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Duffel, Belgium

Duffelcoat Statue

The birthplace of the titular coat and related products celebrates its claim to fame with a statue of a coat.
Ostend, Belgium

Walraversijde

Rediscovered in 1992, this abandoned medieval village once flourished by fishing and piracy.
Nieuwpoort, Belgium

'Searching for Utopia'

A massive, gleaming sea turtle with a rider atop its shell looks out over the horizon.
Bruges, Belgium

House Bouchoute

The compass on its front was a handy tool for 17th-century merchants who needed to know the direction of the wind.
Bruges, Belgium

Smallest Gothic Window in Bruges

You can spot this teeny tiny stained-glass window from the Bonifacius bridge.
Ghent, Belgium

'Jonas'

An unsettling sculpture of a boy hanging out in a street in Ghent has been baffling visitors for years.
Brussels, Belgium

Everard t'Serclaes Monument

A shining memorial to a Belgian hero is said to bring luck to anyone who touches it.
Brussels, Belgium

Laeken Cemetery Crypt

This recently restored crypt was once plagued by liquefying coffins and exploding caskets.
Leuven, Belgium

'Renée'

This statue of a studious young woman stands at the site of Leuven's first college to accept female students.
Leuven, Belgium

De Kangxi-Verbiest Hemelglobe (Kangxi-Verbiest Star Globe)

A replica of a 17th-century map of the stars stands in the courtyard of a Belgian university.
Mechelen, Belgium

St. Rumbold's Cathedral

The tallest church in Mechelen might have been the tallest in the world if not for a lack of funds.
Chartres, France

Chartres Cathedral Crypt

The largest crypt ever constructed in France was built in the 11th century on an ancient Druid sacred site.
Chartres, France

Labyrinth at Chartres Cathedral

The famous winding walk at Chartres is surrounded in mystery and myth.
Blois, France

Catherine de Medici's Chamber of Secrets

Hundreds of secret cabinets built into the walls of legendary poisoner's private work room.
Bruges, Belgium

Smedenpoort Skull

The bronzed skull of a beheaded traitor was affixed to the city gate in the 17th century.
Vernon, France

The Old Mill of Vernon

A quaint medieval millhouse hovers surprisingly above the waters of the Seine.
Giverny, France

Claude Monet House and Gardens

At Monet's beloved home you can still see the Japanese bridge, waterlilies, and weeping willows that were the subjects of some of his most iconic paintings.
Innsbruck, Austria

The Empty Tomb of Maximilian I

This splendid tomb may look fantastic, but there's nothing in it...
Innsbruck, Austria

Chamber of Art and Curiosities

Archduke Ferdinand II's collection of rare objects is considered one of the oldest museums in the world.
Inverness, Scotland

Ship Space

The Titanic sails again in one Scotland man's backyard.
Peterborough, England

Old Scarlett's Grave

A humble homage to a gravedigger tucked within the dignified English cathedral.
Devizes, England

Devizes Market Cross

The plaques around this 19th-century structure recall some rather strange tales.
Edinburgh, Scotland

Charles II Statue

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

Kilburn White Horse

England's largest white horse isn't even white.