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31 Unreal Travel Destinations in Europe You Didn't Realize You Could Visit

Aug 24 2014 - 10:00pm

Summer is coming to an end, but that doesn't mean we aren't dreaming of a vacay [1]. Euro trip, anyone? Next time you decide to cross the Atlantic, make sure to check out these 31 incredible places that go beyond the stereotypical tourist attractions like the Eiffel Tower and Big Ben. It's about time we rack up some frequent-flier miles.

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Hveravellir

Check out this nature reserve in Iceland to see pools of geothermal water.

Italian Riviera

Centered in Genoa, Italy, the Italian Riviera is on the edge of an area filled with small villages, fishing ports, and tree-filled mountains.

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Lofoten Islands

These Norwegian islands contain endless beaches, surrounded by large mountains. It's rare to find this kind of scenery anywhere else.

Museum aan de Stroom

The largest museum in Antwerp, Belgium, is a modern masterpiece that just opened a couple of years ago.

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Aiguille du Midi mountain

This mountain has a breathtaking view of the French Alps.

Abisko National Park

Enjoy some of Sweden's most beautiful wildlife and lakes at this national park.

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St. Basil's Cathedral

This colorful church in Moscow was built to look like a bonfire reaching up toward the sky.

Knossos

You can visit Europe's oldest city, which is filled with historical ruins, in Crete, Greece.

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Hallstatt

The small village in Austria is surrounded by glassy waters and massive mountains.

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Preikestolen

Getting to the top of this crazy steep cliff in Norway would be an experience you can't miss out on.

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Kiev Pechersk Lavra Monastery

Take a look inside this monastery to see historic art and architecture — it's one of Ukraine's most breathtaking monuments.

Mont Saint-Michel

You haven't seen all of France until you have seen this ancient island commune.

Verdon Gorge

You will never see water as blue as the water in this river canyon located in the south of France.

Wawel Cathedral

Make sure to stop by this cathedral in Poland. You can take tours of its many chapels and burial chambers.

Krka

Take a dip in this Croatian river filled with tiny waterfalls.

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Eden Project

These artificial biomes in Cornwall, England, contain plant life from all over the world. If the outside doesn't draw you in, the inside certainly will.

Aurora Borealis

View one of the most beautiful natural phenomena in the world above the fjords of Norway.

Bled Island

Set in the middle of a lake in Slovenia is Bled Island. It's the only natural island in the entire country.

Hundertwasser House

You can't miss this distinctive apartment building in Vienna, Austria. People from all over the world come to appreciate the unique architecture.

Ring of Kerry

If you're looking for a place to hike or try out some water sports, this area in Ireland offers all kinds of outdoor activities.

Berchtesgaden National Park

Lying within Germany's national park is Lake Köenigssee.

The ArcelorMittal Orbit

This huge swirly sculpture is in the Olympic Park in London.

Belém Tower

Portugal's fortified tower is a little piece of the past, set on the Lisbon shore.

Bachalpsee Lake

This crystal clear lake in Switzerland is incredible.

Krimml

This area has Austria's highest waterfall — and apparently some pretty rainbows, too.

Dolomites

You haven't seen mountains until you see these peaks in Italy.

Neuschwanstein Castle

Tucked away in the German countryside is this castle. If the architecture itself doesn't wow you, the spectacular views will.

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Matterhorn

This iconic Swiss mountain is about as majestic as it gets.

Plitvice Lakes

Why visit just one lake when you can visit 16 of them in Croatia?

White Cliffs of Dover

These bright white cliffs can be seen on the coast of England.

Duomo

This cathedral in Florence, Italy, was built in the 1400s but still stands tall above the city.

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