Do you have a travel bug? Visit the world’s 15 filthiest, germiest tourist attractions and you could catch much more than that!
John Harvard’s Toes: Harvard Yard, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Legend has it that rubbing the statue’s left foot will bless students with extra luck in their challenging academics. Tourists who are captivated flock to the statue on a daily basis to rub the foot for luck, too. When you think about the number of people who put their germy hands on this spot every day, it already sounds pretty gross, the story actually gets even grosser.
One thing that many tour guides conveniently leave out of their spiel is the fact that many students also urinate on the statue at nighttime.
Victor Noir’s Tomb: Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris, France
Called the “sexiest tomb in Paris” (weird claim to fame), a sculpture of Victor Noir is famous for what appears to be an erection under his pants. The monument has been celebrated by many women as a symbol of love, fertility and pleasure.
Local legend says that if a woman kisses the statue and places a flower in Noir’s hat, she will find a husband within a year. A slightly racier version is that if a woman rubs or straddles a certain area on the statue, she’ll be blessed with enhanced fertility and an excellent sex life. Bet he didn’t have that many germs on his private parts when he was alive.
Grauman’s Chinese Theater: Hollywood, California
The celebrity handprints in the cement in front of the theater encourage bare-hand contact with a dirty city sidewalk. Yuck, where have all those tourist hands been? If you carry some hand sanitizer then this can be salvaged. The amount of germs you will receive when you first put your hands down will be sky high but if you aren’t a germaphobe then you should be fine.
Small children that are easily affected by germs should not be putting their hands down here, however. Whoever thought it would fun to put your hands on the dirty ground must have had no fear.
CBGB’s Toilets: New York, New York
The legendary New York punk club had two disgusting bathrooms, which shocked even the most road-seasoned musicians such as David Byrne and Thurston Moore. The club, which closed in 2006, was a mecca for music fans from around the world.
You would have to be extremely careful if you had the courage to go to the bathroom here. The floor looks dirtier than we don’t know what and even the toilet paper is all over the place. A nice long shower is needed the moment you get home after stepping foot in here. Germs are probably flying around and living on everything in there.
Oscar Wilde’s Tomb: Pére Lachaise Cemetery, Paris, France
For years, female fans have visited the huge memorial in Paris’s largest cemetery to honor the Irish playwright and many left their mark in red lipstick. Thousands and thousands of lipstick kisses cover the bottom half of the tomb. That’s a whole lot of filthy lips.
A whole lot of filthy lips and devoted fans. Do they think that their lipstick is an armor or do they just not care that kissing the bottom of a tomb is one of the most disgusting things you can ever do? It’s one thing if this was a loved one like a father, husband or even a son but this was a playwright.
St. Mark’s Square: Venice, Italy
Tourists love to feed the pigeons here, though city officials have been cracking down on the pooping “sky rats” in recent years. From the looks of this woman, she may be fearing that one of these birds is going to drop a load any moment now.
That whole area is an open field and everyone better have their best Matrix impression ready or else their shoulder or head tops are going to be in for a true treat. Even having the birds on her arm like she is some sort of eagle trainer isn’t all that sanitary.
Marilyn Monroe’s Crypt: Los Angeles, California
After her passing in 1962, actress Marilyn Monroe was interred in Crypt #24 at the Corridor of Memories in Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park, Los Angeles.
For more than fifty years the crypt has been frequented by a steady stream of visitors and admirers who, having carefully selected the proper shade of red lipstick, proceed to plant their lips on the cold, germ-infested marble slab in front of her final resting place. This is just like the previous germ-infested place. It is just mind boggling that people would want to kiss something like this.
Barbary Apes: Gibraltar, Spain
The free-to-roam primates draw hundreds of tourists a day. But the apes routinely hunt through garbage, throw feces at people, and even attack visitors. They are a huge risk for transmitting salmonella or hepatitis to humans because of their filthy behavior.
And to think, we always perceived little monkeys as nice animals. Sure they can have their fun but you would have never thought the little ones would be trying to attack you. And if someone had a gash like in the picture above, he had better hope the monkeys didn’t throw anything at them.
Karni Mata Rat Temple: India
This is exactly what it sounds like: a temple crawling with thousands of “holy” rats. Shoes are not allowed in the temple, and it’s considered very auspicious for a rat (which are frequently diseased) to run over your feet.
The image shows an insane amount of rats next to that young child. If the rats wanted to, they could be able to overthrow that child and start feasting on him. Luckily, this is a “holy” place so the rats should have manners. In any other environment, a rat running over your foot might mean you need to evacuate the area.
Sewer Museum: Paris, France
For those wanting a close-up look at the Paris sewage system, this museum can’t be beaten. Visitors can watch actual drain water swirl around them and can tour a functional septic tank. This seems like a rather strange tourist destination because, quite frankly, who wants to be entertained by filth?
