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Werner Huber Profile

Although travelling since 35 years I'm limited to 6 weeks vacation per year and public holidays. Having harvested most of the low hanging fruit the pace of WH visits may slow down now. In addition there are plenty of nice places to see which are not on the list.

Aug 26 - Sep 11, 2010: visited Northhumbria (Hadrian's wall), Scotland (New Lanark, Orkney) and Northern Ireland (Giant's Causeway).
Aug 3, 2010: Inherited Albi and Amsterdam from the new WH inscriptions.
July-Aug, 2010: We explored the middle of England starting and ending in Liverpool. Included the Edwardian Castles, Pontcysyllan, Derwent Mills, Saltair, Stuley Royal and Durham.
June 18-22, 2010: A roundtrip to Cracow brought us to the Kalwaria Zebrzydowska and to the impressive salt mine in Wieliczka.
June 3-7, 2010: We made a 5 day roundtrip throgh Southern Albania and visited Butrint, Berat and Gjirokaster. Besides being a very valuable cultural experience we learned that Albania is a pleasant, lively and friendly country with a much more modern and up-to-date appearance than expected. I can only encourage people to go there for a visit.
April 1, 2010: Visited La Chaux de Fonds and Le Locle, founding locations of the Swiss watch industry.
October09: Had a nice round trip through Central Anatolia and could visit Göreme, Nemrut, Divrigi,
Hatusha and Safranbolu.
October09: A pleasant week i Cyprus allowed us to visit all 3 heritage sites.
August09: Had a ride on the Rhaetian Railway from Thusis to Terano and back.
August09: Spent 4 nice days in Tallinn

July09: On a round-trip through Romania we visited 6 of the 7 WH sites there, the Danube delta has to wait for another opportunity

June09: By the decisions taken by the 33rd session of the WH-comittee I lost a site and I gained 3 others visited previously.

June09: We visited the old Town of Torun and the Castle of the Teutonic Order of Malbork.

May 09: Classical Weimar and the Wartburg were our target locations of our long weekend trip.

April/May 09: Visited a number of the Wooden Churches in Slovakia, Zamolcz in Poland and L'viv in the Ukraine.

April 09: A sidestep from a business trip to Shanghai allowed the visit of the old gardens of Suzhou.

April 09: A spring tour including the 'Semana Santa' brought us to several heritage sites in central Spain, to El Escoreal, Segovia, Avila, Salamance, Toledo, Ubeda, Baeza, Aranjuez and Alcalŕ de Henares. Storks, medieval cities and Easter processions dominated the trip.

Feb 09: Visited the iSimangaliso wetland park including some spectacular animal sightings

Feb 09: Visited the South African heritage site of Fossil Hominid Sites of Sterkfontein, Swartkrans, Kromdraai, and Environs.


Oct 2008: Visited the Modernism Housing Estates in Berlin.

Sep 2008: We toured through western parts of France and visited Bordeaux, St. Emilion, St. Savin and Bourges.

Aug 2008: A round trip through northern Italy brought e to Sabbioneta (visited Mantua already some years back) and also to Genoa.

July 2008: Lyon, Arc-et-Senans in France and Lavaux in Switzerland. I also 'inherited' San Marino when it was insribed in 2008.

July 2008: A turn through mid Portugal and through the Estremadura region in western Spain brought us to the monasteries of Alcobaca, Batalha, Guadalupe, to the historic towns of Carceres, Merida and Evora, to the convent of Tomar and to Sintra.

March 2008: We visited the baroque towns of the Val di Noto, both a cultural and also a culinary highlight. Unfortunately there was quite stormy wheather during our visit so we couldn't get to the Aeolian Islands as all ferry connections have been suspended due to high waves.

Feb 2008: We just returned from a 4 weeks trip to Chile with Easter Island as the top hilite. I could also celebrate my 300th world heritage on the terrace of a pittoresque hotel in Valparaiso

April / May 2008:
Our planned trip to the Aeolean Islands was literally blown away due to strong winds and generally bad weather. The weather was however sufficient for a nice visit to the late baroque towns in Sicily. During a 4 day trip to Belgium I could also visit the mines of Spiennes and the Plantin-Moretus House.
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Tomb of Askia Werner Huber

We visited Gao as part of our Mali-trip in Jan 2011. For security reasons triggered by the issues between governments in the Sahel area and Sahara terrorist groups we were advised not to stay overnight in Gao, so we came early in the morning from Hombori and returned the same afternoon.

