CugelVance Profile

I am a Berlin-based feverish traveller who visits every unesco site a country can offer if.....time allows...........if money allows.....if feasible...if...public transport..if....if....if.

I speak german,english and spanish. I have a decent command of italian,and have a basic knowledge of russian,czech,portuguese,and french. 

I love to drink a beer with friends,watch boxing,meet people from all over the world,pick up words in foreign languages,watch tv series in foreign languages,go to the movies,ride a bike in the  countryside,and plan my next travel as well as reading a book of my favourite author Jack Vance.


Thanks to this wonderful website my love for the wonders of our world has become of kind of mild obsession. 



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Recent Reviews CugelVance

Vicenza and the Palladian Villas

CugelVance Germany - 28-Nov-23

After reading the rewievs for this whs I realized that most of them are quite old or short.Thats why I ve decided to write a review about this easily accessible whs.
I visited Vicenca on sunday, november the 12th and monday morning, November the  13th.
I had read quite a lot about this whs before I visited Vicenza and I had also marked all of Palladio's villas in the off-line map "" with different colors depending on priority. 

I arrived around 10.00 a.m in Vicenza and headed straight for the Palladian Basicila in the city centre. Since I knew that I was in a race against time I didnt intend to spend too much time visiting the villas closed to the public. I had pre-booked a guided tour at the "La Rotunda",Palladio''s masterpiece,at exactly 15.30

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Longobards in Italy

CugelVance Germany - 18-Oct-23

I visited two of the whs sites on oct the 4th. Early in the morning I took the train from Perugia( where I rented an apartment for one week in order to discover Umbria and its wonderful little gems) to Spoleto. This umbrian town turned out to be a true pearl.I immediately fall in love with that fascinating city. After visiting the duomo,the rocca albornaziano,and some sites in Spoleto and strolling through its medieval alleys I had to make a tough decision:Spoleto is a fantastic city which is really worth every minute you spend there and I would certainly recommend an overnight stay as night time surely adds its magic to that umbrian pearl...........earlier this year I had visited Sighisoara in Romania....

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Al Ain

CugelVance Germany - 19-Feb-23

I visited the al ain oasis on the 20th of january 2023. I took the bus from Abu Dhabi's central bus station to Al Ain where I arrived around 2 hours later. I just walked from the bus station to the al ain national museum which was -unfortunetely-closed due to renovation works. I then walked to the nearby entrance of the oasis where a group of argentine soccer fans from Puerto Rico asked me to take a picture of them. Truly a funny situation.There are hardly any tourists in Al Ain,and I met a bunch of argentine soccer fans. Since I speak spanish I joined them and we walked together through the oasis. I learnt a little bit about life in puerto rico and their beloved club racing buenos aires.Two days later I learnt that their team racing had won 2-1 vs Boca Juniours in al ain.

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Villages with Fortified Churches

CugelVance Germany - 04-Apr-23

Visit 28-03-2023

On that day I visited Biertan( in german :Birthaelm) and Saschiz (in german: Kreisd).

I couldn't enter the fortified church in Saschiz as it was closed. And to be honest I wasn't impressed at all of what I could see from the outside. According to the locals the church is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

The one in Biertan turned out to be far more interesting. The percentage of ethnic Germans, the so-called siebenbuerger sachsen/saxons is less than 10 % nowadays.

The entire church and its surrounding village can be visited within 45 minutes. A more impatient visitor may only need 30 minutes.

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Thracian tomb of Kazanlak

CugelVance Germany - 19-Feb-23

I visited the thracian tomb of kazanlak on the 16th of jan,early in the morning of that day. The day before I had arrived in Kazanlak around 18.00 in the afternoon  by train from Burgas via Sliven. The first thing I had encoutered after leaving the railway station in Kazanlak was a place where a huge group of people was dancing to traditional bulgarian music. Fascinating. I asked them if I could join them.Well,my moves were stiff,but the locals were extremely friendly. They explained me that every sunday in most bulgarian cities there is public dancing to traditional music which can be joined by  whoever wants to.A wonderful idea to promote native and traditional music and dances in our globalized world.

