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Tartu, Estonia

Old Observatory in Tartu

First point in the Struve Geodetic Arc, a 19th century undertaking to measure the Earth's size and shape.
58.3788, 26.7202
Sers, France

Pic du Midi Observatory

Futuristic observatory at the top of the Pyrénées offers unrivaled views.
42.9364, 0.1428
Dwingeloo Radio Observatory
Dwingeloo, Netherlands

Dwingeloo Radio Observatory

This giant radio telescope would be a rusting ruin if it hadn't become such a beloved relic.
52.8121, 6.3963
Copenhagen, Denmark

Rundetårn

Old observatory in Copenhagen with a spiral corridor used as a racetrack.
55.6813, 12.5756
Landskrona, Sweden

Hven

Scandinavian island is the site of the first modern observatory.
55.9078, 12.6961
Leiden, Netherlands

Museum Boerhaave

Plague Hospital and Madhouse turned Medical Museum.
52.1614, 4.4889
Panorama showing the Sphinx Observatory, Top of Europe Restaurant and Rail Station, and the Research Station.
Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

Sphinx Observatory

Historic observatory precariously perched at the "Top of Europe."
46.5475, 7.9850
Essen, Germany

Zollverein

The Bauhaus-style former industrial complex is considered the world's most beautiful coal mine.
51.4861, 7.0431
Entrance
Padua, Italy

Botanical Garden of Padua - Orto botanico di Padova

The oldest botanical garden in the world that technically isn't the oldest.
45.4014, 11.8800
The world's second-oldest observatory in all its glory
Leiden, Netherlands

Leiden Observatory

Devious political maneuvering and four ancient, working telescopes are central to the world's second-oldest observatory.
52.1548, 4.4838
Replica of the 7-foot telescope Herschel used to discover Uranus.
Bath, England

Herschel Museum of Astronomy

Eighteenth-century home, where Herschel discovered the planet Uranus.
51.3825, -2.3667
The azimuth theodolite.
Beijing, China

Beijing Ancient Observatory

This ancient Chinese observatory still contains early astronomy technology.
39.9079, 116.4323
Chichen Itza, Mexico

El Caracol - The Observatory of Chichen Itza

No telescopes, no power, no gift shop—one of the world's oldest observatories takes astronomy back to basics.
20.6802, -88.5707
Williams Bay, Wisconsin

Yerkes Observatory

Home to the world's largest refracting telescope and the birthplace of modern astrophysics.
42.5703, -88.5561
Kremsmünster, Austria

Kremsmunster Observatory

This "mathematical tower" was an observatory, early skyscraper, and place to reflect on all of nature and the cosmos.
48.0550, 14.1306
A newly decorated Gänseliesel
Göttingen, Germany

Gänseliesel

The Goose Girl of Göttingen, Germany might well be the most kissed girl in the world.
51.5327, 9.9351
Berlin, Germany

Berliner Medizinhistorisches Museum

Home to 10,000 medical specimens including the remains of Rudolf Virchow's extensive collection of pathological specimens.
52.5261, 13.3745
Dissection Theatre Medical History Museum Hamburg
Hamburg, Germany

Museum of Medical History Hamburg

Wax models of disease and deformity fill out this German medical museum.
53.5937, 9.9769