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Um…Why Are These 10 Houses Upside Down?

Experience the world from a different perspective (upside down).

When exploring a new country, city, or neighborhood, you might come across some unusual things you don’t see every day. Maybe it’s a bizarre tree, a creative mailbox, or a garden statue that makes you scratch your head—whatever it is, it’s something that stops you in your tracks. But how many times have you walked down a street and noticed a house that’s flipped upside down? That’s right, we’re talking roof to the ground situation.

Homes built upside down are…weird, and yet, the most creative minds around the world have constructed these awkward homes. We found 10 upside-down homes around the world that will make you look twice. Make sure to pack some Dramamine to combat the dizziness.

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The Toppels House

WHERE: Affoldern, Germany

As you’re driving through the small village of Affoldern, Germany, you might notice a red two-story house that’s flipped upside down. No, it’s not a mistake, it’s the real deal! The Toppels House, also known as “Crazy House,” is a roadside attraction next to a small cafe. The house balances on an angled roof while a set of stairs leads into the attic window. When you walk inside, you’ll find six fully furnished rooms on the ceiling. The Crazy House opened in 2014 and is open to visitors for a small entrance fee.

INSIDER TIPIf you’re feeling creative, Toppels hosts a photo competition, and the prize includes a gift package.

 

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Upside Down House

WHERE: Niagara Falls, Ontario

After marveling at Niagara Falls from every angle, stop by Upside Down House on the Canadian side. It offers yet another mind-blowing thing to see in Ontario. The disorienting establishment is painted yellow with a red roof planted on the ground. When you walk inside, the house includes fully furnished rooms on the ceilings, including a master bedroom, bathroom, kids’ room, and kitchen. It doesn’t take long to walk through this attraction, so be sure to take your wacky pictures as soon as you enter!

INSIDER TIPBring your passport so that you can travel between Downtown Niagara Falls, New York to Niagara Falls, Ontario.

 

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WonderWorks

WHERE: Orlando, Florida

Imagination is on every block in Orlando, Florida, and WonderWorks is no exception. While it’s more of an amusement park than a house, this tourist attraction invites guests to step inside an upside-down world of games and educational experiences. The imaginary tale behind WonderWorks is that it was a top-secret laboratory on a secluded Caribbean island in the Bermuda Triangle. Something went wrong when Professor Wonder was working on an experiment, and he suddenly unleashed a tornado. The swirling winds ripped the building from the ground and carried it to Orlando, where it landed on its roof. Now, it’s an upside-down attraction for kids and adults that includes a bubble lab, earthquake simulator, and a glow in the dark ropes course.

INSIDER TIPAllow for about four hours at WonderWorks as there are over 100 hands-on exhibits for educational entertainment.

 

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House Upside Down

WHERE: St. Petersburg, Russia

There’s an upside-down museum for tourists to explore in St. Petersburg, Russia. It encourages guests to “do your usual business in a very strange house, where the floor and ceiling are swapped!” Everything from toys, nightstands, and PlayStations hang from the ceiling at House Upside Down. Even a motorcycle and refrigerator balance above your head! It’s a great place to capture some funky pictures and imagine a backward world.

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The World Upside Down

WHERE: Trassenheide, Germany

Germany’s original topsy-turvy design was created in 2008. It was built by Polish architects Klaudiusz Golos and Sebastian Mikiciuk as part of a project called Die Welt Steht Kopf, which means “The World Upside Down.” The architects built an inverted blue, two-story house as a way to encourage visitors to view every-day things from a different perspective. The roof effortlessly lays on the ground while the base of the house balances in the air.

The architects stay true to style on the inside of the house with sofas, potted plants, kitchen appliances, and paintings that are all upside down–even the toilet is on the ceiling! The home is on an incline to give the impression that it fell from the sky. It’s located on the island of Usedom on the north coast of Germany. While no one lives in the house, it’s open to visitors for a small entrance fee.

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Upside Down House

WHERE: Szymbark, Poland

The first upside-down house in Europe was built in 2007 at the foot of a hill in Szymbark, Poland. Designer Daniel Czapiewski created the odd-looking log cabin, in part, as a political statement showcasing the uncertainty of life during Communist Poland. The two-story Upside Down House is built on a slant so visitors can climb through an attic window to explore the home by walking on the ceiling.

Disoriented? We are too. The interior is furnished as if it were the 1970s when Poland was under Communist rule. This upside-down house is part of a larger educational area where tourists can learn about Poland’s history.

INSIDER TIPSpend the day at the Center for Education and Region Promotion (CEPR) in Szymbark to explore other Polish attractions such as bread baking, the world’s largest piano, and a museum of 18th-century household items.

 

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Kuala Lumpur Upside Down House

WHERE: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur Upside Down House is a wacky attraction at the base of the unmissable KL Tower. The home looks like any other quintessential cottage house with an antique car hung upside down at the entrance. Attention to detail is not skipped with this attraction as everything down to the picture frames, diapers, and toys in the kids’ rooms are inverted. Even the flower beds in the windows defy gravity! Kuala Lumpur Upside Down House in Malaysia usually has family or birthday specials on ticket prices. Check out their Facebook page to snag a discount before you go!

INSIDER TIPWhen you’re done walking through an upside-down world, head up to the top of the KL Tower Sky Deck for incredible views of the city!

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Top Secret Upside Down White House

WHERE: Wisconsin Dells, WI

This version of an upside-down house flips the President’s residence and workplace on its head. This eerie tourist attraction is labeled as “top secret” because the White House basement (where all critical information is stored) is now exposed, along with dimly lit tunnels and mysterious rooms. What does the government know about Area 51? Are Bigfoot and other ape-like beasts real? Visitors can explore these secrets of the White House in the Wisconsin Dells, which are revealed in a playful and thought-provoking way throughout the attraction.

INSIDER TIPThe Wisconsin Dells is known as the waterpark capital of the world! Be sure to check out one of their six indoor/outdoor waterparks.

 

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Tagurpidi Maja

WHERE: Tartu, Estonia

Upstairs is downstairs at Tagurpidi Maja in Estonia. A perfectly normal yellow home is flipped on its head to test your imagination. Visitors can enter from the stairs leading into the second story balcony. Once inside, roam around a seemingly ordinary house with the appliances and furniture on the ceiling. It might be disorienting, but it’s a great way to spend an afternoon, and a way to challenge yourself to think outside of the box.

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Baan Teelanka

WHERE: Phuket, Thailand

Baan Teelanka is a three-story upside-down home on the island of Phuket, Thailand. Baan Teelanka was created by Alex Riva and is part of a more extensive park that includes a giant maze in the garden, two escape rooms, and a coffee shop. Visitors can enter the pink modern-day home through the attic and make their way through the flipped house. Is the house upside down, or are you? That is the question. Get creative with silly poses throughout the attraction.

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