Strange tourist places of Europe.
Oh, Europe … when you say this word, I immediately think about the history, culture, art… the Old world really has a lot to offer when it comes to trails. Everyone loves to see the sights. In Germany, there are castles, Spain is a building designed by gaudí in Italy — gorgeous works of art in France — Versailles gardens, in Scandinavia — the Northern lights, in London — Buckingham Palace and so on and so forth, reports the Chronicle.info with reference to the Telegraph.
However, there are many other attractions that can also make you cry “Wow”, although sites are a bit of a different kind. What you will see in this list may surprise you or repel, or both. You will be surprised to raise eyebrows, because these attractions are quite unusual for most countries in the world. Of course, if you live in a specific city or area where there are attractions, it is easy to define tourists at the shock written on their faces.
However, if you believe that our list will again be some unusual buildings, you are not right. However, it included some very horrible design, but we also focused on strange festivals and customs. There are also some things you can’t see every day. In fact, they can be seen only once a year, so they are more valuable from our point of view. If you like weird and wonderful, continue reading, and add these attractions to your European itinerary.
25. The fountain of mercury in Spain
At that time, how many people visit Barcelona to admire the famous Cathedral of the Holy family (La Sagrada Familia), the author of which is Gaudi, and other incredible buildings, you have to stand out from the crowd and see the Fountain of mercury. A large musical fountain is not enough, isn’t it?
The fountain of mercury ordered by the Spanish Republican government to demonstrate at the world exhibition in 1937. With this artistic creation the creators have protested against the Franco regime, as his troops attacked one of the largest mercury mines in almadén (Almaden). Unfortunately, back then people did not know how deadly mercury. However today’s fountain you can see in the Museum Joan Miro Foundation (Fundacio Joan Miro) without risking health as he was placed under protective glass.
24. The dancing house in Paris
You’ve probably seen a photograph of this building, but did not know where it is. Now, when you know that you can enjoy there beer, may immediately begin to reserve tickets.
The official name of the building of the Nationale Nederlanden building, but it was also named in honor of two immortal dancers Fred (Fred) and ginger (Ginger). The building is completely asymmetrical, it has 9 floors, with offices and a restaurant. This is an example of postmodern architecture certainly stands out from the surrounding landscape, but we believe that it would be in any other city in the world. The building abuts the sidewalk.
23. Jump in a very strange pool in Australia
Speaking of beer, here is a pool filled with beer! In the literal sense. While Cleopatra bathed in wine and donkey milk, she ought to think twice and take a bath in the SPA.
In a 200 year old brewery (more specifically, in the basement) there’s beer pools. They say that this drink works well on the skin, and although the beer is not intended for drinking, you can still try. However, given that its temperature is 32 degrees Celsius, we don’t recommend it.
22. Icelandic phallological Museum in Iceland
If you ever heard about something very strange in Europe, it was probably this Museum. However, it’s not like Park in South Korea, but while the Park is more artistic, given its statues, the Museum is much more scientific. You can see more than 215 penises and genitalia of all species of mammals (including humans). Moreover, several certificates confirm that the owners will give their body parts to the Museum after his death. For more information go to Reykjavik.
21. La Tomatina (La Tomatina) tomato fight, Spain
This event will happen very soon. On the last Wednesday of August try to be in the town of buñol (Bunol), in Valencia, and you will be something to see! People will be smeared with tomato juice, they will throw vegetables and laugh. Every time this event covered in the news, but it does not compare with what you will see with your own eyes. Not only see but take part in it! This is a great opportunity to fool around and have fun.
20. The old operating theatre in the UK
If you ever find yourself in London, leave the traditional sights and go to see what a medical practice in the Victorian era. Museum – old operating theatre is located in the attic of the old Church. You will learn that doctors used 300 years ago to treat patients, and looked like a real operating theatre of the era. In addition, there are regularly held surgical demonstrations. However, do not go to the Museum if you are too sensitive.
