As defined by the Oxford University Press, a landmark is a notable object or characteristic of a landscape that allows you to decipher the location you are in. Landmarks can include historical, cultural, natural and human-made structures. Buildings and monuments can also be included.
While this list tries to encapsulate some of the most famous landmarks in the world, it's truly a hard task to do, and it is by no means exhaustive. We have, however, tried to give you a wide variety of some remarkable and unique landmarks from around the world.
So, without further ado, and with the help of other travel bloggers, here are some of the most famous landmarks around the world that you should consider visiting at least once in your lifetime.
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This famous landmark in the world is a must-visit on any trip to the west coast of the US. The Golden Gate Bridge is a large red suspension bridge synonymous with San Francisco in California.
The bridge stretches 4,200 feet and is as tall as a 65-storey building. Having been completed in 1937, today, the bridge receives an average of ten million visitors each year.
After taking some incredible photographs of this iconic bridge, visitors can also bike or walk across it and take in the stunning views of San Francisco Bay and its surroundings. Make sure to include this bridge on your San Fransisco itinerary!
One of the most famous landmarks of California is the majestic landscape of Yosemite National Park. Located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains and containing a lush valley surrounded by mountains, Yosemite is an iconic symbol of the Golden State.
One of the most popular things to do in Yosemite is visiting Yosemite Falls. Towering at 2,425 feet, it is the tallest waterfall in North America. Visitors can choose to take an easy hike to the base or a strenuous hike to the top.
Glacier Point is another fantastic thing to do in Yosemite, where you can see breathtaking views of the valley below. An insider tip is to take the park shuttle to the top and then hike down.
No matter the length of stay in the park or the activities you choose to try, Yosemite National Park is guaranteed to give you a sense of the beautiful California wilderness.
Written by Olivia from the Girl With Blue Sails.
The Statue of Liberty in New York is one of the most recognizable world landmarks. This 151-feet high symbol of independence has been a feature of the Manhattan skyline since 1886.
The statue was a gift from France to the US. It was designed by French architects Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi and Gustave Eiffel. Being a renowned tourist attraction, the Statue of Liberty receives 3.5 million visitors a year, with millions more seeing her from New York as they explore the city.
If visiting, take a boat to liberty island and go into the statue's crown for stunning views of New York City. Of course, be sure to snap a few pics of "Lady Liberty" from the shore too!
The Empire State Building is another of the famous landmarks in the world found in New York City. The 102-storey Art Deco building has been in New York City since the 1930s.
Today, visitors can head to the observation decks on the 86th and 102nd floors to enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of Manhattan and greater NYC.
If visiting, try going to the top about an hour before the sun sets to enjoy daytime, sunset, and night city views. Like with many NYC attractions, appreciating the building itself from street level is a must too!
If you fancy doing more non-touristy activities in New York City than visiting the well-known attractions above, you will be spoilt for choice. Things to do range from exploring hidden bars and going on a hot tub boat tour on a river and more!
What city comes to mind when you hear the word "bean"? Step aside Boston, Cloud Gate has become one of the most visited icons in America and now serves as a symbol of Chicago. It is commonly referred to as The Bean because the structure resembles the shape.
Visitors travel from around the globe to see this magnificent work of art by British sculptor and artist Sir Anish Mikhail Kapoor. Cloud Gate is an interesting piece as 80% of its surface reflects the surrounding city landscape and sky.
The night views are especially impressive as the lights shine from its glazed surface. While in the area, you can also visit Millennium Park, where there are free concerts in the summer on the lawn (Jay Pritzker Pavilion).
During your stay in Chicago, you can additionally explore the Chicago Cultural Center, Crown Fountain, and Lurie Garden. When you need food or refreshments, the Plaza at the Park Grill comes highly recommended.
Written by Tanya from Travels & Treasures.
Delicate Arch in Arches National Park, Utah, is one of the most famous geologic formations in the world. More than 1.5 million people visit the park each year, with many wanting to tackle the hike to Delicate Arch.
Formed from Entrada sandstone, this landmark got its unique look and shape due to years of erosion. Its massive size isn’t always apparent in pictures, but the opening under the arch is 46 feet high and 32 feet wide.
The trail to Delicate Arch is a moderate three-mile hike roundtrip. It starts with a steep slope up slick rock and includes one section that is slightly exposed.
Do note that there is no shade on the trail, and it can get very hot hiking during the day. Therefore, the best way to see the arch is to embark on a Delicate Arch sunset hike.
