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Want to feel like you’re back a few centuries then visit and walk among the old towns of Europe. Some of these historic areas have been spared the severe damaged from the impact of wars, especially WW II. Others have painstakingly rebuilt brick by brick as they once where. Many of the structures are centuries old and retain their graceful age an appearance. This lends itself to the overall character of the town and it’s ambience. You’ll definitely feel like your in the old country as these locations still exist much like they centuries ago.

Many of Europe’s major cities are the primary destinations for most travelers, and why not they have a lot to offer the traveler. Many of the large cities do have some exquisite old towns that have been preserved or reconstructed to their glorious past.  

Just a short distance from many major cities are beautiful old towns and villages. Unspoiled they are right our of the past with medieval atmospheres and charm. While these towns may have limited hotels, restaurants and other services, staying has some up sides as they are unique unto themselves. In these smaller towns you’ll be able to observe local people working and leading their lives much as their ancestors did, so long ago. This is something much more evident than in a major cities.

Some of these locations have been recently listed as UNSECO World Heritage Sites to preserved their cultural importance. Acknowledged in many guide books, travelogs and tour groups for their exquisite charm. Some once unknown to most travelers, have can become quite popular with today’s travelers and can be exceptionally crowed during high tourist season. However, in the late afternoons and nights, or the off season, crowds will diminish giving you the run of the town.

Europe’s Most Popular Old Towns…

🏛 Denotes UNESCO World Heritage Site

🇦🇱 Albania

Berat (Historical Center)🏛

Gjirokastra (Historical Center)🏛

🇧🇪 Belgium

Antwerp
Brogloon
Bruges (Historic Center)🏛
Brussells (Grand Place)🏛
Courtrail (Flemish Béguinages)🏛
Crupet
Dendermonde(Flemish Béguinages)🏛
Diest (Flemish Béguinages) 🏛

Dinant
Durbuy
Ghent (Historic Center)🏛
Hoogstraten (Flemish Béguinages) 🏛
Kortijk (Flemish Béguinages) 🏛
Leuven (Flemish Béguinages) 🏛
Lier (Flemish Béguinages)🏛

Mechelen 🏛
Mons 🏛
Sint-Truiden (Flemish Béguinages) 🏛
Spa 🏛
Tongeren 🏛
Turnhout (Flemish Béguinages) 🏛
Ypres

🇧🇦 Bosnia & Herzegovina

Blagaj
Blidinje
Jajce
Mostar (Old City)🏛

Mostar (Old City)🏛
Pocitelj
Sarajevo (Historic Center)

Stolac
Travnik
Visegrad 🏛

🇧🇬 Bulgaria

Lovech (Old Town)🏛
Melnik
Nessebar (Old Town)🏛
Plovdiv (Old Town)🏛

🇭🇷 Croatia

Trogir 🏛
Umag
Varaždin (Old Town)
Zagreb (Gradec & Kaptol)
Zrće

🇨🇾 Cyprus

Famagusta (Walled City)

Limassol (Old Town)

Nicosia (Walled City)

🇪🇪 Estonia

Abja-Paluoja
Alatskivi
Haapsalu
Keila
Koguva
Koluvere

Kuressaare
Martna
Narva-Jõesuu (Old Town)
Otepää
Paldiski
Palmse

Pangodi
Sillamäe
Tallinn (Old Town)🏛 
Tartu (Old Town) 🏛
Valga

🇫🇮 Finland

Helsinki

Rauma 🏛

🇩🇪 Germany

Arnis
Bachrach
Baden-Baden
Bad Doberan
Bamberg 🏛
Bautzen
Bayreuth 🏛
Beilstein
Bernkastel-Kues
Binz
Boppard
Braubach
Berchtesgaden
Bernkastel-Kues
Bremm
Celle
Cochem
Dinkelsbühl
Eckernförde
Erfurt
Esslingen
Flensburg
Freiburg
Friedrichstadt
Freudenberg
Füssen
Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Görlitz
Goslar 🏛
Güstrow
Hamelin
Hann. Münden
Hattinger
Heidelberg
Heringsdorf
Konstanz
Landsberg am Lech
Landshut
Lemgo
Limburg
Lindau
Linz am Rhine
Lübeck 🏛
Luneburg
Marburg
Meissen
Mittenwald
Monschau
Montabaur
Murnau
Nesselwang
Neustrelitz
Nuremberg
Passau

