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Over rated tourist destination - Where are the worst?

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31. Posted by roboshute (Budding Member 4 posts) 11y

Quoting applegirl

Amsterdam. Definitely.

depending on which area you are in...

Though I disagree with the disney thing. I went to Euro disney as a 30yr old and thought it was great. we did go in opening week and the longest cue for a dide was maybe 30 mins... if that. Nice wheather. We did wait for 1.5hrs to have a photo with Mickey

32. Posted by Dee1979 (Full Member 83 posts) 11y

I suppose everyone has their opinion of their worst destination but the main thing is to take what you can from the situation and be grateful that you had the chance to go there in the first place.

Although saying that I have taken on everybody's critisms and am grateful for the heads-up. I know where I won't be going!

33. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

I'd say New York. It's amazing to me how many people love it. It can be kind of exciting the first time and it's an ok city to visit, but to me, it's definitely overrated.

34. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Quoting applegirl

Amsterdam. Definitely.
And Prague.
They're both beautiful cities, but rather exploited/boring/tragic, depending on which area you are in...

Shows how much people's opinions can vary. Amsterdam and Prague are 2 of my favorite cities.

35. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Quoting loubylou

Most over-rated tourist destination - the Astronomy Clock in old town square in Prague. It doesn't do anything!

You're timing must have been bad. It does all kinds of things (on the hour). I thought it was pretty cool.

36. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Even though I general enjoy almost EVERY place I go, I just thought of another (IMHO) overrated tourist destination. Lake Toba in Sumatra. It was so phony and totally set up just for tourists. I found it to be incredably boring there. Not sure how highly rated it really is, but I was looking forward to going there, it seemed so exotic...SUMATRA...but compared to so many other great authentic destinations in SE Asia it was a real disappointment.

37. Posted by Lucyc55 (Full Member 63 posts) 11y

Quoting mshorrock

Surely it's got to be Stonehenge? Magnificant sight yes, but worth the 4 hour drive from London? not really.

Second on my list is "The Battle of Malta Experience" in Valletta, Malta. What promises to be the "most intense ride of your life" turns out to be maniquins with dodgy out of sync voice overs.

Got to agree with you about Stonehenge. There is no way it is worth the drive. I don't know why so many people bother. So Boring.

38. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Some places are not as much fun to visit as they used to be.

When I visited Stonehedge, you could go anywhere you wanted around the giant stones.

I don't if you can now, but when I visited "The Leaning Tower of Pisa" you could go up in it, out on the balconies (even though there were no guardrails), basically anywhere, it was just up to you not to fall.

It kind of gives me a sense of urgency to visit places before they are covered with fences, railings, "do not touch" or "do not go here" signs, etc.. That's one thing I really liked about Angkor Wat, you can walk through all the temples, stones, touch them, etc.. It's kind of neat that it's not all totally excavated.

Are there any other places like Stonehedge? Where you used to be able to do more at the place, or now there is a fence around it, or you just have to look at it because they don't want you to go on it or in it or whatever (when you used to be able to)???

39. Posted by Uncle_J (Full Member 73 posts) 11y

I was disappointed with The Little Mermaid statue in the Copenhagen harbour. I saw a guy from a tour group walk out on the slippery boulders in order to have his picture taken while hugging the mermaid. On the way back to the shore he slipped and fell in the water. The classic accident waiting to happen.

40. Posted by ROLLonOZ (Full Member 36 posts) 11y

i don't know if anyone has said it but i though Bondi beach was a let down. I had heard so much about it fronm the tv, but when i went there it really wasn't that great. plenty of better beaches in sydney