Here’s a compilation of the world’s top ten most unbelievable places that really do exist. Believe it!
Hallerbos – The Blue Forest, (Belgium)
Largely located in the Halle municipality in Flemish Brabant, Belgium, the Hallerbos, also known as the Blue Forest, is a 552-acre forested area that is as beautiful, or as dull, or perhaps as unassuming as any other forest throughout the year.
Except spring, when for a few weeks, the forest takes on a hue that gives it a dreamlike quality, transforming it into a place that seems straight out of a fairytale.
Come spring, and the place gets overwhelmed with an explosion of bluebells that carpets the forest floor for as far as the eye can see.
It is the best time of the year to visit the place and it does attract quite a few visitors.
The Bastei (Saxon, Switzerland)
Towering 636 feet above the Elbe River, the Batei is a series rock formations that served as ideal fortresses because of their strategically dominant location – in terms of elevation and unhindered views of the surrounding landscape.
The Batei was the perfect protection for the 11th-century Neurathen Castle, the ruins of which is a tourist attraction, today.
Well, as it turned out, the Bastei was not as impregnable as it was thought to be at the time, having got destroyed by an army in the late fifteenth century.
Perched on a labyrinth of sandstone pillars, the ruins are not only a great historic attraction but also a fantastic vantage point to enjoy the magnificent views of the surrounding forest and capture those unforgettable moments in your camera.
Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe (Kassel, Germany)
A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2013, the Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe is the second largest hillside waterpark in Europe, its origins dating back to the late 17th century.
Some 92,000 gallons of water flow through centuries-old pneumatic pipes, to keep the waterpark alive and kicking.
Looking up from the base of the 350-meter cascade, the castle on top appears to be straddling the waterfall, as it dominates the entire park – a one of a kind place, indeed.
Atlantic Ocean Road (Norway)
While most of us, if not all, may have taken the scenic route at some point or the other in our lives, not many of us have had the privilege to travel the Atlantic Ocean Road, which takes the thrill of a scenic drive to a whole new level.
This 8.3-kilometer winding road traverses an archipelago of sparsely populated islands and skerries (small rocky islands too small to support human habitation), linking them together as it passes through some of the most awe-inspiring scenery you can ever hope to see.
Despite the road’s elevation and the high bridges – eight of them in all – the water will still crash over the asphalt, or whatever it is the road is made of, during rough weather, which is not a frequent occurrence in the region, thankfully.
As dangerous as it sounds, and probably is, it may be the ideal setting for thrill seekers – a blessing in disguise, really.
For them, what better time to travel the Atlantic Ocean Road than when waves and spray are crashing all around you as you pass through, soaking up the beauty, literally.
A hyperactive hotbed of geothermal activity, the entire city of Deppu, on the Japanese island of Kyushu, is bubbling with hot springs everywhere. Huge steam clouds rise above the city’s rooftops giving the impression that the city is burning, especially when looked at from afar.
Water temperatures in these deep blue and orange colored springs can range from 50 to 99 degree Celsius, making them too hot to take a dip in.
However, the mineral-rich hot water from these springs, believed to have medicinal properties, is piped into homes, restaurants and other public places.
Lac Rose – The Pink Lake, Senegal
Located some 30 km north-east of Dakar, Senegal, Lake Retba or Lac Rose, which means Pink Lake, owes its name to its pink waters caused by Dunaliella salina algae.
The lake is also known for its high salinity, as high as 40 percent in some areas. Locals work 6-7 hours a day mining the lake’s salt. To protect themselves from the salty waters of the lake, which is known to cause tissue damage, they apply shea butter as a protective layer on their skin.
The pinkness of the waters is more defined during the dry season which lasts from November through June as compared to the rainy season (July to October) when the color is less obvious.
Magenta colored samphire bushes flourish in the white sandbanks, and the sand dunes are terra-cotta-colored.
Fingal’s Cave (Staffa, Scotland)
Located on the island of Staffa – an uninhabited rocky outcrop in the Scottish Hebrides – is Fingal’s Cave, known for its uniquely patterned basalt rock columns that were formed as a result of a huge subterranean explosion millions of years ago.
Back in the late 18th century, visiting Fingal’s Cave was the thing to do – it was like a fashion statement of the time.
German composer Felix Mendelssohn, who visited the cave on a paddle steamer in August 1829 as a 20-year-old, was so impressed by the natural acoustics of this unique creation of Mother Nature that it inspired him to compose the famous “Hebrides Overture” in 1832.
English painter William Turner is another famous personality, among several others, whose work was inspired by the Fingal’s Cave experience.
Fly Geyser (Washoe, Nevada, USA)
Located on a private stretch of land in Washoe County, Nevada, the Fly Geyser is a geothermal geyser, unlike any other, you may have seen.
Well, it does spout water like geysers are supposed to do, but what really makes it spectacularly unique are its strikingly vivid colors.
You may be surprised to know that the Fly Geyser is not the work of nature but, in fact, the handiwork of man – as inadvertent as it may have been.
In 1964, a team of researchers exploring geothermal sources in the area dug a well and left it unplugged, or perhaps didn’t cap it well enough, before leaving.
The well gave an outlet to subterranean minerals that rose up the well and accumulated into a mound of myriad colors. The Fly Geyser has been regularly spouting water jets ever since.
It is indeed an awesome sight to behold – a single piece of beauty in the middle of the Nevada wilderness.
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Hanging Temples of Hengshan (Tsang Shi Province, China)
Precariously clinging to a cliff wall, 75 meters above the ground, the Hanging Temple of Hengshan is located in China’s Shanxi Province, some 65 kilometers from the nearest city of Datong.
A place of great historical significance and one of the main tourist attractions today, this amazing temple of 40 interconnected rooms was built more than 1,500 years ago during the Northern Wei Dynasty.
So dangerous is the location of the Hanging Temples of Hengshan that it was ranked among the world’s top ten most dangerous buildings by Times magazine in 2010.
Pamukkale – Turkish for “Cotton Castle” – is located in the Menderes River valley in Turkey’s Denizli Province.
This surreal landscape is known for its hot springs and its huge white terraces, a result of a carbonate mineral called travertine, left behind by water flowing over the area.
Almost all transport to and from Pamukkale is via the nearby city of Denizli which has a large and active bus terminal, train station as well as airport.