Hermann Heights Monument in New Ulm, Minnesota - Atlas Obscura - Latest Places

As far as ethnic identities go, Germanness is...problematic, to say the least. And this charming neoclassical monument in southern Minnesota brings that fact into stark relief. Overlooking the town o...

Shwe Indein Pagoda in Myanmar - Atlas Obscura - Latest Places

To get to the Shwei Indein Pagoda, one must come to Myanmar in the rainy season, and wind by boat from Inle Lake down eight kilometers of twisting canal. In the winter, the water is too shallow for t...

Mayfield Railway Station in Manchester, England - Atlas Obscura - Latest Places

Just a stone's throw from Manchester's ultra-modern Piccadilly Station sits the decaying remnants of England's transportation past: the Mayfield Railway Station. Unfortunately, no...

Lake Yamanaka in Yamanakako, Japan - Atlas Obscura - Latest Places

Mount Fuji is a couple of hour’s drive southwest of Tokyo, and it is surrounded by the area known as Fuji-Goko, or Fuji Five Lakes. The "Fuji Five" of Fuji-Goko refers to the cluster of lakes a...

Gustavianum Anatomical Theater in Uppsala, Sweden - Atlas Obscura - Latest Places

Despite its candy-colored paint job, the University of Uppsala's anatomical theater has, to some, been a nightmarish theater of horror for going on four centuries now.   Inside the universi...

Augsburger Puppenkiste in Augsburg, Germany - Atlas Obscura - Latest Places

In Ausberg Germany there is a theater/museum that is haunted by decades of dangling wooden homunculi that have been delighting audiences for the better part of a century. The Augsburger Puppenkiste c...

West End Overlook in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - Atlas Obscura - Latest Places

If one sees a picture of the Pittsburgh city skyline, most likely it was taken at this small parklet that was once a Native American lookout, but has now turned into just an incredible vista for urba...

Du Cane Court in London, England - Atlas Obscura - Latest Places

Du Cane Court is a strikingly beautiful Art Deco apartment building in Balham, South London. It opened in 1937 with 676 apartments, making it one of the largest blocks of flats to be found anywhere i...

Colón Cemetery in Havana, Cuba - Atlas Obscura - Latest Places

When you think of world-class cemeteries, places like Paris, London, New Orleans, or Buenos Aires might come to mind. But this cemetery in the heart of Havana is as stately and impressive as any...

Hal W. Adams Bridge in Mayo, Florida - Atlas Obscura - Latest Places

While Florida is a bridge heavy state, the Hal W. Adams bridge something special, at least for Floridians. With a structure length is 687 feet, the state's very first suspension bridge ...

The Witch of Pungo Statue in Virginia Beach, Virginia - Atlas Obscura - Latest Places

This statue, off a busy road in Virginia Beach is dedicated to Grace Sherwood, aka the "witch of Pungo." The last individual known to have been convicted of witchcraft in the Commonwealth of Virginia...

Walterboro Water Tower in Walterboro, South Carolina - Atlas Obscura - Latest Places

Walterboro, South Carolina is a small city of about 5,000 people, 50 miles or so west of Charleston. They have an annual Rice Festival, an Army Airfield with a Tuskegee Airmen Memorial, and an 8...

The Vogeltor in Augsburg, Germany - Atlas Obscura - Latest Places

The Vogeltor has stood “perfectly straight” in the downtown center of Augsburg for many years. Built in 1445, the uniquely named Vogeltor (“vogel” means “bird” in ...

Anatomical Theatre at the University of Pavia in Pavia, Italy - Atlas Obscura - Latest Places

Though Italy is home to many wonderful anatomical theatres, sandwiched among the myriad glories of the Museums of the University of Pavia is a secret swirling temple of medical science...

The Greyhound Hall of Fame in Abilene, Kansas - Atlas Obscura - Latest Places

The welcoming committee at the Greyhound Hall of Fame includes not only the perky greyhound statue out front, but two very real greyhounds named Gary and Jade who hang out just inside the doorway and...

Castelinho da Rua Apa in São Paulo, Brazil - Atlas Obscura - Latest Places

Known to generations of São Paulo residents as Castelinho da Rua Apa, or "the little castle of Apa Street," what seems at first glance to be nothing more than the crumbling faç...

