In Europe, 76 destinations off the beaten path
Looking beyond Rome, Paris or London? Consider Europe's lesser-known destinations, such as Monschau, Germany, a town so quaint you can hardly believe it isn't a theme park or San Marino, one of Europe's oldest and smallest countries (drive through it slowly).
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Cappadocia, Turkey( Frank Kovalchek )
A popular attraction in central Turkey, Cappadocia is known for the fairy-tale-like rock formations that bespeckle the region. Called fairy chimneys, or hoodoos, these formations have been carved by erosion over the millennia. Fairy chimneys can be found in other parts of the world such as Bryce Canyon in Utah or Badlands National Monument in South Dakota, but Cappadocias early inhabitants turned them into an extensive network of homes and churches.
Christians fleeing Roman persecution took refuge in Cappadocias rocky terrain early in the first millennium. By the 4th century, a monastic community formed in central Cappadocia.
Read more: Cappadocia's alien-like landscape
Pictured: Examples of Cappadocia's fairy chimneys.