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Vatican City is recognized as a country. For example the CIA's World Factbook and UK's Foreign and Commonwealth Office both refer to it as a country. What I suggest: count it as a country, but raise your target to 51. Win-win. :-)


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There's plenty of stuff you can do (references are to the German Wikipedia for more extensive descriptions, which I assume you read given your origins). I don't know whether you enjoy visiting castles, churches and museums as well, whether "outdoor activities" include things other than hiking, and what kind of nature interests you most. Anyway, here are a ...


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From Wikipedia : Nearest capital cities The closest capital cities of two sovereign countries are Vatican City, Vatican, and Rome, Italy, one of which is inside the other (the distance between the middle points, St. Peter's Square/Piazza Venezia is about 2 km). The two second closest capital cities between two sovereign countries are ...


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Here's one more candidate depending on how loose your definition of "capital" is: Nicosia is the capital of both the Republic of Cyprus, the mostly-Greek bit everybody recognizes, and the self-proclaimed Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, which has de facto control of the northern half of the island but is recognized only by Turkey. However, unlike ...


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Vatican City is generally recognized as a country by most authorities, and has international recognition as such. It may not be a very big country (indeed, it is smaller than the US Pentagon), but it is a country nonetheless. If your goal is purely on the number of countries reached, then you should definitely count it as one (and you should also visit San ...


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Definitely Hong Kong, with Victoria Peak in the background. Most likely taken from somewhere around North Point - based on the angle I'd say from the top of one of the high-rise buildings in that area. The original photo is posted on Flickr, although without any details of exactly where it was taken. The same photographer has some other fairly impressive ...


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If the Interwebz are to be believed, that would be Yuma, Arizona. According to the town's website (also backed by National Climatic Data Center), 91% of the time it's sunny there, amounting to more than 4000 hours of sunshine annually -- which apparently is also a Guiness World Record. Other sources also concur this: Current Results also lists the top 10 ...


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Italy in October is lovely! Temperatures in October vary depending on where you are in Italy, but as a general rule of thumb these are the ranges: Northern Italy: 45-65°F (7-18°C) Central Italy: 55-70°F (13-21°C) Southern Italy: 65-75°F (18-24°C) Having visited Venice, Florence and Rome in October, the weather is still very comfortable...A few rain ...


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Your best bet is to travel on Thanksgiving Day (Thursday) -- the airports won't be too crowded then, and fares are usually substantially cheaper. Tuesday might also be a cheap day, but try to avoid Wednesday at all costs -- it is one of the busiest travel days of the year in the US, if not the most. Since most people are traveling home to be with their ...


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There was an earthquake in Van last month and there has been many smaller ones since then. Many buildings have collapsed and there are problems in the electricity network. So I definitely don't advise you to visit Van any time soon. However, it is a nice city with history and nature. I do not know where exactly you mean by Kurdistan, but I suggest Adıyaman ...


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OK, so now that I've seen the clarification... Having travelled through a lot of these countries, let's just go with the list of them: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, ...


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It is very difficult to say because it also depends on your preferences. But generally I would recommend option c) since Dresden is really worth a visit! And it is directly on the way from Berlin to Prague, so you don't have to do any detour. On the contrary you can split a long journey into two parts. Prague is very well connected to Dresden (take the DBB ...


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One of my favorite places in Switzerland is Interlaken. The are is beautiful and you can take a short train ride up to Kandersteg for some beautiful waterfalls and a great mountain hike. It is a 2 hour train ride. Interlaken is known as the extreme sports capital of Switzerland. You can skydive, canyoneer, or mountain climb. Kandersteg: Another option is ...


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Vatican City is definitely a country. It is recognized as such in 1929 by a treaty with Italy. It is not a revival of the Papal States. Size doesn't matter for being a country (there is another small country in Italy: San Marino). When you have visited Vatican City, you can say that you have been in the smallest country in the world. It might be the most ...


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A close proxy for "most religions" that is much more easily measured will be what is called a "Global City," and Wikipedia happens to have exactly such a list. The criteria used in determining their ranking are: A variety of international financial services, notably in finance, insurance, real estate, banking, accountancy, and marketing ...


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Given the name of this image, I'd say it's Hong Kong: http://img.uuhy.com/uploads/2010/10/hong-kong-rush-wallpapers_6825_1600x1200.jpg EDIT I checked with my friend who lives there, he believes it's overlooking Causeway Bay.


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I found a newspaper article about Istanbul countryside. This is: Ditching the guidebook to explore the green and pleasant lands around Istanbul. Excerpts: ... Just two hours away from the former capital of the Roman Empire, serene Lake Sapanca's welcoming 40km shoreline tempts picnicing travellers and boutique spa hotels make for a beautiful ...


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(This was a comment but I promoted it to an answer after the question was reopened but before it was reworded to ask about statistics and resources.) Purely anecdotal evidence but based on my own personal first hand experience from back in 2002. Barcelona has more theivery than any other place I've been anywhere in the world, and I've been to every capital ...


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Overall, Spain is a relatively safe country, if you compare the total number of crimes committed in Spain to other countries. Another resource for that is the Eleventh United Nations Survey on Crime trends and the Operations of Criminal Justice Systems. I can't find a statistic that compares the various cities in Spain, but according to this report, the ...


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If you like science I'd recommend the Technorama (Swiss Science Center). It's located in Winterthur. So it's very close to Zürich. Most instructions are available in English. http://www.technorama.ch/en/ I live in Bern and we have a yearly tradition: The Zibelemärit. From Wikipedia: The Zibelemärit (Bernese German dialect; English: Onion market) is ...


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In addition to being listed separately in publications like the CIA World Factbook, Vatican City also has its own ISO-3166 domain: .va. The title for 3166 is "Codes for the representation of names of countries and their subdivisions", which could imply a subdivision of Italy, except... The United Nations was a party to Vatican City receiving its own ...


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While you've already received some nice suggestions I'm quite surprised no one mentioned Jerusalem. Jerusalem is considered holy to the three major Abrahamic religions—Judaism, Christianity and Islam. The old city is divided into four quarters—known since the early 19th century as the Armenian, Christian, Jewish, and Muslim Quarters and religion is a very ...


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I upvoted @Doc's answer, and then found this link: What are Europe's two closest capital cities? Essentially it's going to come down to your definition of a city (and you thought defining a country was hard!). Their definition is that the two closest capitals in Europe are Rome and the Vatican - and at a distance of 0km, make them the closest in the ...


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Tallinn. Brasov was nice and in the mountains and has wildlife (bears) to see occasionally, but there's not that much there. The usual town sites. It didn't feel like a medieval city. Tallinn on the other hand has arguably Europe's best preserved medieval city. The old town still has most of its walls around, and there are basically no new buildings ...


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Driving to Lake Lucerne have a look and go on to reach the Grimsel Pass. I like doing this by car or motorbike. Another day trip would be Rhine Falls near Schaffhausen, which is the largest plain waterfall in Europe.


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Zurich is very nicely, centrally located, in Switzerland, both within the country itself, and in relation to neighboring countries. It's about three hours from Geneva, in the French part of the country. Another two hours or so will take you to Lyons, the second largest city in France. Likewise, it's a couple hours to Locarno, near the Italian border, and a ...


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Spain don't have any organization or government department that counts or makes crime statistics. But in Spain there is an Observatorio de la Delicuencia (a universitary agency that is interested in this area). In 2010, they made public this paper (Spanish) that shows the evolution of criminality in the previous years using police data. This is the English ...



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