Each town and city in this world has its unique history and architecture, but there are some towns out there that are not only unique, they are so extraordinary that you won’t even believe they exist. Many people wonder how these places could exist and why we don’t have many of them out there, and the answer is: it is impossible!
If you are a fan of anything that’s weird, then traveling to these towns should be a must because you will truly be amazed by the buildings, the people, and the stories behind each street. So are you ready to book your next ticket for your next unusual destination?
A town where you will never die
That’s right! Longyearbyen, Svalbard is a town where you could never die. I mean, there is a cemetery and all, but it hasn’t been used or touched for more than 70 years.
However, the reason is not what you think at all. It is all because of the frosty climate of this town; it prevents any dead body from decomposing, which attracts the wild animals.
So in order to stay safe in Longyearbyen, you must transport the people who are likely to die by plane to mainland Norway.
A town straddling 2 states
It is not a surprise that there are many towns that are shared between two countries, but Büsingen am Hochrhein is the most unusual one.
This is a German town that exclave in Switzerland. Administratively, it belongs to Germany, but economically, it is a part of Switzerland. So basically, the main currency of this German town is the Swiss Franc.
The citizens use both German and Swiss phone numbers and two postal codes. Also, FC Büsingen plays in the Swiss Championship, even though it is a German team. How cool is that?
The Hell Town
If you are curious to know what Hell looks like, then you can fly to the town of Hell in the state of Michigan, USA. There are hundreds of tourists that visit it each year to take proud pictures of themselves next to the “Welcome to Hell” boards.
The origin of the name is still unknown and confusing, but the citizens seem to be happy to carry the town’s unique image and protect it. Moreover, the warranty deeds are sold for $6.66 by the local souvenir shop for one square of land in Hell. You get it? The 666 must be the lucky number of Hell’s inhabitants.
A Chinese Austrian Town
China is known for creating skilled replicas of anything ever, including towns! They believe that anyone could get a chance to travel without actually leaving the country, so they decided to rebuild Hallstatt, which is a beautiful village in Austria.
The first thing they built was the church, then they started creating the streets that look identical to the original ones. The irony in this whole thing is the real estate in the Chinese-Austrian town is actually more expensive than the original town.
In any case, you can see the whole world if you just traveled to China!
The last free city
There is a town in California that is populated by retirees, hobos, and homeless people called the Slab Town. All of them live in improvised shanties and trailers where you can’t even find electricity, water or addresses. But also, there is no rent or taxes.
All of these things may seem a little inconvenient, but every person who has ever visited that place found it to be very comfortable. They have probably found love and peace of mind, especially that they are far away from all the messed up things we see in the world. The citizens of this town call it “The last free city in America”.
A cave Town
Star Wars fans would definitely visit this place, that’s if they didn’t already, because this town is technically the home of Luke Skywalker. Matmata is Tunisian town where you can find Berber underground dwellings that are empty and inhabited.
The surface houses were built in the 1970’s, but locals preferred to live in their normal, traditional homes. In all cases, this town is gorgeous, traditional, and unique!
A town under one roof
In Alaska, there is a town that is located in a 14-level building. You don’t believe me? Well, this building hosts a hospital, a police station, a church, and all the shops.
The goal behind this idea was to be as economical as possible on heating because the weather in the town of Whittier is very cold and windy all year around. However, the population of this city is 220 people, and probably less!
How would you feel having everything you need in the same building where you live? That’s would be oddly wonderful.
A town with the shade of Blue
If you traveled to Chefchaoun, Morocco, you will be shocked because all the doors, walls, stairs, windows, and even the ground are blue. This city is gorgeous and very clean, but that’s not all, you will also find a lot of green because this whole town was built in a mountain where nature couldn’t be more beautiful.
According to one theory, the blue paint was the Jews idea when they used to live there because they believed that this color brings peace and serenity. Now the Jews are gone, but the blue lingers on. But to be fair, this town does, truly, brings peace of mind to whoever visits it.
An Alien Town
Roswell, New Mexico, experienced something weird back in 1947, and since then, its identity has changed forever. It is believed that a UFO crashed this town where people saw it with their own eyes. They even got it on camera!
But whether it was a true sighting or just a hoax, Roswell now is universally known as the Alien City. Everywhere you look, there will be alien-themed houses, parks, and festivals.
Even McDonald’s has images of humanoids and alien decorations. You may want to visit this town because the alien’s next visit could be there, again… you never know!
A town in the open sea
In Azerbaijan, there is an industrial town called Neft Daşları, or Oil Rocks, where the whole city is built on metal platforms above an oil field, in the open sea.
Obviously, no one lives there, but about 2,000 people come in groups for a few months to work in shifts. This place was discovered in 1949, and it was the country’s milestone in the development of the oil industry.
In fact, back at that time Oil Rocks was considered to be the world’s largest offshore oilfield.
A town in a rock
Spain is known with its rich culture, great language, and the free food with the alcoholic beverages. But the town of Setenil de las Bodegas is something else, that’s because it is built into a large basalt rock.
While walking down the streets, you can raise your head to see the sky, but instead, you will be seeing rocks hanging around. It might be a terrifying experience since the rock looks like it is about to fall down, but it has been there for centuries, and it never moved, not one inch!
A town where the dead outnumbered the living
Have you ever seen a city with 17 cemeteries? In Colma, California, you will.
The number of dead people is higher than the living by a thousand to one. The authorities were the reason because they decided to relocate the cemeteries from San Francisco, so all the dead bodies were reinterred in Colma.
Before the 1980’s, the jobs available in this town were only memorial makers, gravediggers, and florists. But later on, other professions started to appear. The Motto phrase of this town is “it is great to be alive in Colma!”