10 Actual Town that Look Just Like Hogsmeade
Remember Hogsmeade? All Harry Potter fans will know and we shall tell you no further, but for those who doesn’t have a clue, we would gladly leave you some explanation. Hogsmeade Village (or simply called Hogsmeade) is the all-wizarding village in Harry Potter novel series. Hogsmeade is a picturesque little village of cottages and shops, with enchanted candles hanging in the trees during the holidays. Ever imagine there’s actual town in real world that looks just like that, and one that you can actually visit? Read on, Muggles.
1. Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany
Rothenburg ob der Tauber is a town in the district of Ansbach of Mittelfranken (Middle Franconia), the Franconian region of Bavaria, Germany. It is well known for its well-preserved mediaval old town, a destination for tourists from around the world. It is part of the popular Romantic Road through southern Germany.
2. Colmar, France
Colmar is the third-largest commune of the Alsace region in north-eastern France. The town is situated along the Alsatian Wine Route considers itself to be the “capital of Alsatian wine” (capitale des vins d’Alsace). The city is renowned for its well preserved old town, its numerous architectural landmarks and its museums, among which is the Unterlinden Museum with the Isenheim Altarpiece.
3. Zurich, Switzerland
Zürich or Zurich is the largest city in Switzerland and the capital of the canton of Zurich. It is located in north-central Switzerland at the northwestern tip of Lake Zurich. Most of Zürich’s sites are located within the area on either side of the Limmat river, between the main railway station and Lake Zurich. The churches and houses of the old town are clustered here, as are the most expensive shops along the famous Bahnhofstrasse. The Lindenhof in the old town is the historical site of the Roman castle, and the later Carolingian Imperial Palace.
Erfurt is the capital city of Thuringia and the main city nearest to the geographical centre of modern Germany, located 100 kilometres (62 miles) south-west of Leipzig, 150 km (93 miles) north of Nuremberg and 180 km (112 miles) south east of Hanover. Famous buildings are the Krämerbrücke, a bridge completely covered with dwellings, and Erfurt Synagogue which was established in the 11th century and is the oldest standing synagogue in Europe. Furthermore, the medieval city centre consists of old timber-framed houses and about 25 Gothic churches.
5. Salzburg, Austria
Salzburg, literally meaning: “Salt Fortress”, is the fourth-largest city in Austria and the capital of the federal state of Salzburg. Salzburg’s “Old Town” (Altstadt) is internationally renowned for its baroque architecture and is one of the best-preserved city centers north of the Alps. It was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. The city has three universities and a large population of students. Tourists also frequent the city to tour the city’s historic center, many palaces, and the scenic Alpine surroundings.
6. Tallinn, Estonia
Tallinn is the capital and largest city of Estonia. Tallinn’s Old Town is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is ranked as a global city and has been listed among the top 10 digital cities in the world. The city was a European Capital of Culture for 2011, along with Turku in Finland. What can arguably be considered to be Tallinn’s main attractions are located in the old town of Tallinn (divided into a “lower town” and Toompea hill) which is easily explored on foot. The eastern parts of the city, notably Pirita (with Pirita Convent) and Kadriorg (with Kadriorg Palace) districts, are also popular destinations, and the Estonian Open Air Museum in Rocca al Mare, west of the city, preserves aspects of Estonian rural culture and architecture.
Kitzbühel is a small medieval town in Tyrol, Austria and the administrative centre of the Kitzbühel district (Bezirk). The town is situated in the Kitzbühel Alps about 100 kilometres east of the state capital of Innsbruck. It is a ski resort of international renown. Together with the pistes and ski lifts in neighbouring Kirchberg in Tirol, Jochberg and by the Thurn Pass Kitzbühel is one of the largest ski regions in Austria. With around 10,000 hotel and guest house beds, Kitzbühel and its neighbours have an unusually high density of guest accommodation.
8. Hildesheim, Germany
Hildesheim is a city in Lower Saxony, Germany. It is located in the district of Hildesheim, about 30 km southeast of Hanover on the banks of the Innerste River, which is a small tributary of the Leine River. These are some notable sight, the historic market place (Marktplatz) was once considered one of the most beautiful market places in the world; The Knochenhaueramtshaus (“Butchers’ Guild Hall”), known as a beautiful and fine specimen of half-timbered building; The Town Hall, erected in the 13th century in Gothic style. Partly destroyed in 1945, it was rebuilt and inaugurated in 1954, and many more!
York is a historic walled city at the confluence of the Rivers Ouse and Foss in North Yorkshire, England, and is the traditional county town of Yorkshire to which it gives its name. The city has a rich heritage and has provided the backdrop to major political events in England throughout much of its two millennia of existence. The city offers a wealth of historic attractions, of which York Minster is the most prominent, and a variety of cultural and sporting activities making it a popular tourist destination for millions.
10. Old Quebec City, Canada
Old Québec is a historic neighbourhood of Quebec City, the capital of the province of Quebec in Canada. Comprising the Upper Town (French: Haute-Ville) and Lower Town (French: Basse-Ville), the area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the upper town, you’ll find most of the buildings date back to the 19th century with the construction of some dating as far back as the 17th and 18th centuries. The area has several commercial roads like Saint-Jean, Sainte-Anne and De Buade streets. Some public administration and other institutions found at the heart of the city include the Québec City Council, the Séminaire de Québec, the Ursulines Convent, and the Augustinian Monastery and l’Hotel-Dieu de Quebec. It also has a vast choice of accommodations including the famous Chateau Frontenac since Old Québec is among the most popular tourist destinations.