Pirna
Potsdam 🏛
Potbus
Quedlinburg
Ravensburg
Ratzeburg
Regensburg 🏛
Rothenburg ob der Tuber
Rüdesheim
Schwäbisch Hall
Schwerin
Soest
Stade
Staufen I’m Breisgau
Stolberg
Straslund 🏛
St. Goar
Trier
Tübingen
Warren
Weimar
Wernigerode
Wetzlar
Wismar 🏛
Wolfenbüttel
Würzburg
Xanten

🇬🇷 Greece

Imerovigli
Oai
Pyrgos
Symi
Syrrako
Zagorohoria villages *
* Ano Pedina
* Aristi
* Asprageli
* Dikorifo
* Dilofo
* Elafotopos
* Fragades

* Greveniti
* Kato Pedina
* Kapesovo
* Kipi
* Koukouli
* Monodendri
* Papigo
* Tristeno
* Tsepelovo
* Vikos
* Vista
* Vradeto
* Vrisohori

🇮🇪 Ireland

Adare
An Seanbhalles
Ardara
Birr
Carlingford
Clonakity
Cobh
Cong
Crookhaven

Dalkey
Dingle Pennisula
Dunmore East
Dunfanaghy
Enniskerry
Inistioge
Kells
Kenmare

Kilmore Quay
Kinsale
Portmagee
Roscrea
Roundstone
Skibbereen
Westport
Youghal

🇮🇹 Italy

Aberobello
Amalfi CoastCapri
– Positano
– Ravello
– Salerno
– Sorrento
Ancona
Arrezo
Assisi 🏛
Camerino
Catania
Colle di Val d’Elsa
Como
Bari
Bassano del Grappa
Bergamo
Bolgheri
Bologna 🏛
Bolzano
Borghetto
Bormio
Burano
Castagneto Carducci
Castlelfranco Veneto
Castiglion Fiorentino
Cinque Terra Coast *🏛
* Corniglia
* Manarola
* Monterossa Al Mare
* Riomaggiore
* Vernazza
Chioggia

Cittadella
Civita de Bagnoregio
Corinaldo
Cortona
Ferrara 🏛
Florence 🏛
Genoa
Giglio
Glorenza
Gubbio
Lecce
Loreto
Lucca 🏛
Mantua 🏛
Massa Marrittima
Matera 🏛
Modena 🏛
Modica
Montalcino
Monte Isola
Montelfiascone
Monteleone di Spoleto
Montepulciano
Naples 🏛
Norcia
Noto
Orvieto
Palermo
Palmanova
Parma
Pavia

Perugia
Pienza 🏛
Pisa 🏛
Pitigliano
Polcenigo
Portofino
Portovenere
Possagno
Procida
Puglia
Ravenna 🏛
Rome 🏛
Sacile
San Gimignano 🏛
Santa Maddalena
Siena 🏛
Siracusa 🏛
Taormina
Tellaro
Tivoli
Trento
Trieste
Turin
Udine
Urbino 🏛
Venice 🏛
Verona 🏛
Vicenza 🏛
Viterbo
Vittorio Veneto
Volterra 

🇱🇻 Latvia

Bauska
Cesis
Dagda
Dobele
Kandava

Kraslava
Kudiga
Ludza
Pavilosta
Riga (Vecrīga) 🏛

Sabile
Talsi
Tukums
Valdemãrpils

🇱🇹 Lithuania

Anykščiai
Joniškis
Kalaipėda (Senamiestis)
Kaunas (Senamiestis)
Kėdainiai
Kernavé

Kretinga
Neringa
Rumšiškės
Šilutė
Šventoji

Telšiai
Trakai (Senamiestis)
Ukmergė
Villnius (Senamiestis)🏛
Visaginas

🇱🇺 Luxembourg

Esch-sur-Sûre

City of Luxembourg ( Old Quarters) 🏛

🇲🇹 Malta

Agia Napa
Attard

Balzan
Lija

Marsaxlokk
Valletta 🏛

🇲🇪 Montenegro

Budva (Old Town)
Herceg Novi (Old Town)
Kotor (Old Town) 🏛
Perast

🇳🇱 Netherlands

Amsterdam (Canal Ring) 🏛
Delft
Giethoorn
Hindeloopen

Leiden
Naarden
Nijmegen (Oude Stad)

