With no doubt, nature serves as the biggest source of inspiration to people. And mountains, in particular, are one of the most beautiful forms that nature can ever take. But there’s actually something where I find even more beauty in – I’m talking about the little towns that are lying at the foot of a mountain! It’s the perfect combination of nature and civilization that go hand in hand together with so much beauty and simplicity that it takes your breath away. So, here are the 16 most stunning mountain towns in Europe that I bet will leave you speechless with awe when you visit them!
1. Lecco, Italy
Lecco was named the Alpine Town of the Year in 2013. The village has a beautiful location in the North of Italy, right at the end of the famous Lake Como.
2. Olden Norway
Olden is super tiny – it’s area in total takes up only 0,57 km2. It is, nevertheless, a popular tourist destination: Olden has its own cruise port that hosts more than 60 cruise ships every year.
3. Annecy, France
Annecy lies right next to the Lake Annecy, which is the third largest lake in France and also “Europe’s cleanest lake”. Which, I may assume, makes Annecy Europe’s cleanest town.
4. Innsbruck, Austria
Beautiful Innsbruck lies between two no less wonderful cities – Munich (Germany) and Verona (Italy). Innsbruck is located in a beautiful valley between the high Alpine mountains.
5. Bolzano, Italy
Bolzano is known as the city with the best quality of life in Italy.
6. Sondrio, Italy
Sondrio was actually established as a military camp of the Ancient Rome. The foundation of the city as we know it now happened a bit later, when Italy was under the rule of the Lombards, a Germanic tribe (568-774). Sondrio has a handful of vineyards, in fact, and is very famous for its wines.
7. Rougon, France
Rougon is situated in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur – probably the most picturesque and beautiful region of France. Population: 114
8. Covadonga, Spain
With less than 70 people living in Covadonga, the village has lots of historical sites for its size and, of course, an epic location: above the town, in the mountains, there are the two lakes of Covadonga, Enol and Ercina, that are often featured in Tour of Spain, an annual bicycle race.
10. Grindelwald, Switzerland
Is there any place that looks more peaceful than Grindelwald? Hardly. Grindelwald isn’t only a tranquil little space where life is so wonderfully languid, but also a hometown to Jungfraubahn – a famous mountain railway that is listed as a Swiss heritage site of national significance.
11. Val di Funes, Italy
Also known as Villnöß, this is a cute little mountain town just 30 kilometres away from the city of Bolzano – the capital of South Tyrol.
12. Hallstatt, Austria
Hallstatt is the ultimate definition of how a perfect mountain town should look like. This town is simply gorgeous and, on top of that, it has a very rich history that dates back to the early Iron Age. Hallstatt is also renowned for its salt production – in fact, the world’s very first salt mine is located there.
13. Salzburg, Austria
This list would never be complete without Salzburg, a place that has become a cult town thanks to The Sound of Music. The fourth-largest city in Austria, Salzburg is famous for its baroque architecture, Mozart, music festivals, and, of course, the amazing mountainscapes.
14. Lucerne, Switzerland
Found in the German-speaking part of Switzerland, Lucerne’s mainly spoken language, however, is the local variant of the Alemmannic Swiss German dialect. So you won’t be able to understand a thing if you go there. But at the same time, you won’t need to – Lucerne is so damn beautiful that it will make you lose your tongue anyway.
15. St. Moritz, Switzerland
St. Moritz is one of the most elite and expensive ski resorts in the world, and for a good reason – the highest mountain in the Eastern Alps, Piz Bernina (4,049 m), lies just a few kilometers to the south of the town.
16. Bled, Slovenia
Bled is the most popular tourist destination in the whole Slovenia due to its fantastic location on the Lake Bled. The village is also famous for its super delicious Cremeschnitte – vanilla and cream pastry that is popular in central Europe. With the perfect Cremeschnitte and the perfect view over the mountains, who wouldn’t want to go to Bled?
Over to you! Have you been to any of these mountain towns in Europe?