• Feeling hungry? The first example of a European cookbook is the Apicus – a list of Roman recipes that dates back to the 4th century and contains exotic ingredients such as flamingo.
  • Fancy a drop of wine with your flamingo? Italy has recently surpassed France as the world’s largest producer of wine, with the two countries producing almost 10 billion litres per year.
  • You’ll never need someone to pass the salt in the world’s deepest restaurant – located 125 meters underneath the Wieliczka salt mine in Poland.
  • As for dessert, head to Belgium, where 22 kg of chocolate is produced per inhabitant per year. But it’s the Irish who don’t mind helping themselves to a chocolate treat, narrowly topping the Germans for the honour of being the nation with the biggest sweet tooth.            
  • When it’s time to hit the town, Spain may be the pick of the bunch – maintaining the highest ratio of bars per capita in the world.
  • While not all Serbians would be fans of the Twilight novels, the Serbians do know a thing or two about vampires. The word ‘vampire’ originated from Serbia, and villagers in the south are known to carry grass around in their pants to ward off blood-sucking spirits.
  • Think your neighbour’s renovation is a little on the excessive side? We’re willing to bet it’s nowhere near as lavish as The Winter Palace in St Petersburg, which boasts around 1,500 rooms and 117 staircases.
  • How many people on earth can say their house is heated by a volcano? The people of Iceland’s capital city Reykjavik can. During winter, geothermal power is used to heat streets and provide hot water to households.        
  • Rome is often called ‘The Eternal City’, but we think this is a bit unfair on Lisbon, which was founded 400 years before the Italian capital.
  • Like to be on time? You might have a bit of trouble in Russia, a country which contains 11 different time zones.
  • Think your family gets a bit crazy around Christmas time? It is a common tradition in Ukraine to hide an artificial spider and web inside a Christmas tree. It is said that whoever finds the spider will receive a year of good luck.
  • Moscow is Europe’s most populated city, with a whopping 11.5 million residents calling the Russian capital home.
  • The Norwegians are a clever bunch. Apart from awarding the Nobel Prize each year, they also invented skiing.
  • Lake Lagoda – Europe’s largest lake – is almost seven times larger than Luxembourg.