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Helsinki, Finland

Lyhdynkantajat (The Lantern Bearers)

These enormous, stern-faced statues greet visitors with lanterns, and sometimes costumes.
Field, British Columbia

Spiral Tunnels at the Big Hill

In 1909, the steepest and most difficult piece of track on the Canadian Pacific Railway was replaced with a series of spiralling tunnels cut into the mountains.
Montreal, Québec

Paris Métro Sign at Victoria Square

The only example of a Paris Métro sign in use at a subway station outside of the French capital. 
Étretat, France

Monument L'Oiseau Blanc

In 1927, a biplane disappeared while attempting to complete the first non-stop transatlantic flight between Paris and New York City. This memorial stands at the last place it was seen.
Dresden, Germany

Parkeisenbahn

This small train ride offers stellar views of the Grand Garden Palace.
Geneva, Switzerland

L’horloge Fleurie (The Flower Clock)

The world's largest second-hand graces a clock surrounded by constantly changing flower beds. 
Toronto, Ontario

Gooderham Building

Known as "Toronto's Flatiron."
Berlin, Germany

AVUS-Tribüne (Automobile Traffic and Practice Road)

The world's first motorway was used as a racetrack until the late 1990s.
Berlin, Germany

Messedamm Underpass

You've probably seen these distinctive orange-tiled columns on the big screen.
Mavrovo, North Macedonia

St Nicholas Church - Mavrovo

Depending on the region's rainfall, this church may be partially submerged.
Tokyo, Japan

Hatsudai Bridge

One of the best-preserved remains of "Tokyo's lost rivers."
British Columbia

Three Valley Gap

A historic ghost town still worth a visit.
Big Trees, California

The Discovery Tree

California's longest-running tourist attraction is a stump.
Budapest, Hungary

Holocaust Tree of Life Memorial

The metal leaves on this tree are engraved with the names of Holocaust victims.
Boulder City, Nevada

Hoover Dam Geodetic Survey Markers

These markers are used to document elevation changes around the famed dam.
Berlin, Germany

German Resistance Memorial Center

The site where a plot to assassinate Hitler was planned—and its conspirators were executed—is now a powerful memorial to the German resistance during World War II.
Whitby, England

Old Mulgrave Castle

This historic castle was already in ruins by the 13th century.
Wageningen, Netherlands

World Soil Museum

A Dutch museum preserves the world's most diverse collection of vertical slices of soil.
Karlsruhe, Germany

Platz der Grundrechte (Square of Fundamental Rights)

A thought-provoking outdoor art installation sits in the seat of German law.
Aachen, Germany

Kleine Wache

A former customs station on the border of Germany and the Netherlands.
Posada de Valdeón, Spain

Cantabrian Chamois of Asturias

These ungulates have quite literally bounced back from the brink of extinction.
Portugalete, Spain

Vizcaya Bridge

Two towns are linked by an engineering marvel masquerading as a boring suspension bridge.
Rotterdam, Netherlands

De Hef

A bridge that has seen many reiterations over its lifetime.
Rotterdam, Netherlands

'De Bospoldervos'

A massive stone fox oversees a Rotterdam elementary school crosswalk.