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Amsterdam, Netherlands

Brouwerij’t IJ

This bird-loving brewery is situated in an old municipal bathhouse, nestled beside a 300-year-old windmill.
El Jadida, Morocco

El Jadida Community Oven

Enjoy fresh-baked bread and fish from a repurposed Portuguese fortress.
Königswinter, Germany

Burg Drachenfels

A ruined castle stands atop a hill surrounded by dragon lore.
Xanten, Germany

Xanten Archaeological Park

Take a walk in a recreation of ancient Rome.
Xanten, Germany

Klever Gate

These tenacious 14th-century towers defied demolition and are now a fairytale vacation rental.
Wuppertal, Germany

Schwebebahn Wuppertal

This "floating railway" is one of the world's oldest monorail systems.
Duisburg, Germany

Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord

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

Villa Hugel

The monumental home of Prussia’s eccentric "Cannon King."
Erkrath, Germany

Feldhofer Grotto

The first recognized Neanderthal remains were found in this now-lost cave in 1856.
Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb's Museum of Broken Relationships

Where the lovelorn find a home for their sentimental keepsakes.
Rijeka, Croatia

PEEK&POKE Computer Museum

This Croatian computer club features such gaming relics as the infamous Virtual Boy and an 8-bit Pacman machine.
Barcelona, Spain

Mirador de Colom (Columbus Monument)

A vista of the city and sea from atop the little-known viewing deck on an unassuming Columbus statue.
Barcelona, Spain

Rossend Arús Masonic Library

A once-secret library of Freemason history in Catalonia.
Barcelona, Spain

Sant Pau Recinte Modernista

The largest Art Nouveau complex in the world is a Barcelona hospital with a 600-year-long history.
Barcelona, Spain

Sagrada Família

Construction of Barcelona's iconic (but controversial) church is expected to be completed in 2026—a century after the death of its architect.
Barcelona, Spain

Casa Batlló

One of Antoni Gaudí's most classic buildings is well-known for its "dragon-back" design.
Ronda, Spain

Central Electric Ruins

The hidden ruins of an old hydroelectric plant reclaimed by nature.
Ronda, Spain

Puente Nuevo

One of the most spectacular bridges in Spain spans a narrow chasm that divides the city of Ronda.
Ronda, Spain

Ronda, Spain

Three bridges and one giant canyon make up this fantastic Spanish settlement.
Cologne, Germany

Roman Tomb Köln-Weiden

The final resting place for a wealthy Roman family, this tomb might be the best preserved of its kind outside Italy.
Istanbul, Turkey

Nakilbent Cistern

A sixth-century Byzantine cistern hidden below a modern carpet store.
Istanbul, Turkey

Hagia Sophia Wishing Column

Legend says if you stick your thumb in the hole and it gets wet your wish will be granted.
Istanbul, Turkey

Viking Runes at Hagia Sophia

A small etching on the white marble parapet was written in runic script by a Viking mercenary.
Mikonos, Greece

Terrace of the Lions

Replicas of Apollo's leonine stone guard cats still line a sacred row in Greece.