Discover 12 innovative sustainable tourist destinations around the world

Solar-powered trains, wineries built from recycled materials... are innovative sustainable tourist destinations around the world that are well worth a visit.

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Table Mountain Cable Car, South Africa

Hiking on Table Mountain is a perfect experience when you come to Cape Town. However, even those who choose to go by cable car will be satisfied. Since 2016, the cable route has operated on a carbon-neutral basis and maintains strict policies on responsible tourism.

Copenhill Complex, Denmark

Opened in 2019, the complex's artificial ski slope sits atop Amager Bakke, an energy waste incineration plant located in Copenhagen. The complex also has an 85m climbing wall (the highest in the world) and like all great ski resorts, it also has an Après-Ski style bar.

Jewel Changi Airport, Singapore
In 2019, Singapore built an urban garden combined with the Jewel Changi airport terminal to attract visitors. Harnessing cutting-edge technology for sustainable development, Jewel Changi Airport is a green oasis with a maze of greenery, tree bridges and the world's tallest indoor waterfall.

New York Climate Museum, USA

The climate museum in New York has garnered a huge fan following with its innovative public exhibitions and events, held around the city since 2017. It features speech programs on the theme of change climate for young people, an exhibition of art installations by artist Justin Brice Guariglia with warning messages about climate change.

Solar ships in Byron Bay, Australia

It's the world's first solar-powered train, and it connects the surf town center of Byron Bay with a vibrant arts district. In 2017, this train made its first journey on a beautiful abandoned 3km railway. Instead of building a ticket machine, an employee will perform this task.

Sustainable restaurant Azurmendi, Spain


Azurmendi, a three-Michelin-starred restaurant near Bilbao, has twice won the Sustainable Restaurant Award, in the World's 50 Best Restaurants Awards. The restaurant is a hilltop atrium building that harnesses solar and geothermal energy. Guests can also visit the greenhouses, the on-site vegetable garden, which offers the restaurant's creative menus.

Eden Project, England

The Eden Project in Cornwall is an indoor exhibit with a huge biome and the world's largest indoor rainforest and garden. It is also home to the UK's longest and fastest zipline; along with a children's area designed to introduce pollination in plants.

Ocean Atlas Sculpture, Bahamas

This is the work of British sculptor and environmental activist Jason deCaires Taylor, who is famous for his large-scale surreal underwater sculptures. Ocean Atlas is a statue weighing more than 60 tons, located off the coast of Nassau, depicting a young girl as if supporting the ocean. The statue represents the environmental burden we are placing on the shoulders of future generations.

Wunderland Kalkar theme park, Germany
After the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, German authorities decided not to put into operation a new multi-billion-euro nuclear reactor near the Dutch border. But not a total obliteration, but in the 1990s the site was converted into Wunderland Kalkar, an amusement park complete with adventurous swings inside the reactor's cooling tower.

Vena Cava Winery, Mexico

This is the most unique winery in Mexico and is completely organic. It is built from materials recovered from fishing boats and other recycled materials. The wine cellar is open daily to welcome visitors to taste the wine.

Tij Observatory, Netherlands

Shaped like a bird's egg, the Tij Observatory is a beautiful public birdwatching observatory in the Scheelhoek Nature Reserve in Stellendam. The observatory is designed to be as close to nature as possible; The outside is a wooden structure and the inside is covered with reeds. To minimize disturbance to birds, you can access the observatory through a tunnel built from recycled bulkheads.

Sauna in Frihamnen, Sweden

The Swedish city of Lund will likely have a bike-powered museum by 2024, but there's another great eco-friendly attraction you can visit right now. It is a sauna in the Frihamnen area, in the city of Gothenburg. This sauna is built largely from recycled materials, with the dressing rooms made from 12,000 recycled plastic bottles.

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