrating the hometown sculptor of the Statue of Liberty, and enjoy the charm of the fresco-adorned Pfister House.


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