Europe is full of old-world style, culture, and history. If you’re planning a trip to Europe and want to visit some of the best landmarks in Europe, investigate these top picks for your next trip to Europe.
Big Ben, London
When people think of Big Ben, they think of the clock tower near the House of Parliament. Big Ben is, in fact, the name for the bell inside the tower. Regardless, it is probably one of the most famous landmarks in London.
The bell chimes every 15 minutes so all Londoners can hear. If you’re a native of the UK, you can climb the clock tower to see Big Ben, however oversees visitors are not permitted to tour the tower.
Eiffel Tower, Paris
Built in 1889, the Eiffel Tower is the icon of Paris. It was erected as tribute to the end of the French Revolution, but today it is one of the most well-known and most recognizable buildings in the world.
The magic of the Eiffel Tower can truly be felt when you venture to the top to get a spectacular view of Paris. Going to the top of the Tower right before sunset provides the best views. After it gets dark, you can see the lights on the Tower twinkle in the twilight. Lights go off at 2 am, so be sure to catch a glimpse before then.
Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy
The Leaning tower of Pisa began its construction back in 1174 as a clock tower for the neighboring cathedral. During its construction, the ground began to sink causing the tower to lean to one side. To this day, the famous landmark continues to sink into the ground at a very slow rate. The top of the tower can be reached by the 200+ stairs found in the center of the building.
Buckingham Palace, London
Buckingham Palace is probably London’s most famous building, and still a working Palace and home to the Queen. If you go in the summer months when the Queen is in Scotland you can get a tour of the staterooms.
You can witness the famous “Changing of the Guards” at Buckingham Palace. It takes place every day at 11:30am.
Notre Dame, Paris
Notre Dame is a Paris Cathedral and one of the finest examples of French gothic architecture. It’s free to enter but if you want to go up into the towers, you will need to pay.
There are lots to do around Notre Dame like watch the street performers or sit in a local café for a bite to eat.
Europe has plenty of choices for culturally interesting monuments and landmarks for travelers to choose from. Whether it’s the geography with the famous winding rivers, the majestic cathedrals, history with the greatest Kings and Queens, or centuries-old clock towers that still keep time today, Europe has a rich history embedded in its famous landmarks. Any tourist is sure to find something that peaks their interest in Europe.