50 Weirdest Places around the World You Should Stop By

The world is full of dreamy landscapes, stunning architecture and fantastic places. Often it is the second that captures the most imagination. If you are ready to go on your next tourist adventure, you should look forward to visiting these weird places in the world.

Travelling is a great way for you to experience new cultures, marvel at the beauty of the world and learn more about the weirdest places to visit. It is a perfect way to explore the strangest places on earth as a tourist.

But before you pack your bags and head to the airport, you must first find out what these weird places on earth are.

There are natural wonders created perfectly enough to suspect magic or demon possession, and man-made structures that ignore the limits of gravity, human power, or the human imagination. From alien-infested destinations to famous landscapes allegedly created by trawlers, here are some of the strangest places in the world.

1# Fly Geyser, Nevada, USA

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North of Reno and on the edge of the Black Rock Desert, the Fly Geyser is a completely random man-made wonder. Since 1964, an energy company has been pumping geothermal water and releasing a boiling spring surrounded by piles of red, green, and yellow carbonate deposits, which now belong to the Burning Man Project.

2# Easter Island, Chile

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The 1,000-odd rock giants known as Moi were created and built about 900 years ago by the Rapa Nui people. But no one knows exactly how they managed to get the 14-tonne giant statues to the site. Or, for that matter, why do they exist at all? One view is that the ancient Polynesians used stone platforms from the quarries to mark freshwater sources. Most of the bodies are buried, with only the heads protruding above the ground.

3# The Petrifying Well, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, England, UK

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The rock well is not so scary as the name implies – unless, of course, the mineral-rich water threatens to rock you. People have been fascinated by this place since the 16th century, and its main attraction is seeing objects – including teddy bears – ‘pills’ in the water. Apparently, one of the cute toys takes months to solidify and guests can buy them at the gift shop. This cave is located in the same forest park as the Shipton Mother Cave, which is said to be the birthplace of the famous witch Ursula Southall.

4# Giant’s Causeway, County Antrim, Northern Ireland, UK

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Giant’s Causeway is one of the weirdest places in the world because it’s so perfect. The World Heritage Site has more than 37,000 basalt towers that appear to have been carefully carved by human hands but were actually created about 60 million years ago by a volcanic eruption. Surprisingly, legends abound, and the most famous is the Irish giant Finn McCull, who built a dirt road along the coast to reach his enemy.

5# Mystery Castle, Phoenix, Arizona, USA

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Just as nature causes many strange wonders, so do human endeavours. The fascinatingly ruined Mystery Palace was built of stone by Boise Luther Galley, who was diagnosed with tuberculosis and wanted to build a dream castle for his daughter Mary Lou. Although Mary Lou lived here until her death in 2010, Galley died in 1945 before sending her family from Seattle, Washington.

6# Fairy Glen, Isle of Skye, Scotland, UK

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Perhaps the strangest thing about Fairy Glen is that the myths and legends surrounding it are largely created by the viewer. It has been associated with magical creatures for centuries and was the shooting location for the fantasy thriller Stardust. But the truly extraordinary rock towers were created by a landslide older than any other world power. However, this does not stop visitors from claiming that they are being watched by invisible creatures.

7# Lake Hillier, Middle Island, Western Australia

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For anyone wondering about the wonders of nature, check out this Milky Way Lake. That’s right – Lake Rose. Lake Hillier was discovered in 1802 in the Middle Island, part of the Recherche Archipelago in Western Australia, and is believed to have been caused by a combination of strawberry-milkshake with a combination of high salinity and salt-loving algae known as Dunaliella selena. However, there is still no definite answer, so the striking colour remains a bit of a mystery.

8# Stanley Hotel, Estes Park, Colorado, USA

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The Stanley Hotel takes a scenic spot outside Rocky Mountain National Park. But what makes it really amazing is the horrific events that take place inside. Staying Overnight prompted Stephen King to write his best-selling novel, The Shining, which was adapted into the 1980 film. Guests reported listening to piano music in their rooms, while its original owner, Mrs Stanley, was seen dancing ivory while others heard echoing the laughter of the children in the hall.

9# Area 51, Nevada, USA

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Known as Area 51, the still-functioning Air Force facility focused on its Cold War-era aircraft testing, rumours of evil experiments, a staged moon landing, and an alien-run laboratory. It is strictly off-limits, but the nearby Alien Research Center – housed in a metal hanging post with a permanent guard at 35 feet (11 m) high – has plenty of curiosities and gifts to satisfy the existing attraction.

