While many dream of visiting iconic sites around the world, the reality can leave travelers disappointed.
The site of the travel agency TripAdvisor is full of comments from disgruntled tourists who have visited famous attractions and found them lacking, The sun reports.
Here is a complete overview of the most criticized attractions, according to a study by Mr Q.
1. Hollywood Walk of Fame
The Hollywood Walk of Fame lands the unfortunate title of tourist attraction to receive the most negative reviews in the world.
Established in 1960, the Los Angeles attraction features the names of everyone from Michael Jackson to Donald Trump carved into the ground for posterity.
Unfortunately, it also has a lack of cleanliness and a number of homelessness – two things that many one-star reviews focus on.
One review said: “If I had my name in a star here, I would be beyond ashamed. It’s really sad that the city has let this get worse.”
Another wrote: ‘They should call it ‘Walk of Urine’ if you name it after the smell in there. All in a very sketchy neighborhood. I don’t know why it’s still a thing.
About 20% of reviews on the Hollywood Walk of Fame are one- or two-star reviews.
2. Palace of Versailles
About 20 km from Paris, the Palace of Versailles we know today was built by King Louis XIV in the mid-1600s and includes grand buildings and extensive gardens.
But not everyone is impressed with the iconic residence – 17% of its reviews are one or two stars.
Almost all of the negative reviews seem to focus on the attraction’s lack of crowd control, with many saying they suffered panic attacks as people rushed to enter.
A tourist left a negative review, writing: “Too expensive. Overload. Weeds all over the gardens. If you’ve been before, don’t go back. Instead, keep your old memories.
The mysterious stone circle of Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument in southern England that is inextricably linked to the history of Britain. Unfortunately, it also ended up right next to a busy highway with traffic passing at all hours of the day.
It is also the UK attraction with the most one and two star reviews from international tourists – 8% of its total.
A disgruntled tourist complained: “A messy, incomplete example of large-scale rubble left in a vague circle. The walk from the parking lot is the best thing about this day.
“To be honest, I think they should tear it down and build something that pays homage to the marvels of contemporary architecture – a Nandos or something.”
4. The Hollywood Sign
Originally reading Hollywoodland, the Hollywood sign originates from the golden age of cinema and glamor of the 1920s – originally used to advertise local real estate, it has since become a landmark iconic. But not everyone is impressed.
A visitor said: “Not as amazing as TV makes it out to be. It’s a bit disappointing. Don’t go out of your way for it.
Most reviewers commented on the lack of access, with the best photo spots being from a distance.
About 6% of reviews on the Hollywood panel are between one and two stars.
5. Big Ben
The second UK attraction to make the list is London’s Big Ben or, more accurately, the Elizabeth Tower Clock. (Big Ben is actually just the name of the 13-ton bell in the tower.)
Built in 1859, it was the largest clock in the world at the time and instantly became a global tourist attraction.
But some prefer more modern forms of time tracking, with one visitor writing: “Went to check out the clock and all I can say is my Apple Watch is more accurate and nicer to look at. “
Others were frustrated that the clock tower was covered in scaffolding during recent major renovations that took five years, with one writing: “Everything was blocked. I couldn’t really enjoy it.
(The scaffolding was removed at the end of March this year.)
There are 31,783 reviews for Big Ben with one or two stars, which is about 5%.
6. The White House
The White House is a must-see for visitors to Washington DC and has served as the official residence and workplace of the US President since construction was completed in 1800.
But one visitor slammed the landmark, writing: ‘We just wanted some pics of the big sites, but it was awful.
“Everything we wanted to see was caged by big fences and lots of security so we couldn’t even get close enough for a decent photo.”
Tours of the building are also nearly impossible, with applications having to be submitted weeks in advance through your embassy, with no guarantee of a given place.
The White House got 8,130 reviews with one or two stars, or 5%.
7. Leaning Tower of Pisa
The Leaning Tower of Pisa began construction in the 12th century, but the loose soil could not properly support the weight of the structure, resulting in the famous four-degree tilt that draws tourists in droves to the Italian landmark.
(Over the years, engineers worked to stabilize the building so it wouldn’t tip over.)
A visitor did not hesitate to evaluate the structure.
“Terrible overrated mass tourist trap,” they said. “Probably the ugliest place in terms of hospitality and harassment. Be careful who you talk to and keep your hand on your pocket.
A total of 14,633 people left reviews with one or two stars on the Leaning Tower of Pisa, which equates to about 5% of all reviews.
8. The Empire State Building
It’s been a place to inspire love (A case to remember, Insomnia in Seattle) and one to inspire fear (King Kong) but for about 4% of critics, the Empire State Building inspired only disappointment.
The only New York attraction to make this list, the Empire State Building was built in 1930 – and tourists flock every day of the year to take in the views from its 86th floor.
But many are unimpressed due to the unpredictable weather conditions.
“We had traveled from Australia to New York and traveled to the Empire State Building only to get to the top to find it was a foggy day with no visibility,” one person wrote.
“We didn’t see anything because of the weather and we were very disappointed with the experience. None of the staff told us about it.
9. Pyramids of Giza
While the pyramids were built to please the pharaohs of ancient Egypt, some modern tourists are unimpressed.
Many one-star reviews criticize the aggressive tactics of local tour guides who want money for unofficial access and camel rides.
Meanwhile, one notable reviewer was unhappy that there was so much sand.
One woman said: “I was shocked to see so much sand covering the ground and surrounding area.
“I felt like they were going to clear that sand to make room for us, but they didn’t do any of that!”
“Instead, we had to walk through hot sand and it got to me and ruined my new dress!”
About 4% of all Giza Pyramids reviews fall between one and two stars.
10. Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace has over 775 rooms and the largest private garden in London, and is the focal point of many grand royal celebrations.
But as a tourist attraction, the royal residence has received a number of negative reviews with visitors unhappy with the lack of access to private areas.
One said: “That should be a zero rating. It costs £16.50 (A$28) just to walk around the lawn. Most of the garden is cordoned off and I would say the garden is in poor condition at best.
There were 29,303 one- and two-star negative reviews were left for Buckingham Palace, or 3% of all reviews.
The story originally appeared on The Sun and is republished here with permission