European cities and countryside are home to some of the most popular attractions for tourists to visit. If you are planning a vacation to Europe here is a guide to ten of the best places and sites to visit when you go on a vacation in Europe.
1. The Acropolis is a temple complex in Athens, the capital of Greece. It is widely considered to be a national treasure and also a global heritage site. The Parthenon is the most famous part of the site and overlooks the city below, it appears even more impressive when lit up at night.
2. The Colosseum is an arena in Rome, which is over 2000 years old and a highly impressive example of Roman architecture and a landmark that acts as a memorial for the gladiators that died fighting when entertaining Roman emperors.
3 Notre Dame Cathedral is seen by around 13 million visitors a year, making it the most popular attraction in France before the fire in the spring of 2019. It was begun in 1163 and is considered one of the finest examples of a gothic cathedral in Europe. Lets hope it can be restored to it’s former glory.
4. The Louvre is a Parisian art gallery and is home to some of the most famous art pieces in history like the Venus de Milo and the Mona Lisa. The building dates back to the 12th century and is a magnificent backdrop to it’s 35000 objects.
5. The Eifel Tower was completed for an exhibition in 1889 and was due to be demolished in 1909. It steadily grew in popularity and is the most prominent part of the Paris skyline and is the most visited paid monument in the world.
6. Buckingham Palace was completed in 1705 and was not a royal palace until Queen Victoria came to the throne. It is still a working palace and the main residence of Queen Elizabeth II as well as being open to the public for 2 months. Thousands of people view the changing of guard, which takes place every day.
7. Stonehenge is located in Southern England on Salisbury Plain, and is among the oldest monuments on the UNESCO World Heritage List. How and why the monument was built is not known but many visitors to Britain have it on their bucket list of things to do.
8. Edinburgh Castle is built on top of a volcano and dates from the 12th century. If you are visiting Britain make time to visit this impressive fortress and palace. It is home for the famous Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
9. Vatican City and St Peter’s Basilica is the epicenter of the Roman Catholic Church and features the majestic dome designed by Michelangelo. It is the smallest country in the world and the Pope gives a weekly sermon from there every Sunday.
10. The Sagrada Familia or The Temple of the Holy Family is the Roman Catholic Cathedral in Barcelona and has around 2 million visitors a year. Construction began in 1882 and is due to finish in 2026, and it is a fine example of gothic architecture.