8 Weird Museums In Europe You Just Have To See
Europe is home to some of the world’s most famous museums. With the likes of the Louvre, Tate, Uffizi, and Rijksmuseum hogging global “best-of” lists, you may have a hard time fitting in all these classic attractions. But if you’ve seen them all, or you’re not a fan of the echoing halls of these cavernous spaces, consider visiting one of these weird museums in Europe.
Weird museums to visit
1. Museum of Broken Relationships – Zagreb, Croatia
Many people choose to forget broken relationships rather than immortalize them, but there’s something quite profound about Zagreb’s Museum of Broken Relationships. You’ll go from laughter to tears and back again as you walk the at-first seemingly underwhelming collection of items donated by romantics from around the world.
How to get to Zagreb by train: Zagreb is the main rail hub in Croatia. There are regular trains from Split, as well as other international cities such as Ljubljana, Vienna, Budapest, and Munich.
2. Currywurst Museum – Berlin, Germany
Germans take their sausages very seriously. This is made clear in Berlin’s popular Currywurst Museum. You’ll have the chance to embrace the famous food through engaging exhibitions, video games, and a variety of multimedia installations. Of course, you’ll also get the chance to sample a range of some of the city’s finest currywurst at the end of it all.
How to get to Berlin by train: There are regular trains to Berlin from throughout Germany. There are also long-distance trains from most major cities, including Prague, Amsterdam, and Zurich.
3. Museum of Funeral Carriages – Barcelona, Spain
Death and taxes may be our only certainties in this world, so you may as well embrace one of them at the macabre Museum of Funeral Carriages. This museum in Barcelona walks you through the ornate and often garish world of funeral transport. You’ll find carriages, hearses, and coaches in this slightly creepy attraction.
How to get to Barcelona by train: Barcelona is a busy rail hub in Spain. There are regular trains there from throughout the country. You can also catch easy connections from Paris and Marseilles in France.
4. Torture Museum – Amsterdam, Netherlands
If your idea of torture is going to a traditional museum, make a turn at Amsterdam’s small but eye-opening Torture Museum. A walk through some of history’s most sadistic tools of torture will put into perspective just how comfortable your 21st century existence really is.
How to get to Amsterdam by train: Amsterdam is the main railway hub in the Netherlands. There are regular trains from Belgium and Germany, as well as several local trains.
5. Mini Bottle Gallery – Oslo, Norway
If you’re obsessed with those small bottles of booze you get on planes, trains, and in hotel minibars, this is one museum for you. Oslo’s Mini Bottle Gallery claims to have the biggest collection of these tiny alcohol containers. And if looking at all that liquor has got you thirsty, there’s also a minibar on site.
How to get to Oslo by train: Oslo is just a train ride away from several cities in Norway. There are also easy connections to the Swedish cities Stockholm, Gothenburg, and Katrineholm.
6. Katten Kabinet – Amsterdam, Netherlands
Cat lovers unite! This may be one of Europe’s quirkiest and furriest on this list of weird museums. Dutchman William Meijer loved his cat so much that he founded an entire museum in its memory. You’ll find cat-themed artwork, household items, and at least five cat purring away inside.
How to get to Amsterdam by train: There are regular trains to Amsterdam from across the Netherlands and neighboring countries.
7. Hospital in the Rock – Budapest, Hungary
Budapest’s Hospital in the Rock museums offers a fascinating walk through the dark tunnels of a 1930s hospital. It’s carved beneath the famous Buda Castle and was built in preparation for the Second World War. It’s no longer in use, but human wax figures and fully-equipped operating theaters help lend a creepy edge to this unusual museum.
How to get to Budapest by train: Budapest is a popular rail destination. There are regular trains to Budapest from Austria, Czech Republic, Slovenia, and Bratislava. There are also overnight trains from further afield.
8. Old Operating Theatre – London, England
London isn’t short of world famous museums. But just because the Old Operating Theatre in London Bridge is small and understated, it doesn’t mean it’s any less powerful. The wood-paneled operating space offers a window into a not-so distant time when equipment was frighteningly rudimentary, and modern day developments such as effective anesthesia didn’t even exist.
Europe’s big museums are almost always worth a visit. However, going to one of these more offbeat attractions on your next will leave you with equally profound memories, and perhaps even greater insight into the country. So add some of these weird museums to your Eurail trip!
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