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16 Beautiful Mountain Towns in Europe

The 16 most beautiful mountain towns in Europe


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!

Top 16 mountain towns in Europe

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.
Population: 48,131

Lecco // Italy Image source: here

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.
Population: 498

Olden, Norway Image source: here

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.
Population: 51,012

Annecy, France Image source: here

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.
Population: 124,579

Innsbruck, Austria Image source: here

5. Bolzano, Italy

Bolzano is known as the city with the best quality of life in Italy.
Population: 104,011

Bolzano, Italy Image source: here

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.
Population: 21,500

Sondrio, Italy Image source: here

7. Rougon, France

Rougon is situated in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur – probably the most picturesque and beautiful region of France. Population: 114

Rougon, France Image source: here

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.
Population: 68

Covadonga, Spain Image source: here

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.
Population: 3,768

Grindelwald, Switzerland Image source: here

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.
Population: 2,379

Val di Funes, Italy Image source: here

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.
Population: 946

Hallstatt, Austria Image source: here

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.
Population: 146,631

Salzburg, Austria Image source: here

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.
Population: 76,419

Lucerne, Switzerland Image source: here

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.
Population: 5,149

St. Moritz, Switzerland Image source: here

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?
Population: 5,252

Bled, Slovenia Image source: here
 

Over to you! Have you been to any of these mountain towns in Europe?

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  • Any town in Scandinavia looks beautiful!

    • That is a fact!

  • These all look beautiful! There’s something so magical about being up in the mountains.. Just found you blog and love it :)

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    • Thank you Camilla! :*

  • So many beautiful towns! I would also like to add Arachova in Greece ;)

    • I just googled it, it looks so lovely! Definitely worth to be on the list!

  • All gorgeous places to visit, been to a few of these already

    • Lucky you! Which places did you visit from this list?

  • Wow! Lots to add to my list here. :) My favorite is Covadonga, Spain

  • Beautiful photos–wish I could visit them all!

  • They are all just so beautiful – would be hard to pick between them.

  • I want to visit all of these places now. We’re headed to Annecy tomorrow and Innsbruck in July, so I’ll get a couple knocked off the list :)

    • Oh, lucky you! Enjoy your stay there!

  • I have been to Bolzano and this summer we are going to Annecy for the wedding of friends of us.

    • Oh that’s going to be such a beautiful experience, I’m sure!! Annecy looks like a perfect location for a wedding!

  • Have only been to Lucerne *sigh* Now you made me want to check out Covadonga and Hallstatt.

    • I haven’t been to any of them yet, to be honest! Want to go to Hallstatt first, since it’s the closest one.

  • AMAZING compilation! And you totally made me happy when you mentioned Annecy because I’ve been there and that town is truly a JEWEL!

    • It looks like one!

  • All good visits! My top pick is Spain!

  • So many beautiful mountain towns and I haven’t been to any of them! I am truly inspired.

    • Me neither! But we’ll make it to all of them one day, I’m sure!

  • YAY! I used to spend summers close to Covadonga growing up! So happy to see it getting some recognition ^^ I guess that may be why I miss living close to the mountains so much xD Thanks!

    • You must have had a very picturesque childhood growing up in the mountains!

  • Not surprised you had so many beautiful sites picked from Italy! I’d absolutely want to see the mountains and fjells in Norway – I live in Finland and the only famous thing you can perhaps call a mountain (but is a fell) is Saana, where my own name also derives from :) but it’s super lame compared to the mighty Norwegian ones!!

    • Oh yes, Norway is definitely, definitely a very unique mountain destination! I really want to go there one day!

  • When I’m spinning on a hilltop singing the hills are alive with the sound of music, I’ll blame you. They all look amazing. Norway though. Just wow.

    • hahahaha, sorry in advance! :D

  • Gorgeous places! Definitely have some inspiration on where to visit next :)

    Cheers,
    Lexie

    • Cheers to you too, Lexie! :)

  • Will come back to this when I plan my Interrail trip!

  • Ben

    Glad to see my hometown, Salzburg, listed here. It sure is a beautiful place to visit.

    • I can’t wait to visit it myself soon! I really want to go there this summer!

  • I just discovered your blog and can’t wait to read more because this is a beautiful post! Have you been to all of these lake towns?
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    • Oh, thank you so much Maddy! Your blog is lovely!!

  • Nic

    I just came back from Lucerne and it really is beautiful! Hoping to visit many more on this list too.

    • I might go there when i travel to Switzerland in a month!! Can’t decide between Lucerne and Colmar, though.. We’ll see :)

  • Daniela

    I just discovered your blog. Loved this post! :)

    • Thank you Daniela! Happy reading :)

  • What a lovely post! I wish I had come across this when I passed through Geneva twice this summer. I doubt it’ll be my last time in Switzerland though, so I’ll make sure to check some of these out when I go back :)

  • Perfect, thanks a bunch for the tips! The type of places I am planning for this year. Have been only to Salzburg and Luzern so far and absolutely loved them both, want to go back there, too.