02/04/2012 09:25 am ET Updated Apr 05, 2012

9 European Attractions To Miss (PHOTOS)

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