The temperature is more bearable in the evening, and the setting sun casts a fiery orange glow on the gorgeous arch.
Written by Deanne from Scenic and Savvy.
The Florida Everglades, among the world’s last remaining wilderness areas and one of the best national parks on the East Coast, could well be the ultimate reasons to visit the south of Florida!
This incredible world landmark is a slow-moving watershed system. It flows from central Florida into Lake Okeechobee (a lake so big you can see it from space) and down into southwest Florida and then to Ten Thousand Islands.
This remarkable natural feature nourishes the land, wildlife, and human population on the entire southern peninsula. Exploring the Everglades is a nature lovers paradise, with unique habitats and exotic animal species, some of which only live here.
Hiking, paddling, and camping in Everglades National Park and the Big Cypress Preserve is an optimal way to see the Glades. For more of a thrill, go gliding along the river of grass on an airboat ride!
The best time of year to visit the Everglades depends on what you’d like to see and do: winter is the dry season and better for hiking, but the green summer season is always better for wildlife sightings.
Written by Lori from Naples Florida Travel Guide.
The Grand Canyon is a natural landmark so sizable you can see it from space! The canyon is 277 miles long and, in some places, up to 18 miles wide. Without actually seeing it in person, it’s hard to grasp how truly vast it is. Fortunately, there are plenty of viewing areas along the canyon that tourists can easily access.
The park has three gated entrances for visitors to access, although the North gate closes during the winter. You’ll want to make the most of your visit by planning your route ahead of time, especially if you plan to do any day hikes.
Watching the sunrise at the Grand Canyon is another popular activity to do there. Other exciting things to do within driving distance of the Grand Canyon include visiting Antelope Canyon to the north and hiking the famous rock formations in Sedona to the south.
Written by Karee from Our Woven Journey.
One of the world famous places to visit in the United States is the beautiful Mount Rainier National Park. Located in Washington state, this magnificent park features views of the stunning Mount Rainier volcano, plus waterfalls, rivers, lakes, fire lookouts, and old grove trees.
Along with the incredible views, there are many fun activities to do in the park. One of the best things to do is to visit the Paradise Visitor Center. The vistas are outstanding here, and there are many hiking trails.
A popular hike is the Skyline Trail, which features a waterfall and beautiful views of Mount Rainier. It's a great trail to hike with the whole family!
If it's not too cloudy, you can also check out Comet Falls. This Mount Rainier National Park hike is perfect for keeping yourself entertained on moody Pacific Northwest days.
At sunset, you can also check out one of the best fire lookouts: Fremont Lookout. This moderate hike is easily one of the best trails in this national park!
Written by Michelle from The Wandering Queen.
Niagara Falls is one of the seven natural wonders and one of the most famous landmarks in the world. A visit to the falls should absolutely be on your North America landmarks list.
The falls are in North America, between Ontario and New York. Therefore, the falls are both an American and a Canadian Landmark, allowing you to admire these stunning falls from Canada or the United States.
Visitors can choose from many activities on both sides of Niagara Falls, including boat rides that take you up close to the falls and drench you in the mist.
You can also go on walkways at the base of the falls or take an aero car that goes over the rapids and whirlpools of the Niagara River.
While it's an incredible destination in all seasons, Niagara Falls becomes a magical place during the winter when gigantic blocks of ice chunks frame the falls, and snow covers the rocks at the base.
On the Canadian side, the Winter Festival of Lights is a must-see during the winter holidays. This spectacular and free event is the biggest lighting display in Canada and is a must-visit!
Written by Michelle from Moyer Memoirs.
Perched on the edge of a cliff overlooking the stunning blue waters of the Caribbean sea, you'll find Tulum.
This gorgeous and well-preserved archaeological site in Quintana Roo, Mexico, is about two hours from Cancun and is one of the most famous landmarks in the world for a good reason!
With over 800 years of history and a beautiful beach, Tulum is a must-visit place while in this area of Mexico. Its original name, Zama, means "The City of Dawn" - appropriately named for this western-facing city.
The sunrise hits the famous Castillo is a highly memorable view; it's no wonder this location offers some of the most iconic photos in the area.
This ancient city is steeped in history and was the only Mayan city built along the coastline. It was prominently known as being a seaport, trading in jade and turquoise.
Take a guided tour to make the most of your visit and get taken back in time to see what life was once like inside the city walls.
