1. Tauchgondel diving gondola in Zingst, Germany

    Looking like something straight out of Jules Verne, the Tauchgondel diving gondola sits at the end of a long pier jutting into the Baltic Sea off the northern German coast. The town of Zingst plays host to the aquatic attraction that takes visitors sitting inside on a short (and dry!) dive to the seabed. Much of the Baltic coast can be a top destination for Europeans on summer holiday, but it’s not all fun in the sun – the sea and its surroundings have also weathered vicious winter storms, legendary shipwrecks, Viking domination, and Cold War intrigue.