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Western Caucasus Martina Ruckova

Western Caucasus by Martina Ruckova

Russia's natural beauty is something to behold. Even though I'm not a fan of hiking myself and I much prefer city landscapes, after being dragged kicking and screaming, and, sometimes even crying (hello Avachinskiy volcano), I would stop, marvel at the beauty around me and appreciate something much older and bigger than myself.

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Lake Baikal Martina Ruckova

Lake Baikal by Martina Ruckova

Lake Baikal is one of those WHSs you can dedicate more time to and you will not regret it. And while we're at it, let me recommend you to plan your visit for winter, when the lake is under the ice. Not only is your scope of activities wider and modes of transportation more flavourful, but the whole experience would be that much more enjoyable. There is nothing like the majestic lake crusted with a thick layer of ice clear as glass.

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Virgin Komi Forests Martina Ruckova

Virgin Komi Forests by Martina Ruckova

The virgin forests of Komi Republic are one of the more remote WHS of Russia. When I thought about visiting them, I was mentally preparing myself for something akin to a trip to see the Putorana Plateau which involves a week-long fishing trip out in the nature with all of your things with you and no cell signal.

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Ferapontov Monastery Martina Ruckova

Ferapontov Monastery by Martina Ruckova

My husband Ivan and I have visited this WHS on a very gloomy and rainy August day in 2013. We turned it into a day trip from Moscow – we took a night train to Vologda on Friday evening and returned via night train again on Sunday morning, which gave us one long day. In terms of accomodation, if you're on the budget, this can save you money spent on hotels for two nights.

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Volcanoes of Kamchatka Martina Ruckova

Volcanoes of Kamchatka by Martina Ruckova

This is one of those WHS that truly deserve a trip of their own and contain so many parts and places that even with a week at your disposal, you'll be able to just cover couple of those places. I visited the Kamchatka peninsula this August with my husband Ivan. It consists of numerous nature parks/reserves and places. We started with the ascend to Avachinskiy volcano (2000m altitude hike over 8 km track), hiked around Dachniye springs (by the Mutnovskiy geothermal station), did a helicopter tour of the Valley of Geysirs and hiked the Gorelyi volcano. The nature is marvellous and out of the three "top" mainland Russia natural UNESCO WHSs, Altai, Lake Baikal, and Kamchatka, I have to hand it to Kamchatka as the most wonderful of the three. It's a beautiful place that will leave even seasoned nature lovers amazed.

