The Discover page is an archive of about strange but true trivia about destinations around the world, previously featured in the Discover section on the main page. You can contribute and add or edit future facts to the list here. Previously displayed facts:


May 2016Edit

  • Herzogenaurach is world famous for being headquarters of both Adidas and Puma (Adidas outlet pictured).
  • Don't plan any shopping trips to Peillonshops are not allowed in the village.
  • The Six Flags Great America amusement park in Gurnee boasts the largest carousel in the USA.
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  • One of the major attractions when driving around Swindon is the Magic Roundabout (road sign pictured).
  • The Neptune Islands is the only location in Australia where shark cage diving can be legally conducted.
  • In the town of Berezniki in Perm Krai a mosquito festival takes place each July.
  • Hohhot is home to the Tomb (pictured) of Princess Zhaojun, who was attributed with the ability to perform miracles.
  • The Azores islands of Corvo and Flores are geographically located in North America.
  • Slovakia has the highest number of castles and chateaux per capita in the world.
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  • The temple of the oracle (pictured) in Siwa was according to a legend once indestructible due to the oracle’s power.
  • Grande Île of Strasbourg was the first city centre to be classified in its entirety as a World Heritage Site.
  • Uzbek is largely mutually intelligible with Uighur.
  • Gifhorn has a International Wind- and Watermill Museum with exhibits (pictured) from all over Europe.
  • Teahouses are important places of social gathering and popular throughout Myanmar.
  • Qi Xing Tan north of Hualien has a restaurant which specializes in goat milk coffee.
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  • One the nicest colonial buildings in Fort-de-France is a library — Bibliothèque Schœlcher (pictured).
  • Saltstraumen outside Bodø is the world's strongest maelstrom (tidal whirlpool), with some of the best fishing in the world.
  • Once called Nova Lisboa, Huambo was designed in 1912 to be the new capital of Angola, and the beauty of that era is still apparent.
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  • For much of its length, the Eyre Highway (pictured) can be described as a long and lonely road.
  • The name Saskatoon comes from missaskquahtoomina, a native word for a berry that grows along the river.
  • All long-distance trains in Russia run on Moscow time.
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  • Once part of the city wall, the Waterpoort (pictured) is now a symbol for Sneek
  • The Lobi "villages" of Gaoua are actually mini-fortresses scattered around the countryside.
  • Tracunhaém is one of Brazil's main ceramic and clay art production centers.
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  • At 91m tall, Völkerschlachtdenkmal (pictured) in Leipzig is the biggest monument in Europe.
  • Alaska is huge, it actually spans what once were five time zones.
  • Although Filipino words may seem long and tongue-twisting at first, pronunciation is easier than in many other languages.

April 2016Edit

  • The Phoenician ruins (pictured) at Kerkouane are probably the only of their kind to survive.
  • Auckland has the largest Polynesian population of any city in the world.
  • Ngoketunjia consists of 13 villages, whose names all start with the letters "Ba".
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  • Oaxaca’s streets (pictured) have a very tranquil and organic feel to them.
  • In Abu Dhabi only restaurants located in hotels are allowed to serve alcohol.
  • Panama has a lot more indigenous culture than some other countries in the region.
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  • Situated on a hill next to the river Meuse, the citadel (pictured) is the biggest tourist attraction of Namur.
  • From 1932 to 1990 Nizhny Novgorod was known as Gorky (Го́рький), after the writer Maxim Gorky.
  • Seoul is practically a collection of cities that happen to be bunched together, each with its own central business and commercial districts.
  • Calling Paramakatoi (pictured) a place to "get away" would be a great understatement.
  • Apart from the grand nature, Skjolden is known for Ludwig Wittgenstein's lodge.
  • The story goes that Surabaya’s name derives from the Javanese words Suro, meaning shark, and Boyo, meaning crocodile.
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  • In Maasai Mara National Reserve you can go on a hot air balloon safari and see the sun rising above the wildlife and the magnificent landscapes (pictured).
  • The Empire Theatre on Block Island is like stepping into a movie theatre time machine.
  • Ulm Federal Fortifications are the largest preserved fortifications in Germany.
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  • In Kyzyl you can visit the Centre of Asia (pictured).
  • Short of Pyongyang, Ashgabat is probably the best example of what happens when a city gets redesigned according to the vision of exactly one man.
  • One common treat in Honduras is macheteada, a tortilla filled with sweet, sugary, flour and sugar.
  • The 15th Meridian East runs through Görlitz and defines Central European Standard Time (Meridian marker pictured)
  • Galdhøpiggen is the highest mountain in Europe north of the Alps.
  • Liberal, Kansas, was named for the early day settlers who were "liberal" with the scarce supply of water.
  • Georgia has one of the oldest wine-making traditions in the world (3 Georgian wines pictured).
  • Borneo is the third largest non-continental island in the world.
  • Louisville International Airport is "International" in name only — there are no longer any non-stop flights to any location outside the U.S.
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  • The “waterfall” (pictured) at Hierve el Agua is made of rock, not water.
  • Brunei is home to several shipwrecks, interesting to explore for scuba divers.
  • Many scenes from the movie Australia were filmed in the area surrounding Kununurra.

