We all know about the Eiffel Tower, the Grand Canyon, and places like Mount Rushmore and the canals of Venice. But what about the lesser known (though not unheard of) places that are just as unique.
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8. Cancún Underwater Museum
There’s both strange and prestigious museums to be found in any major city you visit. But how many of them require scuba gear? The Cancún Underwater Museum is not only a unique experience because you’ll have to be submerged to see it, but the message behind the artwork is rather significant, too.
The 3 different galleries at the underwater museum depict humans and their relationship to the environment. The whole establishment is meant to be a way to save and preserve the coral reefs so that less people would disturb the actual reefs and check out the sculptures instead.
7. Chocolate Hills
Located in the Bohol Province of the Philippines. There are an estimated 1,776 hills to be found scattered over this 50 square kilometer area. Here, green grass turns brown, so the hills begin to resemble chocolate. The hills are all grass covered limestone and have been a popular tourist attraction in the region for years now.
All the domes range from 30 to 50 meters high, or 98 feet to 164 feet high. Local legend explains that the hills were a result of 2 fighting giants who threw boulders at each other, a battle that lasted for days. It’s kind of sweet since the story goes that they eventually got really tired, became friends, and forgot about the mess they left, leaving behind chocolate hills.
6. Big Lobster
The locals know him as Larry the Lobster, though most people who set out to find this thing or come across it know it mostly as “the big lobster.” And rightfully so. This huge crustacean can be found in Rosetown, South Australia. The figure that stands at 17 meters tall. It’s part of a collection of stuff known as “Australia’s Big Things.”
The lobster, designed by Paul Kelly, was constructed out of fibreglass and steel, and was made so as to gain more attention to the restaurant is stands beside as well as the visitor center. Good old Larry’s been propped up there since the year 1979.
5. Hand in the Desert
You can give this huge hand a high-five if you find yourself in the middle of the Atacama Desert on your trip to Chile. The hand has been sticking out of the ground since 1992 after being sculpted by Chilean artist Mario Irarrázabal and stands at 11 meters or 36 feet tall. Tourists have been visiting all the time as they travel down part of the Pan American Highway to catch a glimpse of it–though it’s often the target of graffiti and has to be constantly washed.
4. Berlin Story Bunker
Known as the Gruselkabinett, this old bunker in Berlin from the 40s is now a popular place people come to visit, despite it’s rather dark history. The bunker was built in 1943 and was used as a supply rail for German troops. The concrete walls now house an exhibit of its history as well as a Halloween show.
The museum is found on the first floor of the bunker and tries to show visitors what life would have been like back then in the bunker. The next floor is all about topics like torture methods and cannibalism, but then by the time you get to the 3rd floor, it’s all jumpscares and halloween tricks. Talk about strange variety.
3. Split Apple Rock
Every part of the world has their own cool rock formations that bring in lots of visitors to the area. And most of these places are canyons, boulders, and mountains you’ve heard of or often see in pop culture. Though it’s quite a frequented place to visit in Tasman Bay, Split Apple Rock near the South Island of New Zealand is a really unique sight to behold. The apple is made of granite and looks as if someone neatly cut it in half. Depending on the tide, its level in the water varies and at low tide can be accessed just by wading, though you’d need a boat to get to it later.
2. Red Beach
The largest reed marsh on the continent of Asia is found at the Red Beach in China–a landscape that’s popular for its red plant that takes over most of the surroundings. Shallow seas and tidelands make the area the biggest wetland in the world. The red plant, known as Suaeda salsa, is light red in April at the start of its growth cycle, then turns deep red later on as it matures.
Live all your darkest Romanian vampire fantasies at the Corvin Castle located in Hunedoara, Romania. It’s one of the largest castles in all of Europe with construction having started in the 14th century, with the 4th phase completed all the way into the 19th century. The Gothic-Renaissance castle is considered one of the seven wonders of Romania and includes 3 main areas: the Diet Hall, the Knight’s Hall, and a famous circular stairway. When on tour of the castle, visitors are told of the tale of Vlad the Impaler who was held hostage here for years.