February 21, 2018

Colorful Buildings in Europe

With a history dating back thousands of years, its no wonder Europe is full of villages and cities whose streets are lined with colorful buildings.


These colorful buildings line rivers,

Bamberg Colorful Buildings GermanyBamberg Germany

Dress Up Old Town’s,

Mainz Colorful Buildings GermanyMainz Germany

Or are as colorful as their past!

Erfurt Colorful Buildings GermanyErfurt Germany

Some villages are even known for their beautifully painted buildings.

Mittenwald Colorful Buildings GermanyMittenwald Germany


No matter the reason they exist, the colorful houses found in Europe delight us all and help keep memories of our visit fresh in our minds.

Lucerne Colorful Buildings SwitzerlandLucerne Switzerland

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  5. Christina says:

    Love the Bamberg shot! 🙂
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  7. Denise says:

    I am very, very fond of colourful European buildings. They are so charming when compared to the horrible 80s buildings which unfortunately took over at a time when it was all about being out with the old and in with the new.
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  8. Sofia says:

    I love the colorful buildings in Europe, they really add to the atmosphere.
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  9. These colorful and painted buildings and the charming towns are some of the reasons I love visiting Europe. These pictures are beautiful! One of my favorite places to visit in European cities are its Old Towns. Can’t wait to see some of these in Bavaria Germany this summer.
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      I’m looking forward to reading about your trip to Bavaria this summer! You’ll find lots of wonderful and colorful buildings.

  10. Hi Debbie, colorful buildings with exquisite architectures exemplify Europe for me. And those stunning photos make me crave to travel to Europe soon!
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      I know the feeling. Sorting through pictures always makes me nostalgic and wish I could go back!

  11. Margaret says:

    I love those towns that come right up to the river’s edge.
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  12. Nancie says:

    Love European building and architecture and this is a gorgeous collection of shots!
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      Thanks Nancie. The buildings and architecture of Europe sure make strolling through the cities very enjoyable 🙂

  13. Hey, no fair! You show us all these beautiful, colorful cities and don’t tell us where they are!!
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  14. They sure are beautiful, Debbie. Any building as colorful as these would be considered “artsy” in the US, not something a regular person would live in.
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      No a regular person in the US wouldn’t live in those. In fact, I don’t think neighbors would like it if someone painted they house one of these colors!

  15. I don’t usually think of colorful buildings when I think of Europe. These are wonderful. It makes sense that people living in places with long, gray winters would want to liven up their world.
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      I never thought they would be brightly painted to alleviate the grey winters! You may be on to something 🙂

  16. Colour certainly plays an important part in these beautiful towns but I don’t feel that we can neglect the part the architecture plays as well. When combined the two create the wonderful character of these towns and villages that mean they cannot be forgotten.
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  17. Europe does colourful buildings so well. I love how the really old buildings are given a new lease of life with a bright paint job. Great photos and a reminder to me – why not paint our grey house a lovely lilac colour?!!!
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      The colorful houses add so much charm. I think they just don’t go with our style of architecture!

  18. Leigh says:

    I do wish North American cities had more colour to them. I think we’re naturally drawn to the ones that are.
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  19. budget jan says:

    The colourful houses must add an extra charm when the skies are gloomy. I love the colourful buildings throughout Europe, but somehow they would not look the same back home. Lovely photos.
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      I love the colorful houses in Europe but you are so right about not liking them back home! Colorful houses at home seem very out of place.

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