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Stockholm, Sweden

Sweden Solar System

The world's largest model of our planetary system.
Bologna, Italy

Towers of Bologna

Over 100 towers were built in Bologna during the Middle Ages, but only 22 survive.
Copenhagen, Denmark

Throne of Denmark

Opulence and fantasy collide in this royal chair which is supposedly made with unicorn horns.
Copenhagen, Denmark

Rundetårn

The old observatory in Copenhagen has a spiral corridor used as a racetrack.
Hamburg, Germany

St. Pauli Elbtunnel

Hamburgers are intensely proud of their tunnel beneath the river.
Lincoln, Ontario

Grande Hermine

The third version of this tall sailing ship sits, rusted and burnt, in Lake Ontario.
Berlin, Germany

Soviet Memorial (Sowjetisches Ehrenmal)

For patriotic Russians, this memorial honoring defenders who died in the 1945 Battle of Berlin is the most sacred location outside of Russia.
New Orleans, Louisiana

Café Lafitte in Exile

One of the oldest continuously-operated gay bars in the United States is allegedly haunted by Truman Capote and Tennessee Williams.
New Orleans, Louisiana

Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop

The second oldest continuously operating bar in Louisiana.
New Orleans, Louisiana

Street Name Tiles of New Orleans

This distinctive Crescent City tradition dates back to the days of horse-drawn carriages.
New Orleans, Louisiana

Lake Pontchartrain Causeway

The world-record holder for the longest bridge stretching continuously over water.
New Orleans, Louisiana

National World War II Museum

Formerly known as National D-Day Museum, this collection commemorates the battles of Normandy and WWII.
New Orleans, Louisiana

Mardi Gras World

This float factory takes the mask off of Mardi Gras and lets visitors see where the magic happens.
Breezewood, Pennsylvania

Abandoned Pennsylvania Turnpike

An abandoned stretch of highway, deteriorating next to the operational one.
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Cuypers Library

This gorgeous reading room houses the oldest and largest art history library in the Netherlands.
Cologne, Germany

Church of St. Ursula

A church filled with the bones of hundreds of virgins martyrs—or so they say.
Adalar, Turkey

Prinkipo Orphanage

One of the largest wooden constructions in Europe was meant to be a casino, but soon became an orphanage.
Riga, Latvia

House of the Blackheads

The reconstruction of this prominent building fulfilled a long-written command.
Riga, Latvia

Art Nouveau in Riga

Flamboyant architecture from the turn of 20th century.
Riga, Latvia

The Three Brothers

The oldest housing complex in Riga is a mini timeline of architectural trends.
Manchester, England

The Manchester Bee

Be on the lookout for the symbolic insect all over the city.
Manchester, England

Chetham's Library

Dating back almost 400 years, the oldest public collection library in the United Kingdom was once the study hall of Karl Marx.
Manchester, England

Alan Turing Memorial

Have a seat with the father of modern computing at this Manchester monument.
St. Louis, Missouri

Cementland

A late sculptor's last project was to turn this abandoned cement factory into a castle-themed amusement park.