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 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 a kind of mild obsession. 



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Roman Ways. Itineraries of the Roman Empire (T)

CugelVance Germany - 02-Jun-24

Roman Ways. Itineraries of the Roman Empire (T)

I visited the archaeological site of the ancient Ilici -nowadays known under its arabic name, " La Alcudia",the hill- on tuesday,the 21st of may 2024.

The entrance fee is 5€ and the archaeological site is open from tuesday to sundays, from 9.30 am till 03.00 (15.00)pm ,closed on mondays.

After having had a coffee and a light breakfast in one of  Elche's countless bars in its city centre I walked along the river bed till I reached the avenida de Ramon Pastor,there I turned left and within a few minutes I arrived at Lidl,a german supermarket,where I bought a bottle of water and a snack. I then followed the carretera Elche-Dolores till I reached the archaeological site " La Alcudia,where the known and famous Lady of Elche was discovered.

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La Camargue (T)

CugelVance Germany - 26-Mar-24

La Camargue (T)

I visited the camargue region on thursday,the 21st of march. I took the bus a50 in Arles at 7.38am( bus stop "lamartine" near the railway station,the bus a50 also stops there) and arrived in Saint-Maries-de-la-Mer around 8.30am.First I went directly to the church "Notre-Dame-de-la-Mer which is a place of pilgrimage for France's gypsies/gitanes as saint sarah also known as  "sarah the black " is the patron saint for that ethnic group. 

The church was open at that time and quite interesting to pass 10-15 minutes there.The interior of the church is full of devotional items, pictures, objects left behind by pilgrims..

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Cistercian Abbey of Fontenay

CugelVance Germany - 06-Mar-24

I visited the Fontenay abbey on the 27th of february 2024. I took a train early in the morning to travel from Dijon to Montbard.I had reserved a bicycle with the local tourist office( just outside the railway station in Montbard) beforehand. Since I arrived around 9.45 I had to wait some minutes before they opened the tourist office.Within a few minutes I got a bike and was on my way to the abbey. I took me around 25 min to reach the abbey which is open-daily-from 10.00-12.00 and from 14.00-17.00 in the  winter months from novembre till march. From the end of march on the abbey is open from 10.00 till 18.00.

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Wachau Cultural Landscape

CugelVance Germany - 29-Nov-23

I visited the wachau region on wednesday the 8th of nov. as well as on thurday the 9th of that month. I arrived quite late around 21.00 in Melk on november the 8th.After my check-in at the hotel "weisses lamm" I strolled through the city of Melk for around 3 hours,taking some pictures of the huge monastery during night time both from the river side as well as from the city centre side.I also enjoyed a good schnitsel and some local beers.

I had pre-booked a guided tour(15,50€) through the benedictine monastery of melk the following day at 11.00. I was up very early and had another stroll through the pleasant town of Melk.I also had a quick look at every accessible area of ​​the monastery before the official tour began.I also visited the northern bastion with the Wachau lab and a panoramic terrace.Without intention I entered the bastion through the shop exit and visited the panoramic terrace for free. When I left I noticed that you have to pay a quite hefty entrance fee for that building and its changing special exhibitions(I didnt spent more than 2 minutes in the exhibition area as I am not a fan of totally bizarre contempary art)

