Interesting facts make this world an interesting place. Every year millions of tourists visit Europe in order to see those world famous European tourist attractions that have bewitched everyone since time immemorial. While most people create an itinerary to cover these attractions, there are others who would like to delve into interesting facts about this continent. Let us see what they are:
1. Italians don't drink cappuccino after 11 AM: Well, it is true! This country in Europe doesn’t take tea after 11 AM. Surprising! Isn’t It?
2. There are more Doner Kebab restaurants in Berlin than in Istanbul.
3. The most visited place in Europe is Disneyland, Paris. Definitely, one of the most visited Paris tours in Europe!
4. Only 1% of the items kept at the British Museum are actually on display. They have definitely much more than what they show.
5. The highest toilet in Europe is on Mont Blanc at over 4,200 meters!
6. Perucica in Bosnia is one of the last rainforests in Europe. That's right, Europe has rainforests!
7. Bulgaria is the oldest country in Europe and it hasn't changed its name since 681 AD.
8. The Leaning Tower of Pisa took more than 200 years to build…and it still leans.
9. Croissants were actually invented in Austria. General perception sees them as French!
10. The escalators in London's underground travel two times the circumference of the Earth every week
11. Thanks to the Lochness Monster, Scotland receives the equivalent of 7 million Euros every year due to tourism.
12. The longest town name in Europe is Lanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch in Wales
13. Liechtenstein is a very small country. During its last military engagement in 1866 they sent out 80 soldiers and came back with 81. Apparently they made a friend in Italy.
14. Europe is named after a Phoenician princess called Europa; she was seduced by Greek God Zeus when he disguised himself as a bull.
15. Istanbul is the only metropolis in the world bridging two continents. Istanbul was Europe’s Capital of Culture in 2010, a program initiated by the European Union.
16. Europe is home to both the smallest country in the world, Vatican City State (Stato della Città del Vaticano), and the largest, Russia (by both population and area).
17. Cemeteries are often sad places, but they can also be amusing and entertaining. Sapanta, in Northern Romania, is worldwide famous for its Merry Cemetery, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Sapanta is a unique cemetery and a major touristic attraction.
18. Many of the greatest empires in history were based in Europe. The British Empire was at one time the largest empire in the world. It covered more than 36 million square kilometers and had a population between 480 and 570 million people. At the peak of the Empire’s power, it was said that the “sun never sets” on it, because the sun was always shining on at least one part of the Empire. It covered a quarter of the Earth’s surface. Other notable colonial empires were the Spanish Empire, the Russian Empire, the French Empire, the Portuguese Empire etc.The Roman Empire, a pre-colonial empire, often described as the cradle of modern civilization, was one of the world’s most successful empires.
19. Unknown to many of us, the famous Statue of Liberty was designed by Frédéric Bartholdi. The colossal neoclassical sculpture was constructed in France and given as a gift of friendship to the United States of America. Alexandre Gustave Eiffel, the brilliant French engineer behind the Eiffel Tower in Paris, made the statue’s steel framework.
20. Founded in 897, Hungary is one of the oldest countries in Europe (before France and Germany became separate entities, and before the unification of Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms.
Hope our list adds more fuel to your desire to explore Europe!
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