27/09/2016 7:29 PM AEST | Updated 27/09/2016 10:24 PM AEST

These Are Officially The World's Worst Tourist Traps

Avoid like the plague.

When you’re planning a holiday, it’s always good to have some local knowledge for the inside track on the best places to eat, where to get a good night’s sleep, and places that don’t live up to the hype. 

Now Redditors have shared local tips for people planning on visiting their city and the worst tourist traps that aren’t even worth visiting for a selfie.

Trust us. Or them.

1. Berlin

“Brandenburger Tor is a nice piece of architecture, but you won’t get to take a selfie without being surrounded by thousands of tourists doing the same. The Holocaust memorial is a concrete playground for tourist kids and a photo opportunity for gay guys on Grindr. The former wall is just simply a tagged wall surrounded by party areas and drunken tourists. Berlin Broadcast Tower is a cool thing if you’re kilometers away - the whole area is a mess.”


2. California

The Google Campus in Mountain View. I’m surprised it’s such a hot tourist destination because it’s honestly just a bunch of random buildings with people who work there going in and out of. But tourists will often ask to take photos with a real live ‘Googler’. They cannot access the buildings without a Googler host, so majority who thought they could just ‘visit’ Google find themselves walking around a bunch of corporate buildings.”


3. Canada

“Niagara Falls. Honestly, if you have seen it once, you have seen it a thousand times.”

- eljolto

4. Dublin

“Temple bar. Tourists will buy so many overpriced pints there.”


5. Hollywood

“Do not come to Hollywood. Its the biggest tourist trap. Why would you come here? It smells. It is overpriced. You won’t see any celebrities (they try to stay away from here unless theres a big event). Everywhere you turn someones trying to sell you something or bluntly just ask you for money.”


6. London

“The London Eye. The London Eye can f**k off. Queues are insanely long, you need perfect weather to see fuck all (and since it’s in England, you’re almost guaranteed that this won’t be the case). It has no history, it’s just a giant Ferris wheel that the labour government decided to commission in their ‘let us spend money like we won the lottery’ days. And even if you get good weather, the view isn’t great. London’s built up enough that you can’t see very far.”


Leicester Square in London. It’s full of chain shops, ridiculously expensive (and crap) restaraunts, mime artists and pick pockets. And never, ever get the Underground from there to Covent Garden. It costs about £4 and you can walk it in under a minute.


7. New York

“Top of the Empire State Building - long lines, overpriced, cold, crowded, pressure to not stay overlong. Go to the top of the One World Trade Center, or Top of the Rock, instead. Much better.”


8. Manchester

“Old Trafford.”


9. Miami

“Listen people, do not come to Miami. Everything you hear about it is fucking bullshit. It rains all the fucking time, and literally the only two things to do in town are go to nightclubs and get plastered (which you can do in your own hometown, I’m sure), and go to the beach. But you won’t be doing either of those things because you’ll be locked in your hotel room the entire time wondering why you booked a summer vacation to ‘sunny’ Miami in the middle of hurricane season.”


10. São Paulo

“The City Market (Mercado Municipal) in São Paulo, Brazil. It used to be the main place to buy produce in our city but since it became a touristic attraction everything in it got ridiculously expensive, even for Brazilian standards.”

- starkillerrx

11. Seattle

“The ‘original’ Starbucks in Pike Place Market in Seattle. A) It’s not the original. B) It’s unbelievably crowded all day, every day.”


12. Sydney

“If you’re ever in Sydney then stay away from Bondi Beach. It’s far too crowded. Go to Coogee instead. Much nicer, less crowded, better bars/cafés. Or even go to Manly.”


13. The Grand Canyon 

“Grand Canyon: It’s a hole in the ground with a river at the bottom. Don’t pay for better views, they are all good views. You cannot miss it. It’s a huge fucking hole in the ground.”



14. Washington DC

“I live in DC now so most of the tourist traps are actually pretty legit, except the White House which is f**king stupid. They keep you so far back you might as well just look at a picture.”