19. Hungry tree in Ireland
If you find yourself nearby, drop by in Dublin. Here you will see a bench, half-eaten tree, or at least so it looks. It may not be the weirdest thing you’ve ever seen in my life, but it will definitely remain in your memory. In addition, there are many unusual festivals, bizarre museums, buildings, but is there something similar? That’s it.
Go to the garden’s oldest legal Irish schools and see how 80-year-old tree eating the bench.
18. Tropical island in Germany
Yes, you read that correctly. It’s not an island as such, but a little piece of Sunny Paradise inside a former hangar of the airship. In fact, this place has become so popular that it should be increased. You have the feeling that you are on a real beach, although you just 64 kilometers South of Berlin, the country’s capital. By the way, what do you snack on German beach, except beer and sausages, of course?
17. Cubic houses in the Netherlands
While in most parts of the Netherlands style of architecture is quite traditional, there is Rotterdam, with his incredibly bold designs. Cubic houses definitely attract attention in the city centre, and you will not be able to pass through them, not surprised. You can also see them inside, visiting the Museum Cube House at a low price or even staying in a hostel Cube. Imagine your friends ‘ faces when you tell them where you left off. It’s definitely worth it, isn’t it?
16. Nuclear bunker in Croatia
Have you ever been inside of this bunker? No? But you must have read about them and know how bunkers were popular in a time when people feared a possible nuclear war. Visit the bunker on the island of Vis (Vis) in Croatia. The bunker is in the mountains at a depth of approximately 270 metres, and it was intended to protect the President and his entourage. The complex was built to allow 300 people to live and work for 6 months before finally come to the surface.
15. Pripyat city in Chernobyl, Ukraine
If you think that a visit to the nuclear bunker can be a bit depressing and macabre, what would you say about the Ghost town in Chernobyl? There are 1 and 2 day tours during which you will be able to visit the plant and various buildings including the kindergarten. You will also be able to get close to the reactor, which exploded due to human error. In this area is dangerous to live another 20,000 years.
14. Tedfest (Tedfest) in Ireland
This event has nothing to do with the conferences of the world-famous TED Fund. Quite the contrary, the festival is a tribute to the TV series popular in 90-e years, which was called “Father Ted.” The event has been held for 12 years. It does look like a big costume party where everyone is disguised in priests, bishops, nuns, maids, Milkmen and even Elvis and long-haired children. As well as giant rabbits, and bricks. If you don’t find it strange, probably in your life had you seen something very strange.
13. The feast of St. John in Porto, Portugal
To spend a wild night, head to the South of the country. This annual festival in Portugal is also a kind of attraction. Imagine thousands of people coming into the city center to pay tribute to Saint John the Baptist, who throw each other blossoms or hit each other (soft) plastic hammers! Holiday more than 6 centuries, but only in the 19th century, it became really popular.
12. Fighting camels Deve Guresi in Turkey
Perhaps you are accustomed to bullfights, and even to the dog fights, but in this battle the animals are not slaughtered to death. The loser could fall or run away, and sometimes it is enough a certain sound to finish the fight. The event takes place during mating of camels, when males are more aggressive than usual. If you thought camels kind, slow, somewhat dull creatures, revise their views. Joyfully screaming around you people who will definitely make you to join in the festivities.
11. Nogenlobet roskilde festival in Denmark
If you love heavy metal and electro-pop festivals, then this place is just perfect for you. And if you comfortable enough in your clothes, it is a warning. Since 1999 on Saturday when the festival, there are a naked race. One male and one female winners receive a prize — a ticket to the festival next year. Participants run around the campsite where the festival. In fact, the race is so popular that the organizers should make a qualifying race. For the male participants.
10. The Palace of the postman, France
Where you can meet Archimedes, Caesar and the leader of the Gauls Vercingetorix (Vercingetorix)? On the facade of the Palace Ideal du Facteur Cheval, who built the local postman. It took him 33 years to finish the Palace (it began construction in 1879), and is a perfect blend of…everything. What is fascinating in this combination of fairies, fountains, Egyptian tombs and classical columns, is the fact that this is the first and perhaps the only example of artless architecture of this kind.
