The world is a weirdly beautiful place full of eclectic people, strange animals and even stranger plants. Depending on how adventurous you are, there is a whole world out there full of things and places you don’t see every day. A whole world that will open up your eyes to all kinds of possibilities. All you have to do is go looking and you will be surprised beyond your wildest imagination.
If you are in the mood for something off coloured or just want to experience a new world; different from the one you know, here are some of the weirdest places you could go.
Weirdest wonders of the world
1. Dare to cross “The Devil’s Bridge, Germany
With a name like “The Devil’s Bridge”, you would have to be absolutely certain about your nerves to try and cross it. Die Rakotzbrück, as it’s locally known, is a bridge that was built in the 19th century. What makes this bridge so uniquely weird is the fact that it was built to an unbelievable level of accuracy: the bridge and its reflection always combine to form a perfect complete circle regardless of your vantage point. Always!
While that is an interesting fact, it’s not why the bridge was nicknamed “The Devil’s Bridge”. That honour goes to the fact that the bridge is absolutely impractical. The engineers focused more on reflection accuracy than its utility. Crossing it takes some level of tight-rope walking prowess and pure grit.
2. Heal your body at Spotted Lake Khiluk, British Colombia
Renowned as the most mineralised lake in the whole world, Lake Khiluk is referred to as “The Spotted Lake” because it has 365 different pools that are arranged in a weird mosaic pattern. The entire lake is made up of 365 different pools. Think about that for a second; it’s like there is a pool for each day of the year.
That’s not even the weirdest part. The strangest thing about this lake is that every single one of those 365 pools, despite being next to one another, has a unique, highly concentrated chemical content that quite essentially makes it its own separate lake. It is believed that these pools have the ability to cure different diseases.
Here’s a video showcasing the Spotted Lake in British Colombia:
3. Marvel at the Christ of The Abyss, Italy
Just as Rio de Janeiro has “Christ the Redeemer” towering over it, Italy went the other way with a 2.5 meters’ bronze statue of Jesus Christ that is underwater. Yes, you read that right: this is a submerged statue of Jesus Christ.
Not only is this statue eerie as it just stands there beneath the waves but it’s also a replica of one that can be found in the Mediterranean Sea. If you are a deep-sea diver and you would like to find Jesus, you can go marvel at the “Christ of The Abyss” by Guido Galletti in Italy.
Christ of the Abyss:
4. Straddle two continents at The Silfra Rift, Iceland
Just as Mount Roraima straddles three countries (Venezuela, Guyana and Brazil), there are places on this earth that bring several giants together. The Silfra Rift is one of those places. This is an underwater snorkelling paradise in Iceland that is approximately 600 by 200 metres.
The fact that it’s a snorkelling marvel isn’t what makes it unique (we have a lot of those around the world). What makes this place a must-visit for every avid snorkeller or diver is the fact that it’s the meeting point of two tectonic plates: the Eurasian and the North American plates. It is said to be one of the most surreal diving experiences on the planet.
5. Experience contrasts at Blood Falls, Antarctica
Whenever most people hear “Antarctica” all they see is the white of the snow and feel the sting of the cold. Well, somewhere amidst all that unending whiteness of the snow, there is a waterfall that is red in colour. Yes, the “Blood Falls” as they are so popular known, strikes a contrasting image with the backdrop of nothing but white snow.
This creepy waterfall is red in colour because of the huge presence of iron in the surrounding area. Researchers at the University of Alaska say that the water turns red because it has “oxidised iron in brine saltwater” which is the same process that gives iron that dark red colour as it rusts.
6. Get lost in the Sea of Stars, Maldives
It seems as though the Maldives can do no wrong. Among the vast wealth of beautiful beaches, wonderful weather and such glorious waters, there is a water body that seems to defy nature. The “Sea of Stars”, as it’s called, is a waterbody full of bioluminescent sea plankton that gives it it’s bright blue colour during the night.
These bioluminescent plankton make these waters around Vaadhoo Island look like it’s holding a thousand brightly coloured stars. Touted as one of the most spectacular on the planet, the Maldives should definitely be on your list of places to visit.
7. Witness the clarity of Nelson Lakes National Park, New Zealand
If you are an outdoors person then there is a good chance that touring a vast woodland in the middle of a gorgeous island destination is right up your alley. While New Zealand does offer a wealth of attractions, there is one rather weird lake at Nelson Lakes National Park that you definitely have to see to believe.
What’s so special about this lake? Well, how about the fact that it’s so clear you can see all the way to the bottom? As if that’s not enough, despite being able to see all the way down, you still can’t tell how deep it is at all. It’s the kind of optical illusion that will simply have you dumbfounded.
These are some of the world’s weirdest yet enchanting destinations. Do you know of any others? Share that information with us in the comment section below.