Philipp Peterer Profile

Philipp Peterer
Philipp Peterer.

Since 2008 visiting WHS is my primary obsession. I started with about 40 sites I had seen without particular knowledge of their world heritage status and managed to boost this number since. It helped that I started to work for the national airline in 2010 and I had a few years where I could travel intensely. In 2012 I had my personal record year, visiting 60 sites. Between December 2010 and March 2013 I was able to visit 1 or more sites every single month. In March 2013 my son was born, so currently I’m reduced to a much slower pace and the occasional weekend escape on my own.

I really like the diversity of the list. I favor medieval related sites, industrial sites and Greek/Roman remains, if they are clearly visible. On the rear end are modern architecture and fossil sites. The true spirit of our common hobby reveals itself to me each time I visit a place I would have never dreamed of if it wasn’t for the list and turns out to be amazing, such as Sceilg Mhichíl, the Wadi Al Hitan or the Ajanta Caves.

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Medina of Sousse

Philipp Peterer Switzerland - 03-Sep-19

Medina of Sousse

Visit: April 2018. Sousse was certainly less touristy than I expected it to be, considering its position right in the all inclusive holiday zone of Tunisia. I assume it gets its fair share of tourists during high season, but mostly in form of tour groups. As individual travellers me and my son were the only western tourists during our morning visit. The highlights were the town wall and the fort (Riba) where you can climb all the towers to get a good view. I also enjoyed the Archaeological Museum (Kasbah) with a vast display of mosaics and the rather clean narrow streets of the old town. No hassling was going on, but this might have been caused by our (too) early arrival. I certainly liked Sousse more than the nearby boring Kairouan

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Primošten Vineyards (T)

Philipp Peterer Switzerland - 02-Sep-19

Primošten Vineyards (T)

The Primosten vineyards are apparently special because they manually removed rocks to cultivate the land. I doubt this will ever be a WHS. Croatia already has its fair share of boring agricultural landscape WHS with the Stari Grad Plain. What you will see is some vineyards that are not only indifferent from the other vineyards in this region, but also inaccessible. The hills where you can see the transformation are private property and you can only “admire” them from a certain distance. Not that you would miss much from getting closer.

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Anjar

Philipp Peterer Switzerland - 02-Sep-19

Anjar

Visit: January 2019. I arrived in Anjar from Baalbek and had to rely entirely on my preloaded (I was not able to get mobile internet in Lebanon) Google Maps directions. I couldn’t find any signs pointing towards this WHS. Even within Anjar itself there is no clear signage. It is quite a shame how low key this place is, as in international comparison it is a very nice and deserving WHS.

Once arrived, there is free parking right in front of the entrance. Opening times are as generous as in most places around Lebanon (one more reason to like this country), so I didn’t have to worry about that.

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Byblos

Philipp Peterer Switzerland - 02-Sep-19

Byblos

Visit: January 2019. Byblos is a good place to start a Lebanon WHS trip. I arrived at night, after an easy 45min drive from Beirut airport. Be aware that the same trip during the day can take 2-3 times longer due to heavy traffic in and around Beirut. To add another bonus, accommodation in Byblos was also cheaper and I could park my car in front of the hotel, close to the core zone.

The site opened at 8am and I must say I really liked it. As usual, I was the first visitor on site and enjoyed unspoiled views over the area. I can’t add much about what to see within the archeological zone. It’s a mix of remains from different cultures and times with the Crusader Castle as the dominant feature. It took me around 2 hours to see it all.

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Guano Islands, Islets, and Capes National Reserve System form Peru (RNSIIPG) (T)

Philipp Peterer Switzerland - 24-Aug-19

Guano Islands, Islets, and Capes National Reserve System form Peru (RNSIIPG) (T)

This nomination includes a large amount of islands and I am not sure if all would be inscribed, if that ever happens. I visited the one place that would surely be the heart of this nomination: the Islas Ballestas. The islands are an easy day trip from Paracas. It is not allowed to land, but the boat drives by very close so you can spot the abundance of wild life. We saw sea lions, penguins, pelicans, and many other birds. You can clearly see and scent the guano all around the island. Truly an unforgettable experience and highly recommendable if you are in the region.

