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Castle Frankenstein
Mühltal, Germany

Castle Frankenstein

The birthplace of an eccentric alchemist and possible inspiration for the fictional reanimator of monsters.
49.7943, 8.6952
Darmstadt, Germany

Waldspirale

A German apartment building hosting as many trees as human occupants.
49.8855, 8.6557
Miyoshi, Japan

The Vine Bridges of Iya Valley

Hanging over one of Japan's "hidden valleys," these vine bridges must be remade every three years.
33.8753, 133.8355
Takehara, Japan

Okunoshima

Japanese island famous for poison gas and fluffy bunnies.
34.3086, 132.9931
Golden Hinde in London
London, England

Replica of the Golden Hinde

This one has sailed five times as far as Sir Francis Drake's famous ship.
51.5069, -0.0904
London, England

Polly at Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese

The taxidermied remains of a once-great parrot.
51.5143, -0.1072
Arch of Triumph, Bucharest, Romania. (Liliana Suruceanu/AtlasObscura)
Bucharest, Romania

Arcul de Triumf

Romania's triumphal arch looks out over Bucharest.
44.4377, 26.0974
The lush interior of the small monastery.
Bucharest, Romania

Snagov Monastery

This solitary monastery may hold the remains of Vlad the Impaler (but probably not).
44.7296, 26.1757
Mogosoaia Palace, Mogosoaia, Romania. (Liliana Suruceanu/Atlas Obscura)
Mogoșoaia, Romania

Mogosoaia Palace

17th century palace once a meeting place for politicians.
44.5277, 25.9932
Transylvania's "Hollywood" Signs
Brașov, Romania

Transylvania's "Hollywood" Signs

The European towns of Brașov and Râșnov each have proud signs reminiscent of the Hollywood sign.
45.6580, 25.6012
Ryōan-ji
Kyoto, Japan

Ryōan-ji

The quintessential Japanese rock garden has existed for more than 500 years.
35.0323, 135.7213
Hodge the Cat, looking slightly grumpy
London, England

Monument to Hodge the Cat

Dictionary Johnson’s favorite feline.
51.5151, -0.1082
London's smallest police station.
London, England

London's Lilliputian Police Station

London's smallest police station is barely the size of a phone booth.
51.5078, -0.1288
Trojaborg Labyrinth.
Sweden

Gotland

Largest island in the Baltic Sea experiences such idyllic weather that roses bloom in the middle of December.
57.5000, 18.5500
Stockholm, Sweden

Vasa Museum

Remains of a 17th-century version of the Titanic.
59.3280, 18.0914
The Three Royal Mounds.
Uppsala, Sweden

Royal Mounds of Gamla Uppsala

Ancient burial grounds of the wealthy.
59.8993, 17.6318
Flogsta is quiet and calm by day but by night...
Uppsala, Sweden

The Flogsta Scream

A nightly tradition fills the streets of Flogsta with a collective scream.
59.8502, 17.5922
Howrah, India

Great Banyan Tree

A single tree's 2,800 aerial roots give the appearance of a complete forest.
22.5614, 88.2921
The hypocenter and surrounding devastation immediately after the detonation of the bomb
Hiroshima, Japan

Hiroshima's Hypocenter

A plaque marks the site directly below the mid-air detonation of the atomic bomb over Hiroshima.
34.3834, 132.4520
watch stopped at 8:15 by the blast
Hiroshima, Japan

A-bomb Memorial

Peace Park and the A-bomb dome.
34.3920, 132.4519
Mutsu, Japan

Mount Osore

This mountain's identity is stuck somewhere between a nightmare and a scenic tourist attraction.
41.3104, 141.0880
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Aomori, Japan

Showa Daibutsu: The Great Showa Buddha of Seiryuji

The tallest bronze seated statue of the Buddha in Japan.
40.8219, 140.8183
A rice paddy warrior in Inakadate (Flickr/shinkusano)
Inakadate, Japan

Inakadate Tanbo Art

Giant art made in Japanese rice fields.
40.6313, 140.5501
Kyoto, Japan

Tenryu-Ji Shrine's Bamboo trail

A beautiful bamboo trail tucked in this famous Japanese Shrine.
35.0158, 135.6738