While every location on the earth is distinct in its own way, only a select few are indeed out of the ordinary. Some cities and towns are more delightful than others, and even communities have set Guinness World Records for their strange characteristics! Places with more animals than people, underground communities, and villages where everyone lives under the same roof are possibilities.
Aside from that, these unusual cities and towns are the places that people should definitely visit for them to actually believe that they exist. So here are some of the most important cities and towns people need to see.
10 Coober Pedy, Australia
When it comes to gemstones, it's no surprise that Coober Pedy is known for its abundance. The population of this small town in Australia is 3,500, yet half of them are buried under the soil. The village became the epicenter of opal mining 100 years ago after a mine was discovered. Coober Pedy is a hellishly hot place with temperatures reaching over 110 degrees Fahrenheit even in the shade. Many residents prefer staying in the cave because the walls are so well insulated, around half of the cave's dwellers enjoy saving money on their aircon and heating expenses during the summer and winter.
9 Nagoro, Japan
As of 2017, there are only 40 humans living in this town, but there are 350 human-sized dolls. An artist, Ayano Tsukimi, came up with creating dolls as the village’s population declined. He wanted to alleviate the feelings of loneliness being one of the few people left. It is important to note that the lifelike, human-sized dolls correctly reflect genuine people, including their former job. Tsukimi's world is explored in-depth in a recent documentary called The Valley Of Dolls, highlighting the work and craftsmanship that goes into creating the figures and her motivations for making them.
8 Hallstatt, China
Disney World and Las Vegas are only two examples of how well China has mastered the art of re-creating the things it loves worldwide. Hallstatt, an Austrian village that has been meticulously copied in China, is known as the world's first cloned town. A Chinese mining company completed the church's construction in 2012, making it the first structure to be completed. Like a carbon copy of the Austrian town Hallstatt, China has a much higher cost of living than the Austrian version. It attracts tourists from all over the world because of its striking likeness to the original.
7 Whittier, Alaska
Whittier is now entirely contained within a 14-story structure that was once a military barracks. Begich Towers, a single-story building housing a gas station, police station, chapel, and video rental shop for the hamlet of 220 people, is known as the "Gateway to Prince William Sound." The only way in or out of town is through a tunnel that opens twice an hour, shuts down at night, and reopens the next day. Summer days in Whittier average 22 hours of sunlight, yet winter snowfalls of 20 feet are not uncommon. Located on the shores of Prince William Sound, the Inn at Whittier is a popular destination for both locals and visitors seeking adventure in Alaska.
6 The Federation of Damanhur, Italy
"The Laboratory for the Future of Mankind" is the name given to this town, which has a population of just 600. As a commune for Oberto Airaudi and his friends, it was established in 1975. Damanhur is an ecovillage and spiritual center in northern Italy's Piedmont area that goes by the same name. Numerous temples have been constructed beneath the city, some of which are up to 100 feet below ground level. The damanhurian ideology emphasizes the need to live in a community and share life with others yet also prioritize having time for individual growth and space. Even though it sounds absurd, this town and its breathtaking surroundings are reasons enough to pay a visit.
5 Giethoorn, Netherlands
Overijssel is home to yet another unique town, which is known as the Giethoorn. This location is extremely tranquil, and the fact that there are no roads here is one of its most notable features. Instead, everyone in this town, including the postman, travels by canal. As a result, this location has gained the moniker "Little Venice." They are so isolated and peaceful that their website claims that the loudest sound one can hear is the quacking of a duck in the distance.
4 Setenil de las Bodegas, Spain
The town of Setenil de las Bodegas in Spain is a popular tourist destination for people from all over the world, likely because it was made within a massive basalt rock formation. There are several streets in this area where pebbles dangle from the ceiling instead of the sky, which appears like it is going to collapse despite being firm. However, despite Setenil's stunning location, the hamlet's residents' routine treatment of the town and other nearby cave houses offers visitors an essential lesson. Their long history shows how a feature that would typically hinder settlement can significantly benefit individuals who live there, as these highly efficient, low-impact dwellings have been used for at least 500 years already.
3 Matmata, Tunisia
Even now, in the small Berber settlement of Matmata, in southern Tunisia, primitive humans still live in caves and follow in the footsteps of their forebears that built their homes. Although the entire town is made up of cave dwellings, people can live happily in them. Humans' ability to domesticate practically anyplace is demonstrated by Matmata, an environment filled with these inventive houses burrowed into the rocky earth.
2 Shani Shingnapur, India
Everyone feels safe in this uniquely designed Indian community, whose residences lack any sort of front door or lock at all, yet no one is afraid to come here. So that's a little weird because anyone is unlikely to come across such a thing anywhere else around the globe. The reason behind this is that the locals here believe that Lord Shani, the God of Saturn, is the village's guardian and that the God of Saturn will punish anyone who dares to steal. Even the police station is unusual because it does not have a front door.
1 Kihnu Island, Estonia
On a small island in the Baltic Sea, is an example of a long-standing matriarchal society of its kind today. . The most notable feature of this location is that women are in command of the island's 600 residents, which has been this island's reality for hundreds of years. According to sources, the males on the island, primarily fishermen, go out to sea for months at a time, which leaves the women to maintain tradition, administer the island, and carry on the culture to the next generation.