If you still don’t love winter as much as we here at Best Part Of World do, then we suggest that you check out this compilation of breathtaking photos.
Winter is a simply wonderful time of the year. Everything is covered in a beautiful veil of snow, the air becomes pure and frosty, and your home feels cosier than ever before. There are places out there that don’t simply look so much more beautiful in winter — they’re transformed into gorgeous fairytale-like landscapes.
Val di Martello, Italy: Ganda di Martello is situated along the Pilma river, where the valley widens and gives way to extended meadows. As centre of the valley basin, the village of Ganda is situated in central position at the junction to the village of Martello, also the rear Val Martello with Lake Gioveretto can easily be reached from here.In the south of Ganda di Martello, at S. Maria alla Fonderia, there is the famous biathlon and cross-country ski centre of Martello, comprising four tracks for cross-country skiing, four for biathlon and a connection track, resulting in a total of 25 km km of cross-country ski tracks. The Lake Gioveretto, in the waters of which the surrounding mountain peaks are reflected, is only a stone’s throw away.
Tadami River, Japan: How would you like to travel through the breath-taking sights of a secluded region by train? JR Tadami Line that runs along the Tadami River in the western part of Fukushima prefecture is known for its scenery of beautiful valleys. Each season has its own beautiful scenery, but traveling in winter when the fantastic snow-covered sights spread in front of your eyes is particularly impressive.The area in the western part of Fukushima Prefecture, located about 200 km (124 miles) to the north of Tokyo, is called “Oku-Aizu” which includes Yanaizu Town, Mishima Town, Kaneyama Town, Showa Village and Tadami Town. It is a secluded region surrounded by mountains over 1,000 m (3,280 feet) high. The highlight of this area is the scenery of lakes created with abundant natural water resources and beautiful valleys. There are hot springs in the area, and you can also enjoy local cuisine that use river fish and wild plants from the mountains.
Col de la Tourne, Switzerland:La Tourne is a high mountain pass in the Jura Mountains in the canton of Neuchâtel in Switzerland. It connects Les Ponts-de-Martel and Montmollin. The pass road has a maximum grade of 10 percent.Climbing up the open ski runs to reach the Col de la Tourne offering uninterrupted views of the surrounding areaLeaving the centre of Tignes le Lac head uphill along side the Millonex draglift towards the 4×4 track. Follow the track to the south west where a small path leads off it taking you norht west alongside the Chardonnet chairlift and past the Croix de Palafour. The trail is marked for Col de la Tourne, Aiguille Percee.
Peyto Lake, Canada: Peyto Lake really is that blue? Yes it is! Those amazing postcard pictures you see are not enhanced. In fact, it could be said that this is one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. Peyto Lake is located in Banff National Park approximately 40km’s northwest of Lake Louise. It can be best viewed from the Bow Summit along the Columbia Icefields Parkway. The lake gets it’s colour from the large amounts of glacier rock flour that flow into it during the summer months. The colour varies depending on the season and even with the time of day. The views from the Peyto Lake Lookout in Winter are just as stunning. Due to the abundance of snow in the winter season, the Bow Summit area makes for the perfect place to snowshoe and cross country ski.
Alcázar of Segovia, Spain: The Alcázar of Segovia is a stone fortress in the old city of Segovia, Spain. It is a unique palace located at the top of Guadarrama Mountains and the fort looks similar to the shape of a ships bow. The Alcazar was built as a fortress and later it was used as royal palace, Royal Artillery College, state prison and military academy.The construction of the Alcazar was started in the year 1120 and it was finished in the period of the Emperor Alfonso VIII. The Alcazar was built on Roman foundations and also served as the official residence for the family of Emperor Alfonso VIII.The Alcazar also served as the official residence for the Castile Kingdom sovereigns in the middle ages. Also at this period the Alcazar was extended by the Trastamara dynasty sovereigns. In the year 1258, Emperor Alfonso X rebuilt some of the damaged parts and the Hall of the Kings was added to the Alcazar.
Banff National Park, Canada: Simplicity marks the origin of Banff—Canada’s first national park. In 1883, on the slopes of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, three railway workers discovered a natural hot spring, and from there the park was born. Nowadays, Banff is one of the world’s premiere destinations, spanning a region of unparalleled majestic mountain scenery. Rocky Mountain peaks, turquoise glacial lakes, a picture-perfect mountain town and village, abundant wildlife and scenic drives come together in Banff National Park – Canada’s first national park and the flagship of the nation’s park system. Over three million visitors a year make the pilgrimage to the park for a variety of activities including hiking, biking, skiing and camping in some of the world’s most breathtaking mountain scenery. Banff is part of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Boreal rainforest, Norway: Forests and other wooded land cover approximately 37 per cent, or 119,000 km2, of the Norwegian mainland. Of this, almost 23 per cent, or approximately 72,000 km2 is regarded as productive forest.The productive forest is distributed between 125,000 forest properties. About 79 per cent of the productive forest area is owned by private individuals. Norwegian forests have been exploited intensively for export of roundwood, sawn timber and wood tar for hundreds of years. In addition, there is a long tradition of using the forests for domestic animal grazing and game hunting.