Once you've explored the city, cool off in the soothing waters on the gorgeous beach below, or enjoy strolling around more of this beautiful archeological landmark.
Written by Sarah from In Search of Sarah.
As one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu is a true marvel. This 500-year old citadel perches precariously on a crest between steep mountains in the middle of the Peruvian Andes.
Once a royal estate, it was abandoned by the Incas in the 1500s after the Spanish arrived in Peru. Although local people knew of its location, it was not known to the world until 1911.
To get to Machu Picchu, many go via the Inca Trail, a four-day hike through the mountains. If you take this adventurous route, you can explore several incredible Inca ruins on the way to Machu Picchu as you follow the trail.
But you don’t have to hike there! From Cusco, you can get a train to Aguas Calientes, and from there, buses make the steep drive up to the citadel throughout the day.
Overcrowding is a problem at Machu Picchu, especially in the mornings, when many rush to experience the sunrise.
You’re more likely to have a calm experience that feels personal if you wander the peripheral pathways and terraces away from the guided tours or visit later in the day.
Written by Martha from May Cause Wanderlust.
Although multiple beautiful mountains surround the city of Rio de Janeiro, there’s one stunning mountain that stands out more than the rest, so make sure to include it on your Rio de Janeiro itinerary!
Sugarloaf Mountain (or Pão de Açúcar) juts out from the coast, looming tall over the clean sands of Praia Vermelha. Its name is a wink to the Portuguese sugarcane trade in the 16th century.
Not only is the mountain an iconic part of Rio de Janeiro’s cityscape, but the views from the top are epic, too. Going up to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain at sunset is one of the best things to do in Rio. It truly gives you an understanding of how beautiful this city of bays is.
To get to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain, take a scenic cable car ride. Make sure you make the journey up a little while before the sun goes down so that you can appreciate all the different angles and views ahead of the crowds rolling in.
Written by Lizzy from Cuppa to Copa Travels.
Christ the Redeemer statue needs no introduction. This iconic global landmark in Brazil is one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World and an incredibly popular tourist attraction. It is a 125-feet symbol of peace and sits atop Corcovado Mountain in Rio de Janeiro.
Many people don’t know this, but the Brazilian statue is made of concrete and thousands of soapstone pieces. Those pieces were manually glued onto wide cloth strips and attached to the concrete to preserve it. So, if you look closely, you'll see an array of teeny tiny triangles!
Technicalities aside, once you reach the summit, stand in front of the statue, feel the summery breeze on your face, and take in the view, you'll understand why people call Rio de Janeiro the Marvelous City: It’s breathtaking!
A top local's tip for visiting the Christ the Redeemer statue is to go uphill with the first train to avoid the crowds and the heat. Also, pack water, sunscreen, a hat, and a good camera; you’ll want to remember your visit forever!
Written by Bruna from I Heart Brazil.
Sheikh Zayed Mosque, popularly known as the Grand Mosque, is a magnificent and very picturesque mosque in Abu Dhabi. This global landmark is the main reason tourists visit the city and is a must on any Abu Dhabi itinerary!
The mosque got built to honour the first ruler of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. Today, it's the largest mosque in UAE and the third-largest in the world, with a capacity to accommodate 40,000 worshippers at once.
Every year, millions of tourists come to marvel at the brilliant mix of Persian, Moorish, and Mughal architecture. As stunning as it is from the outside, the main prayer hall is a work of art in itself. From floor to ceiling, it will leave you in complete awe.
When visiting the Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, you will have to follow basic mosque etiquette. Ensure you dress appropriately from head to toe to comply with the mosque's dressing standards. This means:
If you like photography, then visit this Abu Dhabi landmark in the morning and at sunset. You can also take the daily complimentary guided tours to learn more about the mosque.
Written by Suvarna from Suvarna Arora.
As one of the most stunning and famous landmarks of the world, the Taj Mahal is truly a masterpiece! Situated on the banks of the Yamuna river, the Taj Mahal in India welcomes seven to eight million visitors each year.
Although one can visit this Modern Wonder of the World on a day trip from Delhi, it's best to spend a couple of days in Agra to experience the true beauty of this awe-inspiring landmark. Witnessing the first rays of the sun illuminating the white marble amidst winter fog is an experience of a lifetime.
