Throughout history, walls have been built to protect settlements, mark out borders, and keep unwanted people at bay. From the Great Wall of China to the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem, many walls represent power, politics, and even religious beliefs.

Beyond these powerful structures, there are many quirky, unusual walls that attract tourists from around the world. From the Chewing Gum Wall in Seattle to the Wall of Love in Paris, here is a list of some of the world’s most unusual walls to visit.


John Lennon Wall – Prague, Czech Republic

Once a normal wall, the colourful John Lennon wall of Prague became a symbol of peace and free speech during the communist regime in the 1980s.

Covered in Lennon-inspired graffiti and pieces of lyrics from Beatles’ songs, the original portrait of Lennon is long lost under layers of new paint. While the Knights of Malta (who own the wall) have tried whitewashing it several times, it is now left to the changing artistry and graffiti of Lennon images and peace messages.

To get there, you will need to fly to Prague, where you can use a pre-booked hoppa taxi to take you to Velkoprevorske Namesti, Mala Strana where the wall is located.


Chewing Gum Wall – Seattle, USA

One of Seattle’s quirkiest attractions, the Chewing Gum Wall in Seattle is a fairly unique, interactive, and somewhat icky local attraction. The tradition of sticking gum to the wall at the box office for the Market Theater reportedly began around 1993 when patrons stuck gum to the wall and placed coins in the gum blobs.

Theatre workers attempted to clean the wall a couple of times but stopped when the wall was declared a tourist attraction in 1999. It was given a total scrub down once more in 2015 to protect the brickwork underneath, but it is completely covered in gum again now, with some parts several inches deep and covers about 15m (50ft).

To get there, you will need to fly into Seattle, where you can meet your pre-booked hoppa taxi that can take you to Pike Street. The wall is located just outside the main entrance to Pike Place Market.


Juliet’s Wall – Verona, Italy

For many, the name Verona immediately conjures up the romance and tragedy of Romeo and Juliet immortalised in Shakespeare’s works. Hidden in the centre of Verona, Casa di Giulietta – or Juliet’s House – is where the fictional Capuleti family is said to have lived.

Here heartbroken visitors can attach letters addressed to the fictional character to the wall with the hope that they will receive an answer. This tradition dates back to the 19th-century when people would leave letters on ‘Juliet’s Tomb’ – a small statue and memorial on the other side of the city. As shown in the movie ‘Letters to Juliet’, a dedicated team of self-appointed volunteers known simply as the ‘Secretaries of Juliet’ do their best to answer the letters.

To get there, you will need to fly into Verona, where a pre-booked hoppa taxi can take you to the city centre, where Juliet’s Balcony and Wall are situated on the Via Cappello.


Wall of Love – Paris, France

The popular Le Mur Des Je T'aime – or The Wall of Love – is a love-themed wall of 40 sqm (430 sq ft) in Paris that features the phrase ‘I love you’ 311 times in 250 languages.

The wall was created in 2000 by calligraphist Fédéric Baron and mural artist Claire Kito and is composed of 612 tiles of enamelled lava. The wall attracts lovers from around the world and includes the words 'I love you' in all major languages, as well as in rarer ones like Navajo, Inuit, Bambara, and Esperanto.

To get there, you will need to fly into Paris, where a taxi that has been pre-booked via hoppa can take you to the Jehan Rictus garden square in Montmartre.


Wynwood Walls – Miami, USA

Just minutes from Downtown Miami, near Midtown and the Miami Design District, a thriving neighbourhood centres around the colourful Wynwood Walls.

Conceived in 2009, the late Tony Goldman attempted to revitalise the area by turning warehouses into giant works of art. Today, the Wynwood Walls feature distinguished street artists and have become a popular tourist attraction in the area.

To get there, you will need to fly into Miami, where you can meet your pre-booked hoppa taxi that can take you to Wynwood. The walls are located at NW Second Avenue between 25th and 26th streets.


Walls of Ston – Ston, Croatia

The impressive Walls of Ston are a series of defensive stone walls, originally over 7km (4.3mi) long, that surrounded and protected the city of Ston in Dalmatia, Croatia.

Today, the wall is 5.5km (3.4mi) long and is the second largest defensive wall in the world after the Great Wall of China. The wall now connects the villages of Ston and Mali Ston and consists of several parts – the Ston city walls, the Mali Ston city walls, and the big wall with its three forts.

To get to Ston, you will need to fly into Dubrovnik and pick up your pre-booked hoppa rental car. Ston and Mali Ston lie on the main route between Dubrovnik and Korcula the villages are an easy 50-minute drive away.


Berlin Wall – Germany

As one of the most iconic and historic walls in the world – and indeed the most famous one on this list – the Berlin Wall is a must-see if you are in the city.

The heavily guarded wall’s construction began at the peak of the Cold War in 1961 and was erected to prevent East Berliners from escaping to the west. It was finally dismantled during the fall of the Soviet Union in 1989, but remnants remain scattered throughout the city.

To get there, you will need to fly into Berlin, where you can take either a pre-booked hoppa taxi or rental car around the city to see the remnants of the wall. One of the most famous remains of the Berlin Wall is at the East Side Gallery near the centre of Berlin on Mühlenstrasse.


Peace Walls – Belfast, Ireland

The controversial Peace Walls in Belfast are a series of separation barriers in Northern Ireland that separate predominantly Nationalist Catholic neighbourhoods from predominantly Loyalist Protestant neighbourhoods.

Construction of the massive concrete, stone, and steel walls – over 6m (19ft) tall in places – began in 1969 to allegedly minimise inter-communal violence. Parts of the wall are covered in street art that talks of harmony as well as revenge and oppression, but many visitors write messages of peace on it as well.

To get there, you can fly into Belfast, where you can take either a pre-booked hoppa taxi or rental car around the city to see the walls. While the walls are located throughout Belfast, some of the most popular places to view the walls are at Falls Road and Shankill Road.

 

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