Get ready for your European adventures with this list of the top seven landmarks across the whole continent.
Stonehenge, Salisbury, United Kingdom
Perhaps getting a little outdated in recent years, Stonehenge is back with a new museum and visitors center that really brings this must-see attraction into the 21st century. As you stand amongst the giant stone slabs, you’ll wonder “Could it actually have been aliens?” Just two hours away from London, this landmark is easily accessible as well.
Colosseum, Rome, Italy
Being one of the new seven wonders of the world, how could this not be on our list? The Colosseum used to be greatest arena in the world. Home to gory events featuring gladiators, wild animals, and prisoners, the Colosseum still stands today in Rome, Italy. Even though it is nearly 2,000 years old, modern sports stadiums today are still built in the same design of the Colosseum.
Acropolis, Athens, Greece
Much like the Colosseum, the Acropolis played host to many ancient myths and heroes of Greece, storied in literary classics such as Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey. While there, you’ll see the Parthenon, a temple dedicated to the goddess of love and war, Athena. The Acropolis of Athens is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
La Alhambra, Granada, Spain
Often overshadowed by the more popular Spanish destinations of Madrid and Barcelona, Granada is home to the palace and fortress complex, La Alhambra. The compound included gardens and palaces while also being a part government city to the Moors of Spain. To fully see the sprawling complex in its splendor, you should view it from afar as well as take the tours. Alcazaba, which is the fortress section of Alhambra, is the best place to see views of the city.
Eiffel Tower, Paris, France
Of course the Eiffel Tower was going to be on this list. With close to seven million visitors each year, the Eiffel Tower is the identity of Paris to the rest of the world. Romantic picnics in the shade of the tower and amazing views from the top, no trip to Paris is complete without visiting this famous landmark.
Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood, St. Petersburg, Russia
Officially called the Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ, or more commonly as the Church on Spilt Blood, this Russian landmark is remembered for it towering, multicolored, spiralling domes much more than its various names. Part of what makes this cathedral so appealing is that is different architecturally from St. Petersburg’s other structures which are predominantly Baroque and Neoclassical. The Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood, conversely, resembles medieval Russian architecture in the spirit of romantic nationalism.
Ancient City Walls, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the City Walls of Dubrovnik have never been breached by enemy forces. They have stood since the 7th century and protected the people of the city-state within. Just as amazing as the historical past of the walls and city are is the scenery of these imposing walls in the crystalline blue waters below. If you’ve ever wished you could be in a Game of Thrones location, try out Dubrovnik.