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Name
Philipp Peterer
Country
Switzerland
Most Impressive
Machu Picchu
Proposal
Ancient Salamis (Northern Cyprus)

Recently Visited WHS

Update 09.09.19
Rating Stats
Angkor 5
Petra 5
Rome 5
Sintra 5
Brugge 4.5
Bryggen 4.5
Chavin 4.5
Cracow 4.5
Cuzco 4.5
Florence 4.5
Oporto 4.5
Pompei 4.5
Prague 4.5
Salamanca 4.5
Siena 4.5
Sigiriya 4.5
Taj Mahal 4.5
Wadi Rum 4.5
Assisi 4
Avila 4
Belem 4
Byblos 4
Cuenca 4
Elvas 4
Evora 4
Kyiv 4
Masada 4
Mostar 4
Naples 4
Paphos 4
Reims 4
Rhodes 4
Sanchi 4
Split 4
Telc 4
Toledo 4
Trier 4
Vienna 4
Warsaw 4
Albi 3.5
Anjar 3.5
Aranjuez 3.5
Ayutthaya 3.5
Caceres 3.5
Dolomites 3.5
Epidaurus 3.5
Ferrara 3.5
Garajonay 3.5
Kandy 3.5
Lima 3.5
Liverpool 3.5
Lyon 3.5
Lübeck 3.5
Matera 3.5
Mazagan 3.5
Olympia 3.5
Orange 3.5
Provins 3.5
Ravenna 3.5
Tarraco 3.5
Trebic 3.5
Trogir 3.5
Tyre 3.5
Urbino 3.5
Valletta 3.5
Verona 3.5
Volubilis 3.5
Arles 3
Graz 3
Ibiza 3
Macao 3
Meknes 3
Modena 3
Pienza 3
Aquileia 2.5
Burgundy 2.5
Champagne 2.5
Genoa 2.5
Kairouan 2.5
Morelia 2.5
Nancy 2.5
Panamá 2.5
Puebla 2.5
Red Fort 2.5
Vézelay 2.5
Ivrea 2
Al Ain 1.5
Atapuerca 1.5
Corvey 1.5
Battir 0.5
  1. Amalienborg and its district (T)
  2. Ancienne chocolaterie Menier à Noisiel (T)
  3. Ancient Greek Theatres (T)
  4. Arab Eclecticism - Foundation and evolution of an Architectural School in the city of As-Salt (1860-1925) (T)
  5. Archaeological Site and Historic Centre of Panamá City (T)
  6. Azraq (T)
  7. Bahá'í House of Worship at New Delhi (T)
  8. Barbar Temple (T)
  9. Bishop's Basilica and Late-Antique Mosaics of Philippopolis, Roman Province of Thrace (T)
  10. Black River Gorges National Park (T)
  11. Brazilian Fortresses Ensemble (T)
  12. Bregenzerwald (Bregenz Forest) (T)
  13. Brooklyn Bridge (T)
  14. Bulwarked Fortifications of the "Raia" (Border) (T)
  15. Caesarea (T)
  16. Casablanca, Ville du XXème siécle, carrefour d'influences (T)
  17. Central Balkan National Park (T)
  18. Central Park (T)
  19. Centre ancien de Sarlat (T)
  20. Centre historique de Batroun (T)
  21. Centre Historique de Saida (T)
  22. Centro Storico di Lucca (T)
  23. Centro storico di Parma (T)
  24. Church of Panagia Aggeloktisti (T)
  25. Citadel of Alessandria (T)
  26. Cité de Carcassonne et ses châteaux sentinelles de montagne (T)
  27. Citté-fortezza di Palmanova (T)
  28. City of Motovun (T)
  29. Coastal Cliffs (T)
  30. Delhi - A Heritage City (T)
  31. Diocletian's Palace and the Historical Nucleus of Split (extension) (T)
  32. Dreams in Stone - the palaces of King Ludwig II of Bavaria: Neuschwanstein, Linderhof and Herrenchiemsee (T)
  33. Early Medieval Monastic Sites (T)
  34. Eglise et Monastère de Sao Bento, Rio de Janeiro (T)
  35. Eglises romanes d'Andorre (T)
  36. Eise Eisinga Planetarium (T)
  37. El Ferrol of the Illustration Historical Heritage (T)
  38. Ellis Island (T)
  39. Ensemble de grottes à concrétions du Sud de la France (T)
  40. Ensemble du site naturel de la region du Chouf (T)
  41. Extension of the World Heritage Site "Historic Centre of Prague" with the important Monuments in its Vicinity (T)
  42. Flow Country (T)
  43. Forêts primaires de hêtres des Carpates (Slovaquie, Ukraine) et anciennes forêts de hêtres d’Allemagne (Allemagne) (T)
