Are you thinking of visiting Europe this year for a well-deserved break? Europe’s capital cities are home to some of the continent’s most spectacular landmarks which are a must see for any one going on holiday in Europe this year. If you are planning on visiting any of these destinations this year remember your EHIC renewal. An EHIC (short for “European Health Insurance Card”) is a card which is valid for five years and grants access to state provided health care on the same basis as a resident from the same country at a reduced cost or in some cases for free.
Here is a selection of landmarks from some of Europe’s capital cities:
Eiffel Tower – Paris, France
The Eiffel Tower is one of France’s most famous attractions and attracts seven million visitors each year. It was built on March 31st 1889 and at the time stood as the world’s tallest man made structure until the development of The Chrysler Building in New York in 1930. The Eiffel Tower features in the 1985 James Bond film A View to A Kill.
The Colosseum – Rome, Italy
The Colosseum, situated in the centre of Rome, is the largest amphitheatre ever built. Taking ten years to build, it was finally completed in AD 80. The Colosseum was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles and could hold between 50000 and 80000 people at its peak. Today it stands as a link to Rome’s ancient past.
Acropolis Of Athens – Athens, Greece
An ancient citadel located on a rocky outcrop above Greece’s capital city Athens, the Acropolis of Athens contains the remains of several ancient buildings. The most famous building of the Acropolis is The Parthenon a former temple constructed in 438BC.
The Santiago Bernabeu Stadium – Madrid, Spain
Home to Real Madrid, one of the world’s most famous and successful football teams, The Santiago Bernabeu is one of football’s most iconic stadiums. With a rich history, the stadium was where Spain defeated the Soviet Union in 1964 to be crowned European champions for the very first time. The Santiago Bernabeu has a capacity of over eighty thousand and is also used to host large concerts.
Van Gogh Museum – Amsterdam, Netherlands
An art museum in Amsterdam, the Van Gogh Museum holds the world’s largest collection of Van Gogh’s works of art. The museum displays two hundred paintings, four hundred drawings and seven hundred letters by Vincent van Gogh and attracts over one million visitors per year.
Schonbrunn Palace – Vienna, Austria
Constructed in the fourteenth century, Schonbrunn Palace is one of Austria’s most important cultural monuments. The Schonbrunn Palace includes a park as well as the Vienna Zoo which is the oldest recorded zoo in the world.
Brandenburg Gate – Berlin, Germany
A former city gate which was re-constructed in the eighteenth century as a triumphal arc symbolizing peace. The Brandenburg Gate stood between East and West Germany during the Cold War and in terms of design one of the finest examples of German classicism.