Most Colorful Places in Europe You Can Reach by Train
Though natural attractions abound in Europe, there’s something quite magical about exploring those colorful places in Europe made exclusively by us humans, or in collaboration with Mother Nature. In some cases it’s a natural process that’s taken years to form a seemingly obvious color scheme. In others, it’s a deliberate design decision that leads a city to earn accolades for its appearance. Whatever the case, here are seven of the most colurful cities in Europe you can reach by train.
Colorful places in Europe
1. Cinque Terre, Italy
The five quaint villages of Riomaggiore, Vernazza, Manarola, Corniglia, and Monterosso al Mare, together Cinque Terre, are one of Italy’s most celebrated – and colorful – attractions. The rainbow colored houses that teeter on the rugged cliffs are particularly impressive when viewed from the water. It’s without doubt one of the most unique and colorful places in Europe.
How to get there by train: There are regular trains to Cinque Terre from Florence. The journey takes approximately 3 hours and may require up to two changes.
2. Juzcar, Spain
Juzcar’s blue house have made this one of Spain’s most colorful villages. This cheerfully blue village, set in stunning hills of Andalusia, owes its color scheme to a Sony marketing campaign for the Smurf movie back in 2011. It stuck, and when Sony offered to repaint the walls white again, residents politely declined as they saw the tourism benefit of standing out from the crowd.
How to get there by train: Take a train from Madrid to Ronda. They run three times a day and take approximately 3h45m. From Ronda, you will need to take a hire a car or take a short taxi ride to Júzcar.
3. Copenhagen, Denmark
Denmark is a surprisingly colorful nation, in spite of, or perhaps because of, the weather. Though the capital’s Nyhavn Canal was once the hedonistic haunt for weary sailors, today the beautiful narrow houses are among the city’s most vibrant and revered.
How to get there by train: There are regular trains to Copenhagen from throughout Scandinavia. There are also connections from Germany, including easy connections from Hamburg.
4. Burano Island, Italy
Local fishermen are supposedly also to thank for the vividly colored houses on Burano Island, near Venice. They allegedly painted their houses in the various bright shades in order to highlight where their properties started and ended, and to make them more visible from the water. True or not, it’s without doubt one of the most colorful regions of the Venetian lagoon.
How to get there by train: Catch a train to Venice – there are regular connections from Milan that take 2h35m. From Venice you’ll need to catch a boat to reach Burano Island.
5. Wroclaw, Poland
Poland’s Old Towns often hand out surprisingly pleasing architectural highlights. The city of Wroclaw is no exception. The Wroclaw Old Town has been beautifully preserved, and in spite of the several architectural influences and colors, there’s a pleasing, bright uniformity on display.
How to get there by train: There are regular direct trains to Wroclaw from the capital Warsaw that take approximately 3h45m.
6. Colmar, France
At times walking through the adorable town of Colmar, on the border between France and Germany, may feel a bit like walking through the pages of a fairytale. The town centre features canals, bridges, hanging flowerpots, and a collection of stunning pastel-colored half-timbered houses.
How to get there by train: There are regular TGV trains between Paris and Colmar, including several direct connections that take approximately 2h15m.
7. Lisse, The Netherlands
Keukenhof in Lisse may just be one of the most colorful places in Europe, at least during spring. Each year from March to May thousands of tulips and other flowers burst to life in a spectacular natural display. Flower fan or not, a visit to what many people call the Garden of Europe during this time is a truly breathtaking experience.
How to get there by train: Lisse is located just a short journey away from Amsterdam. You can catch the train from Amsterdam Centraal to Schipol Airport, and then connect by bus to reach Keukenhof.
8. Istanbul, Turkey
At times Istanbul may feel like any other busy, monochromatic city. But step inside the Grand Bazaar and you’ll quickly change your opinion. There you’ll find an array of jewels, carpets, spices and silks of so many variations and colors you won’t really know where to look. Add in the pleasing chaos and intense coffee aromas and you’ll see why this is one of the most fascinating and colorful places in Europe.
How to get there by train: There are regular trains to Istanbul from throughout Turkey, as well as long distance and overnight trains from neighbouring European countries.
9. Sighisoara, Romania
UNESCO World Heritage Site Sighisoara is the most colorful town in Romania. The narrow rows of houses lining the cobblestoned streets are not just pleasingly painted in an array of colors, they’re also quirkily designed and full of surprises.
How to get there by train: There are regular direct trains between Sighisoara and the capital Sofia that take approximately 5 hours.
10. Porto, Portugal
The dominant color in this vibrant Portuguese city is its pleasant pastel blue painted on the numerous tile murals. In fact, the train station at which you’ll most likely arrive serves up the best example of this. But step outside, and you’ll be greeted by a range of other typically Portuguese colors – including yellows, oranges and reds, which are particularly prevalent in the winding streets of Ribeira.
How to get there by train: There are regular trains between Lisbon and Porto that take approximately 2h40m.
If you’re planning a rail trip around the continent, then make an effort to pop into one of these colorful cities in Europe. With a Eurail Global Pass, you can easily include more than one, which will no doubt leave you with fond memories and an array of vibrant photos.
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