Philipp Peterer Profile

Philipp Peterer
Philipp Peterer.

I started focusing my trips on WHS in 2008. Since I leave in Europe, I could greatly increase my count in the following years. Nowadays my yearly goal is to visit more sites than are added the same year.

My trips are usually rather spontaneous and I try to maximize the time I have available by adding as many WHS and TWHS as possible, preferably completing countries or regions in one visit. For efficiency, my preferred method of transport is the combination of airplane and rental car. I’ve been driving a car in more than 50 countries, including Lebanon or India.

A major obsession of mine is to visit WHS with good weather conditions. I move or cancel trips if the forecast is bad. I also have a “revisit needed” list and travel back to WHS, where I had, sometimes due to bad weather, an unsatisfying visit.

In the upcoming years, I will shift my focus to more exotic and harder to reach sites. I also plan to keep up travelling with those community members that became good friends. No better way to celebrate a milestone or finding a hidden TWHS after navigating your car through rice fields than with fellow enthusiasts.

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Recent Reviews Philipp Peterer


Abbey of St Gall

Philipp Peterer Switzerland - 28-Nov-22

Abbey of St Gall

After many years, thanks to a visit from Ian, I finally did a revisit of the abbey and its marvellous library. As mentioned in previous reviews, it is really the library the pulls this site out of mediocracy. We headed straight for the library of course. The ticket also includes the library, a museum in the basement and an exhibition room in another building. Pictures are not allowed in any of these rooms, but you really only want them from the library.

Entering the library still requires to put on slippers and there is always a knowledgeable employee present who can give you some details about the construction. A secret attraction is the mummy “Schepenese” in the far right corner. There are currently efforts by a local artist to bring the mummy back to Egypt. So visit, while she is still around

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Historical Centre of Puerto Plata (T)

Philipp Peterer Switzerland - 15-Nov-22

Historical Centre of Puerto Plata (T)

Puerto Plata is one of the tourist hotspots in the Dominican Republic. We spent our family vacation in one of the resorts, a few minutes’ drive from the city center. The city has its own international airport and a cruise terminal. Further, Carnival’s private cruise terminal, Amber Cove, is only a few minutes outside the center.

Thanks to the massive amount of tourists the region sees each year, the old town is very well maintained. There is a large number of wooden colonial houses, all of them in colourfully painted. There is a nice square next to an unimpressive church. The fortress is San Felipe is small but in good shape. The city is clean compared to Santo Domingo and during off-season also very relaxed.

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Lower German Limes

Philipp Peterer Switzerland - 15-Nov-22

Lower German Limes

I visited the Lower German Limes in Germany and the Netherlands. The “Roman Disneyland” Xanten is already covered in other reviews. The museum in Cologne was in September still under reconstruction. Therefore I will focus my review on the Netherlands.

In my quest to find original remains in the Netherland. While most of the dots on our map seem to scatter around Nijmegen, it seems that none of these remains are actually visible. Then I stumbled upon Utrecht. Most (if not all) remains in the Netherlands are underground and in Utrecht you have the chance to go there. "DOM under" provides a guided tour to, you guessed it, an excavation site under the cathedral, or rather the part of the main square, that used to be part of the cathedral before a storm struck it down.

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Historic City of Harput (T)

Philipp Peterer Switzerland - 26-Aug-22

Historic City of Harput (T)

Harput is a few kilometres outside the city of Elazig. It’s about half way on the road between Divrigi and Diyarbakir. You will need to drive through Elazig to reach the town. I hadn’t taken into account, that Harput is a hilltop town with and altitude of around 1300m. When I arrived in March 2022 there were still patches of snow all over the town.

The relevant core is rather small. I parked my car at the end of Elazig Street and walked through the center to the castle, which is clearly the highlight of Harput. Entry to the castle was free. Probably also because it is rather a ruin. There are archaeological remains on top of the castle, mostly fenced off. Parts are roofed to protect the remains.

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The Underground Water Structures in Gaziantep; Livas and Kastels (T)

Philipp Peterer Switzerland - 26-Aug-22

The Underground Water Structures in Gaziantep; Livas and Kastels (T)

I flew in and out of Gaziantep to cover WHS in eastern Turkey and visited the town on my last day. The proposal talks about structures in plural. There might be several structures left, but there is only one fountain open for visits. It is more or less correctly marked on Google Maps as “Pisirici Mescidi Ve Kasteli”. The Google entry says it is open around the clock, but I highly doubt this is true. Just go for office hours to make sure you get in. There was a tiny house with a guard and next to it stairs leading down to the kastel. The guard just let me in. There seems to be no ticket fee.

