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Frankfurt, Germany

Eiserner Steg (Iron Bridge)

Fantastic views and thousands of love locks.
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.
Dresden, Germany

Dresden Panometer

An exquisite panometer representing Dresden as it was from 1695 to 1760.
Frankfurt, Germany

Frankfurt Wishing Wells

Carved fountains poignantly placed in parks and in front of special monuments.
Rüdesheim am Rhein, Germany

Mouse Tower

Legendary site where an evil bishop was devoured by rodents.
Wiesbaden, Germany

Nerobergbahn

A rare water-powered funicular, it uses a huge tank of water and gravity to do its work.
Trier, Germany

Karl Marx House

The birthplace of Karl Marx is now a museum dedicated to the communist revolutionary's life and work.
Kirnitzschtal, Germany

Lichtenhain Waterfall

A small man-controlled waterfall powers an Art Nouveau elevator and is accessed via narrow gauge, solar-powered tramway.
Bad Schandau, Germany

Art Nouveau Elevator

An ornate century-old elevator still connects the two halves of Bad Schandau.
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

Castle Werdenfels

The stones of this formerly witch-obsessed castle were used to build a church.
Trier, Germany

Porta Nigra

The last bastion of Roman presence north of the Alps looms over a German town.
Berlin, Germany

Berlin-Friedrichstrasse Railway Station

Cold war icon and onetime "hole" in the iron curtain.
Cologne, Germany

Cologne's Love Locks Bridge

Thousands of tourists and residents in Cologne affix "love padlocks" on the Hohenzollernbrücke Bridge to symbolize their affections.
Dresden, Germany

Dresden Frauenkirche

This Dresden church was purposely rebuilt Protestant after being demolished in World War II.
Duisburg, Germany

Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord

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

Sanssouci Palace

The "Prussian Versailles" that is as glorious today as when it was built.
Munich, Germany

Viscardigasse

Golden cobblestones remember a time when this small alley was used to avoid having to give a Nazi salute.
Berlin, Germany

Berlin Radio Tower

A restaurant and observation deck built in a unique broadcasting antennae.
Munich, Germany

Rathaus-Glockenspiel

Daily jousts and dancing barrel makers in Munich's mechanical clock.
Lohmen, Germany

The Bastei

Ruins of a German Castle on top of a towering stone pillar.
Schwangau, Germany

Neuschwanstein Castle

The fairy tale castle of the "fairy-tale king."
Tokyo, Japan

Odaiba Statue of Liberty

This little replica of Lady Liberty provides a bit of NYC in a Japanese city.
Koya, Japan

Okunoin Cemetery

Largest graveyard in all of Japan surrounds a famous mausoleum.
Tokyo, Japan

Akihabara Electric Town

Once a black market electronics marketplace, now an otaku shopper's paradise.