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Sweden is much more than just low temperatures, snow, moose, Volvos and expensive alcohol. The large Scandinavian country also has a softer, more natural side, which is what these 17 amazing sunset photos can show you. It will definitely make you go øøøøh and åååååh.

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Rörtången, via Julian Appel

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Karlskrona, via Ski968
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The Alps, the Pyrenees, the Carpathian Mountains or the Apennines; there are lots of impressive mountain ranges in Europe. The photos in this Photo Essay simply underline the beauty of these mountains, as only looking at them will make you want to go hiking or climbing, just to enjoy the marvelous views.

Mont Blanc, France

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Via OneEighteen

Bohemian Switzerland, Czech Republic

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Via Ben
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De combination of a long and rich history, and the presence of dozens of large rivers in Europe, has lead to a huge amount of beautifully designed water crossings. We could have easily created a list with 25 great looking bridges, but decided to limit it to the eight most beautiful bridges. That also leaves an opening for ‘Eight Beautiful European Bridges – Part 2’…

1. Ponte dei Sospiri, Venice (Italy)

The Italian peninsula Venice is world famous for the innumerable amount of small canals and romantic bridges. This is one of the reasons that UNESCO listed the entire city center -including the wonderful Ponte dei Sospiri- on the World Heritage List.

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Photo via Imagonovus
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The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (or simply UNESCO) manages the World Heritage List, which contains 911 properties with outstanding universal value. As you’ll probably have never heard of most of these World Heritage Listings, Europeish highlights ten amazing properties from a different country every month. This month: Spanish World Heritage.

1. Alhambra (Grenada)

The Alhambra in Granada, in the south of Spain near the Sierra Nevada, is a large medieval palace, built by the former Moorish rulers of the region. This amazing site (it is one of the 7 European Wonders of the World) is home to a lot of Islamic art and architectural beauties. UNESCO has limited the amount of people that can visit the Alhambra every day, so booking your visit in advance is recommended.

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Image via Rodante
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It’s sad to see that there’s only one of the original Seven Wonders of the World left; the Pyramid of Giza. The other six Wonders have been destroyed over time, most of them by Mother Nature’s fury.

Several projects and foundations have tried to come up with lists with new Wonders of the World, such as the Seven Wonders of the Modern World or the New7Wonders (which is still open for votes), ever since.

As true Europofiles (is that a word?), we honestly believe that there are more than enough amazing man-made creations to be found in Europe, to create a list with the Seven European Wonders of the World.

1. Colosseum, Rome (Italy)

In 72 AD, the Romans started with building the Colosseum. This amphitheater, where over 1,5 million slaves and wild animals were killed, was initially named Amphitheatrum Flavium (after emperor Flavio), but even the old Romans knew a thing or two about branding. The majority of the Colosseum is still in tact, despite several earthquakes and brutal wars.

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(Images via Wikipedia, FamousWonders and Couture Central)
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Even architects sometimes have an off-day, resulting in several weird, misshaped, unusual or plain ugly buildings all over the world. Don’t get us wrong, we definitely don’t think this a bad thing – we love weird buildings. As long as they’re not in our street, of course…

These are the twelve weirdest European buildings we know of.

1. Rock House – Guimarães, Portugal

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Paris may be known as the ‘city of love’, but honestly, we don’t think that a 1,063 ft. tall collection of iron beams, a museum inside a glass pyramid, or having to pay 15 European dollars for an exceptionally small cup of coffee are very romantic. Don’t get us wrong, you’ll probably find amour in some parts of Paris, but when it comes to romanticness, we prefer Italy. And these five hotels will show you why.

1. Hotel Cipriani, Venice

“If Venice is a theatre, the Hotel Cipriani is the Royal Box”, is the slogan of this sea-side hotel. Hotel Cipriani is world famous for its amazing atmosphere, the stunning views and the romantic rooms. One night in this hotel will set you back around $700.

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2. Faro di Capo Spartivento, Chia

The southernmost tip of the island Sardinia is being protected by the lighthouse of Capo Spartivento. This lighthouse, of which the light is still active, has been turned into a five-star hotel, and only has four rooms. Do exclusivity, relaxation and a 180 degree sea view sound romantic enough? Rates start at EUR 400 (around $500) a night.

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3. Masseria Torre Maizza, Brindisi

Puglia, the region that is also known as ‘the heel of the Italian boot’, is home to many masserias. These buildings were used as farms or landhouses in the past, but many have been turned into a villa, hotel or resort. One of these masseria hotels is Torre Maizza, a luxurious and romantic masseria in Brindisi. Rates vary from $350 to $1850 a night.

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4. Grand Hotel a Villa Feltrinelli, Gargnano

If you prefer visiting the north of Italy, Grand Hotel a Villa Feltrinelli, near the Garda Lake, is probably your best choice. This impressive villa was built in 1892, and is surrounded by olive- and lemon trees. The hand carved wooden ceilings are just a detail, but they definitely emphasise the romantic character of this hotel. One night will cost you around $1155, though…

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5. Hotel Grotta Palazzese, Polignano a Mare

This hotel is situated on top of a rock, but the restaurant of Hotel Grotta Palazzese resides in a cave, beneath the rock. This makes the hotel unique, but also very romantic. Spending the night in Hotel Grotta Palazzese is relatively cheap (compared to the other four hotels) at $200 a night.

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Have you ever spent a night in an other romantic Italian hotel?

Although the three largest cities of the world all are Asian cities, there are quite a few metropoles on the European continent as well. Two of these cities even have more than ten million inhabitants, ranking these cities amongst the largest cities in the world as well.

The ten largest cities in Europa are;

1. Istanbul (Turkey) – 11,4 million inhabitants

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The sunset is probably the most photographed natural phenomenon in the world, but you never get tired of seeing a beautiful sunset. Don’t believe us? Then have a look at these fourteen stunning French sunsets.

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Marseille, photo via acmaki

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Paris, photo via TypischToon
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Several centuries ago, the Europeans were the first to sail their ships across the entire world. The economies of the Vikings, the English, the Dutch, the Portuguese and the Spaniards got enormous boosts because of their large ports and sailsmanship.

A lot has changed since then. Eight of the ten largest ports in the world are now to be found in China, but Europe still has quite a few very large harbors. Data via American Association of Port Authorities.

1. Rotterdam (the Netherlands)

This Dutch harbor was the largest in the world, until Shanghai and Singapore grew even larger in 1986. This satellite photo gives an indication of the size of the Port of Rotterdam.
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