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Profile Klaus Freisinger

I haven't yet seen as many WH sites as I would like to, but I am working hard on it ...

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Recent Reviews by Klaus Freisinger

Elvas Klaus Freisinger

Today, the border between Spain and Portugal is hardly visible, but in centuries past, it was heavily fortified and fought over. There is a fair number of fortified border towns in both countries (some of them also striving for WH status), but the best one is certainly Elvas, guarding the approaches to Lisbon on the main road from Madrid and Badajoz. Fought over various times throughout the centuries (with the Spanish and Portuguese sometimes on the same side, as in the Napoleonic Wars), Elvas is a great example of military architecture.

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Aranjuez Klaus Freisinger

My expectations for Aranjuez were not too high - another royal palace close to a big capital -, but it's very easy to reach by commuter rail from Madrid, and the palace was actually quite interesting and well-presented (especially the Porcelain Room). I then went for a walk through the surorunding parks along the Tejo River, which feature many different fountains. It was an enjoyable half-day excursion, but as mentioned in other reviews, the site does not add a lot of new value to the WH list, as evidenced by the fact that Spain had to use the trick/work-around with the cultural landscape to get this site inscribed.

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Alcala de Henares Klaus Freisinger

Alcalá is just a short train ride from Madrid and makes a very interesting half-day trip from the capital. Even though I visited on a Monday afternoon, which meant that many sights such as the cathedral and the Cervantes House were closed, I enjoyed my walk through a city oozing with history. Most tourists come to see the Cervantes-related sights, but the town's biggest claim to fame is the university (which offers guided tours also on Mondays).

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Cuenca Klaus Freisinger

Cuenca makes a good stopover between the Mediterranean coast and Madrid, and the location of the Old Town is quite spectacular. Apart from that, though, I have to say that I didn't enjoy the place very much (ok, it was very cold and rainy, as opposed to heat and sunshine just a couple of hours before on the coast). It was just very grey and dreary, and the "casas colgadas" didn't strike me as particularly noteworthy either.

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Studley Royal Park Klaus Freisinger

This is a site I went to with rather low expectations, but which turned out to be very interesting - and the fact that I visited on a gloriously warm and sunny September day certainly helped. The huge ruins of Fountains Abbey (not all ruins, many elements are still standing) are really amazing, and give you a great picture of monastic life in the Middle Ages. You can walk among them for hours, and the abbey is probably one of the best monastic/religious sites I have seen so far.

