The world is our home with many amazing places to visit, and it’s all our dream to go to at least one or more of the tourist attractions, especially if you are a total travel lover! Planning a ride but not sure where to go? We’ve gathered the 15 top rated touristic places around the world for you.
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- 1 Eiffel Tower, Paris
- 2 Colesseum, Rome
- 3 Statue of Liberty, New York
- 4 Acropolis, Athens
- 5 Taj Mahal, India – Agra
- 6 Pyramids of Giza, Greater Cairo
- 7 Great Wall of China
- 8 Temple of Angkor Wat, Cambodia – Siem Reap
- 9 Stonehenge, Wiltshire
- 10 Sydney Opera House, Australia
- 11 Hagia Sofia, Istanbul
- 12 Prague Castle
- 13 Grand Place, Brussels
- 14 Machu Picchu, Peru – Cusco
- 15 Burj Khalifa, Dubai
Eiffel Tower, Paris
Monument symbol of France for some, iron tower without interest for others, since its construction in 1889 the Eiffel Tower has not ceased to divide. When you see all of Paris from the first floor of the famous Eiffel Tower, in an instant, you are imbued with magic, wonder, and it would be an unforgettable moment. From there, we see the most beautiful city in the world in its entirety and we realize how big it is, rich in its history with unmissable historical monuments such as the Arc de Triomphe, the Grand Palais and the Petit Palais but you can also see the Seine at its feet with its fly boats, the Champs de Mars, and the Trocadéro. When the weather allows it and it’s clear, you can see up to 67 kilometers from the top floor of the Eiffel Tower! It is quite simply a pure moment of freedom and happiness.
You need to wait if you would like to take the elevator, but it is worth it. It’s a must for any good self-respecting tourist. A breathtaking view of Paris, day and night, an incredible, unique monument, equipped with 3 restaurants, and a few shops with obviously souvenirs from the Iron Tower. It is incredible, magnificent, terribly giant, one of the places that marked in the world.
How to go to Italy without going to the Colosseum! The famous Colosseum, a Roman amphitheater dating from the year 70, is an architectural feat of the time. Able to accommodate between 50,000 and 75,000 spectators at the time, the Colosseum was used for gladiator combat, hunting wild animals, naval battles and all types of shows. In the Middle Ages, the Colosseum stopped being used, little by little its stones were reused for the construction of public buildings or personal houses. The stones have been removed so much that currently very few are original. Work had to be carried out to rebuild, from a different stone, part of the Colosseum so that visitors can have an idea of what the Colosseum was like in its flamboyant era. If you look closely, you can see the reconstructed parts and the original ones.
Witness to the greatness of Rome, its strength and its violence, but also to the daily life of the time, it is essential to tread the earth and the stones of this monument. Of course the queue is long but it’s worth it, take a ticket and you can visit the Palatine and the forums also for ten euros. It’s a leap into Ancient Rome that you absolutely have to do! Inside one can easily distinguish the three floors of the Colosseum, at the bottom the “crime scene” or the arena. On the first floor the cavea where the places were distributed according to the classes of populations. Finally, the podium was reserved for the Emperor and senators. The view of the Palatine and the Roman forums immerses us in the heart of another era, it’s fabulous.
Statue of Liberty, New York
The famous Statue of Liberty in New York is more precisely on an island that bears the name of Liberty Island in the south of Manhattan. Statue also known as ”Liberty Enlightening the World” is the most visited monument in the Big Apple and is the quintessential symbol of freedom in the United States. A bit of history, this statue was offered by the French to symbolize Franco-American friendship. One could imagine that this statue has a large size, but it is only barely 46 meters high, which is a bit disappointing when you are in front of it.
On the other hand, you will not be disappointed with its beauty, which is more beautiful in real life than in the photos. Liberty Island is a small uninhabited island that is one of the islands off New York. It is on this island that we find the famous Statue of Liberty. To get there, you have to take a paying boat that comes out of the bay of New York ”Battery Park”. Once the boat leaves for the island you can admire the landscape, on one side, the boat which approaches the Statue of Liberty, on the other, it moves away from the tall buildings of the city. Once on the island, you can appreciate the statue up close and stroll through the gardens that surround it. Unforgettable trip absolutely to do when visiting New York City.
