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9 European Attractions To Miss (PHOTOS)

Posted: 02/04/2012 8:20 am

Europe is one of the most popular places on earth in which to vacation, for a multitude of reasons - not least is the sheer number of world-famous attractions you can see. In fact, the list of truly amazing sights in Europe is such that Europeans travel throughout the region playing tourist in their own backyard -- it's not just foreigners standing agape in front of monuments.

Not every attraction in Europe is world-class, however, and there are quite a few that don't live up to the hype. In some cases, it's the tourist's fault (and not the attraction's) that we're disappointed by what we see, but in other cases it's that the lore around the attraction is a bigger deal than the sight itself.

Here are 9 of the most disappointing attractions in Europe, each of which could leave you feeling more than a bit cheated out of part of a valuable travel day.

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9) Live Sex Shows - Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Quite a different "attraction" from all the others on this list, Amsterdam is known as a city where anything goes, and in many ways it actually lives up to that reputation. You can still buy and smoke weed at any one of about 150 'coffeeshops' throughout this gorgeous city, and you can still gawk at the flirtatious working girls behind the red-lit windows in the Red Light District. And according to what your buddy told you, you can also pay to go into a theater to watch a real couple doing it right in front of your popped-out eyes.

Stroll on up to one of the three similar theaters in Amsterdam that feature this form of 'erotic' entertainment, and you'll first have to deal with a multi-lingual doorman who's spent years learning how to get every last euro out of every last passerby. You'll pay at least €30 per person for the treat of being seated in a club or theater where you'll watch a sideshow-style series of demonstrations, the most famous of which involves a banana.

You do eventually get to see a couple having actual sex on the stage, and people typically describe live sex shows as: mechanical, bizarre, overly choreographed, and/or boring. The one exception might be the many stag parties that come here, because that sort of alcohol-fueled mayhem can really turn into a great and hilarious bonding experience with enough wasted guys in the right frame of mind, and you won't remember it anyway.

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photo credits: Mona Lisa, gondola ride, Manneken Pis, Saint-Tropez, Sagrada Familia, London Bridge, Little Mermaid, Dublin Castle, Amsterdam sex shows

 

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