Staphorst
Terschelling
Tilburg (Oude Stad)

🇲🇰 North Macedonia

Brajchino
Elshani

Galichnik
Lazaropole

Mariovo
Vevchani

🇵🇱 Poland

Chelmno (Old Town)
Chochołow
Gdańsk (Old Town)
Kazimierz Dolny
Kraków (Old Town)🏛
Lubin (Old Town)
Malbrok 🏛
Nowe Warpno (Old Town)

Olsztyn
Police (Old Town)
Poznań (Old Town)
Przemyśl (Old Town)
Sandomierz
Stargard Szczeciński (Old Town)
Szczecin (Old Town)
Tarnów

Toruń (Old Town)🏛
Trzebiatów (Old Town)
Tykocin
Warsaw (Old Town)🏛
Wrocław (Old Town) 🏛
Zakopane
Zamosc (Old City) 🏛

🇵🇹 Portugal

Guimarães (Old Town) 🏛
Idanha-a-Velha
Linhares da Beira
Lisbon (Old Town) 🏛
Marialva
Marvão
Monsanto
Obidos (Old Town)

Póvoa de Varzim (Old Town)
Piódão
Porto (Old Town) 🏛
Salema
Sintra 🏛
Sortelha
Trancoso

🇷🇴 Romania

Arad (Old Town)
Biertan
Bistrița
Botoșani (Old Town)
Brașov (Old Town)
Brila (Old Town)

Bucharest (Old Town)
Cluj Napoca (Old Town)
Constanța (Old Town)
Craiova (Old Town)
Madiaş
Ordea (Old Town)

Sebeş
Sibui (Old Town) 🏛
Sighișoara (Old Town)🏛
Timișoara
Viscri

🇷🇺 Russia

Rostov Velikly
Suzdal

🇸🇲 San Marino

Cittá di San Marino

🇷🇸 Serbia

Belgrade (Stari Grad)
Borac
Donji Taor
Drvengrad
Glog
Gostoljublje
Jablanica

Kragujevac (Stari Grad)
Kremna
Latkovac
Ljibis
Novi Pazar (Stari Grad)
Novi Sad (Stari Grad)
Ribasevina

Seca Reka
Sirogojno
Sremski Karlovic (Stari Grad)
Tešnjar (Stari Grad)
Tiganjica
Tripkova
Užice (Stari Grad)

🇸🇰 Slovakia

Banská Bystrica
Banská Štiavnica
Bardejov
Bratislava (Staré Mesto)
Kežmarok

Kremnica
Košice (Staré Mesto)
Levoča
Modra
Nitra

Rožnava
Skalica
Spišskáá Sobota
Ždiar

🇸🇮 Slovenia

Bled
Idrija
Kamnik
Kranj

Novo Mesto
Piran
Ptuj
Radovljica

Škofja Loka
Slovenjske Konjice
Tržic

🇪🇸 Spain

Albarracín
Alclá de Henares 🏛
Alcántara
Ávila 🏛
Andújar
Arcos de la Frontera
Baeza 🏛
Bilbao
Burgos
Cadaques
Cádiz
Cáseres
Comillas
Cordoba 🏛
Cudillero
Cuenca 🏛
Deiá-Mallorca
Estepa

Getaria
Girona
Granada 🏛
Grazalema
Ibiza
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Léon
Lorca
Lugo
Madrid 🏛
Oviedo
Palma de Mallorca
Pamplona
Peniscola
Potes
Ronda
Salamanca 🏛
San Cristóbal de La Laguna 🏛

San Sebastián
San Roque
Sanlúcar de Barrameda
Santiago de Compostela 🏛
Santillana del Mar
Segovia 🏛
Sevilla 🏛
Stiges
Tarifa
Tarragona
Teruel
Toledo 🏛
Trujillo
Úbeda 🏛
Ullastret
Vitora-Gasteiz
Zahara
Zamora

