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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: 184

Most Impressive: Angkor

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