6 places almost impossible to visit

Top 25: Forbidden places on the planet, where outsiders are strictly forbidden access

With all the modern technological development, it’s hard to imagine a place on Earth where you can’t fly to, come to, or sail to. However, on our planet there are still places where tourists do not get, and there are very different reasons for this.

Secret military bases, “closed” islands, fragile natural sites and even attractions associated with supernatural activity are just some of the places where you could face fines, criminal penalties or death for trespassing. Find out as many as 25 unique and forbidden places right now!

25. Secret Vatican archives Photo: Maus-Trauden

These vaults contain important government documents, letters, records, and many more valuable papers that the Catholic Church has collected and preserved for thousands of years. The secret archives of the Vatican are considered one of the most inaccessible sites in the world, although this was not always the case. In 1881, Pope Leo XIII did allow a few researchers to examine the repository’s documents for scientific purposes. In those days, only a highly qualified scholar could qualify to visit this Catholic institution. Even the most select visitors were obliged to follow strict rules governing what exactly visitors could study in the Vatican archives.

24. North Sentinel Island, India Photo: Dr. K. Vedhagiri

North Sentinel Island belongs to the Andaman Islands and is part of India. The island is known for its picturesque unspoiled beaches and fascinating nature. However, the local tribes are very hostile and very aggressive towards any outsiders to this little paradise on earth. Not only do they refuse to make contact with outsiders, but they have even killed several uninvited guests. Not surprisingly, access for tourists to North Sentinel Island is closed. For their own safety.

23. Lascaux Cave, France

Lascaux Cave is located in southeastern France and houses 900 pieces of prehistoric art, which are incredibly well preserved to this day due to the unique conditions of air circulation in this underground system. Today the site is considered one of the most important paleolithic monuments of history and is called the “Sistine Chapel of Primitive Painting”. Since 1963, public access to these caves was prohibited, because tourists caused a fungus to enter the site, damaging the unique ecosystem of Lascaux. In addition, the excess carbon dioxide exhaled by the crowds of visitors also began to harm the integrity of the rock paintings, and algae colonies, calcite deposits and mold appeared in the cave. Any human intervention is considered potentially devastating to the cave and its contents, so now it is literally under lock and key, and every 2 weeks a special team in protective suits arrives here and manually cleans the walls from the pesky fungus.

22. Area 51, Nevada, USA Photo: Tim1337

Hidden in the middle of the barren Nevada desert, Area 51 is a classified U.S. military base, the purpose of which has never been revealed to the general public. Speculation about what goes on there has long troubled the minds of inquisitive American citizens and followers of theories of government conspiracy and the presence of aliens on Earth. However, the base most likely serves to develop and test experimental aircraft and high-tech weapon systems. One thing is certain – access to the territory of Area 51 is strictly limited, and what happens behind its fences is not intended for the eyes of ordinary citizens.

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21. Syurtsei, Iceland Photo: CanonS2

This small volcanic island is part of the Vestmannaeyjar Archipelago and is located off the south coast of Iceland. Surtsey is one of the youngest islands on our planet, because it appeared only recently – during the volcanic activity that lasted from 1963 to 1967. Access to the island is strictly forbidden, except for a small group of selected scientists. The restriction is imposed to ensure that this place has all the necessary conditions for the natural formation of its own ecosystem without interference.

20. Room 39, North Korea Photo: Mark Scott Johnson / Sydney, Australia

Room 39 is a secret organization associated with the dictatorial dynasty of North Korea, the Kim family. The secret department allegedly finances the ruling family and the highest levels of government through both legitimate and illegitimate financial transactions. It is rumored to be involved in smuggling, drug trafficking and money laundering through secret accounts in Switzerland. The main office of Room 39 is most likely located in the building of the ruling Labor Party of North Korea in Pyongyang.

19. Svalbard Global Seed Fund Bank, Norway Photo: Bjoertvedt

Hidden inside a mountain on a remote island in the Svalbard Archipelago, halfway between the Norwegian mainland and the North Pole, the Global Seed Bank is a secure storage facility designed to preserve the full diversity of plant seeds in the event of a regional or global food crisis. The institution is designed to store 4.5 million seed samples, and about one million have now been brought in.

