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Europe is made up of several old countries, each of which has its own unique travel destinations.  What is universal in Europe is that each country has remnants from its past.  There are castles, monuments, museums and more for visitors to discover.

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Paris, France

Paris is a must-see destination in Europe.  It is home to the Champs-Elysees, an avenue lined with some of the best stores in the world.  Visitors will also find trendy restaurants, the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower and several more touristy spots within the city limits.  Visitors staying more than a day or two should check out the Arc de Triomphe, the Place des Vosges and the Notre Dame Cathedral.

Rome, Italy

Like Paris, Rome is home to several great travel destinations.  There are many historic monuments within the city, including the Coliseum and the Pantheon, two of the oldest structures in Italy.

One of the best parts about Rome is that many of these must-see spots are located only a short distance apart.  Visitors who decide to explore on foot will enjoy taking in the famous Trevi Fountain or stopping for a breather at the Spanish Steps.

Santorini, Greece

Santorini makes for a gorgeous getaway.  This romantic island is surrounded by sparkling blue-green water and is lined with black sand beaches.  Steep cliffs and whitewashed houses complete the picture-perfect island.

Santorini is a great destination for relaxing along the beach, snorkeling, or exploring an ancient settlement.  Santorini is home to Akrotiri, a settlement that was buried beneath ash when a volcano erupted there hundreds of years ago.

London, England

big ben london england London features Westminster Abbey and the National Gallery.  The abbey is a famous church that has been used in the crowning of the monarchs since the 9th century, and the gallery is filled with world class artwork.  The works of such renowned artists as Leonardo da Vinci, Van Gogh and Rembrandt, hang in the gallery.

While in London, visitors should stop by the Houses of Parliament and see the iconic bell tower, Big Ben.  Visitors can also check out the famous Tower of London or watch the changing of the guard in front of Buckingham Palace.

Berlin, Germany

Berlin is full of landmarks.  Tourists will enjoy taking a break in the Tiergarten, a large park in the heart of the city.  Numerous memorials dot the city to remind citizens and visitors alike of Germany's painful role in World War II.  The Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church was rebuilt around wartime ruins following the war.  The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe remembers the victims of the holocaust.

The city of Berlin was divided by the Berlin Wall for many years following World War II.  But now the wall is gone, and the Brandenburg Gate is the only Berlin Wall gate still standing.  The gate is open to visitors as a memorial.

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Vienna, Austria

Vienna is a wonderful city that was once the Austro-Hungarian Empire's capital city.  Today, the city is filled with the charm of Baroque architecture.  Visitors will love exploring the many churches in town, wandering through museums, and experiencing royal life at one of the area castles.

Tourists flock to Belvedere Palace, which is made up of two separate castles separated by a garden.  This gorgeous estate was once home to Archduke Franz Ferdinand.  Now it features three wonderful museums.

Located on the grounds of Schonbrunn Palace is the Schonbrunn Zoo, the oldest zoo in the world.  The zoo features a rainforest house and an amazing aquarium, where tourists are able to walk below a simulated Amazon flood.

Brussels, Belgium

Brussels is an important administrative community.  It houses the headquarters for the European Commission and the Council of the European Union.  It is also the political seat of NATO and Western European Union.  The list goes on and on.  What Brussels is really known for is its urban atmosphere, rich architecture and art.

Perhaps the most unique thing in all of Brussels is the Atomium monument.  It was built for the 1958 Brussels World's Fair and represents a cell of an iron crystal.  The monument stands 335 feet tall and features spheres and vertical supports that visitors can enter to get a panoramic view of the city.

Prague, Czech Republic

prague castle czech republic Prague has long been known as the "hundred-spired city."  The city features cobblestone streets and, of course, spire-topped buildings.  Prague is also home to numerous cafes and restaurants, as well as churches and ancient bridges.

The city of Prague features Prague Castle, the largest ancient castle in the world.  Czech kings and Holy Roman Emperors used the castle.  Within its walls are the St. Vitus Cathedral and a monastery as well as numerous gardens and defense towers.

Also of interest in Prague are the Astronomical Clock, Charles Bridge and Lennon Wall.

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Copenhagen, Denmark

The Copenhagen skyline is speckled with towers, domes, and turrets.  This old city keeps things current with stylish restaurants, a pantomime theater and much more.  Copenhagen is a fun but vital city.  It houses Denmark's executive power, legislative power and judicial power all together in Christianborg Palace.

No stop to Copenhagen is complete without dropping by Amalienborg Palace, which is the winter home for the Danish royal family.  This beautiful castle features an octagonal square with a monument of King Frederik V in the center.

While in Copenhagen, visitors can make a wish at the Gefion Fountain.  This large fountain, located along the harbor, serves as a wishing well for visitors and residents alike.  The fountain features a scene of animals being driven by the Norse goddess, Gefyon.

Krakow, Poland

Krakow is a beautiful city full of churches and historic buildings.  Visitors love the Royal Castle, Cathedral on Wawel Hill (where King John III Sobieski is buried) and the Old Town.  Those that love architecture and craftsmanship should stop by St. Mary's Church.  The church was built in the 14th century and features a carved wooden altar.
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