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London, England

Public Standards of Length

19th-century scientists would make the pilgrimage here to verify the precision of their measuring sticks.
Stockholm, Sweden

Källargränd urinoar (Källargränd Urinal)

A 130-year-old urinal is the oldest of Stockholm and perhaps all of Sweden.
Stockholm, Sweden

Colour by Numbers

This Stockholm light tower can be controlled by anyone with a smartphone.
Malmö, Sweden

Øresund Bridge

This chimerical bridge/tunnel appears to dead end right into the sea.
Deganwy, Wales

Deganwy Castle

This ancient castle has been abandoned since the Edwardian conquest of Wales.
Carmarthenshire, Wales

The Great Welsh Amelia Earhart Controversy

Where, exactly, the great aviator completed her transatlantic flight has caused some trouble in Wales.
Cardiff, Wales

Roman Walls of Cardiff Castle

The castle still holds traces of the abandoned Roman fort it was built atop.
Ceredigion, Wales

Constitution Hill

A 19th-century funicular railway shuttles visitors up this surprising sea cliff to one of the world's largest camera obscuras.
Tongwynlais, Wales

Castell Coch - The Red Castle

High Victorian fantasy created a fairytale castle out of a ruined fortress in Wales.
Gwynedd, Wales

Snowdon

The highest peak in Wales is said to be the final resting place of a giant killed by King Arthur.
Llanberis, Wales

Dolbadarn Castle Ruins

The stately remains of Llywelyn the Great's mighty fortress.
Tintern, Wales

Tintern Abbey

This well-preserved Cistercian Abbey in a romantic pastoral setting has inspired artists like the poet Wordsworth.
Krakow, Poland

Lord's Ark

In the midst of a living monument to Soviet social engineering, Polish Catholics built this church by hand.
Krakow, Poland

Nowa Huta

This sprawling concrete suburb of Kraków was designed by the Soviet Union as the model proletarian city.
Krakow, Poland

Wawel Dragon's Den

This Polish cave has housed a dragon, a brothel, and an enduring legend.
Krakow, Poland

St. Mary's Basilica

St. Mary's features one of the most spectacularly decorated cathedral interiors in all of Europe.
Wrocław, Poland

Wroclaw Dwarves

The silly symbol for an underground protest group is now scattered around the city.
Warsaw, Poland

Warsaw Uprising Monument

A tribute to the Polish insurgents who fought in the failed attempt to end their city's Nazi occupation.
Billund, Denmark

Lego House

An enormous playhouse designed to look like 21 stacked Lego bricks, with another 25 million colorful Legos inside.
Odense, Denmark

Odinstårnet (Odin Tower)

A model memorial to the original Odin Tower, the second highest tower in Europe before it was sabotaged by Danish Nazis.
Utrecht, Netherlands

The UFO of Inktpot

Atop this former dutch railway office sits an interstellar work of art.
Bremen, Germany

Spuckstein Gesche Gottfried

A spitting ode to a German serial killer.
Copenhagen, Denmark

Kulturtårnet

A little-known cafe in an old copper bridge tower with 360-degree views of the harbor.
Copenhagen, Denmark

Agnete and the Merman

Beneath Denmark's Højbro bridge, a bronze merman and his seven sons forever mourn for the mother and wife who left them for land.