18. Woomera Test Site, Australia Photo: Kr.afol / English language Wikipedia

The former Woomera Test Site, also known as the Woomera exclusion zone, is the largest military testing facility in the world. Its area is more than 122 thousand square kilometers. The spaceport is located in southern Australia, 450 kilometers northeast of Adelaide (Adelaide, the largest city in the county). The landfill was declared a restricted area in 1947, however, on the territory of Woomera is still objects, which are allowed and ordinary citizens. For example, the local museum and several other accessible attractions.

17. Metro-2, Russia Photo: Anakin

Also known by the codename D-6, Metro-2 is a secret underground transportation system running parallel to the public metro in Moscow. The secret bunkers were created during Stalin’s time, and supposedly connect several of the capital’s most important government and administrative institutions, including the Kremlin, the main building of the Moscow FSB office, Vnukovo-2 airport, the Security Council, and the CIS antiterrorist center.

16. Coca-Cola Recipe Warehouse, Georgia, USA Photo: wikimedia commons

The legendary secret formula for the world’s iconic Coca-Cola drink is one of the greatest trade secrets on the planet. The drink’s recipe is in a special safe in Atlanta at the World of Coca-Cola Museum. The facility is heavily guarded, and only the top executives of the corporation have access to this vault. The formula for the drink is the result of 125 years of Coca-Cola history and is inextricably linked not only to the iconic taste of the world-famous fizz, but also to special memories.

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15. Snake Island, Brazil Photo: wikimedia commons

The official name of this place is Ilha de Queimada Grande, but most often it is called Snake Island. It is located off the coast of Sao Paulo, and is known for being home to many snakes. In the whole world, only here is inhabited by the most dangerous species of snake – the island botrops. The venom of this reptile is so toxic that it literally melts human skin and flesh. Not surprisingly, for safety reasons, the Brazilian authorities have banned visits to Queimada Grande.

14. White’s Gentleman Club, London, United Kingdom Photo: PAUL FARMER

Located along St. James Street in central London, White?s Gentleman Club is the most exclusive gentleman’s club in the British capital, or perhaps even in the world. An extremely closed institution was founded in 1693, and it still adheres to the rule that only men are allowed in. Among the frequent visitors of this prestigious club are such eminent persons as Prince Charles, Prince William and Tom Stacey. Membership in the respectable club is impossible to buy or squeeze, and the invitation to White?’s Gentleman Club is given only to the most select gentlemen on the planet by special vote.

13. North Brothers Island, New York, USA Photo: reivax / Washington, DC, USA

North Brother Island is located in the East River and is part of the New York territory. It is a humble piece of land and one of the most famous abandoned and more uninhabited places in the American metropolis. This island has a very dark history. Since 1885, it was home to a quarantine hospital, and it was on Northbrother that the famous Typhoid Mary (an American woman who became the first carrier of typhoid fever in the history of the United States) lived. In the 1950s, the hospital became a rehabilitation center for drug-addicted youth. Now the place is abandoned and is inhabited only by birds and small animals. People are not allowed access to the island.

12. espionage museum, China Photo: wikimedia commons

The National Security Educational Museum in Nanjing in western China is a museum dedicated to espionage and is known for the fact that only Chinese citizens can enter. Foreign visitors are not allowed here. According to the museum manager, the exhibits (collections of tiny guns, miniature cameras, secret caches and more) are not intended for overly impressionable foreigners. In addition, visitors to the museum are strictly forbidden to take pictures of anything inside the institution.

11. the Bank of England gold vault Photo: Diliff

The Central Bank of the United Kingdom is located on Threadneedle Street in London and its vault contains about 20% of the gold reserves of all countries. The Bank of England holds as much as 5,134 tons of gold, and this amount of this precious metal is equivalent to about $248 billion! The vault is unlocked with traditional metal keys and equipped with an electronic security system to ensure that only authorized employees have access here.

