The Weirdest Attractions In Europe
Get off the beaten track this summer and see some of Europe’s strangest sights!
Fancy doing something a little bit different this summer? Why not head away from the crowds and visit one of the weirdest attractions in Europe. From torture devices to beer baths! From vampires to noses! Check out some of our favourite strange sights – we guarantee a holiday you won’t forget in a hurry! Before you leave, make sure you take out travel insurance for European holidays.
Museum of Torture, Siena (Italy)
The pretty Tuscan town of Siena is known for its historic architecture, local wines and bi-annual Palio – a medieval horse racing pageant held in the town’s central Piazza del Campo. However, Siena is also home to one of Europe’s strangest museums. The Museo della Tortura, as the name suggests, is a museum devoted to the art of torture. Here you can see a wide range of torture devices – from chastity belts and guillotines to hanging cages and iron maidens. This isn’t a destination for the squeamish!
The Nose Academy, Lund University (Sweden)
For an equally strange museum experience, head to Lund University in Sweden. Here you will find the Nose Academy – a museum containing plaster casts of famous Scandinavian noses. Everyone from seventeenth-century astronomers to eighteenth-century botanists and nineteenth-century authors are represented here. A highlight is the ‘unknown nose’ – the museum’s tribute to the common man!
Dracula’s Castle, Bran (Transylvania)
Vampire lovers should head to Bran in Transylvania, which is where you’ll find Dracula’s Castle. This was the home of Prince Vlad of Wallachia, better known as Vlad the Impaler – the man who inspired Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Visitors are free to explore this atmospheric castle and soak up the gothic atmosphere. The estate was recently valued at $140 million, making it the second most expensive property in the world.
Cathedral, Mejoranda del Campo (Spain)
One of the most iconic attractions in Spain is Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. But the adventurous tourist can avoid the crowds at this popular destination and head for Mejoranda del Campo on the outskirts of Madrid instead. Here you will find a 90 year old man in the process of constructing his own cathedral. As a young man he was struck down with tuberculosis and promised the Virgin Mary he would build her a cathedral if she allowed him to recover. He got better and stuck to his word, building her an awe-inspiring shrine made entirely from scavenged materials. A truly unique sight to behold!
Hill of Crosses, Siauliai (Lithuania)
The Hill of Crosses in Lithuania looks like the set of a horror movie. Lithuanians have planted crosses here for over 200 years in order to indicate their devotion to Catholicism – especially during the wars, when their religion came under threat. Over the decades this has turned into a thick forest of crosses, making for a truly unique and atmospheric sight. It attracts tourists and catholic pilgrims alike.
Beer Baths, Tarrenz (Austria)
Austria combines its reputations for beer and wellness at the Beer Baths in Tarrenz! Underneath a 200 year old brewery on the outskirts of Innsbruck, you will find swimming pools filled with beer. Take a bathe – it’s excellent for the skin. After swimming in beer, thirsty visitors can order some to drink.