Top Five Small Cities in Europe

Top 5 Small Cities

To follow up on our Top Five Big Cities in Europe list, here are our Top Five Small Cities, those with populations of fewer than 500,000 people.

SEYDISFJORDUR, ICELAND

Seydisfjordur

The dramatic drive up and over a snowy mountain pass and steeply down to the tiny waterfront town of Seydisfjordur is guaranteed to leave you wide-eyed and speechless. Fun fact: a short scene from the Secret Life of Walter Mitty with Ben Stiller was filmed here.


GHENT, BELGIUM

Ghent

Medieval architecture, trendy bars and restaurants, picturesque canals… a young person’s city in a country as a whole most definitely worth visiting. Easily accessible by train from here are Brussels and Bruges, which makes Ghent a great hub to base out of.


BERAT, ALBANIA

Berat

Albania has never been high on any American’s travel list, but the sight of Berat and its Ottoman period houses neatly layered on the hills may have you considering otherwise.


MOSTAR, BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA

Mostar

A city ravaged by war sill trying to recover over two decades later, the highlight of Mostar is its historic and beloved bridge, Stari Most. Stay at least one night to enjoy an evening and morning in the city without all the day-trippers.


BRASOV, ROMANIA

Brasov

The reason people come to Romania—a colorful old city nestled in a valley of trees. Easy access with public transportation are attractions like Bran Castle, Peles Castle, the fortified church of Prejmer, and a couple hilltop fortresses. There’s so much to fill your days here.

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