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The most popular sights in Europe
Sat Apr 01 2023
France's capital is picturesquely located on the Seine. It is said to be the city of love. All the sights can be easily explored on foot, by bike or by metro. A trip up the 300-meter-high Eiffel Tower is undoubtedly part of any discovery tour. The Arc de Triomphe and the churches Notre-Dame and Sacré-Cœur are also famous landmarks. You can stroll along the Avenue Champs-Élysées or through the artists' quarter Montmartre. The Louvre is home to the Mona Lisa, one of the most famous paintings in the world, and Paris is also the place to be for those who love castles. Whether in the baroque Versailles with its magnificent gardens or in the romantic Cinderella castle in Disneyland Paris.
Capital - seat of government - pulsating metropolis of millions. Berlin is all of these things. Visitors to the city can look forward to living history, art, culture and extensive shopping tours. Among the most famous sights is the Brandenburg Gate. Together with Checkpoint Charly on Friedrichstraße and East Side Gallery on the Berlin Wall, it is a reminder of the time when Germany was still divided into the FRG and the GDR. Today, the country's fate is controlled by politicians under the glass dome of the Reichstag building. For those interested in culture, there are five museums on Museum Island, and a boat trip on the Spree River rounds off a day in Berlin perfectly.
In England's capital, past and present go hand in hand. Tower Bridge and Tower, which houses the English crown jewels - estimated value: an incredible 440 million euros - look back on eventful times. A sightseeing tour of the city includes Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey and St. Paul's Cathedral. On the banks of the Thames, the Palace of Westminster is particularly impressive when Big Ben strikes its unmistakable tune on the hour. London offers exciting museums, beautiful parks and varied markets. The London Eye Ferris wheel offers a magnificent view of the English metropolis from a height of 135 meters.
The Bavarian capital knows how to inspire with beautiful castles, churches and monasteries. Nymphenburg Castle and the Church of Our Lady are among the city's most beautiful landmarks, while the 91-meter-high tower of St. Peter's Church offers a magnificent panoramic view. For those who enjoy strolling and shopping, the Viktualienmarkt, Karlsplatz and Marienplatz are the right places to be. Here you will also find the New Town Hall with its detailed facade and popular carillon. Munich is known for its English Garden and its numerous beer gardens, which invite you to enjoy a snack under shady greenery after a day in the city. Every fall, the Oktoberfest attracts millions of visitors to the city.
The Eternal City fascinates its guests with a time travel into 3,000 years of human history. The Colosseum, Roman Forum and Pantheon are stone witnesses to the wealth and power of the Roman Empire. During a stroll through the Italian capital, the Fontana di Trevi, Castel Sant'Angelo, the Spanish Steps, Piazza Navona and Villa Borghese are among the unforgettable highlights. Probably the most visited place in Rome is the Vatican City with St. Peter's Square and St. Peter's Basilica. Every year millions of believers make a pilgrimage here. The 520-square-meter vaulted ceiling of the Sistine Chapel is of incomparable beauty. Michelangelo created his colorful masterpiece in just four years.
3,000 alleys, 398 bridges and 150 canals - that's Venice! Built on wooden piles and sand, magnificent churches, palaces, squares and churches enchant visitors from all over the world. The most intense way to experience the lagoon city is probably on foot. Through a maze of alleyways you will reach St. Mark's Square, the Doge's Palace, the Grand Canal and the Rialto Bridge. By gondola and water cab, discovery tours are also possible by water. Venice has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1967. Could there be a more beautiful place to pause for a moment over a cup of cappuccino and enjoy "La dolce vita"?
Nothing characterizes the image of the city of Pisa more than its world-famous landmark. The Leaning Tower is picturesquely located on the bustling Piazza dei Miracoli and already began to lean during its construction. The 55 meter high bell tower was completed in 1372. The tower is accompanied by another architectural highlight: the church of Santa Maria Assunta. It inspires with architectural styles from different eras, with magnificent frescoes and filigree worked mosaics. Picturesque is also the old town of Pisa, which invites with small streets and Italian flair on a walk along the Arno.
The fashion metropolis in the heart of Italy stands for art, culture and an exquisite lifestyle. The cityscape is dominated by Milan Cathedral, built of light marble and adorned with thousands of statues. Great art is hidden in the convent church of Santa Maria Delle Grazie. On the north wall is Leonardo da Vinci's famous Last Supper, created between 1494 and 1498 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1980. A bombing once destroyed the south wall of the church, but the north wall remained completely intact. What luck! A stroll through the picturesque old town should also include a visit to Milan's La Scala and Castello Sforzesco.
Spain's capital is filled with imposing architecture, magnificent facades and beautiful squares. The centrally located Plaza Mayor is the best place to explore the streets of the old town with its multitude of stores, restaurants and cafes. Among the highlights of the city are the Royal Palace, the bullring, the Puerta del Sol square and the Retiro Park, a green oasis in the middle of the vibrant metropolis. The Paseo del Prado, with its shady trees and well-kept green spaces, also invites visitors for a stroll. The Museo del Prado, one of the most important art museums in the world, is also located here.
The city of Zurich impresses its guests with its historic old town, picturesque lakeside location and its own local mountain. From the walkable Karlsturm of the Grossmünster, the magnificent panorama can be enjoyed particularly well. The most imposing buildings in the city include the Opera House, the City Hall, the Freitag Tower and the Fraumünster with its incomparably beautiful stained glass windows by Marc Chagall. The Bahnhofstrasse is a great place to feast and stroll, and the lakeside promenade is a great place for young and old to unwind.
The appearance of the Dutch capital is characterized by the medieval city center, narrow house facades and picturesque canals. Dam Square forms the bustling center, visitors will also find the Royal Palace here. Discovering the city by bike is very popular in Amsterdam. What should not be missing on any sightseeing tour? The Van Gogh Museum, the Anne Frank House in Prinsengracht and the Rijksmuseum with Rembrandt's Night Watch. After a tour of the famous Red Light District, the observation deck of the A'DAM Lookout provides a magnificent panoramic view of the entire city.
Servus! The capital of Austria welcomes its guests with great architecture, art and culture, spiced with a charming pinch of "Viennese Schmäh". Probably the most famous sights of the city are St. Stephen's Cathedral and Schönbrunn Palace. But also the State Opera House, Hofburg Palace, City Hall, Belvedere Palace and the famous Hundertwasser House are integral parts of any sightseeing tour. For those who like to stroll and shop, the Naschmarkt and Volksgarten are the right places to be. From the Prater's Ferris wheel, visitors can enjoy a magnificent panoramic view over the roofs of this city of millions in a historic setting.
Life with the sea characterizes the lively Elbe metropolis. The second largest port in Europe is located here, the Landungsbrücken are among the most popular photo motifs and visitors voluntarily get up very early for a visit to the fish market. Of course, neither St. Michael's Church nor Speicherstadt and Hafencity should be missing from a tour of the city. And while the Elbphilharmonie delights its guests with unique architecture and a wide range of cultural offerings, the Reeperbahn does the same with "insights" of a somewhat different kind.
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