The best time to visit the Taj Mahal is during the winter or spring. Head there at sunset to benefit from fewer crowds and magical morning vibes. There are many beautiful Taj Mahal photo spots to check out too. Iconic images to snap include the Kau Ban Mosque and the sunset from Mehtab Bagh.
Written by Sunetra from Globetrotting Su.
One of the most famous natural world landmarks is Mount Bromo in Indonesia. This active volcano in Eastern Java’s Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park offers incredible views to those who hike up it.
The best way to experience Mount Bromo is by trying two different hikes, both of which start from Cemoro Lawang. The first cuts across the Sea of Sands, which is a desert-like plain often likened to Mars. This trail takes you right to the crater of the volcano. The hike is easy until the final stretch, where it becomes moderately steep.
The second hike is up to the viewpoint on King Kong Hill, where you can watch the sunrise over the valley. Make the most of the adventure and visit Mount Bromo without a tour guide.
Due to the altitude, you need to brace yourself for cold weather once the sunsets. Taking a scarf to protect your face while walking through the Sea of Sands is a good idea too.
Written by Hannah from All About The Après.
Once the centre of the Khmer Kingdom, the construction of Angkor occurred between the 9th and 14th centuries. Today, the site has immense cultural and spiritual significance and is a must on any Siem Reap itinerary!
A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1992, Angkor Archaeological Park is much more than just Angkor Wat – it’s a vast complex of temples, citadels, and other ruins stretching over 400-square-kilometres.
The most famous structures include Angkor Thom, Bayon Temple, Banteay Srei (Women’s Temple), and of course, the iconic Angkor Wat itself.
Because the site is so vast, you need at least two days and either a tuk-tuk or bicycle to do it justice. A guided tour of Angkor is a perfect option if you want a more in-depth experience.
Don't miss sunrise at Angkor Wat either! To beat the crowds, watch from one of the lesser-known temples such as Pre Rup.
Written by Emily from Wander-Lush.
The magnificent Petronas Twin Towers are some of the most famous skyscrapers and human-made landmarks in the world. Standing at 452-metres tall, the Petronas remain the tallest twin towers on earth to this day.
These towers are a popular place to visit in the evening when the buildings light up like beautiful diamonds in the night sky. It’s hard not to feel impressed when you’re standing in front of the Petronas and will want to take loads of incredible pictures.
You can also visit inside the Petronas Twin Towers. The tour will first take you past the sky bridge, which hangs between the two buildings at 170-metres above ground on the 41st floor.
Fancy getting out of KL? There are plenty of short weekend getaways from Kuala Lumpur to go on, such as Bentong, Sekinchan and more!
Written by Cecilie from Worldwide Walkers.
Sigiriya Rock Fortress in Sri Lanka stands as one of the most famous landmarks in the world. Created by an ancient volcano, the 200-meter high rock column is striking against the lush jungle of Sigiriya.
In the 5th century, King Kashyapa deemed the strategically advantageous site the new capital city and built the royal palace of Sri Lanka here. The complex was home to extensive fortifications, sweeping gardens, grand pools, and elegant fountains.
Today, when visiting Sigiriya, you can admire the fortress’s ancient frescoes painted in the crevices of the orange rock. Then, as you climb a bit higher, you'll be greeted by the mighty Lion Gate, which was once the main entrance to the royal city.
The ruins of the palace and pools still sit atop the plateau with stunning views of the surrounding landscape. Sigiriya Rock Fortress is a true marvel to behold and a must on your Sri Lanka itinerary!
Written by Haley from Haley Blackall.
The Great Wall of China is one of China's most famous landmarks. The 21,196 km wall also has one of the longest construction times of all the world landmarks, taking 2,300 years to complete.
Today, the wall is a tourist hotspot, attracting over ten million visitors a year. The Great Wall traverses through 15 Chinese regions and is a combination of multiple walls and fortifications.
If interested in visiting, there are many access points, but the most popular way to see the Great Wall is from Badaling, outside Beijing. If in the region, don't miss the chance to see this incredible global landmark by including it on your Beijing itinerary!
The simple path that winds through the middle of the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest is now one of the most famous sights in Kyoto. Nobody knows when the forest dates from, but the nearby Tenryu-Ji Temple dates back to the 14th century when bamboo surrounded temples in Japan to ward off evil spirits.
Admittedly, the forest might not look like it does in pictures. For example, it's not as green. But to get close to that idyllic image of towering trees lining a peaceful path, visit as early in the morning as you can.
