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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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Hebron/Al-Khalil Old Town

Philipp Peterer Switzerland - 16-Jan-19

Hebron/Al-Khalil Old Town

We rented a taxi for the day to visit Hebron from Bethlehem. This proofed to be a good choice, as we were driven close to the mosque/tomb, with instructions on how to reach it.

The place itself is one of the strangest visit I ever had. It is divided, but if you are neither Jew nor Muslim, you can enter both sides, passing the respective checkpoint. I suggest visiting both sides, as each one has a special advantage. The Jewish side is not really interesting inside, but the façade is very photogenic from that side. The Muslim side is just a boring stonewall from outside but the mosque is very nice from the inside.

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Vredefort Dome

Philipp Peterer Switzerland - 16-Jan-19

Vredefort Dome

I avoid guided tours whenever possible, but in case of Vredefort Dome it was simply too hard to find out where to go and what to look for. It doesn’t help either that some of the sites are on private land. Being in South Africa for business, I had a day off and wanted to squeeze in Vredefort and Sterkfontein. Off-season, not many tourists visit the region, so I went on a 3 hour private tour with Dome Tour, paying for 4 people. My guide was Prof. Graeme Addison, a very friendly and knowledgeable guy, offering different tours and activities from his ranch (easy to find with google maps from JNB airport). Your own car is supposed to be used for the tour, but as I didn’t have a 4WD I had to spend some extra bucks and we went with Graeme’s car.

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Garajonay

Philipp Peterer Switzerland - 04-Jul-18

Garajonay

The park can be visited on a rather easy day trip from Tenerife. I took the 08:45 ferry from Los Cristianos (50mins) and went back on the 17:30 ferry. The price of about 30 Euros per way was ridiculously high. At La Gomera port I rented a car for 25 Euros. Got it in about 2 minutes. Easiest rental ever. From the port it’s a rather joyful uphill drive to the park.

You could follow routes that take the whole day. I opted for driving to several viewpoints instead and did a few kilometers return on several path. If you are not a total tree enthusiast, a trek for several hours will get boring. It’s a constant up and down between the ever same trees. My favorite viewpoints were the Miradores del Rejo and Hermigua

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Medina of Tunis

Philipp Peterer Switzerland - 10-May-18

Medina of Tunis

Tunis was, compared to the Moroccan Medinas I visited, a rather enjoyable visit. It seems a bit cleaner, vendors are much less aggressive and it’s easier to navigate within the streets. The downside is that it lacks real highlights. It’s one of these places where you can aimlessly wander around for one or two hours and somehow nothing is really memorable. The government district and the Kasba are worth passing by. The main mosque was closed for non-Muslims. We walked from our hotel to the Medina. The rest of the center of Tunis is, compared to the others I saw in Tunisia, the closest to a decent city with a normal street layout and even a city train. The Avenue Habib Bourguiba is mentionable, with the Tunis Cathedral and the theatre

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Kerkuane

Philipp Peterer Switzerland - 10-May-18

Kerkuane

Kerkuane is one for the true collectors. The landscape is very nice in this part of Tunisia and I even saw some flamingo colonies on the way. Nevertheless, it is a bit hard to justify the combined around 5h drive to get there and back for what you see. The highlights are the bathrooms and a rather primitive mosaic. The rest are very low-level ground walls and a nice sea view. Opening times are very limited, closing at 4pm and closed on Mondays, so plan ahead. Just follow google maps to find the site. There is not much else around and very limited accommodation offers so I would not suggest staying overnight in this area. There are no motorways in this part of the country and many trucks. You will pass several cities, which further challenge your driving skills.

