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Los Angeles has a lot to offer in terms of sights and attractions

What would Los Angeles be without Hollywood – and what would Hollywood be without its big stars? Definitely much poorer in attractions and familiar faces. There is a lot to see in the “City of Angels”. 

Los Angeles offers numerous major sights and attractions. Not least because the city in southern California, with its famous Hollywood district, is the center of the American film industry. 10 top places that you should definitely not miss:

Venice Beach

The most important task in Venice Beach, probably the most popular beach in Los Angeles: See and be seen – the order does not matter. People do sports or watch others do it, admire the muscles of Arnold Schwarzenegger imitators, get a tattoo or race past the pedestrians on inline skaters. Of course you can also sunbathe, the sandy beach is fine and wide and the Pacific is perfect for walking out in your new bathing suit.

Venice Beach Los Angeles

Venice Beach in Los Angeles

disneyland

Children love it, but many adults also find it difficult to resist the pull of Disneyland in Anaheim, just outside Los Angeles. The Anaheim amusement park deserves a place in the top 10 attractions in and around Los Angeles. Everywhere you meet Disney stars from Mickey Mouse to Donald Duck, there are magic shows, rides, regular fireworks shows and buildings that you know from the Disney films. A visit is a must – not just for fans!

Disneyland Los Angeles
Wearing a mouth and nose protector is mandatory in Disneyland during the corona pandemic

walk of fame

The probability of seeing a real Hollywood star is not very high in Los Angeles either. But you can still follow in their footsteps. For example on the Walk of Fame. It stretches along Hollywood Boulevard and features the stars of Hollywood’s big names.

At the end of 2021, there were 2709 pink terrazzo stars with the autographs and palm prints of stars from music, film and theater, from Fred Astaire to Harrison Ford to Christina Aguilera. Many a fan has already placed their hand on the imprint of their favorite star and felt very close to them for a moment.

Hollywood Walk of Fame
Stars on the Walk of Fame on Hollywood Boulevard

Universal Studios

Dreaming is allowed when you visit the legendary Universal Studios in Los Angeles. Because in the theme park of the studios you can get a taste of the Hollywood atmosphere. So it’s no wonder that Universal Studios is one of the top attractions in the “City of Angels”. The studio tour takes you past film sets and you can watch the production teams live. Stunt shows and adventurous rides from the “Jurassic Park” boat tour to the “Revenge of the Mummy” roller coaster complete the program.

Universal Studios Amusement Park Los Angeles
Universal globe in the entrance area of ​​the amusement park

Santa Monica Pier

The Santa Monica Pier is 490 meters long and offers an impressive view of Los Angeles from the sea, but is also a sight in itself: the concrete pier has shops, restaurants and carousels. It’s never really quiet here, but nobody who visits the amusement park on the water is looking for that either. Hollywood is omnipresent here, too, as films are regularly shot at the Santa Monica Pier.

Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica Pier

Hollywood sign

It is the city’s landmark and probably the most famous lettering in the world: the Hollywood Sign on Mount Lee in Los Angeles. Originally it was just a publicity stunt, but when it came to tearing the letters off again, there was great protest. The Hollywood Sign remained and is today a popular photo motif. But you can’t visit it, the area is fenced.

Hollywood sign
Popular photo motif: Hollywood Sign

Griffith Observatory

Some consider the Griffith Observatory to be the most beautiful observatory in the world. In any case, it is one of the top ten attractions in Los Angeles. There are even finds from Mars and the Moon, as well as the Hubble Space Telescope and – of course – a look at the stars. If you don’t want to look that far, the Griffith Observatory also has a wonderful view over Los Angeles.

Griffith Observatory
The Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles

TCL Chinese Theatre

This theater is already an eye-catcher from the outside. A building with a strange shape and a magical attraction for all lovers of cinema. Legendary film world premieres took place in the TCL Chinese Theater (former names: Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, Mann’s Chinese Theatre). In front of it you can admire the handprints of Hollywood greats in the asphalt. And anyone who suddenly stands in front of a star should take a close look: It could be a well-done double who likes to be photographed with fans.

TCL Chinese Theatre
TCL Chinese Theater on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles 

Dolby Theatre

You can meet real stars at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles – at least at the Oscars, which always take place in this theater in the spring. The building, which is one of the must-see sights in Los Angeles, looks like an opera house, and it has seen many celebrities: the winners of the Emmy Awards and the American Idol singing competitions, for example. In the hall of the Dolby Theater, which was called the Kodak Theater until 2012, there is room for 3400 spectators.

Dolby Theatre
The annual Oscars are held in the Dolby Theater 

Sunset Blvd

The most famous street in Los Angeles starts downtown and leads through Hollywood and Beverly Hills to Santa Monica. One is only marginally interested in the road itself with its four lanes and the heavy traffic. What matters are the houses and businesses. Especially the area in West Hollywood, called Sunset Strip, is a popular destination for shopping fans – with many designer boutiques, clubs and restaurants.

Sunset Blvd
Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles
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