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The Most Popular Tourist Attractions in Europe There are many tourist attractions in Europe and has had a very long history Many countries such as France England Germany Switzerland Spain Italy and Amsterdam all have these very popular attractions There is a vast history of tourism around the world especially in Europe There are writings of Herodotus a historian who lived in the fifth century BC He traveled by sea to Egypt Persia Sicily and Babylon Travel writing is thus an activity with a history that stretches over two thousand years Swarbrooke and Horner 12 The steady march of tourism development in Europe was halted by the Dark Ages With the end of the Roman empire came the end of most tourism for they were the people who introduced tourism for pleasure However one form of tourism that was to become the earliest form of mass tourism reached its peak during the middle ages and the numbers traveling were large given the population of Europe at the time This was The Pilgrimage 1300 to 3000 people visited Rome at that time Other major Destinations for pilgrimages were to Jeruselum and Santiago de Compostella The English went to Canterbury Swarbrooke and Horner 13 In the 19th century the real foundations were laid for the development of modern tourism due to the introduction of Railways This created the Conditions for the growth of larger scale forms of tourism The seaside resort was the main beneficiary of this change mostly in Britain where the Industrial Revolution 1st occurred In Britain a new demand was met by resorts which largely served regional markets It was the Britons who in the late 19th century stimulated the growth of resorts such as Nice and Biarritz These resorts were also frequented by royalty from other European countries they thus became fashionable places Their image as glamourous risque playgrounds for the rich were enhanced by opening casinos and the growth of gambling
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