The 10 Most Unbelievable Places That Really Exist

Jenny is a girl who loves many things. She loves street foods, traveling, nature, music, cats, and dogs! She's crazy about purple & writing!

I am very fond of beautiful things. I love taking photos of beautiful places and beautiful faces, but nature has always been my favorite subject. There's just nothing and no one can ever compare to her beauty.

There are places in the world that are so incredible it's hard to believe they really exist. Some of these are so enchanting they seem like they could only exist in fairytale books and fantasies, while others are bizarre, exotic, and even horrifying. As otherworldly as the places on this list may seem, they all have one thing in common—they are 100% real.

This article will show you that mystical and magical places exist in real life, and you can see them with your own eyes!

The Top Ten Most Unbelievable Places That Really Exist

10. Tunnel of Love (Ukraine)

9. The Black Forest (Germany)

8. Tianzi Mountain (China)

7. The Door to Hell (Turkmenistan)

6. Trees Cocooned in Spider Webs (Pakistan)

5. Fly Geyser (USA)

4. Mount Roraima (South America)

3. The Enchanted River (Philippines)

2. Shimmering shores of Vaadhoo (Maldives)

1. Glen Brittle (Scotland)

10. Tunnel of Love (Ukraine)

This magical place is found in Kleven, Ukraine. It is a 1.8-mile long tunnel of luscious green leaves that looks like something straight out of a dream or a movie. This tunnel is actually a passageway for a private train that delivers wood to a local factory three times a day (so be careful when taking your Instagram photos!). The tunnel was made many years ago, and the regular passage of the train has shaped and molded the tree lines at the edges. This natural architecture shows how beautiful it can be when mother nature is allowed to grow freely on and around a man-made structure.

The Tunnel of Love is one of Ukraine's most popular tourist destinations. It is believed to have magical influence, especially on lovers. It is said that if lovers are true to their feelings, the Tunnel of Love can grant their wishes making it a favorite spot for wedding photography.

9. The Black Forest (Germany)

Located in the suburbs of Western Germany in Baden-Wurttemberg—a town famous for its high-precision cuckoo clocks and its beautiful scenery—the Black Forest looks as though it was taken from a fairytale. Tourists from all over the world flock here yearly to see the beauty and mystery that abounds in this wooded mountain range where the Danube river originates.

Tourism is the main industry in the Black Forest. Aside from its towns and monuments, this area also is famous for its numerous long-distance footpaths, including some of the first to be established. These paths are maintained by a volunteer organization known as Schwarzwaldverein (Black Forest Society) with more than 90,000 members.

Stream in the Black Forest, Germany.

Stream in the Black Forest, Germany.

Captivating light in Germany's Black Forest.

Captivating light in Germany's Black Forest.

8. Tianzi Mountain (China)

"People who have climbed Tianzi Mountain will not climb any other mountains." This is a comment often heard from people who have reached the peak of Tianzi Mountain, which is located in the Wulingyuan Scenic Area in the Hunan Province. This magical and magnificent spot offers a panoramic view of the entire Wulingyuan area.

At the peak of the Tianzi Mountain, visitors can see stunning views of the YuBi (imperial brushes) rising one after another. Such scenery is natural and primeval, with no artificial touches whatsoever. It is believed that these peaks are made of neptunic rocks that formed in the ocean 380,000,000 years ago.

The Tianzi Mountains can be visited year round, and the peaks offer spectacular and incomparable views no matter the season. It is accessible by cable car, and the ride takes little more than six minutes. Though waiting for the cable car can be irritating, with people complaining about loud noises and long queues, I'd say the trouble is all worth it!

The name Tianzi originated from a local farmer Xiang Dakun who led the farmers' revolt and called himself Tianzi, which means Son of Heaven.

Note: The peak is 1,262 meters above sea level, so acrophobes beware!

Tianzi Mountain, China.

Tianzi Mountain, China.

The Tianzi mountain road is one of the most dangerous in the world.

The Tianzi mountain road is one of the most dangerous in the world.

7. The Door to Hell (Turkmenistan)

The Door to Hell is situated in Derweze, a village in Turkmenistan located in the middle of the Karakum Desert. Derweze's 350 inhabitants are semi-nomadic and were disbanded by the President of Turkmenistan in 2004 after he stated that they were an 'unpleasant sight' to tourists.

