10 Best Preserved Medieval cities In Europe

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Europe is packed with old cities, many of them are well preserved and offer a glance at the way people used to live centuries ago. Many of those cities are now enjoying a great new era of prosperity as countless tourists come to admire the beauty of the old buildings, bridges, walls and cathedrals. Picking the top 10 of those cities is very hard, so here’s a list of 10 such cities, and you are more than welcome to add more in the comments section

1. Bruges, Belgium – Sometimes reffered to as ”Venice of the North”, this beautiful and charming old town received its city charter in 1128. Today, the historic center of the city is a World Heritage Site of UNESCO. The heart of the historic center is the beautiful market and Belfort tower which stands 83 metres tall. The local beers and fine chocolates are also very good reasons to visit Bruges

Best Preserved Medieval cities: Bruges

Best Preserved Medieval cities: Bruges

 

2. Regensburg, Germany - One of Germany’s oldest towns, Regensburg was founded by the Romans almost 2,000 years ago. The main attraction of Regensburg is its very well preserved medieval city centre with the cathedral and the stone bridge, and the many Gothic buildings in the old quarter. Regensburg’s old city has also been awarded as a UNESCO World Heritage site

Best Preserved Medieval cities: Regensburg

Best Preserved Medieval cities: Regensburg

 

3. York, England – An ancient cathedral city with a history that dates back to before Roman times. York offers some of the best preserved historical buildings and structures in Europe, so it’s no wonder it’s often ranked the second most visited city in England after London. The top attractions of the city is York Minster – the largest Gothic cathedral in northern Europe, and a simple walk around the city walls

Best Preserved Medieval cities: York

Best Preserved Medieval cities: York

 

4. Collioure, France - The well preserved town of Collioure is the merging of two nearby villages located on both sides of an impressive castle. The tourists that come to the city admire the beauitiful streets and the other main attractions are the old church Notre-Dame-des-Agnes, the old light tower with it’s beautiful view of the sea, and the 13th century Château Royal

Best Preserved Medieval cities: Collioure

Best Preserved Medieval cities: Collioure

 

5. Tallinn, Estonia – Tallinn is the capital of Estonia. Its historical and medieval heart is located on the hill of Toompea. This well preserved area is filled with medieval houses and alleyways and the old town is still protected by the remnants of the city wall

Best Preserved Medieval cities: Tallinn

Best Preserved Medieval cities: Tallinn

 

6. Carcassonne, France – Located in south-west France, the city of Carcassonne is known for its old walled city. The most remarkable attraction would be the Cité: the historic fortress that was featured in the movie Robin Hood – Prince of Thieves. It is also told that the Cité inspired Walt Disney’s Castle of the Sleeping Beauty

Carcassonne, France: the old town and the famous fortress

Carcassonne, France: the old town and the famous fortress

 

7. San Gimignano, Italy – A beautiful medieval walled city in Tuscany. It is famous for its beautiful towers and great art. The main attraction of the city is the Piazza del Duomo - the town church’s square. The square is surrounded by several thousand year old towers!

Best Preserved Medieval cities: San Gimignano

Best Preserved Medieval cities: San Gimignano

 

8. Toledo, Spain - The history of Toledo dates back to Roman occupation around 192BC, and the ruins of the Roman circus are still visible outside the walls of the city. The main Cathedral is the centrepiece of Toledo and not to be missed

Best Preserved Medieval cities: Toledo

Best Preserved Medieval cities: Toledo


9. Prague, Czech Republic – Prague is the capital city and largest city of the Czech Republic. The old city of Prague is world famous and attracts tourists from all over the world. The heart of the old city is the Old Town Square. All the original Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque buildings were preserved here. The Historical Centre, including most of the city’s major sites, became a UNESCO heritage site in 1992

Best Preserved Medieval cities: Prague

Best Preserved Medieval cities: Prague

 

10. Stockholm, Sweden – The old town of Stockholm, called Gamla Stan, is a well preserved old town. The Royal Palace and Stockholm Cathedral are notable features

Best Preserved Medieval cities: Stockholm

Best Preserved Medieval cities: Stockholm

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  2. James

    You should add to this list Dubrovnik in Croatia, beatufil old town with incredible city walls that span more than 3 kilometers..

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  3. Dean

    I would definitely replace York in England with Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic. Maybe Cesky Krumlov is more of a town than a city?

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  4. Powder

    Just got back from Krakow Poland. Very surprised to not find it on here as their ‘Old Town’ has not had anything added to nor removed since it was rebuilt over the 12th/13th centuries. Really a remarkable feat and so incredibly impressive to walk around knowing you’re walking the same streets seeig same buildings as folks from that long ago. Like the other choices for the list though, we’ve been to 6/10 so far and can verify they’re pretty special. :)

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