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UNESCO Weltkulturerbe

UNESCO’s World Heritage List was first opened in 1978 and today comprises 1,121 sites in more than 167 countries (as of May 2020), which are of global significance in their uniqueness, authenticity and integrity. Among them are currently 869 cultural monuments, 213 natural sites and 39 mixed natural and cultural sites. The basis for the designation and registration as UNESCO World Heritage Site is the site’s outstanding universal value. That is, a cultural and/or natural significance that is so exceptional that it transcends national boundaries and is of importance to both present and future generations of all mankind. Cultural sites represent a masterpiece of human creativity in the field of architecture, technology, large-scale sculpture, town planning or landscape design. In addition, the sites are a unique testimony to a cultural tradition or an existing or perished culture.

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Venice – The most famous sights in just one day (Italy)

Categories: Travel reports, Europe, Italy

After our MSC cruise through the Adriatic Sea we went back to the Venice airport by transfer bus from Trieste. Since we still had about 7 hours until our departure flight in the evening, we decided to take the espress bus from the airport to Venice to see the main sights of the lagoon city. What we have seen in the 4 hours on site, we show you in this article. Things to know about Venice Venice is one of …

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Dubrovnik – Top sights & photo spots in one day (Croatia)

Categories: Travel reports, Europe, Croatia

A very special highlight of our 7-day cruise with MSC Cruises through the Adriatic Sea was the last stop: the visit to the UNESCO World Heritage city of Dubrovnik. The location of the medieval city directly on the sea, surrounded by massive fortress walls, towers and bastions, is an incredibly impressive and beautiful photo motif. Rightly, the city of Dubrovnik is one of the most popular and most visited destinations of cruises in the Mediterranean and throughout Europe. Things to …

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Corfu – Discover the island in one day (Greece)

Categories: Travel reports, Europe, Greece

We were thrilled to have a stop on the Greek island of Corfu as part of our MSC cruise through the Adriatic. We have been able to explore several Greek islands so far, such as Santorini, Mykonos, Milos, Kefalonia and Crete and were totally thrilled by the flair and the places on the islands every time. On Corfu we took a rental car for a day, drove around the island and were able to see some very beautiful places on …

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Alberobello – A day trip from Bari to the Trulli houses (Italy)

Categories: Travel reports, Europe, Italy

After arriving at the port of Bari early in the morning on our MSC cruise ship, we used the first part of the day to explore the town of Alberobello, about 55 kilometers away, on our own. What is special about Alberobello? Alberobello has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996, because here there is a vast enclosed district built entirely with trulli – small, mostly white and round houses with conical roofs that look like large pointed hats. …

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Kotor (Montenegro) – Bay, old town and fortification (UNESCO)

Categories: Travel reports, Europe, Montenegro

The Bay of Kotor and the associated town on the Adriatic coast of Montenegro were the 2nd stop on our cruise with MSC Cruises. We had one day to discover the old port city in the bay of the same name. And even though we never really had Kotor on our bucket list before, we ended up absolutely loving it. Kotor was for us one of the highlights of our cruise through the Adriatic Sea ❤ The bay of Kotor …

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Ottawa – Sights & photospots in the capital of Canada

Categories: Travel reports, North America, Canada

After driving the 670-kilometer route from Tadoussac over the Omega Parc to Ottawa the day before, today we visited the Canadian capital. Ottawa is located in the southeast of the province of Ontario, right on the border with the province of Québec. The location on the Ottawa River and Rideau Canal together with Parliament Hill forms a beautiful and very worth seeing city backdrop. Things to know about Ottawa Ottawa has been the capital of Canada since 1857. At the …

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Québec City – Activities, Sights & Photo Spots

Categories: Travel reports, North America, Canada

Today we were going to explore Québec City – the capital of the province of the same name Québec. In the lovely city on the St. Lawrence River we were able to discover beautiful spots during our walk: including the star-shaped citadel, the stone buildings and narrow streets around the Place Royale, the cobblestone streets of the Petit Champlain district and the majestic Hotel Château Frontenac. Our campsite “Coop Camping Saint-Esprit” For the stay in Quebec City we booked for …