Derweze is rich in natural gas, and the Door to Hell gas crater was a product of miscalculation. In 1971, Soviet geologists made a mistake when they accidentally tapped a cavern filled with natural gas while drilling. The ground collapsed, leaving a large hole 70 meters in diameter. As a safety precaution, geologists decided to burn off the gas and thereby prevent poisonous gas discharge. Much to their surprise, the fuel that they hoped to burn in one day is still burning today, earning it the name "The Door to Hell." This site has been burning for more than 40 years now and attracts thousands of brave visitors annually.

The Door to Hell, Turkmenistan

The Door to Hell, Turkmenistan


6. Trees Cocooned in Spider Webs (Pakistan)

Heavy monsoon rains flooded 1/5 of the total land area of Pakistan in 2010. As a result, millions of spiders sought refuge in the trees, especially those that lined the farms and rivers in the village of Sindh. Because the water was slow to recede, these arachnids established their homes in the trees and managed to completely enrobe them with their silky webs in the process. The people of Sindh admitted that this was their first time witnessing such a phenomenon.

When photos of this strange occurrence first began circulating on the net, millions of people did not believe it to be true. But National Geographic has since proven that such pictures and such phenomena actually exist. In fact, if you go under any of these trees, hundreds of tiny spiders will fall on your head. As unpleasant as that sounds, these arachnids have proven their worth by trapping mosquitoes in their webs and eating them before they can pester the citizens living near the stagnant waters.

How... beautiful?

How... beautiful?

Nothing like a stroll down a spidery, tree-lined path.

Nothing like a stroll down a spidery, tree-lined path.

5. Fly Geyser (USA)

Fly Geyser is a small geothermal geyser located in Washoe County, Nevada. It is 12 feet tall if you include the continuously growing mount on which it sits. It is privately owned by Todd Jaksick, the owner of Fly Ranch, meaning that visiting without permission is considered trespassing. You have been warned!

Fly Geyser is not an entirely natural phenomenon. Just like the Door to Hell in Derweze, Fly Geyser is the product of a human mistake. It was accidentally created in 1964 by a company in search of a geothermal source of energy. Some say that the well may not have been properly capped or that it was simply left unplugged. Either way, the end result was a continuous accumulation of minerals creating the ever-growing travertine mound.

A five-foot jet of water is constantly expelled from Fly Geyser into several terraces that discharge water directly to 30-40 travertine pools over an area of 30 hectares. The brilliant color of the mound is due to the presence of thermophilic bacteria, although several concentrated minerals are also present.

Nevada's Fly Geyser

Nevada's Fly Geyser

Could it be lovelier?

Could it be lovelier?

4. Mount Roraima (South America)

Mount Roraima is the highest of the Pakaraima chain of Tepui Plateaus in South America and is known to be one of the oldest geological formations on Earth, dating back to the Precambrian period. It marks the place where the borders of Venezuela, Brazil, and Guyana meet. The flora and fauna on this tabletop mountain are endemic to the area, and it rains almost every day.

Some people regard Mount Roraima as a sacred mountain, but even those who don't still consider it magical and mysterious, especially with the near-constant presence of clouds just below the tabletop. It is also home to numerous limpid pools and bizarre rock formations, enhancing its otherworldliness.

Magical clouds surrounding Mount Roraima.

Magical clouds surrounding Mount Roraima.

The hot springs of Mount Roraima.

The hot springs of Mount Roraima.

3. The Enchanted River (Philippines)

The Hinatuan River, popularly known as the Enchanted River, is currently one of the cleanest in the Philippines. The natural bluish pool is 50-80 meters deep and flows directly to the Pacific ocean. The deepest part is said to have strong sea currents connected to a trench, which is why the water there is salty. A lot of people say photos of this place are photoshopped, but such is the essence of the Enchanted River; it is clear to the point of being unbelievable.

The Enchanted River was so named because of the consistent local belief that it is a dwelling place for ethereal beings such as fairies and elves. Fishermen swear that though they see an abundance of fish in the waters, they have never been able to catch any, no matter what method they use—net, spear, or hand. They also say that fishing nets laid out at night can be found hanging on nearby tree branches in the morning. Apparently, a foreigner once tried to measure the depth of the visible riverbed and was astonished to find that it was unfathomable. Others reported seeing two long-haired females with alabaster skin swimming in the waters and vanishing into swirls of fireflies. Lastly, boatmen have reported seeing boulders in the water one day just to find them gone the next. As you can see, the Enchanted River is surrounded by mystery.

