Top 5 Underground experiences
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1. Newgrange, Boyne Valley, Ireland- Newgrange is a 5,000 year old tomb and world heritage sight located in the ancient Boyne Valley. It is older than both the Pyramids and Stonehenge. It is an earthen mound with a bright face made of stones. The remarkable thing about this mysterious wonder is that you can actually enter the inner space and touch (but not move) the stones! It's clausterphobic and dark, but AMAZING. Once inside you get a mimic of the Winter Solstice when the sun lights up the cavern. To relive in a little way the ancient rituals of 5 millenia ago gave me goosebumps.
2. Vienna- This city is fascinated by death. The crypt beneath the Stephansdom has lots of remains from the Plague. The Habsburg crypt beneath the Capuchin Church is also grizzily great. Incidentally their underground metro system is clean, frequent, and efficient.
3. Budapest- On the Buda side there is a maze of tunnels that go below the city. It's a little touristy and there are some mystical symbols and music throughout the complex, but it's still unworldly.
4. Split, Croatia- The basement of Diocletian's Palace. Above ground this wonder of the world has been interestingly taken over by centuries of city life, the basement however retains the original plan and gives you a sense of the scope of Roman design.
5. Cobleskill, New York- Secret Caverns. Located near the world famous, and very touristy Howe Caverns, Secret Caverns is a kitchy family run operation. The highlight of the underground tour is the 100 foot waterfall. My buddy and I had an impromptu private tour and the guide took off all the lights so we could experience total darkness, then led the rest of the journey with just a small flashlight. Really cool!