If you think that your own town or neighborhood is weird and strange this list will probably make you reconsider and reevaluate that belief. The 25 bizarre cities and towns that follow will either make you appreciate the place you’re living more, or there’s a good chance they will make you feel even more bored than you already do and at the same time stimulate your curiosity to visit all these strange places so you can see them up-close one day. So are you ready for a crazy tour? Then check out these 25 most bizarre cities and town you’ll ever visit.
If you’re a fan of simplicity, solitude, and vegetables then this beautifully weird small town in Estonia is the right place for your next vacation. All the houses in this town lack advanced construction and supplies while most of the streets in the town are named after various vegetables, which is the main reason the small town has the nickname “Souptown.”
This strangely named place is an unincorporated community in Jackson County, Tennessee. Due to its really unusual name Nameless is mentioned in the Elvis Costello song “My Dark Life,” along with two other places with very strange names, Ugly, in Texas and Peculiar, in Missouri.
They call it “America’s Rape Capital,” but in reality the nickname is completely misleading. Missoula has had about 80 reported rape cases over the past three years, which is about average compared to the number of rapes in major cities across the United States.
There’s nothing wrong with this cold but beautiful city in Norway other than the fact that you can’t die here. Well, technically you can but you won’t be buried here. Why? Following the influenza epidemic of 1918, Longyearbyen banned burials in the town’s graveyard because the perpetually frigid temperatures prohibited corpses from properly decomposing.
Hell is a small town in Michigan and no don’t worry; the devil doesn’t live there, just a few ordinary people. Hell was featured on the Travel Channel’s Extreme Towns, while in 2008 KFC had the smart promotional sweepstakes Hotter Than Hell, which gave away 500 coupons every day for free hot wings to entrants whose hometown’s temperature was higher than the temperature in Hell, Michigan.
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This small, beautiful French hilltop village is known as the keeper of many mysteries such as hidden treasures of mythical value, unsolved murders, and rituals and secrets hidden deep in the roots of Christianity. Dan Brown fans probably already know that this was one of his main sources and inspirations for his controversial and super successful Da Vinci Code.
Accident is a small town in Garrett County, Maryland, with a total population of about 325 people according the 2010 Census. As for the town’s residents? According to the book Labels for Locals by Paul Dickson, a person from Accident is called an “Accidental.” Just brilliant, right?
Let’s say that Florida is home to one of the most “fun” towns and this is because Gibsonton is a retirement spot and official home of people who have worked (or still do) in the circus industry. The town is also famous for its many exceptional museums on the carnival and circus lifestyle.
This Russian city is widely known as the “Chess City.” Apparently the architect and designers of this city were so obsessed with the game that they made it the theme of the whole town.
Even though this little town is placed in the heart of China it is a pure imitation of a classic British city. The aptly named town has traditional English architecture, cuisine, and even those classic red phone booths we all identify with London. So if you want to visit England just go to Thames Town.
A City In Bangkok That Nobody Can Say Properly
Krungthep Mahanakhon Amonrattanakosin Mahintharayutthaya Mahadilokphop Noppharatratchathani Burirom-udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amonphiman Awatansathit Sakkathattiya Witsanu Kamprasit translates as “City of angels, great city of immortals, magnificent city of the nine gems, seat of the king, city of royal palaces, home of gods incarnate, erected by Visvakarman at Indra’s behest.” It’s no wonder this city is included in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s longest place name.
The Dwarf Village
The name of this small village in China is pretty much self-explanatory. This is a cute little place where all the nice little people can feel equal and comfortable without getting lingering second looks. Sadly, however, it seems like the “bigger” folks have added their own touch lately, making it more like a tourist attraction at times.
You’re probably thinking that this city is brimming with every neo-Nazi, fascist, and racist out there. Surprisingly, it’s not. Swastika is a small, peaceful community founded in 1908 around a mining site in Northern Ontario, Canada, before Hitler and his horde of men emerged. No Nazis live there so you can visit it without second thoughts or worries any time you want.
This small community in Florida is technically not a real town but its rules and regulations are so weird that we couldn’t just ignore it. See, if you’re under the age of nineteen you cannot live here, and even if you’re over nineteen you need to have a person who’s older than fifty-five living with you, otherwise you have to move out.
After the infamous Roswell UFO incident took place in New Mexico back in the ‘40s, the place became famous worldwide as the “UFO Town.” The residents have been claiming for years that they have often seen unidentified flying objects in the sky but at this point we don’t know if they are being totally honest about the “facts” or if they’re just adding more fuel to the myth.
Hashima, AKA “Battleship Island”, is a part of Japan which went from a thriving community to a ghost island overnight. It had been uninhabited for decades, but it was always seen as a curious attraction by the people who passed it or saw it on the horizon. Nowadays, however, the spectral island is dilapidated from years of disuse, but open to tourists who are after a spooky tour and a super creepy experience.
Even though this Austrian town has had this name for centuries, it started gaining global fame only when British and American soldiers discovered the place during WWII. At some point the residents of the town tried to change their “Fucking” name but they regretted it for obvious financial and tourist purposes since its unusual name has made it quite a hot destination, especially for the English-speaking tourists.
This town looks like a horrific, dirty place from a nightmarish sci-fi comic. It is mostly famous for its “Garbage City” quarter, which is a slum settlement at the base of Mokattam Hill on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt. Its economy revolves around the collection and recycling of the city’s garbage and it lacks infrastructure and often has no running water, and has no sewers or electricity.
After reading all these things we’re not quite sure if it’s weird or really just a backward, way-too-dirty town really.
There’s a place for all those people who have felt at some point during their life that they had some kind of a connection or ability to communicate with supernatural spirits and that place is Lily Dale, New York. Keep in mind that some of the residents in this spooky community even hold “supernatural” services for visitors and they only charge a very small fee for entrance since ghosts and other kinds of spirits are really expensive to feed and dress apparently.
This really small town in Nebraska is probably the only town in the world with a total population of just one person. The only resident of the town, an old lady, owns a bar and a public library for visitors, and operates each all on her own as you have probably guessed.
This Pennsylvania town is not just weird but extremely dangerous. There is an underground mining fire that has been burning for decades and has even caused some major sinkholes forcing most town’s people to relocate to nearby towns. Nevertheless about ten brave people still live there.
Kowloon Walled City
Before it was demolished almost twenty years ago Kowloon Walled City, which was located in Hong Kong, was famous for being the densest place on earth. Just imagine a colossal empire of very little houses stacked on top of each other. No matter how bizarre and crazy it might sound to you, the fact is that within a single city block were living over 33,000 people during its peak.
We’ve seen it in sci-fi films and graphic novels before but in Australia there’s a real town that is underground, made from old abandoned mines. Even though it sounds like a weird place to be, it is known as a very enjoyable and cool place to be especially during the extremely hot, sunny days of the Australian summer.
Colma is often called “the city of the silent” because it has so many cemeteries, including a Jewish, Chinese, and pet cemetery among others. The city was founded as a necropolis in 1924, and with an estimated population of two million dead the city has way more dead people than living residents who total no more than 1,200. What can you say? It’s great to be alive in Colma.
Those who live in Miyake-jima have been paid by the Japanese government to do so for whatever reason. The town is located at the base of an active volcano and the inhabitants are exposed to unnaturally high levels of sulfur 24/7. For this reason, many residents have to wear gas masks all the time.