How Lockdown Changed These 15 Tourist Destinations

Updated: 2021-03-16
Authors:
Lela Jagodnishvili
  

During the Covid-19 pandemic traveling became the least interesting topic since the vast part of the world was under lockdown. The quarantine made many popular places look like ghost towns. 

Before some tourist attractions start to reopen, take a look at how these famous places around the world have changed.


Venice, Italy


The crowded waterways of Venice were almost empty after the lockdown. The city’s most touristic place St. Mark’s Square that was visited by 26 to 30 million people annually, became deserted. However, residents also noticed the positive impact of quarantine. Due to the lack of traffic, the canals started running clear so that people can even see fish and the bottom of the waterways.


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Taj Mahal, India

Millions of people visit the Taj Mahal every year. The 17th-century mausoleum complex was closed during the lockdown. Although it was reopened on September 17, the number of visitors decreased drastically.


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Walk of Fame, USA

Walk of Fame is a well-known Hollywood icon in Los Angeles. The stars of almost 2,700 famous people are located on both sides of Vine Street and Hollywood Boulevard. After the lockdown, the crowded streets and buses were left completely empty.


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The Great Wall of China, China

Typically around 10 million people visit the Great Wall of China. One of the great sights in the world was closed in January due to the Covid-19 outbreak. It was reopened at the end of March, but the number of visitors went down sharply.


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Eiffel Tower, France

Eiffel Tower is among the world’s famous tourist attractions. About 7 million people visit it annually. Always crowded tower and the area was closed due to the quarantine for months. After reopening in summer, the Eiffel Tower was shut down in October as the country started preparing for the second lockdown.


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Las Vegas, USA

The Resort city of Las Vegas is internationally popular for its entertaining features. It serves as a cultural and commercial center for Nevada. Around 42 million people visit Las Vegas annually. The number fell dramatically in March 2020 when the governor ordered to close nonessential businesses for a month.


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Brandenburg Gate, Germany

Around 14 million people visit Berlin, the capital of Germany, every year. The Brandenburg Gate is among the must-see spots in the city. The place was deserted when Germany announced a lockdown after 17 March 2020.


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Sydney, Australia

Sydney is very popular for its Opera House, Harbor, Harbor Bridge, and beautiful beaches. The lockdown was announced on 23 March in the city, and the borders were closed. The tourist attractions were closed as well.


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Times Square, USA

New York City’s Times Square is the world’s well-known tourist attraction. Thousands of people walk through this entertaining and commercial center every day. But after the city went into a lockdown, the number of pedestrians on Times Square significantly dropped.


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Madrid, Spain

Madrid is a famous tourist destination with its football clubs, beautiful parks, and boulevards. The city’s well-known attraction is a City Hall building. All these places were barren when Spain went into lockdown at the beginning of March 2020. Madrid was one of the most affected areas at that time.


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Old Town Square, Czech Republic

A historic square in the capital of the Czech Republic, Prague dates back to the 10th century and enjoys a great number of visitors every year. The Old Town Square was left empty when the Czech government ordered the citizens to stay home on March 16.


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Walt Disney World® Resort, USA

The Walt Disney World Resort, also known as Disney World, is an entertainment complex located in Florida near Orlando. This attraction is often called the “happiest place on Earth." It was in March 2020 when all six Disney parks in the world were closed for the first time due to the Covid-19 outbreak.


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Red Square, Russia

Red Square is a central part of Moscow since it connects the main streets of the city. Therefore, the place is always crowded. Saint Basil’s Cathedral, located on the square, is a famous tourist attraction. Nevertheless, the place has been almost empty since Russia took measures to avoid Covid-19 early in January 2020.


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The Vatican City State

The headquarters of the Romanian Catholic Church is home to stunning architecture and art. Plenty of people all around the globe visit the Vatican during the year. After the lockdown in Italy, the usually crowded Vatican remained deserted.


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London, UK

London is always among the most popular destinations for travelers. The city is very busy since 9 million people live there, and about 20 million visitors come to see it during the year. Although the country imposed a lockdown late with mild restrictions, London’s popular attractions quickly deserted.


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