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Werner Huber Profile

Although travelling since 35 years I'm limited to 6 weeks vacation per year and public holidays. Having harvested most of the low hanging fruit the pace of WH visits may slow down now. In addition there are plenty of nice places to see which are not on the list.

Aug 26 - Sep 11, 2010: visited Northhumbria (Hadrian's wall), Scotland (New Lanark, Orkney) and Northern Ireland (Giant's Causeway).
Aug 3, 2010: Inherited Albi and Amsterdam from the new WH inscriptions.
July-Aug, 2010: We explored the middle of England starting and ending in Liverpool. Included the Edwardian Castles, Pontcysyllan, Derwent Mills, Saltair, Stuley Royal and Durham.
June 18-22, 2010: A roundtrip to Cracow brought us to the Kalwaria Zebrzydowska and to the impressive salt mine in Wieliczka.
June 3-7, 2010: We made a 5 day roundtrip throgh Southern Albania and visited Butrint, Berat and Gjirokaster. Besides being a very valuable cultural experience we learned that Albania is a pleasant, lively and friendly country with a much more modern and up-to-date appearance than expected. I can only encourage people to go there for a visit.
April 1, 2010: Visited La Chaux de Fonds and Le Locle, founding locations of the Swiss watch industry.
October09: Had a nice round trip through Central Anatolia and could visit Göreme, Nemrut, Divrigi,
Hatusha and Safranbolu.
October09: A pleasant week i Cyprus allowed us to visit all 3 heritage sites.
August09: Had a ride on the Rhaetian Railway from Thusis to Terano and back.
August09: Spent 4 nice days in Tallinn

July09: On a round-trip through Romania we visited 6 of the 7 WH sites there, the Danube delta has to wait for another opportunity

June09: By the decisions taken by the 33rd session of the WH-comittee I lost a site and I gained 3 others visited previously.

June09: We visited the old Town of Torun and the Castle of the Teutonic Order of Malbork.

May 09: Classical Weimar and the Wartburg were our target locations of our long weekend trip.

April/May 09: Visited a number of the Wooden Churches in Slovakia, Zamolcz in Poland and L'viv in the Ukraine.

April 09: A sidestep from a business trip to Shanghai allowed the visit of the old gardens of Suzhou.

April 09: A spring tour including the 'Semana Santa' brought us to several heritage sites in central Spain, to El Escoreal, Segovia, Avila, Salamance, Toledo, Ubeda, Baeza, Aranjuez and Alcalŕ de Henares. Storks, medieval cities and Easter processions dominated the trip.

Feb 09: Visited the iSimangaliso wetland park including some spectacular animal sightings

Feb 09: Visited the South African heritage site of Fossil Hominid Sites of Sterkfontein, Swartkrans, Kromdraai, and Environs.


Oct 2008: Visited the Modernism Housing Estates in Berlin.

Sep 2008: We toured through western parts of France and visited Bordeaux, St. Emilion, St. Savin and Bourges.

Aug 2008: A round trip through northern Italy brought e to Sabbioneta (visited Mantua already some years back) and also to Genoa.

July 2008: Lyon, Arc-et-Senans in France and Lavaux in Switzerland. I also 'inherited' San Marino when it was insribed in 2008.

July 2008: A turn through mid Portugal and through the Estremadura region in western Spain brought us to the monasteries of Alcobaca, Batalha, Guadalupe, to the historic towns of Carceres, Merida and Evora, to the convent of Tomar and to Sintra.

March 2008: We visited the baroque towns of the Val di Noto, both a cultural and also a culinary highlight. Unfortunately there was quite stormy wheather during our visit so we couldn't get to the Aeolian Islands as all ferry connections have been suspended due to high waves.

Feb 2008: We just returned from a 4 weeks trip to Chile with Easter Island as the top hilite. I could also celebrate my 300th world heritage on the terrace of a pittoresque hotel in Valparaiso

April / May 2008:
Our planned trip to the Aeolean Islands was literally blown away due to strong winds and generally bad weather. The weather was however sufficient for a nice visit to the late baroque towns in Sicily. During a 4 day trip to Belgium I could also visit the mines of Spiennes and the Plantin-Moretus House.
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Tomb of Askia Werner Huber

We visited Gao as part of our Mali-trip in Jan 2011. For security reasons triggered by the issues between governments in the Sahel area and Sahara terrorist groups we were advised not to stay overnight in Gao, so we came early in the morning from Hombori and returned the same afternoon.