Every day at noon, swimmers and visitors alike are requested to leave the water for one hour so that caretakers can feed the fish. The Hinatuan hymn is played, and, as if on cue, groups of different kinds of fish come out of nowhere to feed on food scraps from the caretakers. The water is so deep that caretakers require unskilled swimmers to wear life jackets.

The waters of the Enchanted River are spectacularly colorful.

The waters of the Enchanted River are spectacularly colorful.

Don't forget your swimsuit!

Don't forget your swimsuit!

2. The Glowing Shores of Vaadhoo (Maldives)

The beaches of Vaadhoo in the Maldives resemble a sea of stars at night due to the spectacular bluish-white glow sparkling along their shores. This shimmering seems to mirror the star-studded sky at night, and one would definitely be lost in enchantment and magic upon seeing this phenomenon. These mesmerizing shimmers come from the luminescent plankton found in the waters near shore.

This phytoplankton species is especially known for its bioluminescence. The primary species that lines the Maldivian shore is the dinoflagellates. Such species' cell membranes react to electrical signals (such as the sea current) that make them glow.

shimmering shores of Vaadhoo, Maldives

shimmering shores of Vaadhoo, Maldives


1. Glen Brittle, Isle of Skye (Scotland)

Glen Brittle is a large glen on Scotland's Isle of Skye. It is surrounded by the highest mountains on Skye, known as the Cuillin. Many tributaries (streams that flow directly to the main stem river or lakes) flow down from these mountains into the glen, including the spectacular stream and waterfalls known as the Fairy Pools. There is also a sandy beach at the southernmost point of the glen that is very popular among tourists, hikers, and bikers.

There is a campsite near the beach where visitors can spend the night. It is considered one of the finest campsites in the country. Different species of animals abound in the area and are often seen freely roaming the valley and forests.

With its view of the Cuillin mountains—jaw-dropping in their natural majesty—Glen Brittle is truly a must-see destination!

Fairy Pool One

Fairy Pool One


Questions & Answers

Question: What is the water temperature of the Fairy Pool in Scotland?

Answer: The temperature varies with the season of course. As of now (Spring) the temperature can go between 11 - 15 degrees C. The waters are always cold in Isle of the Skye, so I suggest that you always bring your wetsuit if you are going there in cold weather.

Question: Are the spider web trees natural?

Answer: Yes, they are natural in the sense that spiders inhabited the trees. More and more insects get caught in the web that sustains the community of spiders healthy. As a result over time, the trees become covered in webs. It is common for spiders to do this in places that often see flooding, like in Pakistan, for example.

© 2013 Jennifer Gonzales


Jennifer Gonzales (author) from The Hague, Netherlands on July 09, 2018:

Hi Sharon. I deleted that one because it was not a real picture. It was edited and we don't want to mislead people of course. So we only use real pictures of the places we feature...:)

Sharron Voss on July 06, 2018:

All of these are beautiful but what happened to the Castle that was build into the mountain picture that has a waterfall that I came here from on Pinterest? I got here from this link.


Karen House on March 18, 2018:

Loved all the pics, thanks.

Thiru on March 14, 2018:

Really amazing,Beautiful Places To See! Thanks God.

Dharmendra thacker on February 05, 2018:

Really soooo soothing and cooling photos which have amazed me substantially. Vow !!!! Thnx.

Top10YT on January 21, 2018:

Thx this helped a lot in my video

Suze on September 22, 2017:

Very calming to look at such beauty still in the world.

Jennifer Gonzales (author) from The Hague, Netherlands on September 05, 2017:

Thanks Rachelle for telling me about it. Will remove the wrong picture ASAP. And change it to a right one. I appreciate it very much.

superb on June 19, 2017:

Amazing places

J. Wolwowicz on May 26, 2017:

The lead in picture to this site is a Photoshop fake one of four doing the rounds on Pinterest. Why use a fake picture when there are plenty of real ones to use.

cherfhel on May 10, 2017:

Really amazing. I'm blessed enough to have witnessed one of these magical places.

Marlene Riddick on March 06, 2017:

Beautiful Places To See! Thanks for this Network!

eag on January 08, 2017:

Mount Roraina in Venezuela, South America. it was the inspiration for the landscapes of the Disney movie "Up",

Jennifer Gonzales (author) from The Hague, Netherlands on November 20, 2016:

all of my pictures are real...the ones i used in my cover for this article really exist so i don't understand what you are talking about....

