20 Most Mysterious Places in the World

The world is a wonderful place that never stops to amaze us with its wonderful mysterious nature. Although there are jaw-dropping and man-made marvels all over the world, our planet is not complete without its fair share of mystery

If you are often fascinated by places with mythical origins or unexplained phenomena that often give you goosebumps. Then you will be intrigued by these amazing and enigmatic places in the world.

We all love to hear ancient stories and good mystery and our planet is dotted with places that are surreal, eerie, and sometimes very bizarre. There are also some mysterious places in the world where you can’t go because of their long frightening history. But some people who are very brave and can stand any circumstances still visit those places. 

While some of these mysterious places have logical explanations, others don’t which makes them remain stubbornly unsolved. In this article, we will be discussing different mysterious places in the world. Let’s dive in

20 Most Mysterious Places in the World

Bermuda Triangle

The Bermuda Triangle is located in the western part of the North Atlantic Ocean. It covers around 500,000 square miles between Bermuda, Miami in Florida, and San Juan in Puerto Rico and it is also known as the Devil’s Triangle. 

History has shown that more than fifty ships and twenty aircraft have disappeared under mysterious circumstances and there has never been any information to research about the situation. 

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Many theories have also been raised and these theories range from suggestions of supernatural activity to the more logical hypotheses that it’s down to magnetic compass variation or rogue waves in the area. 

Area 51 in Nevada

Area 51 is the name given to highly classified United States Air Force (USAF) facilities and it is located within the Nevada test and training range. This place has captured the eyes of many people around the world. It has also captured conspiracy theories and the entire Hollywood for many decades. It is one of the strangest places on planet earth. 

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This area is a top-secret military base that is still operational to this moment and it is surrounded by barren desert. The secrecy surrounding its Cold War-era stealth aircraft testing has lead to rumors of aliens, wild government experiments and even a staged moon landing on the premises. Civilians who are curious can explore the area around the base. It has become an offbeat tourist destination, although the civilians aren’t permitted inside.

Blood Falls

One of the top mysterious places in the world is Blood Falls. On the peak of being the coldest and driest place on the planet, Antarctica is also home to a crimson-hued waterfall called Blood Falls. This is an outflow of an iron oxide-tainted plume of saltwater, flowing from the tongue of Taylor Glacier onto the ice-covered surface of West Lake Bonney in the Taylor Valley of the McMurdo Dry Valleys in Victoria Land, East Antarctica. 

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Scientists finally determined that the grisly color comes from salty, iron-rich water from inside the glacier oxidizing and rusting once it’s exposed to oxygen.

Coral Castle 

Coral castle is located in Homestead Florida and was single-handedly built by a heart-broken man. He built the castle for twenty-five years until he finally died in 1951. He did not use any large types of machinery. He only cut sculpted of more than 1,100 tons of coral rocks and went on to move caves. No one could explain how he managed to carry out all this engineering on his own and this has been impressively mysterious. 

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Hoia-Baciu Forest

The Hoia Forest is located to the west of the city of Cluj-Napoca which is near the open-air section of the Ethnographic Museum of Transylvania Romania. The forest is used as a common recreation destination and has spooky curved trees. These trees make up the inhabitants of the forest and also add to its eerie atmosphere. 

Hoia Baciu Forest
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Many decades ago, a military man captured an unidentified flying object (UFO) flying over the forest in 1968. Hoia-Baciu has become popular all over the world and many believe it is a portal that causes visitors to disappear. Although many people have passed through the forest without been taken into another realm. But they all have rashes, nausea, and feelings of anxiety.

Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Canada

Fairmont Banff Springs is an ancient hotel built in 1888 and is located in Banff Alberta Canada. The hotel is one of the earliest grand railway hotels in Canada and was opened by the Canadian Pacific Railway. The hotel faces a valley that is towards Mount Rundle, has a chateau-style, and sits on the Rocky Mountains in Banff National Park. 

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The hotel gets more mysterious once you get inside and this is not about its architecture but the presence of many ghosts living in the hotel. This includes a bride who fell down the hotel stairs and died on her wedding day, a man called Sam who worked at the hotel until 1975 and said he will come back to haunt people that will stay in the hotel. His spirit supposedly pulls shifts helping people with their bags before disappearing. This has made Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel one of the top mysterious places in the world.

