Are you looking for a very special holiday destination this year? We introduce you to the 12 most beautiful holiday destinations in the world!
Paradise islands, historic sites, mystical lakes, and bustling cities – the variety of beautiful holiday destinations on earth is almost inexhaustible. Nevertheless, we have searched for you and dug up some very special pearls for every taste. In the following, we want to introduce you to the 12 most beautiful holiday destinations worldwide!
1. Lake Taupo, New Zealand
If you are looking for beautiful natural landscapes on holiday, then you are in the right place in New Zealand. With seemingly endless beaches, idyllic waters, mighty mountain ranges and gently rolling hills, the country of Under Down Under is arguably one of the finest in the world – and one of the most desirable places in the island paradise is Lake Taupo, central to New Zealand’s North Island. During a stay here you can take hours of walks on the shore or through the nearby Tongariro National Park and enjoy the silence of the pristine landscape, the geysers in the “Lunar Craters” (Craters of the Moon) in the north of the lake and the Maori cave carvings on the Marvel at Mine Bay cliffs or feel small in the most positive sense of the thundering Huka waterfalls. All fans of Middle-earth can also reach in less than two hours from the small town of Matamata, the film and book fans have been known for some years under the name Hobbiton.
2. Santorini, Greece
Santorini, or Greek Santorini, looks like a picture book about Greece: white-blue, cubic houses in the Cycladic style, with innumerable small stairs, courtyards, and terraces, built up the slope and all overlooking the sparkling sea in the sun. Already when looking at the pictures comes here holiday feeling and if you watch the sunset on the horizon with wine and olives, then you have left the stress of everyday life long ago. Between the relaxing, balmy evenings, there is plenty to do: for example, you can visit the excavations in Old-Theka and Akrotiri, walk along the cliff path between the towns of Ia and Fira, or visit the many museums in the surrounding towns. For example, the Minerals and Fossils Museum in Perisa or the exhibition and cultural center “Santozeum” in Fira.
3. Bath, England
The English city of Bath got its name from the Roman baths that can be found and visited in the city until today. Located in Somerset, about two hours’ drive west of London, this lovely resort is the perfect getaway for those seeking peace, relaxation, and British charm. In addition to the Roman baths, where you can spend a relaxing day on the water with tea and cake, impresses here above all the unique architecture of the city and its lively cultural scene. In Bath, for example, there are five theaters that invite to performances, as well as several art galleries and museums, while buildings such as the 18th-century Pulteney Bridge adorn the cityscape and visually inspire visitors. If you want to spend some time in the countryside, you can go for long walks in the wonderful parks and gardens of Bath, especially the Royal Victoria Park, the Parade Gardens and the city overlooking Alexandra Park.
4. Arizona, USA
The Arizona state of the United States is a true paradise for nature lovers – from the stunning Grand Canyon, across the Colorado River, which runs through the gorges of Horseshoe Bend, and the unique sandstone hills in the gigantic Monument Valley, to the natural wonders of the three Arizona’s large national parks. For example, in the Petrified Forest National Park you can admire the Crystal Forest – a plain with towering tree trunks that have formed crystal structures that make them seem petrified – as well as unique landscapes such as the Painted Desert, the Blue Mesa or the Tepees rock formations , Another highlight: In the national parks of the western US state, one can not only be inspired by unique natural wonders during the day, the night under the open sky is unreally beautiful there – thanks to the stunning view of the starry sky – definitely a few nights of camping plan on!
5. Tokyo, Japan
Hardly any other city in the world combines contradictions as strongly and, above all, as successfully as the Japanese capital Tokyo: tradition and modernity, eastern and western culture, nature and big city all coexist harmoniously side by side and give the city its very special flair. If you are in Tokyo, do not miss the opportunity to visit one of the many temples in the region and experience the traditional Japanese architecture as well as the unique atmosphere of religious sites like the Meiji Shrine or the Senso-Ji Temple. A visit to the Akihabara entertainment district should also be on the agenda – especially for those who appreciate Eastern entertainment, including anime, manga, and video games. To relax after a stroll, visit the gardens around the Imperial Palace or parks such as the Ueno Park, which are especially beautiful in spring for the cherry blossom.
