From high above the world in the Swiss Alps to 1,300 feet below the ground in Austria, the continent of Europe boasts some of the most beautiful and recognizable landmarks in the entire world. You can ponder the origins of the prehistoric Stonehenge monument, wander through 35,000 paintings and sculptures in the Louvre, or witness history at the gate that once divided East and West Berlin. History literally comes alive when walking through the streets of Rome or traveling around the United Kingdom. Most people make a "bucket list" of European sites to visit; in the exercise, you can visit them all at once!
This quiz is a true testament of your European knowledge! Do you know where to find Big Ben? What about the Acropolis? If you were going to book a flight to visit St. Peter's Basilica, where would you be going? Put on your traveling shoes and flex your tourism IQ with the landmarks and clues in this quiz. See if you can figure out where a coin toss in the Trevi Fountain might find you or which popular castle became the basis for Walt Disney's "Sleeping Beauty." Gather some digital "stamps" for your passport in the questions that follow - let's go!
Where would you need to travel if you wanted to see the Acropolis, an ancient citadel high on a hill?
The Acropolis is one of Athens' – and the world's – most visited sites, rich in the history of ancient Greece. The Acropolis has been many things throughout its history, including a center of religion, a mythical home for the gods and, now, a tourist attraction.
Big Ben is actually the largest of five bells in Elizabeth Tower, not the name of the tower itself. Where can you find it?
The tower formerly known as simply Clock Tower was renamed Elizabeth Tower several years back in honor of Queen Elizabeth II. Big Ben is actually a bell inside the tower, the largest of five, though the entire structure is often referred to as Big Ben.
Paris has been called the City of Lights. Which of these iconic landmarks will you find inside its city limits?
The Eiffel Tower stands 1,063 feet over the City of Lights, contributing to that nickname with more than 20,000 lights that are lit every evening. The Eiffel Tower is one of the most visited monuments in the world every year.
Someone told us to visit St. Peter's Basilica. Where should we book a flight to?
Though it may feel like a part of Rome, Italy, Vatican City is its own city-state. It is the home of the current Pope, who is the leader of the Roman Catholic Church. Though only approximately 1,000 people call it home, it welcomes more than five million visitors annually.
Which of these Moscow, Russia, sites has been a slum, a site of public executions and the front yard of the president's home?
Red Square has a unique and varied history. It began as a slum just outside the walls of the Kremlin, hosted numerous public executions and more recently, it has been the site of parades, fashion shows and festivals. The location is originally named "Krásnaya," which actually means "beautiful" in Russian.
Which of these Berlin landmarks has served as both a symbol of division and a symbol of reunification?
Brandenburg Gate, designed by Carl Gotthard Langhans, has represented both the division and reunification of East and West Berlin and Germany as a whole. The gate is an architectural masterpiece, having been erected in the 18th century.
Pisa, Italy, is most famous for this interesting piece of architecture, the result of one human error. What are we talking about?
The Pisa Cathedral
The Eiffel Tower
The Leaning Tower
The Leaning Tower of Pisa, which would have just been known as the Tower of Pisa if not for its structural deficiencies, started experiencing difficulties as soon as construction began. History tells us the tower was built on ground that was too soft, and rather than stop construction, workers tried to remedy the situation by making the remaining floors shorter on the uphill side. Needless to say, that didn't work.
Which of these landmarks in Wiltshire, England, has been associated with Merlin the Wizard, the Devil and aliens?
Cliffs of Moher
Stonehenge has been a mystery that humans have been trying to figure out ever since it was constructed around 3000 B.C. Some theories have included it being the work of Merlin the Wizard; others have blamed the Devil. More recent theories involve aliens and UFOs.
Which Paris landmark's entrance is constructed in the shape of a giant glass pyramid?
The Louvre is an art lover's dream, featuring more than 35,000 paintings and sculptures. Its entrance is just as captivating, taking on the form of a glass pyramid which reaches 71 feet into the air. It was designed by I. M. Pei, a renowned architect.
