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Most world travelers have already been to Paris, London and Rome, so they might be looking for some unique Europe sights to visit. We have compiled this short list of places for those seeking some of Europe’s little known treasures.
Europe’s Unique Sights
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
In Croatia, located between the capital Zagreb and the little town of Zadar, you can visit Plitvice (pronounced Plit-vee-tc-ha) National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This park is blessed with spectacular scenery, sixteen blue-green lakes and numerous waterfalls. The park is open all year round, but the best time to visit is between May and September.
Bled, a small town in Slovenia sits below a fairy-tale castle on a hill overlooking the quaint town. Built in the 11th century, Bledski Grad castle offers bird’s eye views of the city and surrounding rural area. The town itself sits aside the deep, blue Lake Bled. Its church, Assumption of Mary Pilgrimage Church, looks to be rising from the depths of the lake. While visiting the church, try your hand at ringing the church’s bells, since many believe it will bring good luck. An hours’s drive from Ljubljana, the capital of Slovakia, Bled is truly one of Europe’s unique sights.
Another unique place with a hard to pronounce name is Mitterfirmiansreut, Germany. Here, if you are traveling in winter, you’ll find a functioning church, which is made out of snow and ice! For the past 100 winters, residents of this small town build a snow church (Schneekirche), famous for its exquisite craftsmanship. The church will only last until the temperature rises above zero Celsius degrees. Visit now, or you’ll have to wait until next year!
Pamukkale, which literally means “cotton castle,” is another of Europe’s unique sights that is worth visiting. It is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site together with Hierapolis – the ancient Byzantium city built at the top of this beautiful site. But what makes Pamukkale so unique? Well, the whole site, is perfectly white because of the salt deposits. The area has been famous for more than thousands of years because people bathe in its warm pools as a SPA treatment. Visit Pamukkale not only for its spectacular natural beauty, but because you can relax and treat yourself well in its health-giving spas.
Curonian Spit, Lithuania
And finally, one of the Europe’s most unique sights is The Curonian Spit. It is situated in the Curonian Spit National Park in Lithuania and the Kurshskaya National Park of the Russian Federation. Only about 98 km long and about 4 km wide, the Curonian Spit is one of the most beautiful creations of nature and one of the most interesting places to stay as well. A UNESCO World Heritage site, Curonian Spit offers miles of pristine beaches and ancient forests, fisherman villages, a bird migration path and ever-shifting sand dunes. Travel to this unique sight and enjoy one of nature’s masterpieces.
This post was written by staff for EuropeUpClose.com
Tuesday 9th of February 2016
Ohhh Our bucket list just got longer! Thank you for the inspiration! My boyfriend and I will have to change our travel priorities! We are going to Italy and Greece for 36 days in April, when we come back we will have to look into these spots!!! We just started a new Travel Blog 3 weeks ago! We only hope to be as successful as you one day! :)
Monday 25th of January 2016
Really amazing places these are. Wish to visit there in future. Thanks for sharing such a nice post.
Saturday 16th of January 2016
These places look like hidden gems, definitely a few to add to my bucket list!
Saturday 16th of January 2016
I did Plitvice and Bled:)