As much as Europe is filled with interesting and popular attractions, sometimes the entry fee or the detour just isn’t worth it. I have been lucky enough to visit many European cities, and here’s what I thought were the least interesting ones.
1. Manneken Pis, Brussels
It’s a tiny little men peeing in a fountain, on the corner of a street, with hundreds of tourists in awe around it. It sometimes has costumes. When I was there, it was an orange tuxedo. Lovely.
2. Astronomical Clock, Prague
The clock is really interesting by itself, but I just wish there was more information about it, rather than just being a large pickpocketting area.
3. Stonehenge, England
The stones are actually pretty impressive themselves, especially when you know how it got there. What’s not impressive is the 20 feet distance from the stones and the nearby motorway (and the never ending audioguide).
4. Champs-Élysées, Paris
Large busy boulevard. Too many tourists. Angry French drivers. Luxury stores aplenty…. Make sure you load up in patience before you go there.
5. Vatican City, Rome
Now this one is not actually overrated, but definitely requires some mental preparation. It’s just not fun and entertaining – not when you think about world hunger and the reasons why Vatican is so prosperous.
6. The Spire, Dublin
That’s basically just a tall, metal thing in the middle of O’Connell street. You can’t really walk past it, unfortunately.
7. La Barcelonetta, Barcelona
The beach is dirty and overcrowded. Too many Asian masseuses asking around (repeatedly) for clients. The sea is filthy and cold. Just don’t rely on this spot to have an authentic “Spanish beach experience”.
8. Moulin Rouge, Paris
The Boulevard de Clichy burlesque club has nothing to brag about. It looks like something you would normally see in Vegas. Plus, tickets are very, very expensive.
9. Heineken Brewery, Amsterdam
Video simulation. €15. Enough said.
10. The Louvre, Paris
Perfect if you want to wait hours outside, argue with non-queuing people, walk around in an overcrowded corridor and fight your way to catch a sight of the Joconde, hidden behind a glass wall and two guards. As classic as it is, next time I’ll give it a miss.
What do you think about the list? Have you ever been disappointed in renowned tourist attractions? Would you change anything? Speak up!