Echwel Profile

In 2010 I visited the Plitvice lakes and was stunned by its sheer beauty. It was like walking through a fairy tale landscape and it really felt like something special. Since this is a WHS and I agreed with my partner we should do this more often (instead of laying on the beach drinking beer) I started to study the list for more sites to visit. After all they claim to be of "outstanding cultural or natural importance to the common heritage of humanity".

Over the years this "WHS-thing" grew upon me. It got so important it evolved into the quest most people here are suffering from. Unfortunately I can't say the same thing about my partner. She prefers the beach again. I often have to use lame excuses to drag her of it and join me at yet another WHS-visit.

I recently started to blog about my adventures. If anyone is interested: https://unesco-queesties.nl/

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Alto Douro

Echwel NL - 14-Oct-17

Alto Douro

It’s not always easy to convice my wife we need to go to yet another world heritage site but I had no problems when I announced Alto Douro to her. We both love the Porto wines they produce overthere and even she thougt a day of tasting and drinking is not something you skip while being in the area.

The prettiest part of the site lies between the small towns of Pinhao and Peso da Regua, an area full of quinta’s ( the name the Potugese gave their winehouses) and known tot he locals as Cima Corgo

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San Gimignano

Echwel NL - 16-Mar-17

San Gimignano

If you’re serious about WHS-hunting make sure you pay a visit to Tuscany, Italy. In a relative small area you can find 7 top notch sites of which San Gimignano is one. Although most of you probably have seen your fair share of medieval towns this one really stands out, literally that is.

The unique thing about San Gimignano is its centuries old skyline. Back in medieval times there was a bit of trouble between the pope and the emperor who both wanted absolute power. They each had their own gang of supporters called Guelfi (popefans) and Ghibellini (emperorsupporters). The two rival sections were at eachother's throat and this let to the building of, in total, 72 defensive towers. Fourteen still stand.

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Beemster Polder

Echwel NL - 13-Jan-17

Beemster Polder

“When will we be there?”, asked my wife when we were driving in the middle of the WHS Beemster. A question, I quess, which kind of sums up the outstanding universal value of the site; if you don’t know about it you will have a hard time seeing and appreciating it.

Because the Beemster just looks like any other “polder”, a green flat meadow, I couldn’t really blame her. However, when it was created in the 17th century the Dutch made an effort to create the most ideal landscape ever made. It was the time of the Renaissance and old ideals about order, symmetry and harmony were pumped in the new land as to give it a feeling of harmony and proportion. Everything what you see nowadays is actually the result of quite some thinking.

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Aachen Cathedral

Echwel NL - 18-Nov-16

Aachen Cathedral

Everyone knows how popular cathedrals are in Unesco´s list. I know how some kind of a fatique can emerge ticking off yet another one. But do please forget about these kind of prejudice when visiting Aachen. This one is truly worthy of its worldheritage qualification.

Already when entering the church you’ll know this one is special. You will probably be impressed by its coulourful mosaics, not a sight very common with (gothic) cathedrals, and its overall appearance. But it gets way better than that. What I think makes it more interesting is the stroy behind the building, its hidden symbolism. This stuff fascinates me and Charlemagne didn’t disappoint me.

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Vizcaya Bridge

Echwel NL - 29-Oct-16

Vizcaya Bridge

My wife does not share the same passion about Unesco´s list as I do. To me every site is worth a visit, to her only a few. I have visited some sites on my own but soon found out that sharing is a big part of the fun. So I had to think of something to get her accompanying me. She´s okay with visiting charming old cities but is less enthusiastic about industrial heritage and stuff like that.

I, for one, like the steel monsters such as Vizcaya bridge. My wife however couldn´t care less. What she does like is laying on the beach getting a tan. So when I told her that we `had` to see this hanging transporter bridge I made sure to tell her that sea and sand were around the corner

