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A Visit to Berlin’s Abandoned Spreepark

To view more photos and videos from Spreepark, explore the Spreepark Berlin / Kulturpark Plänterwald location page.

Just outside Berlin lies Spreepark, an abandoned East German amusement park. Kulturpark Plänterwald, later known as Spreepark, opened in 1969 and at its peak was host to over a million visitors a year. In 2001, however, only 400,000 people visited the park and it was closed down the following year.

Today, locals and tourists alike risk the trespassing fine to view and capture Spreepark’s headless dinosaur sculptures, roller coaster cars filled with leaves and Ferris wheel that spins slowly in the wind. Maxim Mestovsky (@mestovsky), a user experience designer from Minsk, Belarus, recently visited Spreepark on a trip to Berlin and shared his experience on Instagram. “You have to take a train through a mountain and over a lake then climb a fence to get into the park, but when you do, it’s beautiful,” he says. “The old Ferris wheel creaks, abandoned boats are strewn about. I don’t understand why they don’t sell tickets still! Maybe that’s the charm of the park.”

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Exploring the Golden Temple of Amritsar

For more photos and videos from the sacred site in Amritsar, explore the Harmandir Sahib and Golden Temple location pages.

In the city of Amritsar in India’s Punjab region, the Harmandir Sahib (ਹਰਿਮੰਦਰ ਸਾਹਿਬ) stands as the most sacred site of the Sikh faith.

The temple, or gurdwara, was first constructed in the 2nd century after the excavation of the holy lake in which it stands. Guru Arjan, the fifth Sikh Guru, designed the temple as a central place of worship for his faith. The architecture and decoration of the site are marked by details symbolic of the Sikh worldview. Notably, a series of four entrances open onto the lake from all sides, welcoming visitors of all faiths.

After suffering substantial damage during a wartime attack, the temple was rebuilt in the 1700s and later adorned with its signature gold exterior in the early 19th century. Now, the temple itself houses the Adi Granth, the central religious text of Sikhism, as well as memorial plaques and inscriptions for commemorating sacred sites, events and the Sikh soldiers who died in the World Wars.

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Inside the Copan: A City within a Building

To view more photos and videos from the Copan, explore the Edifício Copan and Centro Cultural Pivô location pages.

Towering above the heart of São Paulo, the Copan apartment building resembles a wave wending through the frenetic movement of the city. Designed by renowned Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, the Copan houses about 5,000 residents in its more than 1,000 apartments. The idea of community stands as one of the founding principles of the Copan, as its communal spaces and sweeping floor areas are meant to encourage residents to come together. Drawing on this idea, Brazilian artist Fernanda Brenner recently converted an abandoned clinic within the Copan into Pivô (@pivoarte), an experimental art space showcasing modern art. In creating Pivô, Brenner aims to show not only the artist’s final work but also the creative process. Artists are encouraged to prepare for exhibits in open studio spaces, stimulating a unique dialogue between São Paulo and its art.

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Inside Ruby Falls, Tennessee’s Underground Waterfall

For more photos and videos from the falls, explore the Ruby Falls location page.

341 meters (1,120 feet) beneath Lookout Mountain in Chattanooga, Tennessee, an underground stream winds its way through the caverns before plummeting to depths below. This site, known as Ruby Falls, has become one of the most famous tourist spots in the southeast United States, drawing visitors to capture the sight of the falls.

The caves of Lookout Mountain have a rich and storied history leading up through the 19th century, but in 1905 railway construction along the mountain shut off all access to the caverns, leaving it inaccessible to visitors. Inspired by the stories of the past, cave enthusiast Leo Lambert garnered resources to reopen the site by constructing an elevator shaft down into the cavern, and in 1928 construction on his project commenced. In excavating the shaft, however, Lambert discovered a new section of the cavern and—at its end—the waterfall.

Lambert named the falls after his wife, Ruby, and went on to develop the site into a destination for visitors with regular tours and Cavern Castle, an elaborate above-ground reception center. In time, Ruby Falls also came to be one of the first caves outfitted with electric lights. Now, colored lights illuminate the falls, making it an even more attractive destination for visiting Instagrammers.

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Exploring the Clifftop Ruins of Scotland’s Dunnottar Castle

For more photos and videos from the ruins, explore the Dunnottar Castle location page.

On Scotland’s northeast coast, the ruins of Dunnottar Castle keep silent watch over the North Sea. Thought to have been built around the sixth century as Dùn Fhoithear, the fortress occupies 1.4 hectares (3.5 acres) on a clifftop 50 meters (160 feet) above the rocky coast below. A national landmark since 1970, the castle draws local and visiting Instagrammers alike to its scenic views and rich history.