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Klaus Freisinger's Lists

  1. Aachen Cathedral
  2. Abbey and Altenmünster of Lorsch
  3. Abbey of St Gall
  4. Acropolis
  5. Albi
  6. Alcala de Henares
  7. Amiens Cathedral
  8. Amphitheater of El Jem
  9. Amsterdam Canal Ring
  10. Ancient Thebes
  11. Aquileia
  12. Aranjuez
  13. Archaeological Site of Aigai
  14. Archaeological Site of Delphi
  15. Arles
  16. Assisi
  17. Auschwitz Birkenau
  18. Avila
  19. Bamberg
  20. Banska Stiavnica
  21. Bardejov Town
  22. Bauhaus Sites
  23. Beemster Polder
  24. Belem
  25. Belfries
  26. Benedictine Convent of St. John
  27. Berlin Modernism Housing Estates
  28. Birka and Hovgarden
  29. Blaenavon Industrial Landscape
  30. Blenheim Palace
  31. Bordeaux
  32. Bourges Cathedral
  33. Brugge
  34. Bryggen
  35. Budapest
  36. Caceres
  37. Cahokia Mounds
  38. Canal du Midi
  39. Canterbury
  40. Castel del Monte
  41. Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust
  42. Cathedral of St. James in Sibenik
  43. Centennial Hall
  44. Cesky Krumlov
  45. Chartres Cathedral
  46. Churches of Peace
  47. City of Bath
  48. City of Luxembourg
  49. Classical Weimar
  50. Cologne Cathedral
  51. Convent of Christ in Tomar
  52. Cordoba
  53. Corfu
  54. Costiera Amalfitana
  55. Cracow
  56. Crespi d'Adda
  57. Cuenca
  58. Defence Line of Amsterdam
  59. Dolomites
  60. Drottningholm
  61. Dubrovnik
  62. Durham Castle and Cathedral
  63. Durmitor National Park
  64. Early Christian Necropolis of Pécs
  65. Edinburgh
  66. El Escurial
  67. Elvas
  68. Engelsberg Ironworks
  69. Epidaurus
  70. Euphrasian Basilica in Porec
  71. Everglades
  72. Evora
  73. Falun Great Copper Mountain
  74. Ferrara
  75. Fertö/Neusiedlersee
  76. Flemish Béguinages
  77. Florence
  78. Fontainebleau
  79. Forth Bridge
  80. Fortifications of Vauban
  81. Fortified City of Carcassonne
  82. Fortress of Suomenlinna
  83. Frontiers of the Roman Empire
  84. Gardens and Castle at Kromeríz
  85. Genoa
  86. Giant's Causeway
  87. Granada
  88. Grand Canyon
  89. Grand Place, Brussels
  90. Graz
  91. Great Barrier Reef
  92. Greater Blue Mountains
  93. Grimeton Radio Station
  94. Hal Saflieni Hypogeum
  95. Hallstatt-Dachstein
  96. Historic Cairo
  97. Holasovice
  98. Holy Trinity Column
  99. Ibiza
  100. Independence Hall
  101. Jelling
  102. Kairouan
  103. Kakadu National Park
  104. Kalwaria Zebrzydowska
  105. Karlskrona
  106. Kernavë Archeological Site
  107. Kew Gardens
  108. Kinderdijk
  109. Kotor
  110. Kronborg Castle
  111. Kutna Hora
  112. La Fortaleza
  113. La Lonja de la Seda
  114. Laurisilva of Madeira
  115. Le Havre
  116. Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape
  117. Litomysl Castle
  118. Liverpool
  119. Loire Valley
  120. Longobards in Italy
  121. Maritime Greenwich
  122. Matera
  123. Maulbronn Monastery
  124. Medina of Sousse
  125. Medina of Tunis
  126. Megalithic Temples of Malta
  127. Mérida
  128. Messel Pit
  129. Meteora
  130. Modena
  131. Monastery of Alcobaça
  132. Monastery of Batalha
  133. Mont-Saint-Michel
  134. Monticello
  135. Mudejar Architecture of Aragon
  136. Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
  137. Muskauer Park
  138. Nancy
  139. Naples
  140. New Lanark
  141. Nubian Monuments
  142. Olympia
  143. Olympic National Park
  144. Palau de la Musica Catalana & Hospital de Sant Pau
  145. Palmeral of Elche
  146. Pannonhalma
  147. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  148. Piazza del Duomo (Pisa)
  149. Pilgrimage Church of St. John of Nepomuk
  150. Pilgrimage Church of Wies
  151. Plantin-Moretus Museum
  152. Plitvice Lakes
  153. Poblet Monastery
  154. Pompei
  155. Pont du Gard
  156. Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands
  157. Potsdam
  158. Prague
  159. Prehistoric Pile Dwellings
  160. Provins
  161. Pyramids (Memphis)
  162. Québec
  163. Quedlinburg
  164. Ravenna