On this very day we were obviously the only travellers in Gao. We had to ask for the warden of the Askia-tomb and got it opened for us. The tomb itself (dated from 1495) is of a pyramid shape, has a very similar structure than the mosque of Djenné and is surrounded by a mosque building. The guide showed us around, we could climb the tomb and also visit the mosque for a little tip, something rather unusual for non-muslims in Mali.

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Sewell Mining Town Werner Huber

We visited Sewell in February 2008 encountering some difficulties. There is a homepage (www.sewell.cl) for sewell by CODELCO, the state owned company, which runs several mines, amongs them El Teniente, to which the mining town of Sewell belongs.

This page is of limited use as rather than telling you how to get there, what it costs, etc, it refers to a company called VLT which has the monopoply of taking people there. This is done either by bus on Fro, Sat and Sun for approx 45 USD pP or on all other days as private tour for 144 USD pP.

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Potala Palace Werner Huber

It was a long awaited wish of mine to see the Potala palace in person and after several years of trying it came true in May 2007. It really is a breathtaking view and despite all the attempts of the Chinese government to profane it the Potala spreads out an overwhelming aura of spirituality. The neverending stream of pilgrims circulating round it underlines this spirituality.

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Coa Valley and Siega Verde Werner Huber

Coa Valley and Siega Verde by Werner Huber

We visited the WHS of the rock drawings as part of our trip through northern Portugal. The drive up the Douro Valley is beatiful anyway but I wouldn't have gone that far if there was no WHS.

We had prearranged a tour with the park rangers and the Coa Valley turned out to be a beautiful and tranquil place. There were no tourists there whatsoever, good on one hand but whether the park will ever be able to economically justify itself, is doubtful.

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Anjar Werner Huber

Anjar by Werner Huber

We reached Anjar from Damascus coming from a round trip thru Syria in early April 2006. Anjar was our first WH site in Lebanon just a few miles from the Syrian border. It was particularely breathtaking seeing the snowtapped Lebanon heights forming the pitoresque background to the remains of the palace of Calif Walid.

Only 3 month later all TV news were showing the bombs on the very road we had just used. Similar barbarian acts jeopardized or even damaged the other lebanise WH sites. What a shame!

