81% of people can't identify these European landmarks from an image! Can you?

By: Khadija Leon
Image: Shutterstock

About This Quiz

Statue of Liberty? WHO? If you're looking for your favorite American landmarks, you're in the wrong place, but if you want to take a quick trip over to Europe, let's go! From the Eiffel Tower to the Berlin Wall, how many of these European landmarks can you recognize!

There are 197 countries around the world, and while Europe is the second-smallest continent, it houses 50 countries! A quick look at a map would show you world powers like France, Germany, and Russia. We definitely can't forget to include smaller countries like Hungary, Austria, and Switzerland.

When it comes to visiting landmarks, Europe is an international hub with its endless sites. You can be sure that every country has its own major landmarks, and while you probably know the names, can you recognize those landmarks from a picture? 

You've definitely heard of the Eiffel Tower in France and the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy, but can you recognize them from a photo? Stonehenge is said to have been around since 3100 BC. Do you know what it looks like?

If you're in the mood to travel to Europe, travel with this quiz first! Tons of people claim to know the sites but 81 percent of them can't recognize the major landmarks from a picture. Can you?

Pack your bags because we're going to Europe! Will you be flying first class or will you be left behind at check-in?

Ready to take off!

Paris, France, has hundreds of museums but the most popular and most visited, is the Louvre. With over 600,000 square feet of space and more than 35,000 works of art, it houses some of Europe’s finest works of art, some of which includes “Mona Lisa” by Leonardo da Vinci and “Liberty of Leading the People” by Eugene Delacroix.

Over the years, this clock has had several names but is formally known as Clock Tower and it is located on the north side of the Palace of Westminster in London. In 2009, the 315-foot tall tower celebrated its 150th birthday and it is set to undergo a 4-year renovation, starting this year.

Completed around 432 BC, the Parthenon was built in the Acropolis in Athens, Greece, and was dedicated to the Goddess Athena. The cella is extremely large and contains an oversized statue of the goddess.

This attraction isn’t necessarily a landmark, but it is known worldwide as one of the must-see attractions when visiting Denmark. The park is almost 200 years old and it has the oldest rollercoaster in the world, which is still in operation.

Located in Lisse, the Netherlands, Keukenhof is known as the Garden of Europe and is the largest flower garden in the world. The garden sits on over 75 acres and millions of flowers are planted every year.

Standing over 1,000 feet tall in the city of Paris, is the Eiffel Tower. Built for the Exposition Universelle (World's Fair) in 1889, the structure was only meant to be temporary. But after becoming a massive tourist attraction, the building was kept. Today it is one of the most visited attractions in the world.

Located in the Lower Town District in Bangkok, Thailand, you will find this historic square which is surrounded by many gothic styled buildings. Many different fairs and events are held here, including the Ommegang Pageant, a century-year-old festival that honors Emperor Charles V.

Not only is the Sistine Chapel one of Vatican City’s most renowned attractions, it is a part of the Apostolic Palace, which is the official residence of the Pope. In the early 1500s, under the leadership of Pope Julius II, the chapel’s ceiling was painted by Michelangelo.

This cathedral in Prague is one of three buildings dedicated to St. Vitus. It has been called the most important church in Hungary. The church is located within the Prague Castle and contains the tombs of royal and religious figures.

The Matterhorn is a mountain in the Alps and is the located between Switzerland and Italy (but is mostly located in Switzerland). Standing over 14,000 feet tall, visitors are able to take different paths to get to the top.

Known in its native French language as the Chateau de Versailles, the palace was once the royal residence of King Louis XIV. The palace is said to have over 700 rooms and is capable of holding more than 20,000 people.

The Colosseum in Rome was the sight of numerous gladiator fights and sporting events, and was commissioned by Emperor Vespasian of the Flavian dynasty around 70-72 A.D. Today the attraction is visited by almost 4 million people every year.

In the middle of Greece, you will one of the largest rock formations in Europe, on top of which sits a group of monasteries. The entrance fee for all of them is 3 Euros but the views are worth so much more!