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10. Dulce Secret Base, New Mexico, USA Photo: pixabay

Not far from the Colorado border in northern New Mexico is a small town called Dulce with only 2,600 people (mostly Navajo Indians). There is a theory that there is a whole underground U.S. military base under this place, where the incredible experiments are conducted and the latest technology is developed. Proponents of the conspiracy theory say that hybrids of humans and animals, humans and aliens live in this underground complex, and that this is where you can see the most advanced devices on the planet. The authorities, of course, deny everything.

9. Mezhgorye, Russia Photo: Pesotsky

Mezhgorie is a remote Russian town hidden in the mountains of the Southern Urals where rumor has it that they are hiding nuclear ballistic missiles. The town is guarded by two military battalions ensuring that no uninvited guests enter its vicinity. Official authorities have not commented on rumors of nuclear weapons in this closed facility, but Western analysts believe the local base is home to missiles that can be activated remotely at any time.

8. Pyramid of Chichen Itza, Mexico Photo: Fcb981

Chichen Itza is one of the most famous and well-preserved cities of the great Mayan civilization in Mexico. This archaeological site is very popular with tourists from all over the world who come to the Yucatan Peninsula for beach views and intense excursions. Each year about 1.5 million people visit Chichen Itza. However, the most iconic Mayan site, the Kukulkan Pyramid, is no longer accessible to visitors and entry is strictly forbidden. The pyramid was closed in 2006 following the fatal fall of a tourist who rolled down the slope of the landmark during her descent.

7. Mount Water, Virginia, USA Photo: wikimedia commons

Just 74 kilometers from Washington, D.C., deep in the bowels of the earth is the secret underground U.S. military base of Mount Weather. The headquarters was designed as an emergency command center and as a refuge for high-ranking military and civilian elite in the event of a national catastrophe. The base is equipped with everything needed for autonomous living, from mess halls, hospitals and recreational areas to power plants, a crematorium and a mass transit system. The Mount Water Bunker is guarded by armed soldiers, electric fences, barbed wire, and warning signs at the entrances.

6. Ostro Herd, Australia Photo: wikimedia commons

This is one of the most remote places on the planet. Heard Island lies between Madagascar and Antarctica, and is politically part of Australia. There are two active volcanoes on the archipelago, and its landmass consists mostly of limestone rock and volcanic debris (rubble). In 1996 the Australian government listed Heard as a national treasure and developed a plan to strictly prohibit access to the island without special permission. In this way the authorities want to protect the unique and very fragile nature of the island.

5. Pravčické vorota, Czech Republic Photo: Pudelek

Pravčická Gate (Pravcicka Brana) is one of the most famous natural landmarks of the Czech Republic, and is the largest sandstone gate (rock arch) in Europe. Since 1982, tourists have not been allowed to climb this rock arch in order to reduce the load on the erosion-prone rock. However, the destruction of the arch is still ongoing, and geologists speculate that it will soon collapse, which has already happened to the Azure Window (Azure Window, an iconic Maltese landmark, a limestone arch that collapsed literally in 2017).

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4. the island of Povella, Italy Photo: Chris 73 / Wikimedia Commons

This small island is located in northern Italy between Venice and Lido. Poveglia is a forbidden place with a dark and even crazy past. It was once a quarantine hospital for the plague. It is said that almost 160,000 infected people lived on this little piece of land at one time, many of whom spent their last days and hours of painful existence here. Supposedly 50% of the soil on Powell Island now consists of human remains. After the quarantine center was closed, there was a psychiatric hospital where it is rumored that many patients were tortured and murdered. This institution was also closed and since then the island has been completely deserted. Today it is strictly forbidden to visit the island.

3. Tomb of Qin Shi Huangdi, China Photo: mentalfloss.com

The tomb of the first Chinese emperor and founder of the Qin Dynasty, Qin Shi Huang, is hidden deep in the depths of a hill in Central China. The tomb complex consists of an intricate network of underground caves filled with all sorts of objects that would have been useful to the emperor in his afterlife, including an army of clay figures known as the terracotta army. The tomb itself with the ruler’s body has yet to be excavated. Perhaps in tribute to the ancestors, the Chinese government will never allow further archaeological exploration of the site.

