Europe as a travel destination is a remarkable place full of remarkable stories and adventures to be had by all, but sometimes, the more mysterious the location, the more appealing it is. That seems to be the case more so for Europe than anywhere else in the world, with a sea of strange places being located there.
Sometimes these 'spooky' occurrences are intentional and sometimes they aren't, but one way or another, they're all unique in their own way. That's one of the primary reasons why travelling is so great and can provide you with the best time of your life, as none of these destinations are all too difficult to track down.
You just need to know where to look, and while the Wonders of the World may give people the 'commercial' idea of what a good time should be, you could spend your days going around Europe without even needing to leave the continent. Obviously, you'd miss out on things but if you're into mystery and things like that, then this list would certainly keep you occupied.
The word itself, mysterious, is quite a loose term and can be taken a number of different ways. As you'll soon discover some mysteries can be great and others are best left unsolved, but either way, you're in for a treat if you take it upon yourself to investigate.
So as you sit back and prepare for one of the more unusual lists we've ever done, remember that not all mystery stories have a bad ending.
20 Dargavs - City Of The Passed
It's always nice to start off with something light-hearted - and yes, we are being sarcastic. Dargavs in Russia, also known as the City of the Dead, is held in high regard by many fans of all things spooky courtesy of the reasons behind its 'tagline' so to speak.
Hidden away in a variety of mountains, there's an ancient cemetery that houses many individuals who lived there. With their clothes and belongings lying with them, it's safe to say that we wouldn't be 100% comfortable spending the night in this village - because we're fairly certain this is how horror movies begin.
19 Pripyat - Effects Of The Nuclear Disaster Hold Strong
Back in the day, Pripyat was a pretty nice town located in Ukraine, housing thousands upon thousands of residents for many years. Then, after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, the residents were forced to evacuate Pripyat at the risk of being exposed.
In the images that have been taken since the incident, it's clear to see what kind of impact was felt courtesy of the disaster, with Pripyat resembling something that you're more likely to see in a CGI game of some sort. It was a devastating time for many, and when looking back, it's a sad reminder of what went down.
18 Bran Castle - The Real Hotel Transylvania
Ah, the home of Dracula. Bran Castle is an absolutely gorgeous place located in Transylvania, but when you consider the fact that it's a national monument courtesy of the aforementioned Count, it all becomes a little bit more creepy.
It's still a fantastic place to visit and we'd recommend it to anyone, but that still doesn't make it any less odd. Romania as a whole is a truly beautiful country and this serves as one of the many shining examples of that, and that's a reputation that we want to see being built up over the course of the next few decades.
17 Giant’s Causeway - Strange, Very Strange
Giant's Causeway feels like the kind of place where every single action movie needs to come to an end, purely because of how tremendous it is. It was formed courtesy of a volcanic eruption back in ancient times, which is why it has such an unusual appearance at first glance.
As one of the more popular attractions in Northern Ireland it's hard to get some peace and quiet when you visit, but despite that, it'll open your eyes and your mind to the series of possibilities that surround a former battlefield like this.
But the best part is how natural it is because with nature comes an aura of mystery wherever you go.
16 Catacombs of Palermo - Words Escape Us
Sometimes you just have to sit back and marvel at what it is that sits before you, and that's the position we find ourselves in here. There are no words that can do justice to the emotions you'll feel upon taking even a glance at some of these images, and that's the way it probably should be.
As horrific as it seems for this to be a tourist destination, that's the kind of fascination that people have with this era. History is something that you can't erase and you can't hide from, so instead of doing that, why not embrace it and use it as fuel to move forward with in life?
15 Stonehenge - Something Different
It's pretty crazy to consider the fact that prehistoric items and pieces of cultural significance like Stonehenge still stand tall to this day, but it's true. Sure, it's located in a pretty insignificant location on the dual carriageway near Amesbury, but nobody's perfect.
This structure really does beg so many questions, especially from those who believe it wasn't a man-made thing - and instead, that it has something to do with extraterrestrial beings.
Whichever camp you fall into there's no denying how gorgeous it is, and trust us when we say that it's difficult not to be awestruck.
14 Dolomites - How, Where, Why?
If you haven't seen or heard of the Dolomites, then we aren't exaggerating when we say that you haven't lived. The mountain range completes Italy's versatile range in destinations, as somewhere that will make you feel like you're truly on top of the world.
The best part about the Dolomites is the contrast you get between different points, and funnily enough, that's the most mysterious thing too. It baffles us that something like this can exist, purely because of how cinematic it appears to be.
It may not be on too many people's bucket lists, but it certainly should be.
13 Château de Brissac - Get Out While You Can
Château de Brissac doesn't look like anything more than a pretty interesting building, which would make it one of many in the exotic country of France. Unfortunately for those of you who like that idea, we're here to shatter the illusion by letting you know that it's actually one of the most haunted destinations that can be found around the globe.
From the Ghost of the Green Lady to the many spooky stories that have been told throughout the years, we'd like to believe that this place really does uphold the 'scare factor' that's necessary for a country as beautiful as France. Still, make sure that you don't go in there alone at night. You've been warned.
12 Loch Ness - The Monster Awaits
We should never take this world for granted, and in equal measure, we should never close our minds off to the many possibilities that are out there. That mindset, in all of its glory, has never been better represented than with Loch Ness.
As a standard location it's absolutely fantastic, but of course, the Loch Ness Monster is what creates all of the buzz around the town. We aren't going to sit here and proclaim to you that we believe in it or even that we'd entertain the idea of it, but that 'mystery' is what life is all about, right?
11 Blue Lagoon - Beauty In Iceland
You don't need to be interested in spa days or anything like that in order to appreciate the Blue Lagoon, because all you need to do is open your eyes and realise what a naturally stunning place it is. Sure, it's a little bit expensive, but the majority of good material things in life are.
