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26 of the World's Most Highly Guarded Locations


26 of the World's Most Safe Areas We Can Never Get Access To

Most secure places in the world

With today's cutting-edge travel technology, irrespective of the venue, it's certainly not that hard to discover a new mysterious spot. But there are still a lot of other mysterious places which, for different reasons, have either been locked up for good or can not be legally visited. You will be fortunate to take a peek at the world's most secretive nooks left in total desolation in today's post. Well, you may not be able to physically sense them, but at least you can imagine what it's like to be in barren places like this, rusting away into nothingness. Our exclusive list of abandoned military bases, delicate natural landmarks, banned islands and even rare locations that you never knew existed can be found below!

Well, you may have assumed that there is no greater mystery than what lies beyond outer space, but you may have changed your mind today for the better. And let us warn you before you get started, that most of these places have security protocols in place. No wonder they're now referred to as the most highly guarded installations in the world. No amount of money or power will ever guarantee access to either of these locations for you. Now, let's see what these places are all about without further ado, shall we?

26 of the Most Secured Places in the World

There's no way you're getting in any of these places unless you have superpowers or have super ties to some of the most important people in the world (even then that's still not a guarantee). Below are 26 of the world's most highly guarded facilities:

1. The Swiss Vault 

swiss vault

If you have ever been fascinated by action-packed films of outlaws trying to break into the vault of the bank, then you might probably want to learn more about the true existence of the Swiss Vaults. These are among the world's best, which easily explains why they are also the most secure vaults. Take the 3-key safety deposit box, for instance. 

Believe it or not, it has been used for more than hundreds of years by the world's most wealthy individuals. Literally, regardless of the devices, skillfulness, or dedication, there's no way to crack it. Seriously, these original Swiss vaults are stronger than anything you've seen before and more reliable.

2. Fort Knox, Kentucky (USA)

Fort knox

Ranked as the world's most secure location. Host to the monetary riches of America, Fort Knox is known for being one of the best places on Earth. About 5,000 tons of gold is said to be housed here (that's almost 2% of all the gold on Earth!). There is a bank vault concealed deep inside the basement of the depository that has a 250-ton door at its entrance to ensure it is fully safe. If that wasn't enough, there's a military camp surrounding the whole place to fend off any intruders.

3. Car Park on Bold Lane, Derby, UK

Bold lane car park

The car park was developed in the 1970s and, by the 1990s, had gained a reputation for crime and substance abuse. Local security officials agreed to rebrand Bold Lane as a state of the art car park in response to this. To get in and out, barcoded tickets are needed, cars are controlled by motion sensors and barriers come down if security is violated.

4. Secret Archives of the Vatican 

Vatican secret archives

Within the Vatican Secret Archives, only eligible clergy and academics are permitted. Without advanced permission, even those allowed entry within the facility can not access objects. Behind the secrecy, the skeptics have numerous hypotheses, including the cavern hiding gospels that contradict the Bible, housing the oldest recorded pornography set, and carrying plans to rule the planet.

5. "Pionen" Bunker, Stockholm, Sweden

Pionen bunker

Bahnhof's data centers are located 100 feet deep in a canyon. This bunker was erected as a fallout shelter in 1943. Live plants, artificial waterfalls, and an enormous aquarium are inside. This is how the organization provides a nice place for its workers.

6. HavenCo Limited

Havenco limited

It is located in the middle of the North Sea, on top of large concrete pillars. 

Maybe most of you haven't even heard of them. This position is almost difficult to enter. It is a data fortress that is hyper-secure. Almost no one knows exactly what kind of data they secure, except those who work there. 

The most shocking thing is, without even offering an explanation, it stopped all its operations in the year 2008.

7. The Demilitarized Zone Between North Korea and South 

Demilitarized Zone of North Korea and South Korea

Known as the Korean Demilitarized Zone, this particular strip of land spans about 150 miles in length and 2.5 miles in width. This bizarre place is not only a hazardous region, it separates North and South Korea, but it is distinguished from end to end by high security along the border. Even the bravest travelers don't venture to come close to it, let alone cross it, so all you can imagine is what a weird place this zone might actually be. Strangely, however, even though it is very dangerous, the same area is often considered a nature preserve. But in any case, this strip of land's legendary legacy somehow manages to give us the chills.

