Garmisch-Partenkirchen is an enchanting town in the heights of the Zugspitze mountain, the tallest one in Germany. Located at 3,000 meters above sea level, the town was originally two separate settlements, one Roman and the other Teutonic. But, the 1936 Winter Olympics forced the two towns to combine. All is well that ends well.
29. Village in the Himalayas, Tibet
This town is one of many built to support monasteries hidden in the Himalaya mountains, once only accessible by foot or horse. The location is superb, though.
28. Reine, Norway
Reine is a quaint fishing village on the beautiful arctic island of Moskenesøya. Only 329 people live here, but that only adds to its charm; especially, since it was voted the most beautiful village in all of Norway.
27. Gasadalur Village, Faroe Islands
The Faroes are a mystifying chain of islands north of Scotland. Due to the sheer cliffs rising from the beaches and a single staircase built during the British occupation of the islands in World War II, the islands were difficult to access. The lucky 18 people that live in the village are nestled between two 2,300 foot tall mountains. Beautiful.
26. Colmar, France
Colmar is considered the capital of wine from the Alsatian district. Originally founded in the 1200s, during the height of the Holy Roman Empire, the town has earned the nickname “Little Venice” because of the waterways that twist through the Medieval streets. Don’t take my word for it.
25. Marsaxlokk, Malta
In 900 BC, the Phoenicians landed on Malta and set up the vibrant trading port of Marsaxlokk. Nowadays, the town is the main supplier of fish to the island nation as well as being known for its enormous markets stocked with a vast array of magnificent fish. Not to be missed.
24. Bled, Slovenia
Sheltered by picturesque mountains, Bled was founded in 1004 and considered so beautiful by the Holy Roman Emperor that it was gifted to the Bishop of Brixen. The castle here sits in the center of the enchanting Lake Bled, allowing all of the 5,000 inhabitants enjoy the views, together with the most beautiful health spas in the area.
23. Hallstatt, Austria
Hallstatt is one of Austria’s oldest settlements; originally founded in 5000 BC to exploit the vast salt reserves surrounding the town, the town produced so much salt that in the 1300s, miners made the first industrial pipeline from 13,000 hollowed out trees. One of the most beautiful towns in Austria still mines salt, to this day.
22. Manarola, Italy
Manarola is a charming town, featuring brightly colored houses carved into an impenetrable wall of stone. The church dates back to 1338, allowing one of the oldest in the region to be famous for more than its delightful wine and the paintings of Antonio Discovolos.
21. Bibury, England
Bibury is often referred to as the most beautiful town in England, and I can guess why. The town was first mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086, and looks as it’s been stuck there ever since. The River Coin still dominates the main street and awaits for you to take a walk.
20. Annecy, France
Annecy is a picturesque town in the French Alps, which surround the town. Built around a 14th century chateau, the town is dissected by small canals and streams which run out the beautifully blue Lac Annecy. Worth the trip.
19. Goreme, Turkey (The Underground City)
Göreme was first built during the Roman era, amongst the exquisite rock formations that dominate the area; to this day, much of the ancient architecture still stands. Many churches were carved directly into the rocks themselves. Incredible.
18. Leavenworth, Washington, USA
Leavenworth was actually modeled on a Bavarian village. Originally a small lumber community built in 1906, the town transformed into a tourist destination in 1962, after a local committee idea. Not a bad one.
17. Queenstown, New Zealand
Queenstown is built around the beautiful Lake Wakatipu, offering spectacular views of surrounding mountains including Walter Peak and The Remarkables. European explorers William Gilbert Rees and Nicholas von Tunzelmann were the first to inhabit the wild habitat; the Gold Rush allowed the town to boom.
16. Hidden Mountain Village – Jiuzhaigou, China
I don’t have much to tell you about these reclusive villages scattered around China. They once served as strongholds for the military, and are now only reachable by horseback; this is the ideal perfect to get a unique look at the culture of classical China.
