Area 51, Nevada, USA
Located in south Nevada, Area 51 is a cover name for a US military base. While the current primary purpose of this base isn’t publicly known, historical evidence supports that the base was most likely used to develop and test experimental weapon systems and aircrafts. Area 51 and the secrecy that revolves it have fueled many conspiracy theories, and most of them pinpoint the airfield as a hiding place for the most controversial UFOs to visit the US. Like most military bases, it is needless to say that tourists or civilians are not allowed into the base.
Coca-Cola, Georgia, USA
If you thought military bases and national secrets are the only closely guarded places, think again. In order to protect the recipe of their famous soft drink and its precious formula, the Coca-Cola Company has built its very own layer of shield, in the form of an impenetrable vault! Although the vault is displayed in Atlanta at the World of Coca-Cola, visitors can only see it from the outside as the vault is closed to everyone, except a few lucky people.
Room 39, North Korea
North Korea’s Room 39 is said to be the headquarters for various illegal operations governed by the totalitarian regime. If getting into North Korea wasn’t as hard, the secretive facility is located in the capital city of Pyongyang, within the Workers Party building, making it completely inaccessible to the public.
Snake Island, Brazil
Rumor has it that the Brazilian island is home and shelter to more than 5,000 venomous snakes. In fact, there is only one species of snake there, and it is the Golden Lancehead. This species is considered to be under great danger of extinction since the island is its only habitat. Although few scientists receive temporary visit permits, the Brazilian Navy forces are not allowing any civilians on the island.
Bank of England, London
Located at London’s Threadneedle Street, the Bank of England hold approximately 4,600 ton of gold, making it one of the world’s largest custodians of gold reserves. Although information about the vault and its workers is mostly confidential, you could actually get in… all you would need is a special three feet long key, easy right?
Google Data Center
Google’s Oregon data center goes by the code-name Project 02, and its computing center is as big as two football fields, not exactly the easiest building to hide if you ask me. The data centers are said to cost $600 million each, which is even more remarkable than their size.
Vatican Secret Archives
The Vatican’s archives aren’t completely secret as the title may suggest. They are actually “private” archives which belong among the Pope’s private property. While you can’t just waltz into the place and go through the archives, qualified scholars may receive temporary entry access.
Metro 2 in Moscow
Metro-2 is the unofficial name for Moscow’s secret underground metro system. The entire project supposedly started back in the days of Stalin, aiming to serve a secret underground train connecting Moscow’s most significant strategic locations: FSB headquarters, the government airport and the Kremlin of course. Interestingly enough, there is no verification of this underground system’s existence to this day, and no one knows for certain about its existence.
Gentleman’s Club, England
Established in 1693 as a hot chocolate retail store, White’s Gentleman’s Club has quickly made the transition from a regular shop into an exclusive club. Nowadays, it is the oldest gentleman’s club in London and the only ones allowed are men in powerful positions as well as royal family members such as Prince William and Prince Charles.
Club 33, Disneyland
Club 33 is the only place where adults can enjoy alcohol within Disney’s amusement park. Unlike other locations on this list, you could actually join the club. All you would have to do is pay $10,000 for an annual membership and a one-time $25,000 initiation fee. Club 33’s existence is kept as a secret feature, and only its members and their guests can access it.