GIGGAG found the weirdest towns on our planet. Some of them are worthy of a long weekend visit.
The reason for this is the frosty climate, which prevents dead bodies from decomposing and makes them an attraction for wild animals. People who are likely to die soon are transported to mainland Norway by plane.
Büsingen am Hochrhein is a German exclave in Switzerland. Economically, it’s part of Switzerland; administratively, it’s part of Germany.
This is the only German town with the Swiss franc as the main currency. It has two postal codes: a Swiss one and a German one. The citizens use both Swiss and German phone numbers. FC Büsingen is the only German team that plays in the Swiss championship.
Tourists eagerly take photos of themselves with "Welcome to Hell" boards in the background, and the local souvenir shop sells warranty deeds for 1 square inch of land in Hell for $6.66.
The church was built first, followed by streets that look exactly like the original ones. By the way, real estate in the Chinese Hallstatt is more expensive than in the Austrian one.
People here live in trailers and improvised shanties without running water, electricity, or addresses. Public utilities are also absent, as are taxes and rents. All of that sounds like a lot of inconvenience, but many of those who have been here say it’s actually a very comfortable place. Slabbers call their town "the last free city in America."
Star Wars fans will recognize this place as the home of Luke Skywalker.
The aim was to economize on heating since the weather here is cold and windy almost all year. The city’s population numbers only 220 people.
One theory is that they were painted by Jews who used to live here, blue being a sacred color for them. The Jews are now long gone, but the tradition remains.
This place holds alien-themed festivals, and even the local McDonald’s is decorated with images of humanoids.
The town has no resident population. About 2,000 people come to work here in shifts for a few months.
There are streets here where you can see rocks hanging overhead instead of the sky. It might seem that they are about to fall, but they have been holding for centuries.
It happened because the authorities once decided to relocate all the cemeteries from nearby San Francisco, and all the bodies were reinterred here.
The population of the town used to consist only of gravediggers, florists, and memorial makers, but in the 1980s, people of other professions also started to settle here. The town’s motto today is "It’s great to be alive in Colma!"
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