The heart of old Athens, the Acropolis, the sacred rock, comprises several parts. Entrance costs 12 euros but it also includes other ancient sites, such as the Temple of Zeus, Hadrian’s Library or the Ancient Agora. The site is amazing, it includes the Parthenon, the most famous site in the city, but also ancient theaters, another temple of Athena, and although it was under renovation, it’s still really impressive. At night, you can admire the site from the surrounding hills. Admission is free for students, don’t forget your card!
The Acropolis is a large rocky plateau placed right in the middle of the city of Athens in Greece. You can only access the summit from the west side and on foot. The Acropolis is aptly named because it means “upper town”. Once at the top, we discover many ancient temples, most of them dedicated to Athena, a well-known and revered goddess but also protector of the city of Athens. The Acropolis served as a sanctuary and currently temples such as the Parthenon, the Erechtheion, the temple of Athena Nike are visited there. In summer the sun beats very hard on the Acropolis, and the white stones reflect lots of light and heat, so be careful to protect yourself from the sun and drink plenty of water.
Taj Mahal, India – Agra
The monumental red sandstone south gate that closes the gardens of the Taj Mahal already foreshadows the jewel that lies beyond. In all the splendor of its white marble encrusted with semi-precious stones, verses from the Koran and floral arabesques, the most famous symbol of India appears like a mirage at the bottom of an immense garden with a geometric layout which, like all Mughal gardens, was supposed to represent paradise. It is better to come there very early, especially since it always looks different depending on the brightness.
Mad with grief after the death in childbirth of his second wife, Mumtaz Mahal, in 1631, Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan called on the best artists of his time to build her a place of eternal rest. It was completed in 1653 only. Flanked by four minarets built at the four corners of the platform on which the symmetrical ensemble rests, the tomb is topped with a dome 26 meters high surrounded by four kiosks. Up close, the marble appears less white, but one can admire the details of the floral arabesques, calligraphy of the Koran and ornamentation in lapis lazulli and rubies which complete to make it the most perfect example of Mughal mausoleums.
Pyramids of Giza, Greater Cairo
The pyramids of Egypt is one of the most important monuments left to us by the ancient Egyptian people. Thousands of laborers have worked for years to build a pyramid, which serves as faran’s tomb. The pyramids were temples built to the glory of a god, the temple rituals of death and birth. It was long thought that the workers employed in the construction of the pyramids were slaves, but afterwards it appeared that the faran contracted with the farmers in the months who had labor in exchange for salt, wheat and barley.
Impressive to see how the relentless desert sand advances from the city, where near the three pyramids as guardians seem to control the tongue seems to slow sand at its feet. West of the city center, is one of the most famous places in the world, the Giza Plateau. Here are the stunning pyramids of Cheops, Chephren and Mykerinos, three pharaohs of the Old Kingdom rising. Walking at the foot of the pyramids and seeing from these base funerary moles and heavy blocks that compose them, and to think that they could be built with the means then available. But even more impressive are going to their gallery, which can be claustrophobic, sweltering in the heat and where there are sections where the ceilings seem to want to crush the intrusos. The pyramid most requested by visitors is that of Cheops, the largest and the oldest of the three kas followed by Chephren.
Great Wall of China
The Great Wall of China is an exceptional site, an essential place not to be missed under any circumstances. First of all, it is surely the most colossal and the most famous of Chinese sites that it is essential to discover for several reasons. Historically, it is definitely the largest of the sites that have been undertaken: It is the largest military structure in the world, started in 220 BC to protect China from invasions from the North, its construction continued for more than 2000 years, finally reaching a set of fortifications reaching more than 6700 kilometers. On a human level, it is to remember the lives that this construction has cost, the imprint of each dynasty which has chosen to extend this immense undertaking, and finally, the capacity of the technique of men to put such a mark on a hostile nature and terrain including abundant vegetation and mountains.
