This week’s Top 5 travel experiences: Kyoto zen, St. Augustine’s dungeon and Berlin’s Gestapo museum

The Ryōan-ji zen garden in Kyoto, Japan is one of our favourite experiences in that country.

Every week, we write about interesting and unique experiences travellers can have all over the world. Here are some of our favourites from this week:

Experience zen at Ryōan-ji in Kyoto

Ryōan-ji is the epitome of Zen Buddhism’s simplicity and elegance. The rock garden, designed with meticulous care, encourages contemplation and inner peace. The placement of rocks and raked gravel represents islands amidst a calm sea, a minimalist masterpiece that has inspired visitors for over five centuries.

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Experience the Dungeon Under the Stairs at the Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse in St. Augustine

The Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse in the U.S. is a charming structure with a secret—the Dungeon Under the Stairs. This small, dark space is said to have been used to discipline unruly students in the past. Today, it adds a touch of mystery to the schoolhouse tour, offering a glimpse into the educational practices of colonial America and the stories that have lingered through the centuries.

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Engage with history at the Topography of Terror in Berlin

The Topography of Terror is a powerful memorial and museum located on the site of the former Gestapo and SS headquarters. The indoor and outdoor exhibits document the atrocities committed by the Nazi regime and serve as a stark reminder of the consequences of unchecked power. The extensive photographic and documentary evidence presented here is both sobering and educational, providing a comprehensive look at the mechanisms of terror and repression.

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Experience the Columbia Icefield Skywalk near Jasper

Step onto the Columbia Icefield Skywalk and immerse yourself in a panoramic spectacle. This architectural marvel extends over the Sunwapta Valley, featuring a glass-floored observation platform that defies gravity. Here, you can gaze upon the untamed wilderness, spot wildlife from above and learn about the geological forces that sculpted the landscape. It’s a fusion of thrill and education, all set against the backdrop of the majestic Canadian Rockies.

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Discover the art of alebrijes in Arrazola, Oaxaca

Arrazola is a village where fantasy meets reality through the vibrant and whimsical alebrijes, handcrafted wooden creatures painted with intricate patterns and brilliant colours. These fantastical sculptures are more than just souvenirs; they are a gateway into the rich imagination and artistic tradition of Oaxaca. Meet the artisans, witness the transformation of wood into art and perhaps find a magical creature to call your own.

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