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Name: Martina Ruckova

Country: Slovakia

Visited WHS: 435

Most Impressive: Historic City of Rome

Proposal New WHS: Oxford

Lists

  1. Durmitor National Park
  2. Major Town Houses
  3. First Coffee Plantations
  4. Notre-Dame Cathedral in Tournai
  5. Echmiatsin and Zvartnots
  6. Ephesus
  7. Val di Noto
  8. Villa d'Este
  9. Val d'Orcia
  10. Falun Great Copper Mountain
  11. Saltaire
  12. Dorset and East Devon Coast
  13. Derwent Valley Mills
  14. Guimarães
  15. Vienna
  16. Masada
  17. Old City of Acre
  18. Aranjuez
  19. Alto Douro
  20. Tugendhat Villa
  21. Wooden Churches of Southern Malopolska
  22. Churches of Peace
  23. Tokaji Wine Region
  24. Stralsund and Wismar
  25. Sacri Monti of Piedmont and Lombardy
  26. Derbent
  27. Gobustan Rock Art
  28. Takht-e Soleyman
  29. Trebic
  30. Franciscan Missions in the Sierra Gorda
  31. Kew Gardens
  32. Monte San Giorgio
  33. White City of Tel-Aviv
  34. Novodevichy Convent
  35. Saryarka
  36. Pasargadae
  37. Incense Route of the Negev
  38. Biblical Tells
  39. Muskauer Park
  40. Tchogha Zanbil
  41. Primeval Beech Forests
  42. Grimeton Radio Station
  43. Luis Barragán House and Studio
  44. Kernavë Archeological Site
  45. Persepolis
  46. Sarazm
  47. Tamgaly
  48. Meidan Emam, Esfahan
  49. Liverpool
  50. Regensburg
  51. Etruscan Necropolises
  52. Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley
  53. Centennial Hall
  54. Yaroslavl
  55. Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona
  56. Le Havre
  57. Plantin-Moretus Museum
  58. Struve Geodetic Arc
  59. Soltaniyeh
  60. West Norwegian Fjords
  61. Nesvizh
  62. Kunya-Urgench
  63. Syracuse
  64. Cienfuegos
  65. Bam Cultural Landscape
  66. Tequila
  67. Genoa
  68. Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape
  69. Bahá’i Holy Places
  70. Bisotun
  71. Melaka and George Town
  72. Aapravasi Ghat
  73. Sulaiman-Too
  74. Berlin Modernism Housing Estates
  75. Stari Grad Plain
  76. Nisa
  77. Lavaux, Vineyard Terraces
  78. San Marino and Mount Titano
  79. Kotor
  80. Central University City Campus of the UNAM
  81. Tajik National Park
  82. Gamzigrad-Romuliana
  83. Bordeaux
  84. Teide National Park
  85. Le Morne
  86. Mehmed Paša Sokolović Bridge
  87. Armenian Monastic Ensembles
  88. Camagüey
  89. Wooden Churches of the Slovak Carpathians
  90. San Miguel de Allende
  91. Rhaetian Railway
  92. Decorated Farmhouses of Hälsingland
  93. Fortifications of Vauban
  94. Mantua and Sabbioneta
  95. Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve
  96. Lena Pillars
  97. La Chaux-de-Fonds / Le Locle
  98. Wadden Sea
  99. Shushtar
  100. Pitons of Reunion
  101. Longobards in Italy
  102. The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier
  103. Residence of Bukovinian and Dalmatian Metropolitans
  104. Al Ain
  105. Mining Sites of Wallonia
  106. Safi al-Din Ensemble in Ardabil
  107. Tabriz Bazaar
  108. Amsterdam Canal Ring
  109. Camino Real
  110. Nord-Pas de Calais Mining Basin
  111. Prehistoric Pile Dwellings
  112. Selimiye Mosque
  113. Elvas
  114. Fagus Factory
  115. Caves of Maresha and Bet Guvrin
  116. Serra de Tramuntana
  117. Persian Garden
  118. Margravial Opera House
  119. University of Coimbra
  120. Mount Carmel Caves
  121. Masjed-e Jâme'
  122. Çatalhöyük
  123. Tauric Chersonese
  124. Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe
  125. Stevns Klint
  126. Golestan Palace
  127. Maymand
  128. Wooden Tserkvas of the Carpathian Region
  129. Burgundy
  130. Mount Etna
  131. Bethlehem
  132. Van Nellefabriek
  133. Silk Roads
  134. Corvey
  135. Susa
  136. Aqueduct of Padre Tembleque
  137. Champagne
  138. Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District
  139. Christiansfeld
  140. Par force hunting landscape
  141. Necropolis of Bet She'arim
  142. Old City of Jerusalem
  143. Singapore Botanic Gardens
  144. Forth Bridge
  145. Arab-Norman Palermo
  146. Battir
  147. Gorham's Cave Complex
  148. Antequera Dolmens Site
  149. Lut Desert
  150. The Persian Qanat
  151. Sviyazhsk
  152. Venetian Works of Defence
  153. Yazd
  154. Fontainebleau
  155. Amiens Cathedral
  156. Arles
  157. Cistercian Abbey of Fontenay
  158. Speyer Cathedral
  159. Würzburg Residence
  160. Florence
  161. Medici Villas and Gardens
  162. Royal Saltworks of Arc-et-Senans
  163. Old Havana
  164. Rila Monastery
  165. Nessebar
  166. Pirin National Park
  167. Nancy
  168. Belem
  169. Monastery of Batalha