EJ on November 19, 2016:

Yet the picture you used for your cover is of a place that is NOT real and not covered in your article.... Why?

kristel on November 03, 2016:

It so amazing. I have gone to the enchanted river in Surigao..it is so beautiful and the water is so refreshing.

padre on August 16, 2016:

your perspective is incredible, you shots are captivating...you have a gift


Brent on May 18, 2016:

Enchanted river is a must seen place if you visit Philippines. Its really amazing. You can really swim with the fish and they are really big fish. Enchanted river is located in the Island of Mindanao part of Surigao.

Lacey on May 02, 2016:

I so much appreciated the commentary associated with each location. Typically, one is lucky to get a location name. Your board is really special. Thanks.

D H Marks from China on April 10, 2016:

I'd never heard of most of these and, judging by the pictures, I can't fathom why! Simply gorgeous. I was a little surprised not to see Jiuzhaigou on here, though.

Sam Shepards from Europe on April 10, 2016:

Excellent hub. Lovely places and cool geysers!

CHRIS THOMPSON from MOBILE, ALABAMA on March 29, 2016:

Great hub! I'm amazed with these places. Thanks for sharing

Ced Yong from Asia on March 17, 2016:

Some of these look right out from story books.

Sukhdev Shukla from Dehra Dun, India on January 31, 2016:

All these places are so beautiful, Jennifer. I wish I could visit at least one of these. Thanks for sharing.

Denise Chase from Florida on January 23, 2016:

Love these places!!! I am going to make a point of trying to visit them. Thanks for sharing.

K HARISH RAMACHANDRAN from INDIA on January 16, 2016:

Excellent hub and dazzling photos.

Roger Dillon from Kent, USA on January 11, 2016:

Hin Jennifer Gonzales,

I read your article. You are mention all the fantasy places that in our mind foresee. It's awesome, love it.

Thank you.

Roger Dillon1

Paul A on January 08, 2016:

awesomely beautiful.

Rota on December 05, 2015:

Those places are stunning! I have only ever seen the Scottish place before..the one in Turkmenistan looks crazy...betr think about heading that way at some point!

Jennifer Gonzales (author) from The Hague, Netherlands on December 05, 2015:

I haven't been to Turkey indeed...I wish one day i will be able to visit Turkey...I heard it is also a very nice place...

oldfrontosa on December 04, 2015:

Great places but you seem like you have never been to Turkey.

Kristy Bernales from Melbourne on December 01, 2015:

Quite impressive hub. Must say - you have done justice to the post with amazing picture selection.

Darshan on November 20, 2015:

Jennifer, You are an angel for all those who look for beauty and a bit of fantasy. Those places seem unreal and that's what interests any hardcore travel lover like me. Fantastic Hub !!!

Graham Lee from Lancashire. England. on November 18, 2015:

Hi. A fabulous hub. Full of interest and knowledge. Your research is first class and your images are so well chosen. Well done.


Lin from USA on November 16, 2015:

Very beautiful and interesting hub, thank you for posting it.

Jaimie Capelin from Travelling on November 13, 2015:

Nice! Good research and beautiful images to back it up. Brought back a few good memories, and sparked a want to explore the others!

GreenMind Guides from USA on November 11, 2015:

Good, solid hub with lots of great writing about amazing places that seem fantasy but are actually real.. You're a really good writer and I appreciate hubbers like you. Thanks!

Kirtan Shah from Ahmedabad on November 08, 2015:

just amazing to see this places...! i wish to visit one of this place in future.

Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on November 06, 2015:

Amazing. Great job.

Jack Lee from Yorktown NY on November 04, 2015:

Beautiful images, excellent hub content.

Lauren Valkyrie from United States on October 17, 2015:

I really love this hub. The picture of the castle is amazing!

Erin on October 10, 2015:

Fantastic read! Thanks so much for sharing. :) Many of the photos were absolutely stunning!

Anastasiia on October 02, 2015:

Another secret place, I have discovered this week - Niemodlin Castle. The castle of Niemodlin is not only the residence and the place of picturesque views and natural peace and quiet, but also amazing place for photo shoots and film settings.

Take a look: http://polishcastle.uk

KonaGirl from New York on September 27, 2015:

Isn't this earth amazing and breathtakingly beautiful? You can chosen some splendid photos of incredible places! Thanks so much for sharing!

Rami Sabeer from Egypt on July 28, 2015:

wow it's really Unbelievable Places , you inspire me to the next vacation thank you so much.

