Whether you are an avid traveler who loves to book cheap holidays or one who hasn’t set foot outside of your town or country, you are going to appreciate the creativity and sheer genius of mankind in developing and carving landscapes that are not only beautiful to the eyes but are also boggling to the mind. All over the world, mankind has erected structures, carved the land, built imposing buildings, and played with nature to create all sorts of beautifully designed landscapes.
Great examples of these landscapes are the following:
1. The Machu Picchu in Peru
It’s rather hard to imagine how the Incas of the 15th century were able to build this imposing city atop high-altitude mountains. Indeed, the city’s a perfect example of ancient engineering. As to why the Incas abandoned the place is still a big question mark.
2. Venice, Italy
There’s a reason why this city has been declared as a World Heritage Site. As travelers often say, you haven’t seen Italy if you haven’t seen the islands and canals of Venice. Living in Venice is like living on top of the sea.
3. The Chittorgarh Fort in India
The largest ancient fort in India, the Chittorgarh has inspired countless travelers and writers for over five centuries. Since being abandoned in the middle of the 16th century, the fort has been a popular subject for historians, artists, novelists and archaeologists.
4. Dubai in the United Arab Emirates
A city awash with the best examples of modern landscaping and engineering, Dubai exemplifies how a burgeoning and highly-developed city can be built out of the desert if you live in a nation rich in oil.
5. The Gardens of Versailles in France
One of the most popular tourist destinations in France, The Gardens of Versailles sure is a magnificent feat in landscaping. Covering over 800 hectares of verdant land, the Gardens attracts more than six million tourists every single year.
6. The Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, Denmark
Established in 1843, the Tivoli Gardens is one of the oldest amusement parks in the world. It’s most well-known for its various rides like the Caravan, the Demon, the Odin Express and the Christmas Express. Other structures in the park are hotels, theaters, and concert halls.
7. Central Park in New York City
A huge strip of wooded land with lakes and ponds right smack in the middle of towering skyscrapers, Central Park is a nice example of how city and nature can co-exist. Major features of the park are the Harlem Meer, The Reservoir, The Great Lawn, The Lake and The Pond.
8. The Bloedel Reserve in Washington
If you are interested in modern landscaping, this is a forest garden reserve you should visit. You can learn how to set up and develop zen gardens and Japanese gardens from the place.
9. The Vigeland Sculpture Arrangement in Frogner Park
Located in the city of Oslo in Norway, this place is a must-see if you want to see how sculptures can be used to improve the landscape of a rather dull park. Because of the sculptures, Frogner Park has become one of the most visited parks in all of Europe.
10. The Rice Terraces of Banaue in the Philippines
Another World Heritage Site, the Rice Terraces of Banaue is famous not only because of its beautiful landscape but also of the type of ancient engineering employed to carve the terraces from the sides of the mountains.
About the Author
David Munns is a landscaping expert. He also likes to blog about travel, home improvement tips and gardening. You can check his most recent post where he’s reviewing the best lawn mower for your garden at Great4Home.com