🇸🇪 Sweden

Åre
Arild
Båstad
Fjallbacka
Gammelstad
Gothenburg (Gamle staden)
Jokkmokk

Kiruna
Luleå (Gammel staden)
Marstrand
Mölle
Malmö (Gamla staden)
Rättvik

Smogen
Stigtuna
Stockholm (Gamla stan)
Trosa
Visby
Ystad

🇨🇭 Switzerland

Andermatt
Arosa
Baden (Altstadt)
Beil/Bienne (Altstadt)
Bellinzona (Altstadt)
Bern 🏛
Binn
Bremgarten (Altstadt)
Brugg (Altstadt)
Bulle (Altstadt)
Davos
Delémont (Altstadt)
Eglisau (Altstadt)
Fribourg (Altstadt)
Gimmelwald
Giornico

Greifensee (Altstadt)
Grindelwald
Gruyères (Altstadt)
Gstaad
Guarda
Kybourg (Altstadt)
Lausanne (Altstadt)
Lauterbrunnen
Lavaux (Altstadt)
Luzern (Altstadt)
Morcote
Mürren
Murten (Altstadt)
Müstair (Altstadt)
Rapperswil (Altstadt)
Regensberg (Altstadt)

Romont (Altstadt)
Rheinau (Altstadt)
Schaffhausen (Altstadt)
Sion
Soglio
Solothurn (Altstadt)
Spiez
Stein am Rhein (Altstadt)
St. Gallen (Altstadt)
St. Moritz
Vevey (Altstadt)
Wengen
Wil (Altstadt)
Winterthur (Altstadt)
Zermatt
Zürich (Altstadt)

🇹🇷 Turkey

Alaçatı
Amasya
Assos
Ayvall
Bozcaada
Ephesus 🏛

Göreme 🏛
Gümüslük
Istanbul (Historic Areas) 🏛
Kaş
Kaleköy
Mardin

Pamukkale
Safranbolu
Sanlıurfa
Side
Sirince
Uzungöl

🇺🇦 Ukraine

Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyy
Dubno
Kamyanets-Podilskyi

Klevan
Lviv (Stare Misto) 🏛

Kyiv (Old Kiev) 🏛
Uman

🇬🇧 United Kingdom

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 England

Abbotsbury
Alfriston
Alnwick
Avebury
Barnsley (Old Town)
Bath 🏛
Blanchland
Blakeney
Burnham Market
Castle Combe
Castle Hedingham
Cerne Abbas
Chalfont St. Giles
Chard (Old Town)
Chester
Clare
Clovelly
The Cotswolds *
Bilbury
* Blockley
* Bourton-on-the-Water
* Broadway

* Chipping Campden
* Mickleton
Morten-in-Marsh
Lower Slaughter
* Stanton
Stow-on-the-Wold
* Upper Slaughter
* Winchcombe
* Woodstock
Cumbria (Old Town)
Dedham
Dover
Eastbourne (Old Town)
Galstonbury
Hastings (Old Town)
Hambleden
Hawkshead
Hay on Wye
Hutton-le-Hole
Lacock
Lavenham
London (Maritime Greenwich)🏛

Liverpool (Maritime Merchantile City)
Lustleigh
Mousehole
Northumberland (Old Town)
Painswick
Polperro
Port Isaac
Portloe
Rye
Saltaire
Southhampton (Old Town)
St. Albans
St. Mawes
Staithes
Stratford-upon-Avon
St. Ives
Swindon (Old Town)
Torquay
Tyneham
Warwick
West Yorkshire (Old Town)
Weymouth

Northern Ireland

Ardglass
Bushmills

Cushendun

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Scotland

Edinburgh (Old Town)
Pittenwem
Plockton

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 Wales

Beddgelert
Caernarfon

Portmeirion
Tenby

Designated Historic Areas in EUROPEAN LANGUAGES.

You may see these definitions used in official languages when visiting cities. These old city centers and in many cases are well preserved. They are always a good place to start your city visit.

