Tripadvisor has produced a list of travellers’ top 25 favourite sights worldwide, and 5 of the top 10 sights are in Europe.
2nd – Plaza de Espana, Seville
The Plaza de Espana in Seville was, rather surprisingly in my view, ranked second on Tripadvisor’s list of travellers’ favourite sights worldwide. Travellers who made comments after visiting the city put the Plaza top of the list of all things to do in Seville. Many people commented on the wonderful semi-circle of buildings, the stunning architecture and the beautiful park-like atmosphere in the square. I visited Seville a few years ago and marvelled at many sights in the city centre including the Plaza de Espana but also the Alcazar, the wonderful cathedral and the Giralda. I am due to take another short break in the city in October and this time will make a point of visiting the Plaza de Espana again to see if I think it really does warrant such high acclaim. http://www.andalucia.com/cities/seville/plazadeespana.htm
4th – St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City
I don’t think it comes as a surprise to find St. Peter’s ranked so highly on the list. Recent visitors have described the Basilica as “beautiful beyond words” and “awe inspiring”. I visited the Vatican in including St. Peter’s Basilica several years ago during a stay in Rome with my young family. I certainly found it to be a remarkable and impressive building. We failed to buy a skip-the-line ticket in advance though, so ran out of time and didn’t end up seeing the Sistine Chapel. Something for a future visit to Rome perhaps? http://www.vaticanstate.va/content/vaticanstate/en/monumenti/basilica-di-s-pietro.html
10th – Parliament, Budapest
I was pleasantly surprised to see that Budapest’s Parliament Building came in at 10th on the list of favourite sights. Having visited Budapest on a city break last year, I was unprepared for the beauty of the Parliament building. The world’s 3rd largest parliament building certainly cannot fail to impress every tourist who sees it. It is just over a hundred years old and is a magnificent example of Neo-Gothic architecture. Unfortunately, air pollution is constantly attacking the porous limestone walls, requiring frequent restoration. This means that visitors are often likely to see some scaffolding around the building. In my view one of the best views of the Parliament is from the river, or perhaps from across the river from the Buda side of Budapest. http://parlamentobudapest.com/en/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMInLmA4sf72wIVk_hRCh1GgAqfEAAYASAAEgJ88PD_BwE
Three favourite sights in three wonderful European cities – just writing about them makes me want to re-visit all of them!