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Archaeological Site of Nikopolis (T) Ralf Regele

Archaeological Site of Nikopolis (T) by Ralf Regele

Nikopolis is the ruin of a roman city north of Preveza, on the western coast of Greece. Surprisingly for such a little known site, the ruins are quite large - there is a mile-long city wall, two large fields with remains and lots of smaller artifacts. It looks as if the antique city was larger than the present one ! However, there are no buildings remaining on the whole. What is left is mostly brickwork, floor constructions and street plasterings. It is all typical roman stuff - mosaics, pillars, floor heatings. There seem to be not a lot of people who visit the site - I was there at a weekend in high season, and the place was almost deserted. The area is surrounded by low vegetation with no modern building in sight, which enhances the athmosphere of an abandoned place. On the bad side, the site does not seem to be fully developed - the two main fields are a mile apart, and there is no path between them but the dusty country road.

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Bahá'í House of Worship at New Delhi (T) Ralf Regele

Bahá'í House of Worship at New Delhi (T) by Ralf Regele

The Lotus temple in New Delhi is a Bahai temple built in modern style - something special in a land where almost all places of worship are built in a traditional style. The design of the temple is quite pleasing and sure looks good on photos, however actually visiting the place can be a bit underwhelming. Firstly, visiting takes a bit of effort - you can't just walk in. Arriving is the easiest part - you can take the Delhi metro to get near and then walk the rest (or take the inescapable tuk-tuk). You then have to wait in a long queue - there are a lot of other tourists (mainly indians) who want to visit the temple. Don't take any bottles with you (even empty ones) - they throw them away, then send you back to the end of the queue. After entering, you have to deposit your shoes at a busy storage station and walk through the gardens without them, all while being pushed around in a long stampede of visitors.

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Hedeby and Danevirke, an archaeological border landscape (T) Ralf Regele

Hedeby and Danevirke, an archaeological border landscape (T) by Ralf Regele

I visited the Hedeby site, which is well developed for tourists, with a museum (closed at the moment for refurbishment), walking pathes and reconstructed houses. Hedeby (or Haithabu in German) was a well-sized city at the edge of the viking lands. As with other viking sites (like Birka or Trelleborg) the problem is that almost everything was built out of wood, so there is not much left of it but the earthworks. In the case of Hedeby, the earthen city walls are still standing (and walkable), but most of the area inside is empty. There are some quite nice reconstructions of viking houses, which will be the most interesting thing for most visitors. There are also demonstrations, market stalls and exhibition houses, so there is more to do than to stare at mounds. Also interesting is the visitable archaeological dig, although most finds seemed to be small things like nails or bone remains.

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Venetian Works of Defence Ralf Regele

Venetian Works of Defence by Ralf Regele

I visited the two north italian sites in 2014. Luckily, they are close together and can be combined easily.

Bergamo is a very beautiful city by itself. The old city sits on top of a hill, with the city walls all around, lots of medieval towers in the middle and the alps in the background. The defense ring is quite prominent, with an impressive entrance ramp. Still, most visitors will spent more time in the streets of the old city with its various churches, towers, shops and restaurants. I have no clue if the defense works here are significant from the military point of view, but they at least provide a splendid sight, both from the outside and as a viewing platform. I can highly recommend a visit to Bergamo as a whole, ticking off the WHS is just the icing on the cake.

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Residence Ensemble Schwerin - Cultural Landscape of Romantic Historicism (T) Ralf Regele

Residence Ensemble Schwerin - Cultural Landscape of Romantic Historicism (T) by Ralf Regele

Schwerin castle may be a bit overlooked, but its beauty is undeniable. It is the kind of fairy-tale castle that is nowadays more associated with disney than with real historical buildings. Schwerin residence actually has a quite large historical basis, with bits and pieces of history shining through the 19th century rebuildings. Its main appearance is certainly a sometimes kitchy historism (who paints his castle yellow/orange?), but together with a very picturesque setting on a lake, next to the historic old city, makes the visit a very pleasant experience. Schwerin is quite easy to reach, being close to Wismar and Lübeck. The castle can be reached by foot from the railroad station. Compared to its main rival on the tentative list, Neuschwanstein, Schwerin has much more history (Neuschwanstein being newly built in the 19th century), but is a bit more low-key than the bavarian fanatasy castle.