The Crooked Forest

The crooked forest is located in Poland and one of the most strange places in the world. The polish forest has more than a hundred peculiar pine trees. These trees were planted in the forest in the 1930s and grew with an almost ninety-degree bend at their base. This makes them look like a fishing hook. Many believe that a technique was used by people who planted the trees to make them curve. and other people believe a winter snowstorm was the one that gave these trees a mysterious shape.

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Richat Structure

The Richat Structure is also known as the Eye of Mauritania or Eye of the Sahara and it is a prominent circular feature in the Sahara’s Adrar Plateau, near Ouadane, west-central Mauritania, Northwest Africa. Astronauts have been watching the Richat Structure in Ouadane since humans first entered space. 

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View from the International Space Station explains that the 30-mile wide swirl resembles a bull’s eye or snail’s shell. The geological quirk was believed to be a crater caused by a meteorite but many people also believe it was a dome that eroded over time.

Devil’s Bridge

Devil’s bridge is a name for several ancient bridges found majorly in Europe. Most of these bridges are stone or masonry arch bridges and represent a significant technological achievement in ancient architecture. They are called the same name because of their supernatural connection. 

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One of the most popular ones is located in Kromiau, a town in Germany. The bridge forms a perfect circle and its reflection was on the water it was built on. The bridge was built in the 1860s and it is called Rakotzbrucke in German. It is also one of the most beautiful bridges in the world. Many people found the structure of the bridge mysterious and believe the bridge can only be built that way with the assistance of the other world. 

Stonehenge

Stonehenge is a circle of rocks found in the United Kingdom and it is a prehistoric monument in Wiltshire, England. It is one of the most mysterious places in the world. It consists of a ring of standing stones, each around 13 feet high, seven feet wide, and weighing around 25 tons. 

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Historians and scientists were baffled as to how its builders transported the monoliths 5,000 years ago. In 2019, Newcastle University students solved this riddle when they discovered that humans may have dragged the rocks to the place by using sleds.

Rialto Bridge 

Have you ever seen the picture of the street of Vernice? Then you will probably see the picture of the Rialto bridge. The bridge is one of the oldest bridges in Italy and was constructed about 400 years ago. It is located in Grand Canal Vernice and it connects the sestieri of San Marco and San Polo.

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The bridge has been rebuilt several times since its first construction as a pontoon bridge in 1173 and is now a significant tourist attraction in the city.

Eastern State Penitentiary

The Eastern State Penitentiary is a former American prison in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and was operational from 1829 until the 1970s. The castle-like Eastern State Penitentiary took solitary confinement to new levels when it was built in 1829. The Penitentiary made prisoners live and do things such as exercise, eat, play, and several other activities alone. 

Often times when a prisoner left his cell, a guard will follow him and covers his head with a hood so that he won’t see other inmates and they won’t see him. In 1913, the prison has no other option than to stop its solitary system because of overcrowding. 

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The forms of punishment in the prison were very severe and inhuman some include chaining an inmate’s tongue to his wrists and many more. The place was later closed for good in 1970 and has now become a tourist center today. It welcomes thousands of visitors every year, both for its museum and Halloween collections. But many people have reported some paranormal happenings in the place which includes disembodied laughter, shadowy figures, pacing footsteps, and many more.

Bhangarh Fort

The Bhangarh Fort is a 16th-century fort built in the Rajasthan state of India and is about 100 miles away from Delhi, the country’s capital. The lush ruins of Bhangarh Fort make a curious juxtaposition against the desert landscape of Rajasthan. The place was built by Bhagwant Das for his younger son Madho Singh.

Bhangarh Fort
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To this day, the oasis remains largely uninhabited due to an alleged curse cast by a disgruntled sorcerer after his advances were rebuffed by a local princess. If you prefer your trips to skew more spiritual than Bhangarh Fort is the perfect place to visit. 

Stanley Hotel 

Stanley Hotel is located in Estes Park Colorado United States of America and it has 142 rooms. The hotel was built by Freelan Oscar Stanley, opened in 1909, and was built as a resort for upper-class Easterners. It is also used as a health retreat for people suffering from pulmonary tuberculosis. The hotel has a restaurant, spa with a panoramic view of Estes lake. It is known for its outstanding whiskey bar which has lured many travelers to Estes Park. 

