Our world is one of the most incredible things we have ever beheld. Whether mother nature has painted a beautiful picture, or man created brilliancy out of his hands. There is just something incredible about man and nature when they work together. Here are 11 real places that look out of this world.
11: Steps to Heaven
Located at the Montserrat Monastery in Spain, the “Steps to Heaven” sculpture near Barcelona features 8 large steps twisting up to the heavens. It’s a hike to get to the steps, but once you get to the top, you will be treated to a beautiful view of Barcelona.
10: Giants Causeway
The Giant’s Causeway is located in Northern Ireland and consists of 40,000 interlocking balsams. Looking at it, you might think that these balsams were the result of a causeway built by a giant or so the legend tells. On the contrary, these interlocking balsams were actually the result of a volcanic eruption that took place in ancient times. The world learned of the existence of Giants Causeway in 1693. And it was declared to be the fourth wonder of the United Kingdom.
9: The Fly Geyser
The Fly Geyser is a manmade geyser located in Fly Ranch, Nevada. It was created by accident from oil drilling that took place in 1964. The hole was either left unplugged or wasn’t capped off properly. The dissolved minerals began to rise and accumulate, taking on the shape we see today. While it looks like something that was dropped off by Aliens. Or even transported by time travel from the time of the dinosaurs. The geyser is actually located on private property with a high spiked fence to keep out trespassers. Luckily, the geyser can be seen from outside of the property.
8: The Dark Hedges
The Dark Hedges is located in Ballymoney, Northern Ireland and date back to the early 17th century. This real place looks like somewhere out of a horror movie or piece of art of an unknown world that is nothing like ours. But the Dark Hedges is very much real and have been used as a set for “Game of Thrones” and is one of the most photographed real places in the world.
7: Waitomo Glowworm Caves
The Waitomo Glowworm Caves are located on the North Island of New Zealand and feature a species of glowworm that you can only find in the country; Arachnocampa Luminoso. The worms were well known by the Maori people, who are native to the area. The caves weren’t discovered by outsiders until 1887. The caves opened up to the public in 1889. Today there’s a visitors center and regular boat rides through the caves for tourists.
Jokulsarlon is a large glacier lagoon located in Iceland. Thanks to global warming, pieces of glaciers are breaking off, creating wondrous works of art that man can only comprehend in their imagination. One of the largest glaciers that are falling apart is the Breidamerkurjokull glacier. Even though the lagoon is beautiful, it is the result of the ice that is melting and contributing to rising sea waters.
5: The Great Blue Hole
The Great Blue Hole is a massive sinkhole located just off the coast of Belize. The hole is about 300 meters across and about 108 meters deep. The hole was formed thousands of years ago, and it was originally a land-based cave that got flooded as the seawaters began to rise, creating this massive and beautiful submarine wonder.
4: Little Venice – France
Little Venice will make you think that you stepped into a storybook and you’re now living in the world fairytales instead of real life. Located in Colmar, France, little Venice is made up[ of half-timbered houses, cobblestone streets, and set along a peaceful canal. The town was first mentioned in the 9th century and has architecture dating back to the 14th century; a perfectly preserved piece of history.
3: Old Town
Looking at Old Town in Hallstatt, Austria might make you think that you’re looking at Arendelle from Disney’s Frozen. But this town isn’t fictional or out of this world, but it is very much real. The town dates back to the Iron Age, but it is known for its salt production and magnificent views of Styrian mountains and overlooking a lake called Hallstatter See.
2: Prachov Rocks
No this isn’t a landscape from the mystical world of middle earth. It is a real place located in the Czech Republic called Prachov Rocks! This rock formation is located about 3 miles away from the town of Jicin. The ancient steps total to about 7,000 and lead you to the old home of an ancient cult. Don’t worry about this rock formation going away soon, as it is protected under a natural reserve law and has been since 1933.
1: Radhuset Metro Station – Real Places
Like most transit stations, the Radhuset Metro Station was built underground in Stockholm, Sweden. It was made under organic architecture, which leaves the bedrock untouched and exposed. It is a beautiful juxtaposition of both natural and manmade things. The station looks like it was built in a natural cave system.
So, that was our list of 11 real places that look out of this world. Would you like to visit any of these incredible real places, maybe you already have? Leave us a comment down below, share your thoughts with us. Check out these other top 10 lists on abouticles. Thanks.