  165. Regensburg
  166. Reichenau
  167. Reims
  168. Residences of the Royal House of Savoy
  169. Rhaetian Railway
  170. Rietveld Schröderhuis
  171. Rock Carvings in Tanum
  172. Rome
  173. Roskilde Cathedral
  174. Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France
  175. Saint-Emilion
  176. Saint-Savin sur Gartempe
  177. Salamanca
  178. Saltaire
  179. Salzburg
  180. San Marino and Mount Titano
  181. Santa Maria de Guadelupe
  182. Santo Domingo
  183. Schönbrunn
  184. Segovia
  185. Semmering Railway
  186. Siena
  187. Sintra
  188. Site of Carthage
  189. Skocjan Caves
  190. Skogskyrkogarden
  191. Southern Öland
  192. Speyer Cathedral
  193. Spissky Hrad & Levoca
  194. Split
  195. St. George, Bermuda
  196. Stari Grad Plain
  197. Statue of Liberty
  198. Stonehenge
  199. Strasbourg
  200. Struve Geodetic Arc
  201. Studley Royal Park
  202. Sydney Opera House
  203. Tallinn
  204. Tarraco
  205. Telc
  206. The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier
  207. The trulli of Alberobello
  208. Thessalonika
  209. Toledo
  210. Tower of London
  211. Trebic
  212. Trier
  213. Trogir
  214. Tugendhat Villa
  215. Úbeda and Baeza
  216. Uluru
  217. Upper Middle Rhine Valley
  218. Urbino
  219. Valletta
  220. Van Nellefabriek
  221. Vatican City
  222. Venice and its Lagoon
  223. Verona
  224. Versailles
  225. Vézère Valley
  226. Vienna
  227. Villa Adriana (Tivoli)
  228. Villa d'Este
  229. Vilnius
  230. Visby
  231. Wachau Cultural Landscape
  232. Warsaw
  233. Wartburg Castle
  234. West Norwegian Fjords
  235. Westminster
  236. Wet Tropics of Queensland
  237. Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines
  238. Wooden Churches of the Slovak Carpathians
  239. Works of Antoni Gaudí
  240. Würzburg Residence
  241. Zollverein
  1. Elvas
  2. Aranjuez
  3. Alcala de Henares
  4. Cuenca
  5. Studley Royal Park
  6. Liverpool
  7. Saltaire
  8. Vilnius
  9. Giant's Causeway
  10. New Lanark
  11. Kernavë Archeological Site
  12. Forth Bridge
  13. Le Havre
  14. Speyer Cathedral
  15. Ferrara
  16. Ravenna
  17. La Fortaleza
  18. Santo Domingo
  19. Everglades
  20. Bauhaus Sites
  21. Classical Weimar
  22. Wartburg Castle
  23. Vézère Valley
  24. Canal du Midi
  25. Fortified City of Carcassonne
  26. Albi
  27. Arles
  28. Pont du Gard
  29. Plantin-Moretus Museum
  30. Flemish Béguinages
  31. Van Nellefabriek
  32. Abbey and Altenmünster of Lorsch
  33. Messel Pit
  34. Villa d'Este
  35. Villa Adriana (Tivoli)
  36. Toledo
  37. Santa Maria de Guadelupe
  38. Mérida
  39. Caceres
  40. Salamanca
  41. Avila
  42. Segovia
  43. El Escurial
  44. Pannonhalma
  45. Centennial Hall
  46. Churches of Peace
  47. Kalwaria Zebrzydowska
  48. Warsaw
  49. Quedlinburg
  50. Berlin Modernism Housing Estates
  51. Prehistoric Pile Dwellings
  52. St. George, Bermuda
  53. Maulbronn Monastery
  54. Crespi d'Adda
  55. Genoa
  56. Modena
  57. Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands
  58. Residences of the Royal House of Savoy
  59. Blaenavon Industrial Landscape
  60. Stonehenge
  61. Blenheim Palace
  62. Kew Gardens
  63. Dolomites
  64. Durmitor National Park
  65. Kotor
  66. Dubrovnik
  67. Stari Grad Plain
  68. Cathedral of St. James in Sibenik
  69. Trogir
  70. Split
  71. Cordoba
  72. Úbeda and Baeza
  73. Ibiza
  74. Palmeral of Elche
  75. La Lonja de la Seda
  76. Mudejar Architecture of Aragon
  77. Fortifications of Vauban
  78. Saint-Emilion
  79. Bordeaux
  80. Saint-Savin sur Gartempe
  81. Mont-Saint-Michel
  82. Roskilde Cathedral
  83. Jelling
  84. Kronborg Castle
  85. Rhaetian Railway
  86. Benedictine Convent of St. John
  87. Laurisilva of Madeira
  88. Pilgrimage Church of Wies
  89. Rock Carvings in Tanum
  90. Grimeton Radio Station
  91. Karlskrona
  92. Southern Öland
  93. Skogskyrkogarden
  94. Birka and Hovgarden
  95. Engelsberg Ironworks
  96. Falun Great Copper Mountain
  97. Longobards in Italy