Luckily, some people find things like this attracting and would love to experience the sewage system in Paris. They might find love in there. Isn’t Paris the city of love? If you see someone of the opposite sex fully enjoying that sewage as much as you are, then you might have found your match.
Ganges River: India
One of the most polluted sites on earth, the Ganges River is contaminated with everything from raw sewage to human bodies. And we can’t piece together why these poor souls are just sitting in that filth like they are taking a bath in it.
This probably isn’t the most disgusting place on this list but it certainly has to be in the top five. Dead bodies mixed with sewage is down right gross on too many levels to count. You could easily become diseased just by stepping foot in this river. Is this truly a river or a pathway to the underworld?
Glastonbury Festival: Pilton, Somerset, England
Attended by roughly 175,000 people each year, the three-day-long music festival is a rite of passage for many music lovers. But it’s also notoriously germy: one scientist found that festival-goers’ wristbands contain a “surprisingly high number” of staphylococci and micrococci bacteria, which can cause infection and food poisoning.
And by the looks of this photograph, those in attendance seem to enjoy doing dirty things while they are there. And that dirty does not contain any sort of positive connotation this is just downright down and dirty. After a certain age, diving and sliding in mud should not be a part of your agenda.
Kowakien Yunessun Hot Springs: Hakone, Japan
The famous red wine bath gives the phrase “drinking problem” a whole new meaning. On the bright side, alcohol has antiseptic properties. As much as this has it’s problems, it also seems like the most serviceable unsanitary place. You get to get tipsy with friends in a swimming pool like environment because that is what you are supposed to do!
The only thing is drinking the same fluid some random people have had their topless bodies in. You don’t know what they do or where they have been. There must be a rule that you have to take an extensive shower before taking a dip in here.
Market Theater Gum Wall: Seattle, Washington
This 15’x50′ wall of gum began as a few sticky pieces discarded by college students waiting in line for movie tickets fifteen years ago. How it became a thing to do is beyond us. Just the sight of it could give the smallest germaphobe the creeps and make them want to go take a shower immediately.
Even pressing your gum against the wall has to be gross because there are no free slots so your essentially touching someone else’s old stale game at the same time. The only cool thing about this is the nice picture you can get from it because of all the colors.
Blarney Stone: Blarney Castle, Ireland
Here we are once again with people kissing something that is not clean at all and other people have kissed. How trusting are these people that take part in these kissings? Don’t they fret over the germs they can catch on their lips?
Local legend has it that visitors who bend over backward to kiss the stone built into Blarney Castle are rewarded with eloquent speech. But, given that more than 400,000 people pucker up to the stone each year, we’re guessing you’d end up with a little more than just the ‘gift of the gab’.
Catacombes de Paris
Yes, those are real bones and they are there by the dozen. This place is carved beneath the French capital very deep and has human bones from millions of ex-Parisians that go back a thousand years! They got the bones from old cemeteries because they were causing health hazards due to overuse.
This place has been open to the public since the nineteenth century. The grounds are damp and crawling with germs from these old bones that ages old. This girl in the picture above seems to have no problem with these bones and is having a great time.
John Harvard Statue: University of Cambridge
John Harvard has a bronze shoe. The shoe is eye-level to most people so it is just human nature to want to come up to it and just rub it or touch it. Some people believe it is a Harvard tradition and others do it for good luck. Now here comes the kicker. At night, students urinate on the statue as a sort of rebellious act.
If visitors knew that this was happening then maybe they wouldn’t be so eager to approach it and rub it at all. Getting a picture would be fine but all that rubbing has to be stopped. Also, they need to catch the students who are using the restroom on this statue as well!
Juliet’s House: Verona, Italy
Romeo and Juliet is one of the most classic and iconic plays of all time. Even though it was not real, many people have been inspired by it through history and rightfully so. It may not have been real but there is a place that is supposed to be Juliet’s house where people go to gain romantic luck.
People frolic around the courtyard that has the famous balcony. In the courtyard stands a bronze statue of Juliet. If you touch her exposed chest then you can look forward to a great love life. Imagine how many hands have been on that chest.
St. Peter’s Basilica: Vatican, Italy
Here is another bronze statue that just commands the hands and lips of those who come to visit it. Located inside St. Peter’s Basilica is this statue made by Arnolfo di Cambio way back in the 13th century. People are drawn to it like a magnet. They touch and or kiss his foot while praying for a blessing.
They had to add a guard so they keep the flow of people coming in moving steadily. But you can imagine that sometimes it gets hectic, still. We wonder how many people get the blessing they wanted after kissing that foot?
Wawel Royal Castle: Krakow, Poland
Take a look at the picture and just see how dirty it is. We will explain that in one moment but let’s talk about the back story first. There are seven main energy sources on earth. Just like the human body has seven chakras, it is believed that one of the main energies is located at this castle.
The energy is said to be in that inner wall you see above. There is no proof that this is true but still, people will not stop leaning on it and touching it so they can absorb the energy! Look how dirty it is, would you want to touch that?