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Leiden, Netherlands

Leiden Observatory

Devious political maneuvering and four ancient, working telescopes are central to the world's second-oldest observatory.
Leiden, Netherlands

Zweetkamertje (Sweat Room)

Graffiti covers the walls of a room where university students through the centuries have waited nervously to defend their theses.
Noordwijk, Netherlands

European Space Research and Technology Centre

The birthplace of most all of Europe's space missions is here on the Dutch coast.
Breezanddijk, Netherlands

Afsluitdijk

The 20-mile causeway that separates the Netherlands from the sea.
Zwiggelte, Netherlands

Westerbork Synthesis Radio Telescope

A radio telescope for listening to the stars, based in one of the cloudiest countries in the world.
Dwingeloo, Netherlands

Dwingeloo Radio Observatory

This giant radio telescope would be a rusting ruin if it hadn't become such a beloved relic.
Radio Kootwijk, Netherlands

Radio Kootwijk

This disused VLF radio station is no longer in service but the surrounding town still bears its name.
Capelle aan den IJssel, Netherlands

Gouwe Aqueduct

Yup, that's a 330-foot yacht passing over the highway.
Burgh-Haamstede, Netherlands

Plompe Toren

Its town washed away centuries ago, this lonely tower by the sea tells the tale of a mermaid and a curse.
Valkenburg, Netherlands

Kasteelruine Fluweelengrot

The ruins of this Dutch castle sit atop a labyrinth of once-secret tunnels and passageways, dating back over 900 years.
Zanzibar, Tanzania

Zanzibar's Night Market

After sunset the heart of Zanzibar's historic Stone Town neighborhood transforms into a culinary playground.
Zanzibar, Tanzania

The House of Wonders

In Zanzibar, a historic 19th-century palace is a reminder of the world's shortest war.
Rotterdam, Netherlands

Rotterdam Historic Harbor

Old ships and machinery fill a historic harbor in the city that's home to Europe's largest port.
Rotterdam, Netherlands

Cube House

These slanted cubic abodes are a creative if odd solution to a zoning pickle.
Kinderdijk, Netherlands

Windmills of Kinderdijk

Birthplace of the "Cat in the Cradle" and a cluster of iconic, original windmills that let the Dutch tame the seas.
Utrecht, Netherlands

Sonnenborgh Observatory

A historic observatory now an astronomy museum beautifully situated at the moat of the Middle Age city centre.
Vienna, Austria

Vienna Grand Ferris Wheel

Vienna's giant wonder wheel had a starring role in one of the greatest noir movies of all time.
Leiden, Netherlands

Hortus Botanicus Leiden

A 'living museum' in Leiden, the oldest of its kind in the Netherlands.
Leiden, Netherlands

Museum Boerhaave

A former plague hospital turned medical museum.
The Hague, Netherlands

Panorama Mesdag

The largest 19th century panorama in the world still in-situ.
Kaatsheuvel, Netherlands

Efteling Sprookjesbos

This fairy tale forest hides scenes from some of the more obscure and bizarre Western nursery stories.
Bassenge, Belgium

Fort Eben-Emael

This sprawling Belgian fort was once thought of as impenetrable but now it is simply an abandoned relic.
Stockholm, Sweden

Skansen Open Air Museum

Sweden's "good old days" painstakingly re-created in a model village.
Vienna, Austria

Flak Towers

Giant WWII fortresses that fired 8,000 rounds a minute, now home to thousands of pigeons.