Located on the River Thames, you will find The London Eye, which has arguably the best views of the city. On your way to the top, you will be able to see Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament. This attraction is not for those who have a fear of heights as the wheel can take you as high as 400 feet above ground.

Gaudi, the same man responsible for Park Guell, spent over 40 years on this project, up until his death. The gothic styles church in Barcelona, Spain, is striking from both the outside and the inside and is still under construction today.

Translated into English, Piazza San Margo means St. Mark’s Square, and it is the main square in Venice, Italy. Not only will you find many popular landmarks around the square, there are also numerous shops, restaurants, and tours to keep you busy.

King Ludwig II of Germany had the castle built in order to get some privacy from the public, but just a few months after his death, the castle was opened to the public. Fun Fact: This castle was the inspiration for Disney’s Sleeping Beauty castle.

Not too far from the Champs-Elysees in Paris, France, you will find the Arc de Triomphe, the largest arch in the world. Not only is the arch a site that needs to be seen, visitors are allowed to climb to the top to see panoramic views of the entire city.

This former Roman temple in Rome, Italy, was converted into a church and attracts millions of people every year. For over 1,300 years, it had the largest dome in the world with a diameter of 142 feet. The Pantheon also contains tombs of many Italian kings, poets, and artists.

Suomenlinna is a collection of sea fortresses built on six islands located in Helsinki, Finland. The UNESCO World Heritage site has been a popular destination for both tourists and locals alike.

The Monte Carlo Casino in Monaco was built to save the House of Grimaldi from bankruptcy. Today it is called the casino of all casinos. The casino offers its customers every single game imaginable and is accessible to players of all different levels.

The Leaning Tower of Pisa is a 183-foot-tall free-standing bell tower, with seven floors and more than 290 steps. The tower's original design was compromised when the tower began to sink due to the foundation being set in unstable soil. Construction was halted for almost a century, allowing time for the soil to settle.

Constructed over 120 years ago, Tower Bridge crosses the River Thames in London and is a combination of a bascule and suspension bridge. On special occasions, such as the Queen’s Jubilee and the Olympics, the bridge is lit up in different colors.

Created by the Medici family sometime in the 16th century, the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy, was the first modern museum in Europe. It is home to popular pieces of artwork like “Birth of Venus” by Botticelli, “Venus of Urbino” by Titan, and “Madonna of the Goldfinch” by Rapheal.

Like the Eiffel Tower in France and the Space Needle in Seattle, the Atomium in Brussels was built for the World’s Fair. Because there was nothing else like it, the structure stuck around and it is now a part of Belgium’s culture.

The Champs-Elysees is one of Paris’ most popular avenues. Stretching over a mile long, you can find everything from high-end luxury brands like Louis Vuitton to stores like Adidas, to the famous macaroon shop, Laduree.

According to Roman mythology, throwing one to three coins into the Trevi Fountain with your right hand over your left shoulder will cause these things to happen; 1. You will come back to Rome, 2. You will fall in love with a Roman and 3. You will marry the Roman who you fell in love with in 2.

For almost 200 years, Buckingham Palace has served as the official London residence of the Royal Family. Today the 775-room palace is the administrative headquarters for the Crowned head. People go there not only to tour this huge palace but to witness the changing of the guard.

Between 1961 and 1989, the Berlin Wall separated West Berlin from East Berlin. Since its fall more than 25 years ago, the only stretch of wall that remains is covered with art and graffiti done by artists from all around the world.

The historic bridge which was finished in the 15th century, is more than 1,500 feet in length and crosses the Vltava River in Prague. As visitors walk along the bridge, they encounter 30 baroque styled statues and statuaries.

Originally meant to be a housing community for some of Spain’s richest people, the land was converted into a park because it had incompatible building conditions. Today the 42-acre park in Barcelona is one of the most whimsical places you will ever visit.

Who would have ever thought that a little boy peeing into a fountain would be so popular? Well, this bronze statue in the city of Brussels is a tourist attraction. Depending on the time of year that you visit, the statue might be dressed up in different outfits.

