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Piz Gloria, the revolving restaurant on the Schilthorn near Mürren in the Bernese Oberland, Switzerland.
Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

Schilthorn Piz Gloria

A cablecar station-turned-revolving restaurant with 360-degree views of the Swiss skyline.
46.5573, 7.8351
Stone archway, landscaped with evergreens, July 2007. (Wikimedia Commons)
Hamilton Township, New Jersey

Grounds for Sculpture

A unique sculpture park that specializes in the huge and bizarre.
40.2355, -74.7179
Artifacts and information inside the museum.
Juneau, Alaska

Last Chance Mining Museum

Impressive artifacts from Juneau's gold mining days fill this mining site-turned-museum.
58.3066, -134.3846
Juneau, Alaska

Mendenhall Ice Caves

Breathtakingly blue walls shimmer in the "Glacier Behind the Town."
58.4958, -134.5322
Arctic Brotherhood Hall.
Skagway, Alaska

Arctic Brotherhood Hall

The facade of this relic from the Klondike gold rush is decorated with over 8,800 pieces of driftwood.
59.4541, -135.3182
Berlin Bear.
San Antonio, Texas

The Berlin Bear

The quirky gift from West Berlin for the 1968 World's Fair still stands in Hemisfair Park.
29.4206, -98.4870
San Francisco, California

Aquatic Park Tombstones

Visible below the waves are memorials to the city's Gold Rush dead.
37.8076, -122.4262
San Francisco, California

The Stern of the Brigantine Galilee

Once the fastest ship from San Francisco to Tahiti, the Galilee now lays in pieces in three different cities.
37.8073, -122.4298
The model was relocated from the Smithsonian in 2010.
Washington, D.C.

USS Missouri Model Ship

The U.S. Navy’s preposterously detailed mini battleship took 77,000 hours to complete.
38.8731, -76.9953
Abandoned Fort Ord building.
Salinas, California

Fort Ord

Once America’s most beautiful army base, this abandoned military fort on the coast of Monterey Bay has been left to the elements.
36.6266, -121.6914
Plaque that marks the former hospital
Baltimore, Maryland

Site of Edgar Allan Poe's Death

The site where Poe "in great distress, and ... in need of immediate assistance" likely died.
39.2929, -76.5942
Baltimore's Phoenix Shot Tower.
Baltimore, Maryland

Phoenix Shot Tower

Once America's tallest building, now a Baltimore landmark.
39.2907, -76.6055
The kiosk.
New York, New York

Queensboro Trolley Kiosk

A forgotten relic from New York's bygone trolley system hides in plain sight under a bridge.
40.7608, -73.9637
The original torch was replaced in 1986.
New York, New York

Statue of Liberty's Original Torch

Lady Liberty's first beacon of enlightenment is now displayed inside the Pedestal lobby.
40.6895, -74.0449
A piece by French artist JR. This was a photograph of immigrants who had been marked for deportation, awaiting their appeal hearing.
Jersey City, New Jersey

Ellis Island Immigrant Hospital

Now abandoned, the first public health hospital in the U.S. saw more than one million immigrants from around the world.
40.6976, -74.0425
The Fountain of the Innocents is one of the few surviving pieces of the lost cemetery.
Paris, France

Fountain of Innocents

A 16th-century fountain marks the site of a lost medieval cemetery once filled with mass graves.
48.8606, 2.3469
New Castle, Saint Kitts and Nevis

Cottle Church

Small church built in the 19th century for whites and slaves to worship together.
17.1965, -62.5961
Noonday Gun
Hong Kong

Noonday Gun

This naval gun is fired every day at noon, an odd timekeeping tradition the origin of which is local legend.
22.2826, 114.1838
The stacked homes of the Monster Building.
Hong Kong

Quarry Bay 'Monster Building'

This hulking behemoth is actually five interconnected towers built in the 1960s.
22.2841, 114.2123
The Heidelberg funicular.
Heidelberg, Germany

Heidelberger Bergbahnen

This historic funicular system combines the old with the new while offering delightful views over the surrounding valley.
49.4113, 8.7120
County Antrim, Northern Ireland

Giant's Causeway

Northern Ireland's Brobdingnagian stepping stones.
55.2417, -6.5112
The central interior of Leadenhall Market
London, England

Leadenhall Market

This ornate Victorian marketplace was the setting for Diagon Alley and the Leaky Cauldron in the Harry Potter films.
51.5126, -0.0834
Mauthausen Memorial.
Marbach, Austria

Mauthausen Memorial

The site of Austria's biggest concentration camp now honors its victims.
48.2587, 14.4997
(Flickr/skpy)
Tarsdorf, Austria

Fucking, Austria

American soldiers discovered Europe's best one-liner at the end of World War II.
48.0679, 12.8654