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Profile Data

Name
Philipp Peterer
Country
Switzerland
Most Impressive
Machu Picchu
Proposal
Ancient Salamis (Northern Cyprus)
Rating Stats
Angkor 5
Petra 5
Rome 5
Sintra 5
Brugge 4.5
Bryggen 4.5
Calakmul 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
Hampi 4
Jeju 4
Kotor 4
Kyiv 4
Masada 4
Mostar 4
Naples 4
Paphos 4
Reims 4
Rhodes 4
Røros 4
Sanchi 4
Split 4
Telc 4
Toledo 4
Trier 4
Uxmal 4
Vienna 4
Warsaw 4
Albi 3.5
Anjar 3.5
Aranjuez 3.5
Ayutthaya 3.5
Butrint 3.5
Caceres 3.5
Delos 3.5
Dolomites 3.5
Epidaurus 3.5
Ferrara 3.5
Garajonay 3.5
Kandy 3.5
Lima 3.5
Lyon 3.5
Lübeck 3.5
Matera 3.5
Mazagan 3.5
Olympia 3.5
Orange 3.5
Pergamon 3.5
Provins 3.5
Ravenna 3.5
Surtsey 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
Corfu 3
Graz 3
Ibiza 3
Macao 3
Meknes 3
Modena 3
Pienza 3
Torun 3
Aquileia 2.5
Burgundy 2.5
Carthage 2.5
Champagne 2.5
Genoa 2.5
Kairouan 2.5
Morelia 2.5
Nancy 2.5
Nice 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
Qalhat 1.5
Troy 1.5
As-Salt 0.5
Battir 0.5
  1. Amalienborg and its district (T)
  2. Ancienne chocolaterie Menier à Noisiel (T)
  3. Ancient Cities of Lycian Civilization (T)
  4. Ancient Greek Theatres (T)
  5. Ancient Mountain Fortresses in Central Korea (T)
  6. Archaeological Site and Historic Centre of Panamá City (T)
  7. Archaeological Site of Assos (T)
  8. Archaeological Site of Perge (T)
  9. Archeological Site of Zeugma (T)
  10. Ayvalık Industrial Landscape (T)
  11. Azraq (T)
  12. Bahá'í House of Worship at New Delhi (T)
  13. Barbar Temple (T)
  14. Bishop's Basilica and Late-Antique Mosaics of Philippopolis, Roman Province of Thrace (T)
  15. Black River Gorges National Park (T)
  16. Brazilian Fortresses Ensemble (T)
  17. Bregenzerwald (Bregenz Forest) (T)
  18. Brooklyn Bridge (T)
  19. Bulwarked Fortifications (T)
  20. Caesarea (T)
  21. Çanakkale (Dardanelles) and Gelibolu (Gallipoli) Battles Zones in the First World War (T)
  22. Casablanca, Ville du XXème siécle, carrefour d'influences (T)
  23. Cascata delle Marmore and Valnerina: Monastic sites and ancient hydrogeological reclamation works (T)
  24. Central Balkan National Park (T)
  25. Central Park (T)
  26. Centre ancien de Sarlat (T)
  27. Centre historique de Saida (T)
  28. Church of Panagia Aggeloktisti (T)
  29. Citadel of Alessandria (T)
  30. Cité de Carcassonne et ses châteaux sentinelles de montagne (T)
  31. City of Motovun (T)
  32. Coastal Cliffs (T)
  33. Cultural Landscape of Innsbruck-Nordkette/Karwendel (T)
  34. Dababiya (T)
  35. Delhi - A Heritage City (T)
  36. Diocletian's Palace and the Historical Nucleus of Split (extension) (T)
  37. Domaine de Fontainebleau : château, jardins, parc et forêt (T)
  38. Dreams in Stone - the palaces of King Ludwig II of Bavaria: Neuschwanstein, Linderhof and Herrenchiemsee (T)
  39. Early Medieval Monastic Sites (T)
  40. Eglise et Monastère de Sao Bento, Rio de Janeiro (T)
  41. Egyptian Museum in Cairo (T)
  42. Eise Eisinga Planetarium (T)
  43. El Ferrol of the Illustration Historical Heritage (T)
  44. Ellis Island (T)
  45. Evaporite karst and caves of Emilia Romagna Region (T)
  46. Evolution of Temple Architecture - Aihole-Badami- Pattadakal (T)
  47. Extension of the World Heritage Site "Historic Centre of Prague" with the important Monuments in its Vicinity (T)
  48. Flow Country (T)
  49. Frontiers of the Roman Empire - The Danube Limes in Bulgaria (T)
  50. Gaya Tumuli (T)
  51. Gdansk - Town of Memory and Freedom (T)
  52. Gebel Qatrani Area, Lake Qaroun Nature Reserve (T)
  53. Guano Islands, Islets, and Capes National Reserve System (T)
  54. Güllük Dagi-Termessos National Park (T)
