Sometimes we just want to live in the past. Luckily, in many places around Europe that’s still possible. Some small towns have resisted the onslaught of modernization and overwrought tourism infrastructure and managed to retain their old-world, charming identity.
In these small towns in Europe, from England to Romania, you’ll find well-preserved architecture dating back hundreds of years, and a pace of life that yanks you back through time. Although no destination is immune to the impact of tourism, these towns have so far been spared and still retain their postcard-esque aesthetic. Here are 40 European small towns that are straight out of a storybook.