Have you ever noticed that nothing makes you want to visit a place more than knowing you are not allowed? It is bad enough if you simply cannot afford to visit a certain place but the curiosity really builds if the place we want to visit happens to be a top secret building. The less chance you have of ever visiting a place the more you will want to go there.
1 – Area 51, Nevada USA
Area 51 is probably the most famous of all places that you are not allowed to visit. Area 51 is a top secret United States Air Force base which is so top secret that the government will not even admit to its existence.
Area 51 is the centre of countless numbers of conspiracy theories. It is believed that Area 51 is where the government is hiding crashed UFO aircrafts and the aliens that crashed with it. It is also believed that the base is used to develop and test top secret aircrafts.
2 – Mezhgorye, Russia
Mezhgorye is rumoured to be the location of Russia’s ‘Dead Hand’ nuclear missile site.
There is much speculation surrounding the site with insiders alleging that the system has remained in use in post-Soviet Russia. It is said to be an example of fail-deadly deterrence and can still automatically trigger the launch of Russian intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) if a nuclear strike was ever to be detected by seismic, light, radioactivity and overpressure sensors. The system is supposed to be switched off and only activated during rims of severe and dangerous crises. However, it is said to remain fully functional and able to serve its purpose whenever required.
Two battalions are permanently stationed nearby the area to make sure prying eyes are kept away.
3 – Room 39, Pyongyang, North Korea
As we all know it is difficult enough to even visit North Korea let alone a government facility. Room 39 is allegedly a government-controlled front for drug dealing and smuggling. It is currently believed that the organisation responsible for Room 39 has managed to amass approximately $5 billion in funds and is nowhere near being shut down.
It is widely believed, although unproven, that Room 39 is involved in illegal activities, such as counterfeiting $100 bills (known as the superdollar), production of controlled substances (including the synthesis of methamphetamine and the conversion of morphine-containing opium into pure morphine salts, like heroin) and international insurance fraud.
The secrecy and seclusion that surrounds the North Korean state makes it difficult for anyone to evaluate this information but many claim that Room 39 is critical to Kim Jong-Un’s continued power, enabling him to buy political support and to help fund North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.
The location of Room 39 is believed to be located inside a ruling Workers’ Party building in Pyongyang, not far from Kim Jong-Un’s private villa.
Metro 2, Moscow, Russia
Metro 2 is said to be the secret underground metro system in Moscow. It was built by Stalin to be used as an alternative form of transport for the KGB elite and connects government buildings with subterranean living quarters.
Metro 2 is supposedly located below Moscow’s official metro and was also intended to serve as a safe house for government officials in the event of a nuclear war. It would also mean that Russia could operate a satellite government underneath its very own country should a nuclear war ever start.
5 – Pine Gap, Australia
Pine Gap is the one and only area in Australia that has been designated as ‘prohibited’. In Australia a prohibited area means no one is allowed to enter that area and nothing is allowed to fly overhead up to a height of 18,000 ft.
Only area in Australia designated as “prohibited” which prohibits entering and overflying the airspace up to a height of 18,000 ft.
Pine Gap is a joint satellite tracking system between the USA and Australia.
6 – Lascaux Caves, France
Lascaux Caves are a complex set of caves located in the south west of France. They are famous for their Palaeolithic cave paintings and are thought to be around 17,300 years old.
The art in the cave consists mainly of animals, most of which are known from fossil evidence to have lived in the area at the time. The caves are classed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and only a small handful of handpicked scientists are allowed to enter and only on very rare occasions.
7 – Vatican Secret Archive, Vatican City
While the archive itself is strictly out of bounds most of the texts it contains can actually be ordered up for viewing. Notice that the word ‘most’ is used here as certain texts, including the Popes papers, are off limits.
Many years ago a Belgian publisher named Paul Van den Heuvel was lucky enough to be given unlimited access to the archives. He was allowed to inspect and to photograph anything he desired but with one restriction. He was not allowed to look at any documents that dated from after 1939. The reason for this restriction was down to the fact these include Papal annulments of marriages of people who may still have been alive. Little was said about how this period in time also happens to be the most sensitive period in recent Vatican history: The Second World War.
8 – Bohemian Grove, California, USA
The Bohemian Grove may look from the outside like any other normal and innocent campsite but this is one campsite you will never ever be allowed to enter unless you suddenly become one of the most powerful people in the world.
Rumours indicate that the waiting list to join the Bohemian Club which meets at the Grove is at least a decade long with members who include former presidents of the USA and high ranking figures in the cooperate world. Richard Nixon and George Bush are believed to be members.
According to the rumours many secret deals are made at the Bohemian Grove along with weird religious ceremonies surrounding a huge sculpted wooden owl.
9 – Club 33, Disneyland California, USA
Not many people realise that Disneyland actually has its very own exclusive VIP member’s club right in the heart of Disneyland, New Orleans Square.
If you are sat thinking that Club 33 might be a club you would like to enjoy you are going to be disappointed. The club has a waiting list of decades before you can join and once the wait is up membership is anything but cheap. An individual membership will cost you around $11,000 just to join then $4,000 each and every year after that. If you have a couple of kids each of them will also be required to wait a few decades before joining and pay the membership fees.
10 – RAF Menwith Hill, UK
RAF Menwith Hill is an air force base in the UK and is the world’s largest electronic monitoring site. If there was ever a plot hatched or a missile launched the people at RAF Menwith Hill will be the very first to hear about it.
No one, certainly not the general public, is privy to exactly what is being intercepted at RAF Menwith Hill but this does not stop an endless barrage of theories. One of the most popular is that ECHELON, a world-wide, multi-country government monitoring of civilian communications, is based and operated from this site.