Bizarre and Strange Places

That you won't believe really do exist

Around our world, there are some weird and extraordinary places that actually do exist. They are certainly worth visiting and be added to your bucket list.

To visit some of these strange and bizarre places would certainly be a fascinating experience. Some are natures wonder and so precious they are protected by their home countries.

Marked by their beauty and bizarre nature, these amazing places around the world are just unforgettable. Fortunately, skilled photographers have given us a glimpse into some 15 of these unique places on our planet.

20. Lençóis Maranhenses National Park

Lençóis Maranhenses National Park, is one of Brazil’s most spectacular natural landscapes, and attractions. It is an ecosystem formed of vast, white rolling sand dunes which cover 383,000 acres. Its perfectly shaped white sand dunes is filled with crystal-clear fresh water as far as the eye can see. It deceptively looks like a desert, but it's basically a watery desert in Brazil. It has many small pools bordered by the sandy dune-like structures.

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19. Mount Roraima

Mount Roraima, is one of the world's most extraordinary natural geological formations. It is the highest of the Pakaraima chain of tepui plateaus in South America. The 31-square-kilometer summit area is defined by 400-meter-tall cliffs on all sides and includes the borders of Brazil, Venezuela, and Guyana. Captivated by these wonders, visitors flock to Mount Roraima in droves to ascend its slopes and reach its miraculous summit. At more than 9,000 feet above sea level, hikers can literally stand among the clouds.

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18. Playa de Amor

Playa de Amor or Hidden Beach is located on the Mexican island of Marieta. Playa del Amor is one of the most amazing and unique beaches in the world because of its special structure. The coastal part of the island is literally covered with a hollow shell, and Playa del Amor has formed in the place of the occasional crack in that shell. It is an ideal place for snorkeling and water diving enthusiasts. Now a designated national park, the picturesque beach and the hole which surrounds it, is a result of test bombs made at the beginning of the 20th century.

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17. Confluence of Rhone and Arve Rivers

One of the most amazing natural phenomena to experience, is the Confluence of Rhone and Arve rivers, in Geneva, Switzerland. There is a defined contrast between these two rivers - as the Rhone River is blue and the Arve river is brown. but they never fully mix due to the difference in density. The two rivers with two different colors connect at a certain point in Geneva creates an amazing natural occurrence.

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16. Tunnel of Love

The Tunnel of Love is a section of industrial railway in Ukraine, surrounded by green leafy arches which forms a green tunnel corridor. It is located near Klevan, that links with Orzhiv, and five kilometers long. When the locomotive isn’t making it’s three daily runs, the tracks becomes a popular walk way for local and travelling lovers a like. Which is why this whimsical way through the woods has been famously referred to as The Tunnel of Love.

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15. Island of Dolls

La Isla de las Munecas or ‘Island of the Dolls’, sits in the canals south of Mexico City and is the home of hundreds of terrifying, mutilated dolls and roughed-up dolls hang eerily from the trees. This strange attraction on the Mexican Island of Xochimilco, are drawing tourists fascinated by the strange spectacle. The story goes that the island’s only inhabitant, Don Julian Santana, found the body of a drowned child in a canal, and was haunted by her death. When he saw a doll floating by, he hung the doll in a tree to please the girl.

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14. Hanging Pillar of the Lepakshi

The small historical village of Lepakshi is home to the Hanging Pillar of the Lepakshi temple. Amongst the 70 pillars of the temple, one hangs without any support! A small gap at the base of the support pillar, have people wondering just how exactly the building is even standing up. Visitors pass objects under the pillar to check if the claim is true. The locals believe, passing objects under the pillar brings prosperity to one's life.

13. Monastery of Santa Maria dell’Isola

The Monastery of Santa Maria dell’Isola in Tropea, Italy is literally a secret getaway. This 12th century Norman cathedral Franciscan monastery is a best kept secret of italians where they all go for vacations. Not only do you get the scenic view of the castle but you can also enjoy an afternoon dip in its warm, turquoise clear water. How can you resist a dramatic coastal cliff view while your sunbathing?

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12. Psychedelic Salt Mine

Beneath the city of Yekaterinburg in Russia, are salt mines caves with amazing colorful psychedelic-looking patterns. Colors are shaped into mind-bending designs that cover the surfaces of the walls and are characterized by fantastic ornate and colorful psychedelic patterns that are completely natural. This natural beauty of patterns are caused by layers of carnallite, a mineral that creates colorful swirls in the rock.

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11. Eternal Flame Falls

The Eternal Flame Falls is a small waterfall, located in the Shale Creek Preserve, a section of Chestnut Ridge Park in Western New York. At first, you would think that your eyes are playing tricks on you, when you see this strange orange-red light behind the water. You could actually smell the golden flame because it is fired by methane gas escaping through the cracks. The flame is fueled by natural gases and burns bright right under a waterfall.