  98. Defence Line of Amsterdam
  99. Beemster Polder
  100. Spissky Hrad & Levoca
  101. Banska Stiavnica
  102. Wooden Churches of the Slovak Carpathians
  103. Bardejov Town
  104. Bamberg
  105. San Marino and Mount Titano
  106. Urbino
  107. Cahokia Mounds
  108. Hal Saflieni Hypogeum
  109. Valletta
  110. Megalithic Temples of Malta
  111. Early Christian Necropolis of Pécs
  112. Amsterdam Canal Ring
  113. Muskauer Park
  114. Reichenau
  115. Abbey of St Gall
  116. Würzburg Residence
  117. Provins
  118. Gardens and Castle at Kromeríz
  119. Holy Trinity Column
  120. Litomysl Castle
  121. Visby
  122. Drottningholm
  123. Plitvice Lakes
  124. Regensburg
  125. Auschwitz Birkenau
  126. Cracow
  127. Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines
  128. Aquileia
  129. Kinderdijk
  130. Skocjan Caves
  131. Euphrasian Basilica in Porec
  132. Upper Middle Rhine Valley
  133. Zollverein
  134. Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust
  135. Rietveld Schröderhuis
  136. Castel del Monte
  137. Matera
  138. The trulli of Alberobello
  139. Trier
  140. Cologne Cathedral
  141. Aachen Cathedral
  142. Kutna Hora
  143. Tugendhat Villa
  144. Pilgrimage Church of St. John of Nepomuk
  145. Holasovice
  146. Telc
  147. Trebic
  148. Corfu
  149. Sydney Opera House
  150. Monticello
  151. Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape
  152. Bourges Cathedral
  153. Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France
  154. Amiens Cathedral
  155. Belfries
  156. Assisi
  157. Olympia
  158. Epidaurus
  159. Poblet Monastery
  160. Works of Antoni Gaudí
  161. Tarraco
  162. Palau de la Musica Catalana & Hospital de Sant Pau
  163. West Norwegian Fjords
  164. Pyramids (Memphis)
  165. Historic Cairo
  166. Ancient Thebes
  167. Nubian Monuments
  168. Potsdam
  169. Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
  170. Fortress of Suomenlinna
  171. Tallinn
  172. Fontainebleau
  173. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  174. Versailles
  175. Loire Valley
  176. Chartres Cathedral
  177. Edinburgh
  178. Reims
  179. Nancy
  180. Strasbourg
  181. Frontiers of the Roman Empire
  182. Durham Castle and Cathedral
  183. Mount Athos
  184. City of Bath
  185. Meteora
  186. Archaeological Site of Aigai
  187. Thessalonika
  188. Westminster
  189. Acropolis
  190. Tower of London
  191. Maritime Greenwich
  192. Schönbrunn
  193. Archaeological Site of Delphi
  194. Canterbury
  195. Rome
  196. Grand Place, Brussels
  197. Brugge
  198. Vienna
  199. Vatican City
  200. City of Luxembourg
  201. Wet Tropics of Queensland
  202. Great Barrier Reef
  203. Cesky Krumlov
  204. Prague
  205. Greater Blue Mountains
  206. Bryggen
  207. Pompei
  208. Québec
  209. Costiera Amalfitana
  210. Independence Hall
  211. Venice and its Lagoon
  212. Statue of Liberty
  213. Piazza del Duomo (Pisa)
  214. Semmering Railway
  215. Florence
  216. Site of Carthage
  217. Budapest
  218. Kakadu National Park
  219. Medina of Tunis
  220. Olympic National Park
  221. Hallstatt-Dachstein
  222. Siena
  223. Kairouan
  224. Verona
  225. Medina of Sousse
  226. Amphitheater of El Jem
  227. Wachau Cultural Landscape
  228. Naples
  229. Salzburg
  230. Uluru
  231. Graz
  232. Fertö/Neusiedlersee
  233. Granada
  234. Grand Canyon
  1. Aachen Cathedral
  2. Abbey of St Gall
  3. Acropolis
  4. Aksum
  5. Aldabra Atoll
  6. Altamira Cave
  7. Amsterdam Canal Ring
  8. Ancient Kyoto
  9. Ancient Thebes
  10. Angkor
  11. Arab-Norman Palermo
  12. Arles
  13. Assisi
  14. Auschwitz Birkenau
  15. Avignon
  16. Avila
  17. Bethlehem
  18. Borobudur
  19. Brasilia
  20. Brú na Bóinne
  21. Brugge
  22. Budapest
  23. Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks
  24. Canal du Midi
  25. Canterbury
  26. Cape Floral Region
  27. Cartagena
  28. Castel del Monte
  29. Çatalhöyük
  30. Central Amazon Conservation Complex
  31. Chaco Culture
  32. Chartres Cathedral
