The middle ages may have been a time of change and turmoil in ancient Europe, but it is also the era where we got some of our modern day folklore. From knights in shining armor, to witches and wizards, to dragons, unicorns, fairies, castles, royal courts and even those famous role playing games are influenced by this era. Stories with a fusion of fantasy and adventure are always made on this era–may just to escape the troubles of the day, but anyhow, their cultural influences were as significant as any medieval event.
Since the era has ended, countless cities in Europe have managed to retain and preserve their medieval elements. From houses to paintings, to detailed sculptures and castles; many cities in Europe still has that Medieval feel, even in the widespread influence of technology of the modern days. Showing and telling everyone that not everything that is new is considered beautiful.
In this review, we’re going to show you the 5 Beautiful Medieval Places in Europe.
Known as Rothenburg ob der Tauber, is a town in the district of Ansbach of Mittelfranken, in the Franconia region of Germany. The town is one of the well-known tourist destinations from around the world because of its well-preserved old town. Rothenburg possesses an outstanding beauty of the the middles ages, from its houses, town hall, castle, and even walls.
First established as an ancient roman outpost, Chester’s prime location in northwestern England helped it grew into a regional power in Medieval times. A walled city situated near the River Dee, in Cheshire England, close to the border with Wales. Chester is one of the best-preserved walled cities in Britain, it has a wide variety of medieval buildings, though some of them are part of the Victorian restorations. Walking around the city won’t be tiresome as you gazed upon the old yet beautiful houses and shops, especially those that leads to St. Peter’s Church.
Famous for its well-preserved city walls (95% intact!). York is one of the rare places of England where you can still feel that Medieval vibe, just by walking across its cobbled streets. Situated at the confluence of the rivers Ouse and Foss in Yorkshire England, the city has a rich heritage and has provided the backdrop to major political events in England, throughout much of its two millennia of existence. York is also famous for it’s odd yet truly satisfying to walk at Snickelways; Snickelways, are a collection of small streets and footpaths in York. One of its famous Snickelways is Shambles Street, which highly influenced one of Harry Potter’s famous landmark: The Diagon Alley.
Mont Saint Michel
If you’re a fan of fantasy kingdoms with narrow streets, cobbled walkways, pubs and taverns, then you have to go to Mont Saint Michel, in France! The city itself basically sits on top of a large rock formation sticking out of the ocean, just off France’s northern coast. Popularly nicknamed as St. Michael in peril of the sea by medieval pilgrims making their way across the paths, as for centuries: you could only reach the town during low tide, by crossing the tidal basin before the tide came back in. The idea was somehow perilous as it is a good half an hour walk from the coast. Luckily, an elevated road was made in 2013, making Mont Saint Michel accessible for 24 hours, without even thinking about the tides. The best part of visiting this majestic city? You can actually stay here for a couple of days with their hotels.
Prague, Czech Republic
Home of the world’s third oldest–and still working astronomical clock, Prague is the largest city and the capital of the Czech Republic. With a city center largely untouched by World War II bombings that crushed other European capitals, Prague is the best-preserved largest Medieval City in the World. With rich architecture, thriving culture, top-notch drinking and even urban castles, Prague is our favorite Medieval City in Europe! The legendary origins of Prague attributes its foundation to the 8th century duchess and prophetess Libuse and Premysl, who founded the Premyslid Dynasty. One of the best tourist spots here in Prague includes: St. Vitus Cathedral which resides along the Prague castle, The Prague Castle itself and the infamous Astronomical Clock, which was first installed in 1410.
With these 5 Beautiful Medieval Places in Europe, there is no denying that sometimes old things can sometimes be considered as a work of art, an influence and inspiration of the modern generation, a gold. These beautiful cities are a living proof that Medieval ages are not as boring as some people think, it is the time where people are living in a simple yet adventurous time, working very hard by the day and drinking lots of ale at night listening to joyful music of celebration, as they watch some hobbits dancing (scratch that part).