One thing is clear: Europe does not leave anyone indifferent. Each of the more than 50 countries offers something worth exploring, and Europe will not disappoint even the most capricious adventurer. But because the possibilities seem seemingly endless, planning a trip can be a real challenge.
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Whether you’re planning your next trip or just want to enjoy the beauty of nature, National Geographic offers five places to visit in Europe.
The village as a fairy tale – Hallstadt
Majestic glaciers, wonderful meadows and crystal clear water are just part of the attractiveness of this small village. Hallstatt, a UNESCO World Heritage Site Austria The middle is known for the oldest salt mine in the world. Significantly, years of salt mining have provided the city’s residents with a significant level of well-being. The mine also houses the oldest wooden staircase in Europe – three thousand years old.
Although the local population is only 780, due to heavy snowfall, the village has become a popular ski and snowboard destination in the winter season. The small Hallstadt is surrounded on all sides by mountains and scenic trails, but in autumn it delights the most – the incredible splendor of autumn surrounds the village lake, baroque style churches and small “fairy houses” every year.
Surreal Devil’s Bridge
Just a two hour drive from Germany capitals Berlin is located on the famous “Rakotzbrücke” bridge. Hidden in a magical place – Kromlava Azalea and Rhododendron Park, it has delighted visitors from all over the world since the 19th century.
Both ends of the bridge are decorated with rocks, rocky, jagged kayaks and leaf clippings, which give it a mysterious look. But not only that – there are unique fairy tales and legends about it. Due to its magical appearance, the original object even got the name “Devil’s Bridge”. Namely, it is built as a circle, but when reflected in the water, it creates the surreal, perfect circle illusion.
Legend has it that the devil, in exchange for help in construction, wanted to win the soul of the first person to cross the bridge. Others, on the other hand, argue that the perfect circle of reflection is like a “gateway” or “portal” to another world.
It is recommended to visit the place of interest in autumn, when the sun’s rays, reflected in the water, adorn the colors of the rainbow.
French splendor in Biarritz
Romance should also be on the go. Anyone will find it France in the town of Biarritz, which is like a dream on a summer night – turquoise water, the smell of lavender and luxurious restaurants. The “pearl” of southwestern France is proud of its architecture, castles and villas, not forgetting the impressive beaches.
Biarritz is a popular destination for surfers, royal family members and even celebrities. The elegant seaside town has been a popular resort since the 19th century. Biarritz is surrounded by cliffs, beaches and bays. Sweets lovers will not be indifferent either, as the city has an impressive chocolate museum “Planète Musée du Chocolat”.
This is also a great destination for those who prefer a leisurely holiday, such as watching the beautiful sunsets over the Bay of Biscay and enjoying the charm of France while in nature.
I am visiting Santa Claus in Lapland
Cold lovers will definitely enjoy a trip to a fairytale place – Lapland. There, reindeer greet visitors, sparkling white landscapes and wonderful northern lights. This is a dream destination not only for children, but also for adults, because the North Pole can captivate anyone.
Lapland is a magical and contrasting region, where 24 hours of sunlight in summer replaces dark and snowy winters. This place is unique, and the people of the region even laugh that there are eight seasons in Lapland instead of four.
The summer season is like no other – with endless, white nights and peaceful arctic nature. Then the brilliance is followed by a gorgeous autumn, but in winter, everyone has the opportunity to get to know Santa Claus and his creative helpers, as well as visit huskies and reindeer. In spring, you can go hiking in one of Lapland’s national parks and enjoy the cool mountain air.
A majestic natural wonder in Ireland
The beauty of Western Ireland, the Cliffs of Mohair, attracts millions of visitors every year. Their highest point reaches a height of almost 215 meters. The place where the land meets the sea surprises with amazing panoramic views and various rocky trails. Everyone can go and enjoy the breathtaking scenery and let the Atlantic winds blow their heads.
The best way to get to know the cliffs is to go on guided tours and explore both the trails and the seabirds that nest in the area. Also worth a visit is the picturesque Doolin – a small, traditional Irish village located near the cliffs. It is obligatory to enjoy lunch in one of the traditional pubs or “pubs”, where there is always fun and warm people.
On September 13, at 10 p.m., the season of National Geographic’s “Europe from a Bird’s Eye View” will resume, with the first series introducing viewers to Ireland or the “Green Island” from an unprecedented vantage point, from the rugged west coast to local engineering achievements.
Given the prevalence of Covid-19, the “Tourist Guide” calls for a careful assessment of the need to travel and visit public places, as well as, when going out in nature, investigate the most appropriate walking route, while protecting yourself and others.