On this very day we were obviously the only travellers in Gao. We had to ask for the warden of the Askia-tomb and got it opened for us. The tomb itself (dated from 1495) is of a pyramid shape, has a very similar structure than the mosque of Djenné and is surrounded by a mosque building. The guide showed us around, we could climb the tomb and also visit the mosque for a little tip, something rather unusual for non-muslims in Mali.

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Sewell Mining Town Werner Huber

We visited Sewell in February 2008 encountering some difficulties. There is a homepage (www.sewell.cl) for sewell by CODELCO, the state owned company, which runs several mines, amongs them El Teniente, to which the mining town of Sewell belongs.

This page is of limited use as rather than telling you how to get there, what it costs, etc, it refers to a company called VLT which has the monopoply of taking people there. This is done either by bus on Fro, Sat and Sun for approx 45 USD pP or on all other days as private tour for 144 USD pP.

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Potala Palace Werner Huber

It was a long awaited wish of mine to see the Potala palace in person and after several years of trying it came true in May 2007. It really is a breathtaking view and despite all the attempts of the Chinese government to profane it the Potala spreads out an overwhelming aura of spirituality. The neverending stream of pilgrims circulating round it underlines this spirituality.

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Coa Valley and Siega Verde Werner Huber

Coa Valley and Siega Verde by Werner Huber

We visited the WHS of the rock drawings as part of our trip through northern Portugal. The drive up the Douro Valley is beatiful anyway but I wouldn't have gone that far if there was no WHS.

We had prearranged a tour with the park rangers and the Coa Valley turned out to be a beautiful and tranquil place. There were no tourists there whatsoever, good on one hand but whether the park will ever be able to economically justify itself, is doubtful.

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Anjar Werner Huber

Anjar by Werner Huber

We reached Anjar from Damascus coming from a round trip thru Syria in early April 2006. Anjar was our first WH site in Lebanon just a few miles from the Syrian border. It was particularely breathtaking seeing the snowtapped Lebanon heights forming the pitoresque background to the remains of the palace of Calif Walid.

Only 3 month later all TV news were showing the bombs on the very road we had just used. Similar barbarian acts jeopardized or even damaged the other lebanise WH sites. What a shame!

