Most alluring little-known places

“The human spirit needs places where nature has not been rearranged by the hand of man.” — Author unknown

Does your spirit need to be refreshed? Take a visual adventure to these esoteric destinations that are full of beauty:

Dürnstein Blaue Stunde

This small baroque village on the Danube River in Austria known as Dürnstein, is regarded as one of the most romantic places in the Wachau Valley. Boasting plenty of historic character, it is one of the most visited tourist destinations in the Wachau region.

This city, which is carved out of its rock landscape, is often referred to as “The City of Bridges.” Made by nature, yet enhanced by man, Constantine is the capital city of Eastern Algeria. Six picturesque bridges connect the robust mountain on which this elegant city was built.

The magic of Namaqualand arrives in spring, when this semi-desert environment in South Africa transforms into a wonderland of dizzying color. When the millions of wild flowers emerge onto this natural canvas each spring, they leave an enchanting impression that no visitor will forget.

On the northwest side of one of the least populated Hawaiian Islands of Lanai is the lunar landscape of Keahiakawelo. In the setting and rising sun, this stunning Mars-like landscape reflects a brilliant orange, purple, and red glow. This rock garden, known as the “Garden of the Gods” is best explored leisurely on four wheels.

Enjoy more destinations in the Most Alluring Lesser-Known Places gallery.

Photos from Robert Schüller, Alaa Benz, Tom Coghlan, and Grant Kaye.