The Spotted by Locals Difference in 14 Super-Cool Spots

What really makes Spotted by Locals special and our Spotters proud? Let us give you a small taste with

14 of our favorites local spots across our 70+ cities that best exemplify the Spotted by Locals difference.

A Madrid museum even most locals don’t know

Museo Geominero Madrid (by Andrea Roberts)

Even most locals don’t know about this hidden gem Museo Geominero in Madrid. Why would they?

Even if you’re not into minerals and “things dug out”, visit it for the amazing building — it’s free!

A Lenin statue – in Seattle!?

The Statue of Lenin Seattle (by Nicoline Miller)

We don’t know why but one of the toppled giant Lenin statues from the ex-USSR’s has found its way to Fremont, Seattle!

The Lenin statue is often decorated, appropriated, or vandalized with various intentions, both whimsical and serious…

A sauna made of driftwood by Oslo locals

Sørengas Badstue Oslo (by Jimmy Linus)

This floating sauna in central Oslo is made of driftwood and discarded material. Sørengas Badstue is a labor

of love by some locals, moored across the stunning Opera House in the center of town and quite affordable.

The smallest cinema in the world – in Rome

Cinema dei Piccoli

Cinema dei Piccoli has one movie projector, a screen, and exactly 63 seats, making it one of, if not the smallest, in the world.

Another reason’s special: it shows mainly European, independent films in their original language — a rarity for Italy!

Combine a Hamburg boat tour and party!

Frau Hedi Hamburg (by

The tiny Frau Hedi boat takes you around Hamburg’s harbor, but every hour there’s a different theme party, from a “Scandinavian Pop Party” to “Russian Datscha Party.’

It’s a fun way to meet locals as most people consist of German people– our Spotter Kyra says it’s one of her best insider tips as she has had many fun times on the boat herself.

A monastery on a “secret” island in Venice

San Francesco Del Deserto Venice (by Brunella in Venice)

Escaping the crowds is easy in Venice. Go to San Francesco Del Deserto – an island where you can find this beautiful piece.

It’s virtually disconnected from the rest of the Lagoon and as you can see on the image, inhabited by Franciscan priests since 1230.

A winter garden for every occasion in Helsinki

Talvipuutarha Helsinki (by Rantapallo)

Talvipuutarha is a 120-year-old greenhouse in Helsinki. You can go for a picnic here no matter the weather.

The “ugliest building in the world?” in Prishtina

National Library Prishtina (by Adventurous Travels)

You either love or hate the National Library building in Prishtina, considered by some as one

of the ugliest in the world. Local Art reckons ‘it’s so hideous, it loops back to being cool…’.

A half-century old beer advertisement in Cologne

Reissdorf-Männchen Cologne (by Frank Krumbach)

The Reissdorf-Männchen animated neon sign in Cologne is an advertisement for one very local Kölsch

beer brand: Reissdorf. It has been there since 1968 and has meanwhile gained official landmark status.

A store where they sell everything in Chicago

Woolly Mammoth (by Chris McKay)

This store sells everything. From a stuffed giraffe head to teeth and some medical equipment.

You’ll probably won’t end up buying anything here. But take a visit anyway if you dare.

An umbrella repair shop in Ljubljana

Dežnik Ljubljana (by

Dežnik is an umbrella maker and repair shop. It’s probably safe to say that owner Ms. Marija

is the last one in Ljubljana, even Slovenia, who is a master of the craft of fine umbrella artisanship.

The last currency exchange office you’ll ever need – right in central Sofia.

Nikar Sofia (by Boyko Blagoev)

This currency exchange office in Sofia has become a kind of tourist attraction – the

owner of Nikar takes pride in holding almost all the world currencies you can think of.

Skopje’s best alternative artists in a tiny interactive space

Mobile Quonset Hut Gallery Skope (by Contemporary art center)

You wouldn’t be able to tell at first glance that the small, flexible DIY space

of Mobile Quonset Hut Gallery hosts Skopje’s best burgeoning artists…

The weirdest statue ever, found in Yerevan

The Bloody Madonna Yerevan (by Vahagn Vardumyan)

Why is this hidden Madonna statue in Yerevan ‘bloody’? Does it have anything to do

with the fact that it’s being kept in an ex-Soviet HQ maternity hospital? No-one knows.

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