Hallstatt, Austria: There are a few options for arriving in the spectacular Alpine village of Hallstatt, but the best way to experience this famous location is with a ferry ride across the lake. As the arresting scenery of a tiny village tucked between mountains and water comes into view, you’ll immediately want to know more about this destination. What could be the secret to Hallstatt’s wealth? For centuries, villagers have traded a very sought-after commodity that lies deep below the surface: salt. Explore the Hallstatt Mines and slide deep into the world’s oldest salt mines. Discover a subterranean salt lake and the mummy of a prehistoric miner – preserved in salt.The local museum depicts the history with 7,000-year-old artifacts, several tours are available to reveal more about how Hallstatt came to be.
Manitoba, Canada: Located in central Canada, Manitoba is one of Canada’s three Prairie Provinces. Manitoba home to over 1,272,000 people. The largest city in the province is the capital, Winnipeg, with a population exceeding 780,000. The second largest city is Brandon, with a population of around 53,000. Manitoba has received increasing numbers of immigrants in recent years.
Dolomites, Italy: Italy’s dramatic rocky rooftop, the Dolomites, offers some of the best mountain thrills in Europe. The bold, light-gray cliffs and spires flecked with snow, above green, flower-speckled-meadows and beneath a blue sky, offer a powerful, unique, and memorable mountain experience. Here, the region’s Austrian history survives in a warm, blue-aproned, ruddy-faced, felt-hat-with-feathers way. There’s yogurt and yodeling for breakfast, and most locals are bilingual German-Italian speakers. The city of Bolzano (“Bozen” in German) — blending Austrian tidiness with an Italian love for life — is the gateway to the Dolomites. And the village of Castelrotto (a.k.a. “Kastelruth”) is a good home base for your exploration of the Alpe di Siusi (a.k.a. “Seiser Alm”), Europe’s largest alpine meadow.
River Shannon, Ireland: Winding 224 miles through Ireland is the River Shannon, the longest in the country. It was formed at the end of the last Ice Age. Its route creates a natural border between the western and eastern parts of Ireland and runs through 11 counties. The Shannon estuary in Limerick is its final destination where the River Shannon joins with the River Fergus estuary.Steeped in folklore, the river has many stories of origin associated with it. Some locals claim the river was created when a village girl, Sionann, sought wisdom from the Well of Wisdom. As the story goes, once she became the wisest person in the world, the well cracked open and swept the girl out to the ocean. The river now carries her name.
“Moomin World”, Finland: Meet all your favourite characters from Tove Jansson’s whimsical children’s book! The Moominworld is a fantastic theme park where any kind of stress and bad mood will soon evaporate and replaced by joy, laughter and good feelings. The Moominworld can be experienced by doing, living, seeing and touching. The Moominworld is a fairy tale that you can step right into.The Moominworld is situated on the beautiful island of Kailo ijust outside the idyllic searesort called Naantali in Southern Finland. On this island you can visit places and characters familiar from the Moominvalley stories.At Moominworld you will meet the whole Moomin family and their friends. Moominmamma invites you to the blueberry-coloured Moominhouse, where you can freely explore all five storeys.
Bavaria, Germany: Bavaria is one of the most popular – and most scenic – travel destinations in Germany. For many, Bavaria is sausage, beer, and lederhosen, and although you’ll find all of that on your vacation, Bavaria has much more to offer.If you want to escape the crowds and experience the down-to-earth Gemuetlichkeit Bavaria is famous for, make sure to spend time in some rural villages along the way. One of my favorite regions in Bavaria is the beautiful Allgaeu. Stop in a town you never heard of before, head to the “Gasthaus” (restaurant) for some Bavarian fare, buy some goodies in a local store, and take a hike in the surrounding area.
Hamnøy, Norway: Hamnøy, Moskenes, Lofoten Islands, Norway. The oldest fishing village in the stunning Lofoten archipelago is small, but unbelievably beautiful. It is considered to be one of the most picturesque villages in the municipality of Moskenes, which is also a popular tourist destination due to its scenic and unspoiled nature.Visitors are accommodated in the original fishermen cabins – the oldest one is from the 1890s. Today all the facilities are installed inside, including internet, and provide a cozy stay in this wild region. Tourists can rent boats and bikes, go hiking and fishing. Local museums and galleries introduce to the culture and history of the region.
Campina National Park, Italy