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Geysir Glíma Statue.
Iceland

Geysir Glíma Restaurant

A restaurant devoted to "trouser grip" wrestling, an ancient form of Viking wrestling that is Iceland's national sport.
64.3101, -20.2995
Pont de la Concorde
Paris, France

Pont de la Concorde

Bridge built from the rubble of the Bastille prison.
48.8634, 2.3196
Le Passe-Muraille
Paris, France

Le Passe-Muraille

This surreal statue brings a famous French novel about a supernatural cad to arresting life.
48.8875, 2.3381
(Flickr/Bebulaki)
Paris, France

I Love You Wall

Paris' linguistic guide to the international language of, yes, love.
48.8847, 2.3388
Paris, France

Père Lachaise Cemetery

France's most famous cemetery, with some of its most curious tombs.
48.8594, 2.3910
Berlin, Germany

Berlin-Friedrichstrasse Railway Station

Cold war icon and onetime "hole" in the iron curtain.
52.5203, 13.3869
Berlin, Germany

Vestiges of the Berlin Wall

On the Spree bank, discover one of the last reminders of a symbolic wall that divided, and was torn down by the people.
52.5050, 13.4397
Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
Berlin, Germany

Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe

Thousands of coffin-like pillars make up this controversial holocaust memorial.
52.5139, 13.3789
The 600-year-old milkwood tree.
Mossel Bay, South Africa

The Post Office Tree

South Africa's postal service began with a letter left in a boot beneath this tree.
-34.1803, 22.1422
The Afrikaans Language Monument overlooking Paarl Valley.
Paarl, South Africa

Afrikaans Language Monument

The South African dialect's complex history is immortalized in stone, in one of the world's only monuments dedicated to a language.
-33.7661, 18.9433
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
A Strokkur geyser eruption
Iceland

Haukadalur Geothermal Field

This valley of hot springs and boiling mud pots is home to the record-holding "Geysir," which originated the English word.
64.3104, -20.3023
Interior details.
Porto, Portugal

Igreja de São Francisco

The stunning interior of this Gothic church is covered in ornate gold details.
41.1410, -8.6157
São Bento Railway Station
Porto, Portugal

Sao Bento Station

Elaborate tile work in this railway station tells the story of Portugal.
41.1456, -8.6105
The front entrance.
Porto, Portugal

McDonald's Imperial

This restored Portuguese cafe may well be the most beautiful place in the world to grab a Big Mac.
41.1466, -8.6108
Bruges, Belgium

Basilica of the Holy Blood

Christ's blood preserved in a Belgian town.
51.2089, 3.2272
St. Nicholas' Church
Hamburg, Germany

St. Nicholas' Church

Once the tallest building in the world, this abandoned church is now a monument to the destruction of WWII.
53.5475, 9.9910
(Flickr/fidelramos)
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Oude Kerk

Amsterdam's oldest church, and the center of Dutch prostitution.
52.3744, 4.8980
The Old Prussian Hags of Northern Pomerania
Gdańsk, Poland

Old Prussian Hags of Northern Pomerania

These rare statues are one of the few remaining material witnesses to Old Prussian culture.
54.3495, 18.6568
Gdańsk, Poland

The Three Boar Heads of Gdańsk

A mysterious emblem tucked in an small alleyway is actually the coat of arms of a heroic medieval family.
54.3501, 18.6536
The Neon Museum
Warsaw, Poland

The Neon Museum

A program of Communist glamour in post-Stalin Poland is preserved in this colorful museum.
52.2501, 21.0623
Minsk, Belarus

National Library of Belarus

Glowing orb in Minsk houses 8,600,000 items.
53.9312, 27.6463
Tallinn, Estonia

Old Thomas

The Guardian of Tallinn.
59.4371, 24.7455