SEVEN PLACES OUT OF THE ORDINARY
IM EISIGEN REICH DER KAISERS IN THE ICE-COVERED KINGDOM OF THE EMPEROR PENGUINS
Snow Hill Island is an island located in the Weddell Sea, the largest of around 14 marginal seas in the Southern Ocean of Antarctica. The icy landscape alone would already be a highlight of this island, if this were not surpassed by the large breeding colony of Emperor Penguins (Aptenodytes forsteri) located in the southwestern part of the island. With good reason, BirdLife International has designated this place, which is home to around 4,000-4,200 breeding pairs, as an Important Bird Area.
THE PERFECT SYMBIOSIS
Rarely have the unspoiled nature of the North and highly acclaimed Scandinavian design been so charmingly combined as in the Treehotel in Harads. This special accommodation is located in a quiet forest area in northern Sweden. Every treehouse has been designed by a Scandinavian architect and affords a view of the River Lule, one of the largest rivers in Sweden.
THE BEAUTY OF AUSTRALIA FROM A TRAIN
The Puffing Billy Railway is a heritage railway that runs in the southern foothills of the Dandenong Ranges National Park, not far from Melbourne. Passengers traveling on the steam train can enjoy a wonderful view along the 24-km/78,740-ft track, such as from the Monbulk Creek Bridge near Belgrave.
AN INACCESSIBLE PARADISE
The McWay Falls, almost 25 meters/82 inches high, located in the Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park on California’s Pacific coast, offers quite a special spectacle of nature. It is one of the few waterfalls that flow directly into the sea, providing that the tide is in. The small bay with its delightful beach can only be observed from above and cannot, unfortunately, be reached by foot.
THE BEACH OF NEW HOPE
The beach in Arugam Bay is a real gem located in the south-east of Sri Lanka. After it was affected by the tsunamis that struck in 2004 and 2011, reconstruction was carried out fairly quickly. Arugam Bay now attracts numerous travelers, nature lovers, as well as surfers. Not least, the area is also a hot spot for birders and also offers an excellent opportunity to observe elephants.
SO CLOSE TO HEAVEN
The Blyde River Canyon is one of the biggest canyons in the world. This natural wonder, made of red sandstone and providing wonderful vantage points, is located in northeastern South Africa. One feature worth seeing is the Rondavels, three rock formations that resemble African round huts. God’s Window also leaves a lasting impression, a vantage point affording an imposing view of South Africa’s plains.
IN THE LAND OF THE CHERRY BLOSSOM
Arashiyama is a district on the western outskirts of Kyoto, with a mountain of the same name. Arashiyama is a very popular place to go, especially in spring, during the cherry blossom season, and also in fall when the foliage is extremely colorful. The Togetsu-Kyo Bridge, in particular, which affords a wonderful view of this natural beauty, is one sight worth mentioning. In the Iwatayama Monkey Park more than 170 monkeys can also be observed on the mountain slopes. Their frequent contact with people means that they are not very shy.