Black Forest, Schwarzwald Germany

The Black Forest is a mountainous region in southwest Germany, bordering France. Known for its dense, evergreen forests and picturesque villages, it is often associated with the Brothers Grimm fairy tales. It’s renowned for its spas and the cuckoo clocks produced in the region since the 1700s. The region’s largest town, Freiburg, is filled with Gothic buildings and surrounded by vineyards. Freiburg Minster is the cathedral of Freiburg im Breisgau, southwest Germany. The last duke of Zähringen had started the building around 1200 in romanesque style. The construction continued in 1230 in Gothic style. The Southern Black Forest region is also well known as the breeding area for the smallest Central European cattle breed: the Black Forest Hinterwald cattle.

Interlaken and Jungfrau, Switzerland

Interlaken is a traditional resort town in the mountainous Bernese Oberland region of central Switzerland. Built on a narrow stretch of valley, between the emerald-colored waters of Lake Thun and Lake Brienz, it has old timber houses and parkland on either side of the Aare River. Its surrounding mountains, with dense forests, alpine meadows and glaciers, has numerous hiking and skiing trails.

The Jungfrau, at 4,158 meters is one of the main summits of the Bernese Alps, located between the northern canton of Bern and the southern canton of Valais, halfway between Interlaken and Fiesch.

Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt, in southern Switzerland’s Valais canton, is a mountain resort renowned for skiing, climbing and hiking. The town, at an elevation of around 1,600m, lies below the iconic, pyramid-shaped Matterhorn peak. Its main street, Bahnhofstrasse is lined with boutique shops, hotels and restaurants, and also has a lively après-ski scene. There are public outdoor rinks for ice-skating and curling.

Rhine Falls, Switzerland

The Rhine Falls is a breathtaking stupendous beauty and the largest plain waterfall in Europe. The falls are located on the High Rhine at Neuhausen am Rheinfall Village and just below Schaffhausen in the north of Switzerland. The Rhine’s waters flow at the rate of 23 meters over a breadth of 150 meters. The tub’s deepness is 13 meters and the average torrential is 600 m per second. Therefore, the visitors are offered a stunning view of the cascading waterfalls. The world-famous Rhine Falls is around 15,000 years old. The reason behind the creation of this miracle was the tectonic shifts during the Ice age.

Mount Fuji aka Fujisan, Japan

Mount Fuji is 3,776 meters high and the tallest mountain in Japan. It has been an object of faith and worship since ancient times for the Japanese people and has inspired countless paintings and poems – in short, it is dear to an entire nation. With this background, it has been registered as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site in 2013. Mount Fuji isn’t always visible from Tokyo and even if you stay for a week, weather and season might have it hide behind clouds the entire time. But for us, seeing Japan’s most famous mountain is at the top of our bucket list. 

Tegallalang Rice Terraces, Bali Indonesia

The Tegallalang Rice Terraces in Ubud are famous for their beautiful scenes of rice paddies and their innovative irrigation system. Known as the subak, the traditional Balinese cooperative irrigation system is said to have been passed down by a revered holy man named Rsi Markandeya in the 8th century. Tegallalang forms the 3 most splendid terraced landscapes in Ubud’s shared region, with the others being in the villages of Pejeng and Campuhan.

Sounds of Silence, Ayers Rock Australia

Entered into the Australian Tourism Hall of Fame, Sounds of Silence offers the best of the Red Centre distilled into four magical hours. An evening of dining under the sparkling outback sky.

Our Sounds of Silence experience begins with canapes and chilled sparkling wine upon a dune top overlooking the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. As the sun sets and darkness falls, we listened to the sound of a didgeridoo and we joined our table of fellow travelers for an unforgettable dining experience.

Their attentive staff offered us a selection of Australian wine and beer while the first course is served at our table. As the night sky twinkles to life, we were welcomed to an interactive chef’s station where we were served our choice from freshly prepared, bush tucker inspired menu incorporating native bush ingredients. 

Settle back and listen to our resident star talker decode the southern night sky. Locate the Southern Cross, the signs of the zodiac, the Milky Way, as well as planets and galaxies that are visible due to the exceptional clarity of the atmosphere.

For just A$234 per adult, we were treated to outback style canapes, a three-course bush tucker inspired buffet, didgeridoo performance, a guided tour of the night sky and return transfers. Our entire experience was approximately 4 hours, transport departs 1 hour before sunset, no available for children 9 years old and under. For more information refer to https://www.ayersrockresort.com.au/experiences/sounds-of-silence

Shell Beach, Western Australia

This beautiful snow-white beach is made up of billions of tiny shells up to 10 metres deep and stretching for over 70 kilometres. There is no sand, only shells! On a still day, the ocean at Shell Beach transforms into a palette of the most intense greens and blues – and the water is very salty (hypersaline), making it easy to float even though we aren’t strong swimmers – similar to the Dead Sea in Jordan. 

Mount Emei Sea of Clouds, China

With an elevation of about 3,079 meters, the Golden Summit of Mount Emei is the perfect location to appreciate the breathtaking sea of clouds. Most of the 72 peaks of Mount Emei are over 2,000 meters above sea level. The peaks emerge from the clouds, looking like floating islands in the sky.

Cherry Blossoms aka Sakura, Japan

In Japan, the appearance of cherry blossoms, known as sakura, signals the beginning of spring. The arrival of these flowers is an annual event so significant, that there are forecasts pinpointing exactly when and where the flowers are expected to bloom. From an outsider’s perspective, this may seem excessive. However, when taking into account the fact that sakura are only in bloom for a maximum of about two weeks, it’s understandable that people would want to find out both the ‘kaika’ (blooming) and ‘mankai’ (full bloom) predictions in order to make the most out of the ‘hanami’ (flower viewing) season.