Europe’s most spectacular skylines that will leave you breathless

Europe is one of the top travel destinations out there but it’s not all thanks to its impressive natural landscapes, romantic getaways, or impressive medieval monuments. In fact, the continent is home to some of the most unique and spectacular skylines in the world, too! Often associated with robust economic development and industrial advancement, towering skyscrapers give cities a distinctive charm and character. Let’s take a closer look at the best skylines in Europe:

Rotterdam, Netherlands

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This architecturally diverse man-made wonder presents a staggering sight that leaves anyone who is fortunate enough to witness its beauty speechless. Rotterdam’s skyline is located in a vibrant, modern port that is slowly transforming into the most innovative metropolitan cities in the world. In fact, it is where the Maastoren, the country’s tallest building, stands.

Frankfurt, Germany

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This European cosmopolitan offers an astounding downtown skyline. Nicknamed as the Manhattan of Germany, it houses the major finance and business center of the country, and is on the list of one of the most livable cities in the world. The architecture of the city is a celebration and a show of its economic power, boasting a futuristic skyline shaped by the great Europaturm, the Messeturm, and the 56-story Commerzbank Tower. Tourists who want to fully experience the beauty of the city can go up the 208-meter Westendstraße 1 and the Main Tower – a popular skyscraper in the city with an observatory for public viewing.

London, England

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Come 2020, London’s famous skyline will be remarkably unrecognizable, thanks to the new permission for future architectural projects and innovations within and outside its financial districts. Currently, the city is a home to architectural innovations that make London’s skyline the most stunning in the world. The structures and style-rich buildings of this old city feature historical and modern artistry like the Big Ben, the London Eye, the Palace of Westminster, to name a few.

Europe’s most environmentally vulnerable regions are preparing for the worst

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Humanity is slowly waking up to the inevitable reality of climate change and its potential economic, social, and political repercussions. While some countries have been relatively fortunate to escape the wrath of the worsening changes in the world’s weather patterns, many of the most naturally vulnerable regions are preparing for the worst.

Europe, for instance, as part of the northern hemisphere, is experiencing an alarming pace of warming temperatures more than the global average. Because of this, experts have warned the country of multiple climatic hazards.

According to a related study, European mountain ranges such as the Pyrenees and the Alps will soon experience a dramatic glacier-melting temperature rise – and the Mediterranean is facing the same threat of extreme and drastic heat, possibly triggering a region-wide drought, forest fires, and crop failure.

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Even countries fronting the Atlantic could suffer the opposite but similar fate, with experts predicting heavier rainfalls, bigger flood risks as well as continuous devastations from storms of unprecedented strength.

Recently, a massive earthquake shook the Turkish coast and the Greek Islands. Greece and Turkey, according to United Nations University for Environment and Human Security’s (UNU-EHS) World Risk Report in 2015, are among the countries in the continent vulnerable to natural disasters more specifically earthquakes.

These two major European countries are considered the most earthquake-prone countries in the region because of its unfortunate location, seated on the meeting point of Eurasian and African tectonic plates.

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Since most Europeans live in the cities, urban development experts agree that focusing the attention on infrastructure can be the first line of defense against natural disasters and a long-term solution in coping with climate change. In fact, many cities have adapted similar plans like Copenhagen, Bratislava, London, and Almada in Portugal. Other major cities like Bologna, a medieval city prone to flooding and heatwaves, followed a totally different approach

Experience an extraordinary gastronomic adventure in these underrated EU cities

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Europe is a major destination for hundreds of millions of tourists around the world. In fact, the hospitality business in the region is so big that in 2014, one in ten enterprises in the European non-financial business economy belonged to the tourism industries. Its biggest attractions are its majestic ancient and medieval wonders, but visitors also flock to the continent for its diverse and glamorous food scene.  Whether you’re a foodie who just wants to have that once-in-a-lifetime gastronomic experience or if you’re a humble connoisseur of the finest wines, these emerging food hotpots in Europe should be on your itinerary:

 

1. Dubrovnik

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Located along the Dalmatian coastline, this fascinating Croatian city is a home to a delectable range of seafood cuisines, cooked fresh off the boat in a Mediterranean-style of food preparation that will definitely bring up your appetite.  If you’re more of a truffle fan, did you know that it was in Croatia where they have discovered one of the world’s largest truffle? No wonder why gourmet fungi is popular all over the country.