The Blue Lagoon makes you forget about all of your travels, whilst simultaneously getting you thinking about the history of where you are. It's only been in recent years that we've seen such an increase in the volume of tourists when in reality, the story goes back long before that.
10 Tivoli Gardens - Unsuspecting
Tivoli Gardens is one of the best attractions that can be found throughout all of Denmark, let alone Copenhagen. It serves as something of a benchmark for what cities can do when it comes to combining tourist attractions with certain cultural elements, with the end product being something that all locals can be proud of.
Yet, if you see Tivoli Gardens in the night time in the lead up to Halloween, it becomes a little bit spookier. Whilst representatives of the park are responsible for making it more themed, it's almost a little bit too convincing to the point where you'll be looking over your shoulder every two minutes.
9 Norwegian Fjords - There’s Nothing Like It
Norway may cost an arm and a leg to live in and visit on holiday, but let's face it, the Fjords alone make the whole thing worth it. There are cruise ships dedicated to them, they're incredibly intimidating, and they also make you feel like you're in some kind of Hollywood movie.
It's almost as if when you go there, you can't hear a sound. Everything feels so secluded that even if you're visiting with a 'rowdy' group of people, you'll never be able to tell the difference because your mind will be too focused on what's happening around you.
If you're someone who wants to escape from the rest of the planet, this may be a good vacation selection for you.
8 Tulip Fields - A little too Perfect
The Netherlands, also known as Holland, gave us a variety of different things in terms of culture, food, drink and so much more. Still, their greatest accomplishment of all may well be discovering how fantastic it is to showcase Tulip Fields around the nation.
Don't get us wrong, we're not snobby and we can appreciate the countryside around us at the best of times, but this is on a whole other level. If you were flying over some of these fields then you wouldn't be able to prevent yourself from wanting to live there.
Don't blame us, blame the tulips.
7 Dinant - An Escape
The Belgians know how to do many things well, but sometimes, it's the nature surrounding you that does the talking. Take Dinant for example, a city that proves once and for all that combining the city life with the countryside life is something that can work perfectly - as long as you commit to the idea.
Dinant is the perfect place for a quick two or three-day getaway, even if it isn't up there with some of the more notable examples (London, Berlin etc). Dinant prides itself on the views by the riverfront and the stunning architecture, but we can't help but feel like there's something deeper when it comes to the history there.
6 Mont-Saint-Michel - A Kingdom
No, you aren't looking at a picture of Disneyland - you're looking at an island in Normandy that is nothing short of drop dead gorgeous. Aside from being the best place to hide away during a zombie apocalypse, Mont-Saint-Michel is a really, really fun tourist destination.
There are tonnes of shops, the climb up to the top will give you a run for your money, and the restaurants there aren't too shabby either. Also, and this may seem a little bit baffling, there are a few dozen people that actually live there on a day to day basis and have to deal with thousands upon thousands of tourists walking by their front window every single day.
5 Boscastle Lighthouse - Edge Of The World
Some people will know of Boscastle courtesy of the fact that the Cornish village flooded over a decade ago in a pretty horrendous way. Alas, what you should instead be focused on is the fact that the walk up to the lighthouse is probably one of the most interesting trails you'll ever go on in your life.
The village itself is a really fun place to visit, too, but once you get there, you'll probably find yourself wondering how on Earth everybody managed to survive from the aforementioned flooding in 2004. On top of that, when you're stood next to the lighthouse and looking out, you'll legitimately feel like you're at the edge of the planet. That's powerful stuff.
4 Eisriesenwelt - Austria's Ice Cave
No, this isn't a scene from Ice Age, this is real life. They often say that the best things in life are free, but we'd counteract that by saying that the best things in life are natural - and Eisriesenwelt serves as a perfect example of that.
The ice cave, made of natural limestone, feels and looks like something that you're more likely to see in some kind of sci-fi film. That's not a knock on it, either, it just makes us curious as to how something like this can actually exist. That sounds like a pretty plain reaction, but it still feels like there's so much more we have to discover about the world, and this cave, in particular.
3 Cinque Terre - Aesthetic Mystery In Italy
We'd say that it should be illegal for anywhere to be this beautiful, but let's face it, the people of Italy have never stuck to the rules in that sense have they? Cinque Terre is a series of seaside villages next to the coast, and as you can see, it's absolutely breathtaking there.
From the hikes to the fishing, to the food and drink selections, we aren't exaggerating when we say that you'll never want to leave here. Sure, the same could be said of many places, but the intriguing thing about Cinque Terre is just how they managed to pull off such incredible aesthetics.
2 Giethoorn - A Paradise Cut Off From The Outside
If you want a visual definition of what 'pleasant' should feel like, then look no further than Giethoorn. This village is quite literally one of the most amazing places we've ever laid our eyes on, and the best part about is it that it's car-free and you can only really access it via boat.
The village itself is absolutely tiny, and yet, there are thousands of tourists that go there every year. It's so cut off from the rest of the Netherlands that you have to allow your mind to drift and think about what kind of things you could accomplish just by living here.
1 Glen Etive - Let The Sky Fall
If you've seen the Skyfall movie then you'll be familiar with this location, and even if you haven't, then you should look it up anyway. Glen Etive, which was also where some scenes of Braveheart were filmed, is found in the Highlands up in Scotland - also known as one of Earth's greatest points.
Glen Etive showcases what the world of film and television can do for your imagination, because if this hadn't been featured on there, then nowhere near as many people would've taken it upon themselves to visit. It's a stunning place with stunning visuals and if you ever want to start a new life and drop everything else, you know where to go.