Spiš Castle among top 500 ultimate bucket list destinations

THE SPIŠ Castle, situated in northern Slovakia, was listed among the 500 best places to see on the planet which should be part of the bucket list for every type of traveller created by Lonely Planet’s globetrotting community of staff and writers.

Spiš Castle is impressive from the air as well as from the ground.Spiš Castle is impressive from the air as well as from the ground. (Source: Fly Media)

In the “Ultimate Travelist”, Lonely Planet’s team of travel experts and authors on the ground rated the world’s best mega-sights and hidden gems, bringing together what they believe to be the 500 best places to visit in the world, the company reported on its website.

The list is topped by the Temples of Angkor in Cambodia, followed by the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and Machu Picchu in Peru.

Aside from the best-of list regulars, culled from UNESCO’s World Heritage roster or Lonely Planet’s own country-by-country highlights, there are a few surprises. The top 20 list, for example, includes Tasmania’s Museum of Modern and Old Art and Fez’s Medina, rubbing shoulders with travel titans such as the Grand Canyon and the Taj Mahal, the CNN.com website reported.

“This book has been years in the making and brings together the most compelling places in the world according to our team of globetrotting travel experts,” said Tom Hall, editorial director of Lonely Planet, as quoted on the website of Lonely Planet. “Every traveller has got a list of places they simply have to see – places heard about, read about or dreamed about. Of course, what makes somewhere special is different for everyone and we’d love to hear about other people’s top spots. But this is our definitive list. And one we hope will inspire many other travel wish lists.”

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