Rakotzbrücke Devil’s Bridge

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Rakotzbrücke (also called the Devil’s Bridge) is nestled in Azalea and Rhododendron Park, Kromlau, Germany. The bridge dates back to 1860s. Rakotzbrücke was specially built to create a circle when it is reflected in the waters beneath it – a popular photo opp. The bridge’s artificially-formed basalt columns were specially shipped from distant quarries.
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Beautifully trimmed trees and hedges at Schönbrunn Garden

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Schönbrunn Palace, one of Europe’s most impressive Baroque palaces, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the top tourist attractions in Vienna.  The park at Schönbrunn Palace was opened to the public around 1779 and since then has provided a popular recreational amenity for the Viennese population as well as being a focus of great cultural and historical interest for international visitors. Especially the long walkways between artfully trimmedtrees  and hedges are really impressive.
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Minnehaha Falls Ice Cave

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Behind the 53-foot frozen waterfall in Minnesota there is a beautiful ice cave easily accessible by foot. Due to extremely cold winter temperatures, the falls freeze, creating a dramatic cascade of ice that can last well into the spring. Minnesota’s famously cold winters routinely cause Minnehaha Falls to freeze over offering spectacular scenes.

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A magnificent crystalline world in China

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This cave in Ningwu county, Shanxi, with a history of over three million years, provides remarkable spectacle of icicles, icefalls and ice stalagmites to visitors.  It is called “Wanniandong” in Chinese, or “10,000-year cave”.  Curiously, there is a dormant volcano just 200 meters away from the ice cave, which the locals refer to as “millennium volcano”.
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Magnificent buildings made entirely from wood on Kizhi Island

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Kizhi island is located on Lake Onega in the Republic of Karelia, Russia. The entire island and the nearby area form a national open-air museum with more than 80 historical wooden structures. The most famous is the Kizhi Pogost, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Pogost is an area inside a fence, which includes two large wooden churches and a bell-tower, that are made entirely from wood, from the frame to the rivets and the stunning exterior.

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Green Sand Beaches

 

The green sand on the beach is composed primarily of olivine crystals which erode out of lava flows. The crystals are heavier than most sand types on the beach and remain behind when lighter sand grains are washed away by strong wave activity.

Green Sand in Kourou, French Guiana

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The volcanoes of the Kuril islands

Volcano_KurilIslands_1Geothermal landscape and volcanic caldera, Kuril Islands, Sakhalin Oblast (source: Bing Wallpaper Archive)

The Kuril Islands form a volcanic island archipelago that stretches approximately 1,300 km northeast from Hokkaido, Japan, to Kamchatka, Russia. The 56 islands chain has around 100 volcanoes, some 40 of which are active.

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