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Mysteries of Europe: France, Italy and more

Travel mysteries of Europe

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Firebird Tours is a travel company that organises private and small group tours to European countries. Learn more at firebirdtours.com.au

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While a Eurotrip for most is a vacation of excellent entertainment, beautiful cities, distinct culture, and rich history, there is a great part of it that is often overlooked.

For example, did you know there are many mysterious places and objects you can tour? Or, at least get close enough to feed your curiosity?

Well, stay put, and let’s find out where they are!

Travel mysteries of Europe

Mystery sarcophagus in Paris

 While most France tour packages include the famous Notre Dame Cathedral, this is quite a new revelation!

After the devastating fire that heavily damaged the Gothic landmark in 2019, workers have found a stunning sarcophagus of unknown origins. The object was buried 65 feet underground, lying beneath the old brick pipes of a 19th-century heating system.

Scientists believe the coffin to be from the 1300s, but whose remains lie in it is still unclear, though they think it is one of a woman’s. With preparations already underway, they are planning on opening it soon. So, we suggest making your way to Notre Dame with this new information in mind. The secret is very important to the Parisians, and it is about to be out!

Travel mysteries of Europe

Bloody Street in Amsterdam

Continue with your mysterious trip on the train from Paris to Amsterdam, and keep solving these creepy European secrets!

This time, let’s find out what skeletons hide in the closet of one of the most famous streets in Amsterdam. Bloedstraat, located near Nieuwmarkt and the main city canal, is shrouded in legends and all kinds of mysteries, making it a very popular tourist place.

Back in the 16th century, during the time of the most vicious part of Dutch history, the Blood Trials, the street was used as a ground to execute prisoners of all kinds, though mostly political rebels against the King of Spain.

According to the stories, there would be so much blood after the cruel killings that it would run down all the way to the canal. Hence, the name Bloedstraat.

Now you can visit the place and find out for yourself if Blood Street is really as scary and haunted as people say it is!

Travel mysteries of Europe

Devil’s Bridge in Ascoli Piceno

Located in a small town in central Italy, Ponte di Cecco, locally referred to as the Devil’s Bridge, is one of the most mysterious and interesting pieces of ancient Roman times.

Probably the most visited object in Ascoli Piceno, Ponte di Cecco was once thought to be a product of medieval times. Still, scientists recently made it clear that the bridge was actually built more than 2000 years ago.

The real mystery about the bridge is that there are no hard facts about it being built; not by who or when. So, according to the legend that Italians love, medieval poet and astrologer Cecco d’Ascoli constructed the bridge overnight with the help of the devil.

There are some other exciting stories surrounding Devil’s Bridge, but we suggest traveling to Ascoli Piceno and hearing them from the locals!

Travel mysteries of Europe

Hill of Crosses in Siauliai

While Lithuania is known for its typical central European charm and is a welcoming city, this particular site will give you chills.

Hill of Crosses is exactly as it sounds – it is so intriguing that there are constantly crowds there, no matter the season or time of day. Though, you probably would not like to get caught there at night time!

The impressive area of hills and trails is covered in crosses of all kinds: huge ones, little ones, wooden, metal, or even glass. Bringing your own rosemary, cross, photos, and general pieces representing religious icons has been a tradition in the Baltics for many years. There are more than 100,000 crosses piled one on top of the other, most of which date back to the mid-19th century.

There was always a mystery of why a location this creepy would be so popular and who started the whole thing. According to Lithuanians, there were appearances of the Holy Mary near the site, and while the Hill of Crosses is considered a holy place, it is regarded as one of the creepiest and most mysterious places in Europe.

Travel mysteries of Europe

Nessie of the Scottish Highlands

One of the most well-known legends in the world is about this stunning and monstrous creature living in the depths of Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands. Do you dare?

The lake has always been a popular tourist attraction, and aside from its obvious beauty, it is primarily because of the sea monster so lovingly called Nessie. According to the stories, this giant, dinosaur-resembling monster lurks beneath the surface and can cause deadly harm to those who try to disturb her.

Nessie’s stories mostly come from folklore, and there are no hard facts proving her existence, but people still go to great lengths just to see for themselves. Are you ready to hunt the scary monster of Loch Ness as well?

If you are a fan of solving and encountering mysteries, this trip is for you. Make sure you plan out an itinerary to get the most out of everything. Remember to stay brave and curious, and leave the rest to these fascinating locations. Happy travels!

Firebird Tours

This article was made possible thanks to Firebird Tours and Rail Ninja.

Firebird Tours is a travel company that organises private and small group tours to European countries. Learn more at firebirdtours.com.au

Rail Ninja is a train ticket booking platform that helps you plan and book train tickets for travel across the world. Learn more at rail.ninja