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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Hallstatt is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Hallstatt Upper Austria, Austria

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

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Edinburgh is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
-1453405417676 added Edinburgh Scotland

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York is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
York England

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

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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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Ljubljana is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
stpavel added Ljubljana Slovenia

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Graz is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Graz Styria, Austria

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Cuenca is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Cuenca Province of Cuenca, Spain

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Tours is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Adder added Tours Loire Valley, France

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Granada is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
cazaresil added Granada Andalusia, Spain

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Dingle is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Dingle Ireland

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Nantes is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Adder added Nantes Pays de la Loire, France

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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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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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Ghent is listed (or ranked) 24 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) 25 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Passau Bavaria, Germany

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Amsterdam is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
LaurenMcGivern added Amsterdam North Holland, Netherlands

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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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Luxembourg is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Luxembourg Luxembourg, Luxembourg

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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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Rothenburg ob der Tauber is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Rothenburg ob der Tauber Bavaria, Germany

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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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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

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Saint-Tropez is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Adder added Saint-Tropez French Riviera, France

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Évora is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
amsmaia added Évora Évora District, Portugal

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Dinant is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Dinant Namur, Belgium

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Tübingen is listed (or ranked) 36 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) 37 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Ulm Baden-Württemberg, Germany

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Ávila, Spain is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
cazaresil added Ávila, Spain Province of Ávila, Spain

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San Gimignano is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
San Gimignano Tuscany, Italy

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Garmisch-Partenkirchen is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Garmisch-Partenkirchen Bavaria, Germany

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Bergen is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Bergen North Holland, Netherlands

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Saint Paul de Vence is listed (or ranked) 42 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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Freiburg im Breisgau is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Freiburg im Breisgau Baden-Württemberg, Germany

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Amboise is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Adder added Amboise Centre, France

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Salamanca is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
cazaresil added Salamanca Province of Salamanca, Spain

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Conwy is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Conwy United Kingdom

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Positano is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Positano Campania, Italy

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Český Krumlov is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Český Krumlov Český Krumlov District, Austria-Hungary

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Zürich is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Zürich Canton of Zürich, Switzerland

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Lucca is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Small Cities to Visit in Western Europe
Lucca Tuscany, Italy