These tiny towns – which usually require many different modes of transportation, and maybe even walking – are so small, they hardly show up on the map.

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Shirakawa-go, Japan

Population: 1,630

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During the winter, secluded Shirakawa-go resembles an alpine Christmas village. It is located along a river, isolated on top of a mountain. The houses are built with thatched roofs, gassho-zukuri. These structures – piles of woven reeds form an angle, like praying hands – are the reason the village was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995.

Český Krumlov, Czech Republic

Population: 13,557

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Český Krumlov is an S-shaped settlement by the Vltava River in South Bohemia. Rich in Renaissance, Gothic and Baroque architecture, the best examples of which can be found in its impressive castle. Cobbled streets and brick buildings, domes and monuments, all together in one so da city.

Santa Maddalena, Italy

Population: 478

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This small mountain village in the Dolomites, surrounded by snow-capped peaks and green hills, is the alpine dream. South Tyrol was once part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, so the signs are in German, Italian and the local Ladin language. The food is a similar cultural mix, and this picturesque town is a skier’s paradise. It doesn’t have many hotels.

St Ives, Cornwall, United Kingdom

Population: 10,756

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This former fishing village has been transformed into a major cultural capital with a famous festival every September and a – all its own – Tate gallery. St Ives, has a natural light of magnificence. It’s what’s drawn creative types to the city for almost a century, from established artists like Bernard Leach and Barbara Hepworth to amateur street artists.

Jajce, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Population: 30,758

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Jajce was the capital of medieval Bosnia, and you can still see the ancient castle on top of the hill. The biggest “weapon” of the city, however, is the Pliva waterfall, which pours over the confluence of the Pliva and Vrbas rivers.

Paraty, Brazil

Population: 44,175

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Stepantsminda, Georgia

Population: 1,326

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Hallstatt, Austria

Population: 780

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Getting to Hallstatt is not the easiest thing in the world. The route includes beautiful small towns but winding, narrow roads. Hallstatt is considered the oldest continuously inhabited village in Europe. In this alpine town, pastel baroque buildings and wooden houses are wedged so steeply into the foothills of the Dachstein mountains.

Sakrisøy and Reine, Norway

Population: Under 1,000

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This pair of tiny fishing villages is located far, far north in Norway’s Lofoten archipelago. The long journey to get there requires a flight or two, a bus and/or a ferry. But there you will see the fishermen’s huts from the Reinebringen Hike, you will kayak in the fjords or gaze at the Northern Lights.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany

Population: 11,238

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The best preserved medieval walled city in the country. The pastel wooden buildings and medieval stonework are a part of the typical Bavarian culture of this fairytale town. Pay a visit to the Museum of Medieval Crime and Justice, which offers a ‘wonderful’ tour of the tortures of the Middle Ages.

Eze, France

Population: 2,343

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On the coast between Nice and Monaco, carved into a 1,400-foot mountain peak, lies this fairytale medieval village. The winding cobbled streets are filled with historic statues from the 1700s and lots of flowers. The botanical garden (Jardin Exotique d’Eze) overlooks the tiny town and is filled with cacti and offers a spectacular 360-degree view of the magnificent Cote d’Azur.