And don’t just look - listen. The bamboo clacking together here is one of the most iconic sounds in Japan and is just one example of the many small things you shouldn’t miss on your Japan trip.
Written by Helen from Japlanease.
While many incredible landmarks are scattered around Asia, from Angkor Wat to Bangkok's Grand Palace (both of which are great stops on a Southeast Asia travel itinerary), some of the best and most iconic landmarks are in Kyoto, Japan.
Top Kyoto attractions include the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove and the Kiyomizu-Dera Temple. Another must-visit Kyoto sight is the Fushimi Inari Shrine.
Well-known for its vivid red torii gates, the Fushimi Inari Taisha is an unmissable Kyoto attraction. Dedicated to the god of rice, this Shinto shrine has a strong fox motif, as foxes are the messengers of the god of grain foods.
While taking a photo by the iconic red arches is a must, you can easily spend half a day exploring the hiking trails up Mount Inari. It’s a pretty easy hike that offers spectacular views of the torii gates and the city of Kyoto.
Written by Mia from Walk a While with Me.
Taipei 101 briefly held the record for being the world's tallest building (from 2004-2009) but was overtaken by the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. No matter, it's still an impressive building standing at 1,667 feet high in Taipei, Taiwan.
This global landmark has 101 floors, and the building includes a mall, a Starbucks with a killer view, a Din Tai Fung with delicious dumplings, offices, an observation deck, and even a private club.
Construction ended in 2003, and the design not only looks incredible but has quite a bit of meaning behind it. The 101 floors symbolize the renewal of time. The building also features eight segments of eight floors that symbolize prosperity, abundance, and good fortune.
Tapei 101 is home to the world's largest wind damper too. It stretches 18-feet across and helps the structure withstand typhoons and earthquakes that are common in the area.
If you're a big fan of panoramic views, a trip to the observation deck to see the city below is a must. If you want a picture with Taipei 101 and the surrounding skyscrapers, a hike up Elephant Mountain offers this breathtaking vista.
The tower looks stunning around sunset and at night too. Whether you go to the top or view it from the street, Taipei 101 should be on your Taiwan bucket list.
Written by Megan from Red Around the World.
The Twelve Apostles are a famous Australian landmark found along the Great Ocean Road in Australia. These landmarks are stacks of limestone that stand near one another along the coastline of Victoria.
Over time they have been formed by the harsh southern ocean weather crashing against the soft limestone. This natural event firstly creates caves that leave stacks such as these when they collapse. This site attracts thousands of people from around the world every month who want to witness its beauty.
There is so much to do in the area besides taking that iconic picture from the viewing platform. You can also take a hike along The Great Ocean Road Walk, or you can even take a walk down the Gibson steps to view the Twelve Apostles from ground level.
If none of this seems adventurous enough for you, then you can also take a helicopter ride over the Twelve Apostles to get the best view of all.
Written by Nesha from Niche Travelling.
The iconic sail-like structures of the Sydney Opera House have become a symbol of both Sydney and Australia. Sitting on Bennelong Point in Sydney Harbour, the Opera House is the number one tourist destination in Australia! It's one of the most famous places around the world, and one of the most photographed!
Jørn Utzon of Denmark designed the Sydney Opera House. It took 14 years to build, finally opening in 1973. In 2007 the opera house was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, making it the youngest site to get included on the list.
The building has some unique features, such as its cooling system, which circulates Sydney Harbour's seawater. The glass in the building is custom-made to a specific topaz colour. It also houses the largest mechanical organ in the world, with over 10,000 musical pipes.
You can take a tour of the inside of the opera house or attend a concert in one of the seven performance venues. For a unique view of the Opera House, climb the Harbour Bridge, an activity we label as a must-do on our family travel bucket list!
Interested in getting out of the big city for a weekend? You have plenty of options for Sydney weekend getaways, including the Blue Mountains, Byron Bay and more!
Written by Cynthia of Sharing the Wander.
The Dubrovnik City Walls is undoubtedly one of the most imposing sights in Europe. They're also an iconic landmark of the famous Croatian coastal city. Built in the 12th century, the construction as it is known today continued until the 17th century.
Even after the war, this landmark got renovated and maintained. This gigantic wall, together with the historic Old Town, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Therefore, a visit to this fortification is a must on any trip to Dubrovnik.
In the past, the wall served provided security and protection to the city's inhabitants. Today, you can walk along with it and enjoy probably the most beautiful scenery on the coast of the Adriatic Sea!
