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Wonderful World Heritage: Emotions from my trip through Germany


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Imagine this: You are on a trip, and one cultural highlight, one great music event, one exciting city tour is chasing the other … Will you sit back, trying to catch your breath and relax? Well, keep trying. Once the travel destination Germany unleashes its treasure chest of mighty UNESCO World Heritage Sites, you can only sit back and do one thing: Marvel at them. Feel the excitement rising, the travel bug consuming you. Wow. Here is all the splendour, variety & liveliness of World Heritage in Germany.

And once words do even fail me as a happy travel writer, it is time for a travel video. Because no one is able to present such amazing places as Schloss Augustusburg palace, the historic city of Regensburg or the industrial heritage “Zeche Zollverein” as the locals themselves: Christiane Winkler, Isabell Käser, Martina Tendick, to name but a few. I have met all of them (and more) against the backdrop of picturesque postcard summer weather, travelling alongside different World Heritage Sites from Regensburg to Cologne and catching their emotions and feelings of welcome.

Looking for travel inspiration, then? Look no further. Check out my World Heritage video here!

Regensburg, LIMES, Romantic Rhine Valley, Trier, Brühl, Cologne & Essen: World Heritage as a major reason for travelling

Let’s take … the so-called “Zeche Zollverein“. Could I imagine what it was going to be like travelling here? Not really. However, I guess this was exactly why it had such a strong effect on me. Delightful Rococo & Baroque palaces, such as the one in Augustusburg in Brühl near Cologne, do feel somehow more “familiar”; the guided Roman city tour I enjoyed in the city of Trier really brought on some time travel moments back into the past of “Augusta Treverorum” and its 80.000 inhabitants in 300 AD. Generally speaking, from what I could gather on this trip, is that all World Heritage Sites in Germany can pride themselves on great local storytelling: At each and every stop, I am met with professional guides and storytellers who are really able to work the magic. Laughing, entertaining, taking me onboard a journey towards the great cultural achievements of humankind and its rich heritage. I love to step into the Cologne Cathedral after an odd twenty years “back in the (childhood) days”. In the “Romantic Rhine valley“, we take a gondola across the vineyards, E-Bikes along the river where we enjoy Riesling ice cream and listen to songs of the Loreley. The Römerkastell Saalburg dresses me like a Roman lady, and inside the Historic Wurstkuchl Sausage Tavern in Regensburg, we can only think of one thing … “6 on cabbage for lunch”! 😀

(It is a joke, in German. Do not laugh: “6 on cabbage” is actually quite funny, referring to six fried sausages being served to you on a bed of cabbage.)

Charming Isabell Käser is my very own city guide for the day. I love her the very moment I meet her – she is just delightful and knows an awful lot about the city of Regensburg.

Charming Isabell Käser is my very own city guide for the day. I love her the very moment I meet her – she is just delightful and knows an awful lot about the city of Regensburg.

Wenig später stehe ich selbst schon so da: "Wie zu Römer's Zeiten" - ganz getreu dem Leitsatz des Museums gibt es hier zahlreiche interaktive Erlebnisse für die vielen interessierten Besucher wie mich.

Only a little later, I find myself being clad like a Roman lady here at Römerkastell Saalburg. …

Past the famous Porta Nigra, the "Black Gate" into the old Roman Town of Trier.

Past the famous Porta Nigra, the “Black Gate” into the old Roman Town of Trier.

Visiting Augustusburg Palace at only about half an hour’s distance from the bustling city centre of Cologne.

Visiting Augustusburg Palace at only about half an hour’s distance from the bustling city centre of Cologne.

The Cologne Cathedral is just as impressive and towering a building from the inside as well as from the outside.

The Cologne Cathedral is just as impressive and towering a building from the inside as well as from the outside.

From the top of the building, Martina Tendick points out the former coking plants where, to this present day, coal is “coked” in large furnaces, albeit at a much lesser volume.

From the top of the building at “Zeche Zollverein”, Martina Tendick points out the former coking plants where, to this present day, coal is “coked” in large furnaces, albeit at a much lesser volume.

I just enjoy the magic vistas from the seat of the Loreley high above the river Rhine valley.

I just enjoy the magic vistas from the seat of the Loreley high above the river Rhine valley.

 

Thank you so much, dear team of the Germany Travel Destination, for the impeccable organisation of this trip featuring World Heritage in Germany. All opinions are my own.

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Written by Elena

Fluent in seven languages, I feel naturally at ease anywhere I go. As a writer, I am happy to share the world’s travel stories as far as creative travel, foodie travel and local, sustainable travel are concerned. Thanks to my young son Liam, I am currently discovering the world anew.

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