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Schwangau, Germany

Neuschwanstein Castle

The fairy tale castle of the "fairy-tale king."
47.5574, 10.7495
William McKinley Assassination Plaque
Buffalo, New York

William McKinley Assassination Plaque

The site of William McKinley's tragic assassination is only marked by an underwhelming boulder.
42.9390, -78.8738
Shark Girl.
Buffalo, New York

Shark Girl

The absurd creation is a compulsory destination for selfies in Buffalo.
42.8764, -78.8789
The Organ
Luray, Virginia

The Great Stalacpipe Organ

An organ located deep within a cave and whose "pipes" are the geological features of the cave itself.
38.6614, -78.4850
Brattle Book Shop.
Boston, Massachusetts

Brattle Book Shop

One of the oldest used bookstores in the U.S. has been selling antiquarian treasures since 1825.
42.3547, -71.0621
Leif the Lucky bridge at Midlina.
Iceland

Bridge Between Continents

Walk in the footsteps of the gods and straddle two tectonic plates.
63.8683, -22.6755
Necropants
Hólmavík, Iceland

The Museum of Icelandic Sorcery & Witchcraft

Staves, storm-calling, and of course, necropants.
65.7000, -21.7000
Campo de Fiori
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.
41.8956, 12.4722
The entire ceiling
Rome, Italy

The Dome Illusion

A master of trompe-l'oeil creates a stunning tourist-fooling dome out of a flat ceiling.
41.8990, 12.4798
Cats lounging on ancient architecture
Rome, Italy

Torre Argentina (Roman Cat Sanctuary)

Hundreds of lucky felines haunt the ruins where Caesar was murdered.
41.8959, 12.4765
Zuccari Palace
Rome, Italy

Zuccari Palace

Architectural monsters are devouring this palace's every door and window.
41.9051, 12.4844
Tvísöngur
Seydisfjordur, Iceland

Tvísöngur

These concrete domes were installed on an Icelandic bluff to honor a very specific musical tradion.
65.2598, -14.0101
Svartifoss
Iceland

Svartifoss

The unique waterfall in Iceland's south features a backdrop of geometric black lava columns.
64.0210, -16.9816
All that remains of the bridge is two girders entangled on the edge of the sandur plain.
Iceland

Skeiðará Bridge Monument

Twisted girders are all that remain of an Icelandic bridge that was wiped out by a combination of volcanic heat and glacial floods.
63.9760, -17.0018
The Reynisdrangar from the cliffs above.
Vik, Iceland

Reynisdrangar

Three columns of volcanic rock shoot out of the ocean.
63.4087, -19.0173
Seljavallalaug
Iceland

Seljavallalaug

The oldest (maybe) swimming pool in Iceland is a stunning oasis built into the side of a lush hill.
63.5662, -19.6076
Hekla with Reflection
Iceland

Hekla

A stratovolcano located in the south of Iceland, with a long history of charted activity and a rich mythology attached.
63.9035, -19.3520
Gljúfrafoss, Iceland
Iceland

Gljúfrafoss

This fantastical waterfall is hidden in a cave located in a cracked cliff.
63.6213, -19.9881
Rainbow
Iceland

Gullfoss (Golden Falls)

If a glacial river suddenly diving into a sheer chasm via a dramatic, multi-stage waterfall isn't peak Iceland, it's certainly close.
64.3270, -20.1200
Hallgrimskirkja
Reykjavik, Iceland

Hallgrimskirkja

The tallest building in Iceland, and certainly one of the most visually impressive.
64.1417, -21.9266
Þingvellir
Iceland

Þingvellir

The picturesque birthplace of Icelandic democracy is drenched in the blood of its brutal past.
64.2581, -21.1250
Þingvellir Church
Valhallarvegur, Iceland

Þingvellir Church

This beautiful, historic church looks like something out of a simpler past.
64.2572, -21.1211
Kerid Crater Lake
Iceland

Kerid Crater Lake

This eye-popping Icelandic crater lake is surrounded by red volcanic rock.
64.0413, -20.8851
(Flickr/Surf Cologic)
Iceland

Jokulsárlón

Iceland's largest lagoon is home to stunning multi-colored icebergs.
64.0736, -16.2048