The walk along the wall stretches for about two kilometres, and following this trail is the best way to explore this landmark. Although entrance to the wall is not cheap (it's almost 30 euros), you can save some money by buying a Dubrovnik Card.
Written by Martina & Jürgen from PlacesofJuma.
Mont Saint-Michel stands in Normandy, northern France. This impressive landmark sits on a small island within an estuary. The building dates back as far as the 8th century, and the island’s history is rich. The island has been a popular pilgrimage site and also played a significant role in military operations.
Today it's a popular tourist destination and a must-visit for anyone who enjoys history and French culture. Mont Saint-Michel has even been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with millions of people visiting every year.
Visiting early in the morning is highly recommended to avoid the crowds. Recently a bridge got constructed, which connects the island to the mainland so visitors can now walk there.
The island itself is relatively small, but there are many things to see and do. The historic abbey is a popular attraction, and the incredible lookout points around Mont Saint-Michel are also impressive.
Written by Victoria from Guide Your Travel.
The Palace of Versailles is one of the most beautiful castles near Paris. It's also one of the most famous landmarks in the world. The historic palace is in the city of Versailles, around 20 kilometres southwest of the French capital.
Versailles was originally a hunting lodge for King Louis XIII. When King Louis XIV left the Louvre Palace, a team of architects, sculptors, and landscape designers, turned this modest lodge into the best château in France.
The visit to Versailles usually takes one full day. Apart from the palace, there are two Trianons, the Queen's Hamlet, and magnificent gardens decorated with sculptures, fountains, and other water features. The grounds around the canal, known as the Grand Parc, are also beautiful to explore, ideally by bike.
Written by Elisa from World in Paris.
The Cité de Carcassonne is a medieval citadel dominated by a castle and a church. Impressive walls with turrets crowned by pointed roofs protect the ensemble. The Cité's first structures date from the 12th century!
When visiting, take the time to explore the narrow and winding streets and browse the shops, most of them selling souvenirs for tourists. The castle is interesting to visit too, and there is also a small museum with artifacts related to the citadel's medieval past to discover.
Carcassonne's main highlight, however, is the ramparts, which you can climb and explore on a self-guided tour. From the top of the walls, the countryside views are stunning, and you can also see the Ville Basse or Lower Carcassonne.
Written by Norbert from Travel France Bucket List.
At the time, its 324 metres of height made it the tallest human-made structure in the world, and it held that title for 41 years!
Although the Iron Lady quickly became a Paris bucket list item, the Parisians hated it at the beginning! Hundreds of people led by artists and intellectuals signed a petition against what they called “a useless and monstrous tower”.
Today, Parisian and tourists alike love the Eiffel Tower and often include it on their Paris itinerary. You can visit the tower and climb the 674 steps that will take you to the 2nd floor. It will take you 30 to 45 minutes, depending on how fit you are.
While in the area, you can also walk around the beautiful Parc du Champ de Mars. And as the Eiffel Tower is near the Seine, you can also walk on its banks or do a boat tour.
Written by Ophelie from Limitless Secrets.
The Chapel Bridge in the heart of Lucerne is a Swiss national landmark. Also known as the Kapellbrücke, it crosses the River Reuss and is the oldest wooden covered bridge in Europe.
The distinct water tower soars more than 100 feet above the bridge. This building has been a prison, a torture chamber, and offices throughout its long existence.
Dating from the 14th century, the Chapel Bridge is 700 feet long and set at a diagonal angle across the water. Pretty flower baskets hang on the sides, and the ceiling displays colourful paintings depicting Swiss history.
Some of the artworks are originals from the 1500s, and others are reproductions made after a fire destroyed part of the bridge in 1993.
A stroll across the Chapel Bridge is a must when you visit Lucerne. Make sure you also enjoy dinner at a riverside café which offers incredible views of the bridge. This bridge certainly does its part to make Lucerne one of the loveliest of Swiss cities.
Written by Sharon from Exploring Our World.
Gibraltar Nature Reserve is one of the most famous places in the world you should add to your bucket list. This protected nature reserve covers over 40% of Gibraltar’s land area and features outstanding flora and fauna.
It also has one of the most popular attractions in Gibraltar, St Michael’s Cave. Inside St Michael’s Cave, you’ll get to explore a series of caves made from limestone. The caves house beautiful and colourful stalactites and stalagmites as well.
