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Ercolano, Italy

Herculaneum

Pompeii's less famous neighbor is still revealing her secrets.
Pompei, Italy

The Brothels of Pompeii

Erotic art covers the walls of the largest ancient pleasure palace.
Pompei, Italy

Thermopolia of Pompeii

Ancient snack bar of the Roman Empire re-opened.
Lucerne, Switzerland

Dance of Death Bridge

This historic covered bridge contains a series of macabre paintings that communicate one thing: everyone dies.
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lion of Lucerne

This memorial commemorating fallen Swiss Guards of the French Revolution has been called the saddest stone in the world.
Hallstatt, Austria

Hallstatt Charnel House

An Austrian house of bones filled with hundreds of intricately painted skulls.
Mondsee, Austria

The Altar of the Basilica of St. Michael

This skeleton-filled altar piece served as a backdrop to one of the most iconic scenes in "The Sound of Music."
Salzburg, Austria

Meteorological Pillar of the 19th Century

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

Zwerglgarten (Dwarf Garden)

Ugly 18th-century dwarf statues living in a perfectly landscaped Austrian garden.
Salzburg, Austria

St. Peter's Stiftskeller

Quite possibly the world's oldest restaurant.
Salzburg, Austria

St. Sebastian’s Cemetery

Terrifically morbid cemetary and site of famous Paracelsus' grave.
Marbach, Austria

Mauthausen Memorial

The site of Austria's biggest concentration camp now honors its victims.
Bratislava, Slovakia

Cumil the Sewer Worker

This Slovakian statue of an emerging sewer worker might just be a bronze peeping tom.
Bern, Switzerland

The Child Eater of Bern

A nearly 500 year old sculpture depicts a man eating a sack of babies, and no one is sure why.
Vienna, Austria

Wehrmann in Eisen Nail Man

A patriotic medieval knight in driven-nail armor raised money for widows and orphans of WWI.
Vienna, Austria

Wolf and Cow Playing Backgammon Mural

A silly medieval mural preserved on the side of a Viennese house.
Vienna, Austria

Dominikanerkirche (Dominican Church)

An exquisite Baroque church in Vienna's old town.
Vienna, Austria

Jesuitenkirche (Jesuit Church)

The solemn exterior conceals an opulent interior of this 17th century church.
Vienna, Austria

Vienna Grand Ferris Wheel

Vienna's giant wonder wheel had a starring role in one of the greatest noir movies of all time.
Vienna, Austria

Vienna Pestsäule (Plague Column)

Baroque celebration of the end of the Great Plague of Vienna.
Vienna, Austria

Stock im Eisen Nail Tree

Legends surround an ancient tree trunk riddled with nails for good luck.
Vienna, Austria

Globe Museum

Handsomely crafted representations of our round planet.
Vienna, Austria

Habsburg Imperial Crypt

The final resting place for the remains of 143 Habsburg royalty.
Vienna, Austria

Stephansdom Crypt

The crypt of the imposing Stephensdom holds royal intestines and thousands of skeletons.