Higher, longer, more spectacular! Numerous new attractions have already opened this year around the world. We present eleven of them: from the longest tree path to a huge pedestrian suspension bridge to the tallest hotel in the world. Maybe there is a destination for your next vacation?
Brazil: glass viewing platform at a height of 150 meters
At Mirante do Vale, São Paulo is literally at your feet. A new observation point was recently opened on the 42nd floor of the tallest building in the Brazilian metropolis: the Sampa Sky platform offers two glass boxes that offer spectacular views. Since the floor is also glass, it looks like visitors are floating directly above the city!
This makes it the perfect vantage point for a selfie among the skyscrapers. Or just enjoy the bird’s eye view of the city. Fortunately, the entrance fee is also not dizzying: it is between 30 and 60 Brazilian reals, the equivalent of about five to ten euros.
Cyprus: Dive into the largest underwater forest in the world
In the Ayia Napa Museum of Underwater Sculpture (Musan) you immerse yourself – and the world’s first underwater forest. About 100 trees and other sculptures await you at a depth of between six and twelve meters off the coast of Cyprus. The exhibition at the bottom of the sea is the latest work by British artist Jason deCaires Taylor, who wants to use the sculptures to draw attention to the threat to the marine ecosystem.
The artworks are also built with eco-friendly concrete, which can host algae, shells and coral. You visit them on a one-hour diving tour with snorkel or gear and alongside a dive guide.
Spain: giant water slide opened in Benicàssim
A new water slide was recently launched in Spain and at 210 meters it is the longest capsule slide in Europe. “Wow” – this is the name of the mega slide in the Aquamara water park in Benicàssim near Castellón.
Several steps lead up to their departure at a height of 30 meters. There you enter a tube and wait for the ground to be ripped out from under your feet – and you will rush down the slide at breakneck speed until you finally splash around in the pool. Have a good year!
Switzerland: Here you will find the longest tree walk in the world
Come on, treetop climbers! In Switzerland, more precisely in the municipality of Laax, the longest tree walk in the world was inaugurated in July 2021. The footbridge of the “Senda dil Dragun”, up to 28 meters high, extends for 1.5 kilometers and offers an unusual view of nature.
You can enjoy the view a little longer on four platforms. You will also learn interesting facts about the flora and fauna and the geological formation of the region from information panels and interactive elements. By the way, you can go up with the elevators. But the descent is also a real highlight, at least when you take the 73-meter-long slide on the Murschetg tower.
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China: The tallest hotel in the world is located in Shanghai
Chances are you’ll have a heavenly night’s sleep at the J Hotel. After all, the hotel, which opened in June 2021, is the tallest in the world! Here guests sleep at a height of 630 meters, if they want to close their eyes with the splendid view of the Chinese metropolis of Shanghai.
The hotel is located on the 128th floor of the Shanghai Tower, the second tallest building in the world with a total height of 632 meters. Incidentally, the prices are also high: a night in the 380 sqm suite costs around 8,700 euros.
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Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania: the new hiking trail measures 907 kilometers
In Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania you can hike, hike, hike. For example on the new long-distance hiking trail, which was released in late May 2021 and covers a distance of 907 kilometers. The route stretches west to east, from the Schalsee near Lübtheen to West Pomerania, connecting all seven nature parks and nine major conservation areas of the federal state.
In addition to the trail itself, it is also important to explore nature during the hike. Along the way you will encounter some lakes, vast forests, ancient oaks, beavers, cranes, bison, white-tailed eagles and ospreys.
USA: A park on stilts – on the Hudson River in New York
Central Park is perhaps New York’s most famous park, but one new park in particular made headlines this year: “Little Island” is slightly larger than a soccer field and stands on tulip-shaped concrete supports on the banks of the Hudson River. The park on stilts was inaugurated in May 2021.
The idea for this unusual park was born in 2013. The $ 250 million project was funded by billionaire Barry Diller and designer Diane von Furstenberg, who created it in collaboration with the Hudson River Park Trust.
Portugal: ready for the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in the world?
On May 2, 2021, Portugal celebrated a slightly different Bridge Day and with it the opening of the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in the world. The “516 Arouca” is more than 500 meters long and crosses a huge gorge and is located in the Arouca region, about 60 kilometers southeast of Porto. It consists of two V-shaped concrete towers, steel cables and a metal grate that visitors climb over and look out over the Pavia River or the Aguieras waterfall.
With its opening this year, the “516 Arouca” has also replaced the Charles Kuonen suspension bridge in Switzerland as the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in the world. This is “only” 494 meters.
USA: the new aerial ladder takes you through the Utah desert
120 narrow metal steps 122 meters above the desert floor: a walk along the “Scala del Picco della Grotta” is not for the faint of heart! Those who dare to climb the steel ladder in the US state of Utah, which was released in April, will be rewarded with a fantastic view. You overlook canyons, ridges, gorges and the endless expanses of the desert as you step step by step the narrow steps.
However, this wonderful desert experience is not allowed for all hikers: the suspended staircase is part of the luxury resort “Amangiri” and is only available to guests.
Dubai: Here you swim in the highest infinity pool in the world!
The new infinity pool at the Address Beach Resort in Dubai has been in the Guinness Book of Records since April 2021: as the tallest infinity pool in the world! On the 77th floor at 293.9 meters high is the swimming pool, which is always filled to the brim and therefore the surface of the water seems endless.
Swimmers in the 560-square-meter pool can be sure of a great view over the city – several skyscrapers, Palm Jumeirahdas Island and even the world’s tallest Ferris wheel AIN Dubai almost look like toys from up here.
England: London’s New Sky Pool is 35 meters high
It has been possible to swim from house to house in London from May 2021. It was then that the world’s first acrylic Sky Pool opened, located between two luxurious Thames-side condos like a completely transparent pool, 35 meters above the streets of Nine Elms.
The transparent pool is 25 meters long and offers bathers a view of the United States Embassy, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster and the London Eye. Minor drawback: Use is permitted only to members of the exclusive “Eg: le Club” of the Embassy Gardens apartment complex. But even from the ground, the spectacular pool is sure to attract attention!