The reserve is very well-known for its macaques, the only wild monkeys you can find in Europe. You’ll see them everywhere, and although some of them are pretty relaxed, make sure you take care of your belongings as others may try to take them from you!
However, the best part of visiting the reserve is the breathtaking panoramic views. You’ll see three countries, Spain, Gibraltar and Morocco, at a glance. To access Gibraltar Nature Reserve, get the cable car found next to the Alameda Gardens.
Written by Cristina Reina from My Little World of Travelling.
Mount Vesuvius is one of three active volcanoes in Italy and lies directly next to the city of Naples in Campania. Approximately three million people live around Mount Vesuvius. Since it poses a lot of danger to these inhabitants, it gets the name of being one of the most dangerous active volcanoes on Earth.
Mount Vesuvius was actually the cause of one of the deadliest volcanic eruptions in history in 79 AD. At this time, it demolished and buried two ancient cities: Pompeii and Herculaneum.
Today, it's a dormant volcano, but there's still the possibility it could erupt at any time. According to volcanic reports, earthquakes are common even now. Despite these dangers, it’s one of the most visited and adored tourist attractions in Italy.
The most popular thing to do here is to hike the mountain. This extraterrestrial experience starts at the entrance of Mount Vesuvius National Park. From the entrance, you can walk to the main crater and around it, which reaches 1,281 metres in height.
Written by Diana from The Globetrotting Detective.
The Leaning Tower of Pisa is another of the most well-known global landmarks. It's one of the most iconic sites in Italy because of its namesake flaw. The Pisa Tower leans due to an uneven settling of the foundation and ground comprising a mixture of clay, fine sand, and shells.
The lean was realized at the third level. However, the unstable ground has also benefitted the tower, saving it from collapsing during earthquakes. The tipping of the structure got reduced to 13.1 feet by slowly siphoning the earth from underneath it. In 2008, it was estimated the tower would be stable for 200 years.
Along with admiring the tower, visitors can go up a twin spiral staircase inside to get great views of Pisa. Pisa Tower is in Piazza Dei Miracoli, one of the most impressive architectural complexes in the world. Inside the complex also stand the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta and a Baptistry that features historic medieval stone carvings.
Written by Debbie from World Adventurists.
There are around 4,000 cat colonies in Rome, hosting the roughly 120,000 feral cats that populate the city. A local decree protects the cats in Rome.
Cat colonies must get provided with a safe place where they can live and get food, health care, and assistance from good willing locals (usually the "gattare" (cat ladies, in English) with the cooperation of local authorities.)
The most famous cat sanctuary in Rome is by far the one in Largo di Torre Argentina. This scenic but somewhat lesser-known square lies between Piazza Venezia, where you can spot the famous Altar of the Fatherland, and the historical center of Rome, home to the Pantheon, Piazza Navona, and Trevi Fountain.
Most people walk by on their way from one landmark to another and spot these beautiful ruins. Interestingly, this area also features the Curia of Pompey (part of the larger Pompey Theater), which is the very place where Julius Caesar was stabbed to death on the Ides of March, on 15 March, 44 BCE.
Only on a closer inspection will you see that sitting, sleeping, playing among the ruins are some beautiful cats! You can go inside and visit the site, and by all means, also visit the cat sanctuary. Volunteers are happy to share information about the in-house cats and allow you to play with them.
If you want to help, you can make a small donation or buy one of the many gadgets on sale: they make for a nice souvenir, and best of all, 100% of the profits go to the support of the local cats. You should definitely consider adding this interesting attraction to your Rome itinerary!
Written by Claudia from Strictly Rome.
The Budapest Parliament is the biggest building in Hungary. Interestingly, despite being around 119 years old, it doesn't hold the title of being the oldest structure in the country (The Vörös Sün Ház has that honour)!
The Parliament Building's design was done by Hungarian architect Imre Steindl. The design won first place in a competition searching for an architect for the new Hungarian Parliament. The building takes inspiration from Buckingham Palace, a famous London landmark.
As one of the best places to visit in Budapest and the most famous landmark in the city, this total gem is a must-visit when in Budapest for a few days. The details on the building's exterior, including its 365 towers, are a sight to see. The decorations and details on the inside are even more magnificent!
On bank holidays, you can visit the Crown room for free. Even if not visiting then, paying for the entrance and a tour is highly recommended.
Written by Bolet from Bolet Worldwide.