Notre-Dame Cathedral, a medieval Catholic church, was severely damaged in a fire in April 2019. In what city is it located?
Notre-Dame Cathedral, an example of French Gothic architecture, sustained significant damage in a spring 2019 fire. Estimates for its repair range in the neighborhood of $8 billion and up to five years to complete.
Hopefully, this London bridge never falls down. What is its name?
The Tower Bridge in London is so-named for its proximity to the Tower of London. It was built in the late 1800s, and more than 50 design submissions were received for its construction, with the winning design belonging to Sir Joseph Bazalgette.
Which of these landmarks in Athens, Greece, is dedicated to the Greek goddess Athena?
The Caldera Of Santorini
The Parthenon is a part of the Athens site known as the Acropolis. The structure itself is the best known of the Acropolis' buildings and was built in dedication to Athena, the goddess of warfare and wisdom, who was believed to protect the city of Athens.
Neuschwanstein Castle is the real-life castle that served as inspiration for Walt Disney's "Sleeping Beauty." Where is it located?
Neuschwanstein Castle is the thing that Disney dreams are made of, serving as the inspiration for the castle in "Sleeping Beauty" and also being used to draw ideas from for Walt Disney World's Cinderella Castle.
Legend has it if you toss a coin into Trevi Fountain backward, you will return to this city it calls home. Where would you be returning?
Rome's Trevi Fountain is one of its most famous tourist attractions, with many attempting the backward coin toss hoping to get a return trip to Italy's capital city. The fountain itself is a depiction of Neptune and his chariot pulled by sea horses.
The Sistine Chapel likely boasts the most famous ceiling in the entire world. Where can you find it?
The Vatican City is home to the Sistine Chapel. Its ceiling was famously painted by renowned artist Michelangelo and includes the fresco painting, "The Creation of Adam," an image of God reaching out to touch mankind.
The Hungarian Parliament Building, which overlooks the serene Danube River, sits in which Hungarian city?
The Hungarian Parliament Building, designed by Hungarian architect Imre Steindl, is Budapest's tallest building. It contains nearly 700 rooms and more than 12 miles of stairs, so be sure to pack your tennis shoes.
Where would you find the Van Gogh Museum, the world's largest collection of art by Vincent Van Gogh?
Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands, is home to the Van Gogh Museum, which hosts more than one million visitors annually. Guests to this museum can view five different periods of his life and work, ranging from The Netherlands to Saint-Remy.
If you climb the Duomo's 463 stairs to the top, you'll enjoy a breathtaking view of which city?
Florence is home to the Duomo, known to locals as il Duomo di Firenze, a cathedral with the world's largest-ever brick dome. The design and construction of the dome were considered revolutionary and ahead of their time when the build was started in 1296.
Which of these London landmarks, which allows visitors throughout the year, boasts nearly 800 rooms?
The National Art Gallery
Buckingham Palace is both the official royal residence of Queen Elizabeth, located in the heart of London. Its 775 rooms include more than 200 bedrooms and nearly 80 bathrooms. Buckingham Palace is guarded by individuals known as the Queen's Foot Guards.
Which Icelandic city is home to Blue Lagoon, a geothermal spa situated in a lava field?
Grindavik is home to the world-famous Blue Lagoon, where visitors can pay to soak in the geothermal spa. It is considered one of the 25 wonders of the world and is located in the southwestern portion of Iceland.
Park Güell, an urban park designed by architect Antoni Gaudi, is located in which Spanish city?
Park Güell offers views of the Barcelona skyline from its urban park location, as well as green spaces and walking trails. It also features art by Antoni Gaudi himself, described by many as enchanting.
Mont Saint-Michel, an abbey dedicated to Michael the archangel, is located on an island you can actually walk to. Where is it?
The history of Mont Saint-Michel includes the tale of the archangel Michael himself demanding that a great church be built on the island. Today, tourists can visit the island where the abbey is located by taking a 1.5-mile walk from nearby parking.
