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8 of the World's Most Unique Towns

Edited By: Krista Mc'Farlene
 The world is full of intriguing places, some of which are incredibly unique, some of which are so extraordinary that it's hard to believe they exist. Here are the weirdest towns on our planet. Take a look: 
 
 
1. A town where you cannot die
8 unique towns
Longyearbyren, Svalbard is one of the world's northernmost settlements and a place where you cannot officially die. Though there is a cemetery in town, it hasn't been used in 70 years. The frosty climate is the main reason, which prevents dead bodies from decomposing and makes them attractive to wild animals. Anyone likely to die soon is transported to mainland Norway by plane. 
2. A town straddling two states
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A town that is shared between two countries is a pretty common phenomenon, but this is the most unusual. Büsingen am Hochrhein is a German exclave in Switzerland. Economically, the town is part of Switzerland, and administratively it is part of Germany. It is also the only German town with the Swiss franc as the main currency. Büsingen am Hochrhein has two postal codes, as well as Swiss and German phone numbers. In addition, FC Büsingen is the only German team that plays in the Swiss championship.
3. The most hellish town 
8 unique towns
In the state of Michigan in the U.S, there is a place where you can find Hell. While the origin of the name is uncertain, the town's inhabitants are happy to sustain this image. Many tourists take photos of themselves with "Welcome to Hell" signs in the background.
4. A Chinese, Austrian town
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The Chinese are known for making skilled replicas of anything in the world, and this also includes whole towns. They managed to rebuild the Austrian village of Hallstatt. The church was built first, then the streets - both of which look exactly like the original ones. The downside? Estate in Hallstatt in China is more expensive than the original. 
 
5. A cave town
8 unique towns
Underground dwellings remain inhabited in Matmata, southern Tunisia. While surface houses were built here in the 1970s, many locals prefer to live in their traditional homes. 
6. The bluest town
8 unique towns
Everything from the walls, the doors and even the stairs are painted blue in the incredible Chefchaouen city in Morocco. It is believed that the town was painted by Jews who used to live here, with blue being a sacred color for them. While the Jews no longer reside there, the tradition remains.
7. A town in the open sea
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Neft Daşları, or 'Oil Rocks', is an industrial town in Azerbaijan, which was constructed on metal platforms in the open sea, above an oil field. While the town has no residents, about 2,000 people come to work here in shifts for a couple of months. 
8. A town in a rock
8 unique towns
Setenil de las Bodegas in Spain attracts tourists from all over the world. Its most captivating feature is that it is built into a huge basalt rock. In some of the streets, you will see rocks hanging overhead instead of the sky. While it may seem like they are about to fall, they have been holding on for centuries. 
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