Is your life lacking new thrills and exotic colors? Are you in search of an adrenaline rush? Then read on!
Today we present a selection of the most creepy, mysterious, and downright terrifying places in the world that are definitely worth visiting!
1. The Island of the Dolls (Mexico City, Mexico)
According to legend, a little girl drowned in these parts. Later, her father found a doll near the spot where the tragedy occurred. He decided that the girl’s soul had transferred itself into the toy, so he hung it on a nearby tree. He collected abandoned dolls and brought them to the island. Eventually, he even left his family to live in this haunted place.
Tourist info: You can stay overnight in the father’s old cabin. Lying in bed beside you will be his daughter (a life-size doll). But as dusk deepens, you’ll need all your bravery to endure the company of the dolls with their glassy eyes…
2. The Capuchin Catacombs (Palermo, Italy)
Located inside the catacombs are the remains of 8,000 people from the 18th and 19th centuries. A famous French writer, Guy de Maupassant, wrote, “Their (the corpses’) heads look terrible, the mouths seem about to speak, the faces contorted by what appears to be inexpressible, unbearable terror.”
Tourist info: You can visit any day except Sunday. Don’t get lost in the catacombs — a drunk fell asleep there and woke up in the middle of the night. The poor guy was discovered in a terrible state and had to be admitted to a mental hospital.
3. The Haw Par Villa Theme Park (Singapore)
This theme park is the complete opposite of Disneyland. Just look at the Ten Courts of Hell! These gruesome displays are simply a way of teaching young kids about morality. For example, the scenes of dismemberment are meant to stop children from cheating in exams.
Tourist info: Admission is free, and not all the sculptures it contains are so scary (some are quite lovable). But, on the whole, be prepared — the mythology can be very startling.
4. Nagoro: Village of the “Living” Dolls (Japan)
Ayano Tsukimi decided to make doll replicas of her fellow villagers. These eerie figures are everywhere: fishermen on the riverbanks, pupils and teachers in classrooms, old couples lounging on benches. In all, the village contains about 350 dolls, while its living inhabitants amount to just 37.
Tourist info: If you are fed up with your noisy neighbors who constantly bicker and rearrange furniture, then a few days in Nagoro sounds like a perfect getaway! Enjoy the world of this village’s quiet, calm, and harmless inhabitants who have only one tiny shortcoming: they’re not entirely alive.
5. The Hanging Coffins (Sagada, Philippines)
The locals here don’t put coffins in the ground — they hang them from rock faces. To be eligible for this type of burial, one must meet several conditions. For example, a person has to be married and to have grandchildren. It is believed that the higher the coffin is hanging, the closer the deceased’s soul is to heaven.
Tourist info: If you decide to visit, be prepared to make do without some of life’s amenities. The best you can hope for is a 2-star hotel, which probably won’t have hot water. But don’t worry! You can always douse yourself with a bucket of cold water and let yourself dry in the cool mountain air!
6. “Christ of the Abyss” (San Fruttuoso, Italy)
In 1954, Italian diver Duilio Marcante had a sculpture placed on the spot where his friend and colleague, Dario Gonzatti, died. The statue is about 8 feet high. Commemorating a deceased underwater explorer, this work of art invokes conflicting emotions. Algae and corrosion only strengthen the effect.
Tourist info: Whether you find this sculpture creepy or beautiful (or both), one thing is for sure — making a 55-foot dive to see it with your own eyes will provide genuine thrills, not to mention some very special selfies!
7. The Smoking Ghost Town of Centralia (USA)
Built over a coal mine, the city flourished until 1962 when a fire started. The locals weren’t particularly worried at first. But, 10 years later, several of them fell through burning cracks that suddenly appeared in the pavement. The authorities evacuated the town. Today, the city’s population amounts to 7 people.
Tourist info: A trip will offer many unforgettable sights — destroyed buildings, collapsed pavements, the graffiti-covered strip of Route 61. However, not for a moment should you forget why the city was deserted (well, the smoke seeping from under the ground will serve as a poignant reminder).
8. Abandoned Military Hospital in Beelitz-Heilstätten (Germany)
This place’s history can easily rival the scariest horror movie plots. Over the years, it served as a tuberculosis sanatorium and a military hospital, whose patients included Adolf Hitler. These days, several wards are used by a neurological rehabilitation center, but the rest of the complex lies abandoned.
Tourist info: Beelitz-Heilstätten is certain to attract adventurers, ghost chasers, and lovers of horror stories. Just 25 miles from Berlin, your personal American Horror Story awaits!
9. The Church of All Saints (Sedlec, Czech Republic)
In the 14th century, the Abbot of the monastery made a pilgrimage to the Holy Land and brought back soil from Golgotha. He scattered it over the abbey’s grounds. People soon decided that they wanted to be buried in Sedlec. The old “residents” of the cemetery had to be exhumed to free up space for new arrivals. Eventually, Frantisek Rint, a woodcarver, proposed using these 40,000 bones as elaborate church ornaments.
Tourist info: While inside the church, be sure to inspect the incredible bone chandelier that hangs from the ceiling, as well as the Schwarzenberg coat of arms — a severed Turk’s head, pecked by a crow made of bones.
10. The Veijo Rönkkönen Sculpture Park (Finland)
Veijo Rönkkönen, a popular Finnish artist, was a shy person, and most of his works remained secluded in his own backyard. These strange sculptures are believed to be self-portraits, and he fitted many of his creations with real human teeth.
Tourist info: Surround yourself with grotesque beings with long arms, huge heads, evil smiles, and dark, sunken eyes. For fans of nerve-tickling experiences, this is exactly what the doctor ordered!