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The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe 

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Updated June 30, 2018 6k votes 598 voters 15.6k views 105 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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Salzburg is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Salzburg, Austria
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Bruges is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
West Flanders, Belgium
3
Siena is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Tuscany, Italy
4
Toledo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Spain
5
Lisbon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
LaurenMcGivern added Lisbon District, Portugal
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York is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
York England
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Bath, Somerset is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
arun added Somerset, United Kingdom
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Córdoba is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Province of Córdoba, Spain
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Delft is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
South Holland, Netherlands
10
Heidelberg is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Baden-Württemberg, Germany
11
Versailles is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Adder added Yvelines, France
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Hallstatt is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Upper Austria, Austria
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Colmar is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Haut-Rhin, France
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Dingle is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Ireland
15
Edinburgh is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
-1453405417676 added Scotland
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Amsterdam is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
LaurenMcGivern added North Holland, Netherlands
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Cinque Terre is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Cinque Terre Italy
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Cuenca is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Province of Cuenca, Spain
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Luxembourg is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Luxembourg, Luxembourg
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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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Bayeux is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Lower Normandy, France
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Bergen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
North Holland, Netherlands
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Granada is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
cazaresil added Andalusia, Spain
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San Gimignano is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Tuscany, Italy
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Graz is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Styria, Austria