Travel The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe  

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

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Bruges is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Bruges West Flanders, Belgium

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Toledo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Toledo Spain

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

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

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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

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Lisbon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
LaurenMcGivern added Lisbon Lisbon District, Portugal

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Edinburgh is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
-1453405417676 added Edinburgh Scotland

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Delft is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Delft South Holland, Netherlands

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Hallstatt is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Hallstatt Upper Austria, Austria

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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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Heidelberg is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Heidelberg Baden-Württemberg, Germany

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Colmar is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Colmar Haut-Rhin, France

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Granada is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
cazaresil added Granada Andalusia, Spain

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Versailles is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Adder added Versailles Yvelines, France

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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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Nantes is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Adder added Nantes Pays de la Loire, France

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

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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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Bayeux is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Bayeux Lower Normandy, France

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

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Cinque Terre is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Cinque Terre Italy

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Cuenca is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Cuenca Province of Cuenca, Spain

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Amsterdam is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
LaurenMcGivern added Amsterdam North Holland, Netherlands

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Ghent is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Kasir Radojica added Ghent East Flanders, Belgium

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Passau is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Passau Bavaria, Germany

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Vannes is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Adder added Vannes Brittany, France

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Le Mans is listed (or ranked) 28 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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Haarlem is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
CB Ladnier added Haarlem North Holland, Netherlands

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Luxembourg is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Luxembourg Luxembourg, Luxembourg

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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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Rothenburg ob der Tauber is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Rothenburg ob der Tauber Bavaria, Germany

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Dinant is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Dinant Namur, Belgium

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Tübingen is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Tübingen Baden-Württemberg, Germany

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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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Saint-Tropez is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Adder added Saint-Tropez French Riviera, France

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Porto is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
JoséCouto added Porto Porto District, Portugal

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Bergen is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Bergen North Holland, Netherlands

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Conwy is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Conwy United Kingdom

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San Gimignano is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
San Gimignano Tuscany, Italy

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Salamanca is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
cazaresil added Salamanca Province of Salamanca, Spain

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Évora is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
amsmaia added Évora Évora District, Portugal

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Zürich is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Zürich Canton of Zürich, Switzerland

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Ávila, Spain is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
cazaresil added Ávila, Spain Province of Ávila, Spain

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

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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

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Saint Paul de Vence is listed (or ranked) 47 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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Amboise is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Adder added Amboise Centre, France

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Lucca is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Lucca Tuscany, Italy

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Bern is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Bern Canton of Bern, Switzerland