Being one of the most popular continents in the world, and one who’s most countries and cities are ranked first-world, Europe has some of the best places to spend your holiday vacation. Most of Europe’s cities are famous for beauty, a strong economy, and plenty of great places to visit. However, there are some small cities in the continent that most people do not know much about, yet they still possess breathtaking beauty. Below are the top 5 most beautiful small cities in Europe you should know about.
- Schaffhausen, Switzerland
Located in the northern corner of the country, Schaffhausen is one of the most beautiful small cities in Switzerland. Most interestingly, it is located along the Rhine River. It is best known for its many lavish renaissance buildings whose construction date back from the 16 century. It also grants you the access to get unobstructed views of the largest waterfall in Europe, the Rhinefall of the Rhine River.
- Sibenik, Croatia
There are also lots of things to do in the beautiful small city of Europe in Croatia. Located in the medieval central town square is the Town Hall, a beautiful historical building whose construction dates back to the 16th century. You can also make a visit to the St. Lawrence’s Medieval Mediterranean garden, which is a historical site that is part of St. Lawrence’s Franciscan monastery. If you love beach life, you can also have plenty of fun in Grebastica, located about 15km south of Sibenik CBD. The region is surrounded by several pebble beaches and Mediterranean vegetation, historical sites, and ancient roman buildings that are worth seeing and learning more about.Other beautiful sites in the small European town include the Visovac Island Monastery and the Channel-harbor, both of which are rich in cultural heritage and plenty of site seeing opportunities. Located in the Croatian town center, the Cathedral of St. Jamesis a historical architectural structure and a world heritage center according to the UNESCO. Other interesting structures include the St. Nicholas Fortress on the Ljuljevacat Island as well as the Plitvice Lakes National Park and the Krka National Park, that are famous natural heritage sites with plenty of waterfalls, and many beautiful opportunities to see a diverse range of flora and fauna, as well as archeological ruins. In the modern day, real estate in Sibenik is on the up and coming, thanks to its great beauty.
- Bruges, Belgium
This Belgian city got most of its wealth from wool trade back in the days between the 12th and 15th centuries. Even though it has for a while been a great tourist destination, it still has plenty of beauty to offer. The small Belgian city boasts plenty of amazing architectural scenes, picturesque canals, historic streets, and breathtaking tourist sites such as the belfry.
- Vicenza, Italy
Located in the Veneto region in Italy, Vicenza is a lesser-known, yet incredibly beautiful small city in Europe. It is only 75 minutes away from the town of Venice by train. The city is famous for having plenty of villas designed in the 16th century by a popular architect named Andrea Palladio, which is the main reason it is called the „city of Palladio“. In addition to the many historical architectural structures, the Teatro Olimpico and the Basilica Palladiana are great sites to view when in the city center during your stay in Vicenza.
- Delft, Netherlands
In the Netherlands, Delft is a brilliantly charming city that boasts plenty of beautiful Renaissance architecture structures and historical canals to see if you’ve not been there yet. Other amazing sites to see in Delft include the Oude Kerk, the Nieuwe Kerk, as well as the Stedelijk Museum. Don’t exit the small historical city without getting the best of the Vermeer Trail, whose name was coined after the famous painter named Vermeer (popular for blue-painted pottery).