Whether you are looking for a weekend trip, or you're planning your dream trip around the world, we're sure you will find some interesting ideas.
- 1 Jul 2023 10:00
- Nora Flynn
10 Unique & Unusual Summer Vacation Ideas for 2023
Summer is here! But it's never too late to start planning a perfect summer getaway. So, what will it be this year?
The best vacation ideas are often those that focus on sharing meaningful experiences and create lasting memories. If you are still looking for the perfect summer getaway check these unique and unusual ideas for 2023.
Whether you are looking for a weekend trip, or you're planning your dream trip around the world, we're sure you will find some interesting and inspiring ideas.
1. Visit Neuschwanstein and Linderhof Castles in Germany
Take a trip to the tiny Bavarian town of Oberammergau, Germany, and visit two of the splendid castles of Ludwig II, King of Bavaria: the fairytale Neuschwanstein Castle and the intimate Linderhof Castle.
Built in the late 19th century, Neuschwanstein Castle was commissioned by King Ludwig II of Bavaria. It was intended to be a personal retreat and homage to the romanticized medieval castles of Germany. The castle is known for its fairy-tale appearance and picturesque setting. It features a blend of Romanesque and Gothic architectural styles, with soaring towers, ornate balconies, and intricate interior decorations. Neuschwanstein Castle served as an inspiration for the iconic Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Park in California. Its breathtaking beauty and dramatic location amidst the Bavarian Alps make it one of the most famous castles in the world.
Also commissioned by King Ludwig II, Linderhof Castle was the only one of his castles that was completed during his lifetime. It was constructed between 1869 and 1878. Linderhof Castle is known for its opulent Rococo style, influenced by the Palace of Versailles in France. The castle features extensive gardens, fountains, terraces, and the famous Venus Grotto—a man-made cave with an underground lake and an illuminated stalactite ceiling. The castle is surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens and parklands, meticulously designed in a formal French style. The gardens boast numerous statues, flowerbeds, and ornamental structures like the Moroccan House and Hunding's Hut.
Take this Neuschwanstein & Linderhof Castle Full-Day Trip from Munich and experience the storybook romance of Bavaria!
2. Explore the underground labyrinth of the Wieliczka Salt Mines in Poland
The Wieliczka Salt Mine has a history dating back to the 13th century and has been in continuous operation for over 700 years. It was one of the world's oldest salt mines and played a significant role in the economic and cultural development of the region.
The mine was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978 and is considered one of Poland's most valuable cultural and historical landmarks. It attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year!
The salt mines feature underground lakes and vast chambers, showcasing the sheer size and complexity of the mine. The lakes reflect the lights, creating a magical atmosphere. Be sure to visit the breathtaking Lake Wessel, which is the largest underground lake in the mine.
With The Wieliczka Salt Mine Tour you will descend 800 steps to a depth of 135 meters to enter what feels like an underground salt city. I know, that’s a lot of steps… But I can guarantee, it’s totally worth it!
3. The Making of Harry Potter in London
Embark on an interactivetour and follow in the footsteps of Harry, Ron and Hermione!
The Making of Harry Potter Tour is a behind-the-scenes experience that allows visitors to explore the sets, costumes, props, and other magical elements used in the production of the Harry Potter film series. this tour offers a captivating and immersive experience for fans of the Harry Potter series, providing a unique opportunity to step into the magical world created by J.K. Rowling.
The tour takes place on the actual studio lot where the Harry Potter films were made. Visitors can explore iconic sets such as the Great Hall, Diagon Alley, Platform 9¾, the Gryffindor Common Room, and Dumbledore's Office. These sets have been meticulously preserved and provide an immersive experience for fans of the series.
You can even board the Hogwarts Express!
4. Visit Peles and Dracula's Castle in Romania
Transylvania - The land of Vampire! Enjoy a historical adventure to the Carpathians Mountains and southeastern Transylvania, visiting the most famous castles in Romania, including Peles Castle and Dracula's Castle. This fascinating tour to Transylvania will reveal the myth of vampires, the history of the royal family and medieval times.
Dracula's Castle, also known as Bran Castle, is a famous landmark located in Bran, Romania. Bran Castle is often associated with the fictional character Count Dracula from Bram Stoker's novel. While the castle itself does not have a direct historical connection to the real-life Vlad the Impaler, who inspired the character of Dracula, it is commonly linked to the Dracula legend due to its imposing appearance and location.
Peles Castle is situated in the Carpathian Mountains, near the town of Sinaia in Prahova County, Romania. It is nestled in a scenic valley, surrounded by lush forests and mountains. Peles Castle exhibits a captivating blend of architectural styles, primarily inspired by German Renaissance and Gothic Revival influences. The castle's exterior is characterized by elaborate turrets, gables, balconies, and intricate stonework. The interior showcases opulent rooms with exquisite woodwork, stained glass windows, frescoes, and ornate decorations.
