Monday, 8 May 2017

10 Iconic Historical Spots in Europe

10 Iconic Historical Spots in Europe

Europe is a continent that’s filled with amazing things to do. From haute hotels and fabulous food to party parades and charismatic castles, your Europe holiday is sure to be filled with many fun moments. The region is also known to be home to iconic historical spots, ensuring that any Europe trip is filled with several Instagram-worthy shots!

Relive history and include these must-do places to visit in Europe:

1. Berlin Wall, Berlin

If Germany is included in your Europe trip, then its capital, Berlin, is unmissable. Not only does it boast a vibrant nightlife but also various cultural hotspots and the famed Berlin Wall, or rather, remnants of it. Between 1961 and 1989, this structure was an actual wall that divided east and west Berlin. Today, only few portions stand and most of these are plastered with graffiti against which, it has become fashionable to pose. There is also a memorial where you can learn about its history, making it one of the top things to do in Europe and a monument whose demolition stands as testament to the reunification of Germany!

2. Red Square, Moscow

Almost every image of Moscow contains either the entire Red Square or some of its monuments! If your Europe trip includes a jaunt to Moscow then make sure to stand in the centre of the square and just soak up the history of the place that once was the centre of the Soviet world. Visit the colourful St. Basil’s Cathedral, the Kremlin, Lenin's Mausoleum and State Historical Museum while you stand here. It is undoubtedly one of the top things to do in Europe and photographs clicked here are sure to get you many ‘likes’ on social media!

3. The Colosseum, Rome

A visit to Rome will ensure that your Europe holiday is not only filled with yummy pizza, pasta and gelato but also that you’re fed enough doses of exciting history! Located in the heart of the city, this historic amphitheater was built between 72 and 80 A.D. and could seat a whopping 80,000 people! It was used for many public and entertainment events however, what it’s most known for is the hordes of gladiator fights that have also been the subject of many Hollywood films. The Colosseum is a part of Rome’s historic centre that’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the must-see places to visit in Europe!

4. Arc De Triomphe, Paris

The city of love and romance is also filled with historic gems like the Arc de Triomphe that was built between built between 1806 and 1836. The neighbourhood is totally historic as this glorious 19th-century arch is surrounded by the Place Charles de Gaulle and the Champs Champs-Élysées making it one of the iconic places to visit in Europe. It was built in memory of those who died to honour France in various wars – their names are inscribed on its walls. If a visit to Paris is scheduled in your Europe trip, then the Arc, which is as beautiful as its home city, is a must-do!

5. Acropolis of Athens, Athens

Could it get more historic than the city that was the birthplace of the Olympics? When you’re not cruising the Mediterranean waters of Greece’s coastline or walking through the cobbled pathways surrounded by white and blue cottages on your Europe holiday, spend some time taking in the history of Athens, the country’s capital. The Acropolis is a Citadel that contains a glorious collection of historical buildings like the iconic Parthenon, Propylaia and the Temple of Athena Nike. Make sure you click pictures and feel the history of this place that dates back to more than 2000 years ago, making it one of the most historic places to visit in Europe!

6. Buckingham Palace, London

Many have tried in the past and failed. At what, you ask? Distracting the guards at London’s Buckingham Palace, of course! London shows up on almost everyone’s Europe trip and Buckingham Palace cannot be left out. It is the seat and residence of England’s Royal Family and is located in the Westminster area. Come here to marvel at the iconic structure, make funny faces at the guards, click loads of pictures and shop for royal family-themed souvenirs here. With so many fun activities on offer, the palace must figure high up in your list of top things to do in Europe.

7. Blue Mosque, Istanbul

The Sultan Ahmed Mosque, often called the Blue Mosque is one of the most historic and iconic structures in Istanbul, a city that in itself is filled with antiquity, given that it’s spread across two continents. Which means the city is not only one of the must-see places to visit in Europe but also Asia! The mosque is unmissable on your Europe holiday itinerary. It was built between in the 17th century and contains a madrasa, Ahmed’s tomb and a sanitorium. It’s a fully functional mosque even today and is known for its spectacular architecture.  

8. Familia Sagrada, Barcelona

The most ambitious project of renowned Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí, the Sagrada Familia is definitely one of the top things to do in Europe. If you find yourself in Barcelona during your Europe holiday, you will find that much of the city’s iconic architecture is credited to this creative genius. This particular Roman Catholic Church was his most glorious project: so much so that he couldn’t complete it in his lifetime! It is a sight to behold and several guided tours are held here. Many city architects are toiling night and day to complete the legacy of Gaudí and it’s slated to be completed by 2020.

9. Anne Frank House, Amsterdam

When a teenage girl documents her life-in-hiding in a 17th-century house by a canal in Amsterdam during World War II, the book makes for worldwide reading. The ‘secret annex’ was converted into a museum in 1960 and is one of the top places to visit in Europe. Visitors from around the world include this museum during their Europe holiday to have a peek into the life of a young girl during World War II.

10. Canals of Venice

Several Bollywood movies have showcased Venice in a romantic light and rightly so. The city is a conglomeration of 118 little islands that are joined by a canal system. Lovers from around the world have gone on gondola rides along these canals, arm-in-arm with their special someone. If Italy is a part of your Europe trip then Venice is one of the must-see places to visit in Europe. Giving your idea of a ‘romantic long drive’ a twist, a gondola tour is one of the top things do in Europe and will enchant you like no other boat ride would!

There you have it. A listing of iconic spots that are sure to fill your Europe holiday with Instagram-worthy moments! These historical locations have not only made a place for themselves in history but will also do so in your hearts. What are you waiting for? Log onto and book your trip to begin ticking off destinations on this list of must-visit historic places in Europe!

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Ananya Bahl

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