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Name: Ralf Regele

Country: Germany

Visited WHS: 184

Most Impressive: Angkor

Proposal New WHS: Empire State & Chrysler Building

Update 2017-11-19

  1. Chavin : 5.0
  2. Edinburgh : 5.0
  3. Great Wall : 5.0
  4. Imperial Palace : 5.0
  5. Machu Picchu : 5.0
  6. Seville : 5.0
  7. Aachen Cathedral : 4.5
  8. Acropolis : 4.5
  9. Angkor : 4.5
  10. Ayutthaya : 4.5
  11. Chan Chan : 4.5
  12. Cordoba : 4.5
  13. Cuzco : 4.5
  14. Fortified City of Carcassonne : 4.5
  15. Hill Forts of Rajasthan : 4.5
  16. Istanbul : 4.5
  17. Mesa Verde : 4.5
  18. Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve : 4.5
  19. Oporto : 4.5
  20. Paris, Banks of the Seine : 4.5
  21. Qhapaq Ñan : 4.5
  22. Qutb Minar : 4.5
  23. Rani-ki-Vav : 4.5
  24. Taj Mahal : 4.5
  25. Teotihuacan : 4.5
  26. Agra Fort : 4.0
  27. Ancient Kyoto : 4.0
  28. Ancient Nara : 4.0
  29. Caral-Supe : 4.0
  30. Changdeokgung Palace Complex : 4.0
  31. Himeji-jo : 4.0
  32. Ironbridge Gorge : 4.0
  33. Itsukushima Shrine : 4.0
  34. Khajuraho Group of Monuments : 4.0
  35. Lübeck : 4.0
  36. Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor : 4.0
  37. Museumsinsel (Museum Island) : 4.0
  38. Namhansanseong : 4.0
  39. Nikko : 4.0
  40. Oaxaca and Monte Alban : 4.0
  41. Redwood : 4.0
  42. Statue of Liberty : 4.0
  43. Stonehenge : 4.0
  44. Sukhothai : 4.0
  45. Te Wahipounamu : 4.0
  46. Temple of Heaven : 4.0
  47. Tower of London : 4.0
  48. Uxmal : 4.0
  49. Vienna : 4.0
  50. Yellowstone : 4.0
  51. Albi : 3.5
  52. Amsterdam Canal Ring : 3.5
  53. Antequera Dolmens Site : 3.5
  54. Budapest : 3.5
  55. Calakmul : 3.5
  56. Cathedral of St. James in Sibenik : 3.5
  57. Chichen-Itza : 3.5
  58. Coa Valley and Siega Verde : 3.5
  59. Derwent Valley Mills : 3.5
  60. Durham Castle and Cathedral : 3.5
  61. Genbaku Dome : 3.5
  62. Granada : 3.5
  63. Grand Canyon : 3.5
  64. Grand Place, Brussels : 3.5
  65. Guimarães : 3.5
  66. Gwynedd Castles : 3.5
  67. Horyu-ji Area : 3.5
  68. Humayun's Tomb : 3.5
  69. Hwaseong Fortress : 3.5
  70. Iguacu : 3.5
  71. Imperial Tombs : 3.5
  72. Jantar Mantar : 3.5
  73. Jelling : 3.5
  74. Kii Mountain Range : 3.5
  75. Lima : 3.5
  76. Luther Memorials : 3.5
  77. New Lanark : 3.5
  78. Palenque : 3.5
  79. Red Fort : 3.5
  80. South China Karst : 3.5
  81. Speyer Cathedral : 3.5
  82. Stevns Klint : 3.5
  83. Studley Royal Park : 3.5
  84. Summer Palace : 3.5
  85. Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch : 3.5
  86. Verona : 3.5
  87. Abbey and Altenmünster of Lorsch : 3.0
  88. Ahmadabad : 3.0
  89. Alto Douro : 3.0
  90. Arequipa : 3.0
  91. Beemster Polder : 3.0