This Granada, Spain, landmark has gone through numerous periods of disrepair and renovation. What is it called?
Its name, Alhambra, alludes to the place and fortress complex's reddish-tinted walls. Having gone through periods of disrepair and renovation, the complex is now one of Spain's most popular tourist attractions.
Schönbrunn Palace is home to the oldest zoo in the world. In what city is it located?
Vienna Zoo is the oldest recorded zoo in the world, dating back to 1752. It is located on the grounds of Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna, which also played host to Mozart's first concert when he was just 6 years old.
Barcelona, Spain, is home to many unique landmarks of interest to tourists. Which of these unfinished destinations still draws plenty of visitors?
Mosque of Cordoba
Sagrada Familia, a Catholic church in Barcelona, isn't expected to be completed until 2026, but that isn't stopping tourists from checking it out. If it's completed that year, it will mark 100 years following the architect's death.
Which of these well-preserved buildings based in Rome holds the remains of Renaissance painter Raphael?
The Pantheon is considered to be the best maintained of Rome's ancient buildings. Today, it functions as a Catholic church and is the burial site for Renaissance painter Raphael as well as two Italian kings.
The Church of Our Savior of Spilled Blood contains more than 7,000 square feet of mosaics, making it a colorful addition to which city's skyline?
The Church of Our Savior of Spilled Blood is frequently pictured in literature about St. Petersburg, thanks to its bulb-shaped domes and colorful exterior. During World War II, this famous landmark was used as a storage house for food.
Which city boasts the Charles Bridge, which is not only a thoroughfare but also an art installation boasting 30 statues?
Located in Prague, Czech Republic, Charles Bridge is an epic tourist destination for its romantic location boasting a great place to view the sunrise and its 30 statues installed along the stone bridge itself.
Lisbon is home to which of these landmarks, which was used as both a fortress and a starting point for many of the discovery voyages made from Spain?
Royal Palace of Madrid
Belém Tower sits as an iconic building in Lisbon, Spain, having served as both a fortress to protect the city's harbor and as a starting point for many of the discovery voyages that were initiated from Spain. Today, it is open to tourists.
Spain's El Escorial Monastery is the burial site of many of the country's royal figures throughout history. Where is it located?
El Escorial Monastery was commissioned by Philip II to serve as a burial location for Spanish rulers. With the exception of two or three monarchs, it has done just that since its completion in 1567, while also serving periodically as a palace, library, museum and hospital.
Pena Palace, which combines architectural elements from Neo-Gothic, Neo-Manueline, Neo-Islamic and Neo-Renaissance, is located where?
Sintra, Portugal, is the site of this colorful castle that draws elements from many different architectural styles. Its eclectic style is the work of a German architect known as Wilhelm Ludwig von Eschwege.
The most photographed mountain in the world – the Matterhorn – calls which of these cities home?
Located in Zermatt, Switzerland, the Matterhorn sits on the Switzerland-Italy border. It is considered one of the most deadly mountains out there, rising 15,000 feet into the sky. It has claimed the lives of more than 500 people who have tried climbing it.
Which of these Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland, landmarks would you visit if you wanted to see the "Top of Europe?"
The Sphinx Observatory, named after the summit on which it's located, sits 11,716 feet above sea level. Also called the "Top of Europe," it is the highest-altitude human-made structure in all of Europe. The observatory is used to help scientists study different branches of science, including meteorology and astronomy.
Which town plays host to the Cliffs of Moher, Ireland's most visited tourist attraction?
The Cliffs of Moher rise 700 feet over the Atlantic Ocean from their highest point. They are often depicted in Irish art, contributing to the natural wonder being Ireland's most visited tourist attraction.
Where could you find the Arc de Triomphe, a monument commissioned by Napoleon, which overlooks Champs-Elysées?
The Arc de Triomphe stands as a monument to fallen soldiers from the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. Inscribed on it are the names of French generals and, located beneath, you'll find France's Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, a memorial to fighters in World War I.