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Name: Werner Huber

Country: Austria

Visited WHS: 494

Most Impressive: Petra, Jordan

Proposal New WHS: Jerash, Jordan

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Lists

  1. Imperial Tombs
  2. Major Town Houses
  3. Neolithic Flint Mines at Spiennes
  4. Cape Floral Region
  5. First Coffee Plantations
  6. Notre-Dame Cathedral in Tournai
  7. Land of Frankincense
  8. Echmiatsin and Zvartnots
  9. Arequipa
  10. Ephesus
  11. Val di Noto
  12. Villa d'Este
  13. Val d'Orcia
  14. Falun Great Copper Mountain
  15. Saltaire
  16. Derwent Valley Mills
  17. GuimarĂŁes
  18. Vienna
  19. Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch
  20. Masada
  21. Old City of Acre
  22. Aranjuez
  23. Alto Douro
  24. Tugendhat Villa
  25. Wooden Churches of Southern Malopolska
  26. Churches of Peace
  27. Mazagan
  28. Tokaji Wine Region
  29. Upper Middle Rhine Valley
  30. Stralsund and Wismar
  31. Sacri Monti of Piedmont and Lombardy
  32. Takht-e Soleyman
  33. Trebic
  34. Kew Gardens
  35. Town Hall and Roland, Bremen
  36. White City of Tel-Aviv
  37. Pasargadae
  38. Incense Route of the Negev
  39. Biblical Tells
  40. Macao
  41. Muskauer Park
  42. Tchogha Zanbil
  43. Grimeton Radio Station
  44. Tomb of Askia
  45. Persepolis
  46. Meidan Emam, Esfahan
  47. Liverpool
  48. Causses and CĂ©vennes
  49. Regensburg
  50. Etruscan Necropolises
  51. Djenné
  52. Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley
  53. Centennial Hall
  54. Yaroslavl
  55. Humberstone and Santa Laura Saltpeter Works
  56. Le Havre
  57. Plantin-Moretus Museum
  58. Struve Geodetic Arc
  59. Soltaniyeh
  60. Timbuktu
  61. West Norwegian Fjords
  62. Syracuse
  63. Cienfuegos
  64. Kathmandu Valley
  65. Genoa
  66. Sewell Mining Town
  67. Vizcaya Bridge
  68. Bahá’i Holy Places
  69. Bisotun
  70. Crac des Chevaliers
  71. Dolomites
  72. Berlin Modernism Housing Estates
  73. Lavaux, Vineyard Terraces
  74. San Marino and Mount Titano
  75. Kotor
  76. Bordeaux
  77. Armenian Monastic Ensembles
  78. CamagĂĽey
  79. Wooden Churches of the Slovak Carpathians
  80. Rhaetian Railway
  81. Decorated Farmhouses of Hälsingland
  82. Fortifications of Vauban
  83. Mantua and Sabbioneta
  84. Stoclet House
  85. Hal Saflieni Hypogeum
  86. La Chaux-de-Fonds / Le Locle
  87. Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal
  88. Valletta
  89. Tower of Hercules
  90. Heritage of Mercury
  91. Shushtar
  92. Longobards in Italy
  93. Megalithic Temples of Malta
  94. Thang Long
  95. Albi
  96. Jantar Mantar
  97. Redwood
  98. Tabriz Bazaar
  99. Amsterdam Canal Ring
  100. Prehistoric Pile Dwellings
  101. Selimiye Mosque
  102. Fagus Factory
  103. Serra de Tramuntana
  104. Persian Garden
  105. Wadi Rum
  106. Margravial Opera House
  107. Vineyard Landscape of Piedmont
  108. Mount Carmel Caves
  109. Masjed-e Jâme'
  110. Rabat
  111. Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe
  112. Golestan Palace
  113. Burgundy
  114. Mount Etna
  115. Bethlehem
  116. Van Nellefabriek
  117. Corvey
  118. Los Glaciares
  119. Bursa and Cumalikizik
  120. Susa
  121. Pergamon
  122. Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District
  123. Necropolis of Bet She'arim
  124. Old City of Jerusalem
  125. Forth Bridge
  126. Arab-Norman Palermo
  127. Battir
  128. Olympic National Park
  129. Great Barrier Reef
  130. Serengeti
  131. Fontainebleau
  132. Amiens Cathedral
  133. Orange
  134. Arles
  135. Cistercian Abbey of Fontenay
  136. Sydney Opera House
  137. Speyer Cathedral
  138. WĂĽrzburg Residence
  139. Medina of Fez
  140. Florence
  141. Leptis Magna
  142. Sabratha
  143. Hildesheim Cathedral and Church
  144. Cyrene
  145. Damascus
  146. Royal Saltworks of Arc-et-Senans
  147. Old Havana
  148. Aleppo
  149. Rila Monastery
  150. Nessebar
  151. Bosra
  152. Avignon
  153. Nancy
  154. Palmyra
  155. Saint-Savin sur Gartempe
  156. Red Fort
  157. Humayun's Tomb
