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Zossen, Germany

Winkel Towers of Zossen

Several of these strange cone-shaped bunkers can still be seen around the former Nazi headquarters.
Schwerin, Germany

Schwerin Lenin

Germany's last remaining Lenin statue has become a lightning rod of debate about the country's divided past.
Roggenburg, Germany

Roggenburg Leiberfest

Bring out your dead (saints that have been festooned and bejeweled, so that we can parade them around the town)!
Lautertal (Odenwald), Germany

Felsenmeer Lauteral

This natural "sea of stones" was once used by the Romans as a quarry.
Laboe, Germany

Laboe Naval Memorial

This monument to those fallen in the World Wars is accompanied by a U-boat that Germany bought for a Deutsche Mark.
Mettlach, Germany

Höckerlinie Westwall

Now overgrown, these anti-tank barriers from World War II are sometimes called "dragon's teeth."
Frauenwald, Germany

East German Bunker Museum

This German "living museum" is maybe a bit too immersive.
Nuremberg, Germany

Henkerhaus

Nestled on the banks of a river in Nuremberg is a small museum that was once home of the city's official executioner.
Berlin, Germany

The Bendlerblock

After a nearly successful attempt on Hitler's life, the conspirators met their fate in the courtyard of this Berlin building.
Bad Schandau, Germany

Art Nouveau Elevator

An ornate century-old elevator still connects the two halves of Bad Schandau.
Frankfurt, Germany

Pinkelbaum (Peeing Tree)

After years of being casually peed on by humans, this tree is peeing back.
Cologne, Germany

Chandelier Hall

An elegant chandelier hangs over this ancient sewer chamber, now open for concerts and public tours.
Nuremberg, Germany

The Kongresshalle, Nuremberg

This abandoned coliseum was intended to be a grand Nazi rallying ground before it was halted at the end of the war.
Schipkau, Germany

Bagger 258: The "Blue Wonder"

The industrial monstrosity known as Bagger 258 is a colossal mining machine built in the DDR - but now left for dead in a German field.
Lübben, Germany

Spreewald

Explore the complex ecology of this multifaceted nature preserve by riverboat.
Munich, Germany

Asamkirche

Among the ostentatious rococo ornamentation of this church, an image of death cuts the life-thread.
Munich, Germany

Viscardigasse

Golden cobblestones remember a time when this small alley was used to avoid having to give a Nazi salute.
Berlin, Germany

Fliegeberg

This conical hill was built as a testing ground for an engineer known as the Glider King.
Berlin, Germany

The Return of the Cows

Art and a pun, all in one.
Mühltal, Germany

Castle Frankenstein

The birthplace of an eccentric alchemist and possible inspiration for the fictional reanimator of monsters.
Malmö, Sweden

Disgusting Food Museum

This collection of 80 polarizing foods aims to challenge your subjective notions of repulsion.
Säter, Sweden

Säter Museum of Mental Health

A museum dedicated to the history of psychiatric treatment featuring a gallery of art made by patients.
Sweden

Gotland

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

Silverpilen (Silver Arrow)

Stockholm's famed ghost train is now on display at an art park in northern Sweden.