Whether it by the famous seven wonders of the world, or one of the planet’s unique hidden gems, the world is full of stunning sights and cultural attractions, and the curious traveller inside us all is itching to go and witness them.
Unfortunately, there are a few of these attractions that we may never get to see. Whether it be due to accessibility issues, or a fall from grace leading to their closure, these are seven amazing tourist attractions that you can no longer visit.
Angel Falls, Venezuela
Angel Falls is one of the most famous waterfalls in the world. It is also the world’s highest, standing at almost 1,000m high with a plunge of over 800m. However, due to “ongoing crime and instability”, visiting the iconic waterfall currently isn’t possible. The government advises against all but essential travel to Auyán-tepui in Venezuela (where the waterfall is located), as it is currently unsafe to visit the area. It is possible that the government will relax these travel restrictions if the situation in Venezuela improves, so there is at least a slim chance that you may get to visit these fantastic falls in the future.
The New York Hippodrome, New York
Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for The New York Hippodrome, mostly because, it’s gone. In fact, it was torn down almost 80 years ago. At the time of its opening in 1905, The New York Hippodrome was one of the biggest theatres in the world, with a capacity of 5,300 people, and a 100x200ft stage. During its existence, it went through many significant changes and renovations. It was converted into a movie theatre 22 years after it opened, and then later into an opera house, before its final form as a sports arena. After being eventually torn down in 1939 during the great depression, the site remained vacant for 13 years due to the second world war. The site ultimately became the location for an office building and a parking garage.
Love Locks on Pont Des Arts, Paris
For a short time, the Pont Des Arts was putting the heart into the romantic city of Paris. For years, couples came to this bridge to celebrate their love for one another. The couples would write their names on a padlock before locking it to the bridge’s wire frame and throwing the key into the river from the bridge. However, its popularity would ultimately be its demise. The hundreds of thousands of locks added an estimated 45 tonnes of weight to the bridge, causing concern about the bridge’s safety. The padlocks were removed in 2012, and pexiglass panels replaced the wire so that no more padlocks could be reattached to the bridge, thus making the “love locks” a thing of the past.
Ennedi Plateau, Chad
The Ennedi Plateau is a stunning natural attraction that lies in the currently off-limits African nation of Chad. The large plateau is formed by two tall masses of sandstone, which at some points, are as high as 1,450m. It boasts numerous astounding geological structures, but due to the ongoing threat of kidnappings and terrorism, travel to Chad is currently restricted by the government, making it a no-go for tourists.
Vidámpark, Budapest, Hungary
Vidampark was one of Budapest’s oldest and most popular theme parks. It remained open for over 175 years, with a peak of 2.7 million visitors in the 1970s. After having survived bombings and fires, it eventually closed in September 2013 due to dwindling attendances. Some of the rides, such as a 1992 wooden roller coaster, a 1906 carousel and a 1912 cave railway have been protected, as they carry historic value.
Wedding Cake Rock, National Park, Australia
Wedding Cake Rock is a striking, white sandstone rock, with a square-like shape giving it the appearance of a wedding cake. Sitting in the Royal National Park in Australia, the beautiful formation became highly popular amongst tourists and daredevils, who would use the rock as a natural diving board into the sea. However, this wasn’t safe.
As the rock’s popularity increased, injuries and, inevitably, a death lead to authorities closing off access to the cliff edge. News then broke that the rock is likely to collapse within the next decade, meaning it is unlikely that full access to the stunning cliff is ever going to be granted again.
Timbuktu is one of the world’s most famous monuments, but like many others in this list, travel restrictions make it inaccessible for tourists. The ancient city has a rich history. During its golden age, it was a prime location for trade and culture, but it has also experienced multiple invasions from numerous tribes and armies. It is also home to a number of stunning monuments, most famously, its three great mosques, which are unfortunately, under threat from desertification.