  44. Forêts primaires et anciennes de hêtres des Carpates et d’autres régions d’Europe (Switzerland) (T)
  45. Frontiers of the Roman Empire - Lower German Limes (T)
  46. Frontiers of the Roman Empire - The Danube Limes in Bulgaria (T)
  47. Frontiers of the Roman Empire : Ripa Pannonica in Hungary (T)
  48. Frontiers of the Roman Empire (Austria) (T)
  49. Frontiers of the Roman Empire (Germany) (T)
  50. Great Spas of Europe (Austria) (T)
  51. Great Spas of Europe (Czechia) (T)
  52. Great Spas of Europe (France) (T)
  53. Great Spas of Europe (Germany) (T)
  54. Great Spas of Europe (Italy) (T)
  55. Great Spas of Europe (UK) (T)
  56. Guano Islands, Islets, and Capes National Reserve System form Peru (RNSIIPG) (T)
  57. Hala Sultan Tekke and the Larnaka Salt Lake Complex (T)
  58. Hamad Town Tumuli Moundfield (T)
  59. Historic Centre of Guimarães and Couros Zone (extension) (T)
  60. Historic zone of Basseterre (T)
  61. Historical Lisbon, Global City (T)
  62. Jaén Cathedral (extension of the Renaissance Monumental Ensembles of Úbeda and Baeza) (T)
  63. Jerash Archaeological City (Ancient Meeting Place of East and West) (T)
  64. Jerusalem (T)
  65. Kaunas 1919-1939: The Capital Inspired by the Modern Movement (T)
  66. Khor Dubai (T)
  67. Knights Fortifications around the Harbours of Malta (T)
  68. Kyiv: Saint Sophia Cathedral with Related Monastic Buildings, St. Cyril's and St. Andrew's Churches, Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra (T)
  69. L'ensemble rupestre de Basarabi (T)
  70. La Rioja and Rioja Alavesa Vine and Wine Cultural Landscape (T)
  71. Lake Maggiore and Lake D'Orta lakelands (T)
  72. Late Medieval Bastioned Fortifications in Greece (T)
  73. Le Palais de Justice de Bruxelles (T)
  74. Les Alpes de la Méditerranée (France) (T)
  75. Les Alpes de la Méditerranée (Italy) (T)
  76. Les Alpes de la Méditerranée (Monaco) (T)
  77. Les Mausolées Royaux de Numidie, de la Maurétanie et les monuments funéraires pré-islamiques (Tunisia) (T)
  78. Les passages de Bruxelles / Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert (T)
  79. Les villes antiques de la Narbonnaise et leur territoire: Nimes, Arles, Glanum, aqueducs, via Domitia (T)
  80. Luther memorials in Saxony-Anhalt, Saxony, Bavaria and Thuringia (T)
  81. Manama, City of Trade, Multiculturalism and Religious Coexistence (T)
  82. Metz Royale et Impériale, enjeux de pouvoir, confrontations stylistiques et identité urbaine (T)
  83. Mining Historical Heritage (T)
  84. Monument: Temple d'Echmoun (T)
  85. Mothia and Libeo Island: The Phoenician-Punic Civilization in Italy (T)
  86. Moulay Idriss Zerhoun (T)
  87. Mujib Nature Reserve (T)
  88. National Park (Taman Negara) of Peninsular Malaysia (T)
  89. Nice, la ville neuve née du tourisme, ou l’invention de la Riviera (T)
  90. Nieuwe Hollandse Waterlinie (T)
  91. Nîmes, l'Antiquité au présent (T)
  92. Noyau historique d'Antwerpen -Anvers- de l'Escaut aux anciens remparts de vers 1250 (T)
  93. Oasis of Fayoum, hydraulic remains and ancient cultural landscapes (T)
  94. Ödön Lechner's independent pre-modern architecture (T)