Stanley Hotel
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The hotel gained more popularity after it inspired Stephen King to create “The Shining‘s fictional Overlook Hotel”. That eerie association aside, many other ghost sightings and some mysterious piano music have been connected to the hotel, and the Stanley Hotel has become more famous for nightly ghost tours and psychic consultations that are carried out inside it. 

La Recoleta Cementary

La Recoleta Cemetery is a cemetery located in the Recoleta neighborhood of Buenos Aires, Argentina. The cemetery has thousands of statures, fairytale grottoes, intricate tombstones, and mausoleums which are eerie. It also contains the graves of notable people, including Eva Perón, presidents of Argentina, Nobel Prize winners, the founder of the Argentine Navy, and others. 

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The cemetery is haunted by many legends and one of the most famous stories involves David Alleno, a former grave-digger, and caretaker who worked at the cemetery for 30 years before killing himself. Today, people report hearing Alleno’s keys jangling as his ghost walks the pathways at dawn.

Jazirat Al Hamra

Al Jazirah Al Hamra is a town to the south of the city of Ras Al Khaimah in the United Arab Emirates and is one of the most mysterious places in the world. The place is located between a huge mall and a huge waterpark. The town was established in the 14th century and grew into a thriving pearl fishing village in the 1830s before it was suddenly abandoned in 1968. 

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It is known for its collection of abandoned houses and other buildings, which includes mosques and many people who live around the town believe it is locally haunted. Currently, the town consists of dirt roads, 13 mosques, and more than 300 coral and mud houses. It also consists of some resident spirits and people claim that people that visit the town often experience strange noises and chilling apparitions.

The Lion’s Gate Bridge

The Lion’s Gate also known as the Fist Narrow Bridge is located in Vancouver, Canada. It is one of the longest bridges in Canada and it is a suspension bridge that crosses the first narrows of Burrard Inlet and connects the City of Vancouver.

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It is one of the most iconic landmarks of the town. The bridge was built by the Guinness family and they paid over five million dollars. They later sold it to the province of British Columbia. 

Alamillo Bridge

Are you wondering what a massive musical instrument will look like? Look nowhere else than the Alamillo bridge. The Bridge is a structure in Seville, Andalucia Spain. It spans the Canal de Alfonso XIII, allowing access to La Cartuja, a peninsula between the canal and the Guadalquivir River. 

Alamillo Bridge
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The bridge was constructed as part of infrastructure improvements for Expo 92, which was held on large banana farms on the island. The bridge/s is angled at about 58 degrees and less than thirteen cables that are approximately 656 feet long. 

St Augustine Lighthouse 

The St. Augustine Light Station is a private aid for navigation and an active, working lighthouse in St. Augustine, Florida. Currently, the lighthouse stands at the north end of Anastasia Island. Constructed between 1871 and 1874, it is another one of the most mysterious places in the world. Over two hundred thousand people visit the St Augustine Lighthouse every year but it is also known for its mysterious visitors. 

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Many tragic events that happened at the historic site several decades ago have contributed to the paranormal activities that happen in the place. The ghost of a lighthouse keeper who fell to his death while painting the tower has been spotted watching over the grounds. 

And ever since the horrific death of three young girls, who drowned when the cart they were playing in broke and fell into the ocean, visitors to this place claim to hear the sounds of children playing in and around the lighthouse.

Whaley House 

The Whaley House is an 1857 Greek Revival style residence, a California Historical Landmark, and museum located in Old Town, San Diego, California. The Whaley House was the home of Thomas Whaley and his family and it is currently maintained by Save Our Heritage Organisation. Thomas Whaley built this family estate in 1857, on the former site of San Diego. 

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Shortly after he moved in, he keeps hearing the heavy footsteps of “Yankee” Jim Robinson, a drifter and thief who was hanged on the site four years before the house was built. Whaley’s family history ended up being filled with tragic deaths and suicides and many of which occurred inside the home itself. 

According to the Whaley house museum, some of the family member’s ghost still lives in the landmark and it is often accompanied by cigar smoke and the smell of heavy perfume.

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