Obidos in Portugal
Obidos is the most romantic town in Portugal, which has completely preserved a medieval appearance. It is located within the ramparts and is a true showpiece of the museum in the open air.
It is known as the “wedding gift” because it was a gift of King Denis to Queen Isabel on their wedding day in 1282. Many Portuguese monarchs had their honeymoon here. Queens willingly came to the town to rest while their husbands were engaged in state affairs. The town has amazingly scenic cobblestone streets, vivid houses decorated with flowers, doors and windows in the Gothic style, and white churches. Everything is surrounded by the walls of the castle constructed in the 12th century.
Every July, celebrations held that recreate the Middle Ages with music, knights, witches, and theater performances.
Rothenburg ob der Tauber in Germany
It is a small town in the northern part of Bavaria and one of the oldest visited cities in Germany. It belongs to a popular tourist route “Romantic Road in Germany”.
During the war, the city was badly damaged, but, despite this, the whole central and western parts of the city preserved in the same form, as they looked hundreds of years ago. Here, not only individual buildings have maintained the same look but also the whole city’s infrastructure with the market square, town hall, fortification walls with moats and gates, and houses.
Mont Saint Michel in France
Mont Saint Michel is an ancient abbey, located on the island. The island is a rock with built-up houses that look like toys. At a height of 80 meters, there is a monastery. Victor Hugo was so impressed with this view that he called the town the pyramid in the ocean.
The abbey is connected to the mainland with the bulk dam two kilometers in length. Mont Saint Michel becomes an island only twice a year, when the powerful tide raises the water level to ten meters. The rest of the time, the water moves away from the town for 25 kilometers.
Bruges in Belgium
Bruges preserved from medieval times virtually intact. It was, unlike many European cities, spared by the war. This city is called sleepy because it really seems to be asleep in the history surrounded by ancient buildings and quiet canals with humpback bridges.
Seven fortress gates reminiscent of the past glory of the city, when Bruges was the center of world trade, due to its proximity to the sea and deep channels. Previously, it was very lively but today the city is asleep. If you want to slow down and feel the spirit of old Europe, then come to Bruges