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Old Towns

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An Old Town is a town center of significant age, at least built before the advent of rail travel in the mid-19th century.

Old Towns are significant for narrow streets, fitted for pedestrians rather than automobiles. As buildings were made by hand, architecture is much different from modern town centers. Many of them have city walls or other fortifications.

Several Old Towns are recognized on the UNESCO World Heritage List. In contrast to archaeological sites, most Old Towns are still inhabited.

Famous Old Towns


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As Old Towns are frequented by tourists, meals might be overpriced.


The Old Towns usually contain historic inns, limited in size compared to the Grand Old Hotels of the late-19th century.



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