  170. Convent of Christ in Tomar
  171. Old City of Berne
  172. Abbey of St Gall
  173. Benedictine Convent of St. John
  174. Pilgrimage Church of Wies
  175. Lübeck
  176. Vatican City
  177. Cracow
  178. Warsaw
  179. Statue of Liberty
  180. Auschwitz Birkenau
  181. Segovia
  182. Cordoba
  183. Granada
  184. El Escurial
  185. Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines
  186. Works of Antoni Gaudí
  187. Pont du Gard
  188. Fortified City of Carcassonne
  189. Avila
  190. Painted Churches in the Troödos Region
  191. Istanbul
  192. Göreme NP
  193. Evora
  194. Trier
  195. Durham Castle and Cathedral
  196. Studley Royal Park
  197. Stonehenge
  198. Toledo
  199. Garajonay
  200. Seville
  201. Caceres
  202. Studenica Monastery
  203. Skocjan Caves
  204. Temple of Apollo Epicurius at Bassae
  205. Archaeological Site of Delphi
  206. Venice and its Lagoon
  207. Piazza del Duomo (Pisa)
  208. Budapest
  209. Hollókö
  210. Acropolis
  211. Mexico City and Xochimilco
  212. Teotihuacan
  213. Puebla
  214. Ibiza
  215. Boyana Church
  216. Blenheim Palace
  217. Westminster
  218. City of Bath
  219. New Lanark
  220. Madara Rider
  221. Frontiers of the Roman Empire
  222. Thracian tomb of Kazanlak
  223. Rock-hewn Churches of Ivanovo
  224. Meteora
  225. Thessalonika
  226. Trinidad and the Valley de los Ingenios
  227. Hortobágy
  228. Guanajuato
  229. Xanthos-Letoon
  230. Hierapolis-Pamukkale
  231. Tower of London
  232. Epidaurus
  233. Rhodes
  234. Strasbourg
  235. Monastery of Alcobaça
  236. Mystras
  237. Neolithic Orkney
  238. Abbey and Altenmünster of Lorsch
  239. Olympia
  240. Poblet Monastery
  241. Úbeda and Baeza
  242. Kiev
  243. Delos
  244. Potsdam
  245. Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz
  246. Quedlinburg
  247. Monasteries of Daphni, Hosios Loukas and Nea Moni of Chios
  248. St. Petersburg
  249. Vilnius
  250. Itchan Kala
  251. Kizhi Pogost
  252. Kremlin and Red Square
  253. Maulbronn Monastery
  254. Royal Palace at Caserta
  255. San Gimignano
  256. Birka and Hovgarden
  257. Engelsberg Ironworks
  258. Rock Carvings in Tanum
  259. Skogskyrkogarden
  260. Drottningholm
  261. Zamosc
  262. Berat and Gjirokastra
  263. Butrint
  264. Ayutthaya
  265. Sammallahdenmäki
  266. Old Rauma
  267. Fortress of Suomenlinna
  268. Petäjävesi Old Church
  269. Morelia
  270. Bryggen
  271. Dong Phayayen
  272. Villages with Fortified Churches
  273. Monastery of Horezu
  274. Churches of Moldavia
  275. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  276. Reims
  277. Bukhara
  278. Samarkand
  279. Novgorod
  280. Prague
  281. Cesky Krumlov
  282. Banska Stiavnica
  283. Spissky Hrad and Levoca
  284. Telc
  285. Vlkolinec
  286. Rammelsberg and Goslar
  287. Bamberg
  288. Mir Castle
  289. El Tajin
  290. Solovetsky Islands
  291. White Monuments of Vladimir and Suzdal
  292. Church of the Ascension, Kolomenskoye
  293. Trinity Sergius Lavra
  294. Mérida
  295. Santa Maria de Guadelupe
  296. Zacatecas
  297. Donana National Park
  298. Völklingen Ironworks
  299. Pilgrimage Church of St. John of Nepomuk
  300. Roskilde Cathedral
  301. Kronborg Castle
  302. Jelling
  303. City of Luxembourg
  304. Popocatepetl monasteries
  305. Mtskheta
  306. Upper Svaneti
  307. Gelati Monastery
  308. Vicenza
  309. Siena
  310. Virgin Komi Forests
  311. Messel Pit
  312. Sintra
  313. Medieval Monuments in Kosovo
  314. Aggtelek and Slovak Karst
  315. Naples
  316. Edinburgh
  317. Bauhaus Sites
  318. Crespi d'Adda
  319. Kutna Hora
  320. Ferrara
  321. Schokland
  322. Verla Groundwood and Board Mill
  323. Lake Baikal
  324. Oporto
  325. Pannonhalma
  326. Defence Line of Amsterdam
  327. Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape
  328. Volcanoes of Kamchatka
  329. Golden Mountains of Altai
  330. Canal du Midi
  331. Fertö/Neusiedlersee
  332. Haghpat and Sanahin
  333. Archaeological Site of Aigai
  334. Cuenca
  335. Luther Memorials
  336. Salzburg
  337. Semmering Railway
  338. Schönbrunn
  339. Ravenna
  340. Pienza
  341. Paphos
  342. Querétaro
  343. Maritime Greenwich
  344. Verona
  345. Mont-Saint-Michel
  346. Palau de la Musica Catalana and Hospital de Sant Pau
  347. Hallstatt-Dachstein
  348. Euphrasian Basilica in Porec
  349. Chartres Cathedral
  350. Trogir
  351. Hospicio Cabañas
  352. Kinderdijk
  353. Tallinn
  354. Botanical Garden, Padua
  355. Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands
  356. Modena
  357. Urbino
  358. Pompei
  359. Versailles
