Why You Need To Experience Europe's Nature

The vast multicultural continent is usually identified by its glorious historical monuments that are always featured in "must-see-lists". You know, those sites that make you spend maybe half a day waiting in a line, just so you can get in and see them, like the Eiffel Tower, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Big Ben, The Sagrada Familia, the Acropolis of Athens, the list goes on, endlessly.
Yes, Europe has always been known for this diversity in history that creates different atmospheres in every country, perhaps even every city. However, this makes Europe's nature extravagantly undermined; due to the main focus being on cities rather than divine, magical locations.


Here are two places you've probably never thought of visiting:

1. The Alps


Alpine Village

Alps mountains have diversity within themselves. Because they span over eight countries, including Italy, France and Switzerland, people living there speak different dialects and languages. Also, the Alps experience different climates all over. For example, the top is always covered in snow, even in the summer, while towards the sea, the weather becomes more Mediterranean. This means that the Alps can be a different experience, depending on where you go.
Among the activities that you could practice is anything related to snow. Skiing is probably the most popular activity to do up there, but that doesn't rule out ice skating. If you've never seen snow before, then this can be one heck of a first experience. You can explore ice glaciers, which feel like the inside of an ice castle, it’s probably the best place to sing "Let It Go". You can't visit the Alps and not enjoy the hot springs in Leukerbad surrounded by your magical winter wonderland.
Beyond the snow, the Alps are the ultimate hike destination, you will always be surrounded by a stunning view, and you will always discover more hidden places the more you go out there and get in touch with nature. Maybe you can even run into a few mountain animals like foxes or bears, and more unfamiliar ibexes and marmots (it's okay, you can google them). For bonus points, if you go during Christmas you can catch the Christkindlmarkt, which is a must visit market for every Christmas lover. It's usually held in most Alps villages, where you can go Christmas shopping, get cozy with some warm drinks and just absorb the best Christmas spirit you will ever come to witness.

2. Europe's Biggest Waterfalls
Don't be fooled by still pictures taken of waterfalls and think for a second that you know what it feels like to actually see, a waterfall. You have to personally experience it, you cannot settle for a photo.
The first thing you'll probably experience, is hearing it, the sound f the water crashing down, it will get you quickly impatient to finally seeing it. When you do see it, it will take you a couple of minutes to grasp how breathtakingly magnificent it is, it'll be one of the most beautiful things you have ever seen in your life, if not the most beautiful. After you absorb the view, and you start to move in closer, you'll feel the water splashing on your face and you won't want to leave. It will affect all your senses, send chills down your spine and give you goosebumps all over your body. A truly profound connection with nature, nothing will ever be more inspiring.
These waterfalls can be visited by a boat, which provides a whole other experience as it gets you incredibly close to the waterfalls and allows you to be pushed back by them.

By Haya Amer
Haya is a Political Science student who expresses herself better with written words rather than spoken ones. She is a full-time film geek and cannot spend a day without watching a film, in any language. She is a coffee addict and has an unhealthy obsession with Game of Thrones. Her dream is to see every corner of the world.


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