The Most Terrifying Places In The World Where You Wouldn’t Send A Postcard From

Earth isn’t always a beautiful place. Some places around the world are downright pleasant, while others are rightfully deadly. Some places are here to give you goosebumps and freak you out, just a little bit.

These aren’t the places you would send postcards from to your loved ones, and they aren’t a place to knock off your travel bucket list. If you’re not afraid of anything, visit these ‘travel destinations’ if you dare.

Aokigahara Forest Is One Of The Most Haunted Places

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Commonly known as the “Suicide Forest,” it’s the most haunted forest in the world. Since the 50s, 30-150 people a year have into the woods with no intention of coming out.

According to National Geographic, there was one period where officials found 36 bodies in a 37-day span.

Hill Of Crosses In Lithuania Has Existed Since 1831

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There about 200,000 crosses, carvings, and shrines. People first started to bring crosses on the hill in 1831 in memory of the rebels killed against the Russian Tsar.

Ever since then, people from all over the world have been bringing crosses. While not everyone’s on board, it makes for quite the sight.

Island Of The Dolls In Mexico Is Uber Creepy

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The island is dedicated to the lost soul of a poor girl who died in bizarre circumstances. The tiny island is home to hundreds of creepy dolls with severed limbs, decapitated heads, and no eyes.

A local legend says that people have heard the dolls whispering to them to come down to the island.

Hanging Coffins of Sagada In The Philippines Has A Weird Burying Ritual

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The Igorots are an indigenous tribute with interesting funerary events. The dead are buried in coffins, which are tied or nailed to the side of cliffs. The tradition is said to be over 2,000 years old.

A common belief is that moving the bodies of dead higher up brings them closer to ancestral spirits.

The Tower of London In England Has A Very Dark Past

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One of the most visited spots in England, the castle was for William the Conqueror in 1708. The innocent people of the castle were executed, including wives of the king. Disappearances of young princess occurred too.

The place has been the home of imprisonment and torture for many centuries.

Veijo Rönkkönen Sculpture Garden In Finland Is A Tribute To A Finnish Sculptor

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The big park in Finland has many sculptures doing very interesting things. Veijo Rönkkönen was the inspiration behind the garden. The Finnish artist was a sculptor who made the sculptures in a factory.

He made about 450 statues, and all of his creations are now in the park-like-garden.

North Yungas Road In Bolivia Is Only One Lane Wide

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Commonly known as “Death Road,” the one-lane paved road in South America is considered the world’s most dangerous. Not only does the road lack guard rails, but it’s also regularly covered in fog, making visibility nearly impossible.

About 200 people die each year on this rural road which runs down the Andes into the Amazon.

Lake Natron In Tanzania Turns Birds Into Stone

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The temperature can reach 140, and its pH level is 10. The water is so caustic that it can burn the skin and eyes of animals that aren’t adapted to the weather. And, it has sodium carbonate, which acts as a preservative.

That leaves the dead animals looking mummified.

Capuchin Catacombs Was Originally A Cemetery

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It was built as a cemetery where the monks of the monastery were buried. But, the Capuchin community grew, and the first room, the pit, became full. People tried to exhume the corpses and move, but they saw most of them were mummified and preserved.

Their faces? Well, they’re still recognizable.

The Door to Hell, Turkmenistan Is One The Most Mysterious Places On Earth

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More than 40 years ago, a fiery crater opened up in the desert of northern Turkmenistan. It likely happened after a drilling mishap, according to National Geographic. The Door to Hell is still burning today.

There’s even a rumor that Russian scientists set it on fire to burn harmful gases off the ground.

Hua Shan Plank Walk In China Is Actually Terrifying

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The plank walk has a reputation of being the most terrifying mountainside trail in the world. With rickety old boards and steep rock face trails, it’s led to many accidents in the past.

However, improvements have been made, and the risk of injury or even death has decreased.

Thrihnjukagigur Volcano In Iceland Is The Only Volcano You Can Enter

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This ancient volcano is 700 feet tall and it’s the only volcano in the world where you can go inside. There’s a seven-minute elevator ride down into the magma channel. It’s not recommended to travel here if you’re claustrophobic.

But, visiting the volcano really makes you wonder when it will erupt again.

Titlis Cliff Walk In Switzerland Is One Of The Highest Suspension Bridges

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Set up along the tallest mountain in the Swiss Alps, the bridge is about 10,000 feet above sea level. It’s the highest suspension bridge in all of Europe, and the views are mesmerizing.

According to the website, to cross the bridge, you’ll need nerves as strong as the steel cables from which it hangs.

Waverly Hills Sanatorium, Kentucky

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Many locals believe this is one of the most haunted buildings. It used to be a former tuberculosis hospital, which was established in 1910. Thousands of people died excruciating deaths because there was no TB cure at the time.

If you’re interested in a tour, they run from March until August every year.

Villisca Axe Murder House In Iowa Is Open To The Public

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At night, when no lights or sounds can be seen or heard, there’s an eerie feeling surrounding the place. The walls of this house still protect the identity of the murderers who killed the family of Josiah Moore.

Day tours of this murder house are open to the public. Overnights are seven nights a week, all year round.

Kenmore Insane Asylum, Australia

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Some horrific deaths and murders have taken place here. It’s no wonder why it’s Australia’s most terrifying place to visit. Scary enough, a pneumonic influenza epidemic killed more than 20 people in 1919.

Shock therapy was used to treat homosexuality, and fingernail scratches can be seen on the doors.

Catacombs Of Paris Sits Above 200 Miles Of Tunnels

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Some of these tunnels are lined up to the ceiling with skulls and bones. Paris was too overpopulated by the 17th century, and the solution was to bury the corpses in the tunnels. About 7 million bodies have been moved into the catacombs.

According to Smithsonian Magazine, the tunnels have existed since the 13th century.

West Coast Trail In Vancouver Has A Rule You Must Obey

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Hiking this trial guarantees you will encounter wild animals, particularly bears. The place is so dangerous that it’s illegal for anyone to sit overnight between October 1 to April 30.

This is mainly because expert hikers advise against it because the currents are so strong. There’s no easy way out, and the winter storms are far too dangerous.

The Lost World In New Zealand Is A Dark, Ancient Cavern

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The caves are covered in fossils, which serves as a reminder of the organisms like big whales that perished here. If travelers want to take a peak down into the cave, there’s a nearby sinkhole called The Window.

It offers a beautiful view for being famous for having glowworms in there.

Via Ferrata, Italy/Austria

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Back in the day, you were stuck using ladders as people did centuries ago. However, today, travelers use steel cables, ropes, suspension bridges, and wooden footpaths. A woman died in 2008 after slipping and falling 600 feet.

It’s no surprise why the route is called Via Ferrata, which means “Iron Street” in Italian.