Iconic Global Landmarks You Must Visit

After the disruption caused to the tourist industry in last couple of years, it looks as if 2022 will be the year we’ll be able to travel the world again. With so many undiscovered landmarks across the globe to explore, here are just a few you should add to your travel itinerary of must-visit sites. 

The Empire State Building

NYC is one of the most visited cities in the world, and while there most tourists flock towards Manhattan where most iconic landmarks are located. While there is a lot to see and do, everyone knows that the true star of the show is the Empire State Building. Built in the early 1930s, this stunning art deco skyscraper was once the tallest skyscraper on the New York skyline. Today it has been surpassed but it still holds that “Old New York” charm that makes it an icon everyone should see at least once in their life. 

Windmills at Kinderdijk, Holland

The windmills at Kinderdijk, Holland are one of the must-see sights of the world. Originally built to help stop the low-lying land from becoming waterlogged, these windmills have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1997 and are both beautiful and historic, typical of Dutch engineering. The city of Rotterdam also lies close by too. 

Bran Castle

Bran Castle is suited in Transylvania, Romanian. Here you can discover the history of author Bram Stoker as well as the history behind the inspiration for the character of Dracula, Vlad Tepes, otherwise known as Vlad the Impaler. The castle is atmospheric, set high above the Transylvanian woods. More than just a castle, this is also a museum and here you can learn much about Romanian history too. 

Christ the Redemer

The Art Deco representation of Christ the Redeemer stands on the Corcovado Mountain, overlooking the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Created by sculptor Paul Landowski, native Brazilian engineer Heitor da Silva Costa along with several other engineers and sculptors, this statue has been watching over Rio since 1931 and is 98ft high and 92ft wide. Named one of the New 7 Wonders of the World, tourists can visit the Tijuca Forest National Park to see this famous statue of Christ for themselves. 

Easter Island

Easter Island lies just off the coast of Chile, and is most famous for its mysterious Moai statues, which date back to as early as 1250 and rise nobly out of the landscape. Created by the islanders, these statues have large, prominent heads and are made from a variety of indigenous materials, including volcanic ash. Sacred to the Rapa Nui people, this Pacific Island is a must visit. 

With many of these landmarks off the beaten track and not part of the usual tourist trail, they are definitely the perfect places to begin your travels in 2022. 

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