March 2016Edit

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  • The funicular (pictured) between lower and upper Zagreb is one of the steepest and shortest in the world.
  • Robinson Crusoe Island actually exists; outside Chile in the Pacific Ocean.
  • The city of Toyota was in fact named after the car company and not the other way round.
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  • The Church of the Holy Ascension (pictured) in Unalaska is the oldest Russian-built church still standing in the U.S.
  • Following Finland’s southern coast, the King’s Road was once the most important road in the country.
  • Sandusky, being on the North Coast of Ohio, offers some of the finest fresh water seafood available.
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  • Because the Taj Mahal (pictured) is white, your camera may underexpose your photos of it.
  • Mayotte is claimed by Comoros, but administered by France.
  • Cheese is made in endless variations around the world.
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  • Liepaja (pictured) served as the capital of Latvia during the First World War.
  • Walking down the historical Rittergasse (Knight’s Lane) in Stolberg feels like being transported back to medieval times.
  • There are about 200 distinct ethnic groups living in Chad.
  • Finse (pictured) has Norway’s highest situated railway station and rail is the only way of transportation to the village.
  • Prince Edward Island is Canada's only exclusively island province.
  • The Venetian on Cotai is touted as the largest casino in the world by floor footage.
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  • The William Jefferson Clinton Presidential Library (pictured) in Little Rock includes a replica of the Oval Office.
  • Persian is more similar to its coeval languages like Latin than to relatively newer Indo-European languages.
  • Port Antonio on Jamaica has for years been the hideaway of royalty and stars alike.
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  • The Great Silk Road Bazar (pictured) in Osh is the largest and most crowded outdoor market in all of Central Asia.
  • A good budget meal in Grand Popo is a combination of fish, rice, beans, sauce, and hardboiled eggs from a street vendor.
  • Washington, North Carolina was the first city in America to be named after George Washington, before he became President of the United States.
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  • Today a museum, the Palace of the Inquisition (pictured) in Cartagena (Colombia) was once the South American headquarters of the Spanish Inquisition.
  • The visit of the Queen Elizabeth II to Cooktown in 1970 still rates highly in the history of the town.
  • Women travellers may want to check out our tips for women travellers article.
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  • St. Just in Penwith (pictured) is the UK mainland's most westerly town.
  • The Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre is a cemetery for over 250,000 victims of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide.
  • Marijuana is legal and often found growing freely alongside the road in North Korea.
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  • In business since 1869, Mercado Público Central (pictured) in Porto Alegre features more than 100 stalls where local produce, products and spices are sold, as well as several restaurants.
  • Russia is by far the largest country in the world, covering more than one-eighth of the Earth's inhabited land area.
  • Charles Town was named for Charles Washington, brother of George Washington.
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  • Literally "Fiery Mountain", Gunung Merapi (pictured) is the most active volcano in all Indonesia, having erupted at least 68 times since 1548.

