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Archaeological Site of Nikopolis (T) Ralf Regele

Archaeological Site of Nikopolis (T) by Ralf Regele

Nikopolis is the ruin of a roman city north of Preveza, on the western coast of Greece. Surprisingly for such a little known site, the ruins are quite large - there is a mile-long city wall, two large fields with remains and lots of smaller artifacts. It looks as if the antique city was larger than the present one ! However, there are no buildings remaining on the whole. What is left is mostly brickwork, floor constructions and street plasterings. It is all typical roman stuff - mosaics, pillars, floor heatings. There seem to be not a lot of people who visit the site - I was there at a weekend in high season, and the place was almost deserted. The area is surrounded by low vegetation with no modern building in sight, which enhances the athmosphere of an abandoned place. On the bad side, the site does not seem to be fully developed - the two main fields are a mile apart, and there is no path between them but the dusty country road.

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Bahá'í House of Worship at New Delhi (T) Ralf Regele

Bahá'í House of Worship at New Delhi (T) by Ralf Regele

The Lotus temple in New Delhi is a Bahai temple built in modern style - something special in a land where almost all places of worship are built in a traditional style. The design of the temple is quite pleasing and sure looks good on photos, however actually visiting the place can be a bit underwhelming. Firstly, visiting takes a bit of effort - you can't just walk in. Arriving is the easiest part - you can take the Delhi metro to get near and then walk the rest (or take the inescapable tuk-tuk). You then have to wait in a long queue - there are a lot of other tourists (mainly indians) who want to visit the temple. Don't take any bottles with you (even empty ones) - they throw them away, then send you back to the end of the queue. After entering, you have to deposit your shoes at a busy storage station and walk through the gardens without them, all while being pushed around in a long stampede of visitors.

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Hedeby and Danevirke, an archaeological border landscape (T) Ralf Regele

Hedeby and Danevirke, an archaeological border landscape (T) by Ralf Regele

I visited the Hedeby site, which is well developed for tourists, with a museum (closed at the moment for refurbishment), walking pathes and reconstructed houses. Hedeby (or Haithabu in German) was a well-sized city at the edge of the viking lands. As with other viking sites (like Birka or Trelleborg) the problem is that almost everything was built out of wood, so there is not much left of it but the earthworks. In the case of Hedeby, the earthen city walls are still standing (and walkable), but most of the area inside is empty. There are some quite nice reconstructions of viking houses, which will be the most interesting thing for most visitors. There are also demonstrations, market stalls and exhibition houses, so there is more to do than to stare at mounds. Also interesting is the visitable archaeological dig, although most finds seemed to be small things like nails or bone remains.

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Venetian Works of Defence Ralf Regele

Venetian Works of Defence by Ralf Regele

I visited the two north italian sites in 2014. Luckily, they are close together and can be combined easily.

Bergamo is a very beautiful city by itself. The old city sits on top of a hill, with the city walls all around, lots of medieval towers in the middle and the alps in the background. The defense ring is quite prominent, with an impressive entrance ramp. Still, most visitors will spent more time in the streets of the old city with its various churches, towers, shops and restaurants. I have no clue if the defense works here are significant from the military point of view, but they at least provide a splendid sight, both from the outside and as a viewing platform. I can highly recommend a visit to Bergamo as a whole, ticking off the WHS is just the icing on the cake.

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Residence Ensemble Schwerin - Cultural Landscape of Romantic Historicism (T) Ralf Regele

Residence Ensemble Schwerin - Cultural Landscape of Romantic Historicism (T) by Ralf Regele

Schwerin castle may be a bit overlooked, but its beauty is undeniable. It is the kind of fairy-tale castle that is nowadays more associated with disney than with real historical buildings. Schwerin residence actually has a quite large historical basis, with bits and pieces of history shining through the 19th century rebuildings. Its main appearance is certainly a sometimes kitchy historism (who paints his castle yellow/orange?), but together with a very picturesque setting on a lake, next to the historic old city, makes the visit a very pleasant experience. Schwerin is quite easy to reach, being close to Wismar and Lübeck. The castle can be reached by foot from the railroad station. Compared to its main rival on the tentative list, Neuschwanstein, Schwerin has much more history (Neuschwanstein being newly built in the 19th century), but is a bit more low-key than the bavarian fanatasy castle.

