Melaka is known for its historical prominence and its cultural appeal, in the 16th century, Melaka enjoyed a reputation as the foremost maritime trading centre in the region. So coveted was Melaka by the European powers that it was ruled successively by the Portuguese, Dutch and the British until the Federation of Malaya was formed on 31st August 1957.

It is the place where those who are hunting for treasures of the past will be rewarded if they look deep into its quaint shops for curios and antiques.

The rich multi-cultural heritage of Melaka's pople is reflected in their unique customs and traditions, food, festivals, dances, buildings and lifestyles. Melaka cuisine is well-known for its lively flavours and aroms. The city's many restaurants, cafes, food courts, pubs and fast food restaurants offer a range of culinary options.

Stadthuys
Another major landmark in the state, the Stadthuys was built in 1650 as the official residence of Dutch governors and their officers. Originally white, it was given a striking salmon-red colour to match the nearby Christ Church.
St.Paul’s Church
St. Francis Xavier was buried in the open grave in 1553 before his body was transferred to Goa in India. The church has a commanding view of Melaka.
Bukit Cina
As the name implies, 'Chinese Hill' was the official settlement of the entourage that arrived with the Chinese Princess Hang Li Po. She was sent to Melaka by the Ming emperor to marry the Sultan, marking the advent of diplomatic relations between Melaka and China.
Hang Tuah's Mausoleum
This famous Malay warrior served as the admiral of Melaka's naval forces and defended successfully countless attacks against Melaka. The outstanding military exploits of Hang Tuah and his four comrades, made him a legend in the history of Melaka.
Maritime Museum
This unique museum is housed in a replica of the Flor de la mar, a Portuguese vessel that sank off the Melaka coast. Inside the museum are models of ships, authentic maps, old iron chests and charts.
Portuguese Square
The Portuguese Square is located within the Portuguese Settlement, 3km from the city. Built in the late 1980s, the square is inspired by the Portuguese mercado. It is the venue for local cultural shows performed every Saturday evening.
Traditional Melaka House
A typical traditional Melaka house stands on 12 to 16 main pillars, usually two metres high. The decorative flower-motif tiled steps are its most striking feature. Traditional Melaka houses can still be seen in rural communities with the most famous located in Bukit Paloh.
Melaka Zoo
The Melaka Zoo is home to more than 200 species of animals found in Southeast Asia and Africa.
Tanjung Tuan
The westernmost tip of Peninsular Malaysia, Tanjung Tuan was formerly known as Cape Rachado. The 18th century lighthouse there was built at its promontory to guide sailing ships safely to Melaka. The cape consists of a 65ha coastal forest cum recreational forest which serves as a sanctuary for migratory raptors from colder climes.
Christ Church
Situated adjacent to the Stadthuys, this bright red structure is testimony to Dutch architectural ingenuity. Interesting features include the church's handmade pews, ceiling beams (constructed without joints), brass bible, tombstone and 'The Last Supper' in glazed tiles.
St. John's Fort
The fort is located on St. John's Hill and was originally a private Portuguese chapel dedicated to St. John the Baptist. The fort has an interesting feature; cannons face inland as during that time attacks on Melaka came mainly from the hinterland instead of from the sea.
Hang Li Po's Well
Built by the followers of Hang Li Po, the well was the only source of water during great droughts. The Dutch enclosed it with stout walls to reserve it for their exclusive use. Today, it enjoys a reputation as a wishing well.
Baba and Nyonya Heritage Museum
This museum was the ancestral home of three generations of a Baba-Nyonya (descendants of the Chinese who arrived in Melaka and married locals) family. An open-air courtyard is situated in the middle of the house. Furniture is made of Chinese rosewood in a mixture of Chinese, Victorian and Dutch designs.
Melaka Sultanate Palace
At the foot of St. Paul's Hill, lies the wooden replica of a 15th century Malay palace. The building has been turned into a cultural museum with main exhibits relating to Melaka culture.
A'Famosa Resort
Located in the vicinity of Alor Gajah, is the award-winning A'Famosa Resort which boasts several themed attractions which include the A'Famosa Water World, A'Famosa Animal World Safari and A'Famosa Cowboy Town.
Mini Malaysia
This themed complex showcases 13 life-size authentic and traditional houses of Malaysia crafted by master builders.
Cheng Ho Cultural Museum
This museum located in Bandar Hilir is filled with artefacts related to Admiral Cheng Ho who sailed to Melaka from China in the 15th century. There are about 2,000 historical items related to Cheng Ho and the Ming Dynasty being displayed at the museum, including crockery, coins, the Cheng Ho Well, clothing and a replica of Cheng Ho's ship.
Jonker Street
Jonker Street (renamed Jalan Hang Jebat) in the older section of the city is a haven for antique collectors and bargain hunters. Authentic artefacts and relics, some dating as far back as 300 years, can be found among a host of interesting collectibles, each with its own history and mystery.