When you add them all together – all the mountains, museums, buildings, statues, monuments and memorials – there are literally thousands of famous landmarks in Europe. What you consider to be a ‘landmark’ might depend on your own interests. For example, if you’re a shopaholic, you might consider Avenue des Champs-Élysées as a landmark. But if you’re more interested in typical tourist attractions, you might prefer the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe.
RAC European Breakdown Cover have put together five very different landmarks in five different countries for you to consider when planning your summer holiday.
Notre Dame Cathedral
Rather than follow lovebirds up the Eiffel Tower or the school trips around the Louvre, why not take in the exhibitions on show within the magnificent Notre Dame Cathedral – the legendary bells, relics and religious effigies. There are also numerous masses and prayer times to witness and partake in
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Hohenschwangau, southern Germany
Every year, 1.4 million people visit “the castle of the fairy-tale king” – ironic, as this was once home to a monarch who wished to withdraw from public life. June is the perfect time go, with the best chances for the perfect weather for enjoying the gardens and grounds of the castle, as well as for taking in spectacular scenery on the drive there.
Find directions to Hohenschwangau with RAC Route Planner – journey time 8hrs 42mins*
The Little Mermaid
Inspired by the Hans Christian Anderson fairy-tale, the story of the little mermaid is that every morning and evening, she swims to the surface, perches herself on her rock and stares longingly out to sea, looking for her prince. If you like Kensington Garden’s Peter Pan and Central Park’s Alice in Wonderland sculptures, you’ll love this little gem.
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Barcelona is a sightseer’s paradise and Casa Batllo is a must-visit for tourists. Designed by Antoni Gaudí, this unusual and seductive building is organic and surreal – inside and out, top to bottom! The roof terrace with the famous, colourful backbone of the St George dragon is literally the pinnacle of this magical tour.
Find directions to Barcelona with RAC Route Planner – journey time 11hrs 49mins*
We all know the story of Pompeii but if you’re visiting Italy this summer, try to see it for yourself. The buildings, artefacts and skeletons left behind in the buried city have taught us a great deal about everyday life in the ancient world. And although many of the ‘bodies’ have been removed, this is still an interesting and intriguing place to explore.
Find directions to Pompei with RAC Route Planner – journey time 17hrs 10mins*
Find information here on European Breakdown Cover.