When one thinks of Europe, certain famous cities may come to mind. However, this magical continent boasts some of the most unforgettable and beautiful towns that one can only truly appreciate by visiting them.
1. The Five Fishing Villages in Italy
The Five Fishing Villages are located between Milan and Pisa and belong to the province of La Spezia. Visitors generally access the villages by traveling through La Spezia, which is also known as Italy's "Poet's Bay." Its idyllic seascape and beaches have attracted writers and artists from all over the world, such as the Shelleys who loved it back then.
The most convenient way to reach the villages is by train, and with a daily train ticket, one can travel between the villages on the same day. The five fishing villages are built on the cliffs by the sea, and the train tracks also run along the sea.
2. Interlaken, Switzerland
Interlaken is a tourist town in Switzerland, famous for the "backbone of Europe," the Jungfrau, which means "between two lakes" in Latin. It is located between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz and is also known as the town between the lakes. Interlaken is a town that has become a standard tourist destination.
Geographically, Interlaken is the center of the Bernese Oberland. It is famous for its fine hand-woven fabrics, although it is known for its "rags" as well. Wood carvings, like those from Brienz, have become a local speciality due to their complexity. The traditional handmade pottery is also very famous here, with both local village and modern designs, and is very popular with tourists.
3. Bonn, Germany
Bonn is an idyllic town that still has a natural rural feel. The cherry blossom avenue, Heerstraße, is lined with countless cherry blossoms and walking in the world of flowers, one will understand what "sea of flowers" and "fallen flowers" truly mean. Upon entering Bonn, one will notice that the city is exceptionally fresh and quiet, free from the noise and crowds of big cities.
Bonn is known as the "green city" and is one of the greenest cities in Europe, with beautiful grass in winter and beautiful flowers in spring, like a garden. A beautiful city is probably beautiful inside too. The most surprising thing is that there are no traffic lights, making it a pilot town in Europe for "no traffic lights."
4. Annecy, France
With the magnificent Alps at its back and Lake Annecy, known as the clearest lake in Europe, one will be enchanted by the beauty of the lake and mountains in Annecy. Annecy is the closest French town to the Swiss border, with both French romance and Swiss tranquility. The French call it the "balcony of the Alps," and the locals call it the "Venice of Savoy."
5. Giverny, France
Giverny, France, located in the suburbs of Paris, is a vivid medieval painting that speaks of its beauty. In 1883, when the painter Monet passed through the town by train, he was so impressed by the peaceful atmosphere that he decided to settle there until his death in 1926.
Giverny is a town with hundreds of years of historical heritage, whether it is its architectural texture, humanistic style, commercial form, hygiene habits, or traditional craftsmanship, all representing a cultural heritage and spiritual symbol.
Giverny is a veritable artist village. Many painters buy houses and live here, study paintings, teach students, and hold exhibitions. Many artisans and handicraft artists make the old city full of culture and art. Relying on the tourism pillar, the local residents are making a good living by relying on occupations such as farmers' markets, antique stores and bed and breakfasts.