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Picturesque Towns in Europe: Your Favorite?

Picturesque Towns in Europe: Your Favorite?

Old Aug 26th, 2009, 06:10 AM
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Hard to believe, but I’ve only been to one of those towns. I’ve been “close” to several others.

As far as adding to that list, quite frankly I wouldn’t know where to start or where to stop. So here’s a few representing the letter “S,” off the top of my head...
San Gimignano
Saumur
Spoleto
Segovia
Sarlat
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Old Aug 26th, 2009, 06:45 AM
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In no particular order:

Regensberg, Switzerland (outside Zurich)
Sintra, also Evora, Evoramonte, Estremoz
Wells, England
Chester, England
Robin Hood's Bay, England
Monteriggioni
Cortona (if a little overrun)
Orvieto
Tenby, Wales
Llanrhaeadr, Wales
Kirkwall, Orkney Islands, Scotland
Tobermory, and the whole Isle of Mull, Scotland
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Old Aug 26th, 2009, 06:56 AM
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Been to five of the towns listed. I would add:
Wengen
Etretat
St Cirq LaPopie
San Quirico
Martel
Vernazza
Laycock
Castle Combe
Cawdor
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Old Aug 28th, 2009, 08:41 AM
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Noto, Sicily; Città Barocca
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Karlovy Vary, czech republic
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Old Sep 2nd, 2009, 11:18 AM
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I've been to Rothenburg and Bath.

I would add the following:

Mont St. Michele, France -- It is so unique, being on an island and having, as it were, one street that winds its way up to the top, turning into stairs.

Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic -- I visited on a rainy, chilly late October day, and the gloom added to, rather than detracted from the town's charm. Despite their being a fair number of people about, Cesky Krumlov seemed to possess a somewhat Sleeping Beauty-esque quality, as if it were waiting to be awakened from a lingering dream.

Positano, Italy and/or Vernazza, Italy -- Both of these enchanting towns seem to cascade down from the heights to the sea and are actually viewed better from the sea. What can you say but "che bellezza!"

San Gimignano, Italy -- Viewed from the top of the Torre Grossa, San Gimignano's Piazza della Cisterna and the surrounding streets and structures look to be part of a patchwork quilt composed of red tile, golden stone and spots of green. Simply stunning.
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Old Feb 6th, 2011, 01:28 PM
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I've been to only three of your listed towns(Brugge, Rothenburg, Delft). I will be visiting Bath this Summer.

I would nominate:

NETHERLANDS:
1. Hindeloopen(Friesland)
2. Sloten(Friesland)
3. Thorn(Limburg)
4. Veere(Zeeland)

BELGIUM
1. Lier(Antwerp)
2. Ronse(Flanders)
2. Durbuy(Ardennes)

LUXEMBOURG
1. Vianden
2. Esch sur sure

DENMARK
1.Aeroskobing
2. Ebeltoft
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Old Feb 6th, 2011, 04:59 PM
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We've been to Bath, but don't recall it as a highlight on our 1700 mile driving trip. But it was nice. IMO:

Innsbruck, Austria
Salzburg, Austria
Capri, Italy
Deauville, France
Honfluer, France
Murano & Burano, Italy

Planning our trip to Montreaux based on Fodor bloggers immediately followed by a Baltic Cruise, so we'll get to see Tallinn, Estonia listed in this thread. Also we're still considering driving to Bellagio for 2 days based on this thread. Happy Travels.
P.S. Someone asked for a US City suggestion and besides the obvious New York City (and most Europeans like Orlando, Florida) my favorite city is San Francisco followed by Chicago.
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Old Feb 6th, 2011, 05:23 PM
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I have only been to Eze on your list and it was quite enchanting.
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Old Feb 6th, 2011, 06:55 PM
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I have been to Brugges and Sintra. Brugges is particularly picturesque.

I can't believe someone else mentioned Aeroskobing! It wouldn't have leaped to mind but my walk to the beach there did evoke an impression of old Flemish paintings.

