7 astonishing landscapes in Europe to see once in a lifetime

In addition to ancient buildings, Europe also owns beautiful natural wonders.

1. The Matterhorn, Switzerland and Italy

According to the Swiss Tourism Department, the Matterhorn is one of the most photographed mountains in the world. The mountain is just like a 4,572m-high pyramid. Dubbed the king of the mountaintop, the Matterhorn is located on the border between Switzerland and Italy, while its highest peak is in Switzerland. It is one of the highest mountains in the Alps and ranks among the most rugged mountains in the world. It has attracted nearly 500 climbers who have tried to conquer the height.

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2. Douro Valley, Portugal

Geographically amazing beauty in the valley of the Douro River, Portugal has turned this place into a favorable area for grape growing. In the past 2,000 years, people have grown wine grapes along the Douro River. This charming valley is a fertile land which is suitable for growing grapes as well as cultivating fruits. The sloping hills here are a harmonious combination of human civilization and natural beauty. If you could come to Europe, why not try this place and enjoy the taste of the famous wine?

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3. Melissani Cave, Greece

Nestled in the island of Kelafonia, Greece, the Melissani Cave is tied to a mythological tale. This cave was named after the goddess who was abandoned by Pan, the God of the Wind. The goddess fell in love with Pan but he strongly refused. Because of the pain, she took away her own life with the river. The water in Melissani Cave is crystal clear, making you feel like surfing in the air on boat. Right in the heart of the cave is a large sky portal making of the rock collapsed from thousands of years ago.

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4. Durmitor National Park, Montenegro

With majestic mountains and diverse vegetation, beautiful glaciers and deep canyons, Montenegro's Durmitor National Park is one of the country's great treasures and a great European tourist destination. In addition to these breath-taking natural beauties, this park also has the Tara River Gorge, which is 146 km long and 1300m tall.

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5. Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

At Plitvice National Park, waterfalls and rivers are connected, linking 16 large lakes into a precious chain of Mother Earth. The dense network of Croatian limestone mountains is ideal for hiking enthusiasts. Through each lake, visitors will have the opportunity to admire the different shades of green. The harmony in colors between the water and the scenery will be certainly unforgettable.

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6. Black Forest, Germany

The river network here is named after the dwarves of Denmark and Norway, including the Enz, the Kinzig, the Murg, the Nagold, the Neckar, the Rench and the Wiese. These rivers stretch 7,000 km, running along the pine forests and fir trees, all of which form the unique Black Forest of Germany. The thick jungle of the forest has inspired many tales of Grimm brothers. To explore this whole wonders, you can choose to walk or drive along the rivers.

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7. Hallstatt, Austria

The beautiful village Hallstatt in Austria has become the architectural inspiration for many countries around the world. By the 19th century, the village was better known for its transport development. You can come here by boat or mountain road. Today, the village is a popular tourist destination recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site and home to nearly 800 local residents. Despite modest population of about 800 people, this lovely village is still an ideal place for those who fall in love with classic European charm.

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By: Olivia Mendoza

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