  55. Hala Sultan Tekke and the Larnaka Salt Lake Complex (T)
  56. Hall in Tyrol - The Mint (T)
  57. Hamad Town Tumuli Moundfield (T)
  58. Harran and Sanliurfa (T)
  59. Hire Benkal, Megalithic Site (T)
  60. Historic Center of the City of Trujillo (T)
  61. Historic Centre of Guimarães and Couros Zone (extension) (T)
  62. Historic City of Harput (T)
  63. Historic Town of Kemaliye (T)
  64. Historic zone of Basseterre (T)
  65. Historical Centre of Puerto Plata (T)
  66. Historical city of Izamal (Izamal, Mayan continuity in an Historical City) (T)
  67. Historical Lisbon, Global City (T)
  68. Historical theatres of the Marche Region (T)
  69. Íznik (T)
  70. Jaén Cathedral (extension of the Renaissance Monumental Ensembles of Úbeda and Baeza) (T)
  71. Jerash Archaeological City (Ancient Meeting Place of East and West) (T)
  72. Jerusalem (T)
  73. Karain Cave (T)
  74. Kaunas 1919-1939: The Capital Inspired by the Modern Movement (T)
  75. Kekova (T)
  76. Khor Dubai (T)
  77. Knights Fortifications around the Harbours of Malta (T)
  78. Kyiv: Saint Sophia Cathedral with Related Monastic Buildings, St. Cyril's and St. Andrew's Churches, Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra (T)
  79. L'ensemble rupestre de Basarabi (T)
  80. La Rioja and Rioja Alavesa Vine and Wine Cultural Landscape (T)
  81. Lake Maggiore and Lake D'Orta lakelands (T)
  82. Lake Titicaca (T)
  83. Late Medieval Bastioned Fortifications in Greece (T)
  84. Le centre historique de la ville de Batroun (T)
  85. Le Palais de Justice de Bruxelles (T)
  86. Les Alpes de la Méditerranée (France) (T)
  87. Les Alpes de la Méditerranée (Italy) (T)
  88. Les Alpes de la Méditerranée (Monaco) (T)
  89. Les Mausolées Royaux de Numidie, de la Maurétanie et les monuments funéraires pré-islamiques (Tunisia) (T)
  90. Les passages de Bruxelles / Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert (T)
  91. Les villes antiques de la Narbonnaise et leur territoire: Nimes, Arles, Glanum, aqueducs, via Domitia (T)
  92. Luther memorials in Saxony-Anhalt, Saxony, Bavaria and Thuringia (T)
  93. Manama, City of Trade, Multiculturalism and Religious Coexistence (T)
  94. Mediterranean Wind Mills (T)
  95. Metz Royale et Impériale, enjeux de pouvoir, confrontations stylistiques et identité urbaine (T)
  96. Mining Historical Heritage (T)
  97. Modernist Centre of Gdynia — the example of building an integrated community (T)
  98. Moravian Church Settlements (USA) (T)
  99. Mothia and Lilibeo Island: The Phoenician-Punic Civilization in Italy (T)
  100. Moulay Idriss Zerhoun (T)
  101. Mount Vernon (T)
  102. Mountain Chains (T)
  103. Mujib Nature Reserve (T)
  104. Mývatn and Laxá (T)
  105. Naganeupseong, Town Fortress and Village (T)
  106. Nasca Aqueducts (T)
  107. National Park (Taman Negara) of Peninsular Malaysia (T)
  108. Nîmes, l'Antiquité au présent (T)
  109. Noyau historique d'Antwerpen -Anvers- de l'Escaut aux anciens remparts de vers 1250 (T)
  110. Oasis of Fayoum, hydraulic remains and ancient cultural landscapes (T)
  111. Ödön Lechner's independent pre-modern architecture (T)
  112. Oeam Village (T)
  113. Orvieto (T)
  114. Palais de la Culture, ancien siège du Ministere de l'Education et de la Santé, Rio de Janeiro (T)
  115. Peruvian Central Railway (T)
  116. Pharaonic temples in Upper Egypt from the Ptolemaic and Roman periods (T)
  117. Plasencia - Monfragüe - Trujillo : Paysage méditerranéen (T)
  118. Pobiti Kamani Natural Monument (T)
  119. Pombaline Lisbon (T)
  120. Pont sur la gorge du Salgina (T)
  121. Primeros Ingenios Coloniales Azucareros de América (T)
  122. Primošten Vineyards (T)
  123. Priorat-Montsant-Siurana paysage agricole de la montagne méditerranéenne (T)