10# LaLaurie Mansion, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

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New Orleans is full of horror and spirituality in every corner, corner and cemetery, but in the heart of the city’s French quarter, this luxurious Creole mansion is among the most dangerous. The LaLaurie Mansion was owned by the socialist Madame Marie Dolphin Laurie, who was assassinated in a scandal for hedonistic sorority and in 1834 after a kitchen fire. Local police responded to the fire and found mutilated slave bodies in the attic. LaLaurie fled to France, but her victims are said to still be screaming into the night.

11# Badab-e Surt, Orost, Iran

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There are incredible man-made pools around the world, but certainly not even the most imaginative and talented architect can match such elegance. This geological masterpiece has been around for thousands of years and is still slowly evolving, as the terracotta (limestone) terrace is formed by the deposition of calcium in thermal water. Due to the high iron oxide content of the hot springs, the rusty colour adds an extraordinary beauty.

12# Château De Brissac, Brissac-Quincé, France

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The scenic Château De Brissac is located in the Loire Valley, and the area is quite different and scary from the beautiful vineyards that line it. The Renaissance castle was built in the 15th century and is considered the tallest and most mysterious in France. Legend has it that Lady Greene, also known as ‘La Dame Verte’, was assassinated at the palace centuries ago and now roams the grounds and towers.

13# Houska Castle, Blatce, Czechia

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The gothic architecture and remote location of the Houska Castle make it dangerous enough. But the 13th-century castle has another dangerous claim to glory: according to folklore, it was deliberately placed above a gate to hell to capture demons. We hope it has a fairly strong foundation, or that it was actually built (as some suggest) as an administrative centre to serve the royal estates.

14# Colonial Park Cemetery, Savannah, Georgia, USA

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The southern provinces have some of the most beautiful cemeteries in the world. The Colonial Park Cemetery is often described as one of the most haunting sites in the savannah, with occult experts reporting alarmingly high levels of activity. The city’s oldest cemetery opened in 1750 and is a frequent stop for ghost trips. Although there are less than 1,000 graves on the site (some of which are not attached to the graves, as in the picture), it is believed that more than 10,000 people are buried there. Visitors report seeing shadowy images of a woman hanging from a tree.

15# Aoshima, Japan

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Beware of dogs: You’re not welcome to Ioshima or ‘Cat Island’, one of the few places in Japan where cats are much larger than humans. Reaching across the ferry from the east coast, it is home to about 100 people and many more cats. They come here because of the island’s silk industry, and the second silkworm is a natural predator that brings cats here to catch rats. Fur-bearing descendants are now much loved, they are allowed to roam freely, they have a place of worship, and humans can stay in cat-shaped huts.

16# Red Beach, Panjin, China

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You may have heard of pink beaches that are made up of a mixture of crushed corals, calcium carbonate, and small organisms. But the red beach? This example in China is particularly unusual, due to its bright colour with suede seaweed carpet that turns dark red in autumn. Weaving boardwalks over beaches and wetlands, home to migratory birds.

17# Dimmuborgir, Iceland

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Also known as the Black Fortress, this lava field near Lake Mywat can be a gateway to the underworld. It may also have been the home of Yule Lords, the 13 sons of Troll Grilla who usually come out and wreak havoc around the festive season. Whatever you believe, the beautiful landscape of lava-shaped mountains, caves and rock formations used as a location for the Game of Thrones in the HBO series is undeniably impressive.

18# Wycliffe Well, Northern Territory, Australia

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Located in the northern part of Australia, these small settlements have a great reputation for alien activity. It is often referred to as the “UFO Capital of Australia” because of its frequent sightings. Honestly, you should be very unfortunate not to see at least a goal or two. Flying saucers have been reported to have accumulated in their airspace since the 1950s, apparently being attracted to the nearby high-secret observation base at Pine Gap. The city is full of glowing green statues of people, landmarks and equipment marking UFO landings.

19# Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah, USA

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Visitors to the Bonneville Salt Flats are advised to wear sunglasses – partly because this lunar landscape is amazingly white and bright, but, perhaps, because it’s weird enough to absorb the eyes without some kind of filter. Between Salt Lake City in Utah and Windover in Nevada, salt pans cover 30,000 acres. Several scenes along the I-80 allow people to stop and look at the cracked surface, which is rippled and broken in the heat.

20# Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

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The architectural style of the Eastern State Prison is Gothic, as is the atmosphere, as the prison, which opened in 1829, was designed with the inmates in mind. As pictured, this was the first U.S. prison to implement solitary confinement with inmates in windowless prisons. Surprisingly, perhaps, those detainees were unhappy with the treatment and the facility had been haunted since it closed in 1971. Those involved in the tour described the floating scenes in the corridor and the loud voices echoing around the cell blocks.

21# Catemaco, Mexico

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The city of Lakeside, the fishing centre, the land of sorcerers … Catamaco, surrounded by lagoons and fertile mountains in the Veracruz region of Mexico, certainly a lot is going on. It is fascinating on many levels as people travel here to meet boujo (sorcerers), undergo spiritual purification or see ancient rituals. The arrival of Afro-Cubans and Afro-Haitians during the Spanish invasion is believed to have resulted in a fusion of Catholicism, Voodoo, Santeria (‘Saints’ Way’) and indigenous beliefs as a result of occultism.

22# Hoia-Baciu Forest, Romania

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Want to spend the night in this forest? How did we tell you it was one of the most haunting in the world? The Hoia-Bacu jungle is as scary as they come, with legends about crooked trees, carpeted fog and alien encounters and unexplained disappearances. Named the ‘Bermuda Triangle of Romania’, the biggest mystery is the clearing of a central region where nothing grows – and no one still knows why.

23# Old Enchanted Balete Tree, Siquijor, Philippines

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Around 400 years old, the oldest magical ballet tree in the province of Sikijor in the Philippines is believed to be the oldest and largest. So there are magical stories around it, and it seems to have stories of mythical creatures living in its branches. If hanging from an ancient tree is not enough, the water flows from the bottom of a fountain into a man-made pool so that visitors can dip their fingers in it and catch fish.

24# Fairy Circles, Namibia

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Are these circular spots, scattered across the Namibian desert by millions, of gods, aliens, or – less lovingly – active mites? The most plausible and plausible theory put forward by scientists for these ‘fairy circles’ is the latter, found only here and in some parts of Australia. However, there is no official explanation yet and studies are ongoing.

25# Torghatten, Torget, Norway

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Have you ever dreamed of peeking through a giant arrow hole created by a jealous troll? Well, visitors to the majestic Torghatten Mountain can do just that. If you believe in the legend, that is. When the troubled Troll, Hestmann, denied his advance, he aimed an arrow at the beautiful Lecomo. She was rescued by King Troll, who blocked the path of the arrow with a hat. That pierced hat apparently turned into a mountain.

26# Bhangarh Fort, Rajasthan, India

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Bhangar Fort in the 17th century is considered to be the most haunted place in India. It certainly has a ghostly beauty that only enhances it from the stories around it. Most prevalent is the sight of a princess being rejected by a witch in a plan to deceive her with a pot of love. She threw it into a filtered rock and it crushed the unfortunate witch. With his last breath, he cursed the fort – now fearing that entry would be forbidden after sunset.

27# Nullarbor Plain, Australia

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As you walk through the Australian territory, you can expect to see a misty mirage or perhaps a tall emu dusting off. Maybe you did not expect to recognize the UFO. But since Britain’s nuclear tests in the 1950s, the N නුllerborg plain, which has been ruthlessly flattened across southern and western Australia, is considered a haven for alien activity. In 1988, a family claimed that a UFO had snatched their car from the road. Such stories are so common that there is now a ‘Beware of UFOs’ sign on the highway.

28# Marfa, Texas, USA

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There are a few oddities about Marfa. Prada Marfa (pictured) actually has a non-stop (it’s another kind of empty street art installation, left foot shoes and handbags on display). Then there is the mystery of the Marfa lights, the bright, throbbing orbs that have amazed visitors for almost 150 years. The colourful lights in the night sky even hold an annual festival. Theories of what they are include ghosts of the Spanish invaders and reflections in the headlights.

29# Cave of Zugarramurdi, Navarra, Spain

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Zugarramurdi Cave is shrouded in mystery and has a fascinating and intricate history. Nearby Zugarramurdi is known as the village of witches and is believed to be the largest witch’s place ever with thousands of accused people. Its cave with karst tunnels was associated with Achilles or ritual ceremonies, and in the investigation resembled the worship of the devil. Now there is a museum dedicated to that time and a path leading to the cave.

30# Pine Gap, Northern Territory, Australia

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Welcome to the Australian Territory, which is similar to the American Territory 51. Of course, remove it – you will not be accepted here at all, as this satellite observation base is severely restricted. Pine Gap, near Alice Springs, opened in the 1970s as a joint venture between the U.S. and Australian governments. The Cold War reconnaissance facility was originally disguised as a space research centre, but misinformation led only to existing conspiracy theories about alien visions and cool experiments.

