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Helsinki, Finland

Lyhdynkantajat (The Lantern Bearers)

These enormous, stern-faced statues greet visitors with lanterns, and sometimes costumes.
Imatra, Finland

Imatrankoski

These Finnish rapids have been attracting tourists for over a hundred years and are now released with the push of a button.
Virolahti, Finland

Abandoned Bunkers of Salpalinja

Fortifications built for a Soviet invasion that never came now sit abandoned in a losing battle against nature.
Rovaniemi, Finland

Rovaniemi's Arctic Circle Border

If you visit Santa's village, you can get your passport stamped to show you crossed into the Arctic Circle.
Rovaniemi, Finland

Santa Claus' Main Post Office

Roughly 17 million letters to Santa have found their way to this Arctic Circle post office.
Helsinki, Finland

Pohjola Insurance Building

This insurance company building reminds customers that witches, bears, and gnomes are out there, best be insured.
Parikkala, Finland

Veijo Rönkkönen Sculpture Garden

Collection of nearly 500 concrete figures sculpted by the late Veijo Rönkkönen.
Helsinki, Finland

Sibelius Monument

An abstract monument to a symphonic composer.
Helsinki, Finland

Fortress of Suomenlinna

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

Kamppi Chapel

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

Kummakivi Balancing Rock

Legend has this precariously placed rock was placed by giants. Science has another explanation.
Beit Hanania, Israel

Hadrianic Aqueduct of Caesarea

Built by a king and rebuilt by an emperor, this aqueduct transported water for 1,200 years to this ancient Mediterranean hub.
Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel

Tel Aviv Central Bus Station

The maze-like transportation hub contains abandoned areas, derelict stores, and a resident bat colony.
Jerusalem, Israel

Jerusalem YMCA

This historic rec center in the heart of Israel is a bastion of peace and togetherness.
Pärnu, Estonia

Seegi Maja Restaurant

This atmospheric spot in Pärnu's historic old town is located in a 17th-century almshouse.
Malbork, Poland

Malbork Castle

This 13th century Gothic brick castle is the largest in the world by surface area.
Minsk, Belarus

Lee Harvey Oswald's Apartment in Minsk

The apartment building where JFK's assassin lived after defecting to the Soviet Union.
Minsk, Belarus

Fountain of Three Storks

A sculpture of graceful storks sits atop this fountain in Independence Square.
Minsk, Belarus

Minsk KFC

Remnants of the city's Soviet history hover over this modern fast-food outlet.
Minsk, Belarus

Isle of Tears

A beautiful and moving memorial set on a little island in the middle of the river in Minsk.
Treblinka, Poland

Muzeum Treblinka

A somber memorial honors the hundreds of thousands of lives lost at this labor and extermination camp.
Ventspils, Latvia

The Cows of Ventspils

The Latvian city of Ventspils is filled with dozens of cow statues showcasing unique themes.
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.
Jūrmala, Latvia

Dzintaru Forest Park Watchtower

This seaside pine grove features an exclusive watchtower that presents amazing views.