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Wernigerode, Germany

The Brocken

On the highest peak in the Harz Mountains, science and the occult faced off in a failed attempt to turn a goat into a boy.
Offaly, Ireland

Leviathan of Parsonstown

Behemoth, cannon-like telescope operated by generations of Irish earls.
Kilkenny, Ireland

Kyteler's Inn

The oldest inn in Kilkenny was established by the first convicted witch in Ireland.
Dublin, Ireland

Samuel Beckett Bridge

Dublin's most modern, visually spectacular bridge is modeled after Ireland's national emblem.
Dublin, Ireland

The Irish Elk Collection

These gigantic skeletons tower over visitors and provide insight into the creatures that once ruled over Ireland.
Dublin, Ireland

The Long Room Library at Trinity College

The gorgeous library at Trinity College is home to remarkable treasures of Irish identity.
Dublin, Ireland

Dublinia

Experience what life was like in Ireland during the Viking and medieval ages.
Arbour Hill, Ireland

Arbour Hill Cemetery

The burial place of 14 of the executed leaders of the Easter Rising.
Béal na Bláth, Ireland

Michael Collins Ambush Memorial

A gated cross stands on the site where an Irish revolutionary met his end.
Salzburg, Austria

Hommage to Mozart

This strange statue features a bust of the famous composer plopped atop a woman's body.
Rome, Italy

The Mouth of Truth

The yawning maw of this pagan visage is said to bite off the hands of liars.
Milan, Italy

L.O.V.E.

This giant middle finger statue sends an unambiguous message to Italy's bankers.
Milan, Italy

Bosco Verticale

Two very green residential towers cleaning the air in one of Europe's most polluted cities.
Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

Sphinx Observatory

A historic observatory precariously perched at the "Top of Europe."
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lion of Lucerne

This memorial commemorating fallen Swiss Guards of the French Revolution has been called the saddest stone in the world.
Lucerne, Switzerland

Dance of Death Bridge

This historic covered bridge contains a series of macabre paintings that communicate one thing: everyone dies.
Lucerne, Switzerland

Barabas Hotel Luzern

Lucerne's central prison was converted into a tourist hotel with a bare minimum of changes.
County Antrim, Northern Ireland

Giant's Causeway

Northern Ireland's Brobdingnagian stepping stones.
County Derry, Northern Ireland

The Free Derry Corner Murals

These murals stand as reminders to the troubled history of this Northern Ireland city.
Knaresborough, England

Chapel of Our Lady of the Crag

A 600-year-old mini shrine guarded by a sword-wielding knight hides in a crumbling cliff face.
Knaresborough, England

Mother Shipton's Cave and the Petrifying Well

Once thought to be the mysterious work of a witchy prophetess, a well with unusual properties turns objects into "stone".
Bourton-on-the-Water, England

Bourton-on-the-Water Model Village

A miniature village mimics the surrounding buildings so well it includes itself.
Broadway, England

Broadway Tower and Nuclear Bunker

A petite castle folly in the English countryside.
Cornwall, England

Tregothnan

Grab a cuppa at England's first and only domestic tea plantation.