Europe is full of amazing landmarks that are worth visiting. Here are 16 European landmarks you should see at least once in your lifetime.
The Colosseum is a Roman amphitheater that once seated 50,000 people. The structure was built between 70 and 80 CE, during the reign of Emperor Vespasian. It was later used for gladiatorial fights and other public spectacles until it was closed in 537 CE by Justinian I (also known as Justinian the Great).
The Colosseum is located at the heart of Rome’s historic center, where it has been standing since its construction over 1,500 years ago. Its exterior walls are made up of travertine stone blocks quarried nearby at Tivoli; these were fitted together so tightly that you can’t fit even a credit card between them! Inside there are eighty arches supporting three tiers connected by ramps: one for each floor plus another one for access to spectators’ seats on either side–making this structure an impressive 160 meters (525 feet) long by 110 meters wide (360 feet).
The Eiffel Tower is a steel lattice structure located on the Champ de Mars in Paris, France.
- It was built for the International Exhibition of 1889 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution.
- The tower stands at 300 meters tall (984 feet), making it one of the world’s most famous landmarks and a symbol of France as well as Paris itself.
- The tower welcomes millions of visitors every year who come to see its stunning views over Paris and beyond!
The Taj Mahal is a white marble mausoleum in Agra, India. It was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal. The Taj Mahal attracts more than 3 million visitors annually and can be seen from across the river Yamuna.
It is one of the most recognized structures in the world, often used as an architectural inspiration for many other buildings such as the United States Capitol Building and even Walt Disney World Resort hotels like Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa (which has its own “Taj Mahal” suite).
Neuschwanstein Castle is a 19th-century Romanesque Revival palace on a rugged hill above the village of Hohenschwangau in southwest Bavaria, Germany. It was commissioned by Ludwig II of Bavaria as a retreat and as an homage to Richard Wagner. The palace was intended as a personal refuge for the reclusive king but was opened to the public immediately after his death in 1886. Since then more than 56 million people have visited Neuschwanstein Castle making it one of Europe’s most popular tourist attractions.
Lake Como, Italy
If you’re looking for a place to relax, Lake Como is the place to go. It’s Italy’s deepest lake and third largest, as well as one of the country’s most popular tourist destinations.
The lake is located in northern Italy between Milan and Como–hence its name–and it was formed by glaciers during the last ice age (10-20k years ago). The water reaches depths of up to 600 meters (2,000 feet), making it one of Europe’s deepest lakes!
Vienna Opera House
The Vienna State Opera is one of the world’s most famous opera houses. It was built in 1888 and opened on November 11, 1891. It is home to the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, who have performed there since 1893 when they were known as the “Wiener Philharmoniker.” The opera house was designed by architects Ferdinand Fellner and Hermann Helmer.
For more information about this landmark, check out: http://www.vienna-opera-house-tourismus.at/en/.
Cinque Terre National Park, Italy
Located in the Ligurian region of Italy, Cinque Terre National Park is made up of five villages: Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso al Mare. The park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and offers visitors a variety of hiking trails through its vineyards and olive groves that connect all five villages.
The most famous trail leads from Riomaggiore to Manarola; it takes about 4 hours to complete if you walk at a leisurely pace (about 2 miles per hour). Along this trail you’ll pass through many different types of terrain–from rocky hillsides with wildflowers growing between cracks in the rocks to small towns with restaurants where you can stop for lunch before continuing on your journey!
Alhambra Palace, Spain
The Alhambra Palace, located in Granada, Spain, is one of the most well-known landmarks in Europe. It was built by the Moors and has been used as a royal residence, an Islamic college and a military academy. The palace and fortress was built in the 13th century on top of an older fortress from 889 AD that had been destroyed by Christians during their conquest of Spain.
The Alhambra is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site because it’s considered one of Europe’s most important monuments for its architecture and cultural significance; there are many palaces like this across Spain but this one has been preserved in excellent condition due to its location within an urban park with green space surrounding it rather than being surrounded by modern buildings or roads like other palaces might be located near today (for example: Versailles).
Acropolis of Athens, Greece
The Acropolis of Athens is a symbol of the ancient city, and it’s one of the most popular tourist attractions in all of Europe. The site was built in the 5th century BC, but it has been inhabited since Neolithic times (ca. 7000 BC). The word “acropolis” means “highest city,” which refers to its location on top of a hill overlooking Athens.
The Acropolis is not only beautiful for its architecture but also because it contains many archaeological sites from different eras throughout history–from ancient Greek temples to medieval fortresses and Ottoman houses–all within walking distance from each other!
Westminster Abbey, England
Westminster Abbey is a gothic church located in London, England. It was built on the site of a Benedictine monastery by Edward the Confessor in 1065 and consecrated in 1065 by Saint Dunstan, Archbishop of Canterbury. It is one of the oldest buildings in London and has been used as a place of worship since at least the 11th century.
The abbey was rebuilt during the Middle Ages, but it still retains its Norman architecture from that period. Many kings and queens have been buried there over time; some famous people include William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens and Queen Elizabeth I (who was also known for having done many things for England).
Grand Canal of Venice, Italy
The Grand Canal of Venice is one of the most famous canals in the world, and it runs through the city center. It was built in the 15th century and has been used by boats since then. The Grand Canal is a major tourist attraction for people visiting Venice, who want to see its beauty up close.
The main part of this landmark is between San Marco Square (Piazza San Marco) and Santa Lucia Train Station at one end; and Rialto Bridge at the other end.
Sistine Chapel, Vatican City, Rome
The Sistine Chapel is a chapel in the Apostolic Palace, the official residence of the Pope, in Vatican City. It is famous for its frescos painted by Michelangelo between 1508 and 1512.
The chapel was built by Pope Sixtus IV within what had been going to be St Peter’s Basilica’s nave, to serve as a burial place for himself and his successors. In 1483, when the building of St Peter’s was resumed after many decades of work stopped due to lack of funds, it was decided that this chapel should be left intact as part of what would become known as Old St Peter’s Basilica (itself demolished in 1586).
Travel to European landmarks
- Travel to European landmarks
- See the world, learn about history, and have fun doing it. That’s what traveling is all about!
- Here are 16 European landmarks you should see at least once in your lifetime:
The European continent is filled with amazing landmarks that are worth exploring. From the Colosseum in Rome to the Eiffel Tower in Paris, there’s something for everyone who loves history and culture. If you ever get a chance to visit Europe, make sure these places are on your list!