Top 10 Underground Hikes
Many underground areas from all over the world boast hidden natural and man-made attractions that have the potential to amaze you instantly. Embark in your own underground adventure filled with excitement and joy as you explore some of the most historically rich and gorgeous caves, underground cities, tunnels, mines and catacombs!
1. The Great Pyramid of Giza, Egypt
If you travel to Egypt you simply must find the time to visit the Great Pyramid of Giza, which is also known as the Pyramid of Cheops or the Pyramid of Khufu. Once arrived, you have to opportunity to descend 330 feet into its core, through a narrow passage that leads to the inner sanctum, where you can admire a stunning granite-made sarcophagus. The Great Pyramid is the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the World, and it was the tallest man-made structure in the world for over 3,800 years.
2. Rome’s Catacombs in Italy
The Catacombs of Rome include at least 40 underground burial chambers, and some say these were used by Christians so they could bury their dead while avoiding Roman persecution. Flaunting rich historical heritage, these catacombs contain many Christian art examples dating back to 400 AD.
3. The Paris Sewers in France
The Parisian sewer system dates back to 1370, but as the decades passed, it was enlarged gradually in order to support the city’s growing population. If you are in the mood for some underground exploration, you have 457 feet of sewer at your disposal, which include numerous attractions such as a manual flusher trolley. The smell is not as bad as you’d expect, and you can also purchase postcards from the “sewer-venir store.”
4. Berlin’s Nuclear Bunker in Germany
If you are a fan of creepy experiences, you should visit this radiation-proof Cold War bunker from 1971, where you would be able to catch a glimpse of the post-nuclear lifestyle. The bunker could accommodate up to 3,562 people in case of a nuclear disaster, but it would only be able to operate for 14 days, which is quite a grim prospect.
5. Kraków’s Wieliczka Salt Mine in Poland
The Wieliczka Salt Mine can be found in the town of Wieliczka in southern Poland, and it was built in the 13th century, producing table salt continuously until 2007. If you choose to visit this UNESCO-listed site, you can feast your eyes on multiple attractions including a cathedral and three chapels carved out of the rock salt by miners, along with dozens of statues and the world’s largest mining museum. The mine consists of huge caverns and subterranean passages that descend to a depth of 440 feet.
6. The Underground City in Montreal, Canada
Montreal’s Underground City, also known as the Indoor City, is one of the largest underground complexes in the world, and it features 120 entrances. Despite its name, not all portions of the city are situated underground, and its connections are technically considered tunnels, but they boast state-of-the-art lighting and air conditioning systems. This outstanding location includes pretty much anything you would expect to find in a normal city, such as banks, museums, offices, hotels, shopping malls and universities. Transportation facilities include train and metro stations as well as a bus terminal.
7. Vietnam’s Cu Chi Tunnels
These tunnels can be found under the Cu Chi district of Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, and they are actually part of a much larger network of tunnels that stretch extensively, comprising a large portion of Vietnam’s underground. These tunnels were used during the Vietnam War by thousands, and they include an “underground village” that was never captured in spite of receiving a great deal of punishment.
8. Yucatan’s Aktun Chen Eco Park Caves in Mexico
Aktun Chen means “cave with cenote inside” in Mayan language. This exquisitely beautiful natural area can be explored on foot or by scuba diving, and it promises a memorable experience either way, allowing you to admire beautiful rock formations and fossils.
9. Kentucky’s Mammoth Cave National Park
The Mammoth Cave National Park can be found in central Kentucky, and it includes some areas of Mammoth Cave, which is the longest cave system in the world. The park was inaugurated on July 1, 1941, and it became a World Heritage Site on October 27, 1981. During your visit, you should visit the Frozen Niagara, which is the most photographed area of Mammoth Cave. You can embark on a tour at the Visitors Center.
10. Hannan’s North Mine in Kalgoorlie, Australia
The town of Kalgoorlie was founded in 1983 during the Yilgarn-Goldfields gold rush, and it still produces a decent percentage of the world’s gold to this day.
If you want to try your luck at gold sweeping, you can descend 100 feet into Australia’s Hannan’s North Mine, which boasts tunnels dating back to the 19th century.