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Name: Werner Huber

Country: Austria

Visited WHS: 494

Most Impressive: Petra, Jordan

Proposal New WHS: Jerash, Jordan

Update 1969-12-31

  1. Aachen Cathedral
  2. Abbey and AltenmĂĽnster of Lorsch
  3. Abbey of St Gall
  4. Acropolis
  5. Aggtelek and Slovak Karst
  6. Agra Fort
  7. Agrigento
  8. Albi
  9. Alcala de Henares
  10. Aleppo
  11. Altamira Cave
  12. Alto Douro
  13. Amiens Cathedral
  14. Amphitheater of El Jem
  15. Amsterdam Canal Ring
  16. Ancient Kyoto
  17. Ancient Nara
  18. Ancient Thebes
  19. Angkor
  20. Anjar
  21. Aquileia
  22. Arab-Norman Palermo
  23. Aranjuez
  24. Archaeological Site of Delphi
  25. Arequipa
  26. Arles
  27. Armenian Monastic Ensembles
  28. Assisi
  29. Asturian Monuments
  30. Atapuerca
  31. Auschwitz Birkenau
  32. Avignon
  33. Avila
  34. Baalbek
  35. Bahla Fort
  36. Bahá’i Holy Places
  37. Bamberg
  38. Banska Stiavnica
  39. Bardejov Town
  40. Battir
  41. Bauhaus Sites
  42. Beemster Polder
  43. Belem
  44. Belfries
  45. Bellinzone
  46. Benedictine Convent of St. John
  47. Berat and Gjirokastra
  48. Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe
  49. Berlin Modernism Housing Estates
  50. Bethlehem
  51. Biblical Tells
  52. Bisotun
  53. Blaenavon Industrial Landscape
  54. Blenheim Palace
  55. Bordeaux
  56. Bosra
  57. Botanical Garden, Padua
  58. Bourges Cathedral
  59. Boyana Church
  60. Brugge
  61. Bryggen
  62. BrĂş na BĂłinne
  63. Budapest
  64. Bukhara
  65. Burgos Cathedral
  66. Burgundy
  67. Bursa and Cumalikizik
  68. Butrint
  69. Byblos
  70. Caceres
  71. CamagĂĽey
  72. Canal du Midi
  73. Canterbury
  74. Cape Floral Region
  75. Castel del Monte
  76. Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust
  77. Cathedral of St. James in Sibenik
  78. Causses and CĂ©vennes
  79. Centennial Hall
  80. Cesky Krumlov
  81. Chartres Cathedral
  82. Chitwan National Park
  83. Choirokoitia
  84. Church of the Ascension, Kolomenskoye
  85. Churches of Chiloé
  86. Churches of Moldavia
  87. Churches of Peace
  88. Cienfuegos
  89. Cilento and Vallo di Diano
  90. Cistercian Abbey of Fontenay
  91. City of Bath
  92. City of Luxembourg
  93. Classical Gardens of Suzhou
  94. Classical Weimar
  95. Cliff of Bandiagara
  96. Coa Valley and Siega Verde
  97. Cologne Cathedral
  98. Convent of Christ in Tomar
  99. Cordoba
  100. Corvey
  101. Costiera Amalfitana
  102. Crac des Chevaliers
  103. Cracow
  104. Crespi d'Adda
  105. Cuenca
  106. Cuzco
  107. Cyrene
  108. Dacian Fortresses
  109. Damascus
  110. Decorated Farmhouses of Hälsingland
  111. Defence Line of Amsterdam
  112. Derwent Valley Mills
  113. Divrigi
  114. Djenné
  115. Dolomites
  116. Dougga/Thugga
  117. Drottningholm
  118. Dubrovnik
  119. Durham Castle and Cathedral
  120. Early Christian Necropolis of PĂ©cs
  121. Echmiatsin and Zvartnots
  122. Edinburgh
  123. El Escurial
  124. Engelsberg Ironworks
  125. Ephesus
  126. Epidaurus
  127. Etruscan Necropolises
  128. Euphrasian Basilica in Porec
  129. Everglades
  130. Evora
  131. Fagus Factory
  132. Falun Great Copper Mountain
  133. Fatehpur Sikri
  134. Ferrara
  135. Fertö/Neusiedlersee
  136. First Coffee Plantations
  137. Flemish BĂ©guinages
  138. Florence
  139. Fontainebleau
  140. Forth Bridge
  141. Fortifications of Vauban
  142. Fortified City of Carcassonne
  143. Fortress of Suomenlinna
  144. Fossil Hominid Sites
  145. Frontiers of the Roman Empire
  146. Gammelstad
  147. Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz
  148. Gardens and Castle at KromerĂ­z
  149. Genbaku Dome
  150. Genoa
  151. Ghadames
  152. Giant's Causeway
  153. Glacier parks
  154. Golestan Palace
  155. Granada
  156. Grand Canyon
  157. Grand Place, Brussels
  158. Graz
  159. Great Barrier Reef
  160. Great Wall
  161. Grimeton Radio Station
  162. GuimarĂŁes
  163. Gulf of Porto
  164. Gwynedd Castles
  165. Göreme NP
  166. Ha Long Bay
