Atlas obscura: an explorer’s guide to the world’s hidden by Joshua Foer

By Joshua Foer

It is time to get off the overwhelmed course. Inspiring equivalent components ask yourself and wanderlust, Atlas Obscura celebrates over seven hundred of the strangest and so much curious locations within the world.
Talk a few bucket checklist: listed below are average wonders—the surprising glowworm caves in New Zealand, or a baobob tree in South Africa that is so huge it has a pub inside of the place 15 humans can drink conveniently. Architectural marvels, together with the M.C. Escher-like stepwells in India. Mind-boggling occasions, just like the child leaping competition in Spain, the place males dressed as devils actually vault over rows of squirming babies. let alone the good Stalacpipe Organ in Virginia, Turkmenistan's 40-year gap of fireplace known as the Gates of Hell, a graveyard for decommissioned ships at the coast of Bangladesh, eccentric bone museums in Italy, or a weather-forecasting invention that used to be powered by means of leeches, nonetheless on exhibit in Devon, England.
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W. Turner depicted it on canvas. Thus was born a Romantic-era tourist site that is just as entrancing today. Get a train from Glasgow to Oban, where you can take a ferry to Craignure, located on the Isle of Mull. A bus will take you to Fionnphort for a boat tour to Staffa. 336111 The cave’s contours have provided artistic inspiration for everyone from Jules Verne to Pink Floyd. 20 / EUROPE / GREAT BRITAIN AND IRELAND Mary King’s Close EDINBURGH Legend has it that in the 1640s, the hundreds of plague victims who lived in the tight quarters of Mary King’s Close were walled in and left to die.

Managed by the Scotland’s Gardens Scheme, the yearly event helps raise money for Maggie’s Centers, a cancer foundation named after Jencks’s late wife. 665830 NORTH SEA 0˚ DNK 10˚ 5˚ 55˚ 15˚ 20˚ RUS 55˚ 22 / EUROPE / WESTERN EUROPE Electric Ladyland Museum of Fluorescent Art AMSTERDAM The Impaled Stork Micropia ENG NETHERLANDS THE HAGUE 50˚ The Mundaneum The Externsteine Tower of Eben-Ezer Folx-les-Caves BELGIUM Optical Telegraph Astronomical Clock FRANCE Le Musée des Grenouilles GERMANY Undertakers’ Museum SVK The Devil’s Footprint VIENNA Eisbachwelle Space Saint Munditia Travel Hellbrunn Palace Gallery of Beauties Museum World of Ice Giants Bruno Weber Skulpturenpark BERN The Child-Eater of Bern SWITZERLAND SVN Tree Cathedral Lyon’s Secret Alleyways Vatican City Poveglia Temples of Damanhur Le Palais Idéal HUN AUSTRIA Oradour-sur-Glane 45˚ 50˚ VIENNA Monte Kaolino Kaspar Hauser PARIS The Rat King Kugelmugel Esperanto Museum Globe Museum CZE LUX René de Chalon BERLIN Castle of Wewelsburg BRUSSELS E NG L I S H C HAN N E L Teufelsberg Spy Station Thousand-Year Rose AMSTERDAM Teylers Museum ROME POL Eisinga Planetarium Giethoorn Cesare Lombroso’s Museum HRV Passetto Di Borgo 45˚ Museum of Pope Holy Souls Leo’s Bathroom Wooden Books ITALY BIH ROME La Specola Monte Testaccio AMSTERDAM Galileo’s Middle Finger Park of the Monsters Solar Furnace ROME Corsica AND ADRIATIC SEA SPA Secret Cabinet of Erotica MEDITERRANEAN SEA 40˚ Sardinia TYRRHENIAN SEA N 0 0 Capuchin Catacombs Miles 100 100 Kilometers 40˚ 200 Sicily 200 10˚ IONIAN SEA WESTERN EUROPE Greece and Cyprus, see page 48 Portugal and Spain, see page 66 0˚ DZA 5˚ TUN MLT 15˚ AUSTRIA / 23 AUSTRIA Esperanto Museum had as many as two million speakers.

It houses several military museums, as well as Napoleon’s tomb. 312461 Graffiti, moss, and abandoned train tracks form a loop around Paris’s outer arrondissements. The Petite Ceinture PARIS The “little belt” railway ringing central Paris served urban travelers from 1862 to 1934, connecting five main stations owned by five different rail companies. The 20th-century expansion of Paris and the Métro eventually made the circular railway obsolete. Stretches of the track now exhibit a quirky blend of idyllic nature and gritty urban life—plants and flowers grow between the rails against a backdrop of vivid graffiti and street art.

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