The most popular tourist attractions in 2019

TripAdvisor has released their top ten list of the most popular tourist attractions in 2019.

Here are TripAdvisor’s most booked attractions in the world for 2019, and tour suggestions for your next trip: 

1. Colosseum, Rome (picture in main image)


Built to hold more than 50,000 spectators, this former gladiator arena is a must-see on any trip to Rome and is one of Italy’s most recognisable attractions. Although substantially ruined because of earthquakes, thieves, and stone-robbers, the Colosseum is still an iconic symbol of Imperial Rome and is listed as one of the New7Wonders of the World.

This is the second year in a row that the Colosseum has held the number one spot, after receiving 7.4 million visits in 2019.

2. Louvre Museum, Paris

Home to Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, the Louvre is considered the world’s greatest art museum with an unparalleled collection of items covering the full spectrum of art through the ages. There are approximately 38,000 objects dating from prehistory to the 21st century exhibited in the museum.

The museum is housed in the Louvre Palace, originally built as the Louvre castle in the late 12th to 13th century under Philip II. It opened on 10 August 1793 with an exhibition of 537 paintings, the majority of the works being royal and confiscated church property.

3. Vatican Museums, Rome

Coming in third place is the home of Pope Francis and the vast complex of museums that chronicle the history and accomplishments of mankind over the last 2000 years. They display works from the immense collection amassed by popes throughout the centuries including several of the most renowned Roman sculptures and most important masterpieces of Renaissance art in the world.

Founded in the early 16th century by Pope Julius II, the museums contain roughly 70,000 works, of which 20,000 are on display. There are 54 galleries in total, with the Sistine Chapel, notably, being the very last work within the museum.

4. Statue of Liberty, New York City

A gift of friendship from France to the United States which was dedicated on October 28, 1886, the Statue of Liberty has become a universal symbol of freedom and democracy. The Statue of Liberty is a figure of Libertas, a robed Roman liberty goddess holding a torch above her head with her right hand, and in her left hand carries a tabula ansata inscribed in Roman numerals with “JULY IV MDCCLXXVI” (July 4, 1776), the date of the U.S. Declaration of Independence.

5. Eiffel Tower, Paris

Travelers around the world flock to Paris to see the iconic Eiffel Tower with their own eyes. Constructed from 1887 to 1889 as the entrance to the 1889 World’s Fair, it was initially criticised by some of France’s leading artists and intellectuals for its design, but it has become a global cultural icon of France and one of the most recognisable structures in the world.

The tower is 324 metres (1,063 ft) tall, about the same height as an 81-storey building, and the tallest structure in Paris. It has three levels for visitors, with restaurants on the first and second levels. The top level’s upper platform is 276m (906 ft) above the ground – the highest observation deck accessible to the public in the European Union.

6. Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

This unfinished Roman Catholic basilica is perhaps Gaudi’s best work. Construction on this basilica started in 1882, and while it’s still yet to be completed, this is one spot no traveler to Barcelona will miss.

Construction of the Sagrada Família began under architect Francisco de Paula del Villar, but in 1883, Villar resigned, and Gaudí took over as chief architect, transforming the project with his architectural and engineering style, combining Gothic and curvilinear Art Nouveau forms. Gaudí devoted the remainder of his life to the project, and he is buried in the crypt. At the time of his death in 1926, less than a quarter of the project was complete.

7. French Quarter, New Orleans

At the heart and cultural center of New Orleans, the French Quarter is a must-see for its rich history and lively nightlife. The district as a whole has been designated as a National Historic Landmark, with numerous contributing buildings that are separately deemed significant.

Because of its distance from areas where the levee was breached during Hurricane Katrina in 2005 as well as the strength and height of the nearest Mississippi River Levees in contrast to other levees along the canals and lakefront, it suffered relatively light damage from floodwater as compared to other areas of the city and the greater region.

8. Anne Frank House, Amsterdam

A powerful and emotional experience for people from all over the world, the Anne Frank House is a must-see for travelers visiting Amsterdam. The building is located on a canal called the Prinsengracht, close to the Westerkerk, in central Amsterdam.

The museum opened on 3 May 1960. It preserves the hiding place, has a permanent exhibition on the life and times of Anne Frank, and has an exhibition space about all forms of persecution and discrimination.

9. Skydeck Chicago – Willis Tower, Chicago

No trip to Chicago is complete without a visit to the top of one of the tallest buildings in the Western Hemisphere. At completion in 1973, it surpassed the World Trade Center in New York to become the tallest building in the world, a title it held for nearly 25 years; it was the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere for 41 years, until the new One World Trade Center surpassed it in 2014.

Each year, more than one million people visit its observation deck, the highest in the United States, making it one of Chicago’s most popular tourist destinations.

10. Piazza San Marco, Venice

Called “the drawing room of Europe” by Napoleon, St. Mark’s Square is the largest square in Venice known for centuries as a popular meeting destination. It was established during the ninth century, but adopted its current size and form in 1177, and was paved one hundred years later.

By Stephen Larkin

Published: 23 December, 2019