  158. Qutb Minar
  159. Agra Fort
  160. Taj Mahal
  161. Fatehpur Sikri
  162. Gulf of Porto
  163. Belem
  164. Monastery of Batalha
  165. Convent of Christ in Tomar
  166. Old City of Berne
  167. Abbey of St Gall
  168. Benedictine Convent of St. John
  169. Mesa Verde
  170. Pilgrimage Church of Wies
  171. LĂĽbeck
  172. Cuzco
  173. Machu Picchu
  174. Jesuit Missions of the Guaranis
  175. Yellowstone
  176. Chitwan National Park
  177. Vatican City
  178. Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust
  179. Cracow
  180. Cologne Cathedral
  181. Anjar
  182. Baalbek
  183. Byblos
  184. Tyre
  185. Aachen Cathedral
  186. Warsaw
  187. Québec
  188. Iguazu National Park
  189. Statue of Liberty
  190. Yosemite National Park
  191. Auschwitz Birkenau
  192. Altamira Cave
  193. Segovia
  194. Asturian Monuments
  195. Cordoba
  196. Granada
  197. Burgos Cathedral
  198. El Escurial
  199. Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines
  200. Works of Antoni GaudĂ­
  201. Petra
  202. Quseir Amra
  203. Medina of Marrakesh
  204. Kerkuane
  205. Pont du Gard
  206. Fortified City of Carcassonne
  207. Santiago de Compostela
  208. Avila
  209. Painted Churches in the Troödos Region
  210. Rock Art of Alta
  211. Iguacu
  212. Istanbul
  213. Göreme NP
  214. Divrigi
  215. Thracian tomb of Sveshtari
  216. Medina of Tunis
  217. Evora
  218. Ghadames
  219. Trier
  220. Giant's Causeway
  221. Site of Carthage
  222. Durham Castle and Cathedral
  223. Ironbridge Gorge
  224. Studley Royal Park
  225. Stonehenge
  226. Gwynedd Castles
  227. Hattusha
  228. Mudejar Architecture of Aragon
  229. Toledo
  230. Amphitheater of El Jem
  231. Salamanca
  232. Seville
  233. Caceres
  234. Ngorongoro
  235. Skocjan Caves
  236. Temple of Apollo Epicurius at Bassae
  237. Archaeological Site of Delphi
  238. Venice and its Lagoon
  239. Piazza del Duomo (Pisa)
  240. Castel del Monte
  241. Budapest
  242. Hollókö
  243. Acropolis
  244. Ibiza
  245. Boyana Church
  246. Blenheim Palace
  247. Westminster
  248. City of Bath
  249. New Lanark
  250. Madara Rider
  251. Frontiers of the Roman Empire
  252. Bahla Fort
  253. Great Wall
  254. Imperial Palace
  255. Thracian tomb of Kazanlak
  256. Ksar of AĂŻt Ben Haddou
  257. Uluru
  258. Nemrut Dag
  259. Rock-hewn Churches of Ivanovo
  260. Trinidad and the Valley de los Ingenios
  261. Hortobágy
  262. Xanthos-Letoon
  263. Hierapolis-Pamukkale
  264. Wet Tropics of Queensland
  265. Tower of London
  266. Epidaurus
  267. Strasbourg
  268. Canterbury
  269. Medina of Sousse
  270. Kairouan
  271. Lima
  272. Monastery of Alcobaça
  273. Victoria Falls
  274. Mystras
  275. Neolithic Orkney
  276. Abbey and AltenmĂĽnster of Lorsch
  277. Cliff of Bandiagara
  278. Olympia
  279. Poblet Monastery
  280. Ăšbeda and Baeza
  281. Potsdam
  282. Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz
  283. Quedlinburg
  284. Monasteries of Daphni, Hosios Loukas and Nea Moni of Chios
  285. St. Petersburg
  286. Itchan Kala
  287. Kremlin and Red Square
  288. Maulbronn Monastery
  289. Royal Palace at Caserta
  290. San Gimignano
  291. Engelsberg Ironworks
  292. Rock Carvings in Tanum
  293. Skogskyrkogarden
  294. Drottningholm
  295. Zamosc
  296. Berat and Gjirokastra
  297. Butrint
  298. Urnes Stave Church
  299. Fortress of Suomenlinna
  300. Bryggen
  301. Villages with Fortified Churches
  302. Monastery of Horezu
  303. Churches of Moldavia
  304. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  305. Reims
  306. Bukhara
  307. Samarkand
  308. Safranbolu
  309. Prague
  310. Cesky Krumlov
  311. Banska Stiavnica
  312. Spissky Hrad and Levoca
  313. Telc
  314. Vlkolinec
  315. Rammelsberg and Goslar
  316. Bamberg
  317. White Monuments of Vladimir and Suzdal
  318. Church of the Ascension, Kolomenskoye
  319. Bourges Cathedral
  320. Trinity Sergius Lavra
  321. BrĂş na BĂłinne
  322. Horyu-ji Area
  323. Himeji-jo
  324. MĂ©rida
  325. Santa Maria de Guadelupe
