10 World Famous Places That Will Let You Down

The choice of a traveling destination is a question of personal taste and the amount of money invested in advertising of this attraction or the other. But sometimes world famous places can be really disappointing.

The attractions mentioned in this article are really famous all around the world, but famous in a bad kind of way. Some of them are popular due to the ancient myths around them, others have got their popularity boosted with the Hollywood’s help. But it’s not always a good idea to follow the crowd, and you’d better not add these places to your must-visit list unless you want to be disappointed.

Now, let’s look at the most popular attractions in the world that really suck.

1. The Little Mermaid, Copenhagen

World Famous Places That Will Let You Down: The Little Mermaid

The story of the little mermaid who fell in love with the prince is well-known all around the world and so is the statue of its main heroine that is located in the homeland of its author, Hans Christian Andersen. But once you get to see the hero of your childhood dreams in reality, you will be really disappointed.

The statue is set just in a few meters away from the shore. There are always huge crowds of tourists standing at the border and small children trying to climb on the rock where the mermaid sits. She’s much much smaller than people expect it to be.

Add to this the fact that The Little Mermaid is but a replica of the original statue that was destroyed by vandals a few years ago and you can clearly see why so many people are really disappointed once they got to see the famous Copenhagen attraction.

2. Loch Ness, Scotland

Loch Ness

The legend about a prehistoric monster still living in the Loch Ness lake of Scotland is really exhilarating for people with imagination. But in fact, this is only a widely-spread myth and nothing more.

Some people come to Loch Ness in the hope that they will be lucky enough to see this creature, others just come here for fun and to buy some mocking Nessie souvenirs. But really, visiting Loch Ness lake would be wasted time and money for you. All that you’ll find there is a dreary lake with a few souvenir shops.

3. Mona Lisa, Paris

Mona Lisa

Every year, every day and every minute there are hundreds of tourists that come to Louvre only to have a look at the world’s most famous picture. There’s nothing wrong with Mona Lisa portrait itself, the picture is for sure a timeless masterpiece, but because of the tight and spacious security borders and the ring of crowd around them, it’s close to impossible to get anywhere near it.

If you ever wanted to see Mona Lisa, visiting Louvre will be one of the worst disappointments of your trip. You’ll never see any details of the Leonardo’s best work, so what’s the bother to come there at all? To appreciate all the fine work, better find Mona Lisa copy somewhere on the internet.

4. The view from the top of the Eiffel Tower, Paris

View from Eifel Tower

The best thing to see in Paris is the Eiffel Tower. And the tower itself is the only place where you can’t see it. Moreover, the place is always overcrowded with tourists and you have to stand in line for hours to get the tickets.

Want our opinion? It’s much better to look at it from afar. And if you want to have a good look of the city, you’d better get to the top of Montmartre instead.

5. Hollywood Walk of Fame, Los Angeles


You should only go to see the Walk of Fame if you are excited with pavements and handprints. Really, just think about it: what else do you expect to see there? This is only a pavement with names of the stars and handprints that actually could belong to anyone.

Hollywood makes too much buzz around its Walk of Fame. There are always big crowds of tourists, lots of noise and many homeless people waiting for alms just around the corner.

6. Stonehenge, UK


Stonehenge is the most popular bunch of big rocks that you can find in the world. It’s a beloved topic of the pseudo-science telecasts. Who has placed the stones in such a strange position? For what purpose? The real truth is hidden behind the centuries and now nobody knows it for sure.

Due to all the mystifications about this place, tons of tourists come to visit Stonehenge every day. But in fact, they won’t even be allowed to get anywhere near these rocks as the rocks are surrounded by the protective fence and a dozen watchful eyes!

Another nail in the coffin of the mysterious mood is highways that lie on both sides of this historic site.

7. Egyptian pyramids


You’ve all seen these ancient constructions in the movies and perhaps you’ve dreamt of seeing them with your own eyes one day. But you’d better forget these dreams as the reality would be so disappointing.

Just like any other place popularized by the movies, the pyramids are filled with tourists and everything that comes with them, i.e. tons of garbage, noise, and beggars. The monuments are surrounded by watchful police, so you won’t have a chance to get anywhere close to them.

8. The Leaning Tower of Pisa, Rome


The Leaning Tower of Pisa is just a tower that doesn’t stand straight. And that’s really it. But did you know that you can find the similar tower in just about any European city?

The local authorities do their best to prevent the Leaning Tower of Pisa from declining further. Once again, when visiting this popular site, you should brace yourself for huge crowds of tourists making oh-so-funny pictures of themselves holding or hugging the tower.

9. Colosseum, Rome


No offence meant to the Colosseum itself, it is a really great piece of ancient architecture. When you’ll see it, you would probably imagine the ancient Roman rulers and epic gladiators’ battles taking place right there on the arena.

But in reality, Colosseum of Rome is just another crowded place with the average daily temperature well above 30 C, which is really hot and almost unbearable. The ticket prices are very high, the interiors are at the constant renovation and most of the Colosseum’s parts are closed off to tourists. It’s better to take a look at it from the outside and save some money for some other attraction.

10. The Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty

The statue itself is just another overly promoted tourist site that has become famous with the help of the movie industry. As a result, there are always long lines and huge crowds around it. You’ll have to stand in line for eternity before you get your ticket

The only type of liberty that the island where the Statue of Liberty is standing provides is its name. The only thing that you are allowed to do there is actually standing in line.

The statue itself may be a disappointment as it is much smaller than you might imagine after seeing movies.

Summing up

It is not always as exciting as it seems to visit any of world famous places that you often see in the Hollywood movies. In most cases, these places are overcrowded, and in fact, there is not as much to see there as you would expect.

So when planning your next vacation, you’d better consider less popular destinations. There are plenty of other beautiful things to see in the world, and so many hidden gems without crowds and noise. We have something right here for you – check out the article about  9 unpopular countries that are absolutely worth seeing.

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