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London, England

Wellington Monument

This once-controversial and slightly confusing statue of Achilles was built out of captured cannons.
Bethesda, Maryland

Mushroom House of Bethesda

Surrounded by traditional homes, this Tolkien-esque dwelling stands out on a quiet street in suburban Maryland.
Bethesda, Maryland

Congressional Country Club

Proto-CIA agents trained with grenades in the sand traps and fired machine guns from the fairways.
Bethesda, Maryland

Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

FDR's Art Deco hospital tower was hopelessly inefficient.
Bethesda, Maryland

Madonna of the Trail

She stares out across six lanes of traffic, clutching a musket and infant with determination.
Zurich, Switzerland

The Schwamendingen X

Unconventional site where the tracks of Zurich tramcars intersect.
Zurich, Switzerland

Haus Hiltl

Featuring a meatless buffet fit for kings, this family-owned Zurich eatery is considered the oldest vegetarian restaurant in the West.
Zurich, Switzerland

Cabaret Voltaire: the Dada House

One hundred years ago this small house in downtown Zürich became the birthplace of the Dada movement.
Strasbourg, France

Historic Wine Cellar of Strasbourg Hospital

This 14th century wine cellar is home to the oldest barrel-stored wine in the world.
Strasbourg, France

Stained-Glass Demons

Explore this medieval cathedral by trying to spot all the malevolent monsters hiding in its beautifully colored windows.
Strasbourg, France

Strasbourg Astronomical Clock

There has been an astronomical clock on this spot since the 14th century.
Basel, Switzerland

Spielzeug Welten Museum

An unassuming Swiss institution houses Europe's largest toy museum.
Natzwiller, France

Natzweiler-Struthof

Today this former Nazi concentration camp stands as a poignant memorial to the victims of fascism, and a warning from history.
Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany

Brewers’ and Bakers’ Guild Windows at Freiburg Münster

This medieval cathedral houses stained-glass windows featuring saints and pretzels.
Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany

Freiburg Bächle

These paved rills bring freshwater into Altstadt and could spell wedding bells for whoever stumbles into the waters.
Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany

Haus zum Walfisch

A psychedelic, late Gothic building-turned bank once housed Erasmus for over a decade before becoming a set location for a cult-classic horror film.
Staufen im Breisgau, Germany

The Cracking Buildings of Staufen

A geothermal energy project gone wrong is fracturing the city's picturesque architecture.
Colmar, France

Museum of Natural History and Ethnography

A charming little museum founded by the designer of the Statue of Liberty.
Colmar, France

The Isenheim Altarpiece

This unusual piece of Renaissance art depicting the bodily horror of crucifixion and skin disease may have been inspired by fungus-induced hallucinations.
Hendersonville, North Carolina

Thomas Wolfe's Angel

This stone statue inspired Thomas Wolfe’s 1929 novel 'Look Homeward, Angel.'
Chimney Rock, North Carolina

Chimney Rock

A 315-foot spire jutting out from the Blue Ridge Mountains makes for breathtaking views.
Manteo, North Carolina

Freedmen's Colony of Roanoke Island

The lesser-known lost colony of Roanoke was a safe haven for formerly enslaved people during the Civil War.
New Bern, North Carolina

Pepsi Inventor Caleb Bradham's Grave

The humble gravesite of the man who failed to cash in on his Pepsi-cola goldmine.
Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina

Ben Harris Metal Sculptures

This futuristic folk sculpture park sits along a peaceful stretch of rural North Carolina roadway.