There are a great many wonders in the world – whether it’s the stunning joys of Mother Nature or the fabulous feats of man made ingenuity. Whatever your taste or passion in life there is a location that is bound to make your jaw drop. If you need a hand drawing up a bucket list of breathtaking locations, here are seven of the best to consider:
Burj Khalifa: Humans are often at their breathtaking best when ‘thinking big’ – and nowhere is this more evident than with the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. At 828 metres and 160 stories high, this stunning skyscraper will not fail to win you over. 900 residences are inside the building – a rare and attractive way to truly live the ‘high life’.
Beverly Hills: Nowhere quite matches Beverly Hills for the true lifestyle of a film star. Long tree-lined roads reach up towards the Santa Monica Mountains, offering increasingly jaw-dropping views over Los Angeles. The homes are pretty impressive and many have a story to tell. A quick glance at the FT Property Listings site will show that some of these homes have not just been occupied by stars of the silver screen – but have featured in them themselves.
Machu Picchu: Many people pick this preserved 15th century Incan city for a charity trek – and their good intentions and stamina along the Inca trail are clearly rewarded with a true treat for their eyes as a result. It’s busy and popular these days but no less stunning as a result of its popularity.
Golden Ring Russia: If you want to experience the true sights and sounds of Russia then go beyond Moscow and St Petersburg and concentrate on the Golden Ring – the home of gingerbread cottages, onion domed churches and cherry orchards. It’s a Russia untouched by industrialisation, with many of the towns (Sergiyev Posad, Pereslavl-Zalesskiy, Rostov Velikiy, Yaroslavl, Kostroma, Ivanovo, Suzdal and Vladimir) seen as ‘open-air museums’.
‘Game of Thrones’ country, Northern Ireland: Gripped by the twists and turns of Game of Thrones? You’re certainly not alone. You can fill the gap before the next blockbuster season by exploring the wonders of Westeros – or at least the real life locations that bring the series to life – in Northern Ireland. Even non-fans will find much to savour in the beaches, cliffs, islands and caves of the country’s spectacular coastline.
Neuschwanstein Castle, Bavaria: While we’re thinking of breathtaking locations that inspire or represent fiction, perhaps none are as stunning as this 19th century palace in southern Germany. This proved the inspiration for the Disneyland Sleeping Beauty Castle and, by providing architectural wonder in a jaw dropping setting, it is rightly one of Europe’s top attractions.
Red Beach, Panjin: To truly take your breath away a location must hit you with true beauty – and this site certainly delivers. China’s Red Beach is covered in seaweed which grows during April and May and then, after initially appearing green, turns orange, pink and then red for a sight to behold. The view is only possible from mid September to mid October and attracts Crown Cranes and Black Beaked Gulls who obviously know an amazing site when they see one.
This magnificent seven should certainly whet your appetite, but they only scratch the surface when it comes to the best the world has to offer. Whether you’re after somewhere to live, work or visit, it’s time to broaden your horizons.