  326. Angkor
  327. Route of Santiago de Compostela
  328. Matera
  329. Ha Long Bay
  330. Hué
  331. Völklingen Ironworks
  332. Ancient Kyoto
  333. Pilgrimage Church of St. John of Nepomuk
  334. Roskilde Cathedral
  335. Kronborg Castle
  336. Jelling
  337. City of Luxembourg
  338. Nasca Lines
  339. Potala Palace
  340. Vicenza
  341. Rapa Nui
  342. Siena
  343. Glacier parks
  344. Messel Pit
  345. Sintra
  346. Aggtelek and Slovak Karst
  347. Naples
  348. Edinburgh
  349. Bauhaus Sites
  350. Crespi d'Adda
  351. Kutna Hora
  352. Ferrara
  353. Schokland
  354. Grand Canyon
  355. Medina of Essaouira
  356. Oporto
  357. Sceilg MhichĂ­l
  358. Pannonhalma
  359. Defence Line of Amsterdam
  360. Everglades
  361. Gammelstad
  362. Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape
  363. Canal du Midi
  364. Fertö/Neusiedlersee
  365. Pyrénées - Mont Perdu
  366. Genbaku Dome
  367. Itsukushima Shrine
  368. Haghpat and Sanahin
  369. Mount Emei, including Leshan Giant Buddha
  370. Cuenca
  371. La Lonja de la Seda
  372. Luther Memorials
  373. Salzburg
  374. Semmering Railway
  375. Schönbrunn
  376. The trulli of Alberobello
  377. Ravenna
  378. Pienza
  379. Paphos
  380. Meknes
  381. Dougga/Thugga
  382. Maritime Greenwich
  383. Verona
  384. Ichkeul National Park
  385. Mont-Saint-Michel
  386. Las Medulas
  387. Palau de la Musica Catalana and Hospital de Sant Pau
  388. Yuso and Suso Monasteries
  389. Hallstatt-Dachstein
  390. Euphrasian Basilica in Porec
  391. Chartres Cathedral
  392. Trogir
  393. Classical Gardens of Suzhou
  394. Kinderdijk
  395. Tallinn
  396. Residences of the Royal House of Savoy
  397. Botanical Garden, Padua
  398. Aquileia
  399. Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands
  400. Modena
  401. Urbino
  402. Pompei
  403. Versailles
  404. Costiera Amalfitana
  405. Agrigento
  406. Villa Romana del Casale
  407. Su Nuraxi di Barumini
  408. Torun
  409. Volubilis
  410. Medina of TĂ©touan
  411. VĂ©zelay
  412. Viñales Valley
  413. San Pedro de la Roca Castle
  414. Cilento and Vallo di Diano
  415. Classical Weimar
  416. Malbork Castle
  417. Choirokoitia
  418. Troy
  419. Vézère Valley
  420. Qadisha Valley
  421. Riga
  422. Early Christian Necropolis of PĂ©cs
  423. Flemish BĂ©guinages
  424. The Four Lifts
  425. Grand Place, Brussels
  426. Holy Trinity Column
  427. Pyramids (Memphis)
  428. Gardens and Castle at KromerĂ­z
  429. Holasovice
  430. L'viv
  431. Coa Valley and Siega Verde
  432. Ir. D.F. Woudagemaal
  433. Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France
  434. Ancient Thebes
  435. Ancient Nara
  436. Karlskrona
  437. Lyon
  438. Provins
  439. Tarraco
  440. Alcala de Henares
  441. Nubian Monuments
  442. Summer Palace
  443. Temple of Heaven
  444. Bellinzone
  445. Shakhrisyabz
  446. Historic Cairo
  447. Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
  448. Wartburg Castle
  449. Beemster Polder
  450. Litomysl Castle
  451. Sighisoara
  452. Wooden Churches of Maramures
  453. Kalwaria Zebrzydowska
  454. Dacian Fortresses
  455. Villa Adriana (Tivoli)
  456. Rome
  457. Nikko
  458. iSimangaliso Wetland Park
  459. Fossil Hominid Sites
  460. Robben Island
  461. Santa Maria delle Grazie
  462. Palmeral of Elche
  463. Graz
  464. Saint-Emilion
  465. Loire Valley
  466. Laurisilva of Madeira
  467. Peninsula Valdes
  468. Rock Drawings in Valcamonica
  469. Mycenae and Tiryns
  470. Belfries
  471. Mostar
  472. Hoi An
  473. My Son
  474. Dubrovnik
  475. Valparaiso
  476. Monastery of Geghard
  477. Cathedral of St. James in Sibenik
  478. Rietveld Schröderhuis
  479. Split
  480. Wachau Cultural Landscape
  481. Churches of Chiloé
  482. Bardejov Town
  483. Reichenau
  484. Zollverein
  485. Plitvice Lakes
  486. Kazan Kremlin
  487. Blaenavon Industrial Landscape
  488. Maloti Drakensberg
  489. Roman Walls of Lugo
  490. Vall de Boi
  491. Atapuerca
  492. Ohrid Region
  493. Assisi
  494. Brugge