Discover the Romanian traditions and history in one day with this Private Tour to Peles and Dracula's Castle.
5. Visit Train World in Brussels
Marvel at historic railway locomotives and other artefacts from railway history at Train World in Brussels.
The museum features an extensive collection of steam locomotives, electric trains, carriages, and other railway artifacts. Visitors can explore various permanent and temporary exhibitions that delve into the history, technology, and cultural significance of trains. The exhibits showcase both Belgian and international railway heritage.
Visiting the Train World Museum is a captivating experience for train enthusiasts!
6. Enjoy a Private Beer and Wine Spa Experience in Prague
Bathe in an oak tub filled with beer or wine in Prague, a unique Czech spa experience!
A beer and wine spa experience in Prague offers a unique and indulgent way to relax and rejuvenate while enjoying the benefits of these popular beverages.
People have been bathing in oak hot tubs full of beer for centuries! Beer spas have been a part of Eastern European culture since 921, especially in the Czech Republic. This ancient tradition provides the skin with a lot of nutrients, helps cleansing the pores, and regenerates skin and hair. It also offers a range of health benefits on your nervous system and blood circulation, it relieves stress and increases pulmonary circulation.
Experience the soothing effects of bathing in a wine or beer tub with this unique Czech spa experience.
7. Take a Paris Romantic Tour in a Vintage 2CV
The Vintage 2CV, also known as the "Deux Chevaux" or "Duck," is an iconic French car that was popular in the mid-20th century. It is known for its unique design and vintage charm.
During this tour, you'll be chauffeured in a beautifully restored 2CV car, adding a touch of nostalgia and authenticity to your journey, a unique experience for car lovers! Enjoy an authentic Parisian experience in this classic, vintage car, with a convertible roof that offers the best possible views.
A Vintage 2CV Paris romantic experience offers a charming and nostalgic way to explore the city of love. With this tour, you will have the opportunity of travelling through the city in this legendary French car.
8. Experience the magical feeling of flying over Tuscany in a Hot Air Balloon
Discover one of the most amazing and incredible experiences at height. Have the chance to admire landscapes and stunning views from the sky!
Taking a balloon flight over Tuscany (Italy) is a fantastic way to experience the breathtaking beauty of the region from a unique perspective.
Balloon flights provide a peaceful and serene experience as you float gently through the air. The quietness of the flight allows you to appreciate the tranquility of the countryside and immerse yourself in the beauty of the surroundings.
Watch as the balloons are inflated and prepared before your eyes. Once the pilots have done their final checks and given you a briefing about flight safety, climb into the balloon basket and begin your float to altitudes of up to 2,000 feet (6,000 meters).
Experience the magical feeling of flying high above the cypress-studded hills and vineyards of Tuscany with this 1-hour hot air balloon flight from Florence. A memorable adventure that allows you to experience the region's beauty and charm from a unique perspective!
9. Jump in the water and swim with giant manta rays after sunset
Jump in the water and discover Kona’s underwater paradise in Hawaii, a remarkable underwater experience!
Joining a nighttime snorkeling and swimming with giant manta rays after sunset can be a fantastic way to experience marine life and enjoy the beauty of the Kona Coast on the Big Island of Hawaii (United States).
One of the highlights of the Kona coastline is its incredible sunsets. As the sun dips below the horizon, the sky lights up with hues of orange, pink, and purple, casting a magical glow over the ocean and the landscape. It's a breathtaking spectacle that leaves a lasting impression on anyone fortunate enough to witness it.
Experience a nighttime snorkeling expedition. Get up close and personal with stunning manta rays as they gracefully soar through the water. Your underwater adventure will take place in clear warm waters near protected reefs abundant with marine life. An experience you won't forget!
10. Enjoy a Medieval Dining Experience in Prague
This unique dining experience takes place in a Medieval Experiences tavern designed to recreate the atmosphere of the Middle Ages. Adorned with rustic decor, dim lighting, and traditional furnishings to transport you to a bygone era you will feel the rough yet romantic atmosphere of the Middle Ages from all corners of the tavern.
Lose yourself in the music and fun, and meet vivid characters that range from a frightening executioner to an old fortuneteller with magical powers. You will enjoy your time watching swordsmen, jugglers, as well charming belly dancers, accompanied by contemporary music, wine and beer will flow and you will eat in the spirit of the times.
Enjoy an evening of music, dance and performances with this Medieval Dining Experience. A truly different way to spend an evening in Prague!
Remember, the key to a successful vacation is to tailor the experience to the interests and preferences of everyone involved. It's about the shared experience and the opportunity to create lasting memories.