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Gurvansaikhan, Mongolia

Booming Dunes of Badain Jaran Desert

The tallest stationary dunes on Earth also happen to sing
45.6249, 107.3254

The Gates of Hell

Fiery crater that has been burning since 1971
40.2522, 58.4397
Schwangau, Germany

Neuschwanstein Castle

The fairy tale castle of the "fairy-tale king"
47.5574, 10.7495
Ettal, Germany

Linderhof Palace

A small but immensely extravagant palace built by the "Night King"
47.5692, 10.9546
Coober Pedy, Australia

Coober Pedy

An opal mining town in the middle of Australia where people live, worship, and shop underground
-29.0123, 134.7546
Siem Reap, Cambodia

Ta Prohm

A battle between nature and architecture in the Cambodian jungle
13.3586, 103.8626
Minato, Japan

Roppongi Hills Garden Pond

An ordinary pond with fish from out of this world
35.6605, 139.7293
Hospet, India


The remains of what was, not so long ago, the world's largest city
15.2812, 76.3970
tp. Đà Lạt, Vietnam

Da Lat Crazy House

A Surreal flight of architectural fancy in Vietnam's Central Highlands
11.9356, 108.4295
Taito, Japan

Kan'ei-ji Temple

A Buddhist temple to insects that died for science
35.7219, 139.7747

Ostrog Monastery

A curious cave church carved into the face of a cliff
42.6750, 19.0292
Tay Ninh, Vietnam

Cao Dai Holy See

The lavish temple of the Cao Dai religion that includes Buddha, Mohammed, Joan of Arc, and Victor Hugo
11.3062, 106.0961
Athens, Greece

Syntagma Square Metro Station

Where commuters walk through remnants of an ancient Greek necropolis
37.9792, 23.7166
Jars scattered throughout the area
Phonsavan, Laos

Plain of Jars

Believed to have once stored either human remains or rice wine, thousands of mysterious stone jars lie in ruin
19.4600, 103.1800
The devil's footprint or a clever tourist trap? Both?
Munich, Germany

Der Teufelstritt (The Devil's Footprint)

The footprint of a frustrated devil in Munich's Cathedral
48.1386, 11.5739
Munich, Germany


Daily jousts and dancing barrel makers in Munich's mechanical clock
48.1378, 11.5759

Our Lady of the Rocks

A tiny church on a man-made island in the Adriatic
42.4867, 18.6889
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Munich, Germany


Go surfing on this urban wave, "hacked" by local surfers
48.1435, 11.5877
Bunker in Albania countryside.
Elbasan County, Albania

Bunkers of Albania

Hundreds of thousands of concrete bunkers crowd Albania long after the fall of Communism
41.1533, 20.1683
Arch of Neutrality.
Aşgabat, Turkmenistan

Arch of Neutrality

A dictator's gold statue once rotated to face the sun on a 75-meter high marble tower
37.8821, 58.3333
Basilica San Nicola
Bari, Italy

Manna of St. Nicholas of Bari

A dead saint, a deadly poison, and a mysterious holy ooze
41.1171, 16.8719
The interior of Hang Sung Sot.
Vân Đồn, Vietnam

Hang Sung Sot

Ha Long Bay's "Cave of Surprises" houses a popular phallic rock formation
21.2359, 107.6319
Olkhonsky District, Russia

Baikal Seals

Some of the world's only freshwater seals live in one very special lake in Russia
53.5658, 108.2095
Originally a high school, Tuol Seng was converted into a high security prison.
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Tuol Sleng

Khmer Rouge's high security prison
11.5496, 104.9175