  95. Padova Urbs Picta. Giotto, the Scrovegni Chapel and the 14th century painting cycles (T)
  96. Paimio Hospital (formerly Paimio Sanatorium) (T)
  97. Palais de la Culture, ancien siège du Ministere de l'Education et de la Santé, Rio de Janeiro (T)
  98. Peruvian Central Railway (T)
  99. Plasencia - Monfragüe - Trujillo : Paysage méditerranéen (T)
  100. Pobiti Kamani Natural Monument (T)
  101. Pombaline Lisbon (T)
  102. Ponds in the Bay of Oristano and the Sinis Peninsula island of Mal di Ventre (T)
  103. Primošten Vineyards (T)
  104. Priorat-Montsant-Siurana paysage agricole de la montagne méditerranéenne (T)
  105. Qasr Al-Mushatta (T)
  106. Roman Ways. Itineraries of the Roman Empire (T)
  107. Romanesque Cathedrals in Puglia (T)
  108. Rouen : ensemble urbain à pans de bois, cathédrale, église Saint-Ouen, église Saint Maclou (T)
  109. Route of Magellan. First around the World (T)
  110. Routes of Santiago de Compostela: Routes in Portugal (T)
  111. Saar Heritage Park (T)
  112. Sacred Titicaca Lake (T)
  113. Salento and the "Barocco Leccese" (T)
  114. Sharjah: the Gate to Trucial States (T)
  115. ShUM cities of Speyer, Worms and Mainz (T)
  116. Site of the Retiro and the Prado in Madrid (T)
  117. Sites mégalithiques de Carnac (T)
  118. Slate Industry of North Wales (T)
  119. Smederevo Fortress (T)
  120. Sultan Bayezid II Complex: A Center of Medical Treatment (T)
  121. Taormina and Isola Bella (T)
  122. The Ancient Plovdiv (T)
  123. The ancient town of Nicopolis ad Istrum (T)
  124. The Aniene valley and Villa Gregoriana in Tivoli (T)
  125. The Bachkovo Monastery (T)
  126. The Bodrum Castle (T)
  127. The Burren (T)
  128. The Central Axis of Beijing (including Beihai) (T)
  129. The city of Bergamo (T)
  130. The Colonial Transisthmian Route of Panamá (Ruta Colonial Transístmica de Panamá) (T)
  131. The concept of the lenticular historical town core of Kosice City (T)
  132. The Historic City of Dublin (T)
  133. The Industrial Heritage of Barbados: The Story of Sugar and Rum (T)
  134. The Jewish Cemetery of Altona Königstrasse. Sephardic Sepulchral Culture of the 17th and 18th century between Europe and the Caribbean (T)
  135. The late ancient tomb of Silistra (T)
  136. The Monastic City of Clonmacnoise and its Cultural Landscape (T)
  137. The Olive Grove Landscapes of Andalusia (T)
  138. The Porticoes of Bologna (T)
  139. The Rise of Systematic Biology (T)
  140. The Roussensky Lom National Park (T)
  141. The royal necropolis of the Thracian city of Seuthopolis – a serial site, extension of the Kazanlak Thracian tomb (T)
  142. The Royal Sites of Ireland: Cashel, Dún Ailinne, Hill of Uisneach, Rathcroghan Complex, and Tara Complex (T)
  143. The Scotland District of Barbados (T)
  144. The timeless, humanistic architecture of Jože Plečnik (T)
  145. Thracian Tomb with Wall Paintings beside Alexandrovo village (T)
  146. Tokaj Wine Region (T)
  147. Trakai Historical National Park (T)
  148. Two neolithic dwellings with their interior and household furnishings and utensils completely preserved. (T)
  149. Umm al-Jimal (T)
  150. Via Appia "Regina Viarum" (T)
  151. Via Francigena in Italy (T)
  152. Wineries and Vineyards for traditional Pisco Production (T)

