15 of the Weirdest, Wonkiest and Wildest Attractions Around the World
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15: Starry Night Bicycle Path, Nuenen, Netherlands.
Ever stared at a painting and wanted to jump right inside? Quickly becoming one of the biggest attractions in the Netherlands. Based on the famous Vincent Van Gogh painting, ‘Starry Night’, this brightly lit bicycle path is illuminated by thousands of sparkling stars helping cyclists stay on track whilst glowing in the dark.
14: Gum wall, Seattle, USA.
Colorfully concealed underneath Seattle’s most famous tourist destination ‘Pike Place Market’. The gum wall is a gross, disgusting and smelly piece of art.
13: Icelandic Phallological Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland.
No, Jon Gnarr isn’t the weirdest thing to come out of Iceland. Otherwise known as ‘the penis museum’, the Icelandic Phallological Museum holds over 250 penises. Ranging from elephants and whales to reindeer and, erm, Human? Hardcore.
12: Isla de Las Munecas (Island of the Dolls), Mexico.
Hidden away on a tiny island that was never intended to be a tourist attraction is a terrifying homage to an even creepier legend. Many years ago a young girl was found drowned in mysterious circumstances. Next to her, face down in the water, was her doll. As a sign of respect the man that found her hung the doll on a tree. Since then, people from all over the world have left dolls on the island which are said to be possessed by the spirit of the girl. Barbie it ain’t.
11: Skateboard Graveyard, London, UK.
Laying desolate under London’s Hungerford Bridge the skateboard graveyard has become a beauty spot in itself. Rivaling its much loved predecessor (and somewhat creator), the famous skate park on London’s South Bank. The shattered remains of broken wood mixed with washed out graffiti provokes a sense of empathy to these once-loved decks and faded memories.
10: Karni Mata Temple (The Rat Temple), Rajasthan, India.
What else would you expect the temple of rats to be? Not just any old vermin. These 20,000 black rats are known as “holy rats” with people scurrying great distances to pay their respects.
9: Prada Marfa, Texas, USA.
Standing all alone, in the middle of a desert in Valentine, Texas, a lonely Prada shop fulfills its sole purpose of ‘degrading back into the natural landscape’. Complete with empty changing rooms and unworn items, the art instalment known as Prada Marfa, displays the contrast of commercialism to obscurity with a bizarre serenity.
8: Old Operating Theater, London, UK.
Located in the top of an old church, this 19th century operating theater is the only one of its kind in England. Visitors can watch demonstrations of surgical techniques pre and post anesthetic on willing and courageous volunteers.
7: Fremont Troll, Seattle, USA.
If you go down to the woods today you’re in for a big surprise… Well, maybe not the woods, but under a bridge in the midst of Seattle lives an angry troll clutching a Volkswagen Beatle as if it had just snatched it from an unsuspecting driver above. One of the biggest tourist attractions in Seattle, you are in for scare.
6: Capuchin Catacombs, Palermo, Italy.
Not for the fainthearted, nor the easily frightened, the Capuchin Catacombs is a historical abyss. Found on the outskirts of Palermo the Catacombs houses the remains of over 8000 disembodied… bodies out and proud in all their gruesome glory.
5: Varosha Attractions, Famagusta, Cyprus.
Ghost town Varosha is a hustling, bustling city of the past, showcasing a modern utopian dreamscape with a dystopian population of zero. Abandoned since 1974, this once thriving tourist destination was frequented by hot stars such as Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Still relatively new, the buildings show little signs of disrepair creating an eerie atmosphere and unsettling wait for the next round of drinks.
4: Postman’s Park, London, UK.
Hidden away in the depths of a teeming central London rests a small park. Its sole intention is to celebrate the amazing and extraordinary acts from normal and ordinary people. Heart wrenching yet heart-warming, there are over 50 plaques that depict the premature end of one courageous individual saving the life of another.
3: Yunessun Spa Resort, Hakone, Japan.
With bathing in water becoming a thing of the past, the Yunessun Attractions Spa Resort offers customers a variety of different dips in the form of green tea, wine, and coffee. And, if you are feeling really brave, the spa also flaunts a ‘soaking in sake’.
2: Umpherston Sinkhole, Mount Gambier, Australia.
Originally just a normal sinkhole, the Umperston garden is now a beautiful, sunken dream filled with possums and exotic plants. With access to its floor, it feels as if you have plunged into the pits of middle earth, with an eye to the heavens above.
1: Freetown Christiania, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Situated smack bang in the middle of Copenhagen. Christiania offers its 850 residents a life without the law. With its own set of rules, and independence from the Danish government, Freetown forbids stealing, violence, guns, knives, hard drugs and ….cars.
However, its intolerance for the green stuff is very low, openly selling cannabis on permanent stands that line the main street.