The world is full of strange places. However, when you talk about borders, they should be strong enough to protect the people of the countries. But, a few of the strange borders all over the world raise our concerns regarding the security element. Nevertheless, these strangest borders, present all over the world are a part of unique culture and traditional values.
Apart from that, the surroundings of these borders are also too magical that you would not be able to look away even for a while. A few of the countries are so close that you only have to jump in order to land in the neighboring country.
So, without wasting any more time, let’s have a look at 10 of the world’s strangest borders. Here we begin!
You have got two ways to reach from Lech valley to Jungholz Valley in the Austrian Tyrol. First, you can put on the hiking boats and climb up and over Mount Sorgschrofen (5,364ft). While the other way is to drive around via Germany.
While you would be choosing to climb, it is going to be difficult to stay away from the border as there is a “quadripoint” which comes to a pinch point, painted on a rock.
Jungholz Valley is a lush green valley, full of agriculture on the swing. However, its herniated topography hinders the German banking regulations. Thus, private banks have registered offices over here.
Hotel Arbez, France/Switzerland
If you know about border-hugging Geneva airport, then you would definitely know about the airport’s different exits, depending on which place you want to go, either France or Switzerland!
The hotel which is present at 5 miles to the north of that airport is known for border-squatting very specifically. It sits right at the top which means that the dining room, kitchen, and other areas of it are nicely bisected.
In 1862, a businessman came up with a treaty that suggested to modify the border and converted the building into a straddle for a new route. The treaty was ratified.
So, if you are present over here, your one leg would be in one country, and your head will be in another country. So, don’t forget to check out Hotel Arbez. How interesting!
After the war of nearly 30 years, 1659’s Treaty of the Pyrenees ceded sections of northern Spain to France. However, Llivia defended its ground by saying that Llivia is a town and the treaty only applies to the villages.
It kept its Spanish allegiance while being surrounded by France. If you talk about today, the five-square-mile, 1,700-strong municipality is very much a strong and official part of the Catalan province of Girona which is connected by two miles of neutral road to Puigcerda.
Llivia is a beautiful, hillside, farming spot that sits adjacently to the Little Yellow Train, a historic meter-gauge electric railway station which rises to a height of 3,300ft above France.
The Netherlands/Belgium border is located at the municipalities of Barrle-Nassau and Barrle-Hertog. The complexities of the borders must be taken into account while discussing it. The Dutch side consists of 22 Belgian exclaves. These exclaves belong to Belgium. But, they have found their place on the Dutch side.
Apart from that, there are 3 other pieces of land that belong to Belgian that span the border of both countries. There are 6 other Dutch exclaves, located within the Belgian exclave. You would forget the count of exclaves that are built within the exclaves of other countries.
The borders are so large that shops and houses of both countries are split between the borders. It is similar to having slept in one room and having breakfast in the other.
The Northwest Angle, USA/Canada
The cartographic cock-up was responsible for creating a bulge of Minnesota on the shore of the lake, making the woods stranded while displacing the headwater of Mississippi. So, you can only reach Canada through this point. Otherwise, you would have to fly.
It is a part of America that is forested and stays north of the 49th parallel, apart from Alaska. Plus, its population is about 100, out of which mostly are First Nations.
So, the kids have to hustle in order to reach their schools because it is a 3-hour round trip that means going through the border 4 times a day. Thus, kids have to go through all of it on a daily basis, covering a huge distance and crossing the borders!
The DMZ, North Korea/South Korea
The demilitarized zone of Korea is one of the most dangerous borders at the moment. There is a dividing line of the Korean Peninsula which is approximately 155 miles long and 2.5 miles wide. It got established in 1953 after an unpleasant ideological war. The peninsula is full of weaponry.
Joint Security Area at Panmunjom is present at the center. It is a no man’s land where officials come for negotiations and talk. On a regular basis, there happen incidents that could nearly wage another war. So, if you plan to visit this place, be prepared!
Lake Constance, Austria/Switzerland/Germany
Germany is the lingua franca that is located around the third-largest lake in Central Europe. However, when it comes to water controls and jurisdiction, all 3 nations are vehement in this regard. The borders of Austria, Switzerland, and Germany all 3 nations agree on precision at the lakeshore. But, they become vicious as the question arises regarding water.
As yet, there has been no treaty regarding the dissection of the lake. Thus, there are several other issues such as fishing, or boats licensing, and others are settled through individual agreements. The beautiful place is a hub for those who love water sports.
Plus, the island of Reichenau which is registered by UNESCO is extremely lovely and calls us to witness its beauty. Apart from that, the German shore is highly renowned for being home to several spa resorts.
The artifact of Russian imperialism looms rather threateningly on the far side of the Bay of Gdansk. Kaliningrad remains after Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia, all of these are declared independent from the Soviet Union. So, these are isolated from the motherland.
During the early 20th Century, it was Germany’s Königsberg. However, it was later renamed. Plus, it was forcibly repopulated after World War 2. The place is now equipped with heavy military installations.
Kaliningrad is known for its beauty element. There is so much history instilled into the place that is quite intriguing. So, you can visit it for all the right reasons!
Penon de Velez de la Gomera, Morocco/Spain
If you are looking for the shortest border in the world, here you go! This is the shortest border in the entire world. Peñón de Vélez de la Gomera is owned by Spain. It is a rock-fortress that is situated on the Mediterranean coast of Morocco.
The place was basically a beautiful and mesmerizing island in 1934. However, a harsh storm hit it. After it, the island was converted into a peninsula as the gap was filled with an abundance of sand. It is held apart from the mainland by a 90-yard international border.
All over the fortress, you could see a number of Spanish soldiers and helicopters looming on the top from which these soldiers are able to land. The border is marked through a piece of string across the beach.
This is only a single out of many properties that are owned by Spain. It is located off the shore from Morocco. It puts their attitude towards Gibraltar into perspective. It is a 12-mile ride that you need to complete. So, you have to be ready with boosting immunity in order to reach the place. Nonetheless, your efforts would not into waste!
Diomede Islands, Russia/America
The sport where the American eagle hugs the Russian bear is none other than Bering Straits. The two islands are located in Bering Straits and are mighty close to each other.
The border and the international dateline which is known for dividing the world’s time zones are running between the Big Diomede (Russia) and Little Diomede (Alaska). Both the places are separated by just 3 miles of water.
However, out of these 2, the Big part is totally uninhabited. There is no one who lives here. Nonetheless, the Small part is populated with First Nation Community mostly.
Are you looking to visit here? Well, it could be really tricky as there are no airports or ports in this area. Also, the weather is quite unpredictable. Nevertheless, Pathfinder Aviation is known for flying once a month. So, it is going to be your best bet!
So, here we have come to an end of our list that showed you 10 of the strangest borders all over the world. These borders have the respective elements that make them really strange. So, if you ever get the chance to visit these borders, make sure to enjoy to the fullest.