The most visiting continent in the world, Europe is home to hundreds of beautiful landmarks. If you are planning a European tour soon, we strongly recommend visiting these spectacular buildings and locations. Here are Europe’s must-visit landmarks…
1Houses of Parliament (London, England)
The heart of the UK government, the Palace of Westminster (commonly known as the Houses of Parliament) is an integral part of London – one of the world’s most visited cities. Public tours of the palace are held regularly.
2Red Square (Moscow, Russia)
Red Square – the iconic centre of Moscow – has been the scene of many of Russia’s most momentous events. The square is surrounded by historically significant buildings, including Lenin’s Tomb, the Kremlin, and the extraordinary Saint Basil’s Cathedral.
3Stockholm Palace (Sweden)
Rivalling Buckingham Palace in its regal splendour, Stockholm Palace is a fine example of classic baroque architecture. It took more than 60 years for the palace’s construction to be completed which – given that it contains over 1,400 rooms – is hardly surprising!
4Vatican City (Italy)
The smallest country in the world, Vatican City is the centre of the Catholic Church and home to some truly incredible architecture and works of art. Whatever your religious beliefs, sights such as the Sistine Chapel should be on everyone’s bucket list.
5The Blue Mosque (Istanbul, Turkey)
The Blue Mosque (Turkish: Sultan Ahmet Cami) is one of the oldest buildings in Turkey. With its six minarets in total, the mosque is a great symbol of Ottoman architecture. You should definitely visit this wonderful landmark during your European tour.
6Eiffel Tower (Paris, France)
Arguably the most famous of all European landmarks, the Eiffel Tower is the imposing centrepiece of the beautiful city of Paris. The tower was opened in 1889 to coincide with Paris’s hosting of a World Fair, and now attracts seven million visitors annually.
7The Walls of Dubrovnik (Croatia)
The ancient walls which surround the Croatian city of Dubrovnik are a remarkably intact example of the fortifications which protected many European cities in centuries past. The surviving walls were largely built between the 12th and 17th centuries.
8Sagrada Familia (Barcelona, Spain)
A particularly beautiful place of worship, Sagrada Familia in Barcelona is a sprawling and artistically astounding landmark. Work began on the church in 1882, and it is testament to the architect Gaudi’s ambition that it is not expected to be finished until 2026!
9The Acropolis (Athens, Greece)
The Acropolis of Athens is among the world’s most historically significant building remains. Home to iconic structures such as the Parthenon and the Temple of Athena Nike, the citadel was mainly built in the fifth century BC and offers an amazing insight into Classical Greece.