  33. Chichen-Itza
  34. Classical Gardens of Suzhou
  35. Classical Weimar
  36. Cocos Island
  37. Copan
  38. Cordoba
  39. Crac des Chevaliers
  40. Cracow
  41. Cuzco
  42. Danube Delta
  43. Dolomites
  44. Dubrovnik
  45. Edinburgh
  46. El Escurial
  47. Ephesus
  48. Everglades
  49. Falun Great Copper Mountain
  50. Florence
  51. Fossil Hominid Sites
  52. Frontiers of the Roman Empire
  53. Fujisan
  54. Galapagos Islands
  55. Granada
  56. Grand Canyon
  57. Great Barrier Reef
  58. Great Wall
  59. Great Zimbabwe Ruins
  60. Gulf of California
  61. Hal Saflieni Hypogeum
  62. Hallstatt-Dachstein
  63. Hawaii Volcanoes
  64. Hill Forts of Rajasthan
  65. Huascaran National Park
  66. Iguacu
  67. Iguazu National Park
  68. Ilulissat Icefjord
  69. Imperial Palace
  70. iSimangaliso Wetland Park
  71. Isole Eolie
  72. Istanbul
  73. Kairouan
  74. Kakadu National Park
  75. Kathmandu Valley
  76. Kenya Lake System
  77. Kilimanjaro National Park
  78. Kinabalu Park
  79. Kremlin and Red Square
  80. Lake Baikal
  81. Lake Malawi
  82. Lima
  83. Loire Valley
  84. Longobards in Italy
  85. Los Glaciares
  86. Machu Picchu
  87. Maloti Drakensberg
  88. Maritime Greenwich
  89. Masada
  90. Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor
  91. Medina of Marrakesh
  92. Megalithic Temples of Malta
  93. Meidan Emam, Esfahan
  94. Meroe
  95. Meteora
  96. Mexico City and Xochimilco
  97. Monticello
  98. Mount Athos
  99. Mount Etna
  100. Mount Taishan
  101. Mountain Railways of India
  102. Nahanni National Park
  103. Namib Sand Sea
  104. Nasca Lines
  105. Nemrut Dag
  106. Neolithic Orkney
  107. Ngorongoro
  108. Oaxaca and Monte Alban
  109. Okavango Delta
  110. Old City of Jerusalem
  111. Old Havana
  112. Olympia
  113. Orkhon Valley
  114. Palmyra
  115. Pantanal
  116. Papahanaumokuakea
  117. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  118. Pasargadae
  119. Peninsula Valdes
  120. Pergamon
  121. Persepolis
  122. Persian Garden
  123. Petra
  124. Plantin-Moretus Museum
  125. Plitvice Lakes
  126. Pompei
  127. Potala Palace
  128. Potosi
  129. Potsdam
  130. Prague
  131. Putorana Plateau
  132. Pyramids (Memphis)
  133. Qhapaq Ñan
  134. Québec
  135. Quito
  136. Rapa Nui
  137. Ravenna
  138. Redwood
  139. Regensburg
  140. Rhodes
  141. Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras
  142. Riga
  143. Rome
  144. Route of Santiago de Compostela
  145. Royal Palace at Caserta
  146. Sagarmatha National Park
  147. Salamanca
  148. Salvador de Bahia
  149. Salzburg
  150. Samarkand
  151. San Gimignano
  152. Sana'a
  153. Santiago de Compostela
  154. Santo Domingo
  155. Schönbrunn
  156. Semmering Railway
  157. Serengeti
  158. Seville
  159. Shark Bay
  160. Siena
  161. Silk Roads
  162. Site of Carthage
  163. Socotra Archipelago
  164. South China Karst
  165. St. Petersburg
  166. Statue of Liberty
  167. Stonehenge
  168. Strasbourg
  169. Taj Mahal
  170. Tallinn
  171. Tasmanian Wilderness
  172. Tassili n'Ajjer
  173. Te Wahipounamu
  174. Temple, Mansion and Cemetery of Confucius
  175. Teotihuacan
  176. Thingvellir
  177. Timbuktu
  178. Tiwanaku
  179. Toledo
  180. Tower of London
  181. Troy
  182. Tyre
  183. Uluru
  184. Uxmal
  185. Valletta
  186. Vatican City
  187. Venice and its Lagoon
  188. Versailles
  189. Vézère Valley
  190. Victoria Falls
  191. Vienna
  192. Vilnius
  193. Virunga National Park
  194. Volcanoes of Kamchatka
  195. Wadden Sea
  196. West Norwegian Fjords
  197. Westminster
  198. Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines
  199. Works of Antoni Gaudí
  200. Yellowstone

Profile data

Country: Austria

Visited WHS: 241

Most impressive: Rome and Grand Canyon

Proposal for a new WHS: Bavarian Royal Castles, Centre of Innsbruck and Ambras Castle, Mount Vesuvius and Phlegreian Fields, Historic University Towns of Oxford and Cambridge, Windsor Castle, Death Valley National Park