Top 10 Overrated Attractions in Europe

Posted on 20. Feb, 2010 by in Travel

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.

Manneken Pis

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.

The Spire, Dublin

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.

The Louvre

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!

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19 Responses to “Top 10 Overrated Attractions in Europe”

  1. Annie

    07. Mar, 2010

    En ce qui concerne le Louvre, es-tu allée en mai? Peut-être que ton expérience aurait été différente si tu étais allée à un autre moment de l’année?
    Pour ma part, j’y suis allée en novembre. J’ai à peine attendu dehors pour la fouille, je n’ai pas du tout attendu pour mes billets, oui il y avait du monde (c’est quand même Le Louvre!), mais reste que c’était très acceptable comme foule (et on sait à quel point j’haïs le monde!). Sauf que la Joconde est tout de même pratiquement inaccessible, ça il n’y a rien à faire!
    En fait, je rectifierais ton post en disant que c’est la Joconde, au Louvre, qui est overrated, le reste du musée est vraiment intéressant… surtout si on peut y passer plus qu’une journée ou encore qu’on se concentre sur une section… et non essayer de tout voir à la va-vite! Enfin c’est mon opinion, c’est ce qui m’a déçue, j’aurais eu besoin de quelques jours pour visiter à mon goût.

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  2. Olivia (UK)

    24. Apr, 2010

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  3. Thailand's Attractions

    26. Sep, 2010

    what a lovely post! you put 10 most famous attractions for us. Thank you so much, this’d be a great info for me and my bf, because we’re planing to go to EU.

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    • Marie

      05. Oct, 2010

      I’m glad I could help. Enjoy your trip to Europe, great adventures await!

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  4. Scott

    13. Dec, 2010

    yeah, that Dublin Spire sure is pretty goofy. I remember when I went there I was excited to see it for some reason, and then I was there and I was like “what’s the point” (no pun intended)?

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    • Marie

      13. Dec, 2010

      My point exactly! And since the Dublin weather is pretty much permanently gray, I found that the spire didn’t stand out at all.

      Luckily there’s some colour over Temple Bar and Merrion Square.

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  5. Scott

    14. Dec, 2010

    Yeah, i googled it and I still really can’t get what it was built for. it said that at dusk it is supposed to disappear into the light. I like Mannekin Pic though, he’s cute!

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  6. Cailin

    29. Dec, 2010

    hahaha I definitely agree with the spire in Dublin. At least you don’t have to pay to see it :)

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  7. Margo

    29. Dec, 2010

    Waterloo! Not that I was expecting much, but still… unless you’re a huge French history buff I can’t imagine it being interesting… And I actually have enjoyed visiting battlefields before (Gettysburg, PA is an amazing experience). I thought The Little Mermaid is a bit of a yawn too.

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  8. Terri Fogarty

    29. Dec, 2010

    I agree in regard to #1,3, 7, 8 and 9. I think the Moulin Rouge is awful and the neighborhood tawdry.

    I loved the astronomical clock in Prague, but HATED the crowds. I have never been to such a crowded city, and we went off season!

    But I must say that the Champs Elysees is a magical walk day or night. I love it. And, if you buy the Museum pass, you don’t wait in line for hours to get into the Louvre. (There are a few entrances, so you don’t need to go through the glass pyramid, either) I took my teen-aged granddaughter and it was the highlight of her trip to Paris.

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    • Marie

      29. Dec, 2010

      @Terri: Now that I’ve had time to think it through, I think my whole visit to Paris was an addition of bad circumstances and coincidences. I’m sure if I were to go back, everything would go smoother and nicer. My opinion about the Champs Élysées and Louvre are a bit biased by the whole outcome of my Parisian escapade, maybe it will change eventually. In Prague, I just didn’t feel safe around the Clock. Too much people and too many horror stories of stolen wallets! I’d rather spend my time visiting and enjoying other places in that beautiful city. Thanks for your comment!

      @Margo: I hadn’t even thought of that one. I guess, like you said, that you have to be a huge fan of French history to make it all the way there. I think the problem with the Little Mermaid (the one in Copenhaguen, right?) is the whole buzz around it, people make such a big deal out of it when really, it’s just a statue! ;)

      @Cailin: I think I would’ve asked for a refund if I had to pay a penny for that! Someone searched my blog for ‘funny metal thing Dublin’ earlier this week and landed on this post. Haha!

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  9. Lindy at AnyTrip

    08. Jul, 2011

    I definitely agree with you about the Louvre - I’d go for the Musee D’Orangerie anyday! And Stonehenge, yeah, give that one a miss too! Just a heap of rocks behind a chain.

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  10. Roy

    08. Jul, 2011

    Don’t forget the mermaid in Copenhagen… Sorry but it just didn’t do it for me, arriving there and going ‘is that it?’…

    Nice post though ;)

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    • Marie

      11. Jul, 2011

      Haha, yeah I heard about that one. I’m excited to visit Copenhagen, but the mermaid… not so much! And so many people praise it as an inspiring picture taking spot…!

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  11. Anthony

    19. Sep, 2011

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