31# Pamukkale, Turkey

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The thermal pools in Pamukkale, a western Turkish city, get their name from the ‘Cotton Fortress’, which is unique in its beauty: a striking combination of bright white limestone and turquoise water. The Travertine Terrace, a downhill staircase, is the result of millennia of minerals deposited in natural hot springs, forming overflowing milky-blue pools.

32# Thor’s Well, Oregon, USA

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‘Pacific Drainage Pipe’ may not seem like a worthwhile sight to visit, but Thor’s Well is far more powerful than its nickname. This amazing weird attraction sucks in water swirls around it and takes it out again with a dramatic boom. It is located in Cook’s Chasm, off the coast of Oregon, and offers a clear view of Kriya from a parking lot beyond 101.

33# Loch Ness, Scottish Highlands, Scotland, UK

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The popularity of Loch Ness, the largest lake in the UK, was not hampered by the volume of rumours about a beast hiding in its depths. In fact, they have significantly increased it. The first sighting of freshwater locus, Loch Ness Monster or Nessie’s home (or not, as you believe) in the southwest of Inverness in the Scottish Highlands was in 1933. A photograph showing a creature with a long neck in 1934 is a hoax, although the legend of the beast continues. Urquhart Castle (pictured) is on the lookout for the mysterious Loch.

34# Lines of Nazca, Peru

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Where there is a mystery there must be aliens – right? Scientists, archaeologists and historians have long been fascinated by the 300-odd carvings adorning the sands of the Nazca desert in southern Peru. The pre-Columbian landscape glyphs, which include sketches of a spider and a hummingbird, have been described as giant calendars, as landmarks for water and crop rituals, or – as they can only be valued entirely in the air – as spacecraft landing strips.

35# Joshua Tree National Park, California, USA

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Joshua Tree has rocks straight from The Flintstones cartoon; Thorny, thorny trees that can appear in a children’s storybook; And some of the darkest skies in the USA. So alien creatures will be attracted to that place. They think it’s a completely different planet. Aside from the strange beauty of the landscape, the park attracts UFO hunters looking for an alien camp that is rumoured to be hidden underground. Giant Rock has been a popular spot for spacecraft since the 1950s.

36# The Catacombs, Paris, France

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As you walk through a series of scary, dimly lit tunnels, think of the sudden realization that the walls are made of human bones and skulls. If you go to the catacombs in Paris, the labyrinthine underground (resting place) where the remains of millions of Parisians are buried, you will know about the bones in advance. Many of their identities have not been identified, with skeletons being placed here from crowded graveyards in the 18th and 19th centuries.

37# Bermuda Triangle

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The Bermuda Triangle, a perpetual puzzle, covers 500,000 square miles (1,290,000 square kilometres) between Florida, Puerto Rico and Bermuda, and more than 20 aircraft and more than 50 ships have mysteriously crashed or ‘disappeared’. Theories of why magnetic compasses range from variance to wave waves. An increasing number of people discard them and believe that alien creatures are responsible. The area is thought to be home to an underwater alien camp, and records of ‘little lights’ logged by Christopher Columbus in the 16th century are thought to have been caused by alien activity.

38# Kliluk, British Columbia, Canada

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There are many beautiful lakes in Canada, but they are as impressive as the Clinch in the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia. Spotted Lake, as it is often named, has long been revered by the Okanagan people and considered a place of healing, with each of its various circles believed to have different qualities. In the summer it is even more miraculous when the water evaporates to reveal small mineral pools of different colours. Lake Osoyoos is a small town located northwest of the 3rd Expressway.

39# Racetrack Playa, Death Valley National Park, California, USA

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Some of the strangest phenomena in the world can be explained by science, but they are not so fascinating. Take Racetrack Playa, a dry lake in Death Valley, California, where you can slide or ‘sail’ on its cracked surface. With theories ranging from undiscovered magnetic force to higher power, people have been puzzled for years about how rocks seem to come to life. Scientists have now discovered a more bizarre reason: when the earth is icy, the rocks move with the wind.

40# Crooked Forest, Gryfino, Poland

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The magnificent crooked forest or Krzywy Las Pine consists of about 400 trees – each with a similar curve at its base. Although there are many theories, including that a blizzard or gravitational force changed their shape, their intricate appearance remains a mystery. Others think that they are deliberately shaped by tools. Nothing has been proven, however, and it goes through the most deceptive jungle.