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Recently Visited WHS

Update 07.07.19
  • Aachen Cathedral
  • Drottningholm
  • Kinderdijk
  • Ayutthaya
  • Sukhothai
  • Oporto
  • Granada
  • Skogskyrkogarden
  • Speyer Cathedral
  • Würzburg Residence
  • Cologne Cathedral
  • Vatican City
  • Rome
  • Schokland
  • Defence Line of Amsterdam
  • Istanbul
  • Belem
  • Sintra
  • Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust
  • Lübeck
  • Hildesheim Cathedral and Church
  • Altamira Cave
  • Asturian Monuments
  • Cordoba
  • Works of Antoni Gaudí
  • Seville
  • Roman Walls of Lugo
  • Atapuerca
  • Ir. D.F. Woudagemaal
  • Beemster Polder
  • Rietveld Schröderhuis
  • Redwood
  • Yosemite National Park
  • City of Luxembourg
  • Birka and Hovgarden
  • Trier
  • Abbey and Altenmünster of Lorsch
  • Potsdam
  • Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz
  • Quedlinburg
  • Maulbronn Monastery
  • Rammelsberg and Goslar
  • Bamberg
  • Völklingen Ironworks
  • Messel Pit
  • Bauhaus Sites
  • Luther Memorials
  • Classical Weimar
  • Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
  • Wartburg Castle
  • Burgos Cathedral
  • El Escurial
  • Route of Santiago de Compostela
  • Donana National Park
  • Yuso and Suso Monasteries
  • Brú na Bóinne
  • Sceilg Mhichíl
  • Bellinzone
  • Isole Eolie
  • Vatnajökull National Park
  • Risco Caido
  • Westminster
  • Frontiers of the Roman Empire
  • Tower of London
  • Canterbury
  • Rhodes
  • Pythagoreion and Heraion of Samos
  • Island of Patmos
  • Monastery of Batalha
  • Convent of Christ in Tomar
  • Evora
  • Monastery of Alcobaça
  • Piazza del Duomo (Pisa)
  • Florence
  • Cracow
  • Auschwitz Birkenau
  • Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines
  • Kalwaria Zebrzydowska
  • Budapest
  • Versailles
  • Vézelay
  • Strasbourg
  • Reims
  • San Gimignano
  • Siena
  • Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands
  • Agrigento
  • Villa Romana del Casale
  • Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France
  • Saint-Emilion
  • Grand Canyon
  • Provins
  • Zollverein
  • Alto Douro
  • Guimarães
  • Stralsund and Wismar
  • Upper Middle Rhine Valley
  • Val di Noto
  • Wooden Churches of Southern Malopolska
  • Town Hall and Roland, Bremen
  • Thingvellir
  • Liverpool
  • Dong Phayayen
  • Syracuse
  • Vizcaya Bridge
  • Regensburg
  • Corfu
  • Dolomites
  • Tower of Hercules
  • Amsterdam Canal Ring
  • Fagus Factory
  • Margravial Opera House
  • Mount Etna
  • University of Coimbra
  • Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe
  • Medici Villas and Gardens
  • Van Nellefabriek
  • Corvey
  • Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District
  • Ephesus
  • Antequera Dolmens Site
  • Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings
  • Rating Stats
    1. Centro Storico di Lucca (T)
    2. Darmstadt Artists' Colony Mathildenhöhe (T)
    3. Early Medieval Monastic Sites (T)
    4. Great Spas of Europe (Germany) (T)
    5. Great Spas of Europe (Italy) (T)
    6. Historic Centre of Guimarães and Couros Zone (extension) (T)
    7. Historical Lisbon, Global City (T)
    8. Koloniën van Weldadigheid (agricultural pauper colony) (T)
    9. La Camargue (T)
    10. La Rioja and Rioja Alavesa Vine and Wine Cultural Landscape (T)
    11. Le massif forestier de Fontainebleau (T)
    12. Le Palais de Justice de Bruxelles (T)
    13. Les passages de Bruxelles / Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert (T)
    14. Les villes antiques de la Narbonnaise et leur territoire: Nimes, Arles, Glanum, aqueducs, via Domitia (T)
    15. Massif du Mont Blanc (T)
    16. Monuments, Sites and Cultural Landscape of Chiang Mai, Capital of Lanna (T)
    17. Nice, la ville neuve née du tourisme, ou l’invention de la Riviera (T)
    18. Nieuwe Hollandse Waterlinie (T)
    19. Nîmes, l'Antiquité au présent (T)
    20. Noyau historique d'Antwerpen -Anvers- de l'Escaut aux anciens remparts de vers 1250 (T)
    21. Pombaline Lisbon (T)
    22. Residence Ensemble Schwerin - Cultural Landscape of Romantic Historicism (T)
    23. Romanesque Cultural Enclave in the North of Castile-Leon and the South of Cantabria (T)
    24. Routes of Santiago de Compostela: Routes in Portugal (T)
    25. ShUM cities of Speyer, Worms and Mainz (T)
    26. Site of the Retiro and the Prado in Madrid (T)
    27. Sites funéraires et mémoriels de la Première Guerre mondiale (Front Ouest) (Belgium) (T)
    28. Sites of Globalization (T)
    29. Taormina and Isola Bella (T)
    30. The Historic City of Dublin (T)
    31. The Marble Basin of Carrara (T)
    32. The Ribeira Sacra, Lugo and Orense (T)
    33. The Royal Sites of Ireland: Cashel, Dún Ailinne, Hill of Uisneach, Rathcroghan Complex, and Tara Complex (T)
    34. Thingvellir National Park (T)
    35. Vatnajökull National Park (T)
    36. Volterra: Historical City and Cultural Landscape (T)

    Reviewed TWHS

    Top 50 Missing Sites

    1. Alexandria, ancient remains and the new library
    2. Bagan
    3. Cenotes of the Yucatan
    4. City of Herat
    5. Cultural Landscape of Santorini
    6. Death Valley National Park
    7. El Nido Taytay Managed Resource Protected Area
    8. Ephesus
    9. Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Frank Gehry
    10. Jericho
    11. Kuhikugu
    12. Lake Titicaca
    13. Mecca, Kaaba
    14. Silk Roads
    15. Sites Mégalithiques de Carnac
    16. Transiberian Railway
    17. Ur
    18. Vatnajökull National Park
    19. Westhoek: places of memory and monuments of the Great War

