Peculiar Places for the Adventurous Voyager

By 1800FlyEurope in Destination Highlights | on September 14th, 2010

When you’re on vacation, do you go see the usual sights and attractions of the city you are visiting?  Or do you prefer the strange and unusual?  If it is the latter, we have a few places we suggest you visit on your next trip to Europe.

Paris, France – Catacombs What used to be limestone quarries dating back to 2 B.C. until the late 1700s are what we know today as the Catacombs of Paris, one of the most famous burial chambers in the world.  The conversion was due to overcrowding of the city’s cemeteries.

Descend into the tunnels underneath Paris  and explore over a half mile of neatly organized skulls and bones.  You will learn the incredible history and hear ancient legends of this spooky place. If you’re not claustrophobic, and you enjoy the thrill that ghost stories and haunted houses can bring,  you must visit this place on your next trip to Paris.

Oslo, Norway Vigeland Sculpture Park The Vigeland Sculpture Park is home to over 200 sculptures made from bronze, granite and wrought iron.  It is named for Norwegian artist, Gustav Vigeland who began working on these sculptures from 1924 until his death in 1943.

Although there are some pieces which are quite abstract, most of the statues represent people involved in every day activities such as hugging, sitting and thinking, dancing, running, etc. Perhaps the most recognized (and slightly disturbing)¬† piece is the Monolith, a 46 feet high column carved out of one single stone. It consists of 121 human figures writhing in various positions.¬† Although there has been much speculation on what the Monolith means, Mr. Vigeland let it be known that he had no intention on sharing his interpretation.¬† Instead he said, “The stone groups tell about life, the column about the world of fantasy. The stone groups can therefore be understood by anyone, each can interpret the column in his own way”.

Finland – Lainio Snow Village If you are in Western Finland’s Lapland region during the cold winter months, a spectacular sight to behold is the Lainio Snow Village.  The village, made with specialty tools, is created entirely from snow and ice.  Construction typically starts around the beginning of November, and upon completion  (around the end of the month) the village covers an area of about 220,000 square feet.  Here, you will be amazed by the largest ice dome in Europe, a beautiful restaurant, hotel rooms, intricate sculptures and more.

This site is a popular place to get married, as there is also a chapel on site.  If you are looking for a unique wedding destination, consider a trip to Finland!  This is one of the most unusual and beautiful spots in the world to tie the knot!

Avanos, Turkey – Hair Museum The collection at the Hair Museum started in 1979 by renowned Turkish potter Galip Korukcu and is now comprised of over 16,000 samples of tresses.  Although the connection is somewhat unclear, he reportedly started the museum in an effort to promote interest in his ceramics classes. The Hair Museum is in the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest collection of hair in the world.  You can even donate to the collection if you wish.  Truly, a “hair raising” experience. (Come on, you knew that was coming.)

On your next trip to Europe, check out one of these bizarre places for an unforgettable experience.  What is the strangest attraction you’ve visited?

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