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Pedestrians inside the St. Pauli Elbtunnel
Hamburg, Germany

St. Pauli Elbtunnel

Hamburgers are intensely proud of their tunnel beneath the river.
53.5460, 9.9666
Inside the Gotthard Base Tunnel.
Bodio, Switzerland

Gotthard Base Tunnel

The world's longest and deepest train tunnel.
46.3726, 8.9233
Main Fourvière theatre.
Lyon, France

Ancient Roman Theaters of Lyon

Lyon, France is home to two remarkably preserved Roman theaters, one dating back to 15 BCE.
45.7598, 4.8199
The huge white cross by the Madrid Airport is the Paracuellos Cementerio de los Martires.
Paracuellos de Jarama, Spain

Paracuellos Massacres Cross at the Madrid Airport

The mysterious large white cross visible from the runway is a memorial to a massacre during Spanish Civil War.
40.5118, -3.5455
Moulins, France

Mantin House

French Time Capsule-19th Century home revealed to the public
46.5681, 3.3344
Luftbrückendenkmal and C-47 Rosinenbomber, Rhein-Main Airbase in Frankfurt.
Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Luftbrückendenkmal: Monument to the Berlin Airlift

The sweet story of how American cargo planes became known as "Candy Bombers" during the Berlin Blockade.
50.0377, 8.5953
Leonardo da Vinci Statue, Airport Rome, Italy
Fiumicino, Italy

Secret Compartment in Leonardo da Vinci Statue

A secret hatch containing two parchments was discovered in this statue over 40 years after its installation.
41.7928, 12.2563
The Giesskannenmuseum (Watering Can Museum).
Giessen, Germany

Gießkannenmuseum (Watering Can Museum)

An homage to the humble watering can.
50.5872, 8.6710
Old Power Plant of the Army Research Center in Peenemünde
Peenemünde, Germany

Peenemünde Army Research Center

The NASA scientists behind Apollo 11 started out developing Nazi weapons at this abandoned German rocket factory.
54.1385, 13.7654
A plaque marks the location of this unique tree
Indianapolis, Indiana

Indianapolis Moon Tree

A 30-year-old Sycamore tree grown from a seed taken to the moon and back
39.7681, -86.1627
Phone Booth on a Roof
Lincoln, Illinois

Phone Booth on a Roof

Today this bizarre rooftop phone booth seems like a piece of kitsch but it was once used to spot disastrous storms
40.1461, -89.3615
"Geigenbauer-Denkmal", Luby, Czechia
Luby, Czechia

Geigenbauer-Denkmal (Violin Maker Monument)

A monument to the small town of master violin makers and its countless luthiers.
50.2543, 12.4056
The Séance Lounge
New Orleans, Louisiana

Séance Room at Muriel's Jackson Square

The restaurant keeps a hidden séance room on the second floor and reserves a table for the spirit of the former owner each night.
29.9584, -90.0631
Eiserner Steg
Frankfurt, Germany

Eiserner Steg (Iron Bridge)

Fantastic views and thousands of love locks.
50.1092, 8.6828
Møns Klint
Borre, Denmark

Møns Klint

A natural wonder in south Denmark.
54.9842, 12.5434
Peek into the room where Vincent van Gogh died at Auberge Ravoux
Auvers-sur-Oise, France

Auberge Ravoux

The room where Vincent van Gogh died.
49.0708, 2.1716
Severinsbrücke in Cologne
Cologne, Germany

Secret Grave in the Pylon of Severinsbrücke Bridge

The body of at least one victim of a construction accident was left behind in the collapsed pylon, buried under tons of concrete.
50.9310, 6.9697
Abbeye de Cluny
Cluny, France

Abbaye de Cluny (Cluny Abbey)

One of the most powerful religious centers in the Middle Ages, dubbed the founder of Western monasticism.
46.4341, 4.6593
Pyramid at the Abandoned Cemetery of La Boulaye
La Boulaye, France

Pyramid Mausoleum at Abandoned La Boulaye Cemetery

The ruins of an abandoned cemetery are among the last remnants of the old village of La Boulaye before a wealthy landowner had it relocated.
46.7392, 4.1383
Statue of Loreley
Sankt Goarshausen, Germany

Statue of Loreley

A memorial for a young woman and her ghost, which are claimed to have caused countless deathly shipwrecks.
50.1470, 7.7270
Monet's House
Giverny, France

Claude Monet House and Gardens

At Monet's beloved home you can still see the Japanese bridge, waterlilies and weeping willows that were the subjects of some of his most iconic paintings.
49.0752, 1.5346
Normandy American Cemetery
Colleville-sur-Mer, France

Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial

A memorial to the nearly 10,000 American soldiers laid to rest on the beaches of Normandy during WWII.
49.3592, -0.8532
La Conciergerie
Paris, France

La Conciergerie

This former “ante-chamber to the guillotine” has been refurbished to illustrate the brutal history of French justice
48.8555, 2.3459
Grave of Vincent and Theo van Gogh, Auvers-sur-Oise, France
Auvers-sur-Oise, France

Grave of Vincent and Theo van Gogh

The artist and his brother are buried in a landscape straight out of a van Gogh painting.
49.0753, 2.1789