8. Area 51, The Desert of Las Vegas, Nevada (USA)

Area 51 USA

Area 51 is right up there with the best of them when deciding the safest position in the country. You've probably heard of Area 51, the high-security military research facility famous for holding some of the world's greatest secrets and cover-ups, and it's known to some for concealing alien and UFO sighting information. We'll probably never know, of course, because the level of protection here is so strong that what's happening inside remains a complete mystery. Armed guards' motion sensors and patrols are in daily usage, always on the lookout for invasive forces. This is the best photo you can get! It's so safe!

9. Vault of Granite Mountain Records 

Granite mountain record

The Latter Day Saint's Church of Jesus Christ owns an immense collection of documents and history. Hundreds of foot inside Granite Mountain in Utah, this is all home. To conserve the paper documents and microfilm inside, the environment is climatically controlled. 

10. River Tumen 

River Tumen

This acts as a bridge between China, Russia, and North Korea. The explanation for greater protection along the river is because many North Koreans have been caught trying to reach China through the shallow waters of the river.

11. New York's Federal Reserve Bank 

Federal reserve bank New York

New York's Federal Reserve Bank has security so secure that more U.S. gold bullion is entrusted to it than the famous Fort Knox. As pallets are carried around by a team of robots, men are not even allowed to access the bank's vault. A Jason Bourne level security force watches the perimeter to top it off. Their scores on the shooting range are so fantastic that they're much better than marksmen. Bank security systems are so trusted that they are also used by foreign governments for the storage of the gold.

12. The Stock of Iranian Gold 

Iranian Gold Reserve

It will really be difficult to penetrate the gold reserve of Iran because no one can tell for sure where it is. Assumptions are based either on the position of the Imperial Treasury or on the central bank of Iran. To dodge 'financial pressure' from the United States and the United Kingdom, Iran secretly flew gold into the country from Europe.

13. DX Florence Correctional Facility 

DX Florence Prison

There is one other place in particular that still requires a tiny portion of the world's attention, the DX Florence Jail, apart from all these forgotten zones and forbidden regions. Before you think prisons have little to push your mind on, let's say this place is still a supermax prison for the bad guys in Colorado. In the US state of Colorado, the jail, officially known as The Administrative Maximum Facility, holds the most violent offenders. Owing to the incredibly strict security measures, including attack dogs, motion-detecting laser beams, 12 ft high razor-wire walls, and all the like, the ADX has received the nickname 'Alcatraz of the Rockies'. 

No way in, no way out, ADX is all about that.

14. Global Seed Vault of Svalbard, Norway 

Global seed vault of Svalbard

Have you ever questioned whether or not a fail-safe set-up is in place should there be a global drought or humanitarian disaster? If so, then thank you for this vault to your lucky stars. The aim is to conserve spare samples of seeds should the need arise to grow food.

15. Gold vault of the Bank of England 

Bank of England Gold Vault

The Bank of England gold vault, the UK's largest gold vault, safeguards more than 4,600 tons of gold. The walls are bombproof and the safety system is so complex that voice recognition, 3-foot keys, and other safety measures that are not even reported are included.

16. The Hidden Vaults Of The Mormon Church 

The Mormon Church’s Secret Vaults

The hidden vaults of the Mormon Church contain genealogical and historical documents that are not only heavily guarded but also alleged to be secured by regulation of temperature as well as sensors of motion and heat.

17. Mountain Complex of Cheyenne 

Cheyenne Mountain Complex

At one time, the Cheyenne Mountain Complex was the North American Aerospace Defense Command command center (NORAD has since relocated its activities to another location) and the U.S. Missions from Space Command. The complex is so well guarded that its tunnel is covered and strengthened by solid granite. It is interesting to note that in the popular TV show Stargate SG-1, the Cheyenne Mountain Complex was also the home of the fictional Stargate Order. 

18. Air Force One

Air Force One

Air Force One, best regarded as one of the most well-built aircraft, features very impressive flight avoidance and air-to-air defense. Another surprising fact about Air Force One is that it comes with an outstanding electronic technology kit. In the event of any unpleasant circumstances, each was designed for the greater intention of protecting the Commander in Chief and his entourage. Air Force One did not exactly need much time to become one of the safest places in the country, thanks to the super-tight security measures, which could also be a "running spot" at times.