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10. Floating Islands of Loktak

Loktak Lake is the only floating National Park on the planet. It is not only the largest freshwater lake in northeast India, but is also home to unique floating islands called ‘phumdis’ which has rings of soil and decaying vegetation scattered throughout. Over 4,000 people live on these floating bodies and utilize their lakefront properties to fish. Child and illiterate adults attend school on one of the floating islands.

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9. Rakotzbrücke

This jaw-dropping 19th-century stone arched bridge, Rakotzbrücke in Germany’s Kromlauer Park uses its reflection to form a perfect circle. The delicately arched devil’s bridge was specifically built to create a circle when it is reflected in the waters beneath it. The reflection creates the illusion of a complete stone circle. But the bridge is so unsafe to walk across that it is considered one of Europe’s 'Devil Bridges,' as only Satan himself could have constructed something so unsafe.

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8. Miyakejima - Gas Mask Island

To live in Miyakejima, Japan, means you must carry a gas mask at all times. The cloud of harmful sulphur dioxide gas, spewed into the air by volcanic eruptions from the local volcano makes gas masks a regular necessity. The area’s heavy weather systems and cold make it worse. If the air quality gets bad enough, the town turns into a masked extra-terrestrial looking crowd of people seemingly all attending the same themed costume party.

7. Green Lake of Tragöß

One of the world’s strangest places is the Tragöß park which is underwater during spring in the Green Lake (Grüner See) in Austria. The lake is surrounded by the Hochschwab Mountains and forests. At springtime, when the temperature rises and the winter snow melts from the karst mountains, the basin below the mountains fills with water and floods the county park. What remain are sunken benches, footpaths and a visibility of around 50 meters. Due to environmental concerns, authorities recently barred diving in the lake.

6. Waitomo Glowworm Caves

The Waitomo Glowworm Caves, with thousands of tiny living glowworms, radiate and transforms the caves into starry wonderland. The magical glowworms are unique to the North Island of New Zealand. These glowworms are the larvae of a special kind of fly known as a ‘fungus gnat’ whose tails glow with a blue-green light. When scattered across the ceiling of the caves, they resemble a fascinating star-filled sky.

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5. Capilano Suspension Bridge

The long Capilano Suspension Bridge is one of the most popular tourist attractions in that area. It is a simple suspension bridge crossing the Capilano River in the District of North Vancouver, British Columbia. The current bridge is 140 metres (460 ft) long and 70 metres (230 ft) above the Capilano river. It is part of a private facility and draws over 800,000 visitors a year. If you're scared that the bridge will break, don't worry... the bridge can hold 97 elephants.

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4. Crooked Forest

The Crooked Forest, is a grove of strange, oddly-shaped pine trees belongs to the Gryfino Forest District near Szczecin, Poland. Mysteriously, about 400 pine trees are slightly tilted with about a 90-degree bend from their root in the weirdest structure. It is believed that these pines were planted in 1930. Some say that the reason behind the 90-degree bend of the trees is gravitational pull within the area, but there are other theories explaining the intriguing but strange bend of the trees.

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3. Lake Natron

Lake Natron is one of the most serene lakes in Tanzania, but it's also the source of some of the most phantasmagorical photographs ever captured — images that look as though living animals had instantly turned to stone. Lake Natron holds extremely high alkaline content, which in turn causes animals that get near it to calcify. The presence of huge volumes of sodium bicarbonate ensure they turn into mummies. With the exception of a species of fish that has evolved to survive in the Lake Natron’s, no other species survives near it.

2. Blood Falls

Antarctica is the coldest and driest place on the planet, with a bizarre but spectacular, blood-red waterfall. This blood-red waterfall pours out of the Taylor Glacier in Antarctica’s McMurdo Dry Valleys. The deep red coloring of the Fall is due to oxidized iron in brine saltwater, the same process that gives iron a dark red color when it rusts. When the iron bearing saltwater comes into contact with oxygen, the iron oxidizes and takes on a red coloring, in effect dyeing the water to a deep red color. The waterfall even contains strange bacterial lifeforms.

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1. Vaadhoo Island

Bathe in a sea of stars at this incredible glow-in-the-dark Maldives beach. The popular Vaadhoo Island has bioluminescent sea plankton that shines bright blue during the night. This fascinating phenomenon which makes water glow with a beautiful blue-colored twinkles, is created by marine microbes, a type of phytoplanktons that are bioluminescent and creates the magical glow. Millions of tourists visit Vaadhoo Island to witness it.

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