7 European Landmarks and Heritage Sites To Explore

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When traveling, some people prefer to focus on historical points of interest. Others can’t resist natural landmarks or iconic structures. You can enjoy these in Europe. Finding it hard to choose your favorite? Here are 7 European landmarks and heritage sites to explore on your next vacation. 

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Beach Landing Sites, Normandy, France

Because of its connection with the most famous D-Day invasion of all time, Normandy attracts many World War II history buffs. If you have an interest in this period of Normandy’s history, treat yourself to one of the Band of Brothers Tours

Enjoy an immersive and enlightening experience of the Normandy beach landing sites and other important landmarks. You’ll find historical sites, monuments, and museums dedicated to this slice of history, all over Normandy. This tour company also visits other WWII sites throughout Europe. 

Normandy is a beautiful region of France, and you’ll find plenty to see and do. It has several historical treasures, like Mont-Saint Michel Abbey. Completed in 1523, it has always been an important religious site, visited by clergy and royalty. 

These days it serves more than a cultural attraction, but this impressive monastery and church high atop a hill are well worth the visit.

The Acropolis, Athens, Greece

Greece has always been a popular vacation destination. It offers a bit of everything, from good weather year-round to affordable accommodation, and delicious Mediterranean cuisine. What’s not to love? But as one of the oldest countries in the world, Greece also has some of the best historical European Landmarks landmarks to explore.

It’s honestly difficult to pick just one, but if you can only visit one, you can’t go wrong with the Acropolis. This ancient temple complex and UNESCO World Heritage sits atop a hill overlooking the city and offers both a glimpse into Greece’s mythological past and breathtaking views.

Visit the Acropolis Museum while you’re there, for more context about everything you’re seeing.

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Colosseum, Rome, Italy

One of the best things to do in Italy is visit the Colosseum. Since it was built in AD80, this elliptical amphitheater in the center of the city of Rome has seen its fair share of crowds. They came to see dramatic reenactments of epic battles. They flocked to see gladiators fight to the death.

These days, the crowds come to see the ruins of this once-renowned symbol of Imperial Rome, one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. Take a Colosseum Arena Floor Tour and feel what it was like for those who came to entertain the crowds, even at the cost of their lives, all those centuries ago. 

Eiffel Tower, Paris, France

No trip to France is ever complete without a stop at the iconic Eiffel Tower. It’s one of the most visited and photographed landmarks in France and with good reason. An impressive 1,083 ft tall, this wrought-iron beast is a testament to French engineering.

It was designed and built to celebrate French ingenuity as a centerpiece for the 1889 World Fair. But what the locals call dame de fer (Iron Lady) is still one of their most treasured icons today. You can pay a fee and go to the top of the tower for panoramic views of the city. 

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Stonehenge, Wiltshire, England

Whether it’s on a day out with the children or as a solo pursuit, a visit to Stonehenge is one for the bucket list. Although much is known about the history of the region, no one knows why the ancients built Stonehenge! There’s been a lot of speculation, though, making it one of the most famous European landmarks and worldwide landmarks at that! 

It could have served as a religious or cultural center. It may have a deeper astronomical or even astrological purpose. Whatever the case, this circular megalithic monument, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a spectacular sight to behold.

Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland

The Giant’s Causeway is Northern Ireland’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site. But that’s okay because this amazing natural landmark stands tall and proud. 

The result of an ancient volcanic fissure eruption, these interlocking basalt columns produce a rock formation like no other. Was it the path of giants in Northern Ireland’s distant past? We can’t be certain. Visit the visitors’ center nearby for a taste of the lore.

Caves of Aggtelek Karst, Hungary/Slovakia

Visiting Hungary or Slovakia? Be sure to visit the Caves of Aggtelek Karst, situated between these two countries. This UNESCO World Heritage Site includes several components, some of which are in Hungary and others in Slovakia.

This cave system contains over 1000 caves, filled with stunning stalactites and stalagmites, formed over the millennia. 

If you think you’ve seen caves like this before, think again. The Baradla-Domica complex within this cave system can accommodate as many as a thousand people and includes an underground river and one of the world’s tallest stalagmites.

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