- Telc | Czech Republic
Telc is a small South Moravian town with arguably the most beautiful main square in the Czech Republic. Residents of Telc were once quite competitive about the beauty of their homes, as is evident today on the elongated main square, where one building is lovelier than the next. The town was founded in the 13th century as a royal water fort on the crossroads of busy merchant routes between Bohemia, Moravia, and Austria.
2. Albarracin | Spain
Albarracín is a picturesque and most beautiful village in Europe. A sliver of medieval Spain has been preserved within the fortified walls of this village, which is surrounded by the barren hills of the central Aragon region. Down Albarracín’s narrow alleys and winding lanes await ancient stone towers and ocher-hued castles and chapels. It’s a charming town and was declared a Monumento Nacional in 1961. The town is named for the Moorish Al Banū Razín family that once had been dominant in the area during the period of Muslim domination in the Iberian Peninsula.
3. Cong | Ireland
Encircled by streams, the picturesque village of Cong straddling the borders of County Galway and County Mayo, in Ireland. Cong is located on the isthmus connecting Loughs Corrib and Mask, near the towns of Headford and Ballinrobe and the villages of Neale and Cross. Cong is known for its underground streams that connect Lough Corrib with Lough Mask to the north. It was also the home of Sir William Wilde, historian, and father to the prominent playwright, novelist, poet, and short story writer Oscar Wilde. Cong counts numerous stone bridges, the ruins of a medieval abbey, the occasional thatched-roof cottage, and Ashford Castle, a grand Victorian estate that has been converted into a romantic luxury hotel.
4. Gruyères | Switzerland
Gruyères is a medieval town in the district of Gruyère in the canton of Fribourg in Switzerland. The town is an important tourist location in the upper valley of the Saane river. Gruyères is famous for its namesake cheese, whose mild, nutty flavor melts so well in fondue. A wide, stone-paved street leads up to the magnificent 13th-century Gruyères Castle, with its imposing fortifications and expansive views of the surrounding Alpine foothills.
5. Bled | Slovenia
This small Alpine town in northwestern Slovenia rings the shore of Lake Bled, whose glacial blue waters surround a tiny island and its small Baroque church. It is most notable as a popular tourist destination in the Upper Carniola region and in Slovenia as a whole, attracting visitors from abroad, as well. Bled is known for the glacial Lake Bled, which makes it a major tourist attraction. Perched on a rock overlooking the lake is the iconic Bled Castle. The town is also known in Slovenia for it’s vanilla and cream pastry.