Singapore is a great place to visit
Singapore attractions: the most beautiful places and our highlights
Are you planning a trip to or a stopover in Singapore? Cool! We think the city is great and there is just so much to see. Whether you are in Singapore for a short stopover or have a longer time - you definitely won't get bored. Singapore offers so many sights and we present the highlights to you in this article.
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Are you in Singapore for the first time and want to have all the information about the city's most important sights and highlights at a glance?
Perfect! Then you are exactly right here. There is so much to see in Singapore and we could personally spend weeks there without getting bored.
Most of the time you only stay in town for a few days. So that you can distinguish the important and cool sights from the less important ones, we have tested them for you.
In this article we will show you our top sights in Singapore and give you all the information you need for your visit.
Read all of our articles on Singapore
In this article we introduce you to the most important sights in Singapore. Depending on how much time you have in town, you probably won't make it all.
That is why we would like to begin with a brief overview of which sights you have to see and which you should only visit when you have more time.
You will then find the detailed descriptions, information and photos of the individual sights below. Here we go!
Don't miss these sights in Singapore
You shouldn't miss these highlights:
- Strolling along Marina Bay at night with a view of the skyline
- Visit at least one of the great viewpoints in Singapore
- Eat in a hawker center
- Supertrees and Gardens by the Bay
- Chinatown walk
- Little India walk
- Kampong Glam walking tour
For this program you should plan at least two full days, preferably three days.
Sights for those who have more time
Do you have more than 2-3 days in Singapore? Perfect! Because there is so much more to see. The following sights are also interesting if you have a little more time:
- Drink a Singapore Sling at the Raffles Hotel
- Shop on Orchard Road
- Drive to Sentosa
- Visit the zoo and the night safari
- Visit one of the many museums in Singapore
- Visit our insider tips for Singapore
Now you already have a first impression of what sights there are in Singapore. We will now show you all information and of course photos of the individual highlights.
Do you want to discover more than the typical sights? Then be sure to check out our article on insider tips in Singapore.
For a better overview, we have drawn the most important sights, which we present to you in this article, on a map.
The following attractions are missing from the map because they are outside of Singapore city center: Sentosa, Botanical Garden and the Singapore Zoo.
We also provide you with our map as a download. All you have to do is click on this link and then download the PDF to your computer: Singapore sights map as download.
A few years ago there was still water at the point where the Marina Bay district is located today. The whole district was created by artificial embankment and is now home to several of Singapore's most important sights.
Marina Bay Sands
Marina Bay Sands has managed to become Singapore's new landmark in no time since it opened in 2010. The striking building houses what is probably the most famous swimming pool in the world on the roof and shapes the skyline of Singapore like no other building.
You can only use the infinity pool with a view of the city as a hotel guest. Many travelers therefore book a night or two at Marina Bay Sands. You can find the current room prices here:
Current room rates at Marina Bay Sands
You can also enjoy the view from the roof terrace as a visitor. The tickets cost 23 SGD (approx. 15 euros). It is easier if you buy a ticket online beforehand. That costs only 22 SGD and you save yourself queuing at the ticket office.
Marina Bay Sands Rooftop Ticket (Skip The Line)
It is even enough to show the tickets you bought online on your smartphone. Printing is not necessary.
10 Bayfront Avenue
Mon-Thu: 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Fri-Sun: 9:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.
We have also written a detailed article about the Marina Bay Sands and the different ways to get on the roof:
Marina Bay Sands: How To Get On The Roof And In The Pool
Gardens by the Bay
Directly behind the Marina Bay Sands you will find the Gardens by the Bay, a park area of more than 100 hectares. The two huge greenhouses that can be seen from afar are particularly impressive. Here you can see plants from all over the world in the style of a botanical garden.
The Cloud Forest, which is located in one of the two houses of the Gardens by the Bay, is particularly impressive. Here you run at a dizzying height on a bridge through the vegetation and there is a large waterfall.
The tickets for the two greenhouses cost 28 SGD (approx. 18 euros). If you book your ticket online through Getyourguide, you only pay 23 SGD (approx. 16 euros).