  167. Haghpat and Sanahin
  168. Hal Saflieni Hypogeum
  169. Hallstatt-Dachstein
  170. Hattusha
  171. Heritage of Mercury
  172. Hierapolis-Pamukkale
  173. Hildesheim Cathedral and Church
  174. Himeji-jo
  175. Historic Cairo
  176. Hoi An
  177. Holasovice
  178. Hollókö
  179. Holy Trinity Column
  180. Hortobágy
  181. Horyu-ji Area
  182. Humayun's Tomb
  183. Humberstone and Santa Laura Saltpeter Works
  184. Hué
  185. Ibiza
  186. Ichkeul National Park
  187. Iguacu
  188. Iguazu National Park
  189. Imperial Palace
  190. Imperial Tombs
  191. Incense Route of the Negev
  192. Ir. D.F. Woudagemaal
  193. Ironbridge Gorge
  194. Istanbul
  195. Itchan Kala
  196. Itsukushima Shrine
  197. Jantar Mantar
  198. Jelling
  199. Jesuit Missions of the Guaranis
  200. Kairouan
  201. Kalwaria Zebrzydowska
  202. Karlskrona
  203. Kathmandu Valley
  204. Kazan Kremlin
  205. Kerkuane
  206. Kew Gardens
  207. Kinderdijk
  208. Kotor
  209. Kremlin and Red Square
  210. Kronborg Castle
  211. Ksar of AĂŻt Ben Haddou
  212. Kutna Hora
  213. L'viv
  214. La Chaux-de-Fonds / Le Locle
  215. La Lonja de la Seda
  216. Land of Frankincense
  217. Las Medulas
  218. Laurisilva of Madeira
  219. Lavaux, Vineyard Terraces
  220. Le Havre
  221. Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape
  222. Leptis Magna
  223. Lima
  224. Litomysl Castle
  225. Liverpool
  226. Loire Valley
  227. Longobards in Italy
  228. Los Glaciares
  229. Luther Memorials
  230. Lyon
  231. LĂĽbeck
  232. Macao
  233. Machu Picchu
  234. Madara Rider
  235. Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley
  236. Major Town Houses
  237. Malbork Castle
  238. Maloti Drakensberg
  239. Mantua and Sabbioneta
  240. Margravial Opera House
  241. Maritime Greenwich
  242. Masada
  243. Masjed-e Jâme'
  244. Matera
  245. Maulbronn Monastery
  246. Mazagan
  247. Medina of Essaouira
  248. Medina of Fez
  249. Medina of Marrakesh
  250. Medina of Sousse
  251. Medina of Tunis
  252. Medina of TĂ©touan
  253. Megalithic Temples of Malta
  254. Meidan Emam, Esfahan
  255. Meknes
  256. Mesa Verde
  257. Messel Pit
  258. Modena
  259. Monasteries of Daphni, Hosios Loukas and Nea Moni of Chios
  260. Monastery of Alcobaça
  261. Monastery of Batalha
  262. Monastery of Geghard
  263. Monastery of Horezu
  264. Mont-Saint-Michel
  265. Mostar
  266. Mount Carmel Caves
  267. Mount Emei, including Leshan Giant Buddha
  268. Mount Etna
  269. Mudejar Architecture of Aragon
  270. Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
  271. Muskauer Park
  272. My Son
  273. Mycenae and Tiryns
  274. Mystras
  275. MĂ©rida
  276. Nancy
  277. Naples
  278. Nasca Lines
  279. Necropolis of Bet She'arim
  280. Nemrut Dag
  281. Neolithic Flint Mines at Spiennes
  282. Neolithic Orkney
  283. Nessebar
  284. New Lanark
  285. Ngorongoro
  286. Nikko
  287. Notre-Dame Cathedral in Tournai
  288. Nubian Monuments
  289. Ohrid Region
  290. Old City of Acre
  291. Old City of Berne
  292. Old City of Jerusalem
  293. Old Havana
  294. Olympia
  295. Olympic National Park
  296. Oporto
  297. Orange
  298. Painted Churches in the Troödos Region
  299. Palau de la Musica Catalana and Hospital de Sant Pau
  300. Palmeral of Elche
  301. Palmyra
  302. Pannonhalma
  303. Paphos
  304. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  305. Pasargadae
  306. Peninsula Valdes
  307. Pergamon
  308. Persepolis
  309. Persian Garden
  310. Petra
  311. Piazza del Duomo (Pisa)
  312. Pienza
  313. Pilgrimage Church of St. John of Nepomuk
  314. Pilgrimage Church of Wies
  315. Plantin-Moretus Museum
  316. Plitvice Lakes
  317. Poblet Monastery
  318. Pompei
  319. Pont du Gard
  320. Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal
  321. Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands
  322. Potala Palace
  323. Potsdam
  324. Prague
  325. Prehistoric Pile Dwellings
  326. Provins
  327. Pyramids (Memphis)
  328. Pyrénées - Mont Perdu
  329. Qadisha Valley
