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The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe 

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Updated June 30, 2018 5.9k votes 589 voters 15.5k views 121 items

List Rules Any Western European small town good for travel

This is a list of the best small cities to visit in Western Europe. While nearly every town in Europe is rich in culture and attraction, some outshine their neighbors next door. It has been said that the lesser known places are hidden gems in which one can truly discover the beauty of Europe. Travel can be tricky when you have so many places to choose from. Hopefully, this comprehensive list will help you decide where to take that well-deserved getaway. Then, click here for great hotel deals!

Have you and your husband always dreamed of flying to see the lush, green mountains that breathe in the sky? Then to Murren, Switzerland it is! Have you and your girlfriend forever wondered what it would be like to ride a donkey down cobbled, carless streets? Then to Clovelly, England it is! Have you and your best friend been wanting to have an authentic small medieval town experience? Then you simply must travel to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, in Germany.

What is your favorite small Western European city to travel to? What gems have you discovered, or heard of? Which European cities offer the greatest non-touristy experience? Make your voice heard, and give credit to those small cities that deserve it.
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Lisbon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
LaurenMcGivern added Lisbon District, Portugal
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Toledo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Spain
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Porto is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
JoséCouto added Porto Porto District, Portugal
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Bruges is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
West Flanders, Belgium
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Salzburg is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Salzburg, Austria
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Córdoba is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Province of Córdoba, Spain
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Siena is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Tuscany, Italy
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Heidelberg is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Baden-Württemberg, Germany
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Hallstatt is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Upper Austria, Austria
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Bath, Somerset is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
arun added Somerset, United Kingdom
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York is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
York England
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Delft is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
South Holland, Netherlands
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Edinburgh is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
-1453405417676 added Scotland
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Granada is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
cazaresil added Andalusia, Spain
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Zürich is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Canton of Zürich, Switzerland
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Versailles is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Adder added Yvelines, France
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Colmar is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Haut-Rhin, France
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Amsterdam is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
LaurenMcGivern added North Holland, Netherlands
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Ljubljana is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
stpavel added Slovenia
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Tours is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Adder added Loire Valley, France
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Dingle is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Ireland
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Bayeux is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Lower Normandy, France
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Cuenca is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Province of Cuenca, Spain
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Cinque Terre is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Cinque Terre Italy
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Nantes is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Adder added Pays de la Loire, France