7 must-see European landmarks

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7 must-see European landmarks

With a myriad of cultures in a fairly small area, Europe is full of intricacies that can be explored forever. When planning a vacation there, the list of tourist options may be difficult to trim because we don’t have much time in the day. If you don’t know where to start, check out our list of Europe’s top landmarks. Even travelers who have traveled too often will still be impressed.

Arc de Triomphe, Paris, France

Arc de Triomphe Paris France

In Paris, you will be spoiled for choice by the world’s most popular landmarks. From the Louvre to Les Invalides, from the Seine to the Sacré-Coeur—and more—a week is short and not enough to see everything you have planned. Take time to visit the Champs-Élysées to see the Arc de Triomphe. This neoclassical monument was built in 1836 and you can climb it for panoramic views of Paris.

Take a break at Hotel Dadou Paris, 300 meters from the Arc de Triomphe. At this boutique hotel, there is a swimming pool cinema showing short films by reservation.

Neuschwanstein Castle, Schwangau, Germany

Neuschwanstein Castle Schwangau Germany

Located high in the Alps, on the border of Germany and Austria, Neuschwanstein Castle will immerse you in a Bavarian fairy tale. The exterior of the castle is medieval in style, but its construction was ordered by King Ludwig II of Bavaria in 1869. The exterior and interior of the castle are ornate, making it a perfect place to pretend to fight dragons or wake a princess from her eternal slumber.

Villa Ludwig is a four-star hotel located at the foot of the castle. You can view the villa complex from the hotel’s spa and enjoy the breakfast buffet like a king in the morning.

Piazza Navona, Rome, Italy

Piazza Navona Rome Italy

Where the earth is stepped on, there the sky is upheld. That is, cool makeup, drinking espresso, and having fun chatting with friends while sitting in Piazza Navona. Here are some of Rome’s grandest fountains, most of which are examples of world-class Baroque architecture. Piazza Navona was built in the first century on top of the Domitian Stadium, where the ancients watched the game. There you can also explore the remains of the underground ruins.

Stay at the Eitch Borromini Palazzo Pamphilj while enjoying the view of the square. This luxury hotel sits atop a 17th-century building with original features, such as delicate frescoes and Corinthian pillars.

Blue Lagoon, Grindavík, Iceland

Blue Lagoon, Grindavík, Iceland

When it comes to landmarks, what usually comes to mind is a man-made building. However, the various splendors in Iceland are actually made by nature. Set against a rocky landscape and an active volcano, the Blue Lagoon is a bluish geothermal bath. Soak here and experience the natural healing properties of its silica-rich water. If you’re lucky, you may even see the Aurora Borealis during your visit.

Find comfort at Harbor View Cottages, in lodges 8 kilometers from the Blue Lagoon. This little cottage is just what you need to freshen up after a day of enjoying Iceland’s natural beauty.

Meteora, Kalambaka, Greece

Meteora Kalambaka Greece

Reputed to be one of the steepest monasteries in the world, the Meteora complex in Greece is a sight to behold. The view of the six monasteries that are built on the carved natural stone pillars looks so amazing. Enjoy the beauty of the sunset that can’t even be captured by the camera.

Pyrgos Adrachti is a cozy hotel with dark wood furnishings, located in the Meteora valley. The views are unrivaled, set against a backdrop of cobblestone mountains and stunning monasteries.

London Bridge, London, United Kingdom

London Bridge, London, United Kingdom

Unlike Tower Bridge which looks more impressive, London Bridge is an unpretentious building in the heart of the British capital. At either end of the bridge, there are must-see attractions, such as Shakespeare’s Globe Theater and the Tower of London. Cross the bridge or enjoy views of London from the river on a river cruise.

Stay in Southwark at the fittingly named London Bridge Hotel, 300 meters from London Bridge. A mix of traditional charm and modern comfort make this luxury hotel the perfect place to unwind after a busy day on the Square Mile.

Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey

Blue Mosque Istanbul Turkey

It is not difficult to guess the reason why the Sultan Ahmed Mosque is better known as the Blue Mosque. Built between 1609 and 1616, this Ottoman-era building is decorated with beautifully painted blue tiles and bathed in turquoise light as the sun shines on its domes. You may fall in love with Istanbul’s past as a crossroads between Asia and Europe through a tour of this mosque.

Enjoy the view of Istanbul from the balcony of the Seven Hills Hotel. The hotel’s location is just a few minutes’ walk from the Blue Mosque and spa tubs are available in many rooms.