  330. Quedlinburg
  331. Quseir Amra
  332. Qutb Minar
  333. Québec
  334. Rabat
  335. Rammelsberg and Goslar
  336. Rapa Nui
  337. Ravenna
  338. Red Fort
  339. Redwood
  340. Regensburg
  341. Reichenau
  342. Reims
  343. Residences of the Royal House of Savoy
  344. Rhaetian Railway
  345. Rietveld Schröderhuis
  346. Riga
  347. Rila Monastery
  348. Robben Island
  349. Rock Art of Alta
  350. Rock Carvings in Tanum
  351. Rock Drawings in Valcamonica
  352. Rock-hewn Churches of Ivanovo
  353. Roman Walls of Lugo
  354. Rome
  355. Roskilde Cathedral
  356. Route of Santiago de Compostela
  357. Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France
  358. Royal Palace at Caserta
  359. Royal Saltworks of Arc-et-Senans
  360. Sabratha
  361. Sacri Monti of Piedmont and Lombardy
  362. Safranbolu
  363. Saint-Emilion
  364. Saint-Savin sur Gartempe
  365. Salamanca
  366. Saltaire
  367. Salzburg
  368. Samarkand
  369. San Gimignano
  370. San Marino and Mount Titano
  371. San Pedro de la Roca Castle
  372. Santa Maria de Guadelupe
  373. Santa Maria delle Grazie
  374. Santiago de Compostela
  375. Sceilg MhichĂ­l
  376. Schokland
  377. Schönbrunn
  378. Segovia
  379. Selimiye Mosque
  380. Semmering Railway
  381. Serengeti
  382. Serra de Tramuntana
  383. Seville
  384. Sewell Mining Town
  385. Shakhrisyabz
  386. Shushtar
  387. Siena
  388. Sighisoara
  389. Sintra
  390. Site of Carthage
  391. Skocjan Caves
  392. Skogskyrkogarden
  393. Soltaniyeh
  394. Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District
  395. Speyer Cathedral
  396. Spissky Hrad and Levoca
  397. Split
  398. St. Petersburg
  399. Statue of Liberty
  400. Stoclet House
  401. Stonehenge
  402. Stralsund and Wismar
  403. Strasbourg
  404. Struve Geodetic Arc
  405. Studley Royal Park
  406. Su Nuraxi di Barumini
  407. Summer Palace
  408. Susa
  409. Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch
  410. Sydney Opera House
  411. Syracuse
  412. Tabriz Bazaar
  413. Taj Mahal
  414. Takht-e Soleyman
  415. Tallinn
  416. Tarraco
  417. Tchogha Zanbil
  418. Telc
  419. Temple of Apollo Epicurius at Bassae
  420. Temple of Heaven
  421. Thang Long
  422. The Four Lifts
  423. The trulli of Alberobello
  424. Thracian tomb of Kazanlak
  425. Thracian tomb of Sveshtari
  426. Timbuktu
  427. Tokaji Wine Region
  428. Toledo
  429. Tomb of Askia
  430. Torun
  431. Tower of Hercules
  432. Tower of London
  433. Town Hall and Roland, Bremen
  434. Trebic
  435. Trier
  436. Trinidad and the Valley de los Ingenios
  437. Trinity Sergius Lavra
  438. Trogir
  439. Troy
  440. Tugendhat Villa
  441. Tyre
  442. Uluru
  443. Upper Middle Rhine Valley
  444. Urbino
  445. Urnes Stave Church
  446. Val d'Orcia
  447. Val di Noto
  448. Vall de Boi
  449. Valletta
  450. Valparaiso
  451. Van Nellefabriek
  452. Vatican City
  453. Venice and its Lagoon
  454. Verona
  455. Versailles
  456. Vicenza
  457. Victoria Falls
  458. Vienna
  459. Villa Adriana (Tivoli)
  460. Villa Romana del Casale
  461. Villa d'Este
  462. Villages with Fortified Churches
  463. Vineyard Landscape of Piedmont
  464. Vizcaya Bridge
  465. Viñales Valley
  466. Vlkolinec
  467. Volubilis
  468. VĂ©zelay
  469. Vézère Valley
  470. Völklingen Ironworks
  471. Wachau Cultural Landscape
  472. Wadi Rum
  473. Warsaw
  474. Wartburg Castle
  475. West Norwegian Fjords
  476. Westminster
  477. Wet Tropics of Queensland
  478. White City of Tel-Aviv
  479. White Monuments of Vladimir and Suzdal
  480. Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines
  481. Wooden Churches of Maramures
  482. Wooden Churches of Southern Malopolska
  483. Wooden Churches of the Slovak Carpathians
  484. Works of Antoni GaudĂ­
  485. WĂĽrzburg Residence
  486. Xanthos-Letoon
  487. Yaroslavl
  488. Yellowstone
  489. Yosemite National Park
  490. Yuso and Suso Monasteries
  491. Zamosc
  492. Zollverein
  493. iSimangaliso Wetland Park
  494. Ăšbeda and Baeza