19. Greenbrier

Greenbrier

The Greenbrier is widely regarded as an exclusive, lavish resort spread over 6,500 acres, but few are aware that the resort lies deep within West Virginia's dense forests, notes atchuup.com. The Greenbrier sits right atop a 25-ton nuclear blast door that comes with tunnels that create a nuclear route for a bunker well supplied to all U.S. representatives as if that's not enough. Uh. Congress. Now, if you wonder why the Greenbrier wanted such an unattractive "improvement," in the event of a nuclear attack, the response lies in the bunker's request.

20. Prohibited Field of Woomera 

Woomera Prohibited Area

This unique facility, located outside Adelaide Australia, stretches over a whopping 127,000 square kilometers. The Royal Australian Air Force now operates the Woomera Prohibited Field, which is primarily known as a large weapons testing range. But in addition to being quite a fascinating location, it's certainly also a bit constrained. The building is also known as the hidden place where research and space probes for British nuclear weapons take place. Interestingly, the Woomera Prohibited Area sits on a strip of dirty land abundant in mineral elements and is thus worth millions of dollars.

21. Iron Mountain 

Iron Mountain

This retired limestone mine houses vaults worth 1.7 million square feet, 200 feet below the ground. The US government is the largest tenant, and 95% of the vault owners' identities are private, although we do know that there are vaults for Warner Brothers, the Smithsonian Institution, and Corbis. As well as the burned remains of Flight 93, the original photo of Einstein sticking his tongue out, and Edison's patent for the light bulb, thousands of historical master tapes, photo negatives, and original film reels live here. Room 48, a data center that backs up some of America's largest businesses, is also home to Iron Mountain. The entrance is secured by two waves of armed guards and they are said to inspect visitors so closely that even the TSA will be humiliated.

22. The 1960's Bar

The 1960's Bar

The once-famous 1960's Bar is somehow synonymous with Britain's enigmatic and well-hidden Burlington bunker complex in Wiltshire, England, situated about 100 feet below the ground. The bar, once popular with British government officials, is now remembered as a bunker complex, a refuge that, in the event of a nuclear attack, had to act as a shelter. The bar of the 1960s is not an attraction today, nor is it a quaint facility, but a restricted area hid about 100 feet underground. Initially, during the Cold War, the bar was installed, but its purpose was rarely achieved.

23. Queen Elizabeth's Bedroom


There was a guy who really broke into it back in the 90s. We're not really sure, honestly, why someone would try to enter it anyway, but now the Queen's Bedroom is heavily guarded and secured from intruders. The man who broke into it somehow managed to get past the high walls with spinning spikes and barbed wire "adorned" his way. Then, in the early hours of the day, he climbed up a drainpipe and got into the Queen's suite. As a result of the incident, the Palace's general defense now includes motion monitors, more modern detectors, and the presence of guards.

24. Sentinel Island of the North, India 

The beautiful North Sentinel Island in India, best known for its sandy beaches, beautiful sunsets, and spectacular scenery, is part of the Andaman Islands. Politically, though, India and its extremely hostile native tribes belong to the land. Interestingly, it is known that these tribes are very hostile and violent. Cases of death were recorded there on several occasions, all of which involved Indian tribes. The possibility of experiencing similar things is real, unlike most previous examples, and travel to the North Sentinel Islands and the Andaman Islands is therefore expressly prohibited.

25. The White House, Washington, D.C., United States


The White House is the residence of the President of the United States, staff members, delegates, and other important officials, surrounded by 18 acres of highly secure, surrounded property. Without a doubt, it is one of the world's most safe buildings. It remains one of the world's most heavily guarded houses, equipped with an iron fence enveloping the entire grounds, bulletproof glass, and a separate secret service detail committed at all times and at all costs to protecting the First Family.

26. Bunker of Saddam Hussein, Baghdad (Iraq) 

Saddam Hussein

Saddam Hussein's Bunker is ranked at seven in our list of most safe locations on earth. Just how many rooms the bunker had is not clear, but the main room had incredible 60-foot high ceilings! In the event of a military attack, the building was built to defend Saddam Hussein, to withstand the explosion of a nuclear bomb, and had space for about 50 people. The bunker was the epitome of security, nearly 100 feet underground, with three-ton Swiss-made doors, 5 foot thick walls, 6 foot thick reinforced concrete ceiling, and two escape tunnels. It suffered many assaults by the United States, including bunker busters and 20 cruise missiles.

So, now you know where you're going to go if you want to hide from the rest of the world. Very literally.

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