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Europe is one of the five inhabited traditional continents of the Earth. Physically and geologically, Europe is the westernmost peninsula of Eurasia, west of Asia. Europe is bounded to the north by the Arctic Ocean, to the west by the Atlantic Ocean, to the south by the Mediterranean Sea. On the east, Europe is divided from Asia by the water divide of the Ural Mountains and by the Caspian Sea. Europe is the world's second-smallest continent in terms of area and third-largest continent after Asia and Africa in population.

Venlo is one of the preeminent, historical and potential tourism destinations that is located in Europe. Venlo is a municipality and a city in the southeastern Netherlands. It is situated in the province of Limburg. On January 1, 2003, the municipalities of Tegelen and Belfeld were added to that of Venlo. Tegelen was originally part of the Duchy of Julich centuries ago, whereas Venlo has a past in the Duchy of Guelders. It has an area of 86.41 square kilometers and its population in 2005 was 92,198. Its density is 1,089 per square kilometers.

Its history goes back to Roman times. Venlo developed into an important trade post on the river Meuse and was a member of the Hanseatic League. It received city rights in 1343. Also Blerick was founded in Roman times on the other side of the river and was known as Blariacum. Because of the strategic importance the city of Venlo was besieged several times.

Due to the fact that Venlo had both a road and a rail bridge over the River Meuse the city was severely damaged during several bomb raids on those bridges at the end of the war. The allied forces needed 13 attempts to destroy the bridges. About 300 people were killed due to those raids. The raids also cost Venlo a major part of its historical buildings. However, some medieval buildings, such as the city hall, the Stadhuis and the Romer house, survived the war. In 2003 Venlo was awarded the title greenest city of Europe. In 2012 it will host the Floriade.

Venlo can also be considered as the preeminent, historical and potential tourism destination that enjoys a very positive reputation with worldwide travelers to become one of the most visited places.

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