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Famous Landmarks & Sights

When you think about Europe, you think about the places that always come first to your mind. Those images of places and objects that always appear in books, magazines, movies and television. Throughout Europe you’ll see iconic landmarks & monuments, which identify the exact destiantion where certain historical events occurred or are remembered. The man made structures may have been created to provide an important function, one that commemorates a person or important event which has gained significant importance and remembrance. They may be a buildings, cenotaphs, columns, fountains, monoliths, mounds, obelisks, palaces, plaques, statues or triumphal arches

The famous landmarks like the Eiffel Tower and Atomium, are symbolic structures left standing from World Fairs held by Paris and Belgium respectively.  Big Ben, the clock in the Elizabeth Tower of parliament building is the recognized symbol of London, The Rialto Bridge of Venice or the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin are all landmarks everyone wants to have their picture taken by to show family and friends. These landmarks always seem to somehow grab our imagination more than others and sometimes leave us with the biggest and most lasting memories. Because these sites are always on the top of everyone’s to see list, they can be very crowded and that make a discouraging visit. However, you will also see sites that aren’t as well know or popular. Small villages in the country and mountains or city neighborhoods, located away from major tourist sites, can take your breath away.

Eiffel Tour in Pairs with glittering lights at night.

Europe is also very diversified with natural beauty and landscapes. Spectacular natural landmarks, like the Alps, are something of awe to see. The mountains and their valleys below cradle lush forests, meadows and the pristine lakes. The seas surrounding Europe create incredible coast lines, like Italy’s Amalfi Coast and Englands White Cliffs of Dover. Mountains caress the sea coast of Montenegro and the majestic fjords of Norway. Beautiful beaches are everywhere from Portugals Algarve to Turkey’s Antalya. Sandy beaches can also be found on the Greek islands in the Aegean sea and all along the Mediterranean sea from Cyprus to the Balearic Islands of Spain. The Danube and Rhine are just two rivers that whine through beautiful landscapes of castles, vineyards and medieval cities.

Europe’s Museums are also high on many tourists list of things to see and do while visiting. Please visit our Museum page for more detailed information. Museums have been omitted from the list below but, you can view the most attended museums on our Museum page.

The Elizabeth Tower at Westminster Palace with the clock “Big Ben”

Something as simple as the Abbey Road pedestrian crosswalk, made famous by The Beatles on their Abbey Road album cover. Today, hundreds of people come everyday to this spot and just to walk across and have their picture taken like The Beatles. These landmarks become memorials and monuments on their own because of their uniqueness or because people can identify with them personally. Some of these can also be important to people of faiths as several religious sites play an important role for personal pilgramages. 

Centuries of civilizations living throughout the lands have created some of the most interesting cities and cultures, that leave us with some of the most fantastic experiences.     

Europe’s Most Visited Sites…

SiteCity, CountryAnnual Visitors
The Grand Bazaar🇹🇷 Istanbul, Turkey91,000,000
Disneyland Park🇫🇷 Marne-la-Vallée, France14,800,000
Notre Dame Cathedral🇫🇷 Paris, France13,650,000
St. Peter’s Basilica🇻🇦 Vatican City-Holy See11,000,000
Sacré Coeur Basilica🇫🇷 Paris, France10,500,000
Musée du Louvre🇫🇷 Paris, France9,600,000
Colosseum/Forum/Palatine Hill🇮🇹 Rome, Italy7,650,519
The Parthenon🇬🇷 Athens, Greece7,200,000
The Eiffel Tower🇫🇷 Paris, France7,000,000
Vatican Museums🇻🇦 Vatican City-Holy See6,882,931
British Museum🇬🇧 London, England UK6,239,983
Tate Modern🇬🇧 London, England UK6,098,340
St. Mark’s Basilica🇮🇹 Venice, Italy 6,000,000
Cologne Cathedral🇩🇪 Cologne, Germany6,000,000
Sanctuary of Our Lady🇫🇷 Lourdes, France6,000,000
Shrine of Padre Pio🇮🇹 San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy6,000,000
Palace of Versailles🇫🇷 Versailles, France5,900,000
Basilica of St. Francis🇮🇹 Assisi, Italy5,500,000
Natural History Museum🇬🇧 London, England UK5,424,000
Peterhof Palace🇷🇺 St. Petersburg, Russia5,245,900
State Hermitage Museum🇷🇺 St. Petersburg, Russia4,956,529
Sultanahmet Camii (Blue Mosque)🇹🇷 Istanbul, Turkey5,000,000
National Gallery🇬🇧 London, England UK4,954,914
Sagrada Familia Basilica🇪🇸 Barcelona, Spain4,561,848
Museo Reina Sofia🇪🇸 Madrid, Spain4,425,699
Sistine Chapel🇻🇦 Vatican City-Holy See4,000,000
Catherine Palace🇷🇺 Tsarskoye Selo, Russia3,694,000
Pompeii🇮🇹 Naples, Italy3,646,585
Musée d’Orsay🇫🇷 Paris, France3,651,616
Museo del Prado🇪🇸 Madrid, Spain3,497,345
Centre Pompidou🇫🇷 Paris, France3,273,867
Wilanów Palace🇵🇱 Warsaw, Poland3,098,985
Schönbrunn Palace🇦🇹 Vienna, Austria3,050,000
Park Güell🇪🇸 Barcelona, Spain2,958,901
Aya Sofya (Hagia Sofia)🇹🇷 Istanbul, Turkey2,952,768
Royal Museums Greenwich🇬🇧 London, England UK2,906,000
Tower of London🇬🇧 London, England UK2,899,698
Tretyakov Gallery🇷🇺 Moscow, Russia2,835,836
Alhambra y Generalife🇪🇸 Granada, Spain2,760,000
The Reichstag🇩🇪 Berlin, Germany2,700,000
Rijksmuseum🇳🇱 Amsterdam, Netherlands2,700,000
City of Arts & Sciences🇪🇸 Valencia, Spain2,637,567
The Kremlin🇷🇺 Moscow, Russia2,478,622
Russian Museum🇷🇺 St. Petersburg, Russia2,394,400
Science & Industry 🇫🇷 Paris, France2,370,000
Galleria degli Uffizi🇮🇹 Florence, Italy2,361,732
Battle of Stalingrad Museum🇷🇺 Volgograd, Russia2,359,300
Topkapi Palace🇹🇷 Istanbul, Turkey2,335,000
National Museum of Scotland🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Edinburgh, Scotland, UK2,210,024
Edinburgh Castle🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Edinburgh, Scotland, UK2,111,578
Van Gogh Museum🇳🇱 Amsterdam, Netherlands2,100,000
Łazienki Plaace🇵🇱 Warsaw, Poland2,100,000
Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial🇵🇱 Oswięcim, Poland2,053,000
Mezquite🇪🇸 Córdoba, Spain1,953,133
Royal Alcázar🇪🇸 Sevilla, Spain1,875,744
Prague Castle🇨🇿 Prague, Czechia1,748,000
Arc de Triomphe🇫🇷 Paris, France1,583,260
Royal Palace Madrid🇪🇸 Madrid, Spain1,552,481
Neuschwanstein Castle🇩🇪 Schwangau, Germany1,520,128