Every city or town in this word is unique, but some specimens look so exceptional that when you see it, you hardly believe they really exist.
The following is a list of weirdest towns and cities on earth. You probably love to set your foot in these place someday.
12. A town where you can’t die
The town of Longyearbyen, Svalbard is known as one of the northernmost settlements in the world and also a place where you officially can’t die. Though the town has a cemetery, it hasn’t been used for 70 years.
The explanation behind this is the frosty climate. The low temperature does not allow dead bodies to decompose and there for it makes an attraction for wild animals to come and find food. Therefore, anyone who is likely to breathe their last soon is transported to mainland Norway by plane.
11. A town straddling 2 states
Towns shared between 2 countries are a more common phenomenon than you might think, but this one is probably the most unusual of them.
Büsingenam Hochrhein is a German exclave in Switzerland. Economically, it’s part of Switzerland; administratively, it’s part of Germany.
- This is the only German town with the Swiss franc as the main currency.
- It has two postal codes: a Swiss one and a German one.
- The citizens use both Swiss and German phone numbers.
- FC Büsingen is the only German team that plays in the Swiss championship.
10. The most hellish town
The state of Michigan, USA, is a place where you can discover Hell. The name’s origin is uncertain, yet the people here are glad to preserve its infernal image.
Tourists eagerly take photos of themselves with “Welcome to Hell” boards in the background, and the town’s souvenir shop offers warranty deeds for 1 square inch of land in Hell for $6.66.
9. A Chinese Austrian town
The Chinese are famous for producing skilled fake products of anything in the world — even the whole towns. For those who wants to visit the Austrian village of Hallstatt but don’t want to leave the country, they can go here.
The church was constructed first, followed by streets that look exactly like the original ones. By the way, real estate in the Chinese Hallstatt is more expensive than in the Austrian one.
8. The last free city
Slab City is a Californian town that people like hobos, retirees or those who have nowhere to go, usually live here.
The inhabitants here live in trailers and improvised shanties without running water, electricity, or addresses. Public utilities are also absent, as are taxes and rents. That may seem to be quite inconvenient; however, many of those who have been here said it’s actually a very comfortable place. Slabbers named their town “the last free city in America.”
7. A cave town
Located in southern Tunisia, Matmata town is a place of many Berber underground dwellings which still remain inhabited. In the 1970s, though surface houses were constructed, locals prefer to stay in their traditional homes.
Probably, any Star Wars fan would recognize this place as the home of Luke Skywalker.
6. A town under one roof
The whole city of Whittier, Alaska, is situated in the 14-level building of a former military facility. It also includes all the shops, a police station, a hospital, and a church.
The purpose was to economize on heating because the weather here is cold and windy all year round. The town’s population is only 220 people.
5. The bluest town
This hauntingly beautiful town of Chefchaouen in Morocco is covered in all shades of blue, from doors, walls and even stairs.
It is said that the Jews who used to live here painted these houses as blue is interpreted as a sacred color for them. The Jews now long gone; however, the tradition still remains.
4. An alien town
In 1947, a UFO crashed near the town of Roswell, New Mexico. What it actually still remained a subject of debate, but Roswell universally gained its reputation for being the Alien City.
This place organizes alien-themed festivals, and even the local McDonald’s is decorated with humanoid pictures.
3. A town in the open sea
Known as “Oil Rocks,” Neft Daslan town in Azerbaijan is located on metal platforms in the open sea, above an oil field.
The town has no resident population. About 2,000 people come to work here in shifts for a few months.
2. A town in a rock
The town of Setenil de las Bodegas in Spain is built into a large basalt rock. Because of this interesting feature, it became a well-known tourist attraction.
If you come here, you will have the chance to see rocks hanging overhead rather than the sky while walking on streets. It may appear like they are going to fal, but they actually have been hanging there for centuries.
1. A town where the dead outnumber the living
The town of Colma, California, where the dead outnumber the living by a thousand to one! And it’s the home to 17 cemeteries! This is because the authorities once decided to relocate all the cemeteries from nearby San Francisco, and so all the bodies were reinterred here.
The residents of the town were only gravediggers, florists, and memorial makers, but in the 1980s, people with different professions also began to live here. The town’s motto today is “It’s great to be alive in Colma!”