There’s a reason that Europe is at the top of most people’s Bucket Lists, and that reason is very much Europe’s reputation as one of the most visually stunning places in the world. While there are the ‘less nice’ bits dotted about, the wide range of breath-taking sights, sounds and smells of Europe’s most popular locations certainly aren’t to be missed. So if you’re already looking for a e111 renewal, have renewed your passport, and are looking for somewhere to jet off to, let us help! Here are the top 5 sights you need to see in Europe!
For those with a thing for history, or who might even just want a little taste of Germany’s rich culture, the Brandenberg Gate is the perfect place to start. This neoclassical arch was originally built as a sign of peace back in the 18th century, but during WWII it suffered heavy damage. It even held a position near the Berlin Wall, giving this sign of a peace a far more sombre feeling. Nowadays, however, the Brandenberg Gate is quite the colossal sight to see. There’s often actors in costumes for those perfect novelty photo opportunities, and coffee shops, restaursnts and stores around for a little shopping while you’re there.
Pamukkale is a natural sight in the Denizli province in south-west Turkey. With plenty of hot springs and white, travertine surfaces (thanks to the flowing water!), this is a sight you have to see. There were once hotels here, but after this area was declared a World Heritage Site, the hotels were demolished! Nowadays, there is simply the natural beauty, and some well-preserved Roman ruins and a museum filled with history. This area is definitely one of the underestimated and definitely underadvertised, but maybe that’s part of the charm.
The Acropolis, Athens, Greece
This ancient citadel is one of the most famous sights to see in Athens. Found on a rocky outcrop above the city, there are plenty of remains of ancient buildings, all with architectural and historical significance – and of course, the most famous of them all is the Parthenon. The sacred rock dates back as far as the 5th century BC, and this temple is supported by 46 Doric columns. It’s one of the most influential buildings in all of classical architecture –maybe that’s why there’s a replica in Nashville!
Who doesn’t want a photo of themselves holding up the leaning tower of Pisa? I know I do! But beyond a few funny photos, there is much more to this unusual building. This tower is actually surprisingly small, but it certainly doesn’t lack in grandeur all the same. It leans at only about 3.99 degrees – it was 5.5 before the restoration! – and is a brilliant white marble. It’s the architecture here that you can truly marvel. Just be prepared for plenty of other tourists and terrible souvenirs!
Where better to go for a slice of history than this city preserved by volcanic rock? The remains of Pompeii and Herculaneum give visitors a frankly fascinating insight into the lives of these communities, as well as the eruption from Mt. Vesuvius that would ultimately be their demise back in 79AD. From brothels, to lavatories, through to post dining rooms and plenty of bathing areas, there’s so much you can learn about Roman life, and what it was truly like.
Wherever you decide to go in Europe, we can guarantee that there’ll be something to see. So why not jump on a plane and go visit one of the five we’ve mentioned? If none of these float your boat, get out there and start searching. You never know what gems you could find.