🇦🇱 Albanian

● Qytet i vjetër (Old Town)
● Qendra Historike (Historic Center)

🇪🇸 Basque

● Alde zahar (Old Town)
● Gune Historikoa (Historic Center)

🇧🇾 Belarussian

● Стары горад – Stary horad (Old Town)
● Гістарычны цэнтр – Histaryčny centr (Historic Center)

🇧🇦 Bosnian

● Stari grad (Old Town)
● Povijesni centar (Historic Center)

🇧🇬 Bulgarian

● Стар град – Star grad (Old Town)
● Исторически център – Istoricheski tsentŭr (Historic Center)

🇪🇸 Catalan

● Barri antic (Old Town)
● Centre Històric (Historic Center)

🇫🇷 Corsican

● vechja cità (Old Town)
● Centru Storicu (Historic Center)

🇭🇷 Croatian

● Stari Grad (Old Town)
● Povijesno središte (Historic Center)

🇨🇿 Czech

● Staré město (Old Town) ● Historické centrum (Historic Center)

🇩🇰 Danish

● Gammel by (Old Town) ● Historisk centrum (Historic Center)

🇳🇱 Dutch

● Oude stad (Old Town)
● Historisch centrum (Historic Center)

🇪🇪 Estonian

● Vanalinn (Old Town)
● Ajalooline keskus (Historic Center)

🇫🇮 Finnish

● Vanha kaupunki (Old Town)
● Historiallinen keskusta (Historic Center)

🇫🇷 French

● Vielle ville (Old Town)
● Centre historique (Historic Center)

🇳🇱 🇩🇪 Frisian

● âlde stêd (Old Town)
● Histoarysk sintrum (Historic Center)

🇪🇸 Galician

● Cidade Vella (Old Town)
● Centro Histórico (Historic Center)

🇩🇪 German

● Altstadt (Old Town)
● Historisches Zentrum (Historic Center)

🇬🇷 Greek

● Παλαιά πόλη – Palaiá póli (Old Town)
● Ιστορικό Κέντρο – Istorikó Kéntro (Historic Center)

🇭🇺 Hungarian

● Óváros (Old Town)
● Történelmi Központ (Historic Center)

🇮🇸 Icelandic

● gamall bær (Old Town)
● Sögusetur (Historic Center)

🇮🇪 Irish

● Seanbhaile (Old Town)
● Ionad Stairiúil (Historic Center)

🇮🇹 Italian

● Città vecchia (Old Town)
● Centro storico (Historic Center)

🇱🇻 Latvian

● Vecpilsēta (Old Town) ● Vēsturiskais centrs (Historic Center)

🇱🇹 Lithuanian

●Senamiestis (Old Town) ● Istorinis centras (Historic Center)

🇱🇺 Luxembourghish

● Alstad (Old Town)
● Historeschen Zentrum (Historic Center)

🇲🇰 Macedonian

● Belt il-Qadima (Old Town)
● Историски центар – Istoriski centar (Historic Center)

🇲🇹 Maltese

● Стариот град – Striot grad (Old Town)
● Ċentru Storiku (Historic Center)

🇳🇴 Norwegain

Gamleby (Old Town)
● Historisk senter (Historic Center)

🇵🇱 Polish

● Stare Miastro (Old Town)
● Centro Histórico (Historic Center)

🇵🇹 Portuguese

● Cidade antiga (Old Town)
● Historyczne centrum (Historic Center)

🇷🇴 Romanian

● Oraș vechi (Old Town)
● Centrul istoric (Historic Center)

🇷🇺 Russian

● Старый город – Staryy gorod (Old Town)
● Исторический центр – Istoricheskiy tsentr (Historic Center)

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Scots Gaelic

● seann bhaile (Old Town)
● Ionad eachdraidheil (Historic Center)

🇷🇸 Serbian

● Стари Град – Stari Grad (Old Town)
● Историјски центар – Istorijski centar (Historic Center)

🇸🇰 Slovak

● Staré Mesto (Old Town)
● Historické centrum (Historic Center)

🇸🇮 Slovenia

● Staro mestno jedro (Old Town) /
● Zgodovinsko središče (Historic Center)

🇪🇸 Spanish

● Pueblo Viejo (Old Town)
● Centro histórico (Historic Center)

🇸🇪 Swedish

● Gammal Stran (Old Town)
●Historiska centrum (Historic Center)

🇹🇷 Turkish

● Eski kasaba (Old Town)
● Tarihi Merkez (Historic Center)

🇺🇦 Ukrainian

● Старе місто – Stare misto (Old Town)
● Історичний центр – Istorychnyy tsentr (Historic Center)

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 Welsh

● Hen Dref (Old Town)
● Canolfan Hanesyddol (Historic Center)