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The fact that in Europe there are the most visited cities in the world – it's not a secret to anybody. But besides Rome, Paris, Athens and Barcelona, the Old World has a downside - ndash; quiet, picturesque corners that seem to have just left the illustrations for fairy tales, from the paintings of great artists or from the scenery for films.
This surprises many, but these are the places in Europe much more than business metropolises and cities known for their cultural life far beyond the continent. And we will now tell you about such places.
The modest Belgian town Dinan, located on bank of the Meuse River, can be called one of the cramped settlements in Europe. The thing is, that it is literally wedged between a waterway and massive rocks. In many ways, this determined its architectural appearance – colorful houses are built close to each other, forming an almost perfect line along the coast. Lovers of musical history will surely be interested that the inventor of the saxophone, Adolph Sax, was born here.
The Swiss city Gruyeres, often called a village for its size, seems to have frozen in time. Collectible cars of the mid-20th century still drive along its cobbled streets, the houses are still snow-white, and their roofs are covered with perfectly flat tiles. All over the world, the place became famous for the cheese of the same name and a medieval castle, which served as a residence for 12 generations of local nobles. In addition, legendary artist Hans Giger has lived in the city for the last 16 years of his life, who invented the appearance of a monster from the cult film series Alien.
Well deserved, medieval New York is often called a small Italian town in the province of Tuscany San Gimignano. It's all about several levels of the city, which arose on a natural hilly hill. It was on this site that the fortress wall arose, and immediately behind it several observation towers, which, thanks to the hills, rise so strongly above the rest of the city that it feels like a skyscraper. And it is not surprising that the historic center of San Gimignano was included in the UNESCO lists.
The historical part of the city Colmar, located in the French region of Alsace, was built no later than the early Renaissance, which was the reason for such an unusual appearance. And if you consider that all these `` toy '' the houses are Germans, then in comparison with the rest of France the city will look extremely unusual, however, like the whole of Alsace. The city has a picturesque area of Little Venice, as well as several art museums with valuable exhibits. The city's look was used by Japanese animators to create the concept for Hole's Moving Castle.
An idealistic landscape, the forming city Gengenbach, on the one hand, is typical for southern Germany, and on the other hand, – unique in its own way. Austere pointed turrets, half-timbered mansions and a cobblestone pavement – this is enough to tell right away what kind of atmosphere awaits Gengenbach's guests. Local streets are so textured that they were often used and continue to be used for filming. For example, episodes of the fairy tale"Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" were filmed here.
The main attraction of the French town Josselin is considered to be the castle of the 11th century, which has been preserved in almost perfect condition, and not ideal buildings have been completely restored. But, besides it, in this wonderful place you can look at other unique buildings. The old quarters of the city were created in the XV-XVII centuries, and most of the quarters are in their original appearance. A very nice place will be the local Museum of Dolls, located in the former stables of the castle.
The town of Sintra, included in the Lisbon metropolitan area, is called the architectural treasury of Portugal in many guidebooks. and the Capuchin monks. But all this is a pearl of the appearance of Sintra, which attracts almost more tourists than Lisbon itself. The National Palace and the Pena Palace are the key attractions of the city, illustrating its unique and flamboyant appearance.
A small Greek settlement Mykonos, located on the island of the same name, is often called the City of White Houses and indeed it is. All coastal buildings are flat cube-shaped houses, painted in the purest white color. You can distinguish houses only by the color of window frames and doors, and if you add here their chaotic arrangement - and ndash; you get the perfect urban maze. Another symbol of the city – seven windmills, built by Venetian merchants from the 16th century. One of the mills has been turned into a museum.
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Topic: The most unusual and beautiful cities in Europe.