15 Fairytale Villages You Have to See to Believe – Borrowing Britain

If Europe is one thing, it’s storybook-worthy. And these fairytale villages are truly something you have to see to believe. From snow-covered pines and stout, puffing chimneys to half-timbered canal homes and gingerbread facades, these coordinates are the definition of entrancing. So grab a glass of cocoa, cozy up by the fire, and picture yourself in one of the daily “grinds” here. I know that’s what I’ll be doing!

1 | Hohenschwangau, Germany

2 | The Cotswolds, United Kingdom

3 | Innsbruck, Austria
The strudel isn’t the only magical part of this village. Innsbruck has that famous Golden Roof, ornate hand-painted buildings dating back to the early 1900’s and some pretty specatcular Alps.

4 | Bergen, Norway

5 | Bellagio, Italy

6 | Aix-en-Provence, France
Okay, someone please invent a time machine or teleportation device already! Must. Get back. Here. We arrived on a market day and meandered through white tents filled with hand-woven linens, colorful baskets, kitchen ceramics and antiques galore. Lunch consisted of risotto + wine in an outdoor table practically stacked against strangers, while an accordian performer paraded down the street. This town takes the cake for captivating originality.

7 | Lautterbraun, Switzerland

8 | Heidelberg, Germany

9 | Nemi, Italy

10 | Chur, Switzerland

11 | Hallstatt, Austria
For obvious reasons, Hallstatt is on this list. In my 25 humble years, I’ve never experienced anything so idyllic. A romantic fog drifted veil-like over the town as its inhabitants stirred awake. Cobblestone streets led me towards trickling fountains, pastel townhomes and a couple swan boats I should have taken for a joy ride in hindsight.

12 | Salzburg, Austria

13 | Strasbourg, France

14 | Bruges, Belgium

15 | Varenna, Italy

So there ya have it! The top 15 destinations I’d book a return ticket to in a heartbeat. Until then, I’ll be living in a permanent daydream/welcoming every opportunity to discuss these places in detail.

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