  360. Costiera Amalfitana
  361. Agrigento
  362. Villa Romana del Casale
  363. Torun
  364. Medina of Tétouan
  365. Vézelay
  366. Viñales Valley
  367. San Pedro de la Roca Castle
  368. Classical Weimar
  369. Malbork Castle
  370. Choirokoitia
  371. Troy
  372. Riga
  373. Early Christian Necropolis of Pécs
  374. Flemish Béguinages
  375. The Four Lifts
  376. Grand Place, Brussels
  377. Holy Trinity Column
  378. Gardens and Castle at Kromeríz
  379. Holasovice
  380. L'viv
  381. Coa Valley and Siega Verde
  382. Ir. D.F. Woudagemaal
  383. Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France
  384. Karlskrona
  385. Lyon
  386. Provins
  387. Tarraco
  388. Alcala de Henares
  389. Bellinzone
  390. Shakhrisyabz
  391. Ancient Merv
  392. Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
  393. Wartburg Castle
  394. High Coast / Kvarken Archipelago
  395. Beemster Polder
  396. Western Caucasus
  397. Litomysl Castle
  398. Sighisoara
  399. Wooden Churches of Maramures
  400. Kalwaria Zebrzydowska
  401. Villa Adriana (Tivoli)
  402. Isole Eolie
  403. Rome
  404. San Cristobal de La Laguna
  405. Santa Maria delle Grazie
  406. Graz
  407. Saint-Emilion
  408. Xochicalco
  409. Mycenae and Tiryns
  410. Belfries
  411. Mostar
  412. Dubrovnik
  413. Walled City of Baku
  414. Stari Ras and Sopocani
  415. Monastery of Geghard
  416. Cathedral of St. James in Sibenik
  417. Rietveld Schröderhuis
  418. Southern Öland
  419. Split
  420. Wachau Cultural Landscape
  421. Bardejov Town
  422. Reichenau
  423. Zollverein
  424. Corfu
  425. Plitvice Lakes
  426. Kazan Kremlin
  427. Bolgar
  428. Ferapontov Monastery
  429. Blaenavon Industrial Landscape
  430. Vall de Boi
  431. Ohrid Region
  432. Assisi
  433. Curonian Spit
  434. Brugge
  435. Alejandro de Humboldt National Park
  1. Ancient Jericho: Tell es-Sultan (T)
  2. Bet She'an (T)
  3. Caesarea (T)
  4. Centre historique d'Irkoutsk (T)
  5. Centro Storico di Lucca (T)
  6. Chapultepec Woods, Hill and Castle (T)
  7. Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo's Home-Study Museum (T)
  8. Diocletian's Palace and the Historical Nucleus of Split (extension) (T)
  9. Eglises romanes d'Andorre (T)
  10. Ensemble historique de Santa Coloma (T)
  11. Ensemble of the Astrakhan Kremlin (T)
  12. Extension of the World Heritage Site "Historic Centre of Prague" with the important Monuments in its Vicinity (T)
  13. Fann mountains (T)
  14. Gdansk - Town of Memory and Freedom (T)
  15. Gemer and Abov churches with the medieval mural paintings (T)
  16. Great Pskov (T)
  17. Great Spas of Europe (T)
  18. Jerusalem (T)
  19. Karst Valleys of Slovakia (T)
  20. Konya-A capital of Seljuk Civilization (T)
  21. L'amphitheatre de Durres (T)
  22. Le massif forestier de Fontainebleau (T)
  23. Le Palais de Justice de Bruxelles (T)
  24. Les Plages du Débarquement, Normandie, 1944 (T)
  25. Limes Romanus - The Roman antique monuments on the Middle Danube (T)
  26. Mamayev Kurgan Memorial Complex "To the Heroes of the Battle of Stalingrad" (T)
  27. Massif du Mont-Blanc (T)
  28. Natural and Cultural Heritage of the Ohrid Region (T)
  29. Natural and Cultural Landscape of Danube Region (T)
  30. Natural Reserves of Tatras Mountain (T)
  31. Orheiul Vechi Archaeological Landscape (T)
  32. Original Meadow - Pasture Sites of Slovakia (T)
  33. Orvieto (T)
  34. Rostov Kremlin (T)
  35. Sea of Galilee & its Ancient Sites (T)
  36. Sharjah: the Gate to Trucial States (T)
  37. System of Fortifications at the Confluence of the Rivers Danube and Váh in Komárno - Komárom (T)
  38. System of Fortifications at the Confluence of the Rivers Danube and Váh in Komárno - Komárom (T)
  39. Tbilisi Historic District (T)
  40. The concept of the lenticular historical town core of Kosice City (T)
  41. The Historic City of Dublin (T)
  42. The Karlstejn Castle (T)
  43. The Site of Ancient Town of Pyanjekent (T)
  44. Tokaj Wine Region (T)
  45. Virgin Komi Forests (re-nomination) (T)
  46. Wat Phra Mahathat Woramahawihan, Nakhon Si Thammarat (T)
  47. Western Caucasus (re-nomination) (T)
  1. Chernobyl
  2. Communist heritage of Volgograd
  3. Cultural Landscape of Santorini
  4. Divided Cities along the German Border
  5. Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Frank Gehry
  6. Historic University Towns of Oxford and Cambridge
  7. Minoan palaces of Crete
  8. Modern Legacy of Vienna
  9. Neuschwanstein Castle
  10. Olympic Park in Munich
  11. The Soviet Architecture of Moscow
  12. Transiberian Railway