The world is full of sights that grip human soul in totality inspiring him exceedingly. From captivating ancient cities, medieval buildings and modern architectural gems to biodiverse volcanic craters, thundering waterfalls and otherworldly ice forms the spectacle is vast and without parallel.
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia are startlingly beautiful and this patchwork of lakes shimmers in varying shades of green, blue and turquoise. Connected by waterfalls and cascades and surrounded by thick woodland and scenic trails, the 16 dazzling terraced lakes are a sight to behold.
Forbidden City (Palace Museum), Beijing, China has a formidable past as for five centuries under the Ming and Qing dynasties, ordinary Chinese people were banned from even approaching the walls of the Imperial Palace giving the sight its name. After becoming a museum in 1925, the UNESCO-listed site has welcomed visitors ever since. Spread over an impressive 250 acres, it is a grand complex featuring well-preserved buildings. Inside, there are nearly 9,000 rooms containing objects and artifacts from thousands of years of Chinese history.
Burj Khalifa, Dubai is a true wonder of the modern age as the world’s tallest building towers above the desert metropolis of Dubai. At a groundbreaking 2,717-feet high (828m), it has dwarfed the surrounding skyscrapers since it opened in 2010. The Burj lays claim to many other records too: being the tallest free-standing structure and having the most number of stories (160) in the world, among them. Its striking design was inspired by minarets and a desert flower while the inside is adorned with over 1,000 art pieces from both Middle Eastern and international artists.
Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna, Austria is an enticing reminder of a bygone era. Designed by architect Fischer von Erlach, the Baroque masterpiece was the summer residence of the Habsburg emperors from the 18th century to 1918. With its intricately painted ceilings, priceless royal treasures and glittering crystal chandeliers, UNESCO added the palace and its grand gardens to its World Heritage List in 1996 and it is now Austria’s most-visited attraction.
Geirangerfjord, Norway is extremely enchanting and possesses natural beauty with more than its fair share of spectacular landscapes including its myriad beguiling fjords. With its deep blue waters, tumbling waterfalls and vertiginous green slopes, the UNESCO-listed Geirangerfjord in western Norway is the most famously photogenic of them all. Framed by soaring mountains and dotted with craggy cliffs, Geirangerfjord measures up to 853 feet (260m) deep and is considered one of the most beautiful fjords in the world.
Winter Palace, St Petersburg, Russia is an absolute masterpiece of Russian Baroque architecture and it is most iconic building. The lavish former residence of the Tsars is now home to the Hermitage Museum, filled with incredible treasures and an impressive art collection. Sitting on the banks of the Neva River, several different palaces were built in the 18th century but the gleaming building that sits here today was built by Baroque architect Bartolomeo Francesco Rastrelli from 1754–62. With over 1,000 intricately decorated rooms and halls, the palace is a magnificent sight.
Alhambra Palace, Granada, Spain is framed by the foothills of the Sierra Nevada and is a Moorish masterpiece and one of Europe’s most stunning monuments. Looming above the gorgeous Andalucian town of Granada, the Nasrid sultans ruled what was the last Spanish Muslim kingdom from this lavish royal palace for 250 years. The sprawling complex is made up of three parts: the Casa Real (the royal palace), the Alcazaba (old fortress) and the dreamy summer palace Generalife. TW