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Mont Saint-Michel

Mont Saint-Michel is an island in the Lower Normandy region and is one of the most visited tourist destinations in France.

legoland

Legoland Billund

Legoland opend in 1968 in Billund, a town in Denmark that was the birthplace of Lego. It's the second largest tourist attraction in Denmark.

most visited and most famous castle in Europe

Neuschwanstein, A Fairytale Castle

Neuschwanstein Castle is one of the most famous castles in the world and one of the most visited tourist attractions in Europe.

beautiful house in Barcelona created by Gaudi

Casa Batlló

Casa Batlló is one of Gaudí's masterpieces in Barcelona. It was built in 1877 and was completely refurbished between 1904 and 1906.

manarola

Manarola

Manarola is part of the Cinque Terre in the Italian region of Liguria. The Cinque Terre consists of five villages located on the cliffs at the Mediterranean coast.

Beersel Castle

beautiful castle surrounded by moat


castle with moat close to Brussels


Castles in Europe


inner courtyard and tower of castle located close to Brussels


castle tower and ruins


view of castle tower


bench at window inside castle tower


spiral staircase made of bricks


room inside castle tower of beautiful castle

Beersel Castle, located in the South of Brussels, was built by Godfried van Hellebeke between 1300 and 1310. It has 3 massive watchtowers and is surrounded by a wide moat. The castle was only conquered once in its existence, by the troops of Brussels in the rebellion against Maximilian of Austria in 1489.

The castle passed through several owners and was even occupied by a cotton factory in 1818. In the 20th century, Beersel Castle was donated to an association for the protection and preservation of historical monuments. It's open for visitors every day(except Mondays) from 10:00 to 12:00 and 14:00 to 18:00.


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The Most Beautiful Bookshop in the World

inside view of most beautiful bookshop in the world


bookshop in old church


beautiful ceiling in bookshop


inside view of most beautiful bookshop in the world

According to the Guardian, the Selexys Dominican in Maastricht is the most beautiful bookshop in the world. Located in a former Dominican church, the shop was designed by Dutch architects Merckx + Girod. For their design they received the prestigious Lensvelt de Architect Interior Prize 2007.

The bookshop has a wide range of popular books and books for professionals. It also holds the largest stock of books in English in Maastricht. Besides books it's possible to enjoy a coffee or lunch at the bookshop’s Coffeelovers café.


St. Servatius Basilica in Maastricht

beautiful Basilica in Maastricht


Basilica next to church with red tower

The St. Servatius Basilica is located at the Vrijthof in Maastricht, next to St. John's Church. The basilica was built on the grave of St. Servatius, the patron saint of Maastricht. Its inner Romanesque part dates back to the year 1000, the outer Gothic structure was constructed in the 14th and 15th centuries.

The Treasury of the St. Servatius Basilica houses an impressive collection of religious art and artifacts. The main relics are the Noodkist(a decorated wooden chest) and a portrait bust of St. Servatius.

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St. John's Church in Maastricht

Church with red tower in Maastricht

The Gothic St. Janskerk (St. John's Church), with its distinctive red tower, was built in the 13th century. It's located next to the St. Servatius Basilica and was given to the Protestant congregation of Maastricht in 1633. The church has an unique pulpit, beautiful wall paintings and a magnificent organ. Its tower is open for visitors and offers a splendid view of Maastricht.


Hell's Gate in Maastricht

beautiful city gate in Maastricht


front view of city gate with red windows


rear view of city gate in Maastricht


arch of city gate


Constructed in 1229, Hell's Gate is the oldest city gate in the Netherlands and the only remaining city gate in Maastricht. It probably received its name in the 18th century from the fires of the blacksmith who was located nearby. Hell's Gate was used for various purpuses: an armoury, a powder storehouse and a residence. Today the gate houses a museum dedicated to the history of Maastricht's fortifications.

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Dinghuis: Former Courthouse in Maastricht

Former Courthouse in Maastricht

The Dinghuis was built in the 15th century and originally served as a courthouse. The name Dinghuis derived from the Dutch word 'geding', which means trial. For a long time the courthouse was the highest building in Maastricht. A watchman was stationed at the top of the tower who had to alarm the citizens if there was a fire. Nowadays the Dinghuis houses the Tourist Information Office.

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St. Servaas Bridge: Oldest Bridge in the Netherlands

Oldest Bridge in the Netherlands


Oldest Bridge in the Netherlands

Built at the end of the 13th century, the St. Servaas bridge in Maastricht is the oldest bridge in the Netherlands. It replaced a Roman bridge which collapsed in 1275. After 1932, it received the name of the Patron Saint of Maastricht. Until that time it was the only bridge in the city and it was not necessary to give it a name.
Only pedestrians and bicycles are allowed on St. Servaas bridge, but it sees daily traffic due to its central location.


Orangery in Park Sanssouci

Orangerie in Park Sanssouci


Orangerie in Park Sanssouci


fountain in front of Orangerie


statue at Orangerie

The 300 m long Orangery was the last building erected in Park Sanssouci. Ludwig Persius and Friedrich August Stüler drew the plans, influenced by King Frederick William IV interest in buildings of the Italian Renaissance. Construction started in 1851 and was finished in 1864.

The long wings of the Orangery contain glass houses which still provide winter storage for large potted plants. In the centre of the building is the Raphael Hall. This hall houses a collection of almost 50 paintings, copied from Raphael's work.

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Belvedere in Park Sanssouci

Belvedere in Park Sanssouci


Belvedere in Park Sanssouci

The Belvedere on Klausberg hill was the last construction that Frederick the Great had built. The word 'Belvedere' means a pretty view, its name was chosen because of the nice view the building offered over Park Sanssouci. Architect Georg Unger designed the Belvedere between 1770 and 1772. It was built on a round floor plan, the pavillon is surrounded by two levels of columns. The dome at its top is decorated with figures of some divinities.

View location in Park Sanssouci, Potsdam, Germany.