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Brașov, Romania

Biserica Neagră (The Black Church)

A fire once nearly devoured this gorgeous 14th-century Gothic cathedral.
Brașov, Romania

Strada Sforii (Rope Street)

This snug medieval lane is one of the narrowest streets in the world.
Brașov, Romania

Transylvania's "Hollywood" Signs

The European towns of Brașov and Râșnov each have proud signs reminiscent of the Hollywood sign.
Bran, Romania

Bran Castle

The possible imprisonment of Vlad the Impaler here earned the medieval castle its nickname, "Dracula's Castle."
Bucharest, Romania

Arcul de Triumf

Romania's triumphal arch looks out over Bucharest.
Bucharest, Romania

Palace of the Parliament

This communist behemoth is the heaviest building in the world and a legacy of a brutal regime.
Bucharest, Romania

Cărturești Carusel Bookstore

This once derelict building is now one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world.
Akureyri, Iceland

Akureyri Heart-Shaped Traffic Lights

Instead of solid circles, the stoplights in this northern Icelandic town have glowing red hearts.
Edinburgh, Scotland

Charles II Statue

Edinburgh's oldest statue hides within a parking lot behind the city's iconic cathedral.
Edinburgh, Scotland

Wojtek the Soldier Bear Memorial

A statue in the heart of Edinburgh honors a bear that served in the Polish military during World War II.
Edinburgh, Scotland

6 Times

A succession of eerily contemplative iron figures lead from a Scottish museum to the sea.
Edinburgh, Scotland

St. Bernard's Well

A beautiful Greco-Roman structure houses a well once believed to have healing powers.
Iceland

Great Auk Sculpture at Valahnúkamöl

This five-foot-tall bronze bird is a memorial to a species that was hunted out of existence.
Reykjanes, Iceland

Gunnuhver

Iceland's largest geothermal mud pool is a little bit haunted and a little bit dangerous.
Iceland

Bridge Between Continents

Walk in the footsteps of the gods and straddle two tectonic plates.
Iceland

Kerid Crater Lake

This eye-popping Icelandic crater lake is surrounded by red volcanic rock.
Glasgow, Scotland

Doulton Fountain

The largest terracotta fountain in the world, built to commemorate Britain’s Victorian achievements.
Kaunas, Lithuania

Banknote Building

Described as one of the Baltic region’s most daring and original construction projects.
Aarhus, Denmark

Den Uendelige Bro (The Infinite Bridge)

Denmark’s never-ending bridge.
Faro, Portugal

Palace of Estoi

The extravagance of Portugal’s "Pink Palace" resulted in a noble title being awarded to its owner.
Riga, Latvia

Victory Memorial to Soviet Army

This controversial monument was designed to lionize the Red Army, but also disheartened the Latvian people.
Tatra County, Poland

Rysy

The majority of the highest mountain in Poland is actually located in a different country.
Newcastle upon Tyne, England

Blackfriars Friary

The remains of a Dominican friary, once one of the largest of its kind in the United Kingdom.
Seaham, England

Seaham Hall Beach

For decades, a bottle factory dumped their waste into these waters—now it's considered the best sea glass beach in England.