6. Phong Nha – Kẻ Bàng National Park, Vietnam
The Phong Nha – Kẻ Bàng National Park in Vietnam takes its name from two of its many attractions: the Phong Nha Caves and the Kẻ Bàng Forest, the caves are the absolute highlights of each visit here: The huge underground system is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the oldest karst mountains in Asia, which originated around 400 million years ago. The caves are crisscrossed by an approximately 14-kilometer-long underground river and approximately 45 kilometers of aisles, where visitors can penetrate about 1.5 kilometers. The tourist area can partly be explored on foot, partly by boat, and with its 14 caves, it is a dream for every passionate cave fanatic. Other cases, such as the Tien Son caves, invite exploration of the underground world, while in the rest of Phong Nha – Kẻ Bàng National Park you will encounter idyllic forest and coastal paths with rare representatives of local fauna and flora.
7. Maldives, Indian Ocean
Whoever listens to a dream holiday, almost certainly thinks of white beaches, palm trees and sunshine without end – and that’s exactly what visitors to the Maldives expect. The heavenly island nation in the Indian Ocean offers everything a holidaymaker could desire, from relaxation to adventure: enjoying relaxing hours sunbathing on beautiful beaches, splashing in the refreshing water with the whole family or watching romantic sunsets over the gentle waves with his or her sweetheart at the horizon. More active natures can spend their time in various water sports such as wind and kite surfing, water skiing and sailing or dive into the underwater world to marvel at the impressive reefs and their magnificent inhabitants. If you dive in the right places, you can even observe sea turtles and various species of sharks or explore sunken ships in the Maldives. Back on land you can end the day with a drink on the beach or go to the capital Malé to party until the wee hours with the locals.
8. New York City, USA
Once you’ve visited the Big Apple on the east coast of the United States, you know that this city is unlike any other in the world, from its unsurpassed range of art and culture to stunning architecture, iconic Statue of Liberty, and distinctive skyline to this very special New York charm, which seems to be in the blood of the inhabitants of this city. Whether you want to go on a cultural tour through countless museums, galleries and theaters on and off Broadway for a few days, indulge in spending time on shopping trips, mingle with the locals at coffee and cake in the stylish cafés of the city or in the Central Park picnicking, jogging or attending the many local events – the Big Apple will inevitably cast a spell on you and not let you go that fast. Otherwise, you are nowhere near the pulse of time.
9. Tikal, Guatemala
From the modern city directly to ancient civilizations: Tikal in the rainforest of Guatemala was once the largest and is now one of the best preserved Mayan sites in the world and as such probably one of the most fascinating places on earth. The huge, up to 70 meters high temples and other buildings were partly already around 400 BC. The city itself flourished between 200 and 900 AD. The population of Tikal fluctuated greatly during its existence, but at any one time counted between 50,000 and 200,000 people. Assuming that the total world population in the 9th century is estimated at only about 200 to 300 million, these numbers are almost unbelievable for that time. Visitors can visit a large part of the facility during tours. A small bonus for movie fans: Tikal Temple I should be familiar to all Star Wars fans – here were once created some scenes for Star Wars: Episode IV, which play in the film on the fictional Moon Yavin 4.
10. hole Ness, Scotland
Granted, it’s a matter of taste, but at least this author believes that New Zealand and Scotland can shake hands on the two most beautiful countries on earth – and no place north of the wall (Hadrian’s Wall, of course) is so mystical and at the same time stunningly beautiful the most famous lake in the country: Loch Ness. Those who are not afraid of ancient monsters underwater, or even want to actively seek, should definitely take a boat trip – preferably in autumn when the dense trees on the shore in all possible colors present and the warm rays of the sun Look at the water to be an absolutely unique experience. Incidentally, you can learn more about Nessie at the Nessie Museum in Drumnadrochit on the west bank of the Loch, while in Urquhart Castle you can learn about the historically proven inhabitants of Loch Ness and their own sightings of the Sea Monster.