Ten European Sights You Have To See In Your Lifetime
There are just some European sights you simply have to see at least once. Here are our top 10 that you can't afford to miss.
#1. Colosseum, Rome
One of the seven wonders of the world, the Colosseum was built by Emperor Vespasian in the year AD72 and once housed some of the most spectacular gladiator battles in history, in front of 50,000 spectators.
#2. Eiffel Tower, Paris
The ultimate symbol of Paris, Gustav Eiffel's 'Iron Lady' is a masterpiece of engineering, whether you marvel at the 1,063-foot high structure from ground level or take the elevator to the top. Built in 1889 and initially derided by Parisians, today the Eiffel Tower has become an iconic landmark on the city's skyline.
#3. Rialto Bridge, Venice
The oldest of the four bridges spanning Venice's Grand Canal, the Rialto Bridge was built in 1588 and today is the most famous bridge in the city. Why not take a gondola ride underneath for the ultimate romantic trip?
#4. Big Ben, London
One of London's most famous landmarks, the name 'Big Ben' actually refers to the bell inside the clock tower. Visit at night when the four clock faces - each made with 312 pieces of glass - are spectacularly illuminated!
#5. Acropolis, Athens
Looking over the Athens skyline, high above the city, the Acropolis was constructed 2,500 years ago and it's a must-see on any trip to Greece. Meaning 'High City' the climb to the top of the steep hill is well worth it, not only for the structure itself but also for the amazing views.
#6. The Alhambra, Grenada
The Alhambra's grandeur makes it the most important monument in Andalusia. This sunny Moorish palace is set amongst lavish gardens with courtyards, statues and ornate fountains. Built in 1348, today it welcomes over 2.3 million visitors a year. The best way to reach it is on foot, but be prepared for a steep climb, or take the minibus.
#7. Grand Place, Brussels
Brussels' Grand Place is the most ornate square in Europe with its medieval Flemish architecture. Visit in December to see the huge Christmas tree in the centre of the square!
#8. Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany
The inspiration for Walt Disney's Sleeping Beauty's castle, the spires of King Ludwig II's Gothic creation tower over the treetops and are sure to capture your imagination.
#9. La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona
Undoubtedly the most famous symbol of Barcelona, this is on every tourist's must-see list. The pointed spires and honeycomb structures give it a fairy-tale feel.
#10. Mont-St-Michel, Normandy
With your annual multi-trip insurance you can afford to see more of Europe's sights, so don't miss this one. This medieval French abbey has plenty to offer visitors, from its stunning silhouette to its beautiful church. With cheap annual multi-trip insurance, you could squeeze more into your year, visiting several European destinations and ticking more sights off your must-see list!