The 10 Most Beautiful Lakeside Towns in Europe

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In Europe there are enchanting cities and regions, mountains and valleys, islands and landscapes that leave a lasting impression and that you always want to visit again. Whether a city break or active hiking trip, the eye-catching lakeside towns in Europe are ideal destination for a holiday off the usual tourist routes.

Europe is also home to some of the world’s most stunning lakes, with mountainous backdrops and quaint little towns along the shores. We’ve brought together some of Europe’s hidden and underrated gems for you.

Just take a look at the most beautiful lakeside towns across the old continent.

1Lake Bled in Slovenia

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Lake Bled, in Slovenia is one of Europe’s most picturesque places to travel. This beautiful little lake is surrounded by hills of the Upper Carniolan region of northwestern Slovenia, where it adjoins the town of Bled. The area is a very popular tourist destination and not far (35km) from Sloveniens capital city, Ljubljana.

Reasons why you should visit Lake Bled

Bled is one of Slovenia’s most popular holiday resorts. The village attracted by romantic honeymooners to backpackers who come for hiking, cycling, water sportsand canyoning. Its emerald green lake, the picturesque church on a small island and a medieval castle nestled against a rocky cliff make this place incomparably beautiful.

A climb to one of the surrounding peaks of the Julian Alps with the Karawanken as a backdrop offers photographers numerous motifs for postcard photos. Those who do not want to climb quite so far can climb to the top of the bell tower. He also offers a breathtaking view over the lake.

2Orta San Giulio in Italy

Orta San Giulio is one of the „I borghi più belli d’Italia„, the most beautiful places in Italy. The Italian community with its 1262 inhabitants is located on the eastern shore of Lake Orta on a headland protruding into the lake and is a major tourist town with a picturesque old town.

Reasons why you should visit Orta San Giulio

The village is close to the Sacri Monti with its nine chapels that were built in the mountains in the 16th and 17th centuries. For centuries, people here have been seeking comfort and help from the miraculously revered Black Madonna of Oropa. Today they are a popular tourist attraction.

3Montreux in Switzerland

Montreux is a municipality in the canton of Vaud in Switzerland. It is located on Lake Geneva shoreline at the foot of the Alps.

Reasons why you should visit Montreux

Montreux nestles in a sheltered Lake Geneva bay, surrounded by vineyards and against the breathtaking backdrop of snow-covered Alps. The Montreux Jazz Festival, which takes place in June/July and features concerts on a variety of stages and parks is very famous.

This beautiful little town has always attracted Tourists and local people as well to its shoreline, with wonderful views over the glistening waters of the lake. Don’t miss the Chateau de Chillon, a 13th century fort with a view so stunning it could be the backdrop for a movie.

4Yvoire in France

Yvoire France: Several sailboats moored along the stone pier at the port on Lake Geneva.

Yvoire is a commune in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes. The medieval village is located on the south shore of the picturesque Lake Geneva on the northern tip of a promontory ranks as one of the most beautiful villages in France.

Reasons why you should visit Yvoire

Yvoire is part of the prestigious Association of the Most Beautiful Villages in France. On the edge of Lake Geneva, the cute middle-aged village is an unmissable stage. Its medieval architecture and its 14th-century castle take you back to the Middle Ages. Every summer, the village builds huge floral arrangements covering its stone buildings in colorful foliage.

5Bellagio in Italy

Bellagio (also Bellaggio) is a municipality on Lake Como in Italy. The place belongs to the province of Como in Lombardy.

Reasons why you should visit Bellagio

Jutting out into Italy’s Lake Como the dreamy village is known for its picturesque location overlooking the Alps. At the tip of the peninsula it separates the two southern arms of the lake. Walking along its colourful waterfront promenade, you could be in a vintage Italian movie. Just make sure to take your Iconic Cat Eye Sunglasses for ultimate Sophia Loren vibes.

6Hallstatt in Austria

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Hallstatt is a market town with 774 inhabitants in Austria and is located on Lake Hallstatt. Together with the Dachstein and the Inner Salzkammergut it belongs to the UNESCO World Heritage Site Hallstatt-Dachstein / Salzkammergut.

Reasons why you should visit Hallstatt

Hallstatt on Lake Hallstatt is probably the most picturesque place in Austria and attracts many tourists from all over the world. The idyllic chocolate town is peppered with wooden houses from the 16th century and the winding cobblestone streets lead you through the old town, which is the motive for many postcards.

A special highlight is a tour by cable car to Skywalk Hallstatt. From this viewing platform you have an incredible panoramic view over the lake and the mountains.

7Morcote in Switzerland

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Morcote is located ten kilometers southwest of Lugano in the southern part of Lake Lugano. The small mountain village is opposite the Italian Porto Ceresio, at the foot of the 822 meter high Monte Arbostora.

Reasons why you should visit Morcote
The once important trade center, which was once dominated by the Palearifestung, is today a tourist destination with its beautiful hillside location, Parco Scherrer, its palaces, a monumental church staircase with 404 steps, the famous cemetery and the arcades on the Embankment.

8Talloires in France

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La Talloires is a French town in Haute-Savoie in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes. The small mountain town is located on a plateau on the shores of Lake Annecy and at the foot of an alpine massif. That’s why tourists come here year-round for hiking, mountaineering or skiing.

Reasons why you should visit Talloires

As already mentioned, the idyllic town in the mountains lies directly on a lake. That is why Talloires offers numerous summer and winter activities. With its exceptional low mountain landscape, the area is one of the world’s leading sites for paragliding.

9Medieval Titisee-Neustadt in Germany

Lake Titisee Neustadt in the Black Forest, Germany (Foto: Bigstock)

Try to see past the comedy name: Titisee is the largest natural lake in the Black Forest, perfect for a family pedalo outing (some come with onboard water slides). Medieval Titisee-Neustadt is a spa town with cute streets and a huge waterpark. Long-distance trails start from the Seestrasse promenade and there are spectacular views from a tower at the top of 1,190-metre Hochfirst mountain. Renting a bike is a great way to see the area: the Bähnle-Radweg path trail takes in breweries, waterfalls, farmyards and a huge viaduct. For a multi-country jaunt, Neustadt is also close to the French and Swiss borders.

10Lucern in Switzerland

Lucerne is an achingly pretty town on the edge of Lake Lucerne, with beautiful medieval architecture and a backdrop of the soaring, snowy peaks of the Alps. There are a number of famous bridges in the town, over the Reuss river, most notably the Chapel Bridge, a covered wooden footbridge that dates back to the 14th century.