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Stuttgart – Top 15 sights, photo spots & activities

Categories: Travel reports, Europe, Germany

For three days we took our time to explore the most famous sights and photo spots of Stuttgart. The city on the Neckar enchants with its special location in a valley basin on the northeastern edge of the Black Forest, the oldest television tower in the world, several castles, the longest pedestrian zone in Germany and, of course, the invention of the automobile. Things to know about Stuttgart Stuttgart is the capital of the federal state of Baden-Württemberg and has …

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Kinderdijk – The 19 windmills of Kinderdijk in Holland (UNESCO)

Categories: Travel reports, Europe, Netherlands

In the Netherlands, there are 10 UNESCO-recognized World Heritage Sites, such as the canals of Amsterdam, the Schokland, the Wadden Sea in the North Sea or the Wouda Pumping Station. We wanted to visit another World Heritage Site today: the historic windmills of Kinderdijk. Things to know about the windmills of Kinderdijk About 15 km southeast of Rotterdam are the 19 historic windmills of Kinderdijk, which are among the most famous sights in the Netherlands. They were built in the …

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The old town of La Laguna & the Rural de Anaga Park

Categories: Travel reports, Europe, Spain

The most beautiful city in Tenerife is from our point of view San Cristobal de La Laguna, which is also called La Laguna for short. In the old city, which was founded back in 1496 and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, there are many churches, city villas and historic buildings to discover. The visit can be ideally combined with a hike in the Rural de Anaga Park, a cloud forest of laurel trees in the up to 1,024-meter-high …

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Stralsund – Attractions in the Old Town (UNESCO World Heritage)

Categories: Travel reports, Europe, Germany

From the Baltic Sea island of Usedom we made a day trip to the Hanseatic city of Stralsund about 70 kilometres away. We were very excited about this, because Stralsund is called the “gateway to the island of Rügen” and also the “Venice of the North” due to its location on the Strelasund, a strait of the Baltic Sea between the mainland and the island of Rügen. Things to know about Stralsund The Hanseatic city of Stralsund was founded in …

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Cologne – Cathedral, Old Town & the Chocolate Museum (Germany)

Categories: Travel reports, Europe, Germany

Cologne was the end of our 7-day river cruise on the Main and Rhine with A-ROSA. In the morning at 9 o’clock we were taken by transfer bus from the ship to the main station. From here we made our way directly to our hotel, because we wanted to stay one more night in the city to see all the important sights such as the Cologne Cathedral or the Old Town within 36 hours. Things to know about Cologne The …

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Bamberg – The sights in the World Heritage Old Town (Germany)

Categories: Travel reports, Europe, Germany

The World Heritage city of Bamberg was the second stop of our week-long river cruise with A-ROSA Silva, which took us from Nuremberg to Bamberg, on to Volkach and Miltenberg through the Upper Middle Rhine Valley to Lahnstein, Koblenz and Cologne. We were already looking forward to this stop, because we wanted to see the famous Bamberg town hall live for a long time. In total, we had a day to explore the city’s most famous sights and photo spots …

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Goslar (Harz) – Travel Guide & Things to do (Germany)

Categories: Travel reports, Europe, Germany

At the end of our short holiday in the Harz, we made a detour to the nearby district town of Goslar, which lies on the northwestern foothills of the Harz in the state of Lower Saxony. Things to know about Goslar Goslar was first mentioned as a mining town in 979 and now has about 50,000 inhabitants. The 1000-year history of the city meets you on a stroll through the city, because tradition, history and modernity meet here: you will …

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World Heritage City of Quedlinburg – The most beautiful sights (Germany)

Categories: Travel reports, Europe, Germany

Quedlinburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1994, has all sorts of attractions to offer visitors: a historic old town, picturesque half-timbered houses from six centuries and the famous cathedral treasure. On a stroll through the city we were able to discover the most beautiful sights. Things to know about the City of Quedlinburg Since 1994, large parts of the old town of Quedlinburg and the Royal Court complex are on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites as the …

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