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Graz, Austria

Fairytale Grotto Line

Fantastic stories on a miniature railroad.
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.
Graz, Austria

Burgruine Gösting (Gösting Castle Ruins)

The shell of a medieval fortress offers commanding views of the area it once protected.
Graz, Austria

The Stairs of Reconciliation

Double spiral staircases are not unheard of, though they are very rare.
Berlin, Germany

Prussian National Monument for the Liberation Wars

A towering monument to war, located on a beautifully peaceful hill.
Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn Museum of Photography

This former medieval prison now unlocks Estonia’s rich photographic history.
London, England

Wellington Monument

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

Smith Square World War II Ghost Sign

A faded reminder of what was once a common sight in London during the Blitz.
Znojmo, Czechia

Znojmo Catacombs

This network of conjoined cellars was riddled with traps and supposedly allowed the townspeople to pretend their homes were deserted.
Riga, Latvia

Jauniela (New Street)

This charming Latvian lane doubled as Baker Street on the Soviet Union’s version of Sherlock Holmes.
Tallinn, Estonia

Väike-Õismäe District

Its series of concentric circles represented a bold new experiment in socialist urban planning.
Narva, Estonia

Narva Lenin

A statue of the Soviet leader still stands in a quiet corner of Estonia’s most Russian city.
Tallinn, Estonia

Maarjamäe Memorial Complex

This striking memorial is one of Estonia’s most controversial Soviet leftovers.
Vilnius, Lithuania

Palace of Concerts and Sports

An abandoned masterpiece of Soviet Brutalist architecture.
Vilnius, Lithuania

Literatų Gatvė (Literature Street)

Plaques celebrating Lithuanian writers freckle a wall of this picture-perfect path.
Kaunas, Lithuania

Christ's Resurrection Church

This magnificent Art Deco church is a reflection of Lithuania’s turbulent history.
Liepāja, Latvia

Saint Nicholas Naval Cathedral

This ornate church has survived Nazi and Soviet occupation, including a short stint as a Soviet-era gymnasium and cinema.
Rotterdam, Netherlands

Sylvette

A nearly 25-foot concrete sculpture of Sylvette, Picasso's muse.
Rotterdam, Netherlands

The Luchtsingel

Built by crowdsourcing, this wooden foot bridge saved a part of Rotterdam that was languishing in wait of city funding.
Rotterdam, Netherlands

The Giant Of Rotterdam

A statue of the second-tallest Dutchman in history.
Amsterdam, Netherlands

City Hall Urinal

A public urinal so pretty, it was given the status of National Monument.
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Tiny Hidden Houses on Westerstraat

Seven mini rowhouses fill the gap between 54 and 70 Westerstraat.
Amsterdam, Netherlands

The Little Woodcutter

This unattributed sculpture in Amsterdam is hiding in plain sight.