From the 13th through the 18th century, Dunnottar was the home of the Keith family, Earls Marischal of Scotland—custodians of the Honours of Scotland (the crown jewels, sword and scepter). When Charles II was crowned King in the Scottish Parliament during the height of the English Civil Wars, the crown jewels used during the coronation could not be returned to Edinburgh as Oliver Cromwell’s English forces advanced in the region. For safekeeping, they were carried to Dunnottar in sacks of wool, where they remained during Cromwell’s eight-month blockade of the castle. Though Cromwell was ultimately victorious in defeating the last remaining Scottish stronghold, the jewels were smuggled out and hidden under an old church in Kinneff where they remained until Charles II regained the throne in 1660.

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Exploring Europe’s Oldest Running Cinemas on Instagram

To see more photos and videos from Europe’s oldest cinemas, explore the Etoile Pagode, Kino International and Cameo Cinema location pages. For a glimpse into cinemas across the world, browse the #cinematreasures hashtag.

Founded in 1911, the Oxford Picture Palace (as it was then known) has been closed, reopened, refurbished and renamed many times in its long and enduring history. Like many of the oldest running cinemas in Europe, the staying power of the Ultimate Picture Palace stands as a testament to our love for film.

Whether it’s Berlin’s modernist Kino International—built in the 1960s, hosting premieres until the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989 and now home to the Berlinale Film Festival—or Edinburgh’s 1914-built Cameo (@thecameocinema) with its terrazzo floor and original ticket kiosks, some of Europe’s oldest cinemas are filled with undoubtable charm.

Over the last three years, Instagrammers across Europe have been capturing these great veterans of the celluloid medium. With their help, we put together a list of some favorites to explore:

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Exploring the Big Four Ice Caves with @mattbg

To see more photos and videos of the Big Four Ice Caves, explore the Big Four Ice Caves location page.

Two hours outside of Seattle in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, a natural spectacle draws Instagrammers to Big Four Mountain: ice caves. Created from years of cascading water, warm winds and avalanche-deposited snow, the Big Four Ice Caves first attracted Los Angeles Instagrammer Matt Gee (@mattbg) a year ago. As a lover of epic landscapes, Matt immediately knew he had to plan a visit: “This was one place that I absolutely had to see in person. The photos I saw conveyed such an otherworldly and unique landscape.”

"Photographing the caves was an incredible experience. There was a beautiful backdrop of snow-covered mountains and the cascading waterfalls surrounding the caves created an amazing soundtrack for the experience." Capturing the caves’ magnitude was particularly tricky—a problem Matt solved after being drawn to the texture of the cave walls as a backdrop for portraits. "It was really important to have people in my shots to give the photos some scale," Matt says. "It was great to have the subject wearing a pop of color against the cool blues and whites of the walls."

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The Romance of Meoto Iwa (夫婦岩), the Wedded Rocks

For more photos and videos from the wedded rocks, explore the 夫婦岩 / The Wedded Rocks location page.

Off the coast of Futami in Japan’s Mie prefecture, two large rocks jutting from the sea are tied in eternal embrace. Known as meoto iwa (夫婦岩), the “wedded rocks” comprise a shinto site symbolizing the union of Izanagi and Izanami, the divine couple that gave birth to the Japanese islands and the kami (spirits) that inhabit them. The rice-straw ceremonial rope, or shimenawa (注連縄), that binds the rocks weighs over a ton and must be replaced multiple times a year as it deteriorates in the wet sea air.

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The Frozen Waterfalls of Hierve el Agua

To view more photos and videos from Hierve el Agua, explore the Hierve el Agua location page.

Off the beaten path in Oaxaca, Mexico, two soaring cliffs resemble frozen waterfalls. Their name, Hierve el Agua (“the water boils”), stems from the warm mineral springs on the clifftops. As runoff from the pools flows over the cliffs, excess calcium carbonate in the water sculpts the rock. Ages of this process have resulted in the cliffs’ distinct appearance. Instagrammers visiting the cliffs have explored the bubbling turquoise pools and captured the view of the lush valley below.

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Exploring the Historical Site of Anapji (안압지), South Korea

For more photos and videos from Anapji, explore the 동궁과 월지 (안압지) / Anapji location page.

Within the historical grounds of Gyeongju National Park in Gyeongju, South Korea, a legendary, man-made pond lends its scenic beauty to the park lands. Named Anapji (안압지), which means a lake for geese and ducks, the pond was constructed in 674 CE during the Silla Dynasty as a garden for the royal family. Ancient writings say that the pond and its surroundings housed many rare and exotic plants, flowers and animals for the Silla rulers to enjoy. Several pavilions and mountain-like landscapes were placed around the pond in addition to the artificial islands built inside it. When the Silla Dynasty collapsed in 935 CE, Anapji fell to ruins. In 1974—over a millennium later—restoration of the pond began and in just over a decade it was restored to its original state. Thousands of ancient artifacts have been excavated from the bottom of the pond and many are now displayed in a nearby museum.

Now, Anapji is appreciated not only for its historical value, but once again for its gorgeous garden. Local and visiting Instagrammers have captured the pond’s beauty, often shooting at night to capture the glowing reflections of the pavillions in the pond’s waters.