All around Europe there are destinations odd and tantalizing in equal measure. They’re a little out there, but you just might find your next inspired vacation destination. Dare to live on the wild side and check out these weird European travel destinations.
1. Avanos Hair Museum, Turkey
This collection belong to Galip, it has locks of hair from more than 16,000 women … which is not creepy at all … . Twice a year, the first customer in his shop is asked down to the basement to pick ten “exhibits” as the winner of an all-expenses-paid trip to Cappadocia, Turkey.
2. The Phallus Museum, Iceland
Live out your darkest Freudian dreams at the Phallus Museum in Reykjavik, Iceland. The museum proudly houses “a collection of phallic specimens belonging to all the various types of mammal found in a single country.”
3. Cathedral of Justo, Spain
In the little town of Mejorada del Campo, an ex-monk named Justo Gallego has spent more than fifty years building a cathedral by himself. It is more impressive considering that he has no formal training in architecture or engineering.
4. Petrified Forest of Lesvos, Greece
The petrified forest has been a fixture of the island’s geography for thousands of years, since a violent period of volcanic activity flooded the island with lave and preserved an entire forest.
5. Starkenberger Brewery’s Beer Pools, Austria
There may be a lot of breweries scattered throughout Europe, but Starkenberger Brewery is the only one that lets visitors swim in the beer. Seven 13-foot swimming pools, each filled with 42,000 pints of beer, are available to travelers.
6. Museum of Broken Relationships, Croatia
The concept behind Zagreb’s Museum of Broken Relationships proved so intriguing that it has inspired sister branches in Los Angeles and Tokyo. The strange little collection showcases the mementos of relationships that have imploded.
7. Portugal dos Pequenitos, Portugal
Opened in 1940, Portugal dos Pequenitos is precisely what its name translates to: Little Ones. Everything from the country’s most famous monuments to traditional Portuguese homes has been recreated in miniature, so visitors can see everything Portugal has to offer without actually taking the time to visit every attraction.
8. Mundaneum, Belgium
Beginning in 1910, Otlet and Nobel Peace Prize winner Henri LaFontaine started collecting every piece of knowledge available to humanity and then recording it on an index card, resulting in 12 million perfectly sorted cards of information across every conceivable academic discipline.
9. Pripyat, Ukraine
Afetr the worst nuclear disaster in human history, the 49,000 people who lived in Pripyat, were forced to evacuate and then unable to return for years. Now they are losing the fight against nature. If spooky ghost towns are your deal, you cannot do better than Pripyat.
10. The Nose Academy, Sweden
It keeps 100 meticulously arranged plaster casts of Scandinavian noses. From famous people you probably wouldn’t recognize to non-famous people, the Nose Museum is indeed worth the trip. Okay, it’s only worth the trip because of its weird factor.
Which of these strange attractions did you find the weirdest?