    Top 200 WHS

    1. Silk Roads
    2. Angkor
    3. Cueva de las Manos
    4. Decorated cave of Pont d'Arc
    5. Altamira Cave
    6. Everglades
    7. Iguacu
    8. Plitvice Lakes
    9. The Sundarbans
    10. Okavango Delta
    11. Lake Baikal
    12. Victoria Falls
    13. Central Amazon Conservation Complex
    14. Works of Antoni Gaudí
    15. Temple, Mansion and Cemetery of Confucius
    16. Neolithic Orkney
    17. Brú na Bóinne
    18. Megalithic Temples of Malta
    19. Nasca Lines
    20. Çatalhöyük
    21. Stonehenge
    22. Stone Spheres of the Diquís
    23. Chichen-Itza
    24. Teotihuacan
    25. San Agustín
    26. Riga
    27. Val di Noto
    28. Paris, Banks of the Seine
    29. St. Petersburg
    30. Florence
    31. Amsterdam Canal Ring
    32. Site of Carthage
    33. Classical Gardens of Suzhou
    34. Dinosaur Provincial Park
    35. Lower Valley of the Awash
    36. Versailles
    37. Imperial Palace
    38. Rapa Nui
    39. Nemrut Dag
    40. Petra
    41. Persepolis
    42. Great Himalayan National Park
    43. Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch
    44. Machu Picchu
    45. Kilimanjaro National Park
    46. Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks
    47. Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines
    48. Malbork Castle
    49. Fort and Shalamar Gardens
    50. Great Wall
    51. Himeji-jo
    52. Crac des Chevaliers
    53. Gwynedd Castles
    54. Auschwitz Birkenau
    55. Longobards in Italy
    56. Seville
    57. Bamberg
    58. Rammelsberg and Goslar
    59. Budapest
    60. Brugge
    61. Vienna
    62. Cracow
    63. Dubrovnik
    64. Granada
    65. Siena
    66. Lübeck
    67. Maritime Greenwich
    68. Shark Bay
    69. Great Barrier Reef
    70. West Norwegian Fjords
    71. Mexico City and Xochimilco
    72. Cuzco
    73. Ha Long Bay
    74. Meidan Emam, Esfahan
    75. Sun Temple, Konarak
    76. Prambanan
    77. Khajuraho Group of Monuments
    78. Los Glaciares
    79. Te Wahipounamu
    80. Tasmanian Wilderness
    81. Tropical Rainforest Sumatra
    82. Redwood
    83. Belovezhskaya Pushcha / Bialowieza Forest
    84. Kaziranga National Park
    85. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
    86. Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve
    87. Serengeti
    88. Yellowstone
    89. Galapagos Islands
    90. Komodo National Park
    91. Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries
    92. Gulf of California
    93. Ancient Kyoto
    94. Grand Canyon
    95. Nubian Monuments
    96. Ancient Thebes
    97. Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
    98. Rio de Janeiro
    99. Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands
    100. Loire Valley
    101. Bam Cultural Landscape
    102. Wadi Rum
    103. Hallstatt-Dachstein
    104. Thingvellir
    105. Potosi
    106. Ouro Preto
    107. Meroe
    108. Kinderdijk
    109. Shushtar
    110. Kremlin and Red Square
    111. Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France
    112. Novodevichy Convent
    113. Burgos Cathedral
    114. Urnes Stave Church
    115. Kyiv
    116. Rila Monastery
    117. Assisi
    118. Chartres Cathedral
    119. Westminster
    120. Route of Santiago de Compostela
    121. Mont-Saint-Michel
    122. Piazza del Duomo (Pisa)
    123. Vatican City
    124. Meteora
    125. Ravenna
    126. Bethlehem
    127. Kizhi Pogost
    128. Lalibela
    129. Göreme NP
    130. Gochang, Hwasun, and Ganghwa Dolmen
    131. Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor
    132. Taj Mahal
    133. Pyramids (Memphis)
    134. Mount Emei, including Leshan Giant Buddha
    135. Mogao Caves
    136. Borobudur
    137. Potala Palace
    138. Fujian Tulou
    139. Kathmandu Valley
    140. Bukhara
    141. Ping Yao
    142. Samarkand
    143. Medina of Fez
    144. Damascus
    145. Historic Cairo
    146. Arles
    147. Segovia
    148. Leptis Magna
    149. Baalbek
    150. Pompei
    151. Hierapolis-Pamukkale
    152. Acropolis
    153. Olympia
    154. Laponian Area
    155. Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras
    156. Ksar of Aït Ben Haddou
    157. Aksum
    158. Qhapaq Ñan
    159. Venice and its Lagoon
    160. Istanbul
    161. Rome
    162. Old City of Jerusalem
    163. Sana'a
    164. Prague
    165. Edinburgh
    166. Naples
    167. The trulli of Alberobello
    168. Cordoba
    169. Brasilia
    170. Isole Eolie
    171. Volcanoes of Kamchatka