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The world’s dirtiest tourist attractions

Top tourist spots attract hundreds of visitors each day – along with their germs.

Top tourist spots attract hundreds of visitors each day – along with their germs. Cleaning company Hassle.com has put together a list of the dirtiest attractions on Earth, including temples, museums, monuments and fun parks. It’s enough to make you think twice about touching anything at tourist spots and you’ll certainly want to have your hand-sanitiser close by.

The Louvre, Paris According to Hassle, the litter left behind in the Tuileries Gardens of the Louvre Museum has caused a huge infestation of rats.

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The Blarney Stone, Ireland Kissing the Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle is supposed to bequeath the gift of the gab, but with more than 400,000 people kissing it each year, you may pick up something else instead.

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St Mark’s Square, Venice The thousands of pigeons that call St Mark’s Square home can make this popular tourist spot a bit of a mess.

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Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, Hollywood Who can resist putting their hands into the handprints of celebrities which are cemented into the forecourt of the Chinese Theatre? Unfortunately, thousands of others have already touched them first.

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Oscar Wilde’s tomb, Paris Fans of the Irish author traditionally put on lipstick and kiss his tomb in tribute, despite it not being the cleanest of surfaces.

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Karni Mata Temple, Rajasthan This temple dedicated to the Indian goddess Karni Mata is home to thousands of rats, believed to be the souls of her followers.

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The Eiffel Tower, Paris The Eiffel Tower might not seem that filthy at first glance, but those who climb it are holding the same stair rail as countless others before them.

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Szechenyi Thermal Baths, Budapest If you fancy a hot bath, Szechenyi is the place for you – as long as you don’t mind sharing the tub with dozens of other people.

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Glastonbury Festival, Glastonbury Glastonbury is almost as famous for its mud as it is for its musical lineups. And don’t forget the portable toilets, used by tens of thousands of festival-goers.

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Disney World, Florida You may want to hold on tight during the rides at Disney World, but it’s probably best not to think about how many other grubby hands have been there before.

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