The Great Wall of China therefore offers an extraordinary experience to all those who want to climb it. The Badaling section is the most touristy and the easiest to access (40 km north of Beijing by highway), however do not forget that the Great Wall is built in the heart of the Chinese mountains, so climbing this wall can be physical, especially when you have to climb stairs that form almost a right angle with the ground… Also remember to cover yourself well because the cold and the wind are often there. But after that, the greatest reward will be to be able to proudly say “I walked on the Chinese Wall”. You can even buy medals or diplomas with your photo on the wall, or souvenirs from Chinese crafts sold by merchants installed on stands on the great wall.
Temple of Angkor Wat, Cambodia – Siem Reap
Visiting the temples of Angkor is already, in itself, a great moment, full of wonder in the face of the discovery of this simply splendid place in Cambodia. But the visit to the temple of Angkor Wat, which is undeniably the most famous temple, known throughout the world and represented on all the postcards of the region, is one of the favorite moments on the site of Angkor. Finding yourself at the foot of this majestic and imposing monument is very impressive.
Relatively well preserved, the temple, built in the 12th century by Suryavarman VII, is built according to typical Khmer architecture. The temple being oriented towards the West (unlike the vast majority of the other temples on the site), you are advised to visit it at the end of the afternoon.
The light there is magnificent, with the sun starting to set, and the temple is reflected in the lake in front of the entrance. Not to be missed. Located a few kilometers from the very touristic city of Siem Reap, the temples of Angkor are a site not to be missed under any circumstances during a trip to the region. Discovering this place is completely magical, with these many temples built between the 9th and 14th centuries, lost in the middle of exotic and luxuriant vegetation.
Stonehenge is an emblematic ancient site of England, it is located near Salisbury, about two hours by car from London. You can also go there by train, from London to Salisbury, then take a special bus that leaves every hour for Stonehenge. The site is estimated to be 4000 years old, and why it was built is still a source of speculation. Some stones come from 280 km away! People say it is to make human sacrifices to the universe.
For the visit there are two solutions, either you enter by paying the 10 euros entrance fee, and you can get a little closer to the stones, or you stay behind the gates that delimit the site, with a view when even good from the three sides that border the site, which is in fact a simple field in the English countryside. The visit includes an audio guide, and allows you not to have your feet in the mud, because the path is made of raised wood.
Sydney Opera House, Australia
Seeing the Sydney Opera House during a stay in this pleasant city is one of the symbols of your trip to this extraordinary country-continent: you are 20,000 km from Europe, yes you are in Australia! But to really enjoy it we recommend that you visit the interior of the opera and perhaps you will have the chance to attend, for a few minutes only, one of the rehearsals of an opera or a performance coming. It is better to buy your entrance ticket in advance, on Circular Quay in one of the ticket offices located under the Opera. Buy it for the same day or the next day (more likely).
All visits are made in small groups and in the company of a sworn guide, with headphones on your ears according to your mother tongue. Inside you will finally be able to take few photos, if you bought a ticket for this purpose, you will be disappointed. It is for example strictly forbidden to film or photograph (even with a smartphone) the interior of concert halls, even empty: perhaps you will attend a rehearsal for 2 or 3 minutes maximum, the time to feel the emotion and make you want to attend a concert in its entirety.
Rooms hung in red, small and large depending on the show (opera, classical music, theatre, etc.). Above all, you will be told the whole story of the construction of this opera house, an emblem of Australia in the same way as kangaroos or koalas. A short visit of less than an hour, which you must do if you are spending more than 2 or 3 days in Sydney or if you are a fan of opera and large and beautiful buildings.
Hagia Sofia, Istanbul
You shouldn’t leave Turkey without seeing Hagia Sofia. Watching over the Golden Horn, Sancta Sophia (Latin), Haghia Sofia (Greek), Aya Sofya (Turkish) or even St Sophie (French) is a monument of history. A must for sightseeing. Alternately church, mosque then museum. This emblem of Istanbul was built by the great Byzantine emperor Justinian in the 6th century, before Mehmet the Conqueror seized the city and made it a place of Muslim worship. It was Atatürk who, in 1935, decided to make it a museum, in order to offer this splendor, a reflection of divine wisdom, to all.
