If you’re in need of a holiday so momentous it’ll be talked about for years to come, consider visiting a few destinations that boast their own record-breaking achievements.
We all remember picking up a copy of the Guinness World Records book as a kid and getting lost in its pages filled with weird and wonderful achievements, says Nicky Potgieter, Leisure Marketing Leader, Flight Centre Travel Group.
“Why not relive that nostalgia by visiting some of the cities, towns and countries that have set their own incredible world records? On your next holiday you could head to the top of world’s tallest building, eat at the oldest restaurant and ride the highest outdoor elevator – fascinating Guinness World Records set by cities, countries, and states around the world.”
To kick-start your travel planning, here’s a list of destinations you should consider for a memorable, record-breaking break.
The smallest city, Italy
On your next trip, you could step foot in the world’s smallest city. The State of the Vatican City in Rome is considered its own city and therefore takes the title for the world’s smallest, with an area of 0.44 square kilometres. Coincidentally, Rome is also the place where the largest pizza was made in 2012, with a total surface area of 1,26 square kilometres.
The oldest national park, USA
Nature-lovers looking for a record-breaking break should make their way to Yellowstone National Park in the U.S. Set in Wyoming, the park spreads into parts of Montana and Idaho and holds the title of the oldest national park, declared so back in 1872. The park is home to stunning sites of alpine forests, hot springs like multi-coloured Grand Prismatic Spring, and geysers, most infamously, Old Faithful, and Steamboat — the world’s tallest currently-active geyser.
The biggest waterfall, Zimbabwe/Zambia
Victoria Falls is often called the largest waterfall in the world, although it is neither the highest nor the widest. It’s curtain boasts the largest volume of falling water. Known as Mosi-oa-Tunya (the smoke that thunders), Victoria Falls is shared between the countries of Zambia and Zimbabwe, and constantly tops the list of must-see attractions in the world.
The world’s busiest street crossing, Japan
A worst nightmare for those with anxiety is the Shibuya crossing in Tokyo Japan. During rush hour, this pedestrian crossing could fill a football stadium with all of the people that cross. as many as 2,500 pedestrians crossing every time the signal changes. Not so fun to be caught in it, but quite a feat to bear witness to it from afar.
The narrowest official street, Germany
On the other spectrum of Shibuya is Spreuerhofstrasse Street. You’d barely be able to slip through this incredibly narrow street located in Reutlingen in Germany. This tiny street is only a foot wide at its narrowest point. Germany also holds the world record for the most beer steins carried at one time (a total of 29) by Oliver Strümpfel at the Gillamoos fair in Abensberg.
The tallest building, UAE
It’s quite common for the UAE to feature when it comes to superlatives these days. Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, is the tallest building in the world at 829.8 metres while its JW Marriott Marquis Hotel is 355 metres high and with two towers that reaching 72 floors. Head to its bar on the top floor for a birds-eye view of the city and a favourite Dubai nightspot, the Vault.
The largest railway station, USA
The world’s largest railway station by number of platforms is New York City’s Grand Central Terminal. Constructed between 1903 to 1913, it has a total of 44 platforms, according to Guinness World Records. It also has a secret unused platform below the Waldorf Astoria Hotel.