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What's the longest distance that can be traveled by only using free transportation?

675 km (420 miles) in Mauritania People are apparently permitted to hop a free ride in an ore hopper on the iron-ore train between Noadhibou and Zouerate, Mauritania. Those able to pay $4 (at least in ...
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Where is the smallest park by area?

Technically Mill Ends Park in Portland, Oregon, USA. It is a circle 2 feet (0.6 m) across. It was named an official city park in 1976, and is operated by Portland Parks & Recreation.
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Identifying a church by a lake and a railway line, claimed to be in the Canton of Lucerne

Alte Kirche St. Georg und Nikolaus, Flüelen, Canton of Uri, Switzerland (from Wikimedia Commons) Found by noting the time & direction of shadows, inferring that the view was facing north, looking ...
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What is the most remote airport from the center of the city it supposedly serves?

I nominate Paris Vatry airport. 147 km from Paris. Don’t even think there’s a direct link to Paris...
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Where is this tower, likely photographed in Belgium about 100 years ago?

This is not in Belgium, but in Béthune, France, although not far from the Belgian border. The belfry (the tower) is originally from 1346, but was destroyed during the first world war and rebuilt ...
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Where are these 3 white flagstaffs in front of a commemorative stone, river and valleys?

This picture was taken at the "Landing Memorial" in Saint-Tropez, Côte d'Azur, France. The memorial honors the American, British and French landing troops who came ashore in the Provence on the 15th ...
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What's the smallest non-capital city with a foreign consulate?

Russian Consulate General in Barentsburg, Norway. The settlement has a population of 470 people. Even if you assume that is also serves Longyearbyen, the capital of Svalbard (not connected by any ...
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What's the longest distance that can be traveled by only using free transportation?

From March 2020 all public transit in Luxembourg will be free. Luxembourg is about 60km long and well served with rail lines and bus routes, so presumably the longest trip will be about 60km.
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Direct flights between cities with the same name

Alaska Airlines flies nonstop from San Jose, CA USA to San Jose del Cabo in Mexico.
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Where is the largest road network that shares a landmass with, but is disconnected from, a larger ('main') road network?

South America is physically connected to North America, but there's a jungle/marsh area in the middle that has no roads through it (the Darién Gap). Several people have crossed the Gap, but this is a ...
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What is the most remote airport from the center of the city it supposedly serves?

The defunct Ciudad Real Airport, also marketed as "South Madrid Airport", is/was about 200 km (227km from the Puerta del Sol, the official distance) away from Madrid
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Where was this picture taken in 1932?

This is the Schloss Charlottenburg (Charlottenburg Palace), a Baroque palace in Berlin. (Image: Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license; Author: ernstol)
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What is the cheapest regular-priced scheduled flight I can book and fly?

A return flight from Westray to Papa Westray is a mere £21, or £10.50 per leg. It also happens to be the shortest scheduled flight in the world. Prices haven't changed since at least 2013 and tickets ...
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Where did the Hungarian PM travel to & take this picture?

The pic was taken at Villa Rufinella (AKA Villa Tuscolana), Frascati, Italy. The steps leading upwards are also visible on Google Streetview (at the right): Since another pic from the same date at ...
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What is the longest stretch of the Autobahn that is guaranteed to have no speed limits?

I can not comment yet on this SE, and this is not an answer to the question, but I feel like I have to warn you. And the other two answer you got (Jan's and Tor-Einar Jarnbjo's) are still pretty good. ...
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Where can I find publicly accessible paternoster elevators?

There is a fantastic website (albeit in German) called PatList (Archived Version) that lists every paternoster elevator in existence, as well as whether or not its publicly accessible. Currently there'...
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Is there anywhere you can go to the 180th meridian on foot?

Yes, on Taveuni Island, the third-largest island in Fiji, and a popular tourist destination. The 180 meridian is crossed by a road. This image is from Google Earth There is a nearby hotel called ...
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What is the oldest building in the world still in use?

This question is hard to answer since you would have to define "in use" very precisely. Here are some wild guesses: Wikipedia has a list of the oldest buildings in the world. Prominently feature ...
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What's the longest distance that can be traveled by only using free transportation?

210km (130 miles) Bangor to Cardiff Airport in Wales The TrawsCymru long distance bus network in Wales offers free travel on weekends. Free every weekend, no restrictions on residency, age etc. T2 ...
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Longest uninhabited road segments

There are some very remote roads in northern Quebec. The James Bay Road (Route de la Baie James) is one option. Located in northeastern Canada, in the province of Quebec, the James Bay Road runs ...
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What German village is this on the Rhine River?

This looks remarkably like the town I live in: Thun, Canton Bern, Switzerland! Not on the Rhine, but on the river Aare, which as it flows eventually arrives at the capital Bern. The photo above is my ...
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Where is this building on a mountain in Planet Earth 2?

It is Aiguille du Midi station near to Mont Blanc, accessed from Chamonix in the French Alps, department Haute-Savoie. (See it on Google Maps) Photo from http://geo.hmg.inpg.fr/mto/jpegs/inventaire....
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What is the closest airport to the center of the city it serves?

San Diego, California and SAN: about 1.5km from downtown to the airport perimeter, and just over 3 km to the main passenger terminal.
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What coast or river-adjacent city is in this photo?

This is New York City - looking east across the Hudson from New Jersey. A similar viewpoint is available from google maps Probably from around Port Imperial Blvd just north of the Lincoln Tunnel. ...
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Where was this stock photo taken?

You can eventually follow the link you sent out to the photographer's Flickr website: https://www.flickr.com/photos/shontzphotography/15169016487/in/album-72157645951788784/ In the discussion area, ...
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What's the longest distance that can be traveled by only using free transportation?

87 km (54 miles) from Trondheim, Norway to border shopping across the Swedish border in Storlien The route of 108 km along the road is the longest I found searching for gratisbuss (free bus) in ...
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Identifying a Romanesque church in France from a 1900s photo

This is the Église Saint-Nazaire-et-Saint-Celse de Brissac, Herault, Occitanie (Google StreetView). The front has changed, the two rectangular windows seem to be bricked up; their former location is ...
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Where was this photo taken? (Windows 10 lock screen)

Lake Quill, New Zealand. source: Microsoft Community
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What is the closest airport to the center of the city it serves?

Your best bet is Eilat, Israel. The airstrip and the terminal is literally at the city centre. Eilat's population as of 2017 is 50,724, so it satisfies your condition of a decent-sized city.
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