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posted on November 02, 2015

Europe is a beautiful place to visit, but it’s even more breathtaking to see it by train. From the countryside to the bustling cities, Europe has a lot to offer. On America by Rail’s European rail tours, visitors get the opportunity to explore unique, historic places in London, Paris, and more.

Here are seven sights and landmarks to visit throughout these famous cities.

River Thames
River Thames is the long river that runs through London. It is the longest river in England, flowing through other towns, including Oxford, Thames, and Windsor. The river is a beautiful sight, especially at night when the glow of Big Ben, the London Eye, the Houses of Parliament, and the rest of the city reflect its light on the water.

Buckingham Palace
The London residence and workplace of the ruling monarch of the United Kingdom is a sight to see. The palace is located in the city of Westminster, and has been the center of special occasions and royal hospitality. The Buckingham Palace has years of history. Guests can take a guided tour or take a special tour of The State Rooms.

Houses of Parliament
One of London’s most iconic buildings holds thousands of years of history. The Houses of Parliament are located within the Palace of Westminster, but the entire site commonly goes by the name Houses of Parliament. Exploring the grounds around the structure is an exciting experience. The historical architecture is breathtaking and worth a visit.

Big Ben
The great clock tower that sits at the north end of the Palace of Westminster is easily the most recognizable landmark in London. Big Ben is the nickname for the official “Elizabeth Tower,” named after Queen Elizabeth II. Big Ben is a sight to see with its historic architecture. Hear the 13-ton bell chime every quarter hour or see all four clock faces illuminate at night.

Eiffel Tower
See the most famous Paris landmark up close. The iron lattice tower, which is located on the Champ de Mars, a large public greenspace, is 1,063 feet tall. It once held the title of the tallest man-made structure in the world for 41 years. Visitors can explore the three levels of the tower, the first and second housing restaurants and the third an observation platform.

Palais Garnier
The 1,979-seat opera house in Paris is not only a beautiful sight to see, but it holds a lot of history. The exterior is striking, but its interior is even more incredible. The Grand Foyer ceiling is painted in great detail, and the hallway is lined with chandeliers. The main chandelier in the auditorium gave inspiration to the gothic novel The Phantom of the Opera.

Normandy Beach
The beaches of Normandy are not ordinary beaches. This is the site of D-Day, where the U.S. Navy and Air Force, along with Western allied forces, invaded German forces in World War II. It has been said that an important way to remember D-Day is to simply walk along the beach. Visit the World War II landmarks on the beaches, as well as the D-Day museum.

Europe is rich in history, and tourists are guaranteed to learn a lot while visiting. No matter where you go in Europe, take advantage of the sights and opportunities in the areas you visit. Whether it’s a guided tour or a simply venturing out by yourself for the evening, make sure to take everything in because Europe is a fascinating and memorable place to see.

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