  124. Qasr Al-Mushatta (T)
  125. Ring of cenotes of Chicxulub Crater, Yucatan (T)
  126. Roman Ways. Itineraries of the Roman Empire (T)
  127. Rouen : ensemble urbain à pans de bois, cathédrale, église Saint-Ouen, église Saint Maclou (T)
  128. Route of Magellan (T)
  129. Routes of Santiago de Compostela in Portugal (T)
  130. Saar Heritage Park (T)
  131. Sacred Titicaca Lake (T)
  132. Salento and the Barocco Leccese (T)
  133. Seoul City Wall (T)
  134. Sharjah: the Gate to Trucial States (T)
  135. Sites mégalithiques de Carnac (T)
  136. Sitio Arqueológico de la Villa La Isabela (T)
  137. Smederevo Fortress (T)
  138. St. Nicholas Church (T)
  139. Stone Buddhas and Pagodas at Hwasun Unjusa Temple (T)
  140. Sultan Bayezid II Complex: A Center of Medical Treatment (T)
  141. Sun Temple, Modhera and its adjoining monuments (T)
  142. Temple d’Echmoun (T)
  143. The Ancient Plovdiv (T)
  144. The ancient town of Nicopolis ad Istrum (T)
  145. The Aniene valley and Villa Gregoriana in Tivoli (T)
  146. The Architectural Works of Alvar Aalto - a Human Dimension to the Modern Movement (T)
  147. The Bachkovo Monastery (T)
  148. The Bodrum Castle (T)
  149. The broader region of Mount Olympus (T)
  150. The Burren (T)
  151. The Central Axis of Beijing (including Beihai) (T)
  152. The Colonial Transisthmian Route of Panamá (Ruta Colonial Transístmica de Panamá) (T)
  153. The concept of the lenticular historical town core of Kosice City (T)
  154. The Cultural Landscape of Civita di Bagnoregio (T)
  155. The Fortress of Terezín (T)
  156. The Historic City of Dublin (T)
  157. The Industrial Heritage of Barbados: The Story of Sugar and Rum (T)
  158. The Jewish Cemetery of Altona Königstrasse. Sephardic Sepulchral Culture of the 17th and 18th century between Europe and the Caribbean (T)
  159. The late ancient tomb of Silistra (T)
  160. The Lofoten islands (T)
  161. The Monastic City of Clonmacnoise and its Cultural Landscape (T)
  162. The Rise of Systematic Biology (T)
  163. The Roussensky Lom National Park (T)
  164. The royal necropolis of the Thracian city of Seuthopolis – a serial site, extension of the Kazanlak Thracian tomb (T)
  165. The Royal Sites of Ireland: Cashel, Dún Ailinne, Hill of Uisneach, Rathcroghan Complex, and Tara Complex (T)
  166. The Scotland District of Barbados (T)
  167. The Theatre and Aqueducts of the Ancient City of Aspendos (T)
  168. The Transhumance: The Royal Shepherd's Track (T)
  169. The Turf House Tradition (T)
  170. The Underground Water Structures in Gaziantep; Livas and Kastels (T)
  171. Thingvellir National Park (T)
  172. Thomas Jefferson Buildings (T)
  173. Thracian Tomb with Wall Paintings beside Alexandrovo village (T)
  174. Tokaj Wine Region (T)
  175. Trading Posts and Fortifications on Genoese Trade Routes from the Mediterranean to the Black Sea (T)
  176. Trakai Historical National Park (T)
  177. Two neolithic dwellings with their interior and household furnishings and utensils completely preserved. (T)
  178. Umm al-Jimal (T)
  179. Via Appia 'Regina Viarum' (T)
  180. Via Francigena in Italy (T)
  181. Victoria Lines Fortifications (T)
  182. VIKING MONUMENTS AND SITES / Thingvellir National Park (T)
  183. VIKING MONUMENTS AND SITES / Vestfold Ship Burials and Hyllestad Quernstone Quarries (T)
  184. Villas of the Papal Nobility (T)
  185. Wineries and Vineyards for traditional Pisco Production (T)
  186. Yivli Minaret Mosque (T)
  187. Žatec – the Hops Town (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 Guadalupe
  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. 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