There are many historical places to explore in Europe beside the ones that are already well-known, the Colosseum etc.. We chose this continent because everyone, especially British people, should grab this opportunity before Brexit is in full effects. Also, before flights around or to Europe becomes 10 times more expensive.
Let’s have a look at the top destinations for history lovers.
Kiekeberg Museum (Hamburg, Germany)
This is an open-air museum locates in the outskirt of Hamburg, Germany. It’s a small village showcasing how people in the rural area used to live back in 1600 to 1950. This is very similar to Shakespeare’s house attraction in the UK, but instead of a house of two, it’s a whole village.
It’s opened everyday from 9 to 5 pm on the weekdays, and 10 to 6 pm on the weekend. However, it’s closed during Christmas week and New Years day.
Lascaux (Montignac, France)
This is suitable for both history lovers and artists. Lascaux is a cave full of art created by the cavemen many centuries ago. The walls are covered in drawings of many large ancient animals. Some archaeologists said they even found fossils left in the cave.
However, due to an accident caused by local teenagers, there were reasonable damages done to the wall paintings. Tourists are now taken to the simulated Lascaux or Lascaux 2 instead, while the real one is no longer opened for public.
Auschwitz Museum (Oswiecim, Poland)
This historical place is not as famous as the concentration camp in Berlin, but its name is known amongst people who like history. Located in Oswiecim, Poland, Auschwitz is the biggest German Nazi’s concentration camp that killed over a million lives.
In there, you will see a lot of items and pictures of people who died at the camp. You can also explore many rooms of where these horrific incidents happened and prisoners living conditions. This might sound like a nightmare, but it is worth a visit.
Pompeii Ruin (Pompeii, Italy)
Locates in central Pompeii, this definitely beats the outdoor museum in Germany because the museum covers the whole town. You literally need a map and a whole day to explore almost all of what the ruin has to offer. This Pompeii town was buried under a layer of lava from Vesuvius eruption in AD 79.
In some areas of the museum, you can see well-preserved bodies of animals and humans kept in glass cases. There are also various areas of the town filled with houses that are separated by social status. The rich ones lived in big, elegant houses, while poorer ones lived in practically bedroom-sized spaces.
Derinkuyu Underground City (Cappadocia, Turkey)
If you don’t have claustrophobia, then head over to the famous underground city after a hot air balloon ride! Also, if you are quite tall, exploring this site will be quite a challenge for you.
Derinku is an underground city that used to accommodate 20,000 people. This was a shelter to protect its citizens from an attack in Arab-byzantine wars in 780 to 1180 CE. The army try to attack the underground cave, but it was virtually impossible because the cave was getting smaller the deeper you go. It was a struggle for armies to go down with armers and big weapons, so they were forced to neglect them. This is when they were sneakily attacked by the people from multiple hidden rooms located about 6 feet under.
It is about 600 meters or 200 feet deep underground, however, less than 20% of the city is open for public to see. This is not because they were afraid of tourists damaging the site, it is because archeologists are still exploring the rest of the city.