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Espoo, Finland

Lake Bodom

Finnish lake, and scene of an infamous murder mystery.
Kirkkonumm, Finland

Villa Mehu

This abandoned villa of makeshift buildings was once the home of dancer Elis Sinistö.
Finland

Högberget Cave

Crawling into this primordial cave may feel disconcertingly familiar.
Helsinki, Finland

Bad Bad Boy

This endearingly discomfited urinating statue commemorates the sneaky pees had by us all.
Hiiu Parish, Estonia

Hill of Crosses (Estonia)

This small Estonian hill is covered in hand-made twig crosses that are said to bring good luck.
Suomussalmi, Finland

The Silent People

Menacing or in memoriam, the Silent People and their meaning are left to interpretation.
Helsinki, Finland

Fortress of Suomenlinna

This irregularly shaped sea fortress has defended not one but three different sovereign states.
Helsinki, Finland

The National Library of Finland

Architecturally stunning library serves as the hub of Finnish scholarly life and culture.
Helsinki, Finland

Kamppi Chapel

An alien church provides much needed silence in the midst of a Finland shopping center.
Helsinki, Finland

Temppeliaukio Church

A subterranean house of worship carved right out of the bedrock.
Stockholm, Sweden

Birthplace of the Stockholm Syndrome

Now a hotel, this former bank was the site of a robbery that spawned a psychological phenomenon.
Stockholm, Sweden

Katarina Elevator

This gem from the industrial age helps visitors and residents alike traverse hilly Stockholm.
Stockholm, Sweden

Stomatol Sign

Sweden's oldest animated sign is still lighting up the skyline today.
Stockholm, Sweden

The Stadsbiblioteket (Stockholm Public Library)

The library's graceful rotunda is like a bibliophile's temple.
Oslo, Norway

Oslo Opera House

The design of this beautifully crafted building was inspired by Norwegian glaciers.
Oslo, Norway

Vigeland Sculpture Park

One man's exploration of the human form, including the bizarre and delightful "Man Attacked by Babies."
Gdańsk, Poland

Old Prussian Hags of Northern Pomerania

These rare statues are one of the few remaining material witnesses to Old Prussian culture.
Berlin, Germany

The Bebelplatz

The site of the famous Nazi book burning campaign of 1933 remembers its "Night of Shame".
Berlin, Germany

Führerbunker Parking Lot

The bunker where Hitler took his own life is hidden under this deliberately ordinary parking lot.
Berlin, Germany

Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe

Thousands of coffin-like pillars make up this controversial Holocaust memorial.
Berlin, Germany

'Stand By Me' Tree

Someone loved this song enough to carve all of its lyrics onto a tree trunk in a Berlin park.
Berlin, Germany

Berlin Radio Tower

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

Berlin Victory Column

A monument to the three wars that led to German unification towers within a Berlin traffic circle.
Berlin, Germany

Mengenlehreuhr

The world's first clock to use set theory as a measure of time required the invention of a new light bulb just to maintain its obtuse measurements.