Europe Tourist Attractions

Best Europe tourist attractions include Big Ben in Britain, France’s Eiffel Tower, St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, Venice’s Canal Grande, and Norway’s Nærøyfjord.

Big Ben (www.parliament.uk/big-ben/) is a clock tower of Palace of Westminster — where the British Parliament meets — and one of the best-known landmarks and symbols of London.

The clock tower was designed by Augustus Pugin, whom architect of the Palace of Westminster, Charles Barry, asked to design the tower section.

In terms of architecture, Big Ben represents Gothic Revival style.


VIDEO: Tour of Big Ben clock tower.

Europe tourist attractions also feature Eiffel Tower (www.eiffel-tower.com), meanwhile, is, like Big Ben, one of most famous buildings in the world, and has become a symbol for Paris and the entire nation of France.

The tower is named after its designer, Gustave Eiffel.

You can tour the Eiffel Tower for its three floors, using either a lift or the stairs.

Of the floors, the first floor contains a restaurant, Altitude 95, as doas the second floor, a very expensive gastronomic place to eat, the Jules Verne restaurant (which is only accessible by private elevator).

Within the third floor, on the other hand, you can find an observation deck, with superb views over Paris.

St. Peter’s Basilica (www.vaticanstate.va/Saint_Peters_Basilica/) is the center of the world’s Catholic Christian faith, located within Vatican, inside the city of Rome in Italy.

The church is one of the most sacred places in Christianity, and among the world’s most majestic buildings overall, being the largest Catholic church in the world.

Inside the church, one of Jesus’ 12 disciples, Saint Peter, has been buried, and that is where the name of the basilica comes from.

Construction work on the church commenced in 1506, with the church being completed in 1626.

The square in front of the basilica, St. Peter’s square, is in itself a major attraction, and contains, for example, obelisk, next to which Saint Peter was crucified from orders by Roman Emperor Nero, in 64 AD.

Venice’s Grand Canal is the main canal in the historic lagoon city in Italy.

Although Venice as a whole is a unique experience, Canal Grande is the its most significant representative.

Along Grand Canal, you’ll find most of the city’s significant museums, churches, and palaces, including…

  • Palazzi Barbaro, Palazzo Dario, Ca ‘Foscari, Ca’ Pesaro,
  • Santa Maria della Salute church, Palazzo Barbarigo,
  • Palazzo Venier as well as Palazzo dei Leoni, which acts as an exhibition space for Peggy Guggenheim’s art collection.

For many, a trip to Venice includes a ride in a Venice Gondola, which you can tour the canals, or move from one location to the next in Venice, including within Grand Canal.

Overall, Grand Canal is about 3.8 km (2.3 miles) long.

Finally, of the Europe tourist attractions, Norway’s Nærøyfjord(www.alr.no) is one of the world’s most famous natural attractions, and today, also part of the UNESCO world heritage list.

In addition to the recognition by UNESCO, National Geographic magazine, for example, has rated the fjord world’s best natural attraction (out of the list by UNESCO).

As an attraction, Nærøyfjord is a dramatic fjord within Norway’s Sogn og Fjordane province, with a total length of about 17 kilometers (10.5 miles) in length…as a section of a larger fjord, the Sognefjord.

Best way to explore Nærøyfjord is to participate in one of the two-hour long cruises to the fjord, available from several villages on the Norwegian coast, including the village of Flåm.