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Meymand, Iran

Maymand

This 12,000 year old Iranian cave village has been continuously inhabited for over 3,000 years.
Lemgo, Germany

Karl Junker House

An intricate and amazing house built by architect Karl Junker.
Detmold, Germany

Hermannsdenkmal

This proud Teutonic warrior rises out of a German forest heralding a victory and measuring lightning.
Horn-Bad Meinberg, Germany

Externsteine

Between Neo-Pagans and Neo-Nazis, these strange rock formations have a curious cult following and a very strange history.
Büren, Germany

Castle of Wewelsburg

This unique Renaissance castle was turned into a home for Nazi occultism.
Duisburg, Germany

Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord

This former steel and coal plant is now a neon-lit industrial fantasia.
Duisburg, Germany

Tiger & Turtle Magic Mountain

No need to strap in for a "ride" on this walkable roller coaster.
Oberhausen, Germany

Gasometer Oberhausen

An industrial relic is now one of Europe's most staggering art spaces.
Bottrop, Germany

Tetrahedron in Bottrop

This massive steel pyramid can be entered by a set of jagged steps that let visitors stand in its heart.
Essen, Germany

Slab for the Ruhr

This monolithic slab of art metal crowns a German slag heap.
Tallinn, Estonia

Old Thomas

The Guardian of Tallinn.
Riga, Latvia

P. Stradins Museum for History of Medicine

Medical museum that houses most notably the taxidermied remains of Vladimir Demikhov's famous two-headed dog experiment.
Riga, Latvia

The Very Old Oak Tree

A preserved oak tree about 3,500 years old found in Riga, Latvia.
Tartu, Estonia

Museum of KGB Cells

The secret cells in the basement of the KGB's Estonian "Grey House" have been preserved as a grim Cold War museum.
Kerch, Crimea

Tsarsky Kurgan

This ancient burial mound is accessed by an impressive Greek-built archway.
Tallinn, Estonia

Epitaphs of The Cathedral of Saint Mary

The oldest church in the Estonian capital is home to over 100 fantastical cemetery coats-of-arms.
Tallinn, Estonia

KGB Museum

"There's nothing there," and other lies the KGB told us.
Lucerne, Switzerland

Dance of Death Bridge

This historic covered bridge contains a series of macabre paintings that communicate one thing: everyone dies.
Masuleh, Iran

Masuleh

In this tiny Iranian town playing on the roof isn't just encouraged, it's the only place to go.
Hama, Syria

Norias of Hama

Only a handful of these gorgeous historic waterwheels remain but even those are in danger from local unrest.
Brest, Belarus

Museum of Confiscated Art

A small museum in this border city displays the contraband art that has been stolen back from smugglers.
Seattle, Washington

World Flight Monument

This gold-winged spire celebrates the first true flight around the world.
Cologne, Germany

St. Petersglocke

The largest bell in the world has been swinging high above a Cologne cathedral for almost a century.
Waimangu, New Zealand

Frying Pan Lake

Deadly scalding and one of the largest hot springs in the world.