All dressed in pastel pink, the building looks like fascinating. A rather original building with its four minarets added to the original domes. But it’s the inside that’s really worth seeing. Charmed, pleasantly surprised, we walk quietly alongside History… Vast, airy, finely decorated with stained glass windows and golden mosaics, the symbols of the two monotheistic religions come together to give substance to a beautiful mix: Ottoman chandeliers, candles, ablution basins, Christian paintings, large suspended medallions adorned with Arabic calligraphy… The most majestic remains undoubtedly its main dome: it seems to float above the marble, in a soft sparkling light. Just beautiful!
One of the two most symbolic places in Czech Republic (along with the Starometske namesti square), Prague Castle requires a detour just for the panorama it offers over the old town. Several wars have partially destroyed it, but it is well renovated, each time with a new style, from the time of the renovation in question. It shelters the cathedral of Saint Vitus, emblem of the city and royal cemetery, several palaces, towers from which one has a superb view, art galleries, a monastery, and a museum.
The first foundations date from the nineth century. In the 12th century, it was transformed, then in the 14th century, Charles IV made it a Gothic palace. The fire of 1541 destroyed it, but it was later renovated. Today it is the house of the President of the Republic, and you can watch the changing of the Czech guard every day, with a brass band at noon.
Grand Place, Brussels
Great symbol of the Belgian capital, the Grand Place is indeed a jewel nestled in the heart of Brussels, Belgium, surrounded by all that is better here. It is a place that despite the crowds has kept its full, strong character. Some of the bars and estaminets that directly overlook the crowded Grand Place have managed to keep all their personality and their typical side.
Among all the buildings that surround the square, the Town Hall is probably the most impressive, with its 100 meters it is the highest, but it is also the oldest, being the only building that has resisted the various incidents since the Middle Ages.
Close to the Grand Place, one can find a myriad of things to do. In addition to simply strolling through the alleys, the Tête d’Or, the City Museum, the Museum of Belgian Brewers, the Temple of Beer, Dandoy, the Royal Galleries, Manneken Pis, the Cocoa Museum and many others are less than a five minute walk away. Undoubtedly the center of all the attention in Brussels, and therefore inevitable, for our greatest pleasure.
Machu Picchu, Peru – Cusco
Machu Picchu in Peru is an ancient city of unique beauty, protected by UNESCO and selected as one of the Seven Wonders of the World, and also containing many mysteries. When you see Machu Picchu for the first time, you may feel like you will be out of breath. 600 years ago, how they carried all the stones and rocks to the top of the mountain, how they built such a magnificent city… It is not even possible to imagine such a huge project that came to life under the conditions of that time. Nobody knows the answer to this question anyway; no explanation is enough. In addition, it is one of the places that every traveler wants to go and see. The scientific discovery of the enormous ancient city of Machu Picchu, built in the 15th century by the Inca ruler Pachacutec Yupanqui in a rocky and desolate part of Peru, was realized by the geographer Hiram Bingham’s arrival here in 1911.
Today, Macchu Picchu is believed to have been built as a haven for wealthy members of the Inca aristocracy. But since the Incas did not use writing, there is no definitive record of why the ancient city of Machu Picchu was built. This is an intriguing riddle: the Incas went to great lengths to build a city in an area where few had lived before.
Burj Khalifa, Dubai
There are two records of this incredible skyscraper: The first, of course, of being the tallest building on the planet. Completed in 2009, it now has an incredible final height of 828 meters. But another record characterizes the structure: The fact that it changed its name after a day from the opening date: from Burj Dubai to Burj Khalifa, in honor of the Emir of Dubai, who helped out of the small economic crisis. To build this giant, it took five years and 1.5 billion dollars, improving by 20 billion dollars if we consider the construction of the entire complex of skyscrapers that surround the Burj Khalifa, which is part of a wide area that includes a fantastic luminary, every evening, with intervals of 15 minutes, it explodes in a wonderful musical spectacle. You can ascend the viewing platform using the fastest elevators in the world.