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Places We Miss: Where Have Britons Been Googling During Lockdown?

Since the country has transitioned into lockdown, almost everyone’s life has changed dramatically. From following social distancing regulations to working from home, the changes have been significant and challenging. And, for many of us, the thing we miss most is the freedom to get out and explore the wonders of the wider world.

Fortunately, the power of the internet can help out in that regard – keeping us in touch with places we love and locations we long to visit. A simple Google search can virtually take us anywhere in the world. So, we’re delving into Google’s own stats to discover which landmarks and famous sites the British public have been researching during lockdown.

The Most Searched-For Landmarks in Europe

Below, we’ve used Google search data to uncover the most popular European landmarks Britons have searched for since lockdown began. With a large concentration of sights in Paris and Rome leading the way, there are a few more unexpected gems appearing in the list…

Explore Europe's Finest Locations on a Virtual Tour

A number of Europe’s best-loved landmarks have even gone as far as creating and sharing virtual tours, so anyone in the world can pay a visit from the comfort of their own living rooms. Here are our 15 favourite virtual tours of European’s finest landmarks.
eiffel tower

1. Eiffel Tower - Paris

135,000 Monthly Searches

Enjoy panoramic views of Paris’ arrondissements from the top of the Eiffel Tower.

Take the virtual tour

notre dame

2. Notre Dame - Paris

49,500 Monthly Searches

Enjoy a CGI rendering of this romantic old cathedral, a key part of Paris’ famed skyline.

Take the virtual tour


3. Colosseum - Rome

40,500 Monthly Searches

Go on a virtual walk of the mighty Colosseum to witness centuries of history.

Take the virtual tour

leaning tower of pisa

4. Leaning Tower of Pisa

33,100 Monthly Searches

Every floor of the famous leaning tower can now be explored from the comfort of your armchair.

Take the virtual tour

sistine chapel

5. Sistine Chapel - Rome

27,100 Monthly Searches

The most famous ceiling in the world can be enjoyed from anywhere thanks to Musei Vaticani.

Take the virtual tour

arc de triomphe

6. Arc de Triomphe - Paris

18,100 Monthly Searches

Enjoy the imposing Arc de Triomphe, the world’s most famous roundabout and perfect blue skies, virtually.

Take the virtual tour


7. Pantheon - Rome

18,100 Monthly Searches

Step foot on the famous cobbles and breath in Rome’s timeless Pantheon.

Take the virtual tour


8. Acropolis - Athens

14,800 Monthly Searches

Explore ancient Greece in over 40 different spots of the Acropolis.

Take the virtual tour

neushwanstein castle

9. Neuschwanstein Castle - Bavaria

14,800 Monthly Searches

Take to the skies and enjoy panoramic views of Neuschwanstein Castle and the Bavarian hills.

Take the virtual tour

palace of versailles

10. Palace of Versailles - Paris

12,100 Monthly Searches

Head into the home of royalty with a private tour of the Palace of Versailles.

Take the virtual tour


11. The Louvre - Paris

12,100 Monthly Searches

Enjoy the world's most famous art collection and explore the museum's many exhibition rooms and galleries.

Take the virtual tour

brandenburg gate

12.Brandeburg Gate - Berlin

9,900 Monthly Searches

Marvel at the splendour of the Brandenburg Gate without another soul around.

Take the virtual tour

sagrada familia

13. La Sagrada Familia - Barcelona

8,100 Monthly Searches

Take in every ornate inch of the world's most famous unfinished building.

Take the virtual tour

sacre coeur

14. Sacre Coeur - Paris

8,100 Monthly Searches

Not only does the Sacre Coeur highlight Montmartre’s famous cathedral, but also introduces many of Paris's most famous sights.

Take the virtual tour

st peters basilica

15. St Peter's Basilica - Rome

8,100 Monthly Searches

National Geographic introduces the elegant might of St Peter's Basilica in Rome.

Take the virtual tour

Where do you want to visit most when you’re able to travel again? Get in touch on our Facebook page and let us know or browse our selection of inspiring City Guides.