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
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
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
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
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
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!
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
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