22 Postcard-Perfect European Villages Straight Out of a Fairytale

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From the Alps to the Mediterranean, these frozen-in-time European villages will make you appreciate the beauty of taking it slow.

Guarda, Switzerland

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A winding mountain road leads to the remote Alpine village of Guarda in the Lower Engadine, a rugged region in eastern Switzerland that has none of the flash found in neighboring Upper Engadine (known for exclusive ski resorts like St. Moritz). Amid mountain peaks and verdant meadows, this enclave stands out for its quaint architecture, with many handsome houses adorned with traditional paintings, etched windows, and ancient inscriptions called sgraffiti. While wandering the quiet lanes, listen for locals speaking Romansh, a language that survives only in this isolated region.

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22 Postcard-Perfect European Villages Straight Out of a Fairytale

Guarda, Switzerland

A winding mountain road leads to the remote Alpine village of Guarda in the Lower Engadine, a rugged region in eastern Switzerland that has none of the flash found in neighboring Upper Engadine (known for exclusive ski resorts like St. Moritz). Amid mountain peaks and verdant meadows, this enclave stands out for its quaint architecture, with many handsome houses adorned with traditional paintings, etched windows, and ancient inscriptions called sgraffiti. While wandering the quiet lanes, listen for locals speaking Romansh, a language that survives only in this isolated region.

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