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

Recently Visited WHS

Update 21.01.19
Angkor 5
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Rome 5
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Brugge 4.5
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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
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Belem 4
Byblos 4
Cuenca 4
Elvas 4
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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
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Trogir 3.5
Tyre 3.5
Urbino 3.5
Valletta 3.5
Verona 3.5
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Arles 3
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Ibiza 3
Macao 3
Meknes 3
Modena 3
Pienza 3
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Genoa 2.5
Kairouan 2.5
Morelia 2.5
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  2. Ancienne chocolaterie Menier à Noisiel (T)
  3. Ancient Greek Theatres (T)
  4. Archaeological Complex of Pachacamac (T)
  5. Bahá'í House of Worship at New Delhi (T)
  6. Barbar Temple (T)
  7. Bishop's Basilica and Late-Antique Mosaics of Philippopolis, Roman Province of Thrace (T)
  8. Black River Gorges National Park (T)
  9. Bregenzerwald (Bregenz Forest) (T)
  10. Brooklyn Bridge (T)
  11. Burial Ensembles of Dilmun and Tylos (T)
  12. Caesarea (T)
  13. Casablanca, Ville du XXème siécle, carrefour d'influences (T)
  14. Central Balkan National Park (T)
  15. Central Park (T)
  16. Centre ancien de Sarlat (T)
  17. Centre historique de Batroun (T)
  18. Centre Historique de Saida (T)
  19. Centro Storico di Lucca (T)
  20. Centro storico di Parma (T)
  21. Church of Panagia Aggeloktisti (T)
  22. Citadel of Alessandria (T)
  23. Cité de Carcassonne et ses châteaux sentinelles de montagne (T)
  24. Coastal Cliffs (T)
  25. Delhi - A Heritage City (T)
  26. Diocletian's Palace and the Historical Nucleus of Split (extension) (T)
  27. Dreams in Stone - the palaces of King Ludwig II of Bavaria: Neuschwanstein, Linderhof and Herrenchiemsee (T)
  28. Early Medieval Monastic Sites (T)
  29. Eise Eisinga Planetarium (T)
  30. Ellis Island (T)
  31. Ensemble du site naturel de la region du Chouf (T)
  32. Ensemble historique de Santa Coloma (T)
  33. Extension of the World Heritage Site "Historic Centre of Prague" with the important Monuments in its Vicinity (T)
  34. Forêts primaires et anciennes de hêtres des Carpates et d’autres régions d’Europe (Switzerland) (T)
  35. Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings (T)
  36. Frontiers of the Roman Empire - The Danube Limes in Bulgaria (T)
  37. Frontiers of the Roman Empire (Germany) (T)
  38. Great Spas of Europe (Austria) (T)
  39. Great Spas of Europe (Czechia) (T)
  40. Great Spas of Europe (France) (T)
  41. Great Spas of Europe (Germany) (T)
  42. Great Spas of Europe (Italy) (T)
  43. Great Spas of Europe (UK) (T)
  44. Historic Center of the City of Trujillo (T)
  45. Historic Centre of Guimarães and Couros Zone (extension) (T)
  46. Historic zone of Basseterre (T)
  47. Historical Lisbon, Global City (T)
  48. Hydraulic Engineering and Hydropower, Drinking Water and Decorative Fountains in Augsburg (T)
  49. Jaén Cathedral (extension of the Renaissance Monumental Ensembles of Úbeda and Baeza) (T)
  50. Jaipur city, Rajasthan India (T)
  51. Jerusalem (T)
  52. Kaunas 1919-1939: The Capital Inspired by the Modern Movement (T)
  53. L'ensemble rupestre de Basarabi (T)
  54. La Rioja and Rioja Alavesa Vine and Wine Cultural Landscape (T)
  55. Lake Titicaca (T)
  56. Late Medieval Bastioned Fortifications in Greece (T)
  57. Le Palais de Justice de Bruxelles (T)
  58. Les Alpes de la Méditerranée (T)
  59. Les Mausolées Royaux de Numidie, de la Maurétanie et les monuments funéraires pré-islamiques (T)
  60. Les passages de Bruxelles / Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert (T)
  61. Les villes antiques de la Narbonnaise et leur territoire: Nimes, Arles, Glanum, aqueducs, via Domitia (T)
  62. Manama, City of Trade, Multiculturalism and Religious Coexistence (T)
  63. Metz Royale et Impériale, enjeux de pouvoir, confrontations stylistiques et identité urbaine (T)
  64. Monument: Temple d'Echmoun (T)
  65. Mothia and Libeo Island: The Phoenician-Punic Civilization in Italy (T)
  66. Moulay Idriss Zerhoun (T)
  67. National Park (Taman Negara) of Peninsular Malaysia (T)
  68. Nice, la ville neuve née du tourisme, ou l’invention de la Riviera (T)
  69. Nieuwe Hollandse Waterlinie (T)
  70. Nîmes, l'Antiquité au présent (T)
  71. Noyau historique d'Antwerpen -Anvers- de l'Escaut aux anciens remparts de vers 1250 (T)
  72. Oasis of Fayoum, hydraulic remains and ancient cultural landscapes (T)
  73. Padova Urbs Picta. Giotto, the Scrovegni Chapel and the 14th century painting cycles (T)
  74. Plasencia - Monfragüe - Trujillo : Paysage méditerranéen (T)
  75. Pobiti Kamani Natural Monument (T)
  76. Pombaline Lisbon (T)
  77. Ponds in the Bay of Oristano and the Sinis Peninsula island of Mal di Ventre (T)
  78. Primošten Vineyards (T)
  79. Romanesque Cathedrals in Puglia (T)
  80. Rouen : ensemble urbain à pans de bois, cathédrale, église Saint-Ouen, église Saint Maclou (T)
  81. Route of Magellan. First around the World (T)
  82. Saar Heritage Park (T)
  83. Sacred Titicaca Lake (T)
  84. Salento and the "Barocco Leccese" (T)
  85. ShUM cities of Speyer, Worms and Mainz (T)
  86. Site of the Retiro and the Prado in Madrid (T)
  87. Sites mégalithiques de Carnac (T)
  88. Slate Industry of North Wales (T)
  89. Smederevo Fortress (T)
  90. Sultan Bayezid II Complex: A Center of Medical Treatment (T)
  91. Taormina and Isola Bella (T)
  92. Teylers (T)
  93. The Ancient Plovdiv (T)
  94. The ancient town of Nicopolis ad Istrum (T)
  95. The Aniene valley and Villa Gregoriana in Tivoli (T)
  96. The Bachkovo Monastery (T)
  97. The Bodrum Castle (T)
  98. The Burren (T)
  99. The city of Bergamo (T)
  100. The concept of the lenticular historical town core of Kosice City (T)
  101. The Historic City of Dublin (T)
  102. The Industrial Heritage of Barbados: The Story of Sugar and Rum (T)
  103. The late ancient tomb of Silistra (T)
  104. The Monastic City of Clonmacnoise and its Cultural Landscape (T)
  105. The Olive Grove Landscapes of Andalusia (T)
  106. The Porticoes of Bologna (T)
  107. The Rise of Systematic Biology (T)
  108. The Roussensky Lom National Park. (T)
  109. The royal necropolis of the Thracian city of Seuthopolis – a serial site, extension of the Kazanlak Thracian tomb (T)
  110. The Royal Sites of Ireland: Cashel, Dún Ailinne, Hill of Uisneach, Rathcroghan Complex, and Tara Complex (T)
  111. The Scotland District of Barbados (T)
  112. The timeless, humanistic architecture of Jože Plečnik (T)
  113. Thracian Tomb with Wall Paintings beside Alexandrovo village (T)
  114. Tokaj Wine Region (T)
  115. Trakai Historical National Park (T)
  116. Two neolithic dwellings with their interior and household furnishings and utensils completely preserved. (T)
  117. Via Appia "Regina Viarum" (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