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Country: Germany

Visited WHS: 170

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  1. Imperial Tombs
  2. Major Town Houses
  3. Saltaire
  4. Derwent Valley Mills
  5. Guimarães
  6. Vienna
  7. Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch
  8. Alto Douro
  9. Calakmul
  10. Upper Middle Rhine Valley
  11. Stralsund and Wismar
  12. Town Hall and Roland, Bremen
  13. Rio de Janeiro
  14. Kii Mountain Range
  15. Liverpool
  16. Struve Geodetic Arc
  17. West Norwegian Fjords
  18. Berlin Modernism Housing Estates
  19. Ouro Preto
  20. South China Karst
  21. Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve
  22. Stoclet House
  23. Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal
  24. Wadden Sea
  25. Longobards in Italy
  26. Royal Joseon Tombs
  27. Albi
  28. Jantar Mantar
  29. Redwood
  30. Amsterdam Canal Ring
  31. Camino Real
  32. Prehistoric Pile Dwellings
  33. Fagus Factory
  34. Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe
  35. Stevns Klint
  36. Namhansanseong
  37. Van Nellefabriek
  38. Silk Roads
  39. Corvey
  40. Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District
  41. Christiansfeld
  42. Par force hunting landscape
  43. Forth Bridge
  44. Venetian Works of Defence
  45. Ahmadabad
  46. Orange
  47. Speyer Cathedral
  48. Hildesheim Cathedral and Church
  49. Avignon
  50. Red Fort
  51. Humayun's Tomb
  52. Qutb Minar
  53. Khajuraho Group of Monuments
  54. Hill Forts of Rajasthan
  55. Agra Fort
  56. Taj Mahal
  57. Fatehpur Sikri
  58. Mesa Verde
  59. Pilgrimage Church of Wies
  60. Lübeck
  61. Yellowstone
  62. Vatican City
  63. Cologne Cathedral
  64. Aachen Cathedral
  65. Iguazu National Park
  66. Statue of Liberty
  67. Yosemite National Park
  68. Cordoba
  69. Granada
  70. Keoladeo National Park
  71. Pont du Gard
  72. Fortified City of Carcassonne
  73. Iguacu
  74. Istanbul
  75. Trier
  76. Durham Castle and Cathedral
  77. Ironbridge Gorge
  78. Studley Royal Park
  79. Stonehenge
  80. Gwynedd Castles
  81. Archaeological Site of Delphi
  82. Venice and its Lagoon
  83. Budapest
  84. Acropolis
  85. Palenque
  86. Mexico City and Xochimilco
  87. Teotihuacan
  88. Oaxaca and Monte Alban
  89. Puebla
  90. Tongariro National Park
  91. Westminster
  92. New Lanark
  93. Frontiers of the Roman Empire
  94. Great Wall
  95. Imperial Palace
  96. Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor
  97. Brasilia
  98. Chichen-Itza
  99. Tower of London
  100. Epidaurus
  101. Strasbourg
  102. Mystras
  103. Abbey and Altenmünster of Lorsch
  104. Olympia
  105. Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz
  106. Quedlinburg
  107. Te Wahipounamu
  108. Skogskyrkogarden
  109. Drottningholm
  110. Sukhothai
  111. Ayutthaya
  112. Bryggen
  113. Dong Phayayen
  114. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  115. Horyu-ji Area
  116. Himeji-jo
  117. Angkor
  118. Völklingen Ironworks
  119. Ancient Kyoto
  120. Roskilde Cathedral
  121. Kronborg Castle
  122. Jelling
  123. Messel Pit
  124. Edinburgh
  125. Bauhaus Sites
  126. Shirakawa-go and Gokayama
  127. Jongmyo Shrine
  128. Grand Canyon
  129. Oporto
  130. Everglades
  131. Canal du Midi
  132. Genbaku Dome
  133. Itsukushima Shrine
  134. La Lonja de la Seda
  135. Luther Memorials
  136. Salzburg
  137. Schönbrunn
  138. Uxmal
  139. Maritime Greenwich
  140. Verona
  141. Mont-Saint-Michel
  142. Trogir
  143. Changdeokgung Palace Complex
  144. Hwaseong Fortress
  145. Kinderdijk
  146. Tallinn
  147. Versailles
  148. Riga
  149. Flemish Béguinages
  150. Grand Place, Brussels
  151. Coa Valley and Siega Verde
  152. Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France
  153. Ancient Nara
  154. Summer Palace
  155. Temple of Heaven
  156. Campeche
  157. Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
  158. Beemster Polder
  159. Rome
  160. Nikko
  161. Rani-ki-Vav
  162. Santa Maria delle Grazie
  163. Palmeral of Elche
  164. Graz
  165. Belfries
  166. Cathedral of St. James in Sibenik
  167. Split
  168. Reichenau
  169. Brugge
  170. Pantanal