41# Bran Castle, Romania

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Transylvania’s Bran Castle may sound like a fairy tale, but it’s closely related to one of the world’s most famous gothic novels. Legend has it that the bloodthirsty 15th-century ruler Vlad de Impeller – believed to have been inspired by Bram Stoker – was imprisoned within its medieval walls. There is no evidence that he visited the site, but the castle remains a formidable attraction, despite the museum’s focus on Queen Maria of Romania, who gifted the palace in 1920, rather than its dark associations.

43# Roswell, New Mexico, USA

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Few places are as closely associated with alien life as Roswell. Once you arrive, there are hints of alien connections everywhere, from gift shops and museums to themed road signs and even the annual UFO Festival. The relatively small and previously unseen city of New Mexico made headlines in 1947 with the announcement that a farmworker had found the wreckage of a flying saucer. Although many did not believe the story – and still do not believe it – the mystery was explained as a weather balloon crash.

43# Nuclear Waste Adventure Trail, Weldon Spring, Missouri, USA

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Nuclear waste earns an adventurous route beyond Highway 94, which is just a name on our list. And it’s as weird as it sounds. Once the country’s largest explosives factory and later a uranium refinery, the site was abandoned in the late 1960s after it was discovered to be contaminated with radioactive material, mercury, asbestos and TNT. It is covered with a small man-made hill and now marks the trails that describe the history of the place.

44# Miami Circle, Miami, Florida, USA

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This archaeological site was discovered at Brickell Point in Miami in the late 1990s and was declared a National Historic Landmark in 2009. Named ‘America’s Stonehenge’, it is made up of hundreds of holes in a layer of Oolitic limestone, consisting of two dozen. Creating a perfect circle. Experts believe that this was carved by the Tequesta tribes about 2000 years ago, but the exact origin is still unknown.

45# Teotihuacán, Mexico

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There is a mysterious atmosphere around Teotihuacan, a pyramid complex north of Mexico City. No one knows for sure who built the pre-Columbian city or why they abandoned it about 1,400 years ago. The city was cut down along with structures such as the Avenue of the Dead and temples and apartments, which later became a place of worship for the Aztecs and was named Teotihuacan.

46# Stonehenge, Wiltshire, England, UK

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One of the most famous strange places in the world, Stonehenge has confused scientists, historians and everyone else for centuries. The Neolithic site was created 5,000 years ago, and there is one wild theory that alien life must have formed in the rock circle. Archaeologists at the University of Newcastle thought they might have cracked it in 2019, suggesting that rocks had been dragged to the site using sludge lubricated with lard.

47# Pendle Hill, Lancashire, England, UK

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Pendle Hill is a beautiful place with a bitter past. Similar to Salem in Massachusetts in the United Kingdom, this rolling green landscape was the site of the 1612 witch trials and the execution of 10 perpetrators of witchcraft. Today people can learn about history by following the path of walking with witches, attending the annual Halloween peak gathering and seeing sculptures among the trees. There is also an official amnesty campaign for those who lost their lives.

48# Chocolate Hills, Bohol, Philippines

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Not only are Chocolate Hills named beautiful and elegant, but they are also magical. Apparently. Some conical models can reach up to 400 feet (122 m) in height, and their perfect appearance is due to the dynamics of a pair of wrestling giants. According to legend, they abandoned these remarkable structures and launched mud and pebbles at each other.

49# Rakotzbrücke, Gablenz, Germany

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Rakotzbrücke, also known as the ‘Bridge of the Devil’, is considered unfair for such an amazing view. Legend has it that the intriguing semi-circular landmark in Saxony’s Chromlavou Park was so perfect that it could have been built by Satan himself. The story goes on to say that when it was over, the devil demanded the soul of the first dead man to cross the bridge as a reward for his hard work. Guests will not be able to walk on the bridge (maybe it is) but they can appreciate it from a distance.

50# Winchester Mystery House, San Jose, California, USA

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Winchester Mystery House is a strange result of one woman’s dedication, vision and insanity. The Winchester rifle was discovered in 1886 by the widow, Sarah Winchester’s late husband, who bought the property. Over the next three decades, she created a library with more than 160 rooms, two floors, 10,000 windows and 2,000 doors. Nowhere but sudden crashes. A popular theory is that she was haunted by those killed by her late husband’s invention and that a maze was created to prevent the spirits of revenge.

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