Duomo or The Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore, is the most popular and recognizable building in Florence, Italy. While most of the detail of the church is on the exterior, people mainly visit this attraction to climb to the top of the dome to see the city’s amazing views.

The word Acropolis comes from two Greek words which translate to highest point and city, and rightfully so, as it sits on the tallest rock formation in Athens. This ancient citadel contains many significant buildings and ruins, one of which is the Parthenon.

The water in Pamukkale is derived from springs that flow from a cliff almost 600 feet high. The hot springs and its white calcite travertines have made it a must-see for anyone visiting Turkey.

Inspired by the Acropolis in Athens, Brandenburg Gate was built for King Frederick William II in the 18th Century. Since its construction, the gate has played a major role in the country’s history, and it is also one of the most photographed sites in Germany.

Located in the Julian Alps, in the northwestern region of Slovenia, lies Lake Bled and its island, Bled Castle. To visit the island, people must cross the lake by taking traditional wooden boats.

Located in Granada, Spain, Alhambra is part fort and part palace. It has a very rich history that spans many different cultures. With over 6,000 visitors daily during the summer, this World Heritage Site is a must-see.

This famous black sand beach is located on the southern coast of Iceland. One of the main reasons why people visit is to see the large basalt columns which are homes to hundreds of nesting birds.

Located in Vatican City, St. Peter’s Basilica has been called the central pillar of Roman Catholicism. Daily mass is conducted here. The church is open daily for tours and visitors can also climb to the top of the dome, for an additional fee.

Known as the Parliament of Budapest because of its location, this building is the largest and tallest building in the city. Apart from being the seat of the National Assembly of Hungary, it is also a major tourist attraction.

No, we’re not talking about the Disney movie, we’re talking about the 385-pound bronze statue located at the Langelinie promenade in Copenhagen, Denmark. The statue is based on the fairy tale written by Hans Christian Andersen. It was unveiled in 1913.

Located in the capital of Poland, in the center of the oldest part of town, is Old Town Square. This UNESCO World Heritage Site in Warsaw is packed with restaurants, cafes and little shops, and is surrounded by medieval architecture.

Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna, Austria, was the imperial summer residence and contains over 1400 rooms. The palace was placed on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site, which only increased the annual visitor attendance.

Located in London’s financial district, close to many other attractions, is the Gherkin (otherwise known as 30 St. Mary Axe). The building opened in 2004 and towers 41 floors above the city of London.

Designed by Gustav Vigeland, this park in Oslo, Norway, is said to hold the artist’s life work. As the largest sculpture park in the world to be owned by a single artist, there are over 200 sculptures made from bronze, wrought iron and granite spread out over 80 acres.

Located in Wiltshire, England, you will find one of Europe’s oldest and most stunning prehistoric monuments. Stonehenge consists of a ring of stones which stand almost 13 feet tall and almost 7 feet wide. It is rumored to have been a burial ground since deposits of human bones dating back to 3000 BC have been found there.

Dating as far back as the 9th century, the Prague Castle is the official residence of the President of the Czech Republic. This massive castle made the Guinness Book of Records for being the largest ancient castle in the world -- more than 750, 000 square feet.

Apart from the old monasteries, the ancient city walls are the main attraction of Dubrovnik, Croatia. Known as one of the greatest fortified structures in the middle ages, it provides a great backdrop for many movies and programs, some of which include "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" and television shows like "Game of Thrones."

The formal name of the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey, is the Sultan Ahmed Mosque. It was constructed between 1609 and 1616 under the Sultan’s rule. Inside you will find numerous hand painted blue tiles that at night, bathe the mosque in blue.

About HowStuffWorks Play

How much do you know about dinosaurs? What is an octane rating? And how do you use a proper noun? Lucky for you, HowStuffWorks Play is here to help. Our award-winning website offers reliable, easy-to-understand explanations about how the world works. From fun quizzes that bring joy to your day, to compelling photography and fascinating lists, HowStuffWorks Play offers something for everyone. Sometimes we explain how stuff works, other times, we ask you, but we’re always exploring in the name of fun! Because learning is fun, so stick with us!

Explore More Quizzes