 

2. Bordeaux

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Paris and Lyon may be two of the most visited places to eat in France but Bordeaux has its own charm when it comes to its wine culture – however, if we scratch the surface, there’s more to this French city than just a haven of finest wines – its emerging food and restaurant culture. The developing food scene in Bordeaux is credited to the advent of the bistronomy movement, a new culinary movement that’s rejuvenating France’s restaurant scene, attracting a new wave of chefs and culinary experts to the city.

 

3. Lisbon

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An impressive range of seafood from the waters of the Atlantic, an abundance of fruits and fresh meat from Portugal’s countryside: what more could any epicurean ask for? This destination is a treasure island for gourmet pirates who would to enjoy the privilege of a wide selection of Michelin starred- restaurants, relaxed cafes, and interesting establishments and bistros around the city.

Small towns and nature sanctuaries to visit in Europe

Traveling Europe offers a delightful experience for anyone who is willing to explore its hidden wonders. It will not be the world’s top continent for tourists for no reason. In fact, the hospitality industry forms one of its strongest and most resilient economic sectors, with six of the world’s 10 most visited countries located within its borders (in Spain alone, more than $56 billion in tourist spending was generated in 2015). However, aside from the famous sites that tourists usually visit (e.g. Paris, Rome, London, etc.), there are other charming destinations that you should definitely see at least once in your life.

If you’re looking for a list of unique and inspiring European travel destinations, these small towns and nature sanctuaries are all you need.

  1. Göreme National Park

Located in Turkey, this picturesque national park was naturally created by the process of erosion. It is the haven to an abundant flora and a glorious collage of valleys, hills and alluvial streams. The national park is also a home to bizarre yet beautiful rock formations called, ‘fairy chimneys’ and were once a booming residence of the region’s old inhabitants.

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  1. Conwy, Wales

This Welsh town is one of Europe’s finest sites, highlighting medieval walls and majestic castles. In fact, Conwy is a walled market town. Plus, its local beer and lager breweries at the Albion Ale House offer a unique 1920s pub experience.

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  1. Cinque Terre

This breathtaking national park is located in Italy, showcasing an extraordinary blend of nature and culture. Aside from its spectacular line of small beaches and coves, it is also a home to wildlife and a site of vibrant and nostalgic medieval quarters.

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  1. Kilkenny

This Irish city is located in the province of Leinster. Although locals and travelers know Kilkenny as a city, the land area is just the size of a large town. It treasures scenic heritage and historical marvels like the St Canice’s Cathedral, Kilkenny Castle, and medieval walls.

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REPOST: EU-ROAD TRIP! How you can travel to up to 15 countries across Europe this summer for under £300

Do you want to travel across breathtaking and historic Europe but you fear your budget might not cut it? Read this article on The Sun to get some inspiration:

 

It turns out a summer backpacking across Europe isn’t just for people with bottomless pockets.

A new report has revealed that you can visit 15 European countries for under £300, if you travel by bus.

 

A new report has revealed that you can visit 15 European countries for under £300

 

The study by travel search platform Wanderu reveals how to plot the bargain break of a lifetime this summer.

The multi-city trip is a loop, allowing travellers to start and finish their journey from any one of the featured capitals.

It features stops in London, Brussels, Luxembourg City, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Berlin, Warsaw, Prague, Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest, Zagreb, Rome, Bern and Paris.

It has never been more affordable to travel internationally than right now, thanks to the rise of budget bus travel, with trips from Paris to Amsterdam for £16, and trips from Berlin to Vienna for £19.

 

Prices are based on the average cost of bus tickets available on for each route over a 30-day period

 

On average, this trip would cost you £476.03, but if you plan enough in advance and are flexible, the lowest prices found for each route over a 30-day period came to £298.82.

In total, the journey time over the entire trip is 144 hours, but some legs can be as little as one-hour long, while the longest is just over 20 hours long.

Some do include a transfer, although that is included in the total time of the journey leg.