Theme Parks

Spreepark: An abandoned German theme park

Today we continue our sporadic series touring the world’s most interesting abandoned places with Spreepark – an abandoned theme park in north Berlin with a fascinating story surrounding its fall from grace. In 1991, shortly after the re-unification of Berlin,…

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Tuesday, 20th March 2012

Celebration: The town that Disney built

In the mid-1990s Disney took a break from theme-park development and diversified into town-building. The result was a Florida town called Celebration. A short drive from Walt Disney World1 brings us to the community’s welcoming entrance, where the sign gives…

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Tuesday, 29th November 2011

Life is a Carnival

Nothing says summer like a trip down the midway at the local fairground when the carnival comes to town. Games, rides, food, creepy carnies missing various portions of their extremities – all of them a ritual for millions of fair-goers each year. Join us as we travel the world in search of amusement…

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Tuesday, 2nd August 2011

North Korea Uncovered

North Korea Uncovered was a massive collaborative effort between 2007 and 2009 to map out the reclusive country using Google Earth imagery. The project reveals thousands of landmarks across North Korea – everything from military bases to amusement parks, restaurants to statues, agriculture to gulags. It’s impossible to cover everything in this post, but here’s just a sliver of what the project revealed.

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Monday, 11th April 2011

Vinpearl Land (Island Week 5)

The coastal Vietnamese city of Nha Trang is a well-known and well-traveled tourist destination. It is blessed with all the natural beauty a resort town could hope for: beautiful white sand beaches, crystal-clear water, and a bay full of unspoilt…

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Friday, 1st October 2010

Global Vipassana Pagoda

The Global Vipassana Pagoda, found north of Mumbai in India, is a copy of the Shwedagon Pagoda visited by Google Sightseeing a couple of years ago, though somewhat more restrained with regards to the ‘bling’ factor. The reduced attention to…

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Thursday, 1st July 2010
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Previously on Google Sightseeing

Volcanoes of the Northern Marianas (Volcano Week 7)

The Mariana Islands are part of a great submerged mountain range that extends all the way from Guam north to Japan. While the southern Marianas are known worldwide as tourist destinations, the uninhabited northernmost islands are actually a long string of active volcanoes fed by the subduction of the Pacific Plate into the Mariana Trench, the deepest location on Earth.

Quirky Border Towns of North America

Have you ever walked through the front door of a building in one country and walked out the back door…

Sakura-jima (Volcano Week 7)

Once a volcanic island centered in Japan’s Kagoshima Bay, during an eruption in 1914 the Sakura-jima volcano decided to change…

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