Top 50 Missing Sites

  1. Amritsar
  2. Atacama Desert
  3. Chernobyl
  4. Death Valley National Park
  5. Golden Gate Bridge
  6. Historic University Towns of Oxford and Cambridge
  7. Huaca de la Luna and Huaca del Sol
  8. Lake Titicaca
  9. Neuschwanstein Castle
  10. Panama Canal
  11. Scrovegni's Chapel
  12. Sistema Vial Andino/Qhapaq Ñan
  13. The Soviet Architecture of Moscow
  14. Vers une architecture: Major Buildings of Le Corbusier

Top 200 WHS

  1. Yellowstone
  2. Redwood
  3. Cape Floral Region
  4. Ngorongoro
  5. Galapagos Islands
  6. Komodo National Park
  7. Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries
  8. Ancient Nara
  9. Ancient Kyoto
  10. Falun Great Copper Mountain
  11. Ironbridge Gorge
  12. Grand Canyon
  13. Nubian Monuments
  14. Ancient Thebes
  15. Salamanca
  16. Jantar Mantar
  17. Lorentz National Park
  18. Virunga National Park
  19. Aranjuez
  20. Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka
  21. Cilento and Vallo di Diano
  22. Uluru
  23. Wadi Rum
  24. Hallstatt-Dachstein
  25. Sintra
  26. Old Town of Galle
  27. Kremlin and Red Square
  28. Sydney Opera House
  29. Westminster
  30. Yuso and Suso Monasteries
  31. Santa Maria de Guadelupe
  32. Abbey of St Gall
  33. Pilgrimage Church of Wies
  34. Reims
  35. Santa Maria delle Grazie
  36. Rila Monastery
  37. Sceilg Mhichíl
  38. Mount Athos
  39. Mont-Saint-Michel
  40. Vatican City
  41. Meteora
  42. Mystras
  43. Göreme NP
  44. Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor
  45. Etruscan Necropolises
  46. Taj Mahal
  47. Pyramids (Memphis)
  48. Yungang Grottoes
  49. Sanchi
  50. Lumbini
  51. Borobudur
  52. Sigiriya
  53. Ajanta Caves
  54. Kathmandu Valley
  55. Medina of Marrakesh
  56. Mérida
  57. Pont du Gard
  58. Segovia
  59. Baalbek
  60. Pompei
  61. Villa Romana del Casale
  62. Paphos
  63. Epidaurus
  64. Temple of Apollo Epicurius at Bassae
  65. Agrigento
  66. Mycenae and Tiryns
  67. Olympia
  68. Wachau Cultural Landscape
  69. Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras
  70. Timbuktu
  71. Ksar of Aït Ben Haddou
  72. Yosemite National Park
  73. Hampi
  74. Qutb Minar
  75. Ha Long Bay
  76. Cuzco
  77. Puerto-Princesa Subterranean River
  78. Bryggen
  79. Siena
  80. Dubrovnik
  81. Cracow
  82. Brugge
  83. Cesky Krumlov
  84. Telc
  85. Quedlinburg
  86. Avila
  87. Auschwitz Birkenau
  88. Genbaku Dome
  89. Statue of Liberty
  90. Agra Fort
  91. Gwynedd Castles
  92. Great Wall
  93. Elvas
  94. Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines
  95. Machu Picchu
  96. Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch
  97. Petra
  98. Rapa Nui
  99. Imperial Palace
  100. Versailles
  101. El Escurial
  102. Summer Palace
  103. Wadi Al-Hitan
  104. Kew Gardens
  105. Site of Carthage
  106. Florence
  107. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  108. Urbino
  109. Old City of Berne
  110. Chan Chan
  111. Teotihuacan
  112. Tikal National Park
  113. Caral-Supe
  114. Chichen-Itza
  115. Chavin
  116. Stonehenge
  117. Nasca Lines
  118. Brú na Bóinne
  119. Mountain Resort, Chengde
  120. Kenya Lake System
  121. Okavango Delta
  122. Plitvice Lakes
  123. Iguacu
  124. Altamira Cave
  125. Vézère Valley
  126. Angkor
  127. Sukhothai
  128. Ellora Caves
  129. Fatehpur Sikri
  130. Elephanta Caves
  131. Venice and its Lagoon
  132. Rome
  133. Toledo
  134. Le Havre
  135. Crespi d'Adda