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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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104 36
Salzburg is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Salzburg Salzburg, Austria

2
104 33
Toledo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Toledo Spain

3
105 34
Bruges is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Bruges West Flanders, Belgium

4
81 24
Córdoba is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Córdoba Province of Córdoba, Spain

5
100 48
Siena is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Siena Tuscany, Italy

6
52 16
Bath, Somerset is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
arun added Bath, Somerset Somerset, United Kingdom

7
65 24
Delft is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Delft South Holland, Netherlands

8
43 8
Lisbon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
LaurenMcGivern added Lisbon Lisbon District, Portugal

9
69 22
Hallstatt is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Hallstatt Upper Austria, Austria

10
76 27
Heidelberg is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Heidelberg Baden-Württemberg, Germany

11
60 23
York is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
York England

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32 5
Edinburgh is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
-1453405417676 added Edinburgh Scotland

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43 16
Versailles is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Adder added Versailles Yvelines, France

14
65 33
Colmar is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Colmar Haut-Rhin, France

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67 31
Cuenca is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Cuenca Province of Cuenca, Spain

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29 7
Ljubljana is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
stpavel added Ljubljana Slovenia

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70 35
Cinque Terre is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Cinque Terre Italy

18
45 20
Graz is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Graz Styria, Austria

19
33 11
Tours is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Adder added Tours Loire Valley, France

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28 7
Granada is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
cazaresil added Granada Andalusia, Spain

21
53 23
Dingle is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Dingle Ireland

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33 12
Nantes is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Adder added Nantes Pays de la Loire, France

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54 25
Bayeux is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Bayeux Lower Normandy, France

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58 29
Rothenburg ob der Tauber is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Rothenburg ob der Tauber Bavaria, Germany

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44 19
Passau is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Passau Bavaria, Germany

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47 22
Luxembourg is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Luxembourg Luxembourg, Luxembourg

27
34 15
Amsterdam is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
LaurenMcGivern added Amsterdam North Holland, Netherlands

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30 12
Vannes is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Adder added Vannes Brittany, France

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30 12
Le Mans is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Adder added Le Mans Pays de la Loire, France

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19 3
Ghent is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Kasir Radojica added Ghent East Flanders, Belgium

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28 8
Konstanz is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Konstanz Baden-Württemberg, Germany

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28 12
Haarlem is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
CB Ladnier added Haarlem North Holland, Netherlands

33
30 16
Évora is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
amsmaia added Évora Évora District, Portugal

34
48 26
Dinant is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Dinant Namur, Belgium

35
23 9
Ulm is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Ulm Baden-Württemberg, Germany

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21 9
Ávila, Spain is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
cazaresil added Ávila, Spain Province of Ávila, Spain

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45 25
Garmisch-Partenkirchen is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Garmisch-Partenkirchen Bavaria, Germany

38
63 45
San Gimignano is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
San Gimignano Tuscany, Italy

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31 17
Saint-Tropez is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Adder added Saint-Tropez French Riviera, France

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33 19
Saint Paul de Vence is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Adder added Saint Paul de Vence French Riviera, France

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28 15
Amboise is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Adder added Amboise Centre, France

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21 9
Tübingen is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Tübingen Baden-Württemberg, Germany

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39 22
Bergen is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Bergen North Holland, Netherlands

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50 32
Český Krumlov is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Český Krumlov Český Krumlov District, Austria-Hungary

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46 33
Positano is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Positano Campania, Italy

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22 8
Freiburg im Breisgau is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Freiburg im Breisgau Baden-Württemberg, Germany

47
24 10
Lindau is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Lindau Bavaria, Germany

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30 19
Conwy is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Conwy United Kingdom

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16 6
Salamanca is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
cazaresil added Salamanca Province of Salamanca, Spain

50
35 24
Karlovy Vary is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Karlovy Vary Karlovy Vary Region, Severozápad, Czech Republic