Buy tickets for Gardens by the Bay online
Here, too, it is enough to show the ticket on your smartphone. You don't have to print it out.
Our tip: If you definitely want to go to the rooftop terrace of Marina Bay Sands and Gardens by the Bay, the combined ticket for around 29 euros is worth it. This saves you a few euros compared to booking the two separately.
Go to the combined ticket for the MBS roof terrace and Gardens by the Bay
18 Marina Gardens Dr.
Daily 5 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Gardens by the Bay also includes the famous Super Trees, one of the most popular photo opportunities in Singapore.
Garden Rhapsody: music and light show
The Super Trees are most impressive in the evening. Every day at 7:45 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. there is a light and music show at the Super Trees, where the trees are beautifully illuminated.
Suitable music is always turned on for the light show in the Supertree Grove and sometimes there is even theme-based music, such as B. the Star Wars Edition, to which the soundtrack of the films is then played.
18 Marina Gardens Drive
Daily 7.45pm and 8.45pm
Some of the trees are connected by the OCBC Skyway - a footbridge from which you have a great view of the Gardens by the Bay.
Entry to the bridge costs 8 SGD and can only be paid on site.
For safety reasons, only 70 people are allowed on the Skyway at a time and the stay is limited to 15 minutes. But that is completely sufficient.
Our tip: In the evening there are often very long queues as everyone wants to go to the light show on the Skyway. The waiting time is then often an hour or more. We therefore recommend that you go on the skyway in daylight. Then you usually don't have to wait at all and the light show also looks great from below. You can z. E.g. simply first on the OCBC Skyway, then in the Gardens by the Bay (allow approx. 2 hours) and then watch the first show in the evening at 7.30 p.m.
18 Marina Gardens Drive
Daily 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The Helix Bridge is a pedestrian bridge that is modeled on the structure of the double helix of human DNA. It connects the Marina Bay Sands Hotel with the opposite mainland.
The bridge and the Singapore skyline are a great photo opportunity, especially in the evening. On the bridge itself there are four more viewing platforms from which you can also take great photos.
Bayfront (CE / DT)
The Singapore Flyer was the largest Ferris wheel in the world until 2014 and is still number 2 to this day.
The ride is very leisurely and offers great views over Singapore. It takes a total of 30 minutes for the Ferris wheel to drive around once.
Unfortunately, we cannot tell you whether it is worth driving with it, as we have not tried it ourselves.
Promenade Station (DT or CE)
Daily 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
21 SGD reduced
The ArtScience Museum is located right next to the Marina Bay Sands Hotel and is a real eye-catcher from the outside.
Inside there are regularly changing exhibitions on the subjects of art and science. There is also the permanent exhibition Future World.
We went to this exhibition and honestly we would have expected a little more for 19 SGD entry. Can be done, does not have to be. The exhibition is great, especially with children, as there are a lot of interactive elements.
Bayfront Station (CE)
Marina Bay Station (NS)
Daily 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Depending on the exhibition:
19 SGD to 40 SGD
SGD 14 to SGD 30 reduced
Esplanade: Theaters on the Bay
The ensemble of extraordinary structures on Marina Bay is completed by the Esplanade Theater. The concert halls look like two large durian fruits from the outside and are very pretty to look at, especially in the evening.
Concerts and events take place inside almost every day, and the best part: There are free concerts almost every day in the outdoor area around the Esplanade. There is a board right at the entrance that provides information about the current concerts of a month.
Downtown and Riverside
Singapore Downtown is adjacent to Marina Bay. Banks in particular have their offices in the skyscrapers, but there is also a lot to discover for visitors to this corner of Singapore.
The Merlion is the official symbol of the city of Singapore. The statue is a mixture of fish and lion. It was built in 1972 and is intended on the one hand to symbolize Singapore's bond with water and on the other hand to symbolize the strength of the small city-state.