15. Shirakawa-go Village, Japan
Shirakawa-go is a small, traditional village known for its incredibly steep roofs, made to withstand heavy snowfall. Hiding within a beautiful surrounding, this place is definitely worth your time.
14. Pucón, Chile
This exotic is known as Chile’s adventure capital. The town boasts an awe inspiring lake and sits in the shadow of an active volcano; due to the fact that this place is perfect for many recreational activities, like snow skiing and kayaking, there is no lack of visitors.
13. Morro de São Paulo, Brazil
Morro de São Paulo is a tranquil place, accessible only by boat or charter flight. The village sits upon three beautiful jungle-topped hills at a point where the Canal de Taperoá meets a crystal blue Atlantic. Since the island used to act as both a cove for pirates and a stronghold for the Portuguese, it will definitely not be boring.
12. Albarracin, Spain
Albarracín is a beautifully preserved medieval village in Northern Spain. The cliff-foot caves of the Albarracin Cultural Park and its evidence of the Levantine prehistoric art in Spain are definitely a place worth visiting, if the small town is too boring for you.
11. Chefchaouen, Morocco
Chefchaouen is best known for its blue buildings, painted in a spectrum of soothing hues. A short walk away of the Rif mountains and the Cascades d’Akchour, this location is a way to go rugged.
10. Amêdî, Kurdistan
This town boasts colorful houses, sitting perched on top of a plateau at nearly 4,000 feet above sea level. The only places to stay in are local inns, or a hammock if you have one. The residents pride themselves on resisting modern hotels – and that’s a good thing.
9. Chichilianne, France
Chichilianne is a small village, where about 200 people enjoy the spectacular views of the French Alps on a daily basis. What more could you ask for?
8. Pucisca, Croatia
The island of Brac is home to some of the highest quality stone in Europe. Pucisca features the altar to the Roman God Jupiter and modern architecture, only surpassed in beauty by the natural landscape surrounding the town.
7. Camden, Maine
Previously inhabited Penobscot Abenaki Native Americans, Camden was first colonized by the British in the 1770s. During the revolution, the town served as a rendezvous point for the Americans. Which is why the beautiful setting is invaded by tourists every year, outnumbering locals 2 to 1 during the summer.
6. Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland
Vestmannaeyjar is located on a large island off the South Coast of Iceland. The island is incredibly volcanically active, which is why in 1973 the entire population was evacuated when an eruption destroyed some areas of the town. Here is where 150 plant species not yet classified can be found, as well as millions of birds that nest in cliffs.
5. Byron Bay, Australia
Located in New South Wales, this Pacific Ocean side town is home to around 5,000 people. Named by the famous British sea captain James Cook in honor of Royal Navy officer John Byron, the town looks like a place where Jack Sparrow would hide his treasure.
4. Ericeira, Portugal
With only 7,000 inhabitants across 40 beaches, there’s surely a place for you to put down your beach towel in Ericeira. Settlement of the area dates back to the 1200s, when an abundance of sea urchins brought people and money to the area. How about some fun in the sun?
3. Eze, France
Eze is a collection of villages, situated along the exotic French Riviera. Located on top of a hill and offering breathtaking views, this place is filled with history and interesting facts for you to find out.
2. Tenby, Wales
In Welsh, Tenby translates roughly to “little fortress of the fish.” This town is a bountiful harbor with access to the Irish Sea and Atlantic Ocean; it was settled as far back as 900 AD. After the Norman Conquest of England, the town was fortified and is now popular due to its stunning beauty.
1. Ittoqqortoormiit, Greenland
Getting to Ittoqqortoormiit can be difficult, not to mention pronouncing its name. From the capital of Iceland, you’ll need to get on a once-weekly plane to Greenland and then get a helicopter ride to this small, colorful town. Sitting by the longest glacial river system in the world, this will definitely be a unique experience.