February 2016Edit

  • Calvi (pictured) is the main tourist hub on Corsica.
  • Having an extensive Gulf of Mexico coastline, mariscos (seafood) is a specialty of Tabasco.
  • The Ice House in Tuktoyaktuk is a permanent fridge dug into the permafrost under the village.
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  • Inuyama Castle (pictured) is the only privately owned castle in Japan and one of the nicest original examples of feudal Japanese fortifications.
  • British clubbers consider Sant Antoni de Portmany on Ibiza to be the clubbing capital of the world.
  • Foreign nationals must pay a USD 5 fee to enter the town of Mrauk U.
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  • Raseborg castle (pictured) was located near the sea shore, but due to the post-glacial rise of land it eventually lost its access to the sea.
  • Cox's Bazar has the longest sea beach in the world, 120 km long.
  • Riga was founded in 1201 by Albert of Bremen as a base for the Northern Crusades.
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  • The best place in Koror to buy traditional Palauan storyboards (pictured) is in the local jail.
  • Kamchatka is extremely geologically active and has numerous volcanoes, geysers, hot springs, and even a lake of acid.
  • There are no addresses in Ölgii, business cards usually provide directions from a nearby landmark.
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  • The Stone Bridge (pictured) in Skopje has been the symbol of the city since the 6th century and every ruler has tried to leave a mark on it.
  • Akumal means "Land of turtles" in Mayan and is still one of the favorite places for these marine animals to spawn.
  • Although famous for its natural wonders, Australia is actually one of the world's most highly urbanised countries.
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  • Malé (pictured) is by some measures the world's densest city.
  • Solothurners are very fond of the number 11, and there are many references to that number around the town.
  • On Bermuda hire cars are banned, and only residents are permitted to own cars.
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  • Babur gardens (pictured) in Kabul surround the tomb of the first Mughal emperor, Babur.
  • Caldas da Rainha has two primary claims to fame: its curative sulfurous waters and its whimsical decorative pottery.
  • Nha Trang is the scuba diving centre of Vietnam.

January 2016Edit

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  • Beinisvørð (pictured), the second highest cliff on the Faroe Islands offers breathtaking views to the sea.
  • Visakhapatnam is sometimes referred to as the The Goa of the East, Jewel on the Coramandel Coast, Steel city, and the City of Destiny.
  • Kalmar is one of the oldest Swedish cities, dating back to the year 1027.
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  • Serra da Capivara National Park contains the oldest prehistoric rock paintings in the Americas (pictured).
  • Are you an inexperienced traveler? Our travel basics article covers the basics of travel.
  • If you travel long distances east or west, jet lag may become an issue.
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  • Ostrava is home to the famous Stodolní street (pictured), the longest strip of bars and pubs in the Czech Republic.
  • South America is the wilder part of the Americas and a continent of superlatives.
  • The Alpine town of Mittenwald prides itself on its great tradition of violin making.
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  • The Curonian Spit has Europe’s highest sand dunes (pictured).
  • Since independence, Gabon has been one of the more stable African countries.
  • Several Old Towns are served by horse-carriage rides, in old-style carriages.
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  • The Valley of Desolation (pictured) near Graaff-Reinet is a biodiverse "oasis" in the midst of an otherwise arid area.
  • Tuvalu translates to "cluster of eight" in Tuvaluan, though in fact the country is made up of many more islands.
  • Would you like to visit a museum full of devils? Head to Kaunas!
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  • Bautzen is often called the "Easter-capital” (local traditional Easter eggs pictured).
  • Marietta, Georgia features a Gone With the Wind museum.
  • Haridwar is a purely vegetarian town, and alcohol is banned there as well.
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  • The Bay of Kotor is the deepest natural fjord in the Mediterranean Sea and the scenery around it is spectacular (pictured).
  • 45 minutes ahead of New Zealand time; the International Date Line jogs eastward to keep the Chatham Islands on the same calendar day as the rest of New Zealand.
  • Coffee is one of the world's most popular drinks, with significant cultural variations.
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  • An attraction in Baker, California is the tallest thermometer in the world (pictured).
  • Thredbo is probably the closest thing Australia has to an alpine village.
  • The gold-covered altars of Ouro Branco’s Matriz de Santo Antônio are fine examples of baroque style.
  • Hamilton (pictured) is infamous for having mainly one-way streets throughout its downtown core.

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