In 2021, eleven amazing spa towns in seven European countries were inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List as a ‘transnational serial’ World Heritage Site, called the “Great Spa Towns of Europe”. These towns, in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom represent a unique cultural achievement and urban form which was at its height from the late 18th century to the 1930s.
Europe’s natural beauty and stunning landmarks haven’t just caught the eyes of world travelers over the years.
The Cliffs of Moher, Co Clare, Ireland
The Cliffs of Moher in Ireland were featured on the big screen 1987 in the motion picture The Princess Bride. You can see the cliffs during the scene when Cary Elwes’ character, Westley, is scaling them to defeat his enemies and retrieve his beloved Buttercup. The cliffs are known as “the Cliffs of Insanity” in the movie.
Manchester Town Hall, United Kingdom
England’s Manchester Town Hall played a key role in one of the biggest action scenes of the 2009 blockbuster Sherlock Holmes. It takes center stage for a few different scenes and makes for a perfect backdrop for the film’s Victorian Era setting.
Glenfinnan Viaduct, Scotland, Great Britain
The Hogwarts Express may not be magical in real life but the route it takes is just as grand. The Glenfinnan Viaduct in Scotland is featured as the railway to Hogwarts in the Harry Potter movies. It’s unmistakable in the movies thanks to the arched architecture of the railway and the lush green grass of Scotland.
Leopoldskron Palace, Austria
The Leopoldskron Palace in Austria was one of the key locations of Robert Wise’s The Sound of Music from 1965. Starring Julie Andrews, the film is one of the most famous motion picture adaptations of a musical and the Leopoldskron Palace is partly to thank for the film’s success.
Castel Sant'Angelo, Italy
Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck’s classic 1953 romance film, Roman Holiday, made use of many iconic locations throughout Rome. You’ll find the Castel Sant’Angelo as the backdrop of the movie’s unforgettable dance party scene.
Playa de Monsul, Spain
Convent of Agios Ioannis, Greece
You may recognize the Convent of Agios Ioannis of Greece from the hit musical film Mamma Mia! The iconic Greek convent starred as the site of the chapel in the movie’s famous wedding scene.
Blue Grotto, Malta
The epic, Ancient Greece–inspired film, Troy, had many of its scenes shot in and around the Blue Grotto in Malta. You can see the sparkling blue waters toward the beginning of the movie when Brad Pitt’s character, Achilles, is discussing with his mother about whether or not to leave for Troy to battle. Malta has become a popular country for other feature films, including The Guardian, starring Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.
Some of life’s best adventures happen when the sun goes down. And it’s no different in Europe. From dancing the night away in Barcelona to walking under the moonlight in Paris, each city offers its own nightlife excitement. Browse this gallery before your next European escapade to see which city’s nightlife is best for you.
Europe’s beaches are rated amongst the world’s best for a variety of reasons: their stunning scenery, their unique nature and their lively entertainment offerings. Here is a selection of some of the most unique spots Europe’s coastline has to offer.
The therapeutic use of hot springs has been present in Europe from ancient times to the present day, giving birth to a number of spa towns well-known for the beauty of their buildings, or long tradition of welcoming guests and the healing properties of its springs.
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