A quiet escape to the verdant European countryside is rarely complete without a stop at one of the many beautiful mountain towns. These picturesque settlements often feature traditional architecture and are surrounded by undulating mountains that will make you feel one with the wilderness.

These picturesque towns are sure to inspire you to take a trip to the lush countryside.  Here are 6 beautiful mountain towns for your next escape to the countryside for a breath of fresh air in unadulterated nature.

1.Kotor, Montenegro
Bay of Kotor, Montenegro
Bay of Kotor, Montenegro

Kotor is a medieval town located on the Adriatic coast in Montenegro in the stunning Bay of Kotor. This beautiful mountain town amidst Soaring Balkan mountains is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its Venetian-inspired architecture and narrow streets make it a truly picturesque place to visit.

2. Reine, Norway

Fishing village Reine, NorwayLocated on the coast of one of the Lofoten Islands 140 miles south of Tromsø, Reine is one of the prettiest villages in the region. Set in a beautiful bay surrounded by dramatic cliffs and soaring mountains, it is also an excellent place to see the Northern Lights.

3. Vlkolinec, Slovakia

beautiful mountain towns of Vlkolinec, SlovakiaThis beautiful village is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It has 45 log houses built in a traditional central European style. They are remarkably well preserved and set amidst the lush pastures of the Veľká Fatra mountains.

4. Soglio, Switzerland

Soglio Vilagge in Val Bregaglia, Engadin, Switzerland.The fairy-tale town in Switzerland was once called “the gateway to paradise” by Austrian painter Giovanni Segantini. Located in the Maloja district, it is known for the beautiful wildflowers that spread across the countryside in spring and summer.

5. Lech, Austria
Lech Valley, Austria
Lech Valley, Austria

This Austrian ‘chocolate box’ town is famous for its lavish ski resorts. Located in the Bludenz district of Vorarlberg, the town was once a simple farming village. However, it gets quite isolated here during the winter when it gets snowed in until the connecting Flexen Pass can be cleared.

6. Berat, Albania

Berat AlbaniaThis city on the Osum River is one of the largest in Albania. Its old town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is filled with buildings from several civilizations throughout history. It also sits in the shadow of Mount Tomorr and is known for its beautiful Byzantine churches and mosques.

Are there any beautiful mountain towns we’ve missed? If so, share them in the comments below. Or, you can read about the fascinating traditional houses around the world.

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