The most overrated tourist attractions in the world

The Grand Canyon: Just a "giant hole".
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The Grand Canyon: Just a "giant hole".

Some travellers are extremely difficult to please.

To many, Niagara Falls and the Grand Canyon are awe-inspiring sights. But to others, they are simply "a ton of water" or "a giant hole in the ground".

Reddit asked its users the question: "What's the most overrated tourist attraction in your country?"

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These were the highlights (or, erm, lowlights).

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The Grand Canyon is one of the seven wonders of the natural world.

The Grand Canyon is one of the seven wonders of the natural world.

GRAND CANYON, ARIZONA, USA

The Grand Canyon is widely considered one of the seven wonders of the natural world, but one Reddit user was left thoroughly unimpressed.

Their review? "It's awesome for the first five minutes. After that it is just a giant hole in the ground."

The Niagara Falls are a true beauty... too bad about all of the tourists blocking the view.
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The Niagara Falls are a true beauty... too bad about all of the tourists blocking the view.

NIAGARA FALLS, USA-CANADA BORDER

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Travellers agreed that apart from the view, the area around the Niagara Falls doesn't have much going for it.

One user said: "By all means, see the falls. They're beautiful. But be warned of the tourist city that surrounds it."

Another said: "I live near Niagara Falls. 'Yep it's a ton of water going from one place to another surrounded by casinos. Awesome'."

Fans go Potty for the Platform 9 3/4 sign at King's Cross Station, but locals roll their eyes.
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Fans go Potty for the Platform 9 3/4 sign at King's Cross Station, but locals roll their eyes.

PLATFORM 9 3/4, LONDON, ENGLAND

Harry Potter fans might travel across the world for the chance to pose with the Platform 9 3/4 sign at King's Cross Station, but they're wasting their time, according to one visitor.

They warned: "Went back last February and now a photographer takes photos that you can buy like the ones from a rollercoaster. The queue was huge. So was the shop. I was baffled."

A wax figure of Prince Harry is unveiled at Madame Tussauds.
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A wax figure of Prince Harry is unveiled at Madame Tussauds.

MADAME TUSSAUDS, LONDON, ENGLAND

You should feel ashamed of yourself for wanting that fake selfie with the royals.

One user summed it up: "I really can't understand why so many tourists flock to Madame Tussauds. You've come all the way to one of the most vibrant cultural cities in the world, and you're going to spend several hours queueing to see a mannequin dressed like Princess Diana?"

A woman bends over to kiss the Blarney Stone.

A woman bends over to kiss the Blarney Stone.

BLARNEY STONE, CORK, IRELAND

According to legend, if you kiss this stone, you will be endowed with the gift of the gab - the ability to talk about any subject in an eloquent manner.

But it's best avoided, one local advised. "It's just a stone and I'm pretty sure it has been peed on a few times."

It might be one of New York's most iconic attractions, but Times Square is way overrated.
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It might be one of New York's most iconic attractions, but Times Square is way overrated.

TIMES SQUARE, NEW YORK, USA

They say Times Square never sleeps, but for some travellers, it was a giant snooze-fest.

One said: "Times Square has to be the lamest thing you can do in NYC. Oh look, a bunch of chain stores, sweet."

Oktoberfest draws the crowds. Too many of them.
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Oktoberfest draws the crowds. Too many of them.

OKTOBERFEST, MUNICH, GERMANY

The famed beer festival draws travellers from all over the world, but insiders say it's overpriced and overcrowded.

"The ground is covered in all kinds of bodily fluids and the beer is WAY overpriced," one Reddit user wrote. "Seriously, drive a bit out of Munich, go to a beer garden and enjoy good beer for a good price at a nice place that doesn't smell like the vomit of five continents."

A tourist has a romantic moment with Copenhagen's Little Mermaid statue.
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A tourist has a romantic moment with Copenhagen's Little Mermaid statue.

THE LITTLE MERMAID STATUE, COPENHAGEN, DENMARK

The statue is based on the fairytale by the same name by Hans Christian Andersen, but a common complaint is that it's too... little.

"People expect something grand and amazing," one user said. "It's literally just a normal statue of a life-sized mermaid."

Bran Castle is commonly referred to as Dracula's Castle.
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Bran Castle is commonly referred to as Dracula's Castle.

BRAN CASTLE, ROMANIA

It's known as Dracula's castle, despite author Bram Stoker having never even heard of it. Even so, the road leading to the castle is lined with stalls selling Dracula T-shirts, mugs and fake fangs.

As one user put it: "There're tons of way more impressive castles in Romania yet people go there instead just because 'boo vampires'."

What is the most overrated or underwhelming tourist attraction you have ever visited? Let us know in the comments.

 - Stuff

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