The Mysterious Dancing Forest of Kaliningrad

Located on the thin Curonian Spit that splits the Curonian Lagoon from the Baltic Sea, lies one of the strangest natural phenomena on Earth.

Known as the Dancing Forest by caretakers of Curonian Spit National Park and as the Drunken Forest, by locals, this unusual pine forest is made of trees of various shapes, most of them twisted in circles and spirals, along the ground.

According to tourists, the Dancing Forest looks more like a site near Chernobyl, with 20-year-old pines tied into natural knots and loops, like lumpy contortionists. A few years ago, the park manager invited students from local universities to conduct studies, and get to the bottom of the mystery.

Since then, several theories emerged, including one suggested by a psychic who said the forest is located on a spot where massive amounts of positive and negative energies collide. Others say the causes are geological, that it must have something to do with the unstable sandy soil. But the most widely accepted theory is that the Dancing Forest was manipulated by the powerful winds blowing in the area.

Whatever the reason, the Dancing Forest of Kaliningrad is definitely an interesting site, especially if you’re into strange natural phenomena.

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  • Bill Posted on March 4, 2010

    Probably from all the Germans turning over in their graves at Königsberg being a Russian city.

  • Nunof Urbizness Posted on April 27, 2010

    Sooner or later, Ivan will inevitably screw up and “Kaliningrad” will once again become Königsberg.

  • Jarek Milewski Posted on October 24, 2010

    I am very sorry (?) to tell you the place near Kaliningrad (German Koenigsberg before World War II) is NOT a unique place on Earth. There is a very similar place in Poland near Gryfino (German Greifenhagen near Stettin before WWII). It is called “Curved forest”, but here all the trees are shaped in a similar manner. You can see some photos on the Gryfino city website: http://www.gryfino.pl/WrotaGryfina/chapter_56734.asp
    or on the DeviantArt gallery of my friend: http://seawhisper.deviantart.com/gallery/
    (we visited the place together just 2 months ago).

    And the most reasonable theory is that the trees were shaped by the man in order to get appropriate pieces of wood for furniture or ship construction. Since both places are on former German territories, it seems that the method of artificially shaping the trees must have been wider known and applied.

  • Nivedita.P.Menon Posted on October 22, 2011

    I’ve never seen such thing in my life. Well ofcourse I’ve seen tress in twisted postures but never seen a forest having almost all the trees in twisted circular loops….Great!!!!!