Do you have a strong desire to travel? Don’t worry, we’ve got you prepared with a list of Europe’s most breathtaking natural wonders. From spine-chillingly stunning peaks to pink-hued salt lakes, magnificent snow-capped landscapes, and more, these breathtaking sights demonstrate the continent’s true beauty.
This is one of the most legendary mountains in the world. The Matterhorn’s unmistakable horn-shaped form has towered over this region for millennia, yet it wasn’t until 1865 that it was first successfully climbed. Since then, the 14,692-foot summit has become a must-see destination for avid mountaineers, as well as hikers, skiers, and sightseers.
The dizzying stone pillars of Bastei in Germany’s Saxon Switzerland National Park appear tailor-made to sustain this sandstone bridge. Of course, it’s all coincidental, as the bridge was erected in 1851 and the rocks have stood firm for thousands of years. Regardless, the picturesque rocky scenery is a sight to behold, surrounded by lush forests and overlooking the River Elbe.
Castelluccio di Norcia, Italy
With a population of less than 100 people, the little Umbrian village of Castelluccio di Norcia is unlikely to be on most tourists’ radars. But once a year (between May and July), a natural event known as “Fiorita” or “Fioritura” (meaning “flowering”) paints it with a stunning palette of colors. It’s simple to conclude this is a man-made situation. In fact, the wildflowers grow naturally alongside the region’s world-renowned Castelluccio lentils, and they thrive because pesticides are not used.
Verdon Gorge, France
The Verdon Gorge, Europe’s greatest canyon with cliffs reaching 2,297 feet, is sculpted by the ethereally blue Verdon River, which gets its color from glacial minerals in the water. Tucked between Castellane and Moustiers-Sainte-Marie in southern France, this hidden gem is a thrill-seeker’s paradise. Popular activities include white-water rafting, kayaking, and climbing. The highest bridge in Europe, the Artuby Bridge, is a great place for brave people to bungee jump.
Lofoten Islands, Norway
Norway’s Lofoten Islands are home to numerous dramatic Arctic scenery. A vast archipelago in the Norwegian Sea, the fishing community of Hamnøy, depicted here, with its charming red-painted homes perched on the cliffs, is arguably the most identifiable location on the islands. However, breathtaking landscape can be seen everywhere you look, from craggy beaches to steep fjords. In addition, it’s among the greatest spots on Earth to see the Northern Lights.