It’s Monday, six o’clock in the evening, and you’ve found yourself stuck in rush hour traffic. Ever dreamt of moving far, far away from it all? Not many of us get to live in the kinds of idyllic little settlements you see in Disney cartoons. But these places do exist, and they aren’t all tourist traps either – around the world there are picturesque villages with independent commerce and real people going about their daily lives. If traveling the globe isn’t in your budget, you can check out this list of 11 incredible villages from around the world.
The word “commune” conjures up some specific mental imagery of gentle hippie folk living off the land, but in France the word refers to a type of administrative division, roughly equivalent to a township. Kaysersberg is one such commune, known for its top-tier wine production and historical importance during the Franco-Prussian War. It bears a striking resemblance to the town portrayed in Disney’s Beauty And The Beast. Gamers may notice it looks a lot like the Riverwood town in Skyrim.
This isn’t an amusement park, it’s the colorful town of Rotenberg, a German village with an incredibly well-preserved medieval mainstreet.
Gudvangen is a popular destination for visitors to Norway, and it’s easy to see why. Beyond being breathtakingly scenic, the lakeside town boasts a ton of options for outdoor adventure – from sailing and kayaking to hiking in the lush countryside.