These fancy public restrooms are truly unique and even fit for a king. Keep them in mind the next time you need to take care of official “royal” business.
The Sexiest WC on Earth (Lisbon, Portugal)
Lisbon is one of Europe’s prettiest cities and offers some of best seafood on the continent. If you find yourself there someday, and wind up eating a little too much bacalhau, make your way to the Terreiro do Paço. The iconic piazza boasts “The Sexiest WC on Earth.” For a small fee, you can relieve yourself in one of its fashionable toilet stalls before washing your hands at a futuristic sink surrounded by alluring portraits. Visitors get to pick out their own roll of (sexy?) colored toilet paper too. There’s even a gift shop.
Hundertwasser Public Toilets (Kawakawa, New Zealand)
Designed by architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser, this unusual restroom looks like a hobbit house designed by Dr. Seuss and/or JRR Tolkien. It features curved columns, weird mosaics, and stained glass windows made out of bottles. The elaborate, eco-friendly bathroom, which first opened to the public in 1999, also has a grass roof and bricks reclaimed from an old bank. Oh, and there’s a tree growing in the middle of it. The toilets are currently one of the region’s most popular tourist attractions.
The Bathrooms at the Magna Plaza Shopping Center (Amsterdam)
This high-end mall in the heart of Amsterdam recently added some swanky new restrooms. In addition to offering stunning views of the Royal Palace in nearby Dam Square, it features a sound system with soothing music that helps anyone on the thrones relax. There’s also a series of hip murals painted by local artists. Since opening its doors earlier this year, the Magna Plaza potties have been declared by several media outlets as the finest in the entire country.
The Charmin Restrooms (New York)
In what’s become an annual tradition, Charmin sponsors some fancy public potties in Times Square during the holiday shopping season. The two-level bathrooms, which first opened in 2006, have a different theme every year. The 2011 edition featured 20 log cabin-themed stalls complete with windows offering views of a simulated winter wonderland. There was also a lounge where visitors could charge their electronics, an area with Nintendo games. and a tree house. If that wasn’t enough, the company tossed in a dance floor where visitors could learn how to do the “Charmin Potty Dance.”
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