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Antwerp, Belgium

Lange Wapper Statue

This legendary giant, born from vegetables, terrorized townspeople and cheated local children in games.
Halle, Belgium

The Blue Forest

Each spring, a dreamlike carpet of bluebells overtakes the forest floor of this Belgian woods.
Waimes, Belgium

Signal de Botrange

The highest point in Belgium is a staircase to nowhere.
Antwerp, Belgium

Hand of Druon Antigoon

The legendary giant's severed hand sits on Antwerp's popular shopping street.
Leuven, Belgium

Fons Sapientiae

This whimsical statue dumps water on its head to symbolize knowledge flowing into his brain. Or maybe booze.
Antwerp, Belgium

Brabo Fountain

A man throwing a giant severed hand towers over Antwerp’s main square.
Antwerp, Belgium

Nello and Patrasche

This statue dedicated to the story of a Flemish boy and his dog was relatively obscure in Belgium, but a cult sensation in Japan.
Leuven, Belgium

Totem

Giant bug impaled on a 75-feet high needle.
Berlin, Germany

Prinzessinnengarten

Berliners converted a bombed-out, disused lot into a community-run urban farm with its own cafe and bar.
Berlin, Germany

Stadtbahn Viaduct World War II Damage

Reminders of the Battle of Berlin still scar the railway.
Berlin, Germany

Schrotkugelturm (Shot Ball Tower)

A century-old shot ball factory tower is open to the public once a year.
Berlin, Germany

Friede sei mit Dir

This obscene artwork on the side of a newspaper office pokes fun at a rival paper's former editor-in-chief.
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.
Berlin, Germany

Friedrichsfelde Socialist Cemetery

The final resting place of many of Germany's most famous communists.
Berlin, Germany

Stolpersteine Holocaust Memorials

Tiny memorials honor individual victims of the Holocaust.
Berlin, Germany

Hohenzollern Crypt in the Berlin Cathedral

Beneath the impressive baroque cathedral that rises from the center of Berlin lies the largest collection of Prussian royals in the world.
Lier, Belgium

The Zimmer Clock Tower and Museum

A 14th century fortified keep showcases the masterpieces of a 20th century ingenious clockmaker.
Antwerp, Belgium

St. Anna's Tunnel

Rare wooden escalators lead deep down into an otherwise staggeringly monotonous tiled tunnel.
Antwerp, Belgium

Het Bootje (The Little Boat)

The patron of this extravagant Art Nouveau confection insisted that nothing less than a boat should project from its facade.
Berlin, Germany

Berlin Radio Tower

A restaurant and observation deck built in a unique broadcasting antenna.
Berlin, Germany

Humboldthain Flak Tower

These former Nazi anti-aircraft towers offer a singular view of the north of Berlin in the summer, and a sanctuary for bats in winter.
Berlin, Germany

Knut the Polar Bear

Berlin's beloved bear is immortalized at the Museum für Naturkunde.
Berlin, Germany

Denkzeichen Georg Elser

A monument to the man who almost killed Hitler.
Berlin, Germany

Marx and Engels Forum

One of downtown Berlin's last reminders of its Communist past.