• Some Europe travel hotspots can't be missed

    2013-01-04

    Traveling through Europe offers some of the most diverse experiences you can find. Whether you want to get your adrenaline pumping with some adventure travel opportunities or would rather sample some of the best cuisine the continent has to offer, it's all there. There are also a wide variety of famous landmarks you should check out, but there are a few in particular that stand above the rest.

    Sagrada Familia, Barcelona
    There's no other building on earth quite like the Sagrada Familia. Construction on the enormous church, which was designed in large part by Antoni Gaudi, began in 1882, and despite its immense size and historical weight, it's not expected to be officially completed until the mid 2020s. Despite not being finished, it still has plenty to offer. Today, its unique design - which includes eight spires and several different facades - makes it one of the most recognizable structures in Europe.

    Once you enter the Sagrada Familia, there are plenty of highlights to explore. In particular, you should make a point to climb to the top of one of the church's several towers. You can also visit the building's nave and crypt to make for a well-rounded experience.

    St. Mark's Basilica, Venice
    While the Sagrada Familia is undoubtedly one of the most unique structures in Europe, they don't get much better than Venice's St. Mark's Basilica. This famous church has been an icon of the city ever since it was completed in the 17th century, thanks in large part to its five enormous domes. Though its exterior is certainly a large draw, once you set foot inside you'll see why so many people make a point to visit St. Mark's. Specifically, much of the interior is covered with beautiful mosaics that help highlight the extraordinary artistic skill of the designers.

    Brandenburg Gate, Berlin
    Churches, cathedrals and palaces may be among the most recognizable sites in Europe, but the Brandenburg Gate stands as one of the most historically significant. A symbol of the city, the Brandenburg Gate was built in the late 18th century and has stood through some of the continent's most trying times. Though it was heavily damaged during World War II, it stands today as a popular tourist destination and provides one of the best photo opportunities in the country.

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