1. Neuschwanstein Castle - Germany
Neuschwanstein is known all over the world as a symbol of idealized romantic architecture and for the tragic story of its owner. After losing sovereignty in his own kingdom, Ludwig II withdrew into his own world of myths, legend and fairytales.
Neuschwanstein Castle in southern Bavaria is without doubt one of the most frequently photographed sights in Germany. Ludwig II's ambitious project, begun in 1869, united aspects of Wartburg Castle with those attributed to the Castle of the Holy Grail from Wagner's 'Parsifal'. For Ludwig, Neuschwanstein was primarily a retreat. After ascending the Bavarian throne in 1864, he was forced to cede power to the Prussians just two years later, which left him with a hatred of the royal seat of Munich. To compensate, he devoted more and more of his time to the fine arts. After his sovereignty was taken away, he withdrew into his own world of myths, legend and fairytales.
Black Forest's nature parks one of the two largest nature reserves in Germany, and there are so many different ways to discover the scenery and landscape.
They border the fertile Rhine valley to the west, and hilly meadows and farmland to the east. In between there are swathes of woodland, Germany's highest hills medieval towns and cultural centres such as Baden-Baden and Freiburg.
Furtwangen in the Black Forest is 20 miles east of Freiburg and a lovely quiet area relatively free of visitors. In the summer high season the Black Forest can feel a bit overrun. Best choose a time in early spring or late autumn to see it as its best. The region is not that big either, and so can easily be explored in a few days by car.
Crescent-shaped Santorini (or Thíra), the precious gem of the Aegean, is actually a group of islands consisting of Thíra, Thirassiá, Asproníssi, Palea and Nea Kaméni in the southernmost part of Cyclades.
The whole complex of Santorini islands is still an active volcano (the same as Méthana, Mílos and Nísiros) and probably the only volcano in the world whose crater is in the sea. The islands that form Santorini came into existence as a result of intensive volcanic activity, twelve huge eruptions occurred, one every 20,000 years approximately, and each violent eruption caused the collapse of the volcano’s central part creating a large crater (caldera). The volcano, however, managed to recreate itself over and over again.
The Blue Cave, one of the most extraordinary places on the Croatian coast, is located in the Balun Cove on the east side of Bisevo, a small island near to the west coast of Vis island. The only entrance into the cave was to dive underneath the rock wall in just the right spot and now you can visit with a small boat. The bright blue glowing effect is created when the sun's rays enter through the water and reflect off the limestone floor of the cave.
One of the most unique natural phenomena in the world, the Blue Cave on island Bisevo in Croatia will be a highlight of your holiday. Its silvery-blue color, created by light refraction of sunlight entering through a crack in the stone.
4. Bâlea Lake - Romania
Is a glacier lake situated at 2,034 m of altitude in the Fagaras Mountains the most spectacular in Romania.
In the summer, the lake is reached via the Transfagarasan, a twisting snake of a road that has earned one of the best road in the world!. Outdoor activities include hiking, walking and enjoying the fresh mountain air while the Balea Lake Chalet provides a wonderful spot for lunch right on the water’s edge. If you visit this area you have the opportunity to admire the Balea Waterfall, located in the Fagaras Mountains, one of the most famous waterfalls in Romania, is at an altitude of 1234 meters and the water falls from 68 meters.
The main reason for people to come here, especially in summer, is the great landscape surrounding this area and the amazing road to this touristic attraction. It can be a great adventure just to reach this destination. Again, I would recommend you to come here in summer by car, by bike or motorcycle.
The Dolomites take their name from the French geologist Dieudonné Dolomieu, who discovered the properties of the dolomite, a hard, chalky rock that is rich in the mineral dolomite, highly present in this mountain system.
Italy's dramatic rocky rooftop, the Dolomites, offers some of the best mountain thrills in Europe. The bold, light-gray cliffs and spires flecked with snow, above green meadows and beneath a blue sky, offer a powerful, unique, and memorable mountain experience.
Norway has a multitude of fjords, all of which have their own unique characteristics. By taking one of our tours you can get an unforgettable experience of our beautiful Norwegian fjords. Along the sides and at the inner and outer ends of each fjord you’ll find small communities and villages, each with its own speciality that reflects its local traditions and what was possible to grow in each place.
The fjords are by far the biggest attraction in Scandinavia, and Bergen is by far the best starting point for exploring the nature visitors come from all over the world to see. Bergen is situated halfway between the two biggest fjords in Western Norway the Sognefjord and the Hardangerfjord and it also has a fantastic coastline with thousands of large and small islands.
One of the great attractions of Finland is the chance to experience the Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis, and every year thousands of visitors come here to see them.
Although the best place to see them is the Kilpisjärvi region, in Lapland, the Aurora Borealis can also be seen as far south as Helsinki. In fact there are about 20 days in a year when the lights can be seen in Southern Finland, the main problem being the high levels of light pollution and the difficulty in finding dimly lit areas. As one would expect, this is not an issue in Lapland, where the lack of city lights ensures that there are some 200 nightly occurrences every year.
The best times of the year for viewing this incredible spectacle are obviously during the dark winter months, and other peak seasons are September through October, and February through March. In the Kilpisjärvi region, on clear nights during the dark period of the year, the auroras can be seen 3 nights out of every 4 on average.
Science has provided us with an explanation no less beautiful. The Northern Lights are largely caused by solar flares, which create the solar storms and solar winds that buffet our planet.
Zermatt lies at the foot of the Matterhorn. The town's touristic development is closely linked to what is most probably the world's most famous mountain. With an enormous hiking and ski region makes it one of the world's most attractive vacation villages.
It is often referred as The Lakes and is located in a mountainous region in the North West England. It is famous due to its amazing lakes, forests and mountains. Visitors will be delighted to know that the place is associated with 19th century poetry and writings of William Wordsworth and the other Lake Poets.
Wastwater is England's deepest lake and lies at the foot of England's highest mountain, Scafell Pike. Voted 'Britain's Favorite View' it is simply is stunning. Wast Water's waters are extremely clear, due to the fact that it is poor in nutrients which implies it holds little life.
The place also has the deepest and longest lakes in England like the Windermere and the Wastwater. The UK is trying to enter it into World Heritage Status in the cultural landscape category.
With its headquarters in the bustling town of Zakopane, Tatra National Park is where the most precious, natural Polish riches find tranquil refuge. Embracing the only mountains of alpine type, which rise steeply from a high plateau and extend for approximately 64 km along the Slovakian-Polish border, the park features a diversified relief with height differences up to 1,700 m, mesmerizing streams, marvelous lakes, and myriad species of fauna and flora.
The climate here is that of mountains in the temperate zone, and there are marked high-mountain features. Snow covers the higher slopes, ridges and peaks for 7-8 months of the year and a strong (warm) föhn-type wind called the halny blows at regular intervals.
The best-known animals are the brown bear, chamois, alpine marmot, lynx and golden eagle. While spruce is the dominant tree, there are also beeches, firs and arolla pines. A typical Tatra plant, uniquely forming its own vegetation layer here, is the dwarf mountain pine, while besides it we may find various gentians, edelweiss and crocuses.
One of the main tourist attractions in the Tatra Mountains is the cable railway on Kasprowy Wierch that was constructed in 1936. It is the oldest such construction in Poland and the 60th in the world.