Unusual Europe – Top 5 Most Unusual Visits
If you’re looking for something different for your holiday, then here are five of the most unusual places to visit in Europe.
1. Musee des Egouts de Paris
Just a hop and a skip away from the Eiffel Tower is one of the most unusual tourist attractions in Paris. This is a tour of part of the Paris sewer system which dates back to the 13th Century. The museum tells the story of the Paris sewers throughout their history, including the importance of the sewers as hiding places for the Resistance during World War Two. This fascinating tour tells the story of the evolution of Paris from an unusual perspective.
2. Mont St. Michel, France
Staying in France for the time being, Mont St. Michel is built on a tidal island off the coast of Normandy. The island itself has been home to a monastery since the 8th Century and was used as a prison during the French Revolution. Now a World Heritage Site, Mont St. Michel with its Cathedral can now be reached by a causeway built in the 19th Century.
3. Human Towers, Tarragona, Spain
If you happen to be visiting Spain in October, the Human Tower Competition (Concurs de Castells) in Tarragona is a fun-filled must, especially if you have kids in your party. Teams of between 150 and 500 ‘castellers’ compete to build the best human towers. “Strength, balance, courage and common sense” is their motto as the towers rise to between six and ten levels high in front of live audiences of more than 20, 000.
4. Torre Guinigi, Lucca, Italy
If the Leaning Tower of Pisa is on your travel itinerary, the Guinigi Tower of Lucca is only 30 kilometers away and well worth a visit. This red brick tower was built in the 14thCentury by the Guinigis, a family of wealthy silk
traders. The tower rises to 125 ft and boasts a surprise on its roof – a small plantation of mature Holm Oak trees. This unusual rooftop forest dates back to at least 1600 and it’s difficult to imagine how such huge trees can survive and thrive with their heads in the clouds – but they do. The rooftop garden is a really unusual place to visit – a little glade of tranquillity high above the hustle and bustle of the city below.
5. Schneekirche (Snow Church), Mitterfirmiansreut, Germany
In the wake of a horrific snowstorm in 1911, the people of Mitterfirmiansreut were unable to travel to mass. Not to be outdone, the people dug their way into a huge snow drift and conducted their services in the resulting snow cave. This transformed into an annual tradition and each year a new snow/ice church is built to the design of a professional architect. This one is seasonal so you need to be in Germany at the right time of year. However, with so much to do and see in Germany during the winter months when the whole country is transformed into a winter wonderland, winter really is the best time to visit.
Europe has a diverse history and an even more diverse culture – this means that there’s sure to be something to interest you whatever your taste. These five most unusual places to visit in Europe are not the only unusual places. We’ve just scraped the tip of the iceberg here – if you’ve visited any of Europe’s weird and wonderful places, please let us know ready for our next list.