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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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5 communist prisons in Romania and three prisons in Germany( Hohenscheonhausen,Cottbus and Bautzen)
Rating Stats
Matera 5
Burgundy 4.5
Carthage 4.5
Cuenca 4.5
Mérida 4.5
Yaroslavl 4.5
Assisi 4
Brugge 4
Elvas 4
L'viv 4
Petra 4
Prague 4
Rome 4
Urbino 4
Acropolis 3.5
Agrigento 3.5
Aquileia 3.5
Avignon 3.5
Bamberg 3.5
Edinburgh 3.5
Ephesus 3.5
Florence 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
Zamość 3.5
Arles 3
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
Butrint 2.5
Corfu 2.5
Evora 2.5
Kairouan 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
Orange 2
Reims 2
Trebic 2
Odesa 1.5
Tarraco 1.5
Warsaw 1.5
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. Carmona’s cultural landscape (T)
  7. Cetinje Historic Core (T)
  8. Chor-Bakr (T)
  9. Cité de Carcassonne et ses châteaux sentinelles de montagne (T)
  10. Cittadella (Victoria - Gozo) (T)
  11. David Gareji Monasteries and Hermitage (T)
  12. Desert Castles of Ancient Khorezm (T)
  13. Diocletian's Palace and the Historical Nucleus of Split (extension) (T)
  14. Dreams in Stone - the palaces of King Ludwig II of Bavaria: Neuschwanstein, Linderhof and Herrenchiemsee (T)
  15. Extension of the World Heritage Site "Historic Centre of Prague" with the important Monuments in its Vicinity (T)
  16. Fishpond Network in the Trebon Basin (T)
  17. Francke Foundation Buildings (T)
  18. Gdansk - Town of Memory and Freedom (T)
  19. Historical Lisbon, Global City (T)
  20. Historical theatres of the Marche Region (T)
  21. Jaén Cathedral (extension of the Renaissance Monumental Ensembles of Úbeda and Baeza) (T)
  22. Jerash Archaeological City (Ancient Meeting Place of East and West) (T)
  23. Jerusalem (T)
  24. Jewish Cemetery in Sarajevo (T)
  25. Knights Fortifications around the Harbours of Malta (T)
  26. Kyiv: Saint Sophia Cathedral with Related Monastic Buildings, St. Cyril's and St. Andrew's Churches, Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra (T)
  27. La Camargue (T)
  28. La Rioja and Rioja Alavesa Vine and Wine Cultural Landscape (T)
  29. Les passages de Bruxelles / Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert (T)
  30. Les villes antiques de la Narbonnaise et leur territoire: Nimes, Arles, Glanum, aqueducs, via Domitia (T)
  31. Manama, City of Trade, Multiculturalism and Religious Coexistence (T)
  32. Mdina (Citta Vecchia) (T)
  33. Metz Royale et Impériale, enjeux de pouvoir, confrontations stylistiques et identité urbaine (T)
  34. Minaret in Vobkent (T)
  35. Mining Historical Heritage (T)
  36. Modernist Centre of Gdynia — the example of building an integrated community (T)
  37. Monastery of Santa María de La Rábida and the Columbus Memorial Places in Huelva (T)
  38. Montagne Sainte-Victoire et sites cezaniens (T)
  39. Moravian Church Settlements (Germany) (T)
  40. Nicortsminda Cathedral (T)
  41. Ödön Lechner's independent pre-modern architecture (T)
  42. Old Town of Bar (T)
  43. Olympic Park Munich (T)
  44. Plasencia - Monfragüe - Trujillo : Paysage méditerranéen (T)
  45. Rade de Marseille (T)
  46. Residence Ensemble Schwerin - Cultural Landscape of Romantic Historicism (T)
  47. Roman Ways. Itineraries of the Roman Empire (T)
  48. Rostov Kremlin (T)
  49. Sarajevo - unique symbol of universal multiculture - continual open city (T)
  50. Sharjah: the Gate to Trucial States (T)
  51. Sheikh Abdullah Al-Jabir Palace (T)
  52. Silk Roads Sites in Kyrgyzstan (T)
  53. Silk Roads Sites in Uzbekistan (T)
  54. Silk Roads: Early Period (Prehistory) (T)
  55. Smederevo Fortress (T)
  56. St. Nicholas Church (T)
  57. Surakhany, Atashgyakh (Fire - worshippers, temple - museum at Surakhany) (T)
  58. Susha historical and architectural reserve (T)
  59. Tashkent makhallas (T)
  60. Tbilisi Historic District (T)
  61. The Ancient Plovdiv (T)
  62. The concept of the lenticular historical town core of Kosice City (T)
  63. The Episcopal See of Egara and its pictorial decoration (5th-8th centuries) (T)
  64. The Fortress of Terezín (T)
  65. The Hadrianic city of Italica (T)
  66. The Industrial Complexes at Ostrava (T)
  67. The Jewish Cemetery of Altona Königstrasse. Sephardic Sepulchral Culture of the 17th and 18th century between Europe and the Caribbean (T)
  68. The Olive Grove Landscapes of Andalusia (T)
  69. The pearl trading town of Jazirat Al-Hamra (T)
  70. The Site of Ancient Town of Pyanjekent (T)
  71. The Television Tower Stuttgart. Archetype and symbol of modern mass communication (T)
  72. Thingvellir National Park (T)
  73. Torgau Castle Chapel (T)
  74. Trading town of Julfar (T)
  75. Trakai Historical National Park (T)
  76. Turó de la Seu Vella de Lleida (T)
  77. Uplistsikhe Cave Town (T)
  78. Victoria Lines Fortifications (T)
  79. VIKING MONUMENTS AND SITES / Thingvellir National Park (T)
  80. Waldsiedlung Zehlendorf - extension of the WHS (T)
  81. Zadar - Episcopal complex (T)