Among the various travel destinations that entice us, one of the most diverse ones is undoubtedly Europe. The EU has a very sizable advantage that makes it quite lucrative to tourists: it only requires a single Schengen visa to go to so many locations that differ from one another in terms of culture, climate – and, of course, sights you can see there.
Best Places to See in Europe
Many denizens of Dubai and the UAE in general have already experienced the benefits for themselves. Based on their feedback, we present to you our compilation of 15 sights you must see when traveling to Europe!
1. Parthenon (Athens, Greece)
The main architectural landmark Acropolis is the ancient Greek temple Parthenon, built in 438 BC. It is the center of the Athenian acropolis. Today, it remains one of the most famous monuments of ancient culture.
Just imagine this imposing façade, brightly decorated in red, yellow, and blue, as it stood in antiquity! Commissioned by Pericles, this temple dedicated to the glory of Athena and her city was built between 447 and 438 BC and has been admired as a masterpiece of Doric architecture ever since. Despite the fire in 267, the building remained almost intact and keeps bringing joy to many million tourists a year.
2. Colosseum (Rome, Italy)
The Colosseum is one of the most important attractions not only in Europe, but throughout the world. This is the oldest amphitheater where gladiatorial fights took place.
The history of the Colosseum goes back almost 2000 years. Located in the “eternal city” – Rome, every traveler is obliged to visit the Colosseum and touch the centuries-old history.
3. Eiffel Tower (Paris, France)
According to many tourists who have used the service of Smart Holiday Systems, the Eiffel Tower is the main attraction of Europe. Indeed, who has not heard of it or does not know what she looks like?
You can say whatever you want, but there is one curious fact: the Eiffel Tower is the most visited and most photographed landmark in the world! From its opening in 1889 until 2008, 236 million people have come to see it!
4. Edinburgh Castle (Edinburgh, Scotland)
The 900-year-old fortress in the Scottish capital, Edinburgh, is one of the most popular attractions in Europe. It is truly a unique place with a peculiar atmosphere.
Edinburgh Castle was created as a fortress and was used by various military forces across history. The castle is located at the top of the Royal Mile, the street that leads to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, at an altitude of 80 meters.
5. Stonehenge (England)
The most famous archaeological site in the world is the mysterious Stonehenge, which, apparently, is over 5,000 years old. Stonehenge is located 130 km from London. Scientists still cannot come to a consensus about what is the true purpose of this object.
The gigantic monoliths that Stonehenge is composed of originate extremely far away from its location, which makes the construction process in the ancient times all the more mysterious.
6. Buckingham Palace (London, England)
One of the few active palaces in Europe, Buckingham Palace is truly royal! The decorations of the rooms, if you can call them that, are majestic. Each room, or rather each hall, is made in an inimitable style.
From mid-July to early October, guest rooms are open to visitors. It is also worth looking at the changing of the guard, and believe us, it is worth arriving at least an hour before the start to take a seat.
7. Leaning Tower of Pisa (Pisa, Italy)
Of course, this list simply has to include the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa in the Italian city of Pisa. It is noteworthy that for several years now, contrary to its name, the tower does no longer lean. That is the result of many years of work to strengthen its foundation. If these works had not been carried out, then in a few decades, the tower would finally have really collapsed and the world-famous landmark would have disappeared from the face of the Earth forever.
8. Louvre (Paris, France)
The Louvre is one of the largest and most popular museums in the world, located in Paris. The Louvre has collections from all over the world. Its most famous item is the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vince – which can safely be called the most iconic piece of art in the world’s history.
9. Hungarian Parliament Building (Budapest, Hungary)
Budapest is rightfully included in the top 10 most beautiful cities in Europe, despite its youth. The hallmark of the city is an outstanding architectural structure – the Hungarian Parliament Building, which combines neo-Gothic and Beaux-Arts elements.
This is the most beautiful building in Budapest and, undoubtedly, its calling card. The building is striking in its beauty which makes one want to return to it and take a closer look again. It was built in 1896 by architect Imre Steindl.
10. Neuschwanstein Castle (Bavaria, Germany)
One of the most famous castles in the world is Neuschwanstein, located in the south of Germany, in Bavaria. It was founded by order of the Bavarian king Ludwig II.
In total, the construction of this royal medieval fairy tale took 18 years (from 1869 to 1886), of which the king only spent two years in it: in 1884, Ludwig moved to the still unfinished castle where he mysteriously died in 1886.
11. Dubrovnik Old Town (Dubrovnik, Croatia)
The historical center of Dubrovnik, surrounded by walls and located on the steep coast of the Adriatic Sea. According to UNESCO, Dubrovnik, along with Venice and Amsterdam, is one of the three most beautiful cities in Europe.
Also this is where a lot of scenes in Game of Thrones were shot, so all the aficionados of this fantasy series will have a great time in Dubrovnik without a doubt!
12. Atomium (Brussels, Belgium)
The Atomium is a landmark that stands out from the rest with its modern and unusual design. This building was opened in Brussels in 1958 and is a symbol of the atomic age and the peaceful use of atomic energy.
The height of the Atomium is 102 meters. At first, there were talks about demolishing this building, since it does not fit into the general architectural ensemble of the city. However, the Atomium soon became the main symbol of Brussels, eclipsing even the most popular Manneken Pis.
13. Charles Bridge (Prague, Czech Republic)
The icon of the capital of the Czech Republic – Prague – Charles Bridge, named after Emperor Charles IV, who in 1357 ordered the construction of a stone bridge across the main waterway of Prague, the Vltava. Thus began the history of this famous construction. Today it is one of the most romantic places in Prague, attracting millions of tourists.
14. Palace of Versailles (Versailles, France)
This palace is one of the most beautiful in the world. Its construction began on the orders of Louis XIV, and the result is an imposing and majestic building, with the most beautiful gardens in the world covering more than 800 hectares.
15. Alhambra (Granada, Spain)
Alhambra is a palace complex with beautiful gardens built by Muslims on the hill of Granada, where the monarch of the Emirate of Granada was located. This is an architectural ensemble that includes luxurious palaces, delightful gardens of the Generalife and a fortress. The beautiful Andalusian interior style and hillside location make the Alhambra one of the most beautiful and popular attractions in Europe and the world.
Europe has a truly endless array of historical and cultural locations that any tourist has to visit to complete their metaphorical collection. In this article, you can find only fifteen of them, but there are so many more to locate once you visit these ones!