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Fairfax, Virginia

National Firearms Museum

Collecting 700 years of mechanical death-dealing, the NRA's sprawling gun museum is a revealing testament to the American obsession with armament.
Schwetzingen, Germany

The Mosque of Schwetzingen Palace Gardens

This 18th-century folly is one of Europe's rare "garden mosques."
Stuttgart, Germany

Stuttgart Winkel Tower

Remnants of a cone-shaped Nazi bomb shelter.
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

Partnach Gorge

Walk inside a mile long crevice right outside the town of Garmisch Partenkirchen.
Heidelberg, Germany

Heidelberg Studentenkarzer

A preserved college lock-up that recalls a clubhouse approach to discipline.
Nuremberg, Germany

Nuremberg Toy Museum

This historic toy museum brings a little whimsy to a city not usually remembered for such things.
Munich, Germany

München Olympiastadion

An abandoned train station in Munich constructed for the 1972 Olympic games.
Frankfurt, Germany

IG Farben Haus

From Nazi chemicals to the CIA, this architectural marvel has played a fascinating role in German history.
Berlin, Germany

Old City Wall of Berlin

The last remnants of a massive medieval wall that once encompassed the city of Berlin.
Amberg, Germany

The World's Smallest Hotel - Eh'häusl

This extremely narrow tenement boasts a maximum occupancy of just two.
Berlin, Germany

Berlin Victory Column

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

Mouse Tower

Legendary site where an evil bishop was devoured by rodents.
Heidelberg, Germany

Heidelberg Tun

Sitting in the basement of a castle, the largest wine barrel in the world is bigger than most apartments.
Hamelin, Germany

Glockenspiel of Hameln

The real life town from the Pied Piper of Hamelin has a mechanical puppet show that retells the famous story many times a day.
Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany

Ratstrinkstube Clock Tower

At the strike of each hour the doors open to reenact the legend of the heroic mayor who saved his town by drinking a gallon of wine.
Trier, Germany

Karl Marx House

The birthplace of Karl Marx is now a museum dedicated to the communist revolutionary's life and work.
Cologne, Germany

St. Petersglocke

The largest bell in the world has been swinging high above a Cologne cathedral for almost a century.
Heidelberg, Germany

Heidelberg Bridge Monkey

It's good luck to be mocked by this monkey.
Chiemsee, Germany

Herrenchiemsee Neues Schloss

Originally envisioned by King Ludwig II to rival Versailles, Herrenchiemsee's "New Palace" remains half-gilded for lack of funds.
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

Castle Werdenfels

The stones of this formerly witch-obsessed castle were used to build a church.
Trier, Germany

Porta Nigra

The last bastion of Roman presence north of the Alps looms over a German town.
Nördlingen, Germany

Nordlingen

A meteorite-bounded town in Bavaria.
Ulm, Germany

Ulm Minster (Ulmer Münster)

The world's tallest church tower reveals a spectacular view to anyone up to the task of climbing the daunting staircase.
Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany

Medieval Crime Museum

Horrifically creative torture devices and shame punishments line the walls of this chilling museum.