7 Whimsical Cottagecore Countries You Should Visit

You have seen the pictures of hundreds of charming farmhouses and lakeside cottages and you want to finally visit such places to experience the cottagecore vibe in real life.

All around the world, you will be able to find picturesque and aesthetic places, but there are some countries that just fit the description better than others.

Most of these are located in Europe, the continent that influences the cottagecore aesthetic the most and where you will definitely find what you are looking for.

Countries like Germany and England still have buildings from the 19th century and even medieval times, so look no further and continue with this list of 7 whimsical cottagecore countries and some of their best places to visit.

7. France

Claude Monet's house

France is so well known for its capital city Paris that people often forget that there is so much more to this multifaceted country.

With pastel houses and hilltop views, you will definitely find the cottagecore vibe you are looking for.

31% of France is covered by forests which is only slightly less than Germany so there is a lot to see for all those nature seekers.

In Giverny, Normandy you can visit Claude Monet’s riverside house and his famous gardens that are absolutely breathtaking.

With thousands of flowers and plants, it’s truly a magical experience and you will quickly understand why Monet chose this place for his inspiration.

Hunspach, Alsace is one of the most beautiful villages in France and a former Swedish settlement which becomes evident through their charming half-timbered houses.

Going south, you will find the most perfect combination of cottagecore and southern France in Villefranche sur Mer.

It’s just 10 minutes away from Monaco and truly a piece of paradise with crystalline waters.

6. Italy

Italian cottages

Italy is one of the most romantic places on earth with a picturesque landscape and tons of wine.

You can travel there to enjoy the ancient roads of Rome, the romantic canals in Venice, or the endless vineyards in Tuscany.

A few gems you can check out are Alberobello, Garden of Ninfa, and Montefalco.

It’s really a wonderful country to just relax and slow down and take in the calming atmosphere.

5. United States

Vermont in autumn

The United States is such a diverse country that you can find nearly anything there.

Vermont is definitely one of the best American cottagecore destinations and especially pretty in autumn.

If you want to visit California, Carmel and Solvang are super quaint towns.

Washington state has enchanting storybook cottages and log cabins that I would love to stay at someday.

The Pacific Northwest in general has amazing towns and forests.

4. Ireland

traditional cottages in Ireland

Ireland is known for rolling green hills and foggy mystery with lots of moss and millstone.

There are also many cottages with lime-washed walls, small windows, a low door, and a thatched roof.

In the whole country, you will find the highest proportion of thatched cottages in Limerick, specifically in Adare.

Waterford is Ireland’s first city and in Dunmore East, you will also be able to admire the charming Irish cottages.

3. Germany

Rothenburg ob der Tauber

I was born and raised in Germany and I can assure you that there are many places to visit if you are into cottagecore.

But in my opinion, Bavaria has the best ones, from whimsical towns to fairytale castles and romantic roads.

You can visit the Neuschwanstein Castle, Blaubeuren, and Rothenburg ob der Tauber.

Outside of Bavaria, you should consider the beautiful Spreewald and Schwarzwald.

2. Switzerland

Valley in Lauterbrunnen

Switzerland has a stunning natural landscape with 208 mountains and over 7,000 lakes that are so clear that you can see all the way to the bottom.

One of the most cottagecore children’s books, Heidi, is set in the Swiss Alps and the world-famous story can be hiked and experienced in Maienfeld.

You can find stone cottages in a lot of places throughout the country like Foroglio, Ticino which also has a mesmerizing waterfall.

A must-visit is definitely Lauterbrunnen, a place straight out of a fairy tale.

It is situated in a deep valley between gigantic mountain peaks and features 72 waterfalls.

1. United Kingdom

Castle Combe in Cotswolds

England is one of the first countries that comes to mind when thinking about the 19th western European flair.

With its quaint villages and idyllic country walks, the UK is one of the top cottagecore places to visit.

The landscape is dominated by rolling plains and rural villages that look like they came just out of a fairytale.

Southern England, especially, is known for its stunning gardens and calm countryside that draws in thousands of tourists each year.

One of the top places to visit is Castle Combe, Cotswolds which is known as the ‘prettiest village in England’.

You can walk between rows and rows of picturesque stone cottages that are built with yellow limestone which makes you feel like time has stood still.

Another beautiful village with thatched cottages is Lustleigh, Devon that looks the most serene in winter.

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