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Elvas 5
Matera 5
Carthage 4.5
Cuenca 4.5
L'viv 4.5
Mérida 4.5
Zamość 4.5
Assisi 4
Brugge 4
Corfu 4
Petra 4
Prague 4
Rome 4
Urbino 4
Acropolis 3.5
Agrigento 3.5
Aquileia 3.5
Bamberg 3.5
Edinburgh 3.5
Ephesus 3.5
Florence 3.5
Kairouan 3.5
Kotor 3.5
Meknes 3.5
Nancy 3.5
Novgorod 3.5
Old Rauma 3.5
Québec 3.5
Syracuse 3.5
Vilnius 3.5
Corvey 3
Graz 3
Lyon 3
Modena 3
Rabat 3
Siena 3
Split 3
Telc 3
Toledo 3
Torun 3
Trier 3
Verona 3
Aranjuez 2.5
Avila 2.5
Belem 2.5
Evora 2.5
Lübeck 2.5
Mtskheta 2.5
Oporto 2.5
Paphos 2.5
Reichenau 2.5
Rhodes 2.5
Riga 2.5
Sheki 2.5
Tallinn 2.5
Valletta 2.5
Vienna 2.5
Al Ain 2
Delos 2
Mostar 2
Nice 2
Trebic 2
Warsaw 1.5
Odesa 1
Sintra 1
Sarazm 0.5
  1. "Lok-Batan" Mud Cone (T)
  2. Abraj Al-Kuwait (T)
  3. Alaverdi Cathedral (T)
  4. Amalienborg and its district (T)
  5. Ananuri (T)
  6. Cetinje Historic Core (T)
  7. Chor-Bakr (T)
  8. Cité de Carcassonne et ses châteaux sentinelles de montagne (T)
  9. Cittadella (Victoria - Gozo) (T)
  10. David Gareji Monasteries and Hermitage (T)
  11. Desert Castles of Ancient Khorezm (T)
  12. Diocletian's Palace and the Historical Nucleus of Split (extension) (T)
  13. Dreams in Stone - the palaces of King Ludwig II of Bavaria: Neuschwanstein, Linderhof and Herrenchiemsee (T)
  14. Extension of the World Heritage Site "Historic Centre of Prague" with the important Monuments in its Vicinity (T)
  15. Fishpond Network in the Trebon Basin (T)
  16. Francke Foundation Buildings (T)
  17. Gdansk - Town of Memory and Freedom (T)
  18. Historical Lisbon, Global City (T)
  19. Historical theatres of the Marche Region (T)
  20. Jaén Cathedral (extension of the Renaissance Monumental Ensembles of Úbeda and Baeza) (T)
  21. Jerash Archaeological City (Ancient Meeting Place of East and West) (T)
  22. Jerusalem (T)
  23. Jewish Cemetery in Sarajevo (T)
  24. Knights Fortifications around the Harbours of Malta (T)
  25. Kyiv: Saint Sophia Cathedral with Related Monastic Buildings, St. Cyril's and St. Andrew's Churches, Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra (T)
  26. La Rioja and Rioja Alavesa Vine and Wine Cultural Landscape (T)
  27. Les passages de Bruxelles / Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert (T)
  28. Luther memorials in Saxony-Anhalt, Saxony, Bavaria and Thuringia (T)
  29. Manama, City of Trade, Multiculturalism and Religious Coexistence (T)
  30. Mdina (Citta Vecchia) (T)
  31. Metz Royale et Impériale, enjeux de pouvoir, confrontations stylistiques et identité urbaine (T)
  32. Minaret in Vobkent (T)
  33. Modernist Centre of Gdynia — the example of building an integrated community (T)
  34. Moravian Church Settlements (Germany) (T)
  35. Nicortsminda Cathedral (T)
  36. Ödön Lechner's independent pre-modern architecture (T)
  37. Old Town of Bar (T)
  38. Plasencia - Monfragüe - Trujillo : Paysage méditerranéen (T)
  39. Residence Ensemble Schwerin - Cultural Landscape of Romantic Historicism (T)
  40. Sarajevo - unique symbol of universal multiculture - continual open city (T)
  41. Sharjah: the Gate to Trucial States (T)
  42. Sheikh Abdullah Al-Jabir Palace (T)
  43. Silk Roads Sites in Kyrgyzstan (T)
  44. Silk Roads Sites in Uzbekistan (T)
  45. Silk Roads: Early Period (Prehistory) (T)
  46. Smederevo Fortress (T)
  47. St. Nicholas Church (T)
  48. Surakhany, Atashgyakh (Fire - worshippers, temple - museum at Surakhany) (T)
  49. Susha historical and architectural reserve (T)
  50. Tashkent makhallas (T)
  51. Tbilisi Historic District (T)
  52. The Ancient Plovdiv (T)
  53. The Fortress of Terezín (T)
  54. The Industrial Complexes at Ostrava (T)
  55. The Jewish Cemetery of Altona Königstrasse. Sephardic Sepulchral Culture of the 17th and 18th century between Europe and the Caribbean (T)
  56. The pearl trading town of Jazirat Al-Hamra (T)
  57. The Site of Ancient Town of Pyanjekent (T)
  58. Thingvellir National Park (T)
  59. Trading town of Julfar (T)
  60. Trakai Historical National Park (T)
  61. Uplistsikhe Cave Town (T)
  62. Victoria Lines Fortifications (T)
  63. VIKING MONUMENTS AND SITES / Thingvellir National Park (T)
  64. Zadar - Episcopal complex (T)

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