  92. Belfries : 3.0
  93. Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe : 3.0
  94. Brugge : 3.0
  95. Corvey : 3.0
  96. Dong Phayayen : 3.0
  97. Drottningholm : 3.0
  98. Fatehpur Sikri : 3.0
  99. Flemish Béguinages : 3.0
  100. Frontiers of the Roman Empire : 3.0
  101. Huascaran National Park : 3.0
  102. Jongmyo Shrine : 3.0
  103. Kinderdijk : 3.0
  104. Kronborg Castle : 3.0
  105. La Lonja de la Seda : 3.0
  106. Liverpool : 3.0
  107. Mexico City and Xochimilco : 3.0
  108. Pantanal : 3.0
  109. Pilgrimage Church of Wies : 3.0
  110. Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal : 3.0
  111. Reichenau : 3.0
  112. Riga : 3.0
  113. Rio de Janeiro : 3.0
  114. Roskilde Cathedral : 3.0
  115. Royal Joseon Tombs : 3.0
  116. Saltaire : 3.0
  117. Schönbrunn : 3.0
  118. Shirakawa-go and Gokayama : 3.0
  119. Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District : 3.0
  120. Split : 3.0
  121. Tallinn : 3.0
  122. Tongariro National Park : 3.0
  123. Town Hall and Roland, Bremen : 3.0
  124. Upper Middle Rhine Valley : 3.0
  125. Van Nellefabriek : 3.0
  126. Yosemite National Park : 3.0
  127. Bauhaus Sites : 2.5
  128. Campeche : 2.5
  129. Christiansfeld : 2.5
  130. Cologne Cathedral : 2.5
  131. Donana National Park : 2.5
  132. Fagus Factory : 2.5
  133. Forth Bridge : 2.5
  134. Graz : 2.5
  135. Hildesheim Cathedral and Church : 2.5
  136. Keoladeo National Park : 2.5
  137. Maritime Greenwich : 2.5
  138. Palmeral of Elche : 2.5
  139. Prehistoric Pile Dwellings : 2.5
  140. Puebla : 2.5
  141. Trogir : 2.5
  142. Venetian Works of Defence : 2.5
  143. Brasilia : 2.0
  144. Major Town Houses : 2.0
  145. Messel Pit : 2.0
  146. Ouro Preto : 2.0
  147. Skogskyrkogarden : 2.0
  148. Berlin Modernism Housing Estates : 1.5
  149. Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz : 1.5
  150. Par force hunting landscape : 1.0
  151. Stoclet House : 1.0
  152. Struve Geodetic Arc : 1.0
  153. Archaeological Site of Delphi
  154. Avignon
  155. Bryggen
  156. Camino Real
  157. Canal du Midi
  158. Epidaurus
  159. Everglades
  160. Iguazu National Park
  161. Longobards in Italy
  162. Maulbronn Monastery
  163. Mont-Saint-Michel
  164. Mystras
  165. Olympia
  166. Orange
  167. Pont du Gard
  168. Quedlinburg
  169. Rome
  170. Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France
  171. Salzburg
  172. Santa Maria delle Grazie
  173. Silk Roads
  174. Stralsund and Wismar
  175. Strasbourg
  176. The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier
  177. Trier
  178. Vatican City
  179. Venice and its Lagoon
  180. Versailles
  181. Völklingen Ironworks
  182. Wadden Sea
  183. West Norwegian Fjords
  184. Westminster