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Graz, Austria

The Stairs of Reconciliation

Double spiral staircases are not unheard of, but they are very rare.
Graz, Austria

Kunsthaus Graz

Austria's ultra-modern art museum looks like Cthulhu's giant alien heart.
Graz, Austria

Murinsel

Resting in the middle of an Austrian river, this sci-fi "island" lets people cross in neon style.
Maribor, Slovenia

The Old Vine

The world's oldest grape-producing vine has survived four centuries of turmoil and even has its own anthem.
Paris, France

'Bouquet of Tulips'

One of Jeff Koons’s largest sculptures and his first commemorative work.
Mantua, Italy

Dropped Triglyphs of Palazzo Te

An architectural oddity where the triglyphs of the courtyard of walls create an optical illusion.
Mantua, Italy

Casa di Rigoletto

A small villa said to have inspired the design of the court jester at the heart of Giuseppe Verdi's 1851 opera.
Paris, France

Pont de la Concorde

This bridge was constructed from the rubble of the infamous Bastille.
Paris, France

'Jeune Éléphant pris au Piège' ('Young Elephant Caught in a Trap')

This emotive sculpture was originally created for the 1878 World's Fair.
Paris, France

Statue Le Rhinoceros

A beautiful Victorian statue shows France's enduring love of the rhinoceros.
Paris, France

The Bouquinistes of Paris

The tradition of open-air secondhand and antiquarian bookselling in Paris dates back to the Renaissance.
Paris, France

Montmartre Funicular

The water-powered carriages are long gone, but for over a century this funicular railway has been the fastest route to the highest point in Paris.
Paris, France

Gustave Eiffel's Secret Apartment

High atop the Eiffel Tower is a small apartment built exclusively to entertain the science elite and make the rest of Paris jealous.
Paris, France

I Love You Wall

Paris' linguistic guide to the international language of, yes, love.
Paris, France

Shakespeare and Company

This iconic Parisian bookstore doubles as the "Tumbleweed Hotel" for traveling writers.
Borgo Grotta Gigante, Italy

Grotta Gigante

One of the largest caves in the world open to the public.
Bologna, Italy

Statue of Pope Gregory XIII

A large statue of Pope Gregory XIII in Bologna was disguised as Saint Petronius to avoid destruction.
Vernazza, Italy

Doria Castle

This amazing medieval fortress stands atop a promontory along the famous Cinque Terre.
Como, Italy

Tempio Voltiano

Old batteries and frog skeletons reside in this lakeside monument to Alessandro Volta.
Milan, Italy

Milan's Duomo "Dinosaur"

Milan's duomo is covered in beautiful carving including a curious "dinosaur-like" beast.
Subotica, Serbia

Subotica's Art Nouveau Synagogue

Religious perseverance and cultural coexistence manifest in an architectural gem that multiple wars couldn't topple.
Subotica, Serbia

Raichle's Palace

This dazzling Art Nouveau mansion is now home to the Modern Art Gallery Subotica.
Zagreb, Croatia

Nine Views

This scale model of our solar system hid in plain sight for years before a physics team sought out all the planets.
Šibenik, Croatia

St. Nicholas Fortress

Large, airy hallways hide within an impenetrable fortress that beckons urban explorers.