2. Diego Garcia, British Indian Ocean Territory Photo: wikimedia commons

This island is south of the equator in the central Indian Ocean and is an atoll that looks almost like a perfect tropical resort with white-sand beaches and turquoise water. However, after the British forcibly expelled the locals in 1973, a large military base was established here, and only authorized personnel from the fort are now allowed access to the island.

1. Bhangar Fort, India Photo: Navjot Singh

Bhangarh Fort, in the Indian state of Rajasthan, is a 17th century ruin. Hindus are scared of the place because it’s believed the old fort is haunted. The country’s authorities have officially declared the ruined city a haunted abode and introduced strict rules governing the visit of these ruins. Tourists are forbidden to appear in the fort at night (from dusk to dawn), and residents of the surrounding communities say that no brave man who broke this rule has never returned.

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6. Area 51.

Area 51 is the nickname of a military base located in southern Nevada in the western United States. The base is located on the southern shore of Groom Lake and is a secret military airfield. The main purpose of the base is to develop and test experimental aircraft and weapons systems. The base is surrounded by a lot of secrets, and its very existence is hardly recognized by the U.S. government. It is for this reason that it is a frequent subject of conspiracy theories as well as UFO folklore. A sign in Area 51 declares that deadly force will be applied to anyone who enters forbidden territory.

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7. Bureau 39

7. Bureau 39

Bureau 39 may be one of the most closed organizations in North Korea, looking for ways to obtain foreign currency. Bureau 39 was established in the late 1970s. The organization has been described as the cornerstone of North Korea’s economy, centered on the dynastic Kim family. It is not known where the organization’s name came from. Very little is also known about the organization itself because of the number of secrets surrounding it, but it is believed that Bureau 39 uses 10-20 bank accounts in China and Switzerland for counterfeiting, money laundering and other illegal operations.

Moreover, some sources allege that Bureau 39 is involved in drug smuggling and illegal arms sales. It is known, however, that 120 foreign trade companies are under the jurisdiction of the organization, and before Kim Jong Il’s death, Bureau 39 was under his direct control. However, North Korea denies involvement in any illegal activities. Bureau 39 is believed to be located inside the ruling party building in Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea.

8. The Great Temple of Ise.

8. The Great Temple of Ise.

Japan’s Great Ise Shrine, a common name for more than 100 shrines, is Japan’s most sacred shrine. It is dedicated to Amaterasu, the sun goddess, and has been in existence since the 4th century B.C. In accordance with the Shinto idea of death, the temple is destroyed and reborn every 20 years (the next rebirth is scheduled for 2033). Only a priest or priestess, who must be a member of the royal family, may enter.

9. Mountain “Emergency Operations Center”

It is a place that is not only closed to the public, but that no one wants to go to. In most end-of-the-world movies, we see government officials and other chosen people go to some place in the hope that they can escape imminent doom. This mountain is a real-life place that was created in the 1950s because of the outbreak of the Cold War, yet it continues to function to this day. It is a place of “last hope. For obvious reasons, the activities taking place there are strictly classified. The mountain is administered by the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency. The center has long been active, and even with small local problems in the U.S., much of the telecommunications traffic is routed through it.

10. Menwith Hill Military Base

10. Mentwit Hill military base

Menwith Hill is a British military base connected to the ECHELON global spy network. The base is a large satellite ground station that listens to telephone conversations and can warn of a missile attack. This base is considered the largest electronic monitoring station in the world. Apparently, the white, streamlined domes are part of the Echelon spy system.

It is known that the Echelon system was created to monitor the military and diplomatic ties of the Soviet Union and its eastern allies during the Cold War in the early 1960s, but the base has not ceased its activities since the end of the Cold War. It is now busy tracking possible terrorist acts being prepared and also serves as a political and diplomatic intelligence service.

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