Readmikenow on July 21, 2015:

After reading this my bucket list got a little longer. Great pictures.

Chantelle Porter from Ann Arbor on July 06, 2015:

Wow. Beautiful and interesting article. My bucket list just got longer.

Malvika from Delhi, India on May 08, 2015:

Awesome! Didnt know about some of the places at all- like the web covered trees.

Very insightful hub!

Akriti Mattu from Shimla, India on May 02, 2015:

Just woww

Centfie from Kenya on April 23, 2015:

Extraordinary! Good work. Very insightful

Juliet on April 15, 2015:

Enchanted River is indeed enchanted, i live in the next province and we were so amazed by this river, we always come back , adding to the enchanted river is the Tinuy-an Falls dubbed as the Niagara Falls of the Phils. the falls is 95 mts wide and 55mts high (180ft.) Hooray summer! email me if any of you guys wish pics of the falls.


Susan Trump from San Diego, California on March 23, 2015:

I hope you've seen them all.

Tariq khan on February 22, 2015:

Amazing i really enjoyed it.

Lee John from Preston on January 21, 2015:

Simply Stunning great hub well done! x

jblais1122@aol from Kansas City, Missouri, USA on January 20, 2015:


Kelly from NJ, USA on January 13, 2015:

Great imagery.

LM Gutierrez on January 02, 2015:

Great Hub! Put all these places in one scifi movie or an RPG game and people won't be able to differentiate them from the real one.

Charlotte on November 21, 2014:

And where was taken the very 1st picture (the amazing stone architecture with waterfalls)? Thanks!

Kate Mcguire from London, United Kingdom on November 18, 2014:

This hub made my bucket list so0o much more longer! I wish I could visit all these places with a camera in my hands... Thanks for the inspiration :)

Dan Lema from Tanzania on July 03, 2014:

It's a very interesting article for adventure nuts like me, now i've added few additional places to visit before i die....thanks a lot...

Jennifer Gonzales (author) from The Hague, Netherlands on June 08, 2014:

Thanks Tony...:)

Tony Fullini from Miami, Florida on June 08, 2014:

Absolutely fabulous, very beautiful. There are some other magical places out there, like Torres del Paine, the Himalayas and so much more. Looking forward to seeing some more fantastic pictures.

Pauline from New Zealand on May 22, 2014:

Amazing Hub I love magical places. I am glad I now know not to stand under spider trees.

janesix on May 08, 2014:

Fabulous! That first picture is my favorite.

Amanda from Michigan, United States on May 08, 2014:

Absolutely stunning photo selection and descriptions. I must admit the spider web trees freak me out a little though! ;-)

Carrie Lee Night from Northeast United States on April 06, 2014:

Absolutely beautiful and mind blowing. The Maldive beach picture was my favorite and the most magical for me. Thank you for taking the time to write this hub, it was a pleasure to read. Have a great week.

Jennifer Gonzales (author) from The Hague, Netherlands on April 02, 2014:

Awww...really? why a sad face greeneyedblondie?

greeneyedblondie on March 31, 2014:

Now I was to see all of those places. :(

Laryssa from Indiana on March 26, 2014:

Loving this! New stops on my bucket list!

Avinesh Prahladi from Chandigarh on October 30, 2013:

Such stunning and amazing pictures, I just can't believe my eyes. I must say that purpleshadow13, you did a great job by posting this hub.

Really appreciate !!!

Toy Tasting from Mumbai on October 30, 2013:

Beautiful! Amazing hub with some mesmerizing pictures. :)

Thanks for writing this hub :)

deepthiveera from Cumbum, Tamil Nadu, India on October 25, 2013:

All these places are really unbelievable! Very interesting to read and I like all these great places. Thanks for sharing this wonderful Hub with the beautiful pictures. Voted Up!

Deya Writes on October 25, 2013:

Like straight out of a story, nice hub

Ronald E Franklin from Mechanicsburg, PA on October 24, 2013:

I enjoyed briefly visiting these places through the photos. Thanks!

Agnes on October 24, 2013:

These places are absolutely fascinating... And the photos are gorgeous.

vibesites from United States on October 24, 2013:

Unbelievably gorgeous. They're all like settings for a fantasy movie! :D

Pete from Ontario, Canada on October 23, 2013:

Simply stunning! Creation is quite spectacular! Excellent hub.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on October 23, 2013:

I love articles like this one, and these sites are incredible. Thanks for writing this.

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