Eastern Europe is full of charming yet unexplored places, and below I would like to share with you some of them:
Ruins of the underwater prison Rummu – Estonia
The ruins of this Estonian abandoned prison is half immersed in crystal clear lake waters. The prison was built in 1940’s by the Soviet Union, but when it deflated the prison was left and destroyed. Now this area became a beach resort called “the blue lagoon” and an attraction for divers to see the ruins up close.
Sinca Veche Cave Monastery – Romania
An obscure underground cave Monastery is considered to be 7,000 years old. No one knows who built this monastery. It has different religious symbols etched into the wall showing the place was a holy place for many religions. The lights through the window shafts bring powerful energy into the cave, and you can feel the peace and feeling of spirituality.
Crooked House – Poland
It is a famous landmark that came from Polish fairy tale illustrations by Jan Marcin Szancer. Because of the twisted look, you might feel dizzy while looking at it for a long time.
Church of Bones (Sedlec Ossuary) – Czech Republic
This chapel was built 800 years ago next to a cemetery, and its basement was used as an ossuary. A lot of people aspired to be buried there as it was considered a holy place. The burial site was considerably enlarged during the 14th-century Black Death. In 1870 bones from more than 40,000 human skeletons were placed in the chapel as decorations.
The Republic of Uzupis, – Lithuania
This used to be the Jewish district of Vilnius. Most of the district’s Jewish population were killed during the World War II. The left houses were taken over by mainly the homeless and prostitutes, and the area was largely dismissed. On the 1st of April in 1997, the district was declared to be a Republic that even has its own constitution. Here are some lines from it:
- Everyone has the right to hot water, heating in winter and a tiled roof
- Everyone has the right to be undistinguished and unknown.
- Everyone has the right to love and take care of the cat.
- Everyone has the right to understand nothing.
- A dog has the right to be a dog.
- Everyone shall remember their name.
- Everyone has the right to celebrate or not celebrate their birthday.
Beyond politics, the Republic has a great art scene with sculptures, street art, and other local masterpieces.
Izmailovsky Kremlin – Russia
This is another Moscow Kremlin located on the off beaten path. Inside there is an architecture entertainment complex and few traditional museums: Russian vodka museum, the museum of bread, the museum of marshmallow, folk museum. Nearby you can also visit the largest world fair and exhibition of decorative arts.
Hitler’s headquarter (Wolfs Lair) – Poland
Serving as one of the most famous Nazi Headquarters during the invasion of the Soviet Union, the complex had around 200 buildings including shelters, barracks, and two airports. Hitler himself spent over 800 days at the Lair with his final departure in November 1944. The Wolf’s Lair is located in the Masurian Woods, and visitors regularly make a day trip from other Polish cities to see the complex.