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Places visited in Amersfoort, Netherlands
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Kinderdijk, Netherlands

Windmills of Kinderdijk

Birthplace of the "Cat in the Cradle" and a cluster of iconic, original windmills that let the Dutch tame the seas.
Kalkar, Germany

Wunderland Kalkar

An amusement park on the grounds of an unused nuclear power plant, with a swing ride inside the cooling tower.
Utrecht, Netherlands

The UFO of Inktpot

Atop this former dutch railway office sits an interstellar work of art.
Amersfoort, Netherlands

Plein Rond de Eik

The gargoyles and grotesques of the 21st century are here—22 emoji built into a new building in the Netherlands.
Soest, Netherlands

Lange Duinen

This large sand dune in the Netherlands is home to wind-whipped trees with "floating" roots.
Woudenberg, Netherlands

Pyramid of Austerlitz

A grassy pyramid named after a French battle.
Almere, Netherlands

Green Cathedral

Lombardy poplars planted to imitate the size and shape of the Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Reims.
Maastricht, Netherlands

Selexyz Dominicanen

This centuries-old gothic monster has been converted into a sprawling, glossy bookstore.
Ostend, Belgium

James Ensor House

The former home of a trailblazing surrealist is still filled with haunting dolls and grim paintings.
Ghent, Belgium

The Flashing Streetlights of Ai Nati Oggi

Each time a baby is born in Ghent, these streetlights flash in silent celebration.
Antwerp, Belgium

Elfde Gebod

According to this bar, God gave an “11th commandment” to Antwerp: Thou shalt drink beer.
The Hague, Netherlands

Apparent Dead House in the Hague

A preserved building where the dead were once watched for signs of life.
Birchington-on-Sea, England

Powell-Cotton Dioramas

An English explorer's vast natural history collection has the first realistic dioramas of animals staged in their natural habitats.
Margate, England

Margate Shell Grotto

Grotto replete with mystical designs laid out in glued shell mosaics.
London, England

Word on the Water

This 1920s Dutch barge is now a floating bookstore.
London, England

Paddington Bear Statue

After nearly 60 years, there's still a bear at Paddington Station looking for help.
London, England

Rolling Bridge

This unique bridge curls up like a caterpillar to let boats pass and then unfurls again to span a small canal.
London, England

Queen Mary's Garden

The rose garden in Regent's Park where Pongo and Perdita met for the first time in Disney's "101 Dalmatians."
London, England

Trellick Tower

This iconic high-rise residential block was one of the last to be built in the Brutalist style.
London, England

Highgate Cemetery

London's creepiest cemetery was once the site of dueling magicians and mobs of stake-carrying vampire hunters.
London, England

Former Decca Studios

This studio was home to David Bowie's first single, even if it did turn away the Beatles.
London, England

Hampstead Pergola

This secluded walkway overlooks a magnificently wild London green space.
London, England

Admiral's House

An eccentric 18th century naval officer built a ship's quarterdeck on his roof, the inspiration for Mary Poppins's "Admiral Boom."
London, England

Dick Whittington’s Cat

A monument to the thrice mayor of London who according to lore made his fortune by selling his rat-chasing cat.