I would add-
-Coullioure
-Carcassonne
-Lucerne
-Positano
-Capri
-Bellagio
-Varenna
-Agios Nikalos (sp?) on the island of Crete.
-Villefranche sur mer
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Been to 3. I agree with Betty's list. Have to add
France:
Conques
Collioure
Noyers
Fontaines-de-Vaucluse
Nancy (perhaps too large a city for some to be considered)
Wissembourg
Rochefort-en-Terre
Forte La Latte (not actually a town, fort where Kirk Douglas' "The Vikings" was filmed

In Germany
Ladenburg
Speyer
Mainau Island
Bad Wimpfen
Michelstadt
Gengenbach
Neuleiningen
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Having just spent 3 weeks in England this Summer I can add to what I listed above in my previous reply:

Rye
York
Robin Hood's Bay
Staithes
Hawkshead
Almost any town and village in The Cotswolds. Little slices of heaven. Standouts were Upper and Lower Slaughter, Snowshill, Bourton on the Water, Stanton, Chipping Camden, Broadway. The wonderful appeal about this region of England(Cotswolds) is that there are dozens upon dozens of beautiful towns and villages in a relatively concentrated area. Some touristy,but many more untouched and remote. Get lost in the Cotswolds--a bucolic wonderland.

Bath(we were definitely not prepared for how beautiful this Unesco World Heritage Site truly is. So many car free sections and nothing negative to spoil the atmosphere. Perfectly Georgian). I place it next to Bruges in it's beauty.
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Old Nov 22nd, 2011, 04:15 PM
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Postitano, Italy
Venice, Italy
Montichiello (Tuscany region)
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Oh! this soo good & worth a note!
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Old Nov 22nd, 2011, 05:37 PM
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I have been to: Rothenburg au Tauber and Brugge, Belgium

I nominate: Bamberg, Ceske Krumlov. Positano and Ronda

I did not realize how many beautiful towns I have missed over
the years. I will have to keep on Traveling!
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Old Nov 22nd, 2011, 05:49 PM
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Forgive me, I left out Balzano, Italy.
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Old Nov 22nd, 2011, 06:13 PM
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In France:
Peruges,
angles-sur-anglin,
Collonges-la-Rouge,
Cordes-sur-Ceil,,
La Couvertoirade,
Gourdon,
Kayserberg,
Uzes,
Riec-sur-Belon,
La Roche-Gyon,
St-Cirq-lapopie,
saint-Guilem-le-Desert,
villefranche-de-Conflent,
Ainhoa,
Le Poet Lavel,
Entrevaux.
Peillon,
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Old Nov 22nd, 2011, 06:46 PM
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Great lists! Not to be redundant but to add some place I can't stop visiting:
* I always delight in is Utrecht -- the long, long stretch along the grand canal is what people were hoping from Amsterdam: dappling water and sweeping trees, shifting scenes and aspects from moment to moment - - going on and on - - while vibrant and alive with cobblestones, cafe's and people vividly living everyday joys. Utrecht along the grand canal is the best of current human civilization.
* Ferrara: rent a bike and discover avenues of amazing architectural diversity and glory in every direction, but in an air of amazing quiet and often solitude, amidst the medieval masterpieces that are just everywhere; in the center things are vibrant (in a bicycle-riding sort of way) but still very calm, civil, and natural - - this town is masterpiece, but you have to cover some significant but wonderful slow-biking territory to realize it.
* Tavira: this whitewashed eastern-Algarve town, with tiled buildings and tiled squares, has a beautiful situation along the river, with an enchanting walk up to the church and garden on the hill. Not far from there, across the river in Spain, is pretty Ayamonte, the impressive fortress of Castro Marim with incredible views over towns and valleys, and the tiny white burg of Cacela Velha, perched like as a whitewashed jewel overlooking the Atlantic.
* Uzes: Northwest from the Pont Du Gard, the central squares are sycamore-dappled heaven. This is one of the prettiest places you have ever been. You will never feel more relaxed and nurtured walking the narrow streets till you rest at a cafe' under these grand, grand trees. Seriously - - pull it up in Google Images.
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Katie,

Of the places you mentioned we've been to Brugge (in our opinion the most beautiful small city), Lucca, Delft and Murren.

I've never been to a place, large or small, that I thought was a waste of time. Enjoyed every place I've ever visited.
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