What could be Better than a walk under a canopy of leaves? The close-to-nature, the rustling leaves and switch off from the stresses of everyday life, which can be in the middle of a forest. And although we have here in Switzerland, with a wide variety of green area, it is worth looking across the border. Because these 13 extraordinary forests are worth a visit.

Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, China

Avatar Mountains are called up to 800 meters high cliffs in the Zhangjiajie National Forest Park in China. Because you are supposed to have inspired James Cameron’s movie “Avatar”. About 3100 of the rocks in this area. In addition, the biggest Outdoor Elevator in the world, the Bailong Elevator is part of the Park.

dead vlei in the Namib desert, Namibia

The Namib desert is not only home to the highest sand dune in the world, but also attracts with the photogenic dead vlei, which is situated South of Sossusvlei. Sossusvlei is called the salt-clay pan, which sometimes leads even water. Because it is at the end of the Tsauchab river, which flows out of the Naukluft mountains and sometimes so much water that the waves reach the Sossusvlei. In the dead vlei posing age-old acacia trees-bare-bones that defy the dryness of the desert. In the Background, the dunes lamps shades in bright orange.

Sagano bamboo forest, Japan

In no other spots in the world can be so closely strung together, and tall bamboo trees to marvel at: The Sagano bamboo forest in the Arashiyama district outside of the Japanese metropolis of Kyoto, you can explore numerous paths.

the Amazon rain forest, South America

The Amazon rain forest in South America offers a huge diversity of species as a forest in the world. In the river dolphins swimming in the sea, in the trees, monkeys climb, crocodiles rest on the shore. In the case of a journey into the Depths of the South American jungle adventure experience is guaranteed.

Avenue of the Baobabs, Madagascar

In the descriptions of the first European explorers, it means that the trees look as if they would stand on the head. In fact, the crown of the baobab trees, which are also called Baobabs reminded me a bit of a root. A 260-Meter-long section of national road 8 is lined with about 30 of these baobab trees. The so-called baobab alley is one of the biggest attractions of Madagascar, and enchants tourists with up to 30 meters high trees.

the Tunnel of love, Ukraine

In the vicinity of the Ukrainian settlement Klewan is the tunnel of Love. Although it is hard to believe, runs three times a day for a private railway in a factory. The railway line that snakes through the nearby forest, was eventually reclaimed by nature and today it is a green-covered Tunnel with a romantic Flair, the Lovers draws from anywhere in the world.

mangrove forest of Tha Pom, Thailand

The crystal-clear water of the canal of Tha Pom Klong Song Nam, is located outside of the Thai town of Krabi, stems from the encounter of salt and fresh water. The forest is unique: Two different Ecosystems meet here. In addition to the mangroves is also a classic swamp forest grows here.

Otzarreta in the Gorbea natural Park, Spain

The 1482 meters high summit of Gorbea mountain, attracts countless Hiking enthusiasts to the Basque country. The nature Park has to offer around the Gorbea much more. The landscape is very pastures varied, from rugged cliffs to gentle or beech and oak groves, you’ll find it here. In addition, the over 100 meters high Goiuri waterfall is considered to be a very special Highlight of the Park.

Hallerbos, Belgium

This magical forest is located in the vicinity of the town of Dvorp and is only a 30-minute drive from Brussels. The one who comes in the months of April and may, here, is in for a shock. Since then, a carpet of blue Hyacinths in bloom on the floor of the forest. A true spectacle, the might of a fairy tale stem from.

Crooked forest, Poland

In this forest the trees grow bent to 90 degrees and oriented to the North from the ground. Why this is so remains a mystery. Because according to the New York Times lost all of the records of the forest as the nearby town of Gryfino was destroyed during the Second world war.

Waipoua Forest, new Zealand

located On the North island that juts out in the Northland Region, between the towns of Dargaville and Omapere and the Waipoua Forest with magnificent Kauri, Rimu and Rata trees in the sky. Among them: “Tane Mahuta”, the forefather of all trees. It is the largest and oldest Kauri tree in new Zealand. Its height is 51 meters, and its age is estimated to be about 2000 years.

Daintree Forest, Australia

It is 135 million years old and the oldest rainforest on the planet. With 12’000 square kilometers it is the largest contiguous tropical rain forest in Australia. The Special: The jungle hits directly on the white sandy beach. Tropical sea climate in the coastal and mountain rain forest at 1400 meters are combined in the Daintree area.

bödmeren forest SZ

Switzerland Also offers lush green forest area well enough. A fine specimen of the bödmeren forest in the Muotatal in Canton Schwyz. It is 600 hectares of the largest spruce forest with primeval forest character in the Alpine space. Because he was hardly influenced by man, may he be as a forest similar to that referred to. Characteristic of the bödmeren forest trees, which are between 250 and 400 years old. In between, romp, even those that are already for 500 years on this earth.