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Fine dining, ancient buildings, world class galleries and sun-kissed beaches. As a tourist destination, Europe has it all.

Tourism is a vital part of the European Union's economy, generating more than 10 percent of the region's gross domestic product and employing 9.7 million people across 1.8 million businesses, according to the European Commission. And with a weak euro, it's never been a better time to visit the 19 countries that use the single currency.

In this slideshow, CNBC looks at mainland Europe's 10 most popular tourist destinations in 2014 based on the number of nights spent in tourist accommodation over 10 months. The figures come from Eurostat, the European Commission's statistical body.

-By CNBC's Anmar Frangoul on Thursday April 30, 2015.

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