The Most Beautiful Outdoor Theaters in the World

A Swedish proverb tells us that a life without love is like a year without summer. Who better, then, to comment on the joy of our favorite season than a country that experiences never-ending midsummer days when the sun never sets? The summer solstice is fast approaching, and our yearly anticipation of the sultry, dog days is reaching an all time high. Our plans for the inevitable rooftop gatherings are in place, our outdoor event lists have been made, and bathing suits and sun hats have been purchased. Summer fun, we’re ready for you.

In honor of the long, sun-drenched days ahead, we thought we’d take a look at some of the most amazing open-air play spaces in the world. From the largest natural amphitheater in America, surrounded by some of The West’s most perfect picnic spots, to stunning forest theaters to a stage jutting into the sea along the rugged coast of Cornwall, click through to check out showstopping outdoor stages that have us wishing summer would last forever. Nominate your local favorites in the comments below!

Cloud Tower by the next ENTERprise — Vienna, Austria

Image credit: Lukas Schaller via dezeen

On the romantic grounds of the Schloss Grafenegg, a 13th-century castle, the Cloud Tower serves as an open-air stage during the summer festival season, and as an extra-large gazebo-like stopover for excursionists and flaneurs to enjoy homemade Apfelstrudel from the castle’s café.