Must-Visit Medieval Villages in Europe

Some of Europe’s prettiest villages are also some of its oldest ones. Here are four medieval towns—in Ireland, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, and Greece—that you shouldn’t miss as you travel around the continent.

Photo: Mik Herman (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Photo: Mik Herman (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons
Ardmore: Explore a little fishing village, see the ruins of St. Declán’s church, walk along steep cliffs, and eat at a Michelin-starred restaurant in Ireland.

Photo: Reaast (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Photo: Reaast (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Bern: Walk among the gray sandstone buildings, the arcaded walkways, and the cobblestone streets in Switzerland’s under-the-radar capital.

Photo: Bellevue, Hotel Krumlov
Photo: Bellevue, Hotel Krumlov

Český Krumlov: Tour a castle, cross a moat, and see frescoes in a little church in one of the cutest towns in the Czech Republic.

Photo: Lindos Blu Rhodes Luxury Hotel & Suites
Photo: Lindos Blu Rhodes Luxury Hotel & Suites

Lindos: Hike to a hillside acropolis, see an ancient amphitheater, walk through narrow streets lined with whitewashed homes, and eat seafood on one of your favorite islands in Greece.

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