Th­ese un­der- the- radar global hot spots are just wait­ing to be ex­plored.

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GET OFF HERE The Stock­holm sub­way sys­tem does more than just move you from point A to point B. It also trans­ports you through the world’s long­est art ex­hibit, with works by more than 150 artists at 90 of its sta­tions. Must-see stops in­clude Råd­huset for its volcanic mu­ral and Tho­rild­splan for its artsy ar­cade theme.

GO DOWN Some of Paris’ most his­toric sites live be­neath the city streets. Book a tour to take a sub­ter­ranean stroll through the Cat­a­combs, the largest grave­yard in the world. At the Lou­vre, skip the busy Mona Lisa gallery and head to the base­ment, where you can see some of the palace’s orig­i­nal 12th­cen­tury foun­da­tions.

EX­PLORE ART­FULLY Glo­be­trot­ters, keep No Man’s Art Gallery on your radar—those who sign up on­line get an email two days be­fore each open­ing night telling them where in the world the ex­hibit will be. Past lo­ca­tions have in­cluded an atomic shel­ter in Am­s­ter­dam and an aban­doned cot­ton mill in Mum­bai. Next up: some­where in Tehran this May.

BAR­GAIN BASE­MENT Just a few streets away from Madrid’s Gran Vía—which is of­ten dubbed “Span­ish Broad­way”—you’ll find an off-off-Broad­way op­tion called Mi­croteatro por Dinero. It’s a for­mer butcher’s shop where you and 11 other peo­ple can catch a backto-back se­ries of 15-minute per­for­mances in five tiny un­der­ground cham­bers. This short­form ex­per­i­men­tal theatre move­ment started in the city af­ter govern­ment funds for the arts were cut due to aus­ter­ity mea­sures. “The first mi­croteatro was a for­mer brothel,” ex­plains Joanna Wiv­ell from tour com­pany In­sider’s Madrid. “There are a few in the city, and they’re worth seek­ing out. They’re also af­ford­able—of­ten four euros for each show—and Spa­niards are very happy be­ing in each other’s per­sonal space. There’s no pre­tense.”

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