Stonehenge is undoubtedly one of the most famous landmarks in the world. The mystery surrounding the prehistoric landmark has intrigued tourists for decades, making it a spot on many travellers’ bucket lists.
Many questions surround Stonehenge’s existence, but historians believe the construction of the famous stone circle took place as early as 3000 BC. There are different theories on the purpose of the site. Many think it was a burial ground, while others say it acted as an astronomical calendar.
Stonehenge and the nearby Avebury Henge were designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986. It is located near Salisbury and is less than two hours from London, making it a popular spot for a day trip.
Don’t miss the visitor center, which is home to exhibits detailing the history and function of Stonehenge and what life was like during the time of its construction.
Written by Sydney from A World in Reach.
When you think of London in England, a famous British landmark that springs to mind is the magnificent Big Ben clock tower. The clock tower is at the north end of the Palace of Westminster, which acts as the democratic house of Parliament.
At over 316 metres tall, Big Ben is one of the world's biggest striking and chiming clocks. You can see the four nations of the UK’s shields represented on the clock face if you look close enough.
Unfortunately, due to refurbishment, you cannot go inside Big Ben at the moment. However, you can enjoy a tour around the houses of Parliament or a scenic stroll towards London Bridge and the Tower of London while visiting.
Big Ben was renamed Elizabeth Tower in 2012 to mark the Queen of England’s Diamond Jubilee. However, the name does not have the same ring to it, and everyone will always think of England’s striking clock tower as Big Ben. Do make sure to include this tower on your London bucket list!
Written by Kerry from Veggie Adventures Worldwide.
While Yorkshire is home to many iconic landmarks, you don’t get anything more dramatic than the spectacular Malham Cove. This 260-foot-high Cove is shaped like a horseshoe and is a recognizable landmark of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
Carved by a glacier during the last ice age, climbers frequently dare to scale the sheer face of the Cove. But if you prefer to feel the ground beneath your feet, you can climb the 400 stairs to the top of Malham Cove. You can then admire the beautiful surrounding countryside from the limestone pavement.
Malham is a popular destination for walkers. Natural beauty surrounds it, so make sure you allow time to explore the area and enjoy all the incredible sights. The Cove is popular year-round so visit during the shoulder seasons around June or September for the best weather without the crowds.
Written by Hannah from Get Lost Travel Blog.
Ireland is full of folklore, legends, and fairy tales, and Northern Ireland is no different. Sadly, Northern Ireland is left off many traveller's bucket lists despite being such a beautiful country.
The rugged Causeway coast of Northern Ireland is a notably stunning feature of this area. One of the best landmarks along the Causeway Coast is the Giant’s Causeway.
Legend has it that two rival giants formed the Giant’s Causeway. There is an identical causeway across the ocean in Scotland. Irish giant Fionn mac Cumhaill was challenged to a fight by Scottish giant Benandonner.
To have their battle, the Giants built the causeway so they could meet. Today, the Giant’s Causeway is filled with sizeable hexagonal basalt columns.
There is a Visitor Centre at the Giant’s Causeway, but the best thing to do is hike along the cliff edge before walking down to the causeway to clamber over the basalt columns. For the best views and the prettiest walk to the causeway, make sure you hike along the red route!
Written by Fiona from Travelling Thirties.
One of the most famous landmarks in the world is the stunning Cliffs of Moher in Ireland. Located on the west coast of Ireland in County Clare, visiting the cliffs is one of the best things to do in Ireland.
They rise out of the Atlantic Ocean to a height of 214 metres and run for 8 kilometres. You'll find O'Brien's Tower to their north and Hag’ Head in the south.
This natural landmark of Ireland has been attracting visitors for decades. Due to their popularity, a visitor centre got added in 2007. Here you can view the cliffs and their flora and fauna through interactive exhibits and displays.
The Cliffs are best visited early in the morning before the crowds arrive or late afternoon when tour buses have left, and you have a chance of catching the sunset.
Written by Catherine from Travel Around Ireland.
There are so many incredible places to travel to globally. This list of 42 famous landmarks in the world just scratches the surface of the amazing natural and human-made places to see on Earth.
If just starting on your world travel bucket list, these landmarks are some that absolutely should feature on it. Whether you plan to travel in Europe, the Americas, Africa, Asia, or Australasia, you are guaranteed to have a long list of must-see world landmarks!
This article was edited by Alli Sewell.
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