The water-spouting statue seems pretty unspectacular to us compared to the many outstanding sights of Singapore, but is still an absolute tourist magnet. Nowhere else have we seen so many people with selfie sticks in a heap as at the Merlion.
Raffles Place (NS, EW)
The Raffles Hotel is an absolute legend in Singapore. The hotel has welcomed its guests since 1887, from the Queen to Michael Jackson, the rich and powerful have come here to help.
But even if you cannot or do not want to afford the luxury of an overnight stay at Raffles, you can still enjoy the colonial flair of the hotel.
The famous Long Bar is also open to non-hotel guests. This is where the Singapore Sling, a cocktail consisting of gin, cherry brandy, triple sec, Bénédictine, grenadine, lime juice and pineapple juice, was invented over 100 years ago.
You can get 28 SGD here (approx. 18 euros) for the cocktail. There is also a large bowl of peanuts, the shells of which can simply be disposed of on the floor in the Long Bar.
There is a so called Pop Up Long Bar, a small offshoot of the original for the time of the renovation, but that doesn't really compare to the original experience.
Would you like to stay at the Raffles Hotel? This is possible for an amount in the four-digit range.
Book a room at the Raffles Hotel Singapore
City Hall (EW / NS)
Lau Pa Sat Food Center
We already mentioned it above: A visit to a food center is simply part of a visit to Singapore. The city's food centers have the best food, and at low prices too.
The most famous food center is Lau Pa Sat. With its colonial architecture, the building is a bit out of the ordinary between all the skyscrapers in the financial district and is absolutely worth a visit.
Telok Ayer Station (DT)
Around the clock
Also read our article on our favorite Singapore restaurants and food courts
The National Gallery is one of the most remarkable historical buildings in Singapore. The National Gallery building consists of several structures: the City Hall and the old Supreme Court of Singapore.
The interior of the building is a bit nested, but definitely worth seeing. Just walk through the different wings and floors, there is something to discover everywhere.
Entry is free for residents of Singapore, while a standard ticket costs SGD 20 (approx. EUR 12) for everyone else.
1 St. Andrew's Rd
City Hall Station (NS / EW)
Sat-Thu: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Fri: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
15 SGD reduced
Boat Quay, Clarke Quay, and Robertson Quay
Right next to the Merlion statue, the Singapore River meanders through the city's streets. There are wide walkways along the riverbank, known as quays in Singapore.
The first section is called Boat Quay. Mainly museums and the lovely Fullerton Hotel are located to the left and right of the river.
Then comes Clarke Quay, one of the hotspots in Singapore's nightlife. The bars and restaurants on Clarke Quay are quite touristy and not our favorite for having a beer in the evening.
After Clarke Quay comes Robertson Quay. You will also find many bars and restaurants here, but it's a bit quieter and more leisurely than on Clarke Quay.
Clarke Quay (NE)
Raffles Place (EW / NS)
Chinatown is one of the must-see neighborhoods when visiting Singapore.
With its traditional Chinese buildings from colonial times, Chinese temples from which the smell of incense sticks penetrates and colorful lanterns that hang everywhere on the houses and over the streets, there is a lot to discover here.
In addition to traditional shops, there are also some of the hippest restaurants and bars in town.
Ann Siang Hill and Club Street
Ann Siang Hill and Club Street are some of the most popular nightlife areas in Singapore. Here you will find one bar next to the other and numerous restaurants.
We liked the corner around Ann Siang Hill a lot better than Clarke Quay. We liked to have a beer here in the evening. Sometimes even two.
Our tip: The prices for food and drinks are very different. If you are traveling on a smaller budget and you don't necessarily have to sit in one of the fancy bars, go to Jerry’s (on the right in the picture). Jerry’s is an American dinner, doesn’t necessarily look super chic, but has comparatively low prices. The Maxwell Hawker Center is also just around the corner. There you can get very tasty food at reasonable prices.
Buddha Tooth Relic Temple
One of the most famous attractions in Chinatown is the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple.
The magnificent building was only opened in 2005 and houses a tooth that is said to have come from the Buddha himself. We couldn't find out whether that was true, but the temple is still worth a visit, especially since admission is free.
