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Las Vegas, Nevada

Hand of Faith Gold Nugget

The second-largest gold nugget in existence, displayed in a Las Vegas casino conveniently named the Golden Nugget.
Lier, Belgium

The Zimmer Clock Tower and Museum

A 14th century fortified keep showcases the masterpieces of a 20th century ingenious clockmaker.
Brussels, Belgium

Jeanneke Pis

Brussels' favorite peeing boy has a sister.
Brussels, Belgium

Délirium Café

Cozy basement bar sports an inventory of over 2,000 beers.
Brussels, Belgium

Manneken Pis

A little sculpture with a large wardrobe.
Brussels, Belgium

The Atomium

Climb inside an iron crystal magnified 165 billion times its normal size.
Brussels, Belgium

Mini-Europe

Theme park featuring miniature replicas of European monuments.
Ghent, Belgium

Werregarenstraat

This narrow Ghent alleyway is an officially sanctioned street art tunnel.
Ghent, Belgium

Gravensteen

This fairytale castle was built as a show of power but was nearly torn down thanks to its history of torture.
Roubaix, France

La Piscine

Museum in a swimming pool where the water still flows.
Ghent, Belgium

Dr. Guislain Museum

A Museum of Pyschiatry in a still-operating mental institution.
De Haan, Belgium

Sandworm

An undulating wicker beast looms peacefully atop a sand dune in Belgium.
Bruges, Belgium

Secret Garden of Bruges

You would never come across this tiny green oasis if you didn't know it existed.
Bruges, Belgium

House Bouchoute

The compass on its front was a handy tool for 17th-century merchants who needed to know the direction of the wind.
Bruges, Belgium

Smedenpoort Skull

The bronzed skull of a beheaded traitor was affixed to the city gate in the 17th century.
Moorslede, Belgium

Dadipark

This Belgian theme park began as a refuge for bored church children and was closed down when a boy lost an arm.
Ypres, Belgium

In Flanders Fields Museum

This memorial museum chronicles the apocalyptic destruction of the First World War.
Ypres, Belgium

Menin Gate Memorial

A moving memorial to the fallen and missing from WWI trenches.
Ypres, Belgium

The Birthplace of "In Flanders Fields"

The site where one of the most famous poems of World War I was composed is preserved to honor the legacy of the work.
Diksmuide, Belgium

Vladslo German Military Cemetery

Visitors to this Belgium graveyard are greeted by the grieving stone parents of the young men lost to war.
Lo-Reninge, Belgium

Caesar's Tree

A taxus-tree to which Julius Caesar reputedly tied his horse.
Amsterdam, Netherlands

The Torture Museum

Museum preserving torture methods from the past.
Amsterdam, Netherlands

City Hall Urinal

A public urinal so pretty, it was given the status of National Monument.
Amsterdam, Netherlands

The Hash, Marijuana and Hemp Museum

The history and future of cannabis.