9. Shushilan in Croatia
And now for something really strange. In a small Museum in split (Split) Croatia, there are more than 500 stuffed frogs. Moreover, all of them installed like they are people. All this became possible thanks to the efforts of Ference (Ference Mere), Taxidermist of the 19th century, which were caught and stuffed frogs for 10 years before I could be 21 different scene with the frogs. Frogs can be seen in the court or in the circus. It is unclear what the fun of it all was getting man, but this is undoubtedly one of the most unusual sights to be seen.
8. Sculpture La Tete Carrée in France
If you happen to be in nice on the French Riviera, you will see a truly amazing sculpture. First, because of the size is 29 metres in height and 13 meters wide — can’t miss it. Second, you will see a display of literal thinking, limited to a certain box. Indeed, it is a huge cube on the man’s neck. It doesn’t look very fun, as well as thinking, limited “box”. The statue is located on Promenade des arts (Promenade des Arts). By the way, is not just a sculpture – it is a real library!
7. Hydepark (Hyde Park) in the UK
For fans of spooky locations, there is a special cemetery. Nothing special, if it wasn’t one of the oldest of its kind – here lie the remains of hundreds of beloved Pets from the Victorian period. While it seems to us that the love of a pet has reached its climax in our time, people have always valued their furry friends. Most of them were dogs, but there is also a cat, several birds and a monkey.
6. Museum of neon signs in Poland
All travel to Warsaw to admire her story, but why don’t you go where collected the largest collection of neon signs in Europe? The neon Museum boneyard will definitely be especially interesting to fans of pop culture. Imagine, you can see the neon signs of the Communist era. If you think they are designed for commercial bars and cafes, it is not so. Some of them says “sewing machine”. This is something quite unusual, isn’t it?
5. The chapel of Kamppi (Kamppi) in Finland
This is, without a doubt, the strange chapel in the world. This wooden waxed structure is located in Helsinki. Actually, she looks like anything but a chapel. Perhaps a work of art (which it certainly is), or Noah’s ark. In fact it is just a Lutheran chapel, where people passing by can find comfort. Interestingly, it is in the busiest part of the city. Take a break from shopping, and gather your thoughts in this place.
4. The statue of Truth in England
Have you ever heard of Ilfracombe (Ilfracombe)? How about Damien Hirst (Damian Hirst)? The shark in formaldehyde? Yes, this is the same guy. Contemporary artist of this small town decided to borrow one of their statues to citizens for 20 years. This 19-foot bronze sculpture depicting a pregnant woman with a sword raised high above his head, which, presumably, requires justice. Opinions about this were divided, and the statue is literally split in half – you can almost see the inside of the body of a pregnant woman. Believe me, this is very impressive.
3. Collection of plants-succulents in Switzerland
Cacti and succulents — this is not the first that comes to mind when you mention Switzerland, isn’t it? However, if you like plants, we guarantee that you’ll like it here. This is one of the largest collections of its kind in the world. If you are very lucky you may even catch a glimpse of the cactus Queen of the Night, night-blooming. If you have a few cacti at home, you decide to increase their number when I see the beauty around you.
2. Sauna Solar Egg in Sweden
Imagine that you are in the most Northern city of Sweden called Kiruna (Kiruna). As expected, in the winter it’s all covered with ice and snow. Now, among all this white, imagine something similar to a space capsule. Because it is not less strange.
From yaytsepodobny design leaves something like a chimney, and it was the only thing sticking out of the brilliant creations. Actually, it’s just a sauna, and inside, everything is very traditional. If you ever faced something and thought it was totally inappropriate, this creation perfectly displays your thoughts.
1. Football field in Norway
Doesn’t sound too unusual, right? The whole planet plays soccer, and the next world Cup just ended. If ever will the champion come from Henningsvær (Henningsver), consisting of several islets, all will be amazed by the view of local football fields.
It is surrounded by steep mountains and the sea looks very strange. As if God decided to have some fun and by mistake they left the sports field. High mountains, wasteland and dry in the sun fish of course, add to all this irrationality. But the locals just love to play football.