288 South Bridge Rd
Daily 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sri Mariamman Temple
The oldest and most famous Hindu temple in Singapore is not in Little India, but in Chinatown.
This is because there was no suitable place available in Little India in 1823 where fresh water could be obtained, which is very important for the temple rituals. So the British, who were in charge of Singapore at the time, provided the current location.
Only a few years later, Chinatown was also built around it.
The colorful temple with its elaborate decorations is a great photo opportunity and if you're lucky, a ceremony is taking place.
244 South Bridge Road
Daily 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
As soon as you step on the streets of Little India you feel like you are in another world.Here you can expect even more colorful Hindu temples, colorful saris and a multitude of smells and aromas that you cannot perceive in Singapore in any other corner.
Little India is actually India in miniature and we recommend you just let yourself drift through the streets of the neighborhood. Of course, you should definitely stop in one of the many restaurants and indulge in the enjoyment of Indian cuisine.
Our tip: Every Sunday Little India is bursting at the seams. Then all the Indian workers have their day off and you can experience the neighborhood even more bustling and authentic than on the other days. It's not for everyone, but it's definitely an exciting experience.
Even if you are not a fan of shopping, a visit to the Mustafa Center is an integral part of a visit to Singapore. The huge department store in Little India is a real sight.
The Mustafa Center is open 24/7 and has everything: groceries, cosmetics, electronics, clothes, housewares, souvenirs. Everything and a lot of it. According to its own information, the Mustafa Center stocks more than 300,000 different items.
145 Syed Alwi Road
Around the clock
The most famous indoor market in Little India is the Tekka Center. Here you can find fresh food (fish, meat, vegetables), clothing and everyday items. Upstairs you can have a suit or dress made by the many tailors.
A food center with authentic Indian food is of course not missing either and so the Tekka Center is a small Indian microcosm in the middle of Singapore.
Daily 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Little India Arcade
Another market hall worth seeing is the Little India Arcade. If you like, you can go here, for example. B. have a henna tattoo done. We tried that out of course and were amazed at how quickly it went until Jenny's hand was richly decorated.
You can find the henna artist in the Little India Arcade in the store called Selvis Beauty. Don't worry, you can't really miss it.
48 Serangoon Road
Daily 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
We already mentioned it: Singapore is a city of contrasts. In hardly any other area is this more evident than in Kampong Glam.
The Malay quarter is on the one hand strongly influenced by Muslims, on the other hand it is now one of the hippest areas with hip bars and clubs.
Jalan Besar (DT)
Nicoll Highway (CC)
Arab Street and Sultan Mosque
On Arab Street you will find traditional and very tasty restaurants with Arabic specialties and numerous shops that sell colorful towels and fabrics.
At the end of the street is the impressive Sultan Mosque, which with its large golden dome can be seen from afar. The mosque is also open to visitors.
You are not allowed to enter the large prayer room, but you can still take a look inside.
Sat-Thu: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Fri: 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
While you can buy headscarves and traditional robes on Arab Street, the party life is just one street away.
Haji Lane is a hipster street that could be found in a similar way in Berlin, Amsterdam or Barcelona. There are tattoo parlors, bicycle manufacturers, small designer shops and some of the hippest bars in town.
Orchard Road is a 2.2 kilometer long street lined with huge shopping temples. One mall follows the next. In total there are more than 25 huge shopping malls that line Orchard Road. Madness!
Here you will not only find shopping malls, but also many hotels. The YOTEL Singapore, where we stayed during our second visit to Singapore, is also on Orchard Road. By the way, we can only warmly recommend the hotel. You can find all of our tips for finding a hotel in Singapore here: Singapore hotel tips: Where is the best place to stay?
Our tip: There is a beautiful roof terrace on the 313 @ Sommerset shopping mall, from which you have a beautiful view of the area free of charge. The ride up takes you over endless escalators that are attached to the outside of the building.
Emerald Hill: Hidden attraction between shopping temples
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