So you’ve taken a walk down La Rambla. You’ve climbed the Eiffel Tower. You’ve had a pint of Guinness in Dublin’s fair city. What’s there left to do? You’re a Europe expert!
Well, not quite.
Aside from the traditional tourist attractions, the continent has so much to offer. You only have to look at the Europa Casino Geoguesser web app to realise you could be dropped in the centre of Europe and find something totally unique. A wonder of the world even.
We take a look at five of the most unusual visits across the 50 countries.
The Plitvice Lakes
Situated on the Croatia Bosnia border, you’d be forgiven for thinking the National park was a real-life photoshop image. The clear blue lakes separating the lush green forests are a vision of pure beauty, so it’s no wonder the park was one of the first natural sights to be inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
The park is awash with colourful vegetation and interesting wildlife, which include some of the rarest species on the planet, including the European brown bear, wild cats, and even eagles.
Commonly known as Dracula’s Castle, Bran Castle in the very heart of Romania is one of them most hauntingly beautiful pieces of architecture on the planet. Dating back to the 13th century the castle is one of the biggest tourist destinations in the country, and has been letting people through its doors for over 40 years.
You can discover the story of Dracula, whilst also exploring the other tales that have haunted the hill-top fortress for hundreds of years.
Another featuring fine architecture up in the clouds is the monasteries of Mereora in Greece. Comprising of six Eastern Orthodox monasteries in Greece, they are one of the most important complexes in the country, dating back to the ninth century.
Today, you can roam the monasteries before taking in the truly stunning views across the Pindus Mountains.
Ye Olde Trip To Jerusalem
Rather than sat on a mountain top, Ye Olde Trip To Jerusalem burrows into the hillside underneath the famous Nottingham Castle, and is the oldest pub in England.
The pub is well known for its caves, and is a must stop for anyone visiting the Midlands whilst in the UK. It dates back to 1189AD and has a series of old wives tales to go with it.
Rumour has it that ghosts frequent the watering hole, with glasses and bottles having been known to fly off the shelves. However, it’s the cursed galleon which is perhaps the most haunting of tales.
It lies in the bar, thick in dust due to the last three people who cleaned it dying mysterious deaths, all in the space of a year.
Monscau is one of the prettiest towns in Germany. Just a stone’s throw from Belgium, the town has many well-preserved wooden half-timbered houses and stunning features that will transport you back 300 years.
Once a town thriving in the cloth industry, the picturesque town sits in rolling hills, with splendid views and the most idyllic spot in the country to just sit and relax.