Þingvellir Church in Iceland - Atlas Obscura - Latest Places

Tucked away in Þingvellir National Park, Southern Iceland is a small church. By its anglicized name, "Thingvellier," this breathtaking location was where the Althing parliamentary general assem...

Gunung Padang in Campaka, Indonesia - Atlas Obscura - Latest Places

Deep in the jungles of Indonesia there is a hill covered in a mess of stone-age columns, but what lies beneath is possibly one of the oldest structures known to humankind. In 2011, geologist Dr. Dann...

S.S. Kyle in Harbour Grace, Canada - Atlas Obscura - Latest Places

Usually when a ship runs aground it is either dragged back out to water, or broken down. But since both of those options are extremely expensive, the S.S. Kyle was simply left where it was, and where...

Gardiners Island in East Hampton, New York - Atlas Obscura - Latest Places

In 1639, this island in what is now New York State was settled by a man named Lion Gardiner. The island was made a proprietary colony, granted via a royal decree by Charles I that gave Gardiner &ldqu...

Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum in Paradise, Michigan - Atlas Obscura - Latest Places

In 1975 there was an enormous storm in Lake Superior, making waves that were reported to be as high as 35 feet. The violent storm claimed the Lake’s largest shipping vessel at the time, the S.S...

World's Largest Artichoke Statue in Castroville, California - Atlas Obscura - Latest Places

The world is full of difficult-to-eat freaks of nature, but somehow the recalcitrance of these little buggers only makes them more lovable. Ranking high on this list is the lowly, prickly a...

Victoria Beach's Pirate Tower in Laguna Beach, California - Atlas Obscura - Latest Places

This enigmatic seaside tower on California's Victoria Beach looks like something out of a storybook, and given that it is lovingly known as the "Pirate Tower," it would seem to live up to the mystiqu...

Kilbrittain Whale in Kilbrittain, Ireland - Atlas Obscura - Latest Places

After a huge whale beached itself on the beach in Kilbrittain, Ireland, a village facing Courtmascherry Bay, the locals turned it into a skeletal landmark when they weren't able to save its life...

The Altar of the Basilica of St. Michael in Mondsee, Austria - Atlas Obscura - Latest Places

If you've watched The Sound of Music, you probably remember the wedding scene in a large late-gothic church, but you may not have noticed the brief appearance of the martyrs, relics, and catacomb sai...

Shell Beach in Denham, Australia - Atlas Obscura - Latest Places

Shell Beach is one of only two beaches in the world composed entirely of shells, and was created by a unique combination of geography, climate, and marine vegetation. Shell Beach sits on a narro...

World's Largest Surfboard in Huntington Beach, California - Atlas Obscura - Latest Places

A 42-foot long surfboard holds the world record for the "World’s Largest Surfboard." On June 22, 2015, 66 people rode an epic wave in Huntington Beach for 12 seconds, breaking not one but two w...

The Relics of Munich Residenz in München, Germany - Atlas Obscura - Latest Places

In the center of Munich stands the opulent "Munich Residenz", a celebrated museum that was once the palace of the former Bavarian royal family. Tucked away inside this palace is a magnificent collect...

Windsor Ruins in Port Gibson, Mississippi - Atlas Obscura - Latest Places

Windsor was situated on a 2,600 acre plantation, the home of a planter with the unlikely name of Smith Coffee Daniell, II. The four-story mansion featured massive brick columns with iron Corinthian c...

Sky Walk in Dolní Morava, Czech Republic - Atlas Obscura - Latest Places

Scenic walkways have leveled-up as of December 2015, when Czech architecture firm Fránek Architects debuted their extreme Sky Walk on a peak in the Krkonoše Mountains. High atop on...

9/11 Whale Sculptures in Tallahassee, Florida - Atlas Obscura - Latest Places

Bill Brinson was deeply affected by the tragic events of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, saying, "I'm sad that the world is in the situation it's in. That's a cowardly way of doing something. I wish the ...

Pivot Rock Park in Eureka Springs, Arkansas - Atlas Obscura - Latest Places

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Danse de la Fontaine Emergente in Paris, France - Atlas Obscura - Latest Places

Curving up out of a Parisian square is the technicolor curve of a dragon's body that has defied the dimensions by morphing from a 2-D wall illustration to a 3-D piece of art. Oh, and it's also a foun...

