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Well tineye.com got a few hits but nothing to solve the problem... But Google Image Search using your photo as the search parameter was more helpful. One of the many hits was to a blog called The Sticky Egg, specifically the post from November 13 2011 called "Feeling Bookish", which includes an address: De Batavier in Lootstraat, Amsterdam. Then ...


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There are a great many locations on the Great Wall that can be visited. The most common start point if from Beijing, however, I would disagree with the answer by Mark Mayo in that they are not all over crowded with tourists. Most tours head to the section along Badaling, near Beijing, and that is the bit to avoid. Though again, if timed right and going off ...


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It's on the northwest tower of the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, DC. There's an informative page about it on the cathedral's website: You can see it from ground level, but they advise binoculars. As for why it's there: Washington National Cathedral held a decorative sculpture competition for children... The third-place winner was ...


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It is the Palace of the Parliament in Bucharest, Romania (some more photos). As to whether it's the biggest building in the world, Wikipedia says: According to the World Records Academy, the Palace is the world's largest civilian building, most expensive administrative building, and heaviest building. But see also the list of largest buildings in ...


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Are there any current major Finnish cities where the architecture is medieval, or at least "pre modern" (before the late 1600s)? In short, no. Compared to most countries in central and southern Europe, Finland has very few remaining medieval buildings (or indeed buildings older than 100-200 years, sadly). Most buildings back then were wooden (and ...


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Well there were actually several stages of the wall, and it's now in various states of disrepair / ruin depending on where you go. Presumably you want to go where there's actually wall, as opposed to rubble. One of the most common routes is ex-Beijing, but since you want less crowded, we'll skip that. For something quite cool and different, try Shanhaiguan ...


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Well this list has an index to ALL the Wikipedia pages for lighthouses in the world. I'll ignore lightvessels for this question. For European countries: Belgium - 6 Bulgaria - 5 Denmark - 6 Estonia - 42 Finland - 9 France - several Wales - 25ish Scotland - tons Portugal - 44 continental, more in Azores Spain - tons Sweden - 20ish England - 50ish Norway - ...


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For general communist architecture I would start at Alexander Platz and walk down the 'Karl-Marx-Allee' all the way to 'Frankfurter Tor' in Friedrichshain. There is nothing super special there, but the street was used for the big parades and still has a bit of an 'East German' feeling to it. As for bunkers, there are still many around, some of them from the ...


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Here's my guess... Trinity Church, in Serebryaniki Source: http://www.panoramio.com/photo/6837647 (translation)


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Another answer, courtesy of an email response from Russ Rowlett of The Lighthouse Directory: All the European countries have many lighthouses, but they differ in how accessible they are. The Netherlands has a large number of major lighthouses within a small area, and most of them are accessible. Portugal has many beautiful lighthouses and they are ...


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As with everything else in China - if you go to a place that is opened for tourists, be prepared to see a lot of them. You can usually avoid the hordes by going on a weekday (as opposed to weekend), avoiding national holidays, going early in the morning and picking a place that is less-known (pick #3, #4, ... place as opposed to #1, #2 place). That being ...


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Amazingly it was a kid's competition that got it there. The Washington National Cathedral in Washington, DC - where Star Wars villain’s sculpted image sits next to a raccoon 200ft up America’s national house of prayer. A story about it in The Sun. The Wikipedia article on the Cathedral has more information too: The Cathedral boasts what is probably ...


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If you want large castles in Germany, try 10 Largest Castles in Germany If you're willing to travel a little further afield to Lithuania, there is Trakai Island Castle. It's not in Poland or Germany I know but it's architecturally similar. According to wikipedia, the castle is sometimes referred to as "Little Marienburg (Malbork)"


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My favourite communist architecture in Berlin is definitely the Frankfurter Tor and the rest of the "Stalinallee ensemble". Frankfurter Tor: Thanks to Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons Stalinallee / Karl-Marx-Allee: Thanks to Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons Building on Stalinallee / Karl-Marx-Allee: My own photo I'm not sure if this is exactly what you ...


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The Esplanade itself conducts guided tours. If you have at least 20 people, then you can get a group tour (they say you've to book it two weeks in advance, but there should be some leeway in that): The tour is for a minimum pax of 20. Each Tour is about 45 minutes. Tour would begin from the Concert Hall Information Counter and end at the Esplanade ...


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The site explains: If all the times are taken, the following message will be displayed: "no tickets available for the date requested". Choose another day (or purchase your ticket for immediate entry at the monument ticket counters). That says to me that if you can't buy online, you can still go up, but you'll have to wait in a (possibly long) line. ...


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How to possibly avoid waiting at the Eiffel Tower The Eiffel Tower consists of several stages. The lower part can be done either by stairs or by elevator. The higher part can be done either way. There's usually a big queue for the elevator at the ground floor, but not much of a queue for the stairs. When I climbed the Eiffel Tower, I didn't know that, ...


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According to Google Image, it should be Santorini.


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One amazing Soviet structure is the World War II memorial in Treptower Park, in the southeast of Berlin. (There are several Soviet war memorials commemorating WW2; another is in the Tiergarten. I haven't seen that one so have no idea what's it's like, but the Treptower one seems to be more well-known / renowned, in my experience.) Many people seem to like ...


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There are a great many locations on the Great Wall that can be visited. Narrowing the choice to those within day trip or single overnight stay from Beijing, we get the following list. I've added my comments as to their merits. Miyun County Simatai ( 司马台; Sīmǎtái) a popular but remote. Quite far from Beijing. Currently (2011) this section is closed to ...


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I visited the wall last year. I didn't hike: we took the train to Newcastle, rented a car, drove across the country, spending a night at a B&B, and took the train back from Carlisle. There is bus service from Newcastle to Carlisle with stops quite close to the wall, so you can construct yourself a loop fairly easily. For example, you could take the bus ...


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Author Peter Hessler visited some of the most remote parts of the Great Wall and seemed to do an excellent job of avoiding other tourists. He took measures to avoid catching the attention of the local government, though. In planning your trip, you might do well to read his account of the journey: Country Driving: A Journey Through China from Farm to Factory


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My suggestion is not in a country around the Baltic Sea, but near the Mediterranean Sea. It is even not a castle per se but a fortified city. Anyway, it is big, old and very impressive. So let me introduce the Cité de Carcassonne. (picture from Wikipedia)


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Found an option in Frombork, castle where Copernicus worked. Main building: Copernicus tower: In the castle is situated the Copernicus museum


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Use Bing Maps or Google maps to find the church ("Habo Church" got very close on Bing Maps), switch to photo view to confirm the building, and you can see the driveway along with a compass rose. (The Wikipedia page has a photo that shows you the colour of the roof and discusses the layout of the building itself.) Seems like the sun will be behind the ...


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Svenska kyrkan (the main Lutheran church of Sweden) says that the church is open Monday to Friday and Sundays between 10 and 16 this time of year. It also says that you can get in touch with Daniel Carlsson to get a guided tour. His phone numbers are 036-420 93 and 0701-74 30 45. (Google search tips when looking for church information: search for - in this ...


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Malbork is the reportedly largest castle in the world, so searching for a larger one may be futile. It stands at the confluence of two warring groups: the Germans, specifically the Teutonic Knights, and their opponents, the Baltic peoples. I can't say much more about the German castles than has been said in another post. But I urge you to look at the other ...


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You can check out the lighthouse listing worldwide at lighthouse directory from the University of North Carolina. I can't really recommend any specific country for visiting lighthouses since I'm not into that but can only say that you can check out Croatia lighthouses. They are all very different from each other and you can use a lot of them as ...



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