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Salzburg, Austria

Meteorological Pillar of the 19th Century

The beautiful, ornate weather station is the most popular geocache in Salzburg.
Augsburg, Germany

Augsburger Puppenkiste

This famed marionette theater and museum is bursting with imaginative string puppets.
Grünwald, Germany

Bavaria Filmstadt

This German version of Universal Studios holds a vault of treasures from the NeverEnding Story.
Munich, Germany

Monopteros

This beautiful 19th-century temple stands atop the ruins of its predecessor.
Munich, Germany

Pinakothek der Moderne Futuro House

One of the most easily accessible examples of the rare 1960s UFO houses.
Wattens, Austria

Crystal Worlds

Swarovski's museum/theme park is a fake diamond fantasia overlooked by a giant.
Längenfeld, Austria

Aqua Dome Langenfeld

Visitors dip into a variety of pools of what was once ice.
Kotor, Montenegro

Fortifications of Kotor

These historic defenses ensured the city within would survive hundreds of years of occupations, sieges, and invasions.
Georgia

Ananuri

This architecturally eclectic fortress witnessed centuries of bloody turmoil, including the massacre of its ruling clan.
Georgia

Russia–Georgia Friendship Monument

A cylinder monument with a spectacular vista commemorates a friendship that some say never existed.
Georgia

Gergeti Trinity Church

Take respite inside this jaw-dropping church while climbing the volcano where Georgia's Prometheus was once chained.
Tbilisi, Georgia

Rezo Gabriadze Puppet Theater

A small but hugely whimsical theater where marionettes play out the "The Battle of Stalingrad."
Tbilisi, Georgia

Leaning Tower of Tbilisi

Disheveled clock tower of Tbilisi's puppet theatre.
Tbilisi, Georgia

Tbilisi Sulfur Baths

A cluster of historic bathhouses built on the famed hot springs that gave the Georgian capital its name.
Ishkoshim, Tajikistan

Yamchun Fort

This ancient Silk Road outpost overlooking the Wakhan Valley is miraculously still standing.
Almaty, Kazakhstan

Beatles Statue of Almaty

Beatlemania is still going strong ...at least in Kazakhstan.
Almaty, Kazakhstan

Statue of Panfilov's 28 Guardsmen

This Soviet statue is based on a piece of propaganda that's been elevated to national myth.
Almaty, Kazakhstan

Ascension Cathedral

In Kazakhstan, a colorful cathedral with many lives once survived the most powerful earthquake in the region.
Dushanbe, Tajikistan

Dushanbe Flagpole

The world's second-tallest flagpole stands proud despite dropping rank.
Ayni, Tajikistan

Anzob Tunnel

This dark, damp, perilous tunnel is the only passage from north to south Tajikistan.
Osh, Kyrgyzstan

Muzey Sulayman Too

An outstanding piece of retro Sci-Fi architecture built into a sacred mountain.
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Frunze Museum

Dedicated to a Bolshevik revolutionary, this museum is a true time capsule of the Soviet era.
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Bishkek Circus

This retro, UFO-like structure is a remnant of the Soviet-era circus.
Margilan, Uzbekistan

Yodgorlik Silk Factory

Witness traditional silk production in the Uzbek city that's been a hub of sericulture for over a thousand years.