Camlann Village in Carnation, Washington - Atlas Obscura - Latest Places

This living history museum strives to offer the sights, sounds, and smells of Medieval England in the wilds of rural Washington. Tucked in a scenic clearing in the forest, Camlann Medieval Village is...

Plovdiv Roman Theater in Plovdiv, Bulgaria - Atlas Obscura - Latest Places

Hey, quick: where is the world's best-preserved ancient Roman theater located? Nope. Wrong. Sorry. The correct answer is "Bulgaria." Plovdiv, Bulgaria is one of Europe's oldest continuously inhabited...

Apple Pie Hill Fire Tower in Tabernacle, New Jersey - Atlas Obscura - Latest Places

The highest point in the Pine Barrens of central New Jersey is the quaintly named Apple Pie Hill, which is only about 200 feet above sea level. Not super high, but at the top of the hill you can get ...

Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster Traffic Signs in Templin, Germany - Atlas Obscura - Latest Places

In Germany, many town limits proudly display signs noting the times at which official church services take place. Such is the case for the town of Templin, which received a distinctly moder...

Mystic Hot Springs in Monroe, Utah - Atlas Obscura - Latest Places

Although Mystic Hot Springs' titular water source has been flowing for millions of years, and the site has been inviting people to have a soak in the hot waters for over century, it wasn't until the ...

Sannai Maruyama Ruins in Aomori-shi, Japan - Atlas Obscura - Latest Places

In Japan's Aomori Prefecture, there is what appears to be a fully preserved, ancient settlement that looks like it was built yesterday, and in some respects, it was. Dating back to the Jomon per...

Center for PostNatural History in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - Atlas Obscura - Latest Places

Pittsburgh's Center for PostNatural History is a natural history museum unlike any other, in that it focuses almost completely on the unnatural. This small exhibition space centers around displays ba...

Carroll Avenue in Chicago, Illinois - Atlas Obscura - Latest Places

At the mouth of the north branch of the Chicago River, the Kinzie Street Bridge stands as a relic of Chicago's industrial past. It also marks the western end of Carroll Avenue, an old freight corrido...

Gennett Walk of Fame in Richmond, Indiana - Atlas Obscura - Latest Places

The small city of Richmond in eastern Indiana is an unlikely place to find a deep and rich history of jazz, blues, gospel, country, revival, and other early recordings. And the source of those record...

Homestead Crater in Midway, Utah - Atlas Obscura - Latest Places

Yes, that's right – Mother Nature has spent over 10,000 years building this gigantic private hot tub, just for you. Even after driving around for a while, one would be forgiven for no...

Greek Ship in Kish, Iran - Atlas Obscura - Latest Places

Sitting in the shallow waters off the coast of Iran's Kish Island is the ghostly husk of a dead steamship that has not left its spot since 1966, and probably isn't leaving any time soon.  Nickna...

U Bein Bridge in Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma) - Atlas Obscura - Latest Places

Stretching across Taungthaman Lake in Myanmar, the U Bein Bridge might look like just another rickety wooden crossing (which it is), but this historic span is actually made of the remains o...

Windmills of Lasithi Plateau in Lasithi Plateau, Greece - Atlas Obscura - Latest Places

Located on the island of Crete, the Lasithi Plateau holds a small rural community that was once reliant on over ten thousand identical windmills. While the use and number of the windmills has dwindle...

Scary Dairy in Camarillo, California - Atlas Obscura - Latest Places

There is something inherently spooky about abandoned farm buildings. Remote, hulking, and isolated, their weathered remains have the feeling of a drifting ghost ship or a deserted space station, maki...

Chutters Candy Store in Littleton, New Hampshire - Atlas Obscura - Latest Places

If you’ve been searching for the world’s longest candy counter (and who isn’t?), search no more. The crown is worn by Chutters in Littleton, New Hampshire.  This stalwart Main ...

Amelbati Cannibal Site in Walarano, Vanuatu - Atlas Obscura - Latest Places

Surrounded by coconut palms and cacao trees, today these lush grounds in the tiny South Pacific nation of Vanuatu (made up of 83 small islands) are eerily quiet. But once upon a time, they were the r...

Bartholdi Museum in Colmar, France - Atlas Obscura - Latest Places

French sculptor, Frederic Auguste Bartholdi was born in Colmar, France in 1834. From his humble beginnings, Bartholdi went on to an illustrious career that birthed some of America and France's greate...




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