Have you ever started to read a word but stopped in the middle because you realised that you already forgot the beginning of it? If not, you're in for a surprise! Read on to discover the top five longest place names in Europe!

# 5: Newtownmountkennedy, 19 letters

Photo: JP (CC BY-SA-2.0)
The Devil's Glen close to Newtownmountkennedy

Newtownmountkennedy, or Baile an Chinnéidigh in Irish, meaning "Kennedy's Town", is the village with the longest place name in Ireland. Located in the Eastern-most part of Ireland, the village is surrounded by a beautiful landscape of woods and hills. 

With its beautiful and characteristic surroundings, and still a short way (only 30 km) from Dublin, Newtownmountkennedy is a popular tourist destination. One of the most remarkable sights of the area is a gorge called the Devil's Glen, which is both a coveted destination for hikers as well as art lovers: since 1994, the site has been the home of several sculptures by different artists who have been inspired by the rugged beauty of the Irish landscape, a collection of artworks which has been described by Nobel prize-winner and author Seamus Heany as "an act of faith in the worth of art itself, an act of commitment to the positive values of form and order and solitary contemplation." 

At the end of the Devil's Glen, The River Vantrey forms a waterfall which is around 100 ft high and by many considered the most beautiful waterfall in Ireland. With the combination of the beauty of art and nature, it is no wonder that the site had such an impact in Seamus Heany himself. So, whether you are looking for peace and quiet in the Irish countryside, artistic experiences, or just a good old fashioned pint of Guinness at a local bar, Newtownmountkennedy certainly sounds worth a visit!

# 4: Siemieniakowszczyzna, 20 letters

The next stop on our longest place names tour is Siemieniakowszczyzna, a village in Hajnówka County in north-eastern Poland, close to the border with Belarus. The village itself, literally meaning "ground of Siemienak" or simply "Siemienakishness", is small and picturesque and surrounded by old forests. Many tourists who visit this region come for the bird-watching, although there are many other reasons to visit as well: for example, a beautiful "kirkut" (a Polish name for a Jewish cemetery) and an old orthodox church located in the village itself. 

Another extraordinary site in the area around Siemieniakowszczyzna is a grove of monumental oaks and pines dubbed "trees in love" by the locals because the trees intersect with each other's branches as if they were trying to embrace one another, eternally caught so close, yet inches away from ever touching. Trees in love? Sounds worth a visit!

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