11. Plac Wilsona, Warsaw, Poland The Soviets built some extraordinary metro stations but this 2005 effort, named after U.S. president Woodrow Wilson, showed that a capitalist Poland could come up with some beauties, too. www.cnn.com
12. Staromestska, Prague A different color for each station, they look like something from the dystopian film "A Clockwork Orange," but the bubble-wrap design actually strengthens the metal. www.cnn.com
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