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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.
Rome, Italy

Elephant and Obelisk

A detailed pachyderm supports Rome's smallest Egyptian obelisk.
Rome, Italy

Campo de Fiori

This ritzy Italian market is built around a statue of an unforgiven heretic who was burned for his belief in an endless universe.
Rome, Italy

Pyramid of Cestius

The only "Egyptian" pyramid in Europe and the legendary tomb of Remus.
Hampden, New Zealand

Moeraki Boulders

Highly spherical boulders on the shores of New Zealand.
Brooklyn, New York

Masstransiscope

A modern zoetrope on the New York City subway.
Natchez, Mississippi

Under-the-Hill Saloon

A 200-year-old bar is all that remains of one Mississippi River town's rough-and-tumble past.
Arizona

Squirrels of the Kaibab Plateau

These elusive, isolated rodents evolved into a distinct, locally iconic subspecies.
Papatowai, New Zealand

The Lost Gypsy Gallery

This quirky collection is an interactive exhibit crammed with creative contraptions and tinkered-with toys.
Sofia, Bulgaria

Raketa Rakia

Eastern Bloc nostalgia, anybody?
Bremen, Germany

Bremer Ratskeller

One of the oldest wine cellars in Germany is now a restaurant beneath Bremen's town hall.
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

Hotel New York

This hotel was once home to a steamliner company and became the final rest stop for Europeans heading to the New World.
Detmold, Germany

Hermannsdenkmal

This proud Teutonic warrior rises out of a German forest heralding a victory and measuring lightning.
's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands

Jheronimus Bosch Art Center

Take a stroll through the hellish grotesques of Hieronymus Bosch in this elaborate Netherlands church.
Sankt Goarshausen, Germany

Statue of Loreley

A memorial for a young woman and her ghost, which are claimed to have caused countless deathly shipwrecks.
Duisburg, Germany

Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord

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

Zollverein

The Bauhaus-style former industrial complex is considered the world's most beautiful coal mine.
Duisburg, Germany

Tiger & Turtle Magic Mountain

No need to strap in for a "ride" on this walkable roller coaster.
Bonn, Germany

Bonn Cherry Blossoms

Thousands of flowers create enchanting pink tunnels over the city streets.
Elsdorf, Germany

Hambach Surface Mine

This mine is home to the largest man-made hole in Europe.
Paris, France

La Promenade Plantée

The first green space constructed on an elevated viaduct.
Paris, France

Wall of The Drunken Boat

A poem by Arthur Rimbaud is inscribed on the wall of a street that, while it is